Making The Transition From Winter Blues To Summer Fun
Maintaining balance through these transitions is critical to our health and well-being. When we let winter get the best of us and we avoid caring for our bodies, an imbalance in our body can occur; and physical symptoms like colds, flu, coughs, skin problems, insomnia, seasonal allergies, or aches and pains can occur or get worse. More frequently, imbalances during these transitions also bring about psychological and mood disorders like SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). SAD is a type of depression that affects a person during the same season each year. If you get depressed in the winter but feel much better in spring and summer, you may have SAD. Why are so many people affected negatively by winter?
Many people are affected negatively by the cold and dampness that surround us on a daily basis during the winter. Many experience aches and pains are associated and instigated by the cold. In addition, we are affected mentally and emotionally by the cold as well. Individuals become depressed. One of the reasons for this is that during the winter months, individuals tend to hibernate and confine themselves to their homes. The lack of heat and sun causes cause many of us to experience a lack of motivation; and sadly, people indulge in food, which causes weight gain as another factor that causes depression and low self-esteem.
Now that winter has ended and spring has begun, it’s time to focus on the present and plan for lots of summer fun. If you’re like most of us, you probably put a few pounds on, but don’t sweat it. Don’t let it get you down. Here are a few tips to help you lose a few inches quickly. Before you know it, you’ll be digging through your closet to pull out your spring and summer clothes, especially that great looking bathing suit of yours, so you can head down our famous Jersey shore.
A high protein breakfast keeps you feeling fuller longer, and you tend to eat less throughout the day. Many studies, in both adults and children, have shown that breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers do.
Before you shop, decide on the meals and snacks you want. Think about how much time you have to prepare your meals, and then choose recipes that fit that time frame. For example, you may need to make most of your meals in less than 20 minutes, but maybe you have time to make one recipe that takes longer. When you decide on your menu, check to see which items you already have. Then make a list of the ingredients you will need to buy at the store.
Here are 2 healthy recipes to get you started:
Spinach Salad (great for lunch or dinner)
- Fresh organic whole leaf spinach
- Quarter cup of sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup of vanilla granola
- 1/2 cup Ocean Spray dried cranberry craisins
- 1/2 cup Ocean Spray dried blueberry craisins
- 2 Tablespoons mustard Dijon Light
Place the spinach and all the ingredients on top of the spinach, mix well, and wha-la, you’re done.
Pineapple Spinach Smoothie Created by Nutritionist JJ Smith
- 2 cups fresh organic spinach
- 1 cup of pineapple chunks
- 2 cups of frozen peaches
- 2 bananas, peeled
- 1 1/2 packets of stevia
- 2 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
Place spinach and water into a blender and blend until the mixture becomes a green juice-like consistency. Stop the blender and add remaining ingredients. Blend until creamy.
Never shop when you are hungry. Research has shown that many individuals buy unnecessary and unhealthy foods when they are hungry. Eat a snack or a meal before you go grocery shopping. This way you won’t be as tempted to buy less healthy ready-to-eat foods, such as candy, chips, or fast food, to satisfy your hunger.
Buy smart, and be realistic. Include some healthy snack foods and special treats on your shopping list. Remember to include some healthy and convenient foods, such as cut-up, bagged, fresh vegetables, lower-calorie or lower-sodium frozen foods, and some granola and low sugar fruits.
At the store, use the shopping list you created from your menu plan. You may notice that the items on the outer aisles of the store are mostly fresh foods, such as meat, produce, and dairy. As you shop, pay attention to how much you buy from the outer aisles compared to the inner aisles where you find more processed foods, such as canned soups, packaged cookies, chips, and soda.
You don’t have to exercise like a maniac in order to lose weight and look great. If you exercise 15 minutes three times a week, I guarantee you will see a difference in your body structure. Consider walking around your block too for exercise. Walking is one of the most effective exercises for weight loss and body toning.
The best way to make your dreams turn into a reality is to get a journal, sit down and construct a list of short and long-term goals for yourself. Start out with five short-term and long-term goals. This will help you organize your thoughts and gear you toward creating a constructive plan, so you can achieve the goals you set out for yourself.
After you created, your short-term and long-term goals create a daily list of things you can do each day to help you get closer to accomplishing your goals.
A positive attitude is more important than fact. It is more important than the past, education, money, circumstance, failures, success; and what other people think, say, or do. It is more important than appearance, intelligence or skill. It will make or break you.
Reward yourself. Whether you lose weight or not, make sure you reward your efforts. Just trying is an accomplishment in itself. Here are some great ways to reward yourself for your amazing efforts: book a show, go for a massage, or treat yourself to a day at the spa.
By planning for the future and focusing on the positive, anything is possible; but one thing you must remember is that positive change can only occur if you are willing to put forth the effort. If you feel like you have the seasonal blues, and you can’t seem to get yourself out of it, try meditation or yoga. It can be very effective. As with meditation, studies find that regularly doing downward dogs and warrior poses can help manage depression, stress, and anxiety. There’s even some evidence that yoga can help ease chronic pain, especially joint pain. Studies by the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle found that, after several weeks of taking yoga classes, subjects were reported fewer backaches and greater lower-back mobility.
Remember summer is around the corner, so there is no time to lose. Start focusing on summer and all the accomplishments you’re going to achieve, along with all the great things headed your way!
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As a Health Expert, Stacey Chillemi is the author of the new book, The Complete Herbal Guide: How to Prevent, Heal and Maintain Optimum Health Using Alternative Medicine, Herbals, Vitamins, and Food. Chillemi’s passion is helping others discover the surprising secrets to healing the body and maintaining excellent health for life. Stacey has dedicated her life to the field of health, alternative medicine, and herbal medicine. Stacey educates others and shares with them the natural remedies to stay healthy, restore health, and look and feel younger. If you have been on a roller-coaster ride of medical conditions, visit My website to learn how to heal your body, and maintain excellent health for life.
Originally published at thecompleteherbalguide.com on April 4, 2017.