Friday's List: My Health & Wellness Tips for Winter

Jan 9, 2015

Each Friday I post Friday's List. There are no requirements for what type of list I post. I enjoy having a consistent weekly feature (well mostly weekly!) and it also switches things up from my regular posts about decorating and our reno.
Today I'm sharing what tips I'm trying to follow for 2015 to improve my overall health and wellness. Most people seem to say, new year, new you, but committing to a "new you" is quite a drastic and almost unachievable goal. I think we should instead try to become better versions of OURSELVES through small, realistic and more achievable changes.
1. Drink warm lemon water & honey upon waking. 
I've read, in several different places, that this is good for you. I mostly drink it because it makes my insides feel nice and warm. I also like to think it's helping to fight off any flu-like symptoms. It's a great way to start a cold winters morning.
2. Incorporate more greens into your meals. 
I hate eating a cold salad in the dead middle of winter. It's the last thing I want to be doing. So in order to keep leafy greens in my diet, I've been sautéing swiss chard or kale to have with poached eggs for breakfast or with baked salmon for supper. There's plenty of recipe variations & ideas online, you just need to be a little adventurous!

3. Get outdoors.
It's no surprise that everyone is hitting the gym again in January, and that's great. But there's something about breathing in fresh, crisp air that is much better then anything you can get at the gym.  I try to mix it up by getting outside for a walk or hike and this year I'm going to try snowshoeing.
4. Opt out of meat.
I'm sure that for some of you, this one is debatable. But remember, it's MY health and wellness tips ;) Don't get me wrong, I love meat. My intention is not to eliminate meat, but to cut back on meat throughout the week. Rather then having meat every night of the week, like I was sometimes doing previously, maybe I'll have it only two or three times. If cutting out meat isn't your thing, maybe you'd find cutting out refined sugars or dairy more rewarding. It's really a personal preference.

5. Drink more herbal tea. 
Like the warm lemon water, herbal tea will help to warm you up when the temperatures dip well below zero. One of the contributors to Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop website states that when we're cold, we eat more, even if our bodies aren't actually hungry (that explains a lot!). So I'm going to trrryyyy reaching for herbal tea this winter, instead of a mid-day snack. 
ps. The Goop site has a lot of "warm" detox recipes that are intended to help keep your body warm and full. I found some of them were tasty and actually worked fairly well. 

Keep warm friends!

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