Focus on good fats
When Winter arrives, we can’t help but seek for comfort foods and fats. Opt for healthy fats that help your body soak up vitamins A, D and E and are necessary for a healthy nervous system. That also means if you are eating the right fats your mood is better.
Stock up on a variety of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and the right saturated fats this winter, but avoid hydrogenated and trans fats that lurk in processed foods. Try olives, olive oil, almonds, avocados, salmon, walnuts, anchovies, flax seeds, hemp seeds, grass-fed butter, organic clarified butter, and unrefined coconut oil.
When the weather is cold, and the day is short, human bodies return to the natural, evolved state of slow metabolism and more sleep. The trick here is to try and get some shut-eye during the dark evening hours, the more hours snooze you get before midnight the better and wake up early to get more morning sunlight. This will help stabilise your moods, stops you from eating late at night and helps you make better decisions when it comes to food the next day.
Shorten your session
The colder weather can make you want to snooze the alarm and skip that exercise. So instead of slogging it at the gym for an hour shorten your session. Forgot the gym? Then try a quick high-intensity workout you can easily do in the comfort of your own home. In fact, 10 minutes a day is all you really need to get the heart racing and burn off the calories. Download our free E-book to find out more about 10-minute exercises.
Ditch the Caramel Latte
While we agree, winter is a great time to catch up with friends over a warm drink however liquid calories, especially the sugars found in a lot of hot drinks add up and with time increase your waistband. We don’t eat less because we have consumed them as they don’t curb our hunger they just increase our blood glucose levels. So instead of ordering a hot chocolate or a chai latte (which can contain up to 4 teaspoons of sugar) opt for a black coffee, green tea or peppermint tea which can aid digestion