Winter Weight Loss: How To Get Through The Winter Months Without Overeating
Posted Nov 07 2009 5:21am
I always find Winter a difficult time of year. Even as we have moved into Autumn I have struggled. I am someone who very much feels the cold and when I feel cold I want comfort in any form I can get. Cold weather challenges me in ways I would rather not be challenged. I find it difficult not to cave to my old favorite comfort foods and I also find it difficult to get motivated to run because of the initial cold I feel before I have warmed up.
On top of this the holiday season is nearly with us, so wherever you look there are all those lovely comfort foods and delicious “treats” from our childhood to contend with. If you are trying to lose weight or trying to maintain your weight, Winter plus Christmas can be the biggest challenge you face. So what can you do to help yourself through it?
I would just like to share with you what I do to get through Winter and Christmas. Hopefully it will help you find ways to resolve your own issues with this time of year.
I live on a diet predominantly of raw foods. I eat a high fruit diet and I eat a lot of greens. In cold weather I can struggle with the need to eat something hot to comfort me. To help me feel the comfort from heat I miss from food I sit by the fire when it gets much colder, I drink herbal teas (I really like them!) or sometimes just holding a mugful helps. I also, when it gets really cold, may treat my body to some homemade Veggie Soup. I find Veggie Soup so comforting that nothing beats it for me.
Also in the UK, satsumas seem to be a huge thing at Christmas time, so when with family or doing the holiday thing, instead of buying chocolates and candy I buy a lot of satsumas. It just so happens that I absolutely adore satsumas and can eat bags and bags without feeling like I am missing out on Christmas!
Below is my Veggie Soup Recipe (salt-free of course).
My Veggie Soup Recipe:
1tsp of ground coriander 1 large onion, 1 Leek, 5 carrots, 1-2 potatoes, 3 cloves – crushed, 3 cloves of garlic, 3 bayleaves, 1/2 tsp Oregano big handful of fresh corriander
Method: Chop and fry onions and garlic in vegetable oil until caramelized. Throw in chopped leek, crushed cloves, dried oregano and coriander powder with a splash of water and sweat down. Chop carrots and potatoes, put them in once leeks have sweated down and cover with water. Bring to the boil and add 1/2 tsp of black pepper and the chopped fresh coriander. Simmer until vegetables are soft. Put half the solid contents into a blender, blend to a paste, then add back to the pan and mix. Simmer for another 5 minutes and serve.
I find Veggie Soup to be great for Winter because it comforts me, it keeps me warm and it stops me seeking comfort in junk foods and fatty foods that I really don’t want to be eating. It gives me what I need in the Winter months. I think anyone who is trying to maintain their weight or trying to lose during this time should eat Veggie Soup even at Christmas
These few simple things that I do are enough to keep me on track during the Winter. However although it keeps me on track with food, exercise is a completely different ballgame.
I am a regular runner until about Autumn when the cold just literally kills me. I run now and then in the cold months and only manage this by making sure I have clothes perfect for running and perfect for keeping me warm. Instead of running though, I do a lot of walking with my toddler. Carrying him around in a sling in the Winter months helps me protect him from the cold but also helps me keep toned (and very warm!). He is a heavy little thing! I also try to do yoga more often than I would the rest of the year.
When trying to keep regular with exercise keep it simple during the Winter months. Try to find something that you can do in the house if you have been using the beautiful outdoors before the cold months. If there is a warmer day take advantage of it. If you only manage to get something in one warm days, that is better than nothing.
Don’t get too hung up on it if you put on a little weight during the Winter. It is only natural. I might put a few pounds on but they melt away once Spring arrives. What you need to do is just try to keep to your routine as much as possible and not let Winter drag you down. Picking foods that tie in with the Holiday Season but are low in fat and fairly healthy, will prevent you putting on huge amounts of weight and also will allow you to still feel part of the Christmas season. If you feel segmented or isolated, you will be more likely to get too carried away and you will only regret that!
Winter is hard but we can get through it but finding a few simple comforts that won’t add pounds to our bodies.