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Try Something New… for Fall

In this crazy, fast paced world, there are so many diet fads resurfacing that people lose sight of what really works, and that is clean eating.  It can sound too simple to work, but when we eat clean foods, foods that are alive-they make us feel alive!  If we eat foods that are dead, we will feel dead!  It’s that simple. 

We can all control the first half hour of our day and the last half hour of our day.  I tell my clients to look at the upcoming morning like they were viewing it through a window. Noticing what that will look like and what you can do as you wrap up the evening to help your morning go as smoothly as possible, thus keeping your cortisol level (stress) as low as possible.  If you can do that, you are already starting off on the right foot. 

Preparedness is the secret to success.  Having healthy clean foods on hand, ready to go, is essential for clean eating.  Finding a local farmers market that you visit regularly to stock up on local fruits and vegetables is a great first step. Anything that you can’t find there, can be found at your local Sprouts or grocery store.  Have your staple list of foods that you always need:  lettuce, spinach, celery, apples, beets, garlic, onions, green onion, melons, broccoli, cucumber, potatoes, carrots, lemons, oranges, etc.  Purchase organic as much as possible, especially food that you will be biting into (celery, apples, peaches, etc.).  Always wash everything that you bring home no matter what.  Think about melons for example, when we cut into it, if there is any bacteria on the outside of if you are dragging the bacteria through the fruit that you will be eating.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Setting aside an hour to two a week to prepare your food tends to work the best. Do meals and snacks in batches, think salads, salad dressings, juices, cookies, and granola.   It doesn’t have to be hard to taste great! 

Remember, it’s all about balance.  Yes, you can have your cookies and eat them too!!  If you are preparing your foods at home, you know what is in the food.  The fresher the better! 

Get Healthy with Fall Foods
Just because summer's over doesn't mean you need to avoid the produce section. In fact, fall brings a number of great choices to up the nutritional value of your meals while enjoying some of the great foods that are in season.

Pumpkins make great jack-o-lanterns and they're also great for nutritious and yummy meals. Pumpkin provides carotenoids (which help fight heart disease and cancer), vitamins C, E and riboflavin, iron, fiber, and potassium, just to name a few. You could run out and start making pumpkin pies or you could try for healthier ideas by checking out these Healthy Pumpkin Recipes.

This time of year, apples are at their best and, because they're so versatile, you can find many ways to work them into your diet. Apples are low in calories, high in fiber, have no cholesterol and give your body important nutrients like potassium, vitamin C, calcium and folic acid. You can eat them alone or add them to any number of dishes for extra taste and nutrition. Try one of these Healthy Apple Recipes.

You probably know that nuts are good for you (as long as you practice some portion control) and pecans are at the top of the list when it comes to healthy nuts. Pecans offer zinc, magnesium, potassium, thiamine, folic acid, and vitamin B6, just to name a few, and they're great sprinkled on salads or eaten alone as a snack. Learn more about how pecans can keep you healthy.

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