Winter isn't just about festive holidays and battling the usual colds and flus. It brings a unique set of challenges that can affect everything from our mood to our skin. But fear not, as there are effective ways to manage these seasonal symptoms and maintain your wellness during the colder months.
1. Combatting Tiredness and Low Mood
The shorter days and reduced sunlight can significantly impact our energy levels and mood. A promising solution I discussed in Episode 99 of EAT THIS with Lianne is the use of Red Light and Near-Infrared (NIR) light therapy. These technologies can boost energy, improve blood flow, and provide mood-enhancing benefits. Don’t forget to use the code EATTHIS10 for a 10% discount on your own light therapy device.
2. Curbing Carb Cravings
It's natural to crave more carbs during winter, but it's important to balance these cravings. When indulging in carbs, combine them with proteins and fats for a more balanced intake. For example, pair toast with almond butter and fruit spread or mashed banana. If crackers are your go-to, complement them with hummus, guacamole, or tzatziki.
3. Addressing Dry Skin
Hydration is crucial for combating dry winter skin. Drink plenty of water, herbal teas, and black coffee. Enhancing your water with a pinch of Celtic Sea Salt and lemon or lime can be energizing. Additionally, incorporating oils like hemp, flax, and fish oils into your diet can significantly benefit your skin, mood, energy, and metabolism. Consider an Omega Boost supplement for a comprehensive approach, and don’t forget to include seed oils in your regimen.
4. The Power of Light Therapy
From alleviating symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) to boosting energy production, reducing wrinkles, easing pain, improving libido, and even reducing cellulite, Red Light and Near-Infrared (NIR) light therapy can be a game-changer. Red light primarily targets the skin's surface, while NIR penetrates deeper, offering a range of health benefits.
5. Overcoming the Winter ‘Blahs’
The urge to hibernate and feelings of lethargy are real winter challenges. One strategy to combat this is setting clear intentions before bed. Outline how you want to feel the next day, plan your meals, and list your to-dos. This proactive approach can help maintain motivation and focus.
In conclusion, managing your wellness during winter requires thoughtful planning and proactive self-care, just like any other time of the year. By addressing the unique challenges of the season, you can stay healthy, energized, and positive through the colder months.
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