Fall into healthy habits
The warm summer days are slowly disappearing, which may be seen as the end of something great – but a powerful way to think about autumn is rather as the beginning of something great. Here are some healthy habitudes to help prepare you for this new season:
Pause & Reflect
The autumn is a transitional season with all the changes in colours, and this is a very effective time to pause and reflect on your personal transition. Are you on track with the goals you set out at the beginning of the year? What actions do you need to take during the remaining months of 2018 to ensure that you feel like it has been a fulfilling year?
Just because you are no longer going to be walking around in swimwear doesn’t mean you should stop looking after your body. Movement and exercise is arguably even more important during the dark autumn months in order to maintain good mental and physical health. Combining pleasure with movement is key for continuity.
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Boost Your Immune System
As the weather turns our bodies will start naturally seeking out warming and nourishing foods. Soups, stews, casseroles and broths are excellent ways to satisfy your needs and provide easily digestible fuel which supports the immune system. Orange root vegetables and squashes are among our winter favourites as they provide good levels of betacarotene. This nutrient is converted into vitamin A and strengthens the immune system.
Superfood Hero: Sweet Potato
Meeting 769% of your daily betacarotene 65% of your vitamin C and 29% of your B6 requirements it’s easy to see why the humble sweet potato is such a powerful support in keeping colds at bay. Baked sweet potatoes, with the skin on, also meet 50% of your manganese retirements, a trace mineral which has been shown to enhance natural killer cell and macrophage activity.
Try our quick easy Sweet Potato & Coconut Soup recipe: https://habitude.co.uk/sweet-potato-coconut-soup