After the fun of the holidays, winter can really get to you. Cold weather, dark days and the neighbor who refuses to remove his plastic reindeer from his front yard create a perfect storm of doldrums. We’re here to help with simple, honest ways to keep energized with your diet until the first daffodils of spring.
- Downsize the mac n’ cheese. The refined carbohydrates found in pasta, potatoes and bread – foods you crave in the winter – supply only a temporary sugar high. And long-term, those calories will pack on the pounds. Make mac n’ cheese a side-dish and fill most of your plate with veggies and leafy salads.
- Power up with poultry. Proteins – found in meat, seafood, eggs, beans – help you feel full and lose weight., and even fight the blahs as they trigger the release of chemicals the improve alertness. The trick is to get at least 25 to 30 grams of lean protein per meal to fill you up and keep you from guzzling carbs.
- Meet some friendly fats. The omega-3 fatty acids in whole foods such as salmon, halibut, tuna, eggs, flaxseed and walnuts fight the kinds of inflammation linked to depression. Salmon crusted in walnut pesto? Perfection.
- Drink up. Water, that is. Fatigue and sluggishness are two signs of dehydration, which isn’t just a summertime issue. In the winter you’re less likely to notice that you’re low on fluids.