Judging by the Facebook posts and twitter updates, it’s safe to say that the majority of us are ready for Fall and are excited the month of October is here.  As much as I love basking in the Texas summer heat, I do enjoy cooler mornings, breaking out my lululemon wunder unders, warm cups of coffee, long sleeves and shorts, and knowing the holidays are right around the corner.
 
However, it’s in these next few months that people seem to “Fall” off their health and fitness routines.  Families become busy with youth sports, holiday sweets and treats are lurking around every corner, Starbucks comes out with their million-and-one holiday sugar bomb flavors, the grocery store aisles are filled with Halloween candy….
Just because it’s there doesn’t mean you have to buy it OR eat it!
 
Oh, you love layers?”
I hear women say all the time, “Oh, I love Fall because I can wear layers, and jackets, and boots, and scarves…”  And while I love to wear all of these things, too, all these beloved layers and jackets tend to hide the reality of the extra layers we put on our bodies during the holidays. 
 
Pumpkin This, Pumpkin That, Gingerbread Here, Gingerbread There…
 
 
Seriously….I don’t mean to be a buzz kill, and I’m not saying you should go on a holiday baking hiatus, because I know how much joy it gives me to bake during this season, but if you don’t want to “fall off the wagon” make sure you pick and choose what, when, and how often you’re going to bake and eat treats.  Try looking up healthier alternatives to your favorite recipes.  They DO exist.  And just because it’s gluten free, made with almond flour, and agave nectar, doesn’t mean it can be eaten every day, worry-free.
 
Love The Fall, Love The Flavors, But Love Yourself Even More
An occasional indulgence is good for the soul, skipping a Saturday workout to attend your child’s soccer game or dance recital is fine, and enjoying a sugar bomb Starbucks
 every-once-in-a while is ok.  But finding the balance is key.  
A treat isn’t a treat if you get it every day.   
 
Below are some tips, posts, and recipes I have found helpful in attempting to “have my cake and eat it, too”
 
*Craving a Hot Pumpkin Spice Drink?
Try 1 scoop vanilla protein powder + hot H2O + cinnamon + pumpkin pie spice. Add a bit coconut milk for an extra treat.
 
*Healthier Alternative to Pumpkin Roll
via jillfit.com
 
via Coach Jessica Clark
 
And if you’re anything like me and think, “I’ll just do an extra 45 minutes of cardio so I can have 2 glasses of wine, a piece of pumpkin pie, and mashed potatoes, you MUST read this:
 
This article has changed my whole perspective.
 
Peace.HappyFall.Love.