Look to the seasons when choosing your cures. ~Hippocrates
Living Well in Winter
With the Winter often comes increased bouts of colds and influenza. Climate changes, fewer sunny days, breathing dry hot indoor air, drinking less water and eating a heavier diet (often lacking in fresh produce) may contribute to a lowered immune response. Preserving the health you attained in previous seasons may take extra effort in Winter, but it can be done, realistically and creatively. Let’s look at two areas that can weaken our immune system: poor meal selection and lack of exercise.
First, Winter diets can be much heavier and warmer than Spring and Summer diets. We need more protein and healthy fat for our Winter energy source. Dr. John Douillard of Boulder, Colorado’s Life Spa and author of The 3-Season Diet: Eat the Way Nature Intended teaches that we can eat any natural food we want as long as we eat it in its season. He also encourages eating a substantial breakfast that will last until lunch, eating a larger lunch that will last until dinner, and then eating a moderate dinner that will take us to breakfast. The fast from dinner to breakfast gives your body time to repair, regenerate and release toxins. By following a sound dietary plan, especially during the Winter season, we can prevent mindless snacking and foster gradual weight loss.
If your body performs optimally on smaller, more frequent meals, be mindful in selecting a menu with a complete nutrient profile—lean protein, healthy fats, smart carbohydrates and water—to maintain your metabolic rhythms.
With overflowing platters and trays of holiday foods so attractively presented in this season, staying the course nutritiously can be difficult and sometimes discouraging. Just remember, processed carbohydrates are takers and not givers so choose your meals as wisely as you would choose a close friend. Processed, refined, pre-packaged foods deplete the body of necessary nutrients. If that isn’t enough, they contribute to fatigue, obesity, respiratory weakness, lowered resistance, tooth decay, acne, decreased mental performance, PMS, and blood sugar imbalances. Take care of your inner garden by limiting these foods and balancing them with wholesome, nutritionally complete foods.
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