There’s more to fall than comfort foods

moretofall_1016 Many people are often sad to see summer go; however, I am not one of them.  For me, fall is about the beautiful leaves, cooler temperatures, and the plethora of puffy vests, scarves, and hoodies dominating my wardrobe.  With the fall weather often comes the idea of comfort foods: creamy soups, baked casseroles, and heavy desserts.  Comfort foods are delicious, but these less-than-healthy fall favorites don’t have to dominate your season.

Expand the idea of “comfort” beyond the kitchen!

  • Create a warm and inviting home. Now is the time to turn your home into an inviting and comfortable oasis. There are thousands of do-it-yourself projects that involve easy and inexpensive décor. Decorate with candles, rich colors, wreaths and other traditional fall decor to make your home warm and open to visitors. For example, use mason jars and leaves collected from outside to make a candle votive. Diffusing essential oils, such as bergamot or clove, can set the tone that fall is here. Check out the Genesis PURE Pinterest page for ideas.
  • Start a gratitude list. Being happy and at peace is a big part of living a lifestyle of Whole Health, whereas stress can impact your health and sleep. Gratitude can be practiced year-round, but our awareness tends to be higher during the fall and winter months. The benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. People who take time to show their thanks usually experience positive emotions, better sleep and stronger immune systems and they express more kindness.1 Take a few minutes at the end of each day to write down what you are thankful for. Re-read your list the next morning to start your day off on a positive note. Make your list as specific as possible. Take a moment to notice things each day. Opening your eyes to the world around you can only enhance your practice.
  • Go for a walk. It’s easy to transition your summer workout for the colder months. As the days get shorter and the weather gets a bit greyer, make sure you are still getting outside. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is related to changes in the seasons and affects many people.  It can sap your energy and make you feel a bit moody. Get outside for some extra Vitamin D and invest in a light to keep you and your home energized.
  • Make your comfort foods a bit healthier. As the weather gets cooler, our cravings tend to gravitate from cool, fresh ingredients, to warm goodness. Before we know it, we are eating sugary oatmeal for breakfast, creamy soups for lunch, and rich and hearty casseroles for dinner.  Comfort food doesn’t have to be at the expense of your healthy diet.  Look for creative ways to create your favorite meals with healthier ingredients. Instead of spaghetti, use spaghetti squash or zoodles (zucchini noodles). Add Mila to turkey meatballs. Replace cheese in your lasagna with pumpkin or sweet potato and vegetables.  Add veggies to macaroni and cheese and use whole wheat noodles.  Thicken soups with Mila or a dairy alternative. Add cinnamon and nutmeg to spice up plain oatmeal.  The possibilities are endless! Check out our Recipe Center, too!

You might want to take some Immune6 to help maintain a healthy immune system this season.* With the change of seasons, added stress from travel and school, and exposure to germs every day, comes the inevitable “body breakdown.” Genesis PURE’s Immune6 product may make a great addition to your daily regimen by helping to keep that rundown feeling at bay. Learn more.

How are you achieving Whole Health this season? What keeps you warm, happy and healthy during the colder months? Share with us on Facebook and/or Twitter!

1http://www.happify.com/hd/the-science-behind-gratitude/

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