Fall is finally here!! Oh, it’s worthy of eleventy exclamation points, what with the not sweating ourselves to death and wishing for spontaneous combustion because that HAS to be cooler than the pavement. The autumn has arrived, and with it: lots of sunshine, highs in the 70s, the kind of constant breeze that really only lives on the beach, and the fall menus. SQUASH IS ABOUNDING. Life is good.
Here are a few fall hints for you:
- Super smart shortcuts! Everyone loves the Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks. Look, I get it. I’m not really a latte person, but those are just super yummy. But they’re LADEN with calories. Insane amount of calories. So do this instead: if you’re a strong coffee person, order a Misto .. if you’re not an espresso fan, order an Americano. Ask for three pumps of Pumpkin Spice syrup. TA DA! Cheaper, tastes just as good, and your thighs will thank you for it.
- Bask in the sun! Fall is a happy time, but for those of us who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, winter is looming around the corner. Take this opportunity to GET OUTSIDE. Take a walk on your lunch break, play with the kids, have your morning coffee on the porch. In the blink of an eye, we’ll lose daylight by the HOURS, so get it in NOW.
- Start packing for the winter. Animals are not stupid. They know that food is scarce when winter hits, so they make sure they have plenty around to eat. BE THAT SMART. Keep tons of healthy snacks around you, everywhere you’ll be sedentary, so that you’re less likely to 1) go hungry or 2) eat something awful.
- Save your sick days. Flu season is knocking on our door. Stock up on Lysol wipes, vitamins, hand-sanitizer, and chicken soup now. You know what else helps? EATING WELL. GETTING EXERCISE. Basically all of the stuff I just listed.
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