Winter is a time where your metabolism slows down, your immune system is put to the test and you tend to feel the effects of being tired, unmotivated and lethargic. Many are also driven to comfort foods which can cause weight gain and healthy eating can be put on hold.
Here are 5 effective ways to increase energy in winter so you can strengthen your immune system, stop the cold and flu symptoms from appearing and continue with healthy eating:
Stick to routine
You’ve been waking up at 5 am and getting to the gym 4 times a week since January – don’t break this habit now. However, it’s also really important to remember that quality sleep is vital for good health. Poor sleep can impact on everyday life affecting concentration, mood, stress levels and weight gain. Aim to get into bed early and enjoy around 8 hours of deep sleep.
Staying well hydrated will give you more energy, mental clarity and enhanced digestive function. If you are struggling to get in your 2l a day – opt for herbal teas to warm up from the inside.
Don’t be afraid of the outdoors
A refreshing walk outdoors might be all you need to get that energy boost and a little dose of Vitamin D. Rainy? Do 30 minutes of yoga or stretching in the comfort of your own home.
Load up on goodness
Make sure that you are eating enough vegetables throughout the day. Aim for foods rich in the antioxidants vitamin C and beta-carotene, such as citrus fruit, cabbage, broccoli, pumpkin, sweet potato, and spinach. To fight off infections, increase your intake of zinc, which is found in fish, oysters, poultry, eggs, milk and unprocessed grains.
In addition, try include a healthy level of good bacteria. Fermented dairy products such as kefir and yoghurt—and sauerkraut—provide live cultures.
Grab the right snacks – fruit, nuts, yoghurt or a warm cup of tea with a delicious homemade oats biscuit. Steer clear from baked goods or snacks high in sugar.
Try our delicious variations of healthy and super nutritious snacks:
- Oat and fruit bars – http://alexroyaldiet.co.za/oat-and-fruit-bars
- Cocoa coconut and date balls – http://alexroyaldiet.co.za/cocoa-coconut-and-date-balls
- Superfood health nut mix – http://alexroyaldiet.co.za/superfood-health-nut-mix