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6 Super Healthy And Simple Recipes to Try This Fall

6 Super Healthy And Simple Recipes to Try This Fall

There’s no doubt about it. Fall is a time of indulgence. Between the sweet treats of halloween, huge Thanksgiving feasts, and pumpkin spiced everything, it can be tempting to overdo it. This can be problematic, especially when the holiday season isn’t too far away either, bringing its own temptations. The good news is that the coming of autumn brings plenty of healthy and tasty seasonal produce, and there are other ways to make some indulgent favorites just a bit healthier. Here are six super Healthy and simple recipes to try this season.

1. Curried Butternut Squash Soup

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    This delicious vegan soup is a perfect light lunch.

    • 1 Can Lite Coconut Milk
    • 2 Cups Diced Butternut Squash
    • 1 T Coconut Oil
    • Curry Powder
    • Salt and Pepper
    • Vegetable Stock

    Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat and add the coconut oil. Saute the squash in the coconut oil until lightly browned. Add salt, pepper, and curry powder to taste. Pour in enough vegetable stock to just cover the mixture. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Stir every 5 minutes. When the squash is fork tender, add the can of coconut milk. Use an immersion blender to puree the mix until it is smooth. Finally, taste the soup and adjust for seasonings.

    Pro Tip: Some cooked brown rice or quinoa adds bulk to this soup.

    2. Parmesan And Butter Mashed Fauxtatoes

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      There’s a good chance that someone at your Thanksgiving table is going low carb. They’ll appreciate this great substitute for mashed potatoes.

      • 4 Cups Riced Cauliflower
      • 2 T Butter
      • ½ Cup Heavy Cream
      • Salt And Pepper
      • Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

      Take the riced cauliflower and butter and place in a microwave-safe dish. Cover and cook on high for five minutes. Remove and stir. Repeat this process until the cauliflower is soft. Add the butter, salt and pepper, and heavy cream. Mash with a potato masher until it is roughly the consistency of mashed potatoes. Stir in freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve.

      Note: All microwaves perform differently. Please adjust for yours. If your grocery store does not have riced cauliflower, simply toss four cups of florets into your food processor and pulse until it resembles rice.

      3. Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon And Dried Cranberries

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        If you are tired of the same green bean casserole, this is a tasty alternative.

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        • 2 Cups Brussels Sprouts Halved
        • ¼ Cup Bacon Cooked and Crumbled
        • ¼ Cup Dried Cranberries
        • Olive Oil
        • Salt And Pepper
        • 1 T White Balsamic Vinegar

        Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, stir brussels sprouts, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Spread the mix on a shallow roasting pan and cook for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, sprinkle the dried cranberries and bacon over the vegetables. Continue roasting until soft and somewhat browned. Spoon into a serving bowl and toss with white vinegar just before serving.

        4. Speedy Pork Loin With Apples

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          If you’ve got a great pressure cooker, this is a great Sunday dinner recipe, or even an alternative to your Thanksgiving turkey!

          • 4 to 5 Lbs Boneless Pork Loin
          • 1 Onion Cut Into 8 Pieces
          • Olive Oil
          • Salt And Pepper
          • 3 to 4 Apples Quartered
          • 2 T Whole Grain Mustard
          • ½ Cup Apricot Jam
          • 1 Cup Chicken Stock

          Rub olive oil on the pork loin, add salt and pepper and sear it in the pressure cooker until brown on all sides. Remove the loin and add in the apples and onion. Saute those until somewhat soft and fragrant. Deglaze the pan with the chicken stock, and add the pork loin back in. Put the lid on the pressure cooker and bring up to pressure. Cook for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove the pressure and let the loin rest for about ten minutes.

          While you are waiting, mix the jam and the mustard in a microwave safe dish. Heat on medium for thirty-second intervals, and stir frequently. Then, glaze the pork loin with the mixture.

          Suggested Sides: Roasted Green Beans And Parker House Rolls

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          5. Cheap And Comforting Smoky Lentil Soup

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            Lentils are a true superfood. This soup is hearty, delicious, and extraordinarily inexpensive.

            • 2 Cups Brown or Green Lentils
            • ½ Cup Diced Carrots
            • ½ Cup Diced Celery
            • Chicken Stock
            • ½ Cup Diced Red Onion
            • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes
            • 1 T Minced Garlic
            • 4 Slices Diced Bacon
            • Salt And Pepper
            • 1 Bay Leaf

            Heat a large soup pot over medium on the stovetop. Add bacon and allow that to cook, stirring frequently until the fat renders and the bacon is cooked through. Throw in the carrots, celery, and onion and crank the heat to medium high. Saute for about 5 minutes. Toss in the minced garlic, and add salt and pepper to taste.

            Add the lentils and stir them into the vegetable mix. Pour in enough chicken stock to cover the mixture by approximately one and a half inches. Place one bay leaf into the soup mixture, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low, and let everything simmer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, add the tomatoes and stir. Then simmer, stirring every ten minutes until the lentils have softened.

            Pro Tip: Swap out the bacon for a tablespoon of olive oil and use vegetable stock to make this recipe vegetarian. Add a couple of drops of liquid smoke for extra flavoring.

            6. Pumpkin Parfaits

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              This is a healthier, and portable alternative to many standard pumpkin pie recipes.

              • 1 Can Pumpkin Puree
              • 1 Pouch Sugar-Free Vanilla or Cheesecake Pudding Mix
              • 1 Container of Light Cool Whip
              • 1 Cup of Skim Milk
              • 1 Cup of Evaporated Milk
              • Pumpkin Pie Spice

              Combine all ingredients except for the Cool Whip in a bowl. Mix thoroughly with an electric mixer. Cover and place into the refrigerator until it is set. Spoon the mixture into parfait cups alternating with layers of Cool Whip. Finish with a final dollop of the Cool Whip and a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice.

              Serving Kids? Dish this up into unbreakable plastic tumblers to keep your glassware safe.

              These recipes provide some great alternatives to their more calorie-laden counterparts. They are also a great way to add some healthy produce to your fall meal plans.

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              Published on November 14, 2018

              Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

              Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

              With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

              For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

              In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

              Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

              Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

              It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

              For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

              Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

              Symptoms of Fatigue

              Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

              • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
              • mental blocks
              • lack of motivation
              • headache
              • dizziness
              • muscle weakness
              • slowed reflexes and responses
              • impaired decision-making and judgement
              • moodiness, such as irritability
              • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
              • reduced immune system function
              • blurry vision
              • short-term memory problems
              • poor concentration
              • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

              Causes of Fatigue

              The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

              • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
              • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
              • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
              • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

              Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

              Medical Causes of Fatigue

              If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

              Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

              Anemia

              Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

              Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

              There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

              Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

              Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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              This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

              Diabetes

              Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

              Sleep Apnea

              Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

              Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

              Thyroid disease

              An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

              Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

              • Lack of sleep
              • Too much sleep 
              • Alcohol and drugs 
              • Sleep disturbances 
              • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
              • Poor diet 

              Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

              • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
              • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
              • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
              • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

              Psychological Causes of Fatigue

              Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

              • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
              • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
              • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

              How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

              Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

              1. Tell The Truth

              Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

              To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

              Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

              The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

              One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

              • How you feel
              • What time of day it is
              • What may have contributed to your fatigue
              • How your mind and body reacts

              This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

              2. Reduce Your Commitments

              When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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              If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

              When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

              Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

              3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

              If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

              Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

              If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

              Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

              Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

              4. Express More Gratitude

              Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

              It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

              Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

              5. Focus On Yourself

              Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

              There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

              But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

              We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

              6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

              Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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              Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

              The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

              Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

              7. Take a Power Nap

              When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

              Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

              This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

              8. Take More Exercise

              The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

              Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

              The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

              You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

              9. Get More Quality Sleep

              To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

              Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

              My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

              10. Improve Your Diet

              Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

              Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

              On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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              To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

              Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

              Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

              11. Manage Your Stress Levels

              Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

              When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

              Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

              My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

              12. Get Hydrated

              Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

              Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

              If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

              The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

              The Bottom Line

              These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

              If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

              Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

              Reference

              [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
              [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
              [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
              [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
              [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
              [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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