Autumn is in the air, and the days are getting darker and shorter. As the weather cools, it’s all too easy to hit the snooze button, skip the gym or over indulge in comfort foods. But keeping active is so important as it really helps to lift your spirits and self-esteem – and means you’re less likely to comfort eat too! Here are a few top tips for happy, healthy Autumn.
Seed of an idea
I love Halloween and it is just around the corner. If like me you’re planning on some creative pumpkin carving, make sure you don’t throw away the seeds or the flesh this year. Roasted pumpkin seeds are simply delicious, whether sprinkled over soups, salads, or simply enjoyed as a healthy snack! They are also full of beauty-boosting nutrients, including zinc and omega-3 fatty acids – perfect if you suffer from dry skin during the colder months. Use the pumpkin flesh to make lots of seasonal dishes – my all-time favourite is pumpkin pancakes.
Get up and go
If like me you’re a runner, make sure that your route is well-lit during the colder months, and that you’re wearing brightly coloured clothing. In fact, updating your workout wardrobe is a great motivation-booster. Swap faded T-shirts and tired-looking tracksuit bottoms for some bright new sportswear that makes you look and feel great – and lay it out before you go to sleep so it’s the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning, making it that little bit easier to get up and go.
The colder, darker mornings can be tough – but avoid the temptation to grab a sugary coffee or pastry on your way to work. Starting your day with a quick-fix sugary breakfast will only make you feel tired, lethargic and depleted of energy a few hours later. This autumn, why not switch caffeine for hot water with a few slices of fresh ginger root? Ginger is fantastically winter-warming and has digestive benefits too – plus think of the money you’ll save on all those take-away coffees! My new favourite autumn breakfast is quinoa porridge made with almond milk and dressed with grated apple or berries.
Have a great weekend
Sarah Carr x