As seasons change, so do many menus. It’s easy to keep eating light and fresh during spring and summer when so many great foods are in season, but as the temperatures dip and fall rolls in, many people switch to heartier fare. For much of the country, things like chilis, soups, stews, and roasts become the norm throughout fall and winter.

 
But these foods can quickly derail a fitness plan. High levels of grease, fats, and carbs can make it harder to stay on target and reach your fitness and weight loss goals. Add to that the fact that colder weather often makes it harder to stay motivated to be active, and it’s not hard to see why this is the time of year that many fitness plans go off the rails. Luckily, I have found that a few simple tips can help you keep eating healthier and staying active.
 
• Stay Active – First and foremost, stay active. Gyms let you workout in comfort even when it’s cold out, and that brisk air can actually end up inspiring you once you start your workout. Add to that the beautiful fall scenery, and a jog outside could actually be even more enjoyable during the autumn. Some at-home fitness routines can complete the process and give you the tools you need to stay active throughout the colder months.
 
• Switch It Up – Beef becomes a mainstay in many kitchens during the fall, but the fact is that you can swap out healthier options like poultry or tofu in most recipes. Need proof? This Ground Turkey Spaghetti Sauce swaps the ground beef for leaner, healthier ground turkey and still tastes great without ruining your diet plan. It’s essentially the traditional spaghetti sauce recipe, only better.
 
• Party Smart – For many, fall means football and tailgating. Again, here’s where things can go wrong fast. But if you enjoy in moderation, you’ll find better results. Have one beer instead of 5, drink a sparkling water instead of soda, and limit the times you head back to the chip and dip bowl. You can still tailgate and hang out with friends, but you don’t have to let yourself ruin your nutrition plan in the process.
 
These simple steps can help you get through the fall and winter months. If you stay active and just remember to substitute items in recipes for healthier options, you’ll find that you can stay on track no matter the temperatures outside. Together, we can help you reach your goals!
 
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