Fall Nutrition – it’s back to school!

It’s that time of year where people start gearing up for school, work and fall activities. In order to maximize your wellness goals it is important to follow a healthy nutrition plan at least 80% of the time. Here are some tips to help you achieve a healthful and balanced nutrition plan.

1. PREPARATION: Dedicate a time throughout your weekend where you can spend some time in the kitchen. Plan a few week night dinners so you can come home and all you need to do is put it in the oven. Dice vegetables and fruit and place in containers.

2. BE CREATIVE: Pick one new fruit or vegetable in the grocery store each week.

3. LABEL: It is easy to get busy throughout our daily lives, in order to ensure enough nutrients throughout the day label your containers or baggies with breakfast, snacks, lunch, snacks and dinner.

4. SHOP: Don’t underestimate a fancy new lunch bag!

5. PACK: Pack healthy snacks such as trail mix or dried fruit in the car, your office drawers or hand bag.

6. STAY HYDRATED: Dehydration can be misinterpreted as hunger.

7. LISTEN: If you feel your stomach rumbling be sure to fuel it up. If you wait until you are hungry you may make a poor nutritional decision.

8. FARMERS MARKET: Visit your local farmers market; it is stocked with fresh produce, meats and dairy. **If you notice most of the foods at the market will not have a label because it is a raw organic food**

9. BE THE COOK: That way you have control and knowledge about that you are eating.

10. ENJOY: 20% of your nutrition can be time to indulge!

Make healthy eating a habit and you will set yourself and those around you for success!

Written by Cassidy Sherrington-Leach
Strength and Conditioning Director, Shawnessy YMCA