In Part 1 I introduced you to the whole notion of Winter Blues and how it affects so many people – including myself.

Here is Part 2 – let’s look at what else do you need to do to keep those winter blues – or SAD – away.

Nutrition & SAD

What about the food you are eating?  It’s too easy in the dark winter days and long evenings to fill up on stodge. The ‘high’ from this is merely temporary but the weight and inch gain can be long term, especially if you’re not exercising more to compensate for the extra calories,

So you need to be looking at good ways to keep yourself healthy and satisfied without over-indulging.

– How about hot chocolate?  Oh yes but instead of having the powdered stuff try stirring two squares of good dark chocolate into almond milk.  Or rice milk with vanilla – yummy!

– Winter warming soups are delicious and can be very good for you too. Obviously it depends on the ingredients but making your own is simple and easy and you know exactly what’s going into it.  Have you tried pumpkin soup or black bean soup made with cumin and chilli pepper? Pumpkins especially are very good if you’re lacking vitamin A.

– Chilli – is another dish that is incredibly good for you in the winter.  You have lycopene from the tomatoes, the peppers can aid your metabolism and the beans have protein.  So this meal is a real winter winner in all senses.

– Avocados are phenomenally good for you but did you know you can roast them?  You can chop them up warm and add as topping to another vegetable.  Also avocado will keep you feeling fuller for longer and the fat which is monounsaturated, is good for you. Because they help lower your bad cholesterol levels and provide nutrients for cells to function.

Walnuts are especially good in the winter due to the fact they contain Omega 3 which as you know is incredibly good for you any time of the year and can help with your resistance to the winter chills.

Baked apples make the perfect sweet treat because they have both soluble and insoluble fibre. One slows digestion and the other helps food pass through your system more smoothly which basically means you’re less hungry because they fill you up and you aren’t plagued with constipation which can often be a side effect from eating all the bad stodgy stuff.

What else do we have?

winter warming 1Well there’s sweet potatoes which contain vitamin A and are also rich in vitamin C, calcium, potassium and a bit of iron. Squash has some calcium, vitamin C and are high in potassium And if you’re reaching for a ‘cuppa’ try some ginger tea which has properties that can keep you warm.

So there you have some food and drinks to help you feel good inside and a light box to help on the outside but do you know what is a real winter blues breaker?

Well how about friends, family, good conversation, fun, laughter?

They say that laughter is the best medicine and it really is.

Think back to when you had a really good laugh or were with people feeling relaxed and happy.

That’s the secret if there is one. Planning some adventure, a trip out with friends or seeing people you haven’t seen for ages. Life is for living and it will make you feel great when you have things to look forward to. You will find that the whole winter blues thing will be out of the window for you. Like I said before it’s mind set – it’s not the situation it is how you deal with it. Stuff happens whether you’re rich or poor, happy or sad, young, old so you might as well enjoy life rather than hide away.

The late, great Hunter S Thompson said;

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” 

I like that.  I hope you do too.

Now, chase those winter blues away and have an awesome time!

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