In most of Canada right now and certainly in Toronto, we are in the thick of winter. It's bitter cold today but at least the sun is shining brilliantly and the sky is crystal blue. It's the perfect day to get outside for a brisk walk, as long as you've got a few layers and your parka on!!
For those readers who live in warmer climates, don't be so quick to pass up this post as you never know when you'll find yourself in the next ice age, or a 20ºC/68ºF Florida cold snap.
Here are 4 tips I use to outsmart and survive Winter!
1. Dry skin be gone!
Feeling dry, itchy and scratchy? It's tough in the winter to have dewy, moisturized skin. Heaters running on high and dry air blowing at you whenever you're indoors is enough to crack the skin on your face. I'm someone who's always suffered from drier skin in the winter but I've got a few good tips up my sleeve to combat this.
2. Feel joyous, not blue!
Feeling tired and overwhelmed this winter? It could be the winter blues. I love homeopathic remedies (you may recall my expression of love for Pascoflair -- a homepathic for sleep and anxiety). Well here's another one: Neurapas balance helps provide a healthy, balanced mood.
The combination of St. Johns Wort, passionflower and valerian root in this product help to relieve symptoms associated with imbalanced mood and sleep disturbances. Treat your symptoms of burnout and stress with a natural remedy. Of course it's important to always talk to your natural healthcare practitioner to ensure it's safe for you to take because St. John's wort cannot be combined with anti-depressant drugs.
3. Howdy partner!
Bears hibernate, not humans. Research shows that social isolation puts you a greater risk for a depressed mood. John T. Cacioppo's book Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection says that it is as great a health risk as smoking and obesity. It's in our human nature to connect with others and we already know how good we feel when we spend time with those we love/like. With that in mind, rather than staying at home tonight because it's freezing cold, go to that social gathering or call up a friend and meet for tea. You feel immediately more cheery .
4. Adjust your diet to the season.
The middle of winter may not be the best time to go on a raw food or liquid cleanse. Raw foods although bursting with enzymes and nutrients tend to be cooling to the body. That's not to say all raw foods are this way. In fact, there are many raw food restaurants that offer meals such as raw pizza with a buckwheat crust that has been dehydrated. This type of raw food is not cooling.
On the other hand, eating tons of raw veggies, raw smoothies and juices is not ideal in the winter. The one caveat is if you are someone with a lot of "heat" in your body, then raw in the winter may be beneficial. I recommend plenty of veggies in the winter, but cooked veggies especiallybeets , carrots, sweet potato , winter squashes and raw salads in moderation. Lucky for us (or rather, as nature intended) these foods are known for their immune building properties too.
Need some recipe inspiration? There are a ton of colourful and deliciously healthy recipes on the blog!
What's one thing you do to beat the winter blues?