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Nov 21st 09:03:27 AM

Nourishing November

By Michael Leidig, MS, RD, LDN, CPT

November’s here and hopefully you can start the month with an extra hour of sleep when clocks are set back 11/6. Keep up the healthy eating and physical activity and don’t you go back to unhealthy habits! Trees are almost bare now (at least on the East Coast), but they are still strong and stand up to November’s chilly, gusty winds.

You can be strong too by having super snacks with protein, healthy fat and carbs like fruit and nuts, veggies and cheese, or a turkey sandwich instead of chips, cookies, or candy—so get rid of that left-over Halloween stuff! You can also keep your brain strong eating fatty fish like salmon to perform your best in and out of school. One thing that trees have is sap and one thing that can “sap” your energy is too much sugar. Juice has as much sugar as soda (grape & cranberry have even more—Yikes!).

To get the health benefits without the sugar, eat your fruit—not drink it! Not only can sugar “sap” your energy, but too much carb can too. Remember that as you plan your Thanksgiving meal this month. It’s the carbs (mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, bread, rolls, cranberry sauce, and of course pumpkin or pecan pie and other desserts)-not the turkey-that make you tired after dinner.

So gobble up plenty of veggies and bird (or brain-power fish) and small amounts of potatoes, stuffing, and pie. And instead of plopping down on the couch to watch some football or other TV show after your meal, get outside and play some football or go for a brisk walk with family and friends. Have a nourishing November and don’t let your energy get sapped. Keep your energy levels up with protein and healthy fat to balance out the carbs. Click on this LINK for a free handout to see how.

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