Ah yes, it’s late September and fall is already in the air! Since I moved to Oregon 5 years ago, fall has been my absolute favorite season. The air is clean and crisp; the leaves are turning into bright shades of reds, oranges and yellows. As you walk through the grocery store and coffee shops, everything has almost magically turned into “pumpkin spiced” things. There’s pumpkin spice cereal, pumpkin spice yogurt, pumpkin spice lattes, you name it and I can assure you it’s been changed to Pumpkin Spice flavor!
It’s hard not to indulge in these treats from time to time, believe me, I know! After all, life is about enjoying simple pleasures right? Sure! But. ah yes, there is a BUT,…make sure that along with enjoying the occasional cheat snack/meal, you are exercise accordingly. Vigorous exercise will help those keep the temptations at bay or at least help keep your metabolism up and going. Remember what I talked about in the last post? How what you eat can make or break how you perform? Well, it works vice versa as well.
If you exercise hard, you are less inclined to ‘throw away’ the progress you made during your workout. Make it a point to deserve your next cheat snack/meal, say, a pumpkin scone with a latte o pumpkin pancakes? Work out hard knowing that you’ve got a planned cheat meal/snack to replenish those glycogen stores. Believe me it’ll make it even more pleasurable when you’re eating your cheat meal because you’ll know that you’ve worked hard for it.
Until next time, workout hard, enjoy the weather and enjoy some Pumpkin Spice! I’ll be in the search for some Clean Eating Pumpkin Recipes!