We are almost forced to move less during these cold winter months, therefore making it harder to burn off the extra calories. In addition, the weather forces us to also wear big bulky clothes allowing us to cover up our problem areas – As the old adage says, “out of site, out of mind.”
WARD OFF WINTER WEIGHT
This might be the time of year when you normally bust out the stretchy pants. But cold-weather food doesn’t have to be all about mac and cheese, hot cocoa, and fresh-baked cookies. There are plenty of delicious, wintry foods that won’t send the scale skyrocketing.
The physiological aspects of cold weather too are phenomenal. For thousands of years, when the temperature dropped, it instantly triggers a survival aspect, thus urging us to want to eat more. It’s a trick that our own minds play on us.
Lets face it, when the holidays are here, food is the focal point of most social gatherings. Parties, get-togethers, and family dinners are all high food affairs with tons of unhealthy choices. Also many people feel forced to eat to fit and blend into the party. There are even some social instances when it may also be considered rude not to eat. We can combat this by making sure we eat before hand; not arriving to the social function on an empty stomach will cut the urge to over indulge in high fat and high calorie treats.We can combat this by using our food journal, making sure we eat every 2-3 hours, and using portion control.
Bone broth (essentially, sippable stock that’s made with a greater number of animal parts than traditional stock) is an excellent source of gelatin, which can improve digestive health thanks to its ability to restore and protect the mucous lining of the digestive tract. Bone broth also promotes high satiation and boosts immunity, says Ritter, who recommends drinking it hot by the cup, adding it to soups or using it to braise veggies.
These pint-sized pulses pack the essential carbohydrates runners need, along with fiber and plant-based protein, explains Cara Harbstreet, RD. Both fiber and protein can help stave off hunger and cravings. Another benefit: lentils have a mild flavor and are extremely versatile. “They can be combined into your favorite recipes to add volume and nutrition, or used as a substitute in dishes that call or rice, pasta, or other grains,” recommends Harbstreet.
This sodium-filled meat, which is frequently the star of cold-weather entertaining (e.g. honey-glazed ham or ham and potato soup), can promote fluid retention, bloating and constipation when consumed regularly, says Ritter. Swap it for freshly cooked meats, like roast turkey or grilled chicken.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a fruit that’s at its peak deliciousness during the cold winter months…except for pomegranate. It’s in season from late fall through midwinter, and the red, jewel-like seeds are a sweet, low-calorie treat that you can pop like candy. They’re high in fiber to keep your belly full and your blood sugar steady, too. Half a cup of pomegranate seeds packs nearly 15% of the fiber you need in a day.
- 1 to 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar + 8 ounces water *
- Drink before meals 3 times a day