As Autumn comes to a close, most people are squeezing in as much shopping, eating, drinking, partying for the holiday season under the false illusion that everything is going to STOP in January!! It’s the start of the holiday season, which means lots of calorie-laden foods, like Irish coffees, mashed potatoes, mince-pies, and chocolate kimerleys!
For many, this means weight gain.
Many people also start going into hibernation mode come dropping temperatures. They eat heavier foods. They gain (more) weight. They cozy up and hide away.
There are numerous holiday parties that start after mid November leading up to Christmas. Work parties, family parties, drinks with your girlfriends, and the ever more popular winter weddings! The list goes on. And just when you think it will slow down, Christmas arrives, leading you into New Year’s Eve, and topping it off with Valentines Day.
Holy more weight gain! Continuous months of indulging and mindless eating and drinking.
So, how are you going to handle the arrival of winter?
Fear not. Winter is a great time to get a handle on your ‘hibernating mode’ eating habits, leading into the lightness of spring.
Don’t forget to get your vitamin D. The days get their shortest come winter. Researchers at Aberdeen University found that obese people had 10% less vitamin D than people of average weight. The study also found that excess body fat absorbed vitamin D so the body couldn’t use it. Scientists now believe that there is a direct correlation between obesity and low levels of vitamin D. With that, get out there, even in the cold, and get your sunshine, if only for 10 minutes per day.
Move your body and continue exercising regularly. It can be as simple as taking a walk out in frosty air.
Sometimes you may not feel like it due to the cold weather, but hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Get that water into you, room temperature is better.
Enjoy winter foods. Move toward the more warming winter foods and also emphasize the more warming spices and seasonings including ginger and peppercorns.