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The Good Life – with Dr Libby

Dr-Libby - winter

As winter approaches you can almost feel people’s mood start to shift. You start to hear people saying, “it’s too cold, it’s too dark, I hate winter”, and before winter has even really begun, you start to feel worn down. Here are a few simple ways to support your energy and maintain your glow over the cooler months:

Don’t use sugar as a comfort In the cooler weather there is naturally a move to more warming and comforting foods. Most people associate home baking with comfort, and in the cooler weather there is a tendency to bake more puddings or crumbles. If there’s one thing that can steal someone’s shine, it’s most definitely consuming too much sugar. Really address whether your food choices are about nourishing your body or nourishing your soul, and try some of the delicious wholefood alternatives to traditional winter recipes.

Hydrate The body is largely made up of water, and consuming enough is essential for our body to work at its best. One of the best ways to support yourself, your health, and your skin is to drink water throughout the day. In the cooler months, warming herbal teas can be a great alternative and also add to your total intake of water for the day.

Keep moving Change up your winter movement to include lower impact activities that support the slower and restorative pace of winter. Yoga, stretching and walking are great ways to keep moving. Walking outside, even for five minutes, will help to invigorate the mind, body and soul. Going outside and exposing yourself to the crisp winter air and natural light will
help to lift your mood, energy, and overall feeling of well-being.

Keep eating fresh produce Eat with the seasons and embrace all of the beautiful, colourful produce in season – broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, zucchini, beetroot and pumpkin to name a few. Your body will love you for it.

Embrace winter with gratitude Instead of getting yourself in a negative mindset about winter, turn this around and consider everything there is to appreciate this time of year. Imagine if you lived in a country that was always hot – this might be a dream for some of you, but others would miss the unique winter activities, such as skiing or snowboarding, cuddling up under a blanket, enjoying nourishing warm foods and drinks or simply just having a bit more time to yourself for reflection.

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