Only four more sleeps and we Welcome Winter! We have certainly experienced an artic blast this week, and for many the dark mornings and evenings, cold and often rainy and blustery days are not something to look forward to.
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 wonderful time for restoration… to slow down, reflect what is important to us and to take steps to align these values to our daily lives so we can thrive and flourish and live a life full of vitality and purpose.
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, breads and white rice. But if these refined foods are eaten regularly, they promote unstable blood sugar levels and weight gain.
Now is the time to replace simple and refined carbs with complex carbohydrates in moderation. Dust off the crock pot and experiment with grains and seeds such as quinoa, millet or buckwheat. 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 amazing benefits you will feel.
The power of sleep regulates and maintains your weight and recharges your immune system. And Winter lends itself to focus on quality sleep.
If you are one of the 80% of Australians experiencing issues with sleep ask, visit one of the team in-store about our sleeping herbal formulas as well as our professional and practical 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.
Did you know that certain foods can 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.
And importantly, include a daily probiotic to keep your gut microbiome optimised as 95% of your serotonin is made in your gut.
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. And of course they will taste better as well!
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.
Get the Best Advice & Solutions from Qualified Practitioners
If you need some Professional help with your immune system this Winter season, now is the time to book a professional consultation with the Mammoth Health Naturopaths. By working on your individual health needs, symptoms and health history as well as your health aim and goals, our Naturopathic team experience great success in addressing underlying causes and achieving optimal health and vitality for our patients.
Consultations are available daily at our In-store Clinics. Book your Consultation Now
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