Here we are, the holidays have died down. We’ve been immersed in 2020 for a little over two weeks now. This is the time. The middle of winter is often the time of year when it can be easy to forget about our bodies. Some are getting stir crazy or just plan forgetting the vital role they play in our lives. Somewhere in the chilly mix of it all we can find ourselves reverting to unhealthy habits. Not realizing the great potential this season has for rejuvenation and healing. Today I want to talk about how to keep your body and mind aligned and in checked all year round. I am certainly not master dietitian and am still learning a thing or two about wellness but take these gentle nudges below, as a way to add a little more radiance to those frosty nights and cold bare days!
1. Get Creative With Your Crock pot
My crock pot has gotten an intense workout this winter. I was never a crock pot queen. But as I get to a new level in my health and wellness journey I am learning hearty meals can be healthy. Lots of people crave more hearty foods when the temperatures drop. But I suggest you try to stick with ingredients that are seasonal to keep meals nutrient-dense and packed with flavor. Some winter staples I am keeping in constant rotation this season have been green beans, sweet potatoes, citrus, pomegranates, and brussel sprouts. Just to name a few.
Quick Tips: Seasonal Fruits and Veggies This amazing sight will help you focus on the right fruits and veggies to eat during their respective seasons.
2. Eat Local When Eating Out
I know we all love to eat out now and again. As a mom of two I know I find it to be such a lovely way to spend what can feel like such precious time with friends. Although I love my kitchen it can be nice to enjoy some relaxation away from it! When I am dining out, I stick to places that pride themselves in their ingredients being locally grown, organic, and fresh. Most recently, during a trip to Philadelphia, I absolutely loved my meal at Talula’s Garden – “The Exotic Mushroom Omelet” – fresh farm eggs, creamy braised mushrooms, fines herbs, gruyere cheese, crispy potatoes and greens.
Philly Phriends – Harvest, Turning Point, and The Farmers Keep can always be found between the Bucks/Philadelphia area and all try to support the surround areas farming community!
3. Make Time for Yourself
Barre3 is life, life is Barre3. Okay I’m kidding…Kinda. But in all seriousness If you pre-register for fitness classes at the beginning of he week, you’ll be more committed to attending. I have even gone as far as to buy myself an really nice pair of hiking boots so I feel like I have to get use out of them. Every morning after I drop the boys off and before I get into work I head over to my local park for a hike. And even still, don’t forget to give yourself moments of peace and relaxation. Whether it’s a night at home, laughing with your friends, or being around family. And say you take that time to indulge, don’t fret. get back on track with a little extra citrus before every meal this will your body that healthy eating is the norm. Winter may seem a bit long, but it its a whole lot more enjoyable when we stick to a healthier lifestyle!
4. Keep Your Body Temp in Check
You wouldn’t think it but staying in touch with your body temperature can have a very positive outcome. Sometimes our body gives us hunger signs when really we are just too cold! Every wonder why people call it “winter weight”? It has been shown that we do tend to gain a few pounds in winter. Psychologically, food can give us a very comforting feeling. So just do a body check. And when in doubt, warm up with some green tea and a bowl of my favorite organic wonton soup!
5. Drink Golden Milk
Golden milk is one of the most satisfying things I have been drinking as of late. It is so soothing to sip on in bed after a day of hustle and bustle. Its main ingredient is turmeric. (Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory that exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities, including antimicrobial activity as well as boosts for the immune system.) I’ve linked my favorite recipe here.