What’s not to love about eating in autumn?  Fall means football and tailgating. Then, Halloween comes and we celebrate all things sweet.   By Thanksgiving, we’re ready for some heavy and hearty food.

Is there anyway to eat healthier?  Let’s take a look.

At tailgating parties, eat from a plate versus buffet style.  Take smaller portions and stop eating when full.  Make sure you have veggies and low fat dip next to the chips and dip.

Thirsty?  Limit your number of hot chocolates and pumpkin spiced lattes.  Remember to use low fat whipped cream. Fall means caramel apples. But, that thick layer of caramel and apples can cost you calories. Consider dipping apple slices in low fat caramel dip instead.

How to prepare for Halloween? Store candy out of sight. Consider chewing a piece of sugarless gum when you crave something sweet. Incorporate fruit in your diet to satisfy your hunger instead of eating a piece of candy at least once a day.

What can you do to make Thanksgiving healthier? When making vegetable dishes, consider what you add. Cream, cheese, butter and bacon add countless calories. Then, there’s dessert. Pumpkin, apple and sweet potato pies are a part of Thanksgiving. Don’t eat the crust and either skip or use low calorie whipped cream. Remember, eat in moderation and try to take a walk before the football game!