“The cold doesn’t bother me anyway,” is what all of us want to say during the winter. But, in reality, we cope with the freezing weather by bundling up in warm blankets while eating our comfort food. Now that spring is here, it’s time to make a change in your routine. Start with the following:
Let the sun shine on you
Get outside! Sunlight converts cholesterol in the skin to vitamin D. It’s difficult to get enough of the right sun exposure (especially in the winter) to provide the body with adequate vitamin D. Vitamin D is fat-soluble and best consumed as supplements or through foods like eggs, salmon and soy. Source: HuffingtonPost
“You must sweat at least once a day,” she says. “Choose an exercise that you love—dance, stretch class, biking, swimming—and do it just for 20 to 30 minutes per day. Sign up for a group class or pre-pay so you don’t have an excuse not to go. Pack your workout clothes with you when you go to work—or better yet, wear your workout tank under a cute blazer and you’ll be half ready to hit the gym later on.” Source: Glamour
Winter can find us gorging on less-than-nutritious foods. Research has shown that the tendency to load up on calories in cold weather is an evolutionary mechanism to survive harsh winters when food was scarce. Bounce back from your winter weight by making some simple switches for spring. “Cut salt by flavoring your food with seasonings such as cayenne, which may help reduce blood pressure, and cinnamon, which may help manage blood sugar levels,” Palinski-Wade suggests. “If you are craving a sweet, try mixing together air popped popcorn with freeze dried fruit, nuts, and dark chocolate chips for a salty and sweet treat that’s packed full of fiber. Cut soda by swapping it with seltzer water mixed with a splash of 100 percent fruit juice.” Avoid the chips and instead look to fresh fruits or veggies for a natural crunch. Source: RD
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