The transition from summer to autumn happens slowly it seems. It’s often a season of reflection. A time when many of us begin to think about changes we can make or steps we can take to feel our best and have more energy. Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Focus on what you DO eat.

Most of us know that it’s important to cut back on foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. But eating healthy is not only about avoiding foods. It’s about adding healthier foods.

2. Enjoy fruits and veggies in season.

Eating fruits and veggies helps keep your gut healthy and can even help prevent type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. They’re loaded with folate, vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber.

3. Do more than just carve that pumpkin.

Boost your immunity with roasted pumpkin seeds or pumpkin spread, both high in vitamins A and C, and seeds, called pepitas, are rich in phytosterols and may help lower cholesterol.

4. Keep snacks and sweets in check.

Beware of those game-day goodies and Halloween candy cravings. Try to avoid “just one more piece” of Thanksgiving pie. Substitute a healthier choice now and then.

5. Take in the new season with all your senses.

Go for a brisk walk, run, or bike ride. Let the colorful views, crunching leaves, and crisp air recharge your senses while you get a little exercise at the same time.

6. Make sunshine and sleep top priorities.

Shorter days are here again. Now is the time to build immunity with a little daily sunshine-delivered vitamin D before winter sets in. And try to stick with a regular sleep schedule.

7. Work up to that fall yardwork.

Raking, chopping wood, it’s all necessary and even enjoyable, but remember you can’t do it all in one day. Start slowly and stay hydrated while you work outside.

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