By Cortney Berling, RDN

woman stretching in fieldWith the fall season upon us it is important to stay on top of our healthy habits before the holidays challenge our will power. With the kids back in school you may find yourself running in different directions all day long. With a little planning and determination you can certainly stay healthy and fit through the fall season. Below are 4 tips to help you stay on track. 

  • Make time for breakfast: Eating breakfast every morning not only sets you up for a successful day, but it gets your metabolism in gear. The goal is to eat within one hour of waking up. If you have to eat on the go- no problem! There are plenty of healthy quick breakfast options. You can try a plain fat-free Greek yogurt/ low-fat cottage cheese with fruit, or 2 slices of whole wheat toast with natural peanut butter, or 1 egg and 2 whites with whole wheat toast. Another fun and easy option is a homemade smoothie with milk or yogurt, spinach, grapes, and a banana (a great way to sneak some vegetables in at breakfast).
  • Plan your workouts ahead of time: On Sunday plan out your whole week and write down your plan. Busy days may require you to pack your workout clothes or wake up a little earlier. Make exercise a priority and stick to it. Finding a friend to workout with can help you stay on track. Likewise, joining a gym or fitness group could keep you motivated. Sticking to your plan will keep you feeling strong and confident.
  • Avoid dining out: It is hard to pass up the drive-thru or a quick carry out meal when you are running out of time. However, eating out often means large portions, hidden calories, and an excessive amount of sodium. Limit eating out to once a week or for special occasions.  Enjoy home cooked meals at the kitchen table, and use this as an opportunity to try out new healthy recipes.
  • Write it down: Hold yourself accountable by tracking your food intake and your exercise accomplishments. There are plenty of smart phone apps to help you keep track of your success. My favorite is MyFitnessPal.