It can be really hard to stay motivated during the cooler months... the desire to exercise lags as the mornings become darker, and our desire to reach for salads goes out the window in replacement for comforting pastas.
We get it, it's not easy.
Lagging on our health routine when our bodies need it the most sets us up for a compromised immune system and it can mean we get sick way more than we'd like to!
Our bodies utilise energy to stay warm and need H20 more than ever! Some of the key nutrients we might need to top up on include Vitamin D (from a lack of sunshine and wearing so many layers), Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin C and some of our B Vitamins. On top of this, a diet with too many processed foods or starchy, processed carbohydrates can lend to an inner ecosystem which is out of balance - poor gut health can lead to an array of problems including poor immunity, poor digestion, and can even make the severity of winter allergies worse.
In saying all of this, it's definitely not the end of the world and there are some key things you can do on a daily basis to keep your mind and body happy until those warm Spring days become more and more common.
1. Comfort food can be healthy too
Just because it's called 'comfort food' it doesn't mean it has to be bad for us. Make pasta using buckwheat or spelt pasta and load up your sauce with extra veg, chilli and herbs. Why not whip up a soul soothing coconut curry packed with grounding spices such as turmeric, cumin and ginger?
Heat some almond milk on the stove, add a dash of vanilla, some raw cacao powder, a tiny pinch of salt and some coconut sugar and you have a deliciously comforting hot chocolate! Better yet, why not just warm up our seasonal nut mylk - all the hard work has already been done for you - just sip and enjoy.
Whenever you eat something 'naughty' - think about how you can alter a few ingredients to make it better for you without losing the indulgent factor.
2. Get your daily dose of greens, no matter what
We don't often feel like a salad when it's cold. But the antioxidants and phytonutrients available from our dark leafy greens are so essential to keeping us ahead of the game during the winter months. Our Brand Director + Nutrition Consultant Nikki, makes sure she has our all greens juice every single day. Include it into your daily routine and your body will thank you for it. View our juice list here - you can pick out any 7 you like and customise your own delivery !
3. Eat seasonally
Mother Nature knows what's up. It's not a coincidence that high vitamin C foods such as tomatoes, kiwifruit and citrus fruits are in season in Winter. And it's no coincidence that grounding root vegetables such as parsnip, pumpkin and sweet potato (which are also packed with antioxidants) are readily available either. All you need to do is look around you to understand what our bodies need at any time in the year.
Can't be bothered figuring it all out? We cook our means with the seasons and ensure that we use the freshest, local seasonal ingredients in both our juices and our meals. View our meal options here and have a look for yourself!
This doesn't have to mean hitting the gym or going for a run in the freezing cold. It can also mean finding a sauna or steam room near you and sweating it out for 20 minutes a few times a week. It's important to keep our body's natural detoxification systems active - and one of our primary detox organs is our skin! Not only does it get the toxins out, but it also stimulates our circulation and gets our blood pumping around our body better.
Alternatively, why not mix up your usual exercise regime and try out a heated yoga class? Go with what your body craves, however that might look for you.
5. Hydrate, hydrate!
If you find it hard to keep up with the water intake, don't forget that herbal teas are an absolute godsent in the cooler months! Not only do they sooth the soul, but if you choose wisely, they can also be highly beneficial to our health. Herbal teas have been used for centuries as a natural medicine remedy. Some of our favourite teas include antioxidant rich green tea, liquorice tea and peppermint tea which are both great for our digestive health, and hibiscus tea which is known to reduce oxidative stress and improve our blood pressure.
Did you know we make our own organic tea combinations in house? Why not add a pack to your next order. View our tea range here.