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.
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.