Welcome to Winter… and boy has it hit us with a cold blast!
But on the bright side… tis the season of open fires, scarves, hats & gloves, slow-cooked casseroles & curries and warming soups & stews. It’s time to embrace the cooler months by taking time to nourish our bodies with seasonal, wholesome meals and nourish our connections with people by sharing these meals with those we love. Winter is a great time to rest up, eat well and get your health back on track.
Our Top Tips to Help You Thrive this Winter
Enjoy Healthy & Wholesome Food
It’s tempting in Winter to fill up on quick & easy comfort foods, such as pasta and white rice. But if these refined foods are eaten regularly they promote unstable blood sugar levels and weight gain. Instead, eat complex carbohydrates in moderation. Try something new like Quinoa, Millet or Amaranth. And enjoy them with a minimum of 5 cups of vegetables and 2 fruits daily to optimise your nutrient intake.
We know that to change a body shape it takes 4 x 30minute sessions per week. That’s an investment of just 2 hours of each week or 1.19% of your time!
Enough said – grab your beanie & gloves & Just Get out there and Do It… and enjoy the crisp air and the benefits that exercise brings.
The power of sleep regulates and maintains your weight and recharges your immune system. If you are one of the 80% of Australians experiencing issues with sleep ask in-store for our sleeping herbal formulas and tips on how to get to sleep, stay asleep and enjoy a replenishing and rejuvenating sleep.
Beat the Winter Blues
The “winter blues”, also known as SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is caused by lack of sunlight. You can eat to boost your mood. Foods rich in tryptophan (an amino acid), help your body produce serotonin (our feel-good neurotransmitter). Foods containing tryptophan include: milk, chicken, beef, brown rice, fish, eggs, nuts, bananas and vegetables. Combining these with complex carbohydrates will help increase its absorption. Also, ensure you are having sufficient amounts of the B-group vitamins (esp. B3) so your body won’t end up expending large amounts of precious tryptophan to replace the missing vitamin.
Getting enough Vitamin D?
As we move into the Winter months more time spent indoors means less sun exposure and less vitamin D produced by the body. So now is the danger period when we are most likely to become Vitamin D deficient. If you are not likely to get 2-3 hours of sun on your face, arms and hands each week it might pay to support your immune system by eating foods rich in Vitamin D (egg yolks and salmon & tuna) or by supplementing your diet with a highly absorbable liquid emulsion to achieve adequate vitamin D status and reduce your risk of colds & flu’s this winter.
Virtually everyone agrees that fresh fruits and vegetables are more nutritious than those that have been picked early, transported from hundreds of miles away or treated with chemicals to retain their colour or freshness. Eating fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables from local farmers is better for your health and the environment.
What’s in Season Now
Winter Fruits such as: apples, oranges, mandarins, kiwi fruit, custard apples, pears, avocado, rhubarb, lemons, limes and grapefruit.
Winter vegetables include: beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, fennel, Asian greens, cauliflower, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, leeks, parsnips, peas, potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, silver beet, spinach, turnips
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