Fall — Back In Stride Again, Jackie Simmons
FALL – It’s that time of year when families are returning from summer vacations, and children are going back to school. With all the rushing around one can easily fall back into unhealthy habits such as: grabbing food on the go, watching more television, and spending less time exercising, reading the Bible or meditating on God’s word.
Make the Fall season a time to reinforce healthy eating, physical fitness and religious beliefs. Here are several ways to get back in stride again:
- Pack healthy lunches that include lean protein, vegetables and fruits. Dinner from last night can be tomorrow’s leftovers.
- Prepare healthy snacks to help curb your appetite during the day, such as: celery sticks, pineapples, grapes, cherries, vegetables or almonds. One of my favorites is bananas with cashew butter.
- Never go to the grocery store without a list or when hungry. A list will prevent the purchase of junk food or impulse shopping. It will also help in preparing healthy meals.
- Schedule your meals. Studies have shown that missing meals can lead to overeating. Try eating healthy snacks as mentioned above every two or three hours between main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Remember portion control.
- Eat meals slowly; this will allow time for the stomach to catch up with what has been eaten. Did you know that it takes about 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain that it is full?
- When eating out, try to make healthy choices. For tips on eating healthy away from home, visit www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/eating-out.
- Outdoor Track—Do several laps; this is great, especially with temperatures cooling down.
- Public Transportation – Get off 2 or 3 stops ahead and walk the rest of the way.
- Stairs vs. Elevator – Get the heart pumping in lieu of being stationary on the elevator.
- Lunch-time – Eat and then take a 30-minute walk indoors or out. This is a very good way to relax and relieve midday stress.
INCORPORATING GOD’S WORD DAILY
- Seek God – Pray and let Him know your struggles, admit wrong doings and ask for His forgiveness.
- Meditate on His promises – He will always be there for you – no matter what is going on in your life.
- Read the Bible – There are 31chapters in the book of Proverbs – one for each day.
- Be obedient to God’s word – Read and apply the 10 commandments (Exodus 20:1-17). Mix the word and your faith together – this mixture is a great way to start the day.
Remember a healthy lifestyle is always achievable, no matter what the time of year. Implementing a healthy eating plan and a physical activity regiment can help increase your energy and productivity. Start today, so you can Fall – Back In Stride Again.
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