Winter is coming. It sucks, I know. If you’re like me, colder weather usually means you’ll be spending more time inside and choosing comfort foods more often. Mix less healthy eating with lower activity levels and it can spell disaster if you let it go on too long. Make a plan to keep your healthy routines ongoing despite the busier season! Consider the following tips to keep yourself well during the cold months to come.
1. Don’t let busy weekends cramp your style during the week – choose a night of the week, or weekend, to meal prep. You’ve got to put the time in to see the results! You can find great, dietitian generated, recipes on www.cookspiration.com with the added bonus of a nutrition facts panel! If grocery shopping isn’t your thing check out www.chefsplate.com for balanced meals delivered right to your door.
2. Missed a workout? Make it up by asking a friend to go for a walk during lunch, or taking the stairs a couple times during the week.
3. Increase your fruit and veggie intake – fruits and vegetables contain tons of vitamin C, soluble and insoluble fibre as well as phytonutrients (plant nutrients). Adults should be aiming for at least 5 servings per day (1 serving = 1 cup leafy greens or ½ cup vegetables). Try to get vegetables in with at least two of your meals and 1 snack.
4. Keep eating – if you overate one night don’t starve yourself the next day. Keep your metabolism, your body and your mind fueled by having a healthful breakfast (Mmmm poached eggs on toast anyone?) and eating a meal or snack every 3-4 hours.
If you’ve got a case of the winter blues, let me help organize a plan that will bring some sunshine back in your life! Book in for an initial visit by going to: www.enhancedwellness.ca
~ Megan Bailey, RD