Embrace Winter And Watch Your Energy Levels Skyrocket!

We are now well into the dark winter months. January and February can be tricky for our health and energy levels, the excitement of Christmas and New year has passed, the days are cold and dark, viruses and infections are rife and our financial health has taken a beating too!

There is hope on the horizon, though. The good news is that the shortest day of the year has now passed. The days are getting longer by 2 minutes a day if you live in the northern hemisphere.

Rather than feeling as though we would like to enter hibernation until spring, there are steps we can take now to make us feel more energetic during the winter months to live life to the fullest.

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Make Healthy Eating Easier for Yourself!

There’s no way around it: eating healthily is tough. It’s hard to start, and even harder to stick to the goals and rules you set for yourself. Most people will be able to burn fat efficiently to begin with, then start to lose motivation in the space of a few weeks. It may not always feel like it, but there are certain ways you can make healthy eating easier for yourself. Here are a few to consider…

Make It Suit You

She is in good health

This woman is staying fit. Healthy eating is a great way to help maintain your weight. Photo via Public Domain Pictures.

Despite what you may read elsewhere, good nutrition isn’t a one-size-fits-all matter. Yes, eating a large pizza to yourself will cause you to gain weight, and following a reputable body cleanse will cause you to lose it. However, if you really want your healthy eating regimen to be successful, you need to learn how to fuel your body to allow it to function.

This means giving your individual body the right kind of nutrients in the right amounts, rather than blindly avoiding anything you think is bad, and depriving your body of the things it needs to function. Health plans need to vary from person to person, and be tailored to your goals, whether that’s losing weight, building muscle, or simply improving your overall health. Do your research, form a plan to suit you, and you’ll make things so much easier on yourself.

Rub Out Temptation (Most of It, Anyway)

If you already know that your diet is too rich in high fat and high sugar foods that are heavily processed, then you need to make a point of getting rid of them. Take a look around your kitchen, pin down any sources of temptation that you know are getting in your way, and then rearrange everything to make your kitchen more conducive to healthy eating.

Keep all your unprocessed, clean and healthy foods at eye-level in your cupboards, or right at the front of your fridge. Simply making healthier foods easier to reach for and dig into can have an incredible difference on how easy it is to stick to your rules. We really do eat with our eyes before anything, and convenience is one more motivator to keep your eating habits in check. While you’re moving aside granola bars to reach for the chocolate at the back, you might be reminded of why you put it there in the first place!

Take Time to Plan your Meals

A calendar can help with her meal planning

Plan ahead to ensure your meals are balanced. Photo via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

If it’s getting close to dinner time, but you search the kitchen and find that there isn’t anything you’re crazy about eating, then the next logical step is calling your favorite pizza place, right? You can get around this common pitfall by setting some time aside on one day every week, planning out your meals, and then shopping accordingly.

Try to cook some bulk meals that can be frozen and reheated, thereby saving yourself time, money, and making it easier to cut down your calories. When you plan to eat healthily, and do all your shopping in advance, you’ll be much less inclined to spend your money on junk!