The crisp air, rich colors, and new routines of fall always carry the promise of a fresh start for families. But in the crunch of homework and office stress, families face the pressure of squeezing multiple commitments into dwindling daylight hours. When you have to be in three places at once (even our chiropractors can’t stretch you that far!), it’s tempting to throw a pizza on the table, queue up the Netflix, and call it a day (or a night). But there are ways to commit to a healthy autumn while optimizing your time. In keeping with our holistic approach to health, we’ve gathered expert tips and findings to promote your health in mind, body, and spirit this fall.
Lower your standards. You don’t need a strict diet to achieve a healthy weight and higher level of energy to tackle all those to-do’s. Nor do you have to eat “perfectly.” Perfection can be self-destructive as a one meal misstep can prompt all-or-nothing dieters to throw in the towel. Instead, try to aim for balanced meals most of the time: protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and a source of dairy for calcium. One easy yet effective change: drinking water instead of soda and juice for lunch and dinner.
Send in lunch money. Recent research from our Western New York neighbors, the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, has found that debit accounts may “eat into” the health factor of school lunches. When students used debit cards without the cash option, their lunches had fewer fruits and vegetables, more candy and desserts, and more calories overall. Also remember to supplement lunch for yourself and your family by packing snacks, ideally whole foods; they will offer an energy boost between meals.
Make time to talk—and listen. We know that families thrive on routine to wind down the day. That routine looks different for everyone but the one key ingredient is communication. Try to pay attention to the times your loved ones are most open to conversation. In the car? At dinner? Before bed? Make a commitment to create a “no-phone zone” for part of the evening to promote face-to-face time. Talking without distractions shows that you’re listening, not just hearing.
Find your balance. With its warm days and brisk nights, cool skies and warm foliage, fall embodies the duality of Yin and Yang that is the foundation of acupuncture. We may find ourselves torn between savoring the beautiful “last act” of Rochester’s good weather, and hunkering down to address mounting responsibilities at work and at home while bracing ourselves for winter. That fine-tuned balance of yin (nourishing, receptive, and protective) and yang (edgy, dominant, and energetic) is known in acupuncture as the qi, or life force, circulating between the two polarities. Our acupuncturists subscribe to the notion of inserting slender needles into specific points to re-calibrate yin and yang, remove blockages, and restore balance. This will give you the energy to seize the day; and the relaxation to embrace the evening, getting the rest and sleep that is crucial for health.
We know your fall calendar is packed but we’d love to reserve a space to help you achieve your healthiest season yet: one of balance and bliss, relaxing and recharging. Visit RochesterChiro.com to connect with our caring team of chiropractors and acupuncturists. We’ll make sure you “fall back” on the habits and routine that serve you.
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