Fall Meal Reboot

I remember when my children were younger. How I looked forward to summer and a break from the busier, usual routine. However, by the end of the summer we were all ready to get back to a more structured routine.

I have always found fall to be the perfect time for a healthy reboot. The definition of reboot according to Dictionary.com is: “to restart, to produce a distinctly new version of; to make a change in something in order to establish a new beginning.” After the longer, lazier summer days, establishing a new beginning feels especially right this time of year.

Here are some ideas you might want to consider gradually incorporating, as you fall into a new version of your already healthy habits:

First, many people get all geared up to start a new eating plan and begin exercising in January. There’s something about a fresh, new year that fills us with optimism. It’s another chance to make those changes we intended last year.

Instead of saving up all that optimism for next January, why not take a shorter term approach? Institute “Reboot Mondays.” Each and every Monday is another opportunity to make a reboot. You don’t need to have a new year, because you have a new day and week, every week!

Monday is the “January” of each week, making it the perfect time for a fresh start. Studies show people are more likely to begin exercising, start a diet or quit smoking on Monday than any other day. It’s a call to action built into your calendar—52 chances a year to live a healthier life! And the cooler, invigorating fall weather invites change.

Switch up your exercise routine. The crisp, cool temps are perfect for outdoor exercise, whether it’s a long hike, playing volleyball with the kids, or something else. Shake things up. Your body becomes accustomed to doing the same thing each week, and doesn’t respond as well after a while. Every Monday try something new.

Try one new recipe or food, something different from your usual fare. Experiment! It could be a totally vegetarian meal or a dish from another culture. Add chia seeds to your salad dressing or smoothie. The worst that can happen is you never make that again; but you and your family might love it.

Replace one food you usually eat with a healthier version. If you eat meat, choose grass-fed and finished or pasture raised poultry. If you eat bread try an organic, sprouted grain or gluten free variety. If pasta is a staple, go wild and try chick pea or some other gluten free pasta. Substitute quinoa for rice. Or use black, red, or green rice in place of white or brown.

Eat seasonal produce. The melons, berries and peaches of summer are giving way to pumpkins, apples and pears. Embrace the change. Where crisp, refreshing salads filled the bill, now you may find yourself craving a warm bowl of soup, roasted root veggies or squashes. Go with that.

Shake up your morning routine. Find an inspirational book and read a paragraph or chapter first thing to set the tone and course of your day. There are so many great devotionals, you can find something that appeals to you. Or spend 10 minutes praying, meditating or even doing EFT.

Start the morning with a big glass of water or a cup of warm lemon water. Both are cleansing, hydrating and rejuvenating.

Find an adult coloring book and spend 10 minutes coloring!

Run a diffuser. Choose an essential oil that will either calm or energize you depending on the need.

If you take supplements, why not switch them up a bit too. Your body only benefits when you do that. If you take a probiotic, try a different formula. If you don’t take a digestive enzyme before meals, give that a try. It’s made a huge difference for me.

Consider making one day a week (maybe Mondays?) supplement-free. Give your body a break for a day.

Try wearing blue-blocking glasses in the evening when watching TV or on the computer for a better night’s sleep. And this is such a perfect time of year to enjoy extra rest. The fresh cool night air makes for a delicious night’s sleep

What are your favorite ways to reboot now that fall is here?

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