Now that winter is here, many of us are staying inside a lot more than we do in the warmer months, and it becomes harder to get our bodies moving. Just the thought of stepping out into the cold can make you dive back into the comfort of your blankets and pillows.
That’s because wintertime is all about hibernation, in nature as well as in ourselves. Trees have released their seeds, fruits and leaves, and are consolidating; water is moving more slowly and comes to a stop when it freezes. Everywhere, animals are either sleeping or staying warm and expending as little energy as possible.
Many of us will also feel hungrier, as our bodies need more energy to keep us warm and moving. If you are struggling with your weight or worried that you may not be eating healthily enough, you are not alone. Here are some top tips to warm you up and keep the weight off during the colder months:
Heat things up
There’s a good reason why hot food is more satisfying in winter; it warms your whole body. So, when winter sets in and the temperatures drop, give those green juices and salad vegetables a rest, and replace them with soups, slow-cooked vegetables and warming winter dishes to keep the cold at bay. The Jenny Craig Creamy Vegetable Soup and Bolognaise Baked Potato really hit the spot in cold weather, but they won’t have you piling on the kilos.
Drink more tea
Replace some of your daily water intake with tea. Drinking warm beverages is just as important as eating warm food in the colder months, and as an added benefit tea can help to boost your immune system, too. Many herbal teas are delicious and don’t need any sugar.
Teas that include herbs, such as elderberry, ginger, cinnamon, nettle and liquorice, all have specific health benefits as well as being a satisfying and comforting drink to get your cold hands around.
Go back to your roots
Let’s face it – root vegetables get a bad press. They are often seen as dull, flavourless and only to be bought when the budget won’t stretch to something more interesting. But root vegetables can be the perfect winter food. From warm roasted beets to sweet potato mash, there are endless ways to incorporate root vegetables into every meal.
The Jenny Craig winter menu features a delicious Slow Cooked Lamb, served with vegetables and sweet potato mash that will have you racing home from work in the evening! Fancy something a little more exotic? Then why not try the delicious Pumpkin, Feta and Spinach Pizza – a feast for the eyes and the stomach, but without the calories of traditional pizza.
Do less, sleep more
It's not just in our heads – as the days get shorter, our desire for sleep grows. The changing weather conditions disrupt our natural body processes, and we want to sleep more. As well as getting in an extra hour’s sleep where we can, winter is also a great time to say ‘no’ to everything that isn’t going to benefit your wellbeing.
This is the time for quieter, more solitary activities like reading, singing, meditating, and warm baths. Try going for walks or doing gentle yoga to help you consolidate your energy inside so your body is more in tune with the season.
Having someone to coach and counsel you along the way has been shown to improve your chances of losing weight and keeping it off. The team at Jenny Craig have been helping people for over 30 years learn how to have a healthy relationship with food, their body and their overall lifestyle. Their specially designed, calorie- and portion-controlled meals are tasty, healthy and easy to prepare, and with over 65 different foods, you can choose foods that match the season and your mood.
One-on-one support from their specially trained consultants is provided weekly, and members can lose up to three times more weight than when they diet alone.