Here are some healthy fall habits to keep you feeling your best all season long.
Do you drop a team?
There are generally two camps of people:
- Those who love fall, start talking about pumpkins in August aka pumpkin spice lovers.
- Those who shed tears in the last days of summer and get angry when the spirit of autumn creeps in too soon.
You obviously know which camp I’m in 🙂 Last week saw the first days of fall, so we All You have permission to talk about all the great things about this season.
(Funny side note: I was telling my son a few weeks ago that the weather looked like it was falling outside and he said “Mom, it ain’t falling yet.” Turns out his teachers had a countdown to fall, and he knew that date didn’t happen Come on!)
Autumn is my favorite season for many reasons
More than new years, and more spring cleaning for the fall season is the time for me to re-energize, re-energize, and recommit to myself being healthy. I’m sure this feeling goes back to the back-to-school feelings I had when I was a kid. I love getting back into the routine. And introducing some fall healthy habits motivates me for the long months ahead.
6 healthy autumn habits
Here are six ways I energize my fall routine:
Set the morning alarm.
During the summer I tend to allow myself to sleep more. The pace of life is slower, and there are more vacations and days off from school to reset my physical clock.
Mazen School starts at 7:35 (Thomas dropped him on his way to work) and Birch School starts at 8:30. Usually both boys are up before seven, but sometimes Birch sleeps until 7:30. Those mornings are full of pressure to get us to school on time.
In an effort to organize myself before the boys wake up, I set myself on a schedule: an early bedtime at 9:30 (I usually read), and an alarm at 6:26 in the morning. I usually spend some time doing my morning routine on my computer, then getting ready for the day with my skincare routine, sipping coffee along the way.
Less wine, more kombucha.
I mentioned in this postI replace my wine glass every so often with a few billion probiotics! Kombucha is one of the few drinks with plenty of flavor, sparkling, minimal sweetness, and a host of goodies to go with it. With the cold weather approaching, my immune system needs all the strength it can get.
Probiotics line the walls of the gut just like the army standing by and protecting the village. These healthy bacteria act as a barrier against disease trying to get into the bloodstream. The organic acids in kombucha help nourish these beneficial bacteria. Your gut gets close to 70% of your immune system, so having a strong one goes a long way toward keeping you healthy.
Happy hour = happy body.
Swap my skin care products for drier air
As we transition from cooler weather to hot, humid summer weather, I have to make adjustments. The same goes for entering the cooler fall and winter months, and making adjustments to cool, dry weather! If you’re like me, and your beauty routine needs something a little different when the seasons start to change, here are some tips for flaky skin changes.
What happens to my skin and makeup:
- More dehydration
- More dullness
- Foundation cream stabilizes wrinkles
- The complexion looks tight in the afternoon
How do I change it:
Drink hot tea with honey.
Hot tea season is back!! I like Sleepytime tea with a little honey after lunch or while relaxing in the evening. Lots of sugar cravings happen after meals because I need to cleanse the palate, and tea with a little honey satisfies both. If you need more reasons to drink more tea, Check this post.
Recreate the day of preparation.
I spend a lot of summer eating meals and dining in the pool. Back to school season means sports and school schedules separate, so we’re getting smart with our meals. While we love using meal kits for dinner, all of our breakfasts, lunches, and snacks can use some TLC. I try to do a few things on the weekend – think granolaAnd the nutritious piecesAnd the cakesor Oats in the oven.
Preparing for lunch always goes a long way, too. With the cold weather comes cravings for grilled veggies, so I’m hoping to make a big pan of them (including the boys’ fries). Having grilled veggies on hand helps put together low-cooker lunches and dinners quickly.
Get 30 minutes of fresh air every day.
Ironically, in the summer I don’t walk much because it’s very hot and humid there! I don’t want to arrive in wet, stinky clothes. During the perfect 70-degree temperature days with sunshine shining through the leaves at this perfect time of year, there is absolutely no excuse not to take a walk instead of driving and playing outside in the yard and spending more time outside. Plus winter is coming, so appreciate it before it goes!
I walk Birch to school every morning and add again the afternoon pick-up walk now that it’s not 100 degrees at 3pm. These are very walks of life for me! I love listening to a podcast on my way/on the way back and chatting with Birch about his day.
On the days we carry Mazen to school, I drive, but we spent 20 minutes playing in the playground while Mazen plays with his buddies, so the fresh air and sunshine are just as fun!
What healthy fall habits have you added or subtracted this month?