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As we begin the new year with resolutions to eat healthily, watch our weight, and include more fruits and vegetables in our diet, winter often throws a wrench in our plans. Our bodies crave more calories to keep warm, leading us to lean towards comfort foods that boost our mental and physical well-being. However, it’s essential to be mindful of our eating habits during this time.

The Comfort Food Conundrum
Comfort foods may provide temporary solace, but they often lack nutritional benefits. Let’s face it, if grated carrot salad was comforting, we’d have binge eaters anonymous sneaking it into their backpacks! While I’m not judging (I have my own ready-to-heat desserts in the fridge), it’s crucial to acknowledge that we tend to overindulge during the colder months.

The Truth About Winter Weight Gain
Let’s not deny it – we all tend to eat less healthily during winter. The reason we gain weight is not mysterious; it’s because we’re consuming more calories to keep warm and comfortable. Instead of beating ourselves up over it, let’s focus on making healthier choices.

Healthy Alternatives
When it’s cold, we crave hot meals and drinks. Instead of reaching for hot desserts and chocolates, try incorporating more hot roasted vegetables, soups, and stews into your diet. You can also repurpose fruits and vegetables into warm meals or add them to your favourite soups and stews.

Snacking Smart
Our bodies need more calories during winter, but that doesn’t mean we should indulge in unhealthy snacks. Opt for dried fruits, biltong, nuts, or cheese, which provide high protein and healthy fats to fuel your body.

Staying Hydrated
We often neglect our hydration during winter, but it’s crucial to drink plenty of water, tea, or other hydrating beverages. I enjoy rooibos tea, which is naturally sweet and caffeine-free. Avoid adding sugar or artificial sweeteners to your drinks, as they can disrupt your metabolism.

Prioritizing Fruits and Vegetables
While fruits and vegetables might not be as appealing during winter, it’s essential to prioritize them. Try adding hot proteins to your salads or incorporating pulses, grains, lentils, and beans into your meals. These nutritious foods will keep you full and satisfied.

Breaking the Sugar Habit
I used to have a sweet tooth, but I found that when I stopped eating sugar, I stopped craving it. Limit your sugar consumption, and your body will thank you.

Winter doesn’t have to mean abandoning our healthy eating habits. By being mindful of our cravings, incorporating healthy alternatives, and prioritizing fruits and vegetables, we can stay on track. Remember, it’s all about balance and making conscious choices. So, go ahead and enjoy your favourite comfort foods in moderation, but don’t forget to nourish your body with the good stuff too!


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