5 Foods To Keep You Feeling Good During Winter

5 foods to keep you feeling good during winter

Winter can be a challenging time with darker, cooler days and an abundance of colds and flus.  By eating a balanced healthy diet over winter you can help to improve your mood and keep colds at bay.

Here are my top 5 tips

Healthy eating for winter at fitness faster personal training studio, south Brighton
Winter Food Tip 1

With darker, shorter, colder days winter can really affect your mood.  To keep your motivation high during the winter months it’s important to have high levels of serotonin, a hormone that makes us feel happy.  Exercise can help to boost serotonin and getting enough tryptophan in your diet.  Tryptophan is an amino acid that helps with serotonin uptake.

What foods should I eat?

Tuna, Spinach, Kale, Seaweed and black beans are high in Tryptophan.  Try eating Black bean chilli con carne, Seaweed salad, Spinach and tuna salad or jacket potato.

Healthy eating for winter at fitness faster personal training studio, south Brighton
Winter Food Tip 2

Another way of keeping our moods stable is to keep our blood sugar levels even.  This will decrease any mood swings and have you feeling more clear and relaxed.  By eating proteins, good fats and fibrous vegetables at regular intervals throughout the day your blood sugar levels will remain more stable.

What foods should I eat?

Salmon and avocado for breakfast. Beef and cashew stir fry for lunch and Roast Chicken with roasted root vegetable for dinner.

Healthy eating for winter at fitness faster personal training studio, south Brighton
Winter Food Tip 3

With shorter, darker days we can sometimes get low in Vitamin D.  Fish is a great source of Vitamin D, a mood and immune boosting vitamin.

What foods should I eat?

Fatty Fish – Salmon, sardines, mackerel or supplement with a good fish oil.  Egg yolks – scrambled eggs or hardboiled eggs.

Healthy eating for winter at fitness faster personal training studio, south Brighton
Winter Food Tip 4

Vitamins, minerals, phytochemical and antioxidants help to boost your immune system.  Different coloured vegetables and fruits have different benefits.  The best way of making sure you are covering all your micronutrients is to eat the colours of the rainbow.

What foods should I eat?

Red Capsicums or tomatoes, Purple cabbage or berries, green apples, beans or broccoli, yellow capsicums or bananas.  Try eating a colourful salad or a veggie filled smoothie – be careful that you don’t over do your fruit intake as although they are full of vitamins and antioxidants they are also very high in sugar!

Healthy eating for winter at fitness faster personal training studio, south Brighton
Winter Food Tip 5

Vitamin C can help to reduce the frequency of colds during winter.

What foods should I eat?

Lemon juice can help to boost your vitamin C.  Squeezing half a lemon into warm water in the morning is a great way to start the day.  You could also squeeze lemon onto your salads or citrus chicken.

Don’t let winter get you down this year.  Try adding these top 5 food ideas to keep your mood and immunity boosted.

To keep fit and healthy this winter why don’t you try out my online fitness programme which comes with a healthy food plan, or get in touch to book a consult. 0414 544944.

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