The winter is rapidly approaching and, let’s face it, most of us tend to pack on a few extra pounds over the next few months. Here are five ways not to get fat and to stay on track (so you don’t have to start over in January):
1. Eat Fat
Healthy fats are essential for keeping us satiated, starving sugar cravings and lubricating our joints…something that often inhibits us from from staying active during the winter.
Thanks to poor information from the FDA and bad marketing practices from major food companies, many of us have been brainwashed to stay away from fat. What most people don’t realize is by choosing fat-free products, you’re consuming highly processed foods full of sugar and carcinogenic substances. Instead, stick to whole foods and make sure to boost your intake of Omega-3 fats such as wild salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds.
2. Drink Bone Broth
Bone Broth is a magic elixir. I felt a cold coming on last week and swear bone broth kicked it right out of my system. It’s rich with easily absorbable minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, and sulfur to keep your body strong and healthy. It also contains glucosamine which supports joint health and gelatin/collagen which is amazing for gut health. Furthermore, its amino acids help reduce inflammation. Home run! The stronger your immune system, the more energy you’ll have throughout the Winter months.
3. Don’t Let the Holidays Be an Excuse
If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’ve put considerable effort into living a healthy lifestyle. The holidays roll around and you find yourself stressed, busy and surrounded by unhealthy food choices. Why let all your hard work go out the window? This year as you head into the holidays, be mindful. Set realistic goals and allow yourself to indulge a bit at times. (But, of course, only when it’s worth it.)
4. Look After Your Digestion
Many of us don’t make the connection between the strength of our digestion and our overall wellness. Over 70 percent of our immune system is housed in our gut, so keeping it in good working order is essential. If not, the unhealthy bacteria cells can multiply and make us sick and overweight. To help, we suggest taking a probiotic daily. Be Well Probiotics contain the 5 most viable and stable strains of bacteria known today.
5. Stop Sitting So Much
It’s cold, dark and gloomy outside. While I’m not one to encourage an early morning workout, dragging yourself out from under the covers becomes brutal in the dead of winter. Here are a few suggestions for keeping your activity level up during the darker months:
- Instead of sending emails or making phone calls, get some facetime and take a walk with a friend, colleague or family member.
- Schedule your weekly workouts in your calendar.
- Use the stairs at work and walk whenever possible to your destination.
- Start a Fitbit Challenge among co-workers or friends. Team up with a group of people and help each other stay motivated and accountable.