Winter Warmers

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Winter is the season of comfort foods and staying indoors, but unfortunately this is also the time when a lot of us feel run down and tempted by less than healthy food and life choices.

Here are some simple ways to vote for your health this winter:

  • Listen to your body and make warming food choices. Have a warm nutrition filled breakfast to keep the cold at bay, wake up your digestive system and keep you full until lunch time. Porridge or warm toast with wholesome toppings (avocado, nut butter, poached eggs) are great choices. Click here for a warming but very quick porridge recipe.
  • Stock up on lemon, garlic and ginger. This is the absolute vitamin and antiviral power arsenal to beat winter sniffles. If you feel a cold coming on, squeeze half a lemon into a cup of warm water, add a teaspoon of grated ginger and chopped garlic, and sip. Add raw honey for more antioxidant power. If fresh garlic is too strong, there are also some good capsule alternatives at your closest health food store. Take this mixture 2-3 times a day.
  • Spend time in the sun to warm up and increase Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D boosts energy and immunity and is a key vitamin to keep you well all year round, but especially in winter. It also helps you avoid the seasonal SAD-ness (Seasonal Affective Disorder caused by being indoors a lot during winter).
  • Do a hot towel scrub! Fill the bathroom sink with hot water (as hot as you can tolerate on skin). Dip a wash cloth into  gently scrub your entire body. Adding 3-5 drops of lavender or your essential oil of choice to the hot water makes this an even more uplifting experience. A hot towel scrub 1-2 times a week is a great way to rejuvenate and boost circulation.

Here’s to your health this winter. Take care.

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