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Building Lasting Foundations: A Guide to Good Nutrition and Autumn Eating

By April 8, 2024April 17th, 2024No Comments4 min read

In the busy mix of everyday life, where we juggle work and family and strive for balance, one thing holds it all together: what we eat. At Fitness Passport, we believe movement and good nutrition are the cornerstones of a healthy, fulfilling life. That’s why we’re dedicated to empowering our members and their families with information to help make those important and positive choices that support health and wellbeing.

With the cooler autumn weather upon us, now is the perfect time to reflect on our eating habits and align them with the fresh range of seasonal produce available. So let’s look at what good nutrition truly looks like and how it forms the foundation for a thriving lifestyle.

Understanding Good Nutrition:

Good nutrition is not about counting calories or jumping on the latest diet fad. It’s about nourishing your body with the right balance of nutrients to support optimal health and wellbeing. At its core, good nutrition encompasses:

  1. Balanced Diet: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats forms the basis of good nutrition. Each of these food groups provides essential nutrients that our bodies need to function properly.
  2. Portion Control: While the quality of food is important, so is the quantity. Portion control ensures that you’re not overloading your body with more calories than it needs, helping to maintain a healthy weight and prevent chronic diseases.
  3. Hydration: Water is essential for life, playing a crucial role in almost every bodily function. Staying hydrated not only quenches thirst but also supports digestion, circulation, and overall health.
  4. Mindful Eating: Paying attention to what, when, and why you eat can help cultivate a healthy relationship with food. Mindful eating involves listening to your body’s hunger and fullness cues, as well as being aware of the emotional triggers that may influence your eating habits.

The Beauty of Seasonal Eating in Autumn:

Autumn offers us a wealth of delicious foods. Embracing mindful and seasonal eating not only connects us with nature but also ensures that we enjoy produce at the peak of freshness and flavour. For those of us in the southern hemisphere, autumn is the perfect time to enjoy:

  1. Apples: Crisp and juicy apples are a quintessential autumn fruit packed with fibre, vitamins, and antioxidants. Enjoy them fresh as a snack, or incorporate them into salads, desserts, and savoury dishes.
  2. Pumpkins: From comforting soups to hearty roasts, pumpkins are a versatile autumn staple rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium. Don’t forget to roast the seeds for a nutritious snack!
  3. Sweet Potatoes: With their vibrant orange flesh, sweet potatoes are not only delicious but also nutritious, providing a healthy dose of fibre, vitamins, and minerals. Roast them, mash them, or turn them into crispy fries for a satisfying side or meal.
  4. Brussels Sprouts: Often overlooked but deserving of a place on your autumn plate, Brussels sprouts are packed with vitamins K and C, as well as fibre and antioxidants. Roast them with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a delicious side dish.
  5. Mushrooms: These earthy gems are not only delicious but also incredibly nutritious, packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Whether you prefer button, shiitake, or portobello varieties, mushrooms can add depth and flavour to a wide range of dishes. Plus, they’re low in calories and fat, making them a healthy addition to any diet. Thanks to the team at Mood Food Nutrition, we have a delicious Mushroom inspired recipe – Bulgar with Mushrooms, Feta and Dill – click to go to the recipe.

By incorporating these seasonal delights into your meals, you not only support local farmers and reduce your carbon footprint but also reap the nutritional benefits of fresh, in-season produce.

Setting Lasting Foundations Good nutrition isn’t just about what you eat, but how you take steps to enhance your overall wellbeing. By embracing seasonal eating, setting realistic goals, and tapping into the unlimited physical activities on offer through the Fitness Passport network, you can lay the groundwork for a healthier, happier life. So here’s to celebrating the new season and your journey towards optimal health and wellbeing.

Cheers* to you!

*We’re toasting using a freshly made – in-season – apple juice!