The winter season is now here and as the temperature continues to drop, people tend to stray away from their healthy diets. It’s tempting to curl up on the couch with a blanket and eat comfort foods on a chilly day too; however, you can be more prepared so you avoid weight gain in the colder months. It’s also important that you keep the body nourished with healthy eating habits to ward off germs and prevent illness. Try these 5 simple and effective tips to keep your body sleek, sexy and healthy this winter season.

1) Omit the “White” stuff

By “White” stuff, I mean “white” carbohydrates such as cookies, cakes, rice, pasta and breads. These refined food items increase the chance of weight gain, as they are digested more quickly, which in turn causes a spike in blood sugar and insulin levels. Opt for more wholesome varieties that will help maintain healthy weight and keep you fuller longer. These include brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat and whole grain oats.


2. Hydrate

Now that its winter, we are more prone to forget to hydrate. It’s important to drink plenty of water all year round. You want to make sure you drink at least 2 liters of water a day. Water doesn’t have to be boring either. Try adding some organic tea bags (my favorites are green and peppermint), or even frozen fruit to add additional flavor.


3. Power up with protein

A great way to maintain a healthy weight is by eating a diet high in good-quality, lean protein sources. Protein helps stabilize blood-sugar levels, which will help prevent extra food cravings, such as sugar cravings. To keep the perfect serving size per meal, it should be the size and thickness of your palm. Healthy Protein choices include fish, lean meat, chicken, nuts and legumes. Add a scoop of Champion Naturals vegan protein to you breakfast or lunch shakes!



4. Fill up on Fruits and Veggies

At least half of your diet should contain fruits and vegetables. They’re extremely nutrient dense, made up of vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A and C, Iron, Calcium and Folate. Not to mention, they’re high in fibre, which promotes optimal digestion.


5. Keep moving

It’s important that you maintain your workout regimen during the winter, as it has beneficial affects on keeping the immune system healthy all winter long. Try to get in at least 20 minutes a day of moderate exercise daily in order to have a positive long-term affect on keeping your immune system healthy and up to par.

By Christine Bullock 

About The Author

Celebrity Fitness Instructor

Christine Bullock's appetite and joy for life is infectious! She believes fitness and nutrition are guides to living life to the fullest. Christine subscribes to the notion that embracing better eating habits and a personal exercise routine into one's daily living is vital to having a balanced life. Christine has been teaching fitness from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles for over a decade, although she has been in the fitness world for her entire life. This multi-faceted yet tiny powerhouse began as a ballerina for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Finding that dance alone was not enough to satisfy her fitness obsession, she wanted to study a wider range of fitness methodologies and started teaching yoga while attending college. Christine has added numerous certifications to create a well-rounded background, such as Pilates, Pre & Post Natal, Nutrition, Barre, TRX and HIIT, as well as has a B.A. in Psychology and Education. Christine's challenging training is balanced by her playful and lovable personality, which enables clients to see immediate results, have fun and stick to their program. Christine was voted LA Racked “Hottest Trainer of 2013? and is an Ambassador for fitness fashion clothing lines Lorna Jane as well as Carbon38. Christine is also the go-to wellness expert and can be seen on E!, America's Next Top Model, VH-1, California Life and PopSugar, as well as a contributor to Oxygen Magazine, In Touch Magazine, Life & Style, FabFitFun, SheKnows, Examiner, Inside Weddings, Simply Stylist,, HauteLook and many more. She is recognized as a top fitness model representing the world's elite brands such as P-90X, Insanity, Equinox, American Gladiators, Metaball, BodyLX 360, Alpha Pro Nutrition, Sports Authority and Core-Stix to name a few. Christine has been featured on the cover of Europe's biggest fitness magazine Sport & Fitness, as well as featured in Men's Health with a full-page interview. Want to workout with Christine? Purchase her fitness DVD “10 Minute Solution: Butt Lift” which was voted one of the top Pilates DVDs of 2013 by Pilates Style Magazine. You can also check out her many work-out videos on youtube. Christine loves spending time paddle-boarding, hiking, bike riding, gardening, walking her 2 puppies and beating boys at push-up competitions. She is currently producing a workout DVD series called “Evolution20” expected to be available late 2014 and is also working on a 365-day nutritional guide for publication next year. Christine will also be featured as a Fitness Instructor and Judge on a weekly reality TV series titled “Fit 4 Fashion” debuting October 2014 in Asia. Follow Christine Bullock at: Twitter: chrissy_bullock Facebook: Christine Bullock Instagram: christinebullock Pinterest: Christine Bullock Simon YouTube: Christine Bullock

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