8 Unexpected Winter Wellness Essentials  

 

Winter is here, there is no doubt! So while we’re wrapping up in our hoodies and thermal tights and filling our bellies with warming soups, what else can we do to make sure that we’re nourishing our bodies during these chilly months … BRR!

 

Spice up your life

By adding antioxidant rich spices such as Cinnamon, Cumin, Turmeric, Paprika and ginger to your meals not only will it give your foods a burst of flavour but will also boost your immune system to help keep it stronger in the winter months – when all sorts of bugs are flying around. :s

 

Think before you eat

There are so many reasons we eat besides hunger. Stress, boredom, feeling tired or depressed. By planning your meals thoughtfully this can be a great way for reaching for food to make you feel good rather than when you need to be nourished.

Before you eat think for a second – How much water have I drunk today? Will this be good for my body or bad? Will this sustain me for the day? By asking yourself simple reflective questions it may save you eating things that are not nourishing you properly.

 

Hemp

Hemp is the superfood of 2018! It comes in many forms such as Hemp seeds, flour, oil and protein powder just to name a few! Containing all 21 essential and non-essential amino acids and the optimum Omega 3:6 profile this small but mighty food is a great way to sneak extra nutrients into your meals without noticing. (get the info and some recipes using hemp right here)

 

Hydrate

While this is a no brainer during the cooler months drinking a lot of water is not a natural instinct. 2/3 of our body is made up of water and it plays such an important role in regulating your blood pressure, lubricating your joints, aiding with digestion and cleaning your body out.

Try having warm water with lemon to keep you warm and hydrated.

 

Superfood infused coffee

Sipping on a nice warm cup of coffee can be bliss in winter. Companies like Before You Speak Coffee have created coffee sachets with a superfood twist with ingredients such as Siberian ginseng, turmeric and black pepper to help boost your health, wellbeing and performance. So next time you’re reaching for a hot drink, why not try a herbal tea or a blend that contains some extra nutrients to give you that extra kick. 

 

Go Vegetarian for your protein source

By switching up more vegetarian protein food sources into your diet such as tofu, legumes and edamame they may help reduce body fat, improve your insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation throughout your body thanks to them being rich in phytoestrogens.

 

Chlorophyll

Green veggies are full of Chlorophyll, by adding more green veggies into your diet or by adding liquid chlorophyll into your water not only may help your body naturally detoxify but is also great to remove heavy metals and pollutants from your body. Try eating more spinach, kale, cress and parsley or using a supplement such as liquid chlorophyll, spirulina and broccoli sprout powder.

 

Fatty Acids

By making sure you are eating fatty acids you may help your body improve the condition of your hair, nails, skin and stabilise your blood sugar levels so your hunger stays satisfied for longer. Fatty acids help maintain cell structure and can be found in foods such as salmon, mackerel, sardines as well as pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, nuts, olives, olive oil, hemp, flaxseed, eggs and sunflower seeds. Omega 3 supplements are also an excellent source of essential fatty acids.

 

What is your winter wellness essential?

 

Winter taking its toll on you? Check out:

Beating The Winter Blues 

Warming Lemon Tea

Lorna’s 5 Step Winter Wellness Plan

5 Flu Fighting Tips from Lorna Jane Clarkson