Well, the winter has rolled around again. Time for the cold weather and post-holiday blues! This can mean that many of us take our exercise and dieting regimens for granted. Whether we are too busy to take the time to exercise or make a healthy meal, are indulging on post-holiday goodies, or just don’t get as much activity as we did in the warmer weather, it is common that we aren’t taking care of ourselves as well as we should be. Well, never fear! Here are some great and easy tips that will help you stay healthy during the winter.
SMOOTHIES: We love to make smoothies in the morning to get us pumped up. Or if we don’t have time, we can always pop into beyond juice for one. OR a fresh pressed juice from Drought.
ACAI BOWLS: Whole foods frozen section – find the Acai and run. It’s our favorite breakfast lunch OR dinner. Top it with fresh fruit, raw coconut, granola, almond butter, etc. It brings me back to Bali whenever I make it and I just love this super fruit.
BUDDHA BOWLS: Pinterest it up and check out all the Buddha bowl varieties. So easy and yummy.
FIGHT CARB CRAVINGS: During the cold weather, we tend to crave foods that are high in carbs. This is because eating these foods causes serotonin levels to rise improving your mood. Carb cravings tend to get stronger as the day goes on.
If you eat a protein packed breakfast, this will tend to calm carb cravings that occur during the day. It is also a good idea to have healthy snacks on hand that will prevent you from giving in to cravings for sweets and carbs. You can also look into ways of increasing serotonin levels without relying on food.
ADD OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS: This is a healthy type of fat that is found in foods like fish, plant seeds and nuts. They also work as an anti-inflammatory reducing joint pain and stiffness and can work to reduce depression.
ADD FIBER TO YOUR MEALS: Fiber is a great way to decrease inflammation, boost the immune system, and reduce cholesterol. It also can aid in weight loss and help protect you from diabetes. Apples, oats and nuts are all great sources of fiber.
MAKE YOUR FOOD COLORFUL: On a dull winter day, what better way to brighten up meal times than by adding some colorful hues…dark greens and oranges to be specific. These foods will ensure you’re getting healthy nutrients, fats and sugars and include spinach, kale, Swiss chard, squash, carrots and oranges. Look in recipe books for interesting ways to incorporate these foods into meals.
ADD SPICES TO YOUR MEALS: Not only will spices make your food tasty, they will also help boost your immune system. Turmeric is a great spice to incorporate into recipes. It is traditionally used in Chinese and Indian medicine and it works as an antioxidant. It can combat inflammation and heart disease. Stop into Beyond Juice for a Turmeric shot if you are feeling ill – it will pep you right up.
EXERCISE: Often days fly by and, before we realize it, it’s time to go to bed, and we haven’t gotten a chance to exercise. That’s why it’s important to schedule your exercises in advance. It’s a good idea to schedule a full week of exercises at the beginning of the week including what routine you will be doing and how long they will take. Have a friend join you for added motivation. Check out Citizen Yoga in Detroit (one of our favorites for classes).
WORKOUT AT HOME: Going to a gym can be fun and keep you motivated, but often the cold weather makes it hard, or even impossible to leave the house. Not to worry! There are plenty of ways to get your workouts done at home. Look into workout video series or consult the internet for ideas on how you can do aerobics, strength training, yoga and other types of exercises, right from the comfort of your own home. We love dance work out videos personally, but your choice.
FIT BIT: We love our fit bit with our snazzy rose gold bangle for fashion of course. It can assist you in performing a variety of exercises and can also be programmed to suit your needs.
It can be hard to stay healthy during the winter time, but there are plenty of simple ways to eat right and incorporate exercise while staying happy, organized and making tasty dishes! Tis the season to find healthy habits that will work for you!
Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit