As summer comes to a close and we begin to prepare for fall, adjusting our eating habits and routines for a new season is essential. Maybe you are returning to school or taking on a new role at work. Or perhaps you are setting new goals and starting a passion project. Whether fall is a season to unwind and rest or a busy season of work and schedules, adjusting your nutrition habits can keep you healthy and on track with your goals.
1. Meal Prep
If fall is hectic for you, it can be beneficial to dedicate one day a week to grocery shopping and meal prep. By cooking all your meals ahead of time, you allow yourself more time during the week to dedicate to studies, meetings, relationships, and self-care. You also avoid the oh-so-tempting fast-food options after a long day at the office. Instead of wondering, "What's for dinner?" you can quickly reheat your favorite nutritious meals. Meal prep also encourages you to eat breakfast—the most commonly skipped meal of the day.
Not a fan of spending hours in the kitchen? Prep your meals while catching up on your favorite podcasts, playlists, or Netflix shows.
2. Take An Actual Lunch Break
It can be tempting to eat lunch at our desks or while on the run when we get busy. Although there are some days this can't be avoided, it's not a healthy habit. Break this bad habit by replacing it with a scheduled lunch hour (or half-hour) every day. Step away from your desk and leave all technology behind. Spend your lunch break eating outside or conversing with friends. Take a few minutes to go for a walk or read a chapter in your non-work-related novel. This will help you become more productive and less stressed during the day as well.
3. Eat Breakfast
We touched on it in tip number one, but it's worth reiterating: don't skip breakfast. Instead, plan your first meal into your morning routine. Don't have time? Go to bed 15 minutes earlier. And for the mornings you can't manage to have a bowl of oatmeal or green smoothie, grab a Vukoo bar on your way out the door.
4. Caffeine Cutoff
Oh, caffeine—the beloved beverage choice of busy students and professionals. We won't lie; we love coffee. It's a reason to get out of bed in the morning and the only way to survive those 8 am classes and work meetings. Coffee—or any caffeinated beverage—is not inherently bad (unless it's full of fake sugars and sweeteners).
Still, it can be if you're drinking multiple cups throughout the morning and afternoon. Get in the habit of cutting off your coffee at one cup or at a specific time (before noon, preferably). Switch over to drinking water or herbal tea. While it may be hard at first, you will find yourself sleeping better, having more energy, and thinking sharper.