It's the first week of September, our bushes are filled with blackberries and X Factor is filling our homes... this can only mean one thing, autumn is on it's way and I, for one, couldn't be more excited. It is one of my favourite times of year... apple crumbles, bonfires and golden hues, what could be better!? Here are a few wonderful ways to have a healthy and happy autumn...
Go for an Autumnal Walk. Autumn is the perfect time to go for long walks as the scenery is so beautiful at this time of year. We are very lucky in the Uk as we are never far from a park or a bit of countryside, so don a pair of wellies (or walking shoes) and get going.
We Love Wellies. Buy a pair of bright and lovely wellies such as this pair of Hunters (below) (www.hunter-boot.com)
to help motivate you to go on the aforementioned walks.
Make Your Snacks Seasonal. Snack on nuts, berries and seeds. Perfect autumn foods since blackberries are in season which makes them not only healthy but cheap too. Buy a punnet of berries to put in the fridge and a bag of seeds/nuts to keep in your draw at work for peckish times.
Drink Water. It is important at any time of year to stay hydrated. We often confuse thirst for hunger and therefore reach for the cookie cabinet before the tap. Have a glass of water when you next feel hungary and you may find that you were thirsty instead. If you find water boring, make a herbal tea.
Run. If you love to run - keep doing it. Don't let the cooler weather put you off. Download a new running track to get you moving and a-grooving. Visit www.hipandhealthy.co.uk/Hip_
Drink Oat Milk Before Bed. Don't snack after supper, instead, have a warm oat or rice milk. You will be surprised with how filling and soothing it can be and you'll wake up hungry for breakfast.
Cleanse. If you have the time make a green smoothie first thing in the morning. This will help your body to cleanse and rid itself of toxins. Find the recipe here: http://www.hipandhealthy.co.
Eat Soup for Lunch. I find that Covent Garden or Waitrose make the most delicious soups if you don't have the time to make your own. But, If you do, then fill it with root vegetables as they are in season and will be abundant in the supermarkets, such as pumpkin, squash, aubergines, and potatoes. The water content will make you feel fuller for longer and it will warm you up on the colder days too.
Don't count calories. If you find yourself endlessly counting calories than stop - it's not healthy and can often lead to you feeling very restricted and then rebelling from whatever diet you have put yourself on. Instead, eat mindfully, enjoy your food, chew it lots and you'll find that you won't be as hungry or feel as empty as if you had denied yourself something in the first place because of its calorie content.
Let us know how you get on!