Healthy eating, physical activity and a good night’s sleep can help increase your energy level.  If you “treat” your body right during this season of brisk days and pumpkins, you can also reduce your risk for disease. 

Eat
A well-balanced diet will keep you full, focused and energized throughout the day. Stock your pantry with fruits and vegetables that are in season during these autumn months. The list includes:
 
Apples are the perfect on-the-go snack. This fruit is packed with immunity-boosting vitamin C. If you eat the skin, you add four grams of dietary fiber to your snack.
 
Brussels sprouts are a versatile vegetable. Slice whole Brussels sprouts into quarters and roast with olive oil and sea salt for a seasonal side dish. One cup of cooked Brussels sprouts has four grams of fiber and is a great source of folate, iron and vitamins A, C and K.
 
Spaghetti squash is a low-calorie alternative to pasta. Consider tossing the cooked spaghetti squash with your favorite sauce. This delicious alternative is a good source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
     
Exercise 
Fall is the perfect time to go apple or pumpkin picking. Other options for enjoying the weather are a brisk walk, hike or bike ride.
 
Sleep
Adults need an average of seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Fatigue can lead to lowered physical activity and an increased appetite.
 
Laura Vetter, RDN, CDE, CSO, CSP, Outpatient Nutritionist, Saint Peter’s University Hospital, is the author of the #AsktheSPnuritionist blog.  She counsels patients on healthy eating. Reach out to her at nutritionist@saintpetersuh.com to make an appointment.
 
 

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