The one thing wrongly associated with the winter season is the holiday weight that supposedly comes with it. Gluttony and sloth take over the motivation to stay fit and healthy. We tend to give up the benefits of regular exercise for the comfort of our warm and cosy beds. But a compromised immune system leaves you vulnerable to certain diseases.
So, adopt the following healthy diet habits into your daily routine and enjoy a wholesome winter season.
The body increases its craving for carbohydrates during the winter season as its consumption releases the happiness hormone (serotonin) in the body. To counter excessive consumption of carbs, include more proteins (e.g. eggs and oatmeal) into your daily diet.
Omega 3 fatty acids, usually found in fish and nuts, are a source of healthy fats which are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Mushroom lovers are in for a lovely treat, as they have naturally occurring antibiotics which help in boosting immunity. So, experiment with various types of mushrooms like shiitake, white button, porcini, and find your favorite flavor.
Introducing fibre (found in apples, oats, pulses and nuts) into your diet reduces cholesterol levels and provides protection against diabetes. The most important part of your winter diet should be dark leafy vegetables and citrus fruits.
Vegetables like spinach, kale, lettuce etc. are a source of necessary nutrients and fruits like orange, lemons and limes provide a natural protection against the common cold and the flu. Adding spices like garlic, ginger, cumin and turmeric not only improves the taste of food but also has certain health benefits. They act as natural immunity boosters and are powerful antioxidants.
P.S. A winter survival tip by my mom: Have a spoon of chyawanprash daily and gain a multitude of health benefits like better immunity, increased strength and purified blood.