Pumpkin Spice Latte, who dat?

Whether you like it or not, fall is approaching. I’m from Florida so we live in a perpetual summer all year long (Except for that three days in February when it reaches 53 degrees and we’re freezing, yup that’s us). But for the rest of you, fall means warmer clothes, pumpkin spice everything, harvest festivals (right? Remember I’m from Miami), and bad habits.

Do you feel like the seasons and the food that comes with the seasons affects your healthy choices? Do you need that external reward (i.e. look good half naked in the summer) to maintain good eating habits and physical activity? Here are some tips to not let the fall get the best of ya and not fall into bad habits!

Know your weaknesses

Apple pies, pumpkin spice lattes, beef chili, pumpkin beer- what’s your weakness? A powerful thing is the ability to identify your absolute must haves and the things you can do without. Just because the weather drops and you wear more clothes doesn’t give you permission to ditch the healthy habits. Think about your lifestyle and your long term health goals. It’s definitely OK in my book to treat yourself and not live a life of deprivation. I believe that as long as you keep yo numbers in check (BMI, cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure) and you’re living an active lifestyle, eat a slice of pie if you’ve been looking forward to it all week! Just be real with yourself and know that you are honoring your sanity as well as your long term health goals.

Get Moving

Again, Miami girl speaking- but I’ve heard from so many people that the fall and winter are excuses for a less active lifestyle because it gets cold. Engage in fun activities! Go for a nature hike, a fun pumpkin carving contest, a 5K- do what makes you feel good on the inside and out. Get a 30 minute workout done in your living room- you don’t need to drive to a gym!

Be careful with the booze

Fall means college football and NFL football, tailgates, Halloween parties, Thanksgiving- you’re entering a season full of festivities. From personal experience, it takes a conscious effort before and during the festivities to be mindful of your drinking. I have fallen into the TRAP of trying to keep up with people’s drinking. Guess what? Most of the time, I’m just smaller than everyone else and have a lower tolerance so I physically cannot drink as much as them. Can you imagine how that ends? No bueno. I’m so done with the days of ugly hangovers and feeling like absolute poop for the sake of keeping up with everyone at a tailgate. Nothing is a better teacher than your own previous experiences, right?

Create a fall goal

Actually make an extra effort this season to implement goals towards a healthier life. If you just fall into the habit of eating apple pie when you’re not that into it every other day in the fall, eat apple slices with cinnamon. If you’re ready to step up your fitness game but afraid to slip into inactivity this fall, make a goal to walk longer or exercise more days of the week.

Seasonal goals < Lifestyle goals

Summer bodies are made in the winter. I’m sure you’ve heard this before. To be 100% reals with you, you should strive for a healthy, strong body REGARDLESS of the season. Regardless of the parties or festivities, there will be tough storms and bumps on your journey to a healthy lifestyle. Is it perfect? Heck no. Is it worth it? Yes. Are making some sacrifices? Yes. But are they painful? They don’t have to be. Find what works for you- eat healthier foods and get moving because it feels damn good, not because you need to look good for summer (drop the mic).

Xx, Erika

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