The days of pumpkin spice lattes and other obnoxiously sweet syrups are upon us. I, like anyone, love a few sweet treats this time of year, especially when the advent calendars start and there seems to be a something delicious at every corner. Staying well in the winter months needn’t be difficult and at large is centred around what you’re eating. Stay full and fuel your body with hearty meals full of vitamins and nutrients, but most importantly flavour!
Making a conscious decision to eat healthily and look after your wellbeing throughout the cold seasons will ensure that you have plenty of energy to enjoy all the festivities ahead, so you won’t be spending your Christmas feeling low.
Here are three tips to stay healthy this winter
Keep It Fresh
Try to avoid heavily processed foods, they may be convenient and satisfy that sneaky craving but they won’t nourish your body and could leave you feeling lethargic and unwell. Therefore, whether you’re shedding the pounds for the Christmas party and looking for diet recipes or creating some comforting family favourites it’s always worth buying fresh ingredients and cooking from scratch. There is a plethora of information and advice online regarding healthy meals that will fill you up, taste great, and won’t leave you feeling bloated and guilty. Write down a meal plan and go to the supermarket, load up with an abundance of fresh ingredients and start creating meals your body and taste buds will enjoy.
“Fail to prepare and prepare to fail”
After a long day at work or school, it’s all too easy to just throw something unhealthy in the oven, especially when it’s pitch black outside and the temperatures are making crave your favourite comfort foods. To stay on track try to have pre-made meals in your fridge or freezer that can be heated up with ease. Try making batch recipes such as stews, soups, or casseroles that are full of nutrient-dense vegetables and can be easily frozen. One of my favourite one pot recipes is this sweet potato chilli.
Don’t forget to drink
Just because it isn’t summer and you may not be sweating buckets you still need to stay hydrated. Your bodies thirst response is diminished by up to 40% in the colder months which can lead you to believe you are less dehydrated than you are. Try to keep a bottle of water on you at all times and drink regularly throughout the day. If you work in an office like I do then try having a cup with a straw like this Starbucks tumbler. I find I drink almost continuously when I’m drinking through a straw. Weird hey.