It’s that time of year again… the time when all we want to do is stay at home in our PJ’s and curl up to a good book and soup. It’s the time of year when our bodies don’t soak up much vitamin D from the sun since many of us our inside mostly and we aren’t as active because it’s cold. We also may not be eating as many fruits and vegetables we were eating during the summer time because they are not in season. It’s the time of year when, let’s face it, it’s hard to beat the winter blues. Here are our tips to make the winter time seem a bit better and brighter!
1. Take an Epsom salt bath: Epsom salt is like a detox for your brain. Epsom Salts are a crystaline form of Magnesium Sulphate Mg2SO4. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency may include fatigue, depression, low energy, and stress. Taking an Epsom salt bath could help reduce some “winter blues” symptoms.
2. Eat more dark leafy greens: Dark leafy greens are great for withstanding the cold, harsh winters. Also, they are high in fiber, calcium, and magnesium which can help raise our levels of serotonin and dopamine.
3. Try learning a new skill: Since many of us are “stuck” inside, try turning off the TV and learning a new skill as a family. Not only will you keep your brain active, you’ll also be making something that you created! Learning to knit, playing a musical instrument and baking are all great and inexpensive hobbies to enjoy indoors.
4. Make soup… all the time: Soup seems to be very healing to the body and it’s also easy to prepare. Try chopping up onions, carrots and celery and add to a large pot along with 2 cups dried lentils, 1 can organic coconut milk, 1 can of organic diced tomatoes and Indian seasonings for a delicious Indian lentil stew. Pair it with 1 slice of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Plain Ciabatta Roll for a hearty meal!