The season is changing once again. As usual, the Summer slipped by too quickly and Fall has hit us with our very first snowstorm. I am not a winter girl; I am not fond of cold air, I don't enjoy winter actvities and I miss the long days. I'm sure that many of you are nodding your heads in agreement. Let me continue then. I also tend to change my eating habits, from enjoying and savoring the fresh fruits of summer, light salads and cool, refreshing beverages to gorging myself on carbohydrates such as pastas, hot chocolate and thick, creamy soups with a chunk of crispy warm bread......... These are my "comfort foods"; the foods that "help" me to "get through" the winter. I tend to move around less and would rather cuddle up with a blanket and a good book in front of the fireplace. This winter stuff doesnt really seem too bad after all, does it?? Good food?? Warm blankies?? A nice cup of hot chocolate??
Now for the facts. The average person gains 7 pounds during the Fall/Winter months. Due to the lessened physical activity and the changes in eating habits, we gain an average of two pounds a month. Let's break the cycle this season.
Start by commiting to exercise. There is no excuse. Even five minutes of phsical exercise, five times a day, is better than none at all. I know you can find five minutes here and there.
If you have the time, get a friend and buddy up at the gym. Commiting to working out with a friend helps you to commit to yourself as well.
Keep a journal of what you eat. As silly as it sounds, journaling has proven to help people stick to eating healthier if they write it down.
Find a healthy alternative to the comfort food you like. Hot chocolate? Drink herbal teas with stevia to sweeten it. Bread? Make your own with whole grains. Butter? Try Coconut Manna instead. Its delicious! Popcorn?? Buy the fat free kind and drizzle with coconut oil!!!
If you change just a few of your habits this winter, they will eventually become a part of a healthier lifestyle......and a thinner you come Spring!!
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving......[.full of skinless, white meat turkey, lots of steamed veggies and a small side of stuffing!!]