DIETARY TRICKS TO HELP BEAT THE BLUES!
When Mother Nature conspires to keep you indoors with gusty winds, grey skies and
drizzle – it’s easy to feel cooped up and uninspired. However, this doesn’t have to mean you can’t
find comfort in something delicious and nutritious!
We’ve rounded up a few suggested ways you can stay healthy and feel your best. Learn about mood-boosting foods that
are perfect to cozy up to.
Nutritious tips to combat foul-weather:
Rather than delve into the not-so-good temptation of fast-food or delivery,
stock your fridge and freezer with foods rich in feel-good Vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that will
help provide energy and shield you from winter’s elements.
- Eat almonds and oily fish such as salmon that are both rich in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Reach for foods rich in vitamin D during the dull months ahead. Less time outside means less exposure to sunlight, a key way in which our bodies derive immunity-boosting Vitamin D naturally. Instead, find Vitamin D from
milk products of all sorts, rice or soy products, tuna, sardines, salmon and eggs.
- Drink lots of water, even when you don’t feel thirsty. Try to keep a bottle of water at-hand throughout the day and aim to empty it several times to ensure that you are staying hydrated. Decaffeinated coffee and tea work well and still provide you with a comforting feeling of warmth.
- Get creative in the kitchen and make batches of homemade soups: a great source of comfort and a good way to increase your water intake. Your brain knows that eating helps raise your body temperature when cold so it
sends out signals that actually encourage you to eat (even when you’re not hungry) so it’s easy to pack away
extra calories during the winter.
- Eat your oatmeal. Banish feeling blah at the beginning of your day with a hot bowl of easy-to-make oatmeal and reap the rewards of good carbohydrates found in rolled oats. Add a bit of cane sugar, raisins, dried
cranberries, raspberries, walnuts or mashed bananas to your oatmeal with a dash of low-fat milk and feel an
instant energetic boost! It’s the perfect way to battle the darker start to a winter’s day - and it will help your brain
build a supply of feel-good serotonin. You can find the same goodness that oatmeal provides from a small sweet
potato, English muffin with a bit of jam, low-sodium pretzels or multi-grain toast as well.
By adopting a few or all of these suggestions you’ll march through the rest of the season with a renewed sense
of energy. Just remember – the official first day of spring is only just around the corner and you owe it to yourself
to be at your very best!