Keri Glassman's Nutritious Life Tip: Get Your World Ready for Fall
August 30, 2012 | Style & Beauty
Every other week on Hamptons-Magazine.com, I’ll focus on one pillar of a Nutritious Life, and give you a Nutritious Life Tip (NLT) Hamptons-style. Last time was all about how to sleep deeply and peacefully, now we'll focus on getting ready for fall.
Your World: Ah…Labor Day. Warm temperatures may make autumn seem far off, but fall will creep up on us before we even have time to unpack our beach bags. All of these changes impact our health—physically and mentally. Although we can’t control the change of seasons (bummer!), your home is Your World and that is one environment you can control!
NLT Hamptons-Style: Prepare calmly for autumn to arrive. Try these tips to keep Your World stuck in a place of "summertime zen," as you healthfully prepare for the transition into fall.
Clean Out Your Closets AND Cabinets: The arrival of fall fashion means it’s time to revamp your wardrobe, but don’t stop there! Out with the sugary, possibly expired condiments and in with new herbs, spices, and vinegars.
If condiments, such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, and salad dressings are hogging up your shelf space, toss them and restock with the new and improved ones for fall. Instead of sugary salad dressings, experiment with different types of vinegars such as raspberry, pomegranate, and blueberry. Try cloves, oregano, basil, thyme, and cinnamon to add flavor to your dishes instead of ketchup and sauces—doing so will give you an additional boost of antioxidants and save calories. If you’ve been collecting tea bags in your pantry it may be time to clear out and replenish them, too. Experiment with the different tea flavors available in the markets now.
Winterize Your Freezer: You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to freeze your own fruit. Head to the market and stock up on your favorite summer fruits now, pop them in your freezer, and enjoy all fall. Voila! You now have a secret stash of summer’s best produce.
The best ones to freeze are watermelon, grapes, kiwis, and mangos. If you don’t feel like freezing them for yourself, check the freezer aisle of your grocery store. Many brands such as Bird’s Eye sell frozen fruits and vegetables, like pineapple, bananas, and corn, all year-round. As an added bonus, frozen fruits and vegetables contain the max amount of nutrients because they are flash frozen as soon as they are picked at peak ripeness.
Stay in Shape and Have a Laugh: Choose your favorite fall comedy and walk or run on your treadmill for the entire length of the show. You'll be so wrapped up in the latest episode, you'll hardly notice you've been burning calories.
Beat the Post-Summer Blues: Take your favorite photos from summer, frame them, and use them to decorate your walls. Apply this tip now, and get a fresh hint of summertime until well after Labor Day.
Keep Your Summer Sleep Habits: Use calming teas, tranquil sounds, or a sleep mask to get better sleep this fall. A lack of sleep may cause weight gain by affecting hormones that control appetite. Plus, the extra sleep will help keep you focused throughout the day and better able to stay on top of your “back-to-school” schedule. Read how to sleep deeply and healthfully here>>
—KERI GLASSMAN, MS, RD, CDN
Live by Keri Glassman Nutritious Life’s eight pillars for a healthy, happy summer:
Drink Up, Eat Empowered, Exercise Steady, Pamper Thyself, Sex Ed, Sleep Deep, Stress Less, Your World
Keri Glassman is the founder and president of Keri Glassman, Nutritious Life, a nutrition practice based in New York City, and Nutritious Life Meals, a gourmet, healthy, daily diet delivery program available in major markets in the United States. For years, Keri has been a leader in advancing a “whole person” approach to health and wellness. She has dedicated her career to creating services and promoting education through her brand.
Keri is a member of Women’s Health Magazine’s board, and has authored three books, the most recent being Slim Calm Sexy Diet (Rodale, March 2012). Keri’s expertise is regularly featured on several national television programs including NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, Access Hollywood Live, The View, The Talk, The Chew, Dr. Oz, The Doctors, The Wendy Williams Show, MSNBC, The Fox News Channel, and CNN. She is also the nutrition and health contributor for NBC’s New York Live. Keri hosts an original series called “A Little Bit Better” which will be featured on Youtube’s LivestrongWoman channel. She is a spokesperson for national brands that align with the Nutritious Life mission, and is a prolific writer and commentator for numerous publications, such as OK! Magazine and Hamptons Magazine. Keri also regularly contributes articles and recipes to several websites including Equinox, Martha Stewart Living, and Youbeauty.com.