1. Think beyond pies and jack-o-lanterns
All hail The Great Pumpkin! The pulp of this fall favorite is dense with vitamins A and C, and its tasty seeds, called pepitas, are rich in phytosterols, which may help to lower cholesterol. With all the health benefits of pumpkins, don't they deserve to be more than a craft project that rots a few weeks later?
2. Get your flu shot
Want to spend a week of autumn cooped at home, suffering from fever, fatigue and aches? Didn't think so. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season." And no, no, no the flu vaccine cannot give you the flu.
3. Fend of the common cold as well
Hydrate with tons of water throughout the day, and your immune system will thank you. The foods you eat can also help prevent the cold. Yogurt, with all its probiotic glory, has been shown to boost the immune system, and one serving of seaweed packs more vitamin C than an orange. Another immunity booster? Previously mentioned: pumpkin seeds.
4. Scare off those Halloween candy cravings
Maybe don't swear off every candy corn kernel - where's the fun in that? Just don't overdo it. If you buy candy for trick-or-treaters, buy only enough for the kids. Wait until Halloween day to buy the candy, so the in-house sweets aren't haunting you throughout October. If you buy the candy sooner, keep it out of sight in a cupboard.
5. Buy in-season veggies, such as beets, broccoli and Brussels sprouts
Not to mention cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, kale and squash. An abundance of tasty autumn vegetables makes it easy to reap the benefits of a plant based diet, such as diabetes prevention, hypertension control, heart health and more.