Stay on track

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Well, it’s that time of year again.

The temperature’s dropped, the comfy clothes are out and it’s so easy to stay firmly planted on the couch in the warmth of your home. And, with all this comfy-ness, it’s no wonder we feel like indulging with a few extra treats.

socksThat extra scoop of ice-cream, another bottle of wine, just one more piece of chocolate; you know you shouldn’t but, hey, it’s cold outside and besides, no one will know…

So this week, some simple tips to keep you on a path of healthier habits for the winter ahead. I promise that if you do make a little bit of effort, it’ll make it a snap to be prepared, and feel comfortable about, shedding clothes for spring which will be here before you know it.

Firstly, drink water; it’s harder to do in cooler months but it’s always essential and it helps to counteract the extra tea/coffee/wine which may well be finding its way past your lips.

All these ‘warming’ drinks increase fluid elimination from your body – you need to replace it. I make a habit of always having a glass of water on my desk at work, and beside my bed at night; it’s surprising how often I reach for this water when I know I probably wouldn’t actively get myself a drink if the glass wasn’t there.

Secondly, fat is one of the hardest food types to digest efficiently. However, over winter it’s a bit tricky to avoid them – there so many yummy fats around; custard, pudding, stews and chocolate just to name a few  🙂

Your liver is one of the major organs involved in fat digestion so here’s what you should do to help it get back into ship-shape.

Each morning, before you do anything else, squeeze a lemon into a glass of warm water. Peel a small piece of ginger (about the size of the end of your thumb) and grate, using the finest side of your grater. Take the gratings in your hand and squeeze the ginger juice directly into the glass.

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Add about a small teaspoon of raw honey and mix together thoroughly before drinking.

This magic blend is an age-old recipe that is not only warming to the body, it also helps stimulate your digestion, liver and circulation.

Thirdly, with all the extra eating we tend to do over the cooler months, it’s no wonder that most of us gain a kilo or two in the process; and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that the older you get the harder it gets to lose it…

One of the simplest and effective means of keeping the weight off, and keeping warm, is to get out of the house and have a good walk every day.   Whether it’s walking to work, enjoying the park, the bush or the beach – enjoy a good forty-five-minute walk as it’s longer endurance walking that really helps to burn fat as your body’s source of fuel.

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If you have younger kids around, join in an outdoor game with them – games are good fun, get you warm and almost certainly raise your heart rate too.

Lastly, one of the best things you can do to get really warm, stimulate your skin and truly pamper yourself is to have a warm bath with a handful of Epsom salts once a week; there’s nothing quite like it for relieving the stresses from your week.

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Some of the health benefits of Epsom salts include relaxing the nervous system, assisting skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body. I guarantee you’ll also sleep really well after a good bath and it’s a guilt-free way to indulge yourself.

Enjoy your winter.