It’s wet, and freezing, it’s also dark—when we wake and at, like, 4:00 p.m. If we listened to nature, we should do half the work and just stay in bed. Unfortunately, that doesn’t work for most days; so here are some tips to get the most out of winter, nutrition- and fitness-wise, so that spring doesn’t spring upon us feeling totally ick.
- Find your winter motivation
One thing is certain: you won’t achieve a goal if you don’t have one. If you have one, there’s at least a chance you can achieve it. Is it your swimsuit, your favorite spring outfit, a race, the size of your waist? What brings a smile? What will help get you out of bed this winter thinking about the end result in April? Pick that thing and write it down somewhere where you will see it daily. Now decide, what steps will it take to get you there?
Good winter gear is also a must. We are blessed here in Portland to have many choices for our winter warm ups – waterproof jackets, warming gloves, puddle-proof footware makes being outside more palatable. Maybe even fun…
- How to warm up with your food and fitness
Food to warm you up:
Spices are a favorite winter go-to of mine, ginger cinnamon, and more—the extra win is that they also support our immune systems. They are all equally awesome (if they are organic and haven’t expired).
Soups: This is a no-brainer—but it’s also a no or less digestive work-er. What I mean is that sometimes, like in the freezing winter, we need an assist to make things easier, and soups and purées do just this: easy nutrient absorption and easy cooking. Also they are a great way to add spices!
Warm beverages: Enjoy them but don’t confuse warmth with sugar. Lots of the hot beverages load on the sugar. A safe bet is to make your drink at home and make plain herbal tisanes your go-to, not the hot toddy or double latte with caramel.
Sautéed, roasted and baked veggie “salads”: Our bodies may not love raw vegetables—or even if our bodies do, our minds may not, and we eat with them equally. Transition from your favorite summer salads to super-rich and delicious winter sautés, like mushrooms, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, red onions, etc. Adding spices works well here too!
Sauté, roast and bake your fruit: Sweet, sweet win! A simple recipe is to cut to top quarter off of a baking apple, scoop out most of the core, and add a little oatmeal (pre-soften with water, cinnamon and maybe a bit of butter, nuts), top with a light sprinkle of honey and bake at 350 for 15 min or so. Mini apple crisps!