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Ditch these Autumn Habits For Better Health


Fall is officially upon us—and with it comes the temptation of many bad habits that seem to be easier to resist during the fun and sun of summer. While we applaud all our clients for the progress they’ve made, we also urge you to ditch these autumnal inclinations that can wreck your results.

Overindulging – Cooler evening temperatures crank up our cravings for high-calorie foods stuffed with comforting carbohydrates. Add to this the abundance of candy, cookies, cakes and pies available from Halloween through Thanksgiving and fall becomes downright dangerous for most of us. Fortunately, you can still enjoy your favorites—just remember to keep those portions in check.

Forgetting Fruits and Veggies – The price of fresh produce may increase in the fall, but you should still load up on healthy fruits and vegetables at every meal. If your grocery budget is an issue, buy local varieties to reduce costs. If you still can’t afford what you need, check out the freezer aisle. Look for frozen fruits and vegetables free of added sugar or salt.

Becoming a Couch Potato – We’re pretty lucky here in Atlanta where daytime highs tend to stay in the 60s through the end of November. However, mornings and evenings can be chilly this time of year—making it tough to get out of bed for a predawn run or hit the trails instead of your couch at the end of a long day. Resist the urge to cocoon—at least until after you’ve increased your heart rate for 30 minutes.

Skipping the Sunscreen – While sunburns won’t cause you to gain weight, exposing your skin to UVA and UVB rays from the sun can lead to premature aging and skin cancer. Take the time to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face, hands and any other bare skin every day—even if it’s cloudy or cool outside.

According to the nutrition experts at EatingWell magazine, Americans gain an average of four pounds each year—half of that during the fall and winter. Many fail to lose the extra weight by the time summer rolls around again—but you don’t have to be one of them. I am here to help you ditch bad habits and replace them with healthier lifestyle choices. To learn more about my programs, visit the website at

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