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Avoid the Winter Blues – Healthy Choices to Consider

It’s fairly common for people to experience a little of the blues in the winter time. The sun isn’t out as much, and it’s colder, resulting in not getting out much for fresh air and exercise. This can easily lead to weight gain, which can make it even worse.

Author Anne Wilson Schaef said it best to sum up my views on this, “Healthy people live with their world.”

We need to adjust to the world we live in, because it can affect our entire household, especially the kids. They will not only see the blues affecting us, but it can also affect them as well.

So, I have come up with a plan for our house to avoid the winter blues, from staying active, to experimenting with my new all Clad cookware set. Well, I don’t have it yet, but it’s on my wish list!

I am going to share some of those ideas with you, along with a few additional that might pertain more to your climate.

Get Active Inside

Since we will be inside more, and not getting the fresh air and exercise that we would normally get during the warmer months, I realize that we need to adjust our physical activities to those that we can do indoors.

I have a couple of yoga DVD’s that I can either do myself, or with the kids. If I’m lucky, maybe I can convince my husband to join me as well. Yoga is a great way to strengthen our bodies and tone up, while not having to shake the rafters with pounding aerobics.

Another option is to simply dance. Turn up the volume and have a good time. My children love music and when it’s on, they move. So, why not join them for some fun and exercise at the same time?

There’s always the traditional treadmill, but to be honest, I get too bored on one. So, just get creative with scavenger hunts, or make a game up that will force you all to bend over to pick things up.

Snow Sports

If you are living in an area that frequently has snow, there are plenty of things to do outdoors, if you can stand the cold. Getting some fresh air, even if it’s frigid, it will go a long way in fighting the blues. In other words, embrace the winter, rather than fear it.

Some of these activities include:

  • Snowmobiling
  • Making a snowman
  • Skiing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Ice Skating

Just bundle up and enjoy some hot cocoa when you are done. The kids will love to play out in the snow, if they are dressed warm enough.

Sun Lamp

I am not talking about a tanning booth, but a SAD lamp that is meant for fighting depression from the lack of sun. This might be an extreme measure to take, but some people experience extreme winter depression.

I would recommend doing some research on available full-spectrum or SAD lamps for the home, or spas that might offer it on site. I also suggest that you check with your physician before purchasing or using one.

Eat Healthy

I believe that part of the reason why we are generally in better moods in the summer is because we often eat better. The fresh veggies and fruit are readily available, as is the grill for healthier cooking.
However, that doesn’t mean we can’t still eat healthy in the winter. Adjusting the fresh veggies and fruit to winter fruits is one solution.

Grilling doesn’t have to stop either, even if you live in a snowy area. Indoor grills are available and offer a nice solution to winter grilling. There are grill plates that can be placed on top of a gas stove top, or portable indoor grills for counter use. So, you can still enjoy some freshly grilled fish or chicken, even in the winter.

While heavier foods are often a choice in the winter months, they don’t have to be. For example, chicken noodle soup is good any time of the year, and it really is healthy for you. It’s not just a myth.

Invest in New Kitchen Tools

Going along with eating healthy in the winter, let’s discuss some kitchen tools that might help you with that. I already mentioned the indoor grill, but there are other items that make cooking healthy easier.

An immersion blender is something I often use for soups, and healthy protein smoothies, and highly recommend one if you like the convenience of a smaller and powerful tool.

I also use my zester for fresh lemon rind on grilled fish, and an oil mister for using oils much lighter than pouring them on salads.

A steamer is also a good addition to healthy cooking, or a steamer basket. There are steamer and rice cooker combinations also available, to save room in the cupboards.

If you have questions on cooking gadgets and equipment, do a search on the Internet. For example, type in “Cuisinart cookware reviews” into your search engine to find information on Cuisinart cookware. You can do this for any product you want to learn more about to get the opinions of those who have used it.

In Closing

I have shared some of my ideas for keeping the winter blues at bay, and hopefully I have inspired you to give it a try for your household. Or perhaps you can take some of these ideas to get more of your own. Either way, I hope you find a way to beat the winter this year!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melissa Cameron is a freelance writer, and married with 2 young children. She often writes on deals and tips she finds helpful enough to share with others.

Melissa Cameron is a 33-year-old mother of two who enjoys spending time with family, scrap booking and writing. Her dream is to one-day work for herself online as a freelance writer. Melissa is an avid Internet surfer enjoys digging up deals and is known by her friends and family as a walking infomercial.

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