Healthy Eating Tips to Combat the Winter BluesBy
Water, the number one for any diet, is particularly important on dry winter days.
During cold dry days, our body loses more of it, so it’s important to remember to drink at least 8 glasses every day. Drinking more water also helps curb appetite, which is especially important when you’re snowed in. I know you know all this all ready, but remembering is the most important part of it. If you don’t like your water plain, refer to our post about easy ways to flavor your own water at home.
Include sensible amounts of protein, fruit and vegetables to every meal.
Nutritious foods provide the energy needed throughout the day and help prevent that sluggish feeling we’re so familiar with on cold days. Start your day by making sure you get enough vitamin-C, to support your immune system. Check out these posts for some diet recipes using grapefruit or this free ebook about orange recipes.
Cook a healthy variety of dishes for your family to enjoy rather than meals that are frozen or prepackaged.
Just like fast foods from restaurants, fast foods from the grocery store contain higher amounts of fat, preservatives, and other things that can harm your health. Since you may be spending more times indoors, use it to your advantage, and experiment with making dishes you may have always wanted to try.
Winter still offers fresh veggies such as carrots, leeks, pumpkin, broccoli, and other greens. More so, it’s the season for citrus fruits and crunchy apples, readily available in the produce section.
While you may have to pay slightly more because the veggies are being shipped fairly far, the health benefits more than make up for it. Also, the small luxury of biting into fresh fruit in the middle of winter can be real mood-booster.
One reason people gain weight over the winter is because they get depressed.
We stay inside, get less sunlight, and may feel lonely around or just after the holidays. This triggers appetite for comfort foods that are high in fat and calories. But while food is the problem, it can also be part of the cure. Instead of grabbing for fatty foods when you’re feeling down this winter, why not choose fresh fruits and vegetables to boost your mood. Cook up your favorite recipe to break the cycle instead of fueling it.
You should note not only what you eat, but also how often you eat.
It’s often healthier to eat six smaller meals, or supplement yourself with in between-meal snacks to keep fueled throughout the day. More importantly, eating more often can combat depression. Healthy snacks like fruits, veggies, and whole grains are perfect. My favorite recipe for such an occasion is to cook up a plate of whole wheat spaghetti topped with lightly cooked fresh tomatoes, a little olive oil, fresh spices, fried onions and garlic, sprinkled with fresh grated cheese. My old time, tried-and-true recipe to feed the soul indeed.
Even though it’s winter, we shouldn’t forget that a healthy lifestyle includes not only eating right, but also getting plenty of exercise.
Many of us slack off when it comes to exercising during the winter. Don’t let yourself become a winter’s victim; take time every day to exercise. This will give you more energy to make it through the winter. Tip: Get a gym pass or a stair climber – or simply dance up a storm to your favorite exercise – Dancing with the Stars- DVD for up to an hour every day a week.
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