Dr.Elson Haas in his book Staying Healthy With The Seasons believes that we have to change our diet in the winter months.
If you live in a cold climate, you body may be telling you to eat more!! And More!! And MORE. That is my problem this year! I think part of it is the darkness that we experience earlier in the evening. After 5 pm what is there to do besides eat? Well, I guess we better start thinking about it, or we may be trying to lose the extra padding in the spring.
Prevention is always the Key to Success
I believe that the best way to combat gaining weight is to always have something prepared in the refrigerator that can be an ease to cook. My best combat to weight gain is having a large bowl of soup in the refrigerator. A low calorie treat that can be eaten at almost any hour is veggy soup. I make it with low sodium V-8 juice, some veggies ( fresh or frozen, or a variety of both), a large sweet potato cubed and crumbled tofu. I also add some spices such as fresh ginger and garlic along with curry.
It may not sound great to you~ but to me it is a life safer. You can also develop your own low calorie soup for yourself. I make mine once a week in the winter. It not only warms me up after shoveling some snow, but it also fills me up!
Dr. Haas agrees with me, especially related to heat. He believes that when the weather is colder, a diet that produces more heat is necessary.
Because of the shorter days, we tend to get less exercise, therefore, eat less in the winter months because you are burning fewer calories. You could also try to burn more calories by taking up some new exercise routines at your local gym, or walking outdoors in the snow with some cleats on your boots.
Root Veggies are plentiful in the winter, so eat more carrots, turnips, onions and potatoes. Remember to add a lot of spices, especially ginger and garlic as I mentioned earlier, they are especially good for the winter diet. Cayenne pepper can also spice up your life in the winter.
Whole grains are also important “heaters” for the winter months ahead. These complex carbohydrates keep you warm and are great for your intestines and elimination.
Millet and black beans ( remember to soak in water for 12 hours before cooking), or brown rice, lentils and sunflower seeds can be cooked together by simmering slowly in one and a half times their amount of water. After you cook them, dish them out into bowls and add a little fresh olive oil, some cayenne, nutritional yeast, or yogurt, curry and parsley. Grains and beans make up a complete protein.
Nuts are also a good winter snack, or in salads.
For meat eaters, fish is excellent, especially deep-sea fish such as halibut and swordfish. Ocean food provides a great source of nutrition.
Ocean, salt water fish is low in fat and high in minerals and vitamins. And ocean seaweed is an excellent source of nutrition.
Taken in part from: Haas, E. (2003) Staying Healthy With the Seasons. 21st Century Ed. San Rafael, CA. Celestial Arts.