Are You Looking For A Healthy Meal For Winter?
By Tom Herrin
Winter brings about a lot of changes in our routines. Obviously it is colder, so we often tend to spend more time indoors. We also have less light, so we don’t stay out as long. As a result of all of this, we may need to look at a healthy choice for meals. In the warmer weather, we may go for more salads, sandwiches, and other various cold meals. In the winter weather, we really need to evaluate what we are trying to accomplish with our diet.
Staying Warm May Be Important
In the southern areas, extreme cold is not as big a problem as it might be other places. That doesn’t mean that we don’t need to stay warm. Those places with higher humidity tend to have a different feel. In the drier areas, you are often freezing while outside without proper clothing, but you generally warm up with good winter clothing and out of the exposure. In damp climates, the cold sometimes seems to penetrate everything you have on and stay with you for longer.
Warm food may be just as important. Pastas, soups, and foods that might be considered more “filling” might be preferred. They tend to warm us up inside. Many people also prefer spicy foods because they feel it gives them the feeling of warmth. It may very well improve circulation which can make you warmer.
Drink Plenty of Liquids
You can never say enough about the need to drink fluids, especially water. Staying hydrated is always a challenge in the cold. A lot of times, you just don’t get thirsty and you are going out of your way to drink. We have to realize our bodies work very much like our cars. They need water to heat it and cool it. We perspire a lot in warm weather. We either lose water through respiration or just normal bodily functions in cold weather. If you find yourself making more trips to the bathroom, you should not be concerned. We often lose more fluid that way in the warming process.
Don’t Let It Get You Down
One of biggest problems I have in the winter months is less light. Our bodies respond very differently to sunlight. I really need as many blue skies as I can get. Too many gray days can really work on me. It is a constant battle to keep my outlook brighter. Complex carbs fill a great need for comfort food. That is, these foods help fight depression. Look for those hot breakfast foods such as oatmeal, grits, whole grain rice, fresh breads, etc. These will make you feel better and provide a good source of nutrition. Sometimes we just need to use a little reason for why we eat various foods. Plan wisely and you will feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally.