Do I need to eat differently in winter? - Rethink Central

Do I need to eat differently in winter?

by | Nov 26, 2013 | Food, Health, Nutrition

“But there are real threats that affect your body and your health during winter – and those require that you eat better, rather than simply more.”
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There’s a myth that’s been in circulation for many years. That you must eat more in winter, because your body needs it.

But, unless you’re working outdoors in the colder weather, then it’s simply not true. Your body (if properly cared for) can regulate its core temperature incredibly well, and modern living means you’ve probably got everything you need to bundle up for the daily commute to work (or the shops, or your yoga class, for that matter).

But there are real threats that affect your body and your health during winter – and those require that you eat better, rather than simply more.

The Dangers

Artificial heat, long showers, and a propensity to cutting down on water consumption lead to dehydration and dry, flaky skin.

Reduced exposure to sunshine can also increase the release of melatonin, which can lead to apathy. In addition, being shut up in the warmth rather than spending time outdoors is what leads to the spread of colds – not the cold, or our ability to deal with it.

With these concerns in mind (not to mention our ever-present desire for cake), you should definitely be eating better when it’s cold outside rather than shrugging off your indulgences during the winter months.

Better still, you won’t feel that spring time pressure to drop the extra weight, or get back into shape.

You’ll be able to focus on the things that truly matter – like learning a new cake recipe, or changing your career path, or hey, simply just enjoying your free time with friends and family. Now that’s tempting, isn’t it?

Take action!

Don’t let this advice pass you by. All you’ve got to lose by taking it is the pasty look of winter, some weight, and probably a bout of the flu. So what are you waiting for?

If you’re feeling hungry, and you’re ready to indulge, start with a cup of herbal tea. It’ll soothe the cravings long enough for you to make considered decisions about what you’re putting into your body.

Another influencer on the foods you put into your body is your exercise regime. The more you focus on what your body can achieve, the more you’ll think about what’s going into it. Join an exercise class, or simply incorporate one of our 5 minute yoga routines into your day – you won’t regret it.

Soup is good for you, but raw food is still better. I know it may be less tempting to prepare when the weather is colder, but it’s entirely possible and so very good for your body.

Try incorporating more dehydrated foods into your diet as they’re nutritionally dense, and are usually most delicious eaten at room temperature. Adding a little chilli to any meal feels like you’re raising the temperature.


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If you’ve got a winter nutrition tip to share, please feel free – we love hearing from our readers.


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