Oh, the weather outside is frightful. But YOU can feel delightful! Here are simple diet tweaks that’ll help you beat some common winter woes. We found these tips in Women’s Health Magazine.
- If you want to ward off the sniffles. Drink milk! When it’s cold and snowy, you’re more likely to flop on the couch than head outside for a walk. But less time outside means you’re getting less sunlight, which is our body’s main source of immunity-boosting Vitamin D. And even if you do head outside, the National Institutes of Health says that sun exposure in northern cities – like Minneapolis and Toronto – is too measly during winter months to give our bodies enough Vitamin D. What’s the fix? Drink one 8-ounce glass of milk each day. This’ll give you your daily dose of Vitamin D, and will help shield you from the sickies around you.
- * To banish winter blues. Eat a bowl of oatmeal! When the days get shorter, so does your brain’s supply of the feel-good chemical serotonin. That’s the word from Dr. Judith Wurtman. She says sunlight helps our body produce serotonin. So during shorter winter days, we start to feel blue. But eating carbs triggers your body to start making serotonin. So Dr. Wurtman recommends having a small, carb-heavy snack in the late afternoon – which is when your mood is usually at its lowest. To fight the urge to binge. Slurp soup! There’s a reason you feel a sudden need for chocolate chip cookies on a chilly day! Cold weather actually triggers hunger! Why? Since eating raises your body temperature, your brain will send out signals encouraging you to snack when it’s cold. What’s the fix? Eat a bowl of soup. It’s low in calories, and it’ll leave you feeling fuller longer, so you won’t dial the pizza joint every 5 minutes. Plus, a bowl of soup looks bigger than a doughnut, so your body will think you’re eating more food.**