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I think my soulmate might be carbs…

The cold weather has officially HIT, which has sent a signal to my brain that I must eat carbs. Any carbs. All of the carbs. All. Of. The. Time. In fact, I had my head buried deep in my pantry, desperately looking for something to satisfy my cravings, when I realised that there must be a better way. And much as I love a hot cup of tea and a rusk (okay, three rusks), I simply can’t afford it to derail my commitment to our #BeatWinter 40-Day Challenge!

It was then that I turned to Aunty Google for some help and, as usual, she came up trumps! Turns out that S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is pretty common – the shorter days and resulting fewer hours of daylight make us feel … sad. So we turn to comfort food to make us feel better, and promptly feel worse when we see our empty plates and bloated tummies!

Thankfully – help is at hand with FIVE ways you can feel less S.A.D. this winter!

 

  1. Grab that patch of sunlight when you can – just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean there isn’t sun! Make like a cat and follow that patch of sunlight when you can. Whether eating lunch, sipping on a cappuccino, playing with the kids or simply sitting for a few minutes with the sun on your face, you will be amazed at the difference it makes.
  2. Sweat it out – yes, doctors agree that the best medicine is not laughter, but grabbing your gym bag instead of that muffin! The resulting endorphins after a run or Boot Camp session will keep you going for ages and you will feel less tempted to mindlessly comfort eat to make yourself feel better.
  3. Grab that soup – we all know that our bodies are going to crave warm and filling food, so plan ahead! Woolworths has a delicious range of easy-to-make soups (and a few ready made ones too!) Stock your kitchen with delicious foods that you’ll love and get rid of anything that will make you feel worse after you eat it!
  4.  Stay social  – it becomes so easy to hibernate and veg out on the couch, but your soul needs connections with other people! Plan get-togethers, try new places, go hiking – or even meet a friend for coffee in a little patch of sunlight!
  5. Turn on the tunes – make a playlist of “pick me up songs” for days when you are feeling BLERGH. We all have those songs that cheer us up instantly – have them at the ready this winter!

At the end of the day, winter is the most divine season – let’s no waste it feeling miserable, comfort eating and emerging in September with a few extra rolls. Stay committed to your goals, set yourself up for success, and take ownership of your emotions. Life is short – make each day count for something!

 

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