Hello and welcome to another edition of HELP For Mums. Healthy Eating Living and Planning For Mums is a platform for us to share our struggles and successes on this journey to achieving a healthy lifestyle balance. Whether you’re a stay at home mum, a working mum, a mum to be, or a mum at heart this platform is for you! As always I hope that you will find this post helpful.
The winter season is fast approaching (or already here) in many parts of the world and many people are getting concerned as usually this is the time of the year synonymous with unwanted weight gain. Survey shows that almost 50% of people believe that winter weight gain is inevitable. But contrary to this belief – it is not impossible to stay in shape over the winter months – it just takes a little discipline and some deliberate upfront planning.
If you are one of those people that is starting to feel the pressure of winter weight gain, here are some tips that can help you stay on track;
1.) Hold the Cream and Sugar
If you are a tea or coffee drinker, it’s likely that you would be inclined to drink even more in the winter. Eliminating the cream and sugar will help you avoid calorie creep. If you find it hard to drink black tea or coffee you may want to try some naturally flavored teas like peppermint, chai or green tea. Better yet, just drink warm water and add some lemon or lime for flavor.
2.) Increase Your Workouts
In the warmer months you are more likely to walk places, even if it’s just to take your kids to the park. However, in winter people tend to hibernate and only go out of their houses when it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY . To combat this reduction in natural activity you may need to add an extra workout session or two to your week to ensure that you are keeping active enough. It doesn’t have to be an intense HIIT session at the gym (if you’d rather not leave your house) a couple of quick 20 minute home workout sessions will do the trick.
3.) Stock Some Healthy Snacks
Being indoors more, means more idle time, which usually leads to comfort eating. Making sure that you have healthy snacks handy – fruits and vegetables – will ensure that you are not eating junk when you feel the urge to eat something.
4.) Dress Warm
Many people complain that they feel hungrier in the winter because of the cold- this happens because the body is burning up calories trying to keep itself warm. Dressing warm could help alleviate this problem.
5.) Easy on the Holiday Treats
It’s true that certain treats like eggnog and candy canes and all those yummy pumpkin inspired lattés are only available in the winter time but don’t use that as an excuse to over indulge. There is ~223 calories (11g of fat and 20g of carbs) in just one cup of eggnog! Imagine if you have a glass or two everyday for the entire month of December, that’s between 6,913 – 13,826 extra calories that you’ll need to burn!
I hope that this ensures you that there is no need to fear winter. The Bible tells us, “It was [God] who set all the boundaries of the earth; [He] made both summer and winter.” ~Psalm 74:17. And I’m sure He didn’t intend for it to be the bane of our existence. All we need to do is arm ourselves with some strategies that will help keep us on track. 😀
Wishing You A Healthy and Active Winter!