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Does the Winter Season Make You Fat?

 
Does the Winter Season Make You Fat?
Does the Winter Season Make You Fat?
As Fall comes to a close, even if the temperatures are still warm, many people start going into hibernation mode, especially with the knowledge that holidays are not too far off. They eat heavier foods. They cozy up and hunker down. And for many, this means weight gain.There are numerous events and parties leading up to Christmas.  Work parties, family parties, drinks with your girlfriends, neighborhood potlucks, family get togethers.  The list goes on. And just when you think it will slow down, Christmas arrives, Western then Eastern, with New Year’s Eve sandwiched in between, and topping it off with Valentines Day.

Holy more weight gain!  Continuous months of indulging and mindless eating.So, how are you going to handle the arrival of winter? Fear not. Winter is a great time to detox, leading into the lightness of spring.

Don’t forget to get your vitamin D.  The days get their shortest come winter. Researchers at Aberdeen University found that obese people had 10% less vitamin D than people of average weight. The study also found that excess body fat absorbed vitamin D so the body couldn’t use it. Scientists now believe that there is a direct correlation between obesity and low levels of vitamin D. With that, get out there, even in the cold, and get your sunshine, if only for 10 minutes per day (This should be very easy in Egypt!).

Move and continue exercising regularly. It can be as simple as taking a walk.

And even if you may not feel like it due to the cold weather, you still need to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Enjoy winter foods. Move toward the more warming winter foods and also emphasize the more warming spices and seasonings including ginger and peppercorns. Here is a list of the seasonal foods of winter:

Avocado, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Chicory, Endive, Escarole, Fennel, Grapefruit, Horseradish, Artichoke, Kale, Kiwi, Leeks, Lemons, Mandarin Oranges, Onions, Oranges, Parsnips, Pears, Persimmons, Potatoes, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Shallots, Sweet Potatoes, Tangerines, Turnips, Winter Squash*

Enjoy them all.  Try new things and new recipes. Just remember, don’t let the couch lure you into curling up with the unhealthy comfort foods like creamy soups or mac and cheese.

*These were found using the following link, where you can learn more about seasonal produce:  http://localfoods.about.com/od/whatsinseason/a/WinterFruitVeg.htm

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Dana Dinnawi

Dana Dinnawi is an Integrative Nutrition health coach specializing in empowering women to improve their health and family life. She received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she studied more than one hundred dietary theories and a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. She can be reached through her website and Facebook page.

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