The change in seasons also means a change in diet for many of us. For me, fall is always welcomed because it’s a chance for me to get my summer weight-gain under control. I am different than almost everyone else I know simply because I GAIN weight in the summer and LOSE weight in the fall/ winter.
There are a few reasons for my ability to pack on the pounds during the hottest days of the year.
1. I run less during the Summer- I HATE to run in warm weather. Give me 50 degrees and a slight wind and I am a happy camper. The moment the thermometer hits 75 and sunny, I’m more likely to want to sit by the pool with a nice marg than lace up my running shoes.
2. Summertime = Socializing – For the BF and I, summertime means the itch to be more social. We attend more BBQs, dinners/drinks out during the warmer months with friends. This mixed with the lack of running = added lbs.
3. I love Fro Yo- I know I have talked of this all summer, but, I really only enjoy eating cold things during hot months and visa versa. So now that the weather is getting cooler, my fro yo days are numbered.
Also with the change of seasons comes a shift in our eating habits. Gone are the days of hamburgers; they are replaced by casseroles, crock pot meals and skillet dinners like the one shown below.
Chicken Sausage Skillet
Cook Time: 20 minutes
2-4 links of Trader Joe’s Chicken sausage (flavor TBD)
4 handfuls of fresh spinach
3 garlic cloves
1 Vidalia onion- sliced thin
2 cups sliced mushrooms
2 cups of cubed butternut squash
In a large skillet heat up coconut oil until it melts and add in the links of chicken sausage. Cook on medium-high heat until it is browned on all sides. While the sausage is cooking slice up the mushrooms, onion and butternut squash.
Next, removed the sausage from the pan and add in the butternut squash. Cook in coconut oil until it is browned and easy to pierce with a fork. Once the squash softens, add in the onion and garlic. Cook down until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant. Finally add back in the sausage and spinach.
This meal would be great even as a breakfast with fried eggs over top or with a sprinkling of feta cheese baked on top. Either way, it’s a fast, delicious fall colored meal that just so happens to be paleo and healthy! Winning? I think so!
Question of the day: Do you have a season or time of year you struggle to stay healthy?