Here are 13 simple ways to keep healthier this winter season...
1. Bring out the slow cooked, warm, moist meals this season. Soups are a perfect match for the cold, dry days.
2. We gravitate toward richer foods in the winter for good reason — we need to stay warm, lubricated and healthy. Allow yourself to indulge in high quality dairy, nuts and seeds, dried fruits, organic meats, and healthy fats — you can feel satisfied without jumping on the sugar train.
3. With the increase in heavier foods, be sure to increase spices and foods that help keep digestion lively. Many of these foods and spices have the added benefit of boosting your immune system because they are antibacterial. Try adding dark leafy greens, berries, garlic, onions, ginger, cumin, oregano, and cinnamon to your recipes whenever you can.
4. Use a good moisturizer like Cocoa Butter.
5. Use humidifiers to keep the air you are breathing moist.
6. Let indoor green plants help keep your air clean and fresh.
7. Prioritize sleep and follow the sun’s lead. As the days get shorter, go to bed earlier!
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8. Keep physically active during the winter to bolster mental health and physical immunity. If you are a walker or runner, invest in a set of cold weather workout clothes so your can keep up your routine as the temperature dips.
9. Get social! Stay connected to others, even as your activities shift more and more indoors. Join a group or book club that meets regularly.
10. Replace outdoor kid’s outings with indoor ones, like book time at the library or trips to the museum.
11. Strengthen your body’s defenses by keeping your gut healthy. Consume foods that have natural probiotics (like yogurt, kefir, miso soup, cultured vegetables, sauerkraut), or take a high quality supplement.
12. If you take fish oil supplements, shift to cod liver oil supplements for the winter. These have the added benefit of vitamin A and D (great for months when our access to vitamin D producing sunshine is limited).
13. Finally, make a Feel Good menu specifically for winter. Take a moment to brainstorm all the things you can do in winter that you enjoy, that feel indulgent, and that make you happy. Keep this list posted and draw from it to make your days more special and when you need a little extra pampering.