As fall sets in, we collectively shift from vacation vibes back to a regular routine. Use the transition to think of how you want to build your routine to support your health and wellness.
If you’ve been thinking of making some healthy changes, now is the time to translate your thoughts into action, and we’re here to help!
To get you started, here are 5 dietitian-approved ways to build healthy habits:
- Turn up the heat: Cooking is a comfort in cold weather, so as the mercury drops outside, turn up the heat in the kitchen. Whether it’s slow or pressure cooking, stews, curries and chilis are ideal one-pot meals that you can make in big batches and have leftovers during the week. Pack them full of your favorite veggies, protein, and spices for a healthy, hearty, crowd pleasing meal.
- Boost the vitamin content: Did you know that half your plate should filled with veggies or fruit? Vegetables and fruit are loaded with health promoting vitamins and minerals, so make sure you are getting enough to keep your immune system
strong. In the midst of cold season, load up on vitamin c by adding produce like bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli and citrus to your menu.
- Prepare for a snack attack: If you know you need a snack (or two) to get you through the day, don’t wait until the hanger kicks in, plan your snack ahead. Avoid vending machine fare that tends to be highly processed and full of sugar, and instead prepare healthy snacks like celery with peanut butter, chia pudding, hard-boiled egg with tomato, plain stove-top popcorn, or carrot sticks and hummus.
- Get expert advice:Creating healthy habits can be a struggle, especially if you don’t know where to start. Get guidance, support and motivation by talking to a Registered Dietitian who can give you personalized recommendations on how to reach your goals and feel your best.
- Make some me-time: Between the demands of work and home life, it can be a challenge to find time to yourself. Still, making your own mental and physical health a priority is an important and worthwhile investment. Take time at your lunch break to go for a walk or meditate, or schedule time for yoga, jogging, hiking or physical activities you enjoy to help you unwind and feel your best, inside and out.
The fall season brings the return of routine, and the perfect time to create the habits
that support a healthy lifestyle you can enjoy all year long. Having a dietitian in your corner means you’ll have all the resources you need to start strong, be accountable for your
progress, and stay motivated on your path to success. Talk to an NDC Nutrition at Work Registered Dietitian, and start living healthier today.