With the holiday season slowly rearing its pretty head, it’s time you brace yourself for a change of season.
Winter is oh-so-welcoming with all that it brings—a hearty Thanksgiving, a joyful Christmas, a festal New Year’s Eve, a hoard of white weddings, and so much more. Keeping our head on our shoulders amidst all the dizzying twirls on the dance floor, high-spirited (literally) chugs of beer, and aimless snowman building, let’s remember to take care of our health. A good start is realizing where we’re going wrong.
Common Health Mistakes To Avoid
1. Not Drinking Enough Water
You won’t sweat much (there’s no comparison to summer), so you won’t feel thirsty. But your body needs water for all its reactions irrespective of the season and how active your sweat glands are.
Continue to carry (and use) your water bottle and set your ‘drink water’ reminders (apps are useful that way) right through winter.
As you remain crouched under your warm, right-temperature-beyond-comfy quilt while you wriggle your toes in your flannel PJ’s and
Our bodies are not designed to slow down season-wise (yes, that means you can’t skip gym even when it seems like the ‘right’ thing to do). Those extra hours of comfortable procrastination in bed can actually cause you harm.
Sleeping for more than eight hours increases inflammation (think acne, swelling, allergic reactions) in your body. Sleep disturbance and
Sorry, but winter’s not an excuse to sleep in (beyond reasonable limits).
3. Eating Too Much Of The Wrong Stuff
Parties, social gatherings, spontaneous club hopping, and all-round celebrations for the sake of celebration don’t make it any easier for you on your fat-fighting quest.
Plum cake, soufflé, apple pie, fig pudding…
Eat well, but eat right.
- Experiment with winter fruits and vegetables, preferably local and organic.
- Chow down on warm, slow cooked foods that are easier for your now lazy body to digest. Ayurveda supports this claim, too.
- Spice up your food with ginger, cinnamon, and star anise to keep sickness at bay.
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