[pullquote-right]Hibernating is just not a solution to stay fit this winters.[/pullquote-right]
[dropcap]C[/dropcap]hilly winters is not only about wearing the best pullover from our wardrobe and hiding the chocolate puddings inside the layer of a baggy cloth. As temperatures continue to drop down so does our energy levels. Winters bring along with them reduced energy levels, sluggish metabolism and a desire to drool in RUM DEV along with it.
It’s easy to skip the daily workout routine and stay cozy inside your blanket convincing yourself you deserve a calorie splurge to stay warm and offset this discomfort. But the truth remains the same, no season warrants you with an authority of unhealthy eating habits. Just like summers don’t permit you overdo of ice-cream; you can’t live winters on a steady hot chocolate diet.
It’s imperative to winterize your diet to maintain a healthy body metabolism. A diet rich in a mixture of lean proteins, whole grains, and low fat dairy combined with workout can be ideal mix to protect you from cold and flu this winters.
I hope you were not expecting me to pen down 100 grams of a food item that would completely offset the entire winters and keep you fit. The thought is all about the right choice. Trust me you don’t need Google to know which food is local and seasonal. In a region like south asia walking down a vegetable market pretty much sums up what is seasonal and what is not. Indian Gooseberry (amla) sold at a price of Rs. 200/ Kilo in summers comes at a price of Rs. 20/Kilo in winters. Carrots, Spinach, Green beans, onions are some of the varieties that can help you stay healthy and warm this winters. Loaded with essential vital nutrients adding them to your daily meals can help you create an assortment of food that compliments your fitness routine. This winters go big on Greens.
Citrus fruits including lemons, lime, oranges and grapefruits are juiciest in the wintertime and can add sunshine to the dreary winters. Citrus foods generate an alkaline reaction in the body after digestion, helping treat acidity problems. Vitamin C which aids in maintaining elasticity and strengthening of the arteries helps tightening loose skin after weight loss. Grapefruits are a difficult find in South Asia so make your choice wisely.
3. Green Tea
There are a plethora of options if you talk about tea and the Fitness market would flood you with names you might not have even heard off. Its best if you stick with Grandma Recipe and don’t fall for a gimmick, whats displayed is what pleases to the eye.The reason we are given TURMERIC(haldi) MILK is because of its antioxidants properties, efficient on pocket and power of a juggernaut. Similarly you do not need to walk out and buy fancy expensive tea just to shed few pounds. Green Tea is a powerful antioxidant and has string antiviral and antibacterial properties. Easily available and pocket efficient the tea is an easy and best catch for a soothing warm break.
For vegetarians it’s a break from regular PANEER(Cottage cheese) DELICACIES and time to add a seasonal delicacy of MUSHROOM. White mushrooms have significantly increased levels of natural killer cells – a vital component of the immune system.
Known to be the safest and the easiest way to cure cold and fever during winter. Honey is known for its antibacterial properties that help fight bacteria and virus. You can have honey every night before going to bed, or mix it in a cup of warm milk for added advantage.
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