How to Survive Winter!

 

winter1. Vitamin D (obviously!)

Vitamin D is the “sunshine vitamin” because your skin creates it with exposure to sun. You don’t have to take it everyday, just any day that you’re not getting a minimum of 20 minutes of sun exposure with at least 50% of your skin exposed…so about 358 days of the year. :)

2. Stay hydrated

When it gets cold out, a lot of people start to rely on lattes and hot chocolate to stay warm. Unfortunately, these drinks are full of sugar, which will make you feel good immediately, but terrible later (not to mention the fat that you will store!). Drinking water is just as important in the winter (even though you’re not sweating as much) because being inside all of the time is very drying. Drink herbal teas or a healthier hot chocolate (cocoa, stevia, hot water, milk or milk alternative) to increase hydration and stay warm.

3. Make sure you are getting your EFAs

What is an EFA you ask? Essential Fatty Acids!
Essential fatty acids are essential (like the name suggests) to your diet, meaning your body cannot make them so you need to get them in your diet. EFAs include the omega 3s which are found in fish, seafood, omega 3 eggs, flax, chia and hemp. Omega 3s are great for brain health as well as hydrating the skin- a good thing if your hair and skin is feeling a little dry these days.

4. Eat Something Fresh

When the thermostat dips below -30, a salad is the last thing I want to eat! However, it is important to get something fresh to give your body lots of nutrients and enzymes. A great option is a fresh veggie juice, because it requires little digestion so your body’s energy can go back to shivering to keep you warm.

5. Eat healthier comfort food

The winter is a great opportunity to fill up on big pots of healthy stews, warm chili and homemade soups.
Tip Use lots of warming spices such as ginger, curry, cayenne, etc!

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