Avoiding Winter Weight Gain
It’s that time of year. From a nip in the air to a massive snow and ice storm, there is a difference now. It’s colder and the tendency is to put on a few pounds. We’ve generally accepted that it is nature’s way of helping us provide a little extra winter fat — just in case. But how long since you last had a food shortage? This year can be different.
Make One Small Change
Today consider making one small change. When you make a small change, it is easier to handle, you are more likely to incorporate it into your daily life, and you are more likely to succeed, than if you try to make a global change to your whole way of being.
Add Instead of Taking Away
Start by adding more fresh fruit to your diet. Just for today, throw out your rules — if you follow any diet that forbids fruit — because fruit is too important to miss. Fruit is sweet, satisfying and full of vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids, and other things that your body requires for optimum health.
Choose a few fruits you particularly enjoy. I like apples, bananas, grapes, oranges … Buy a small amount of some of the harder types, such as apples, and start carrying around an apple everywhere you go.
What? Have you lost your mind? Hear me out. The idea is when hunger strikes (or what you think is hunger), no matter where you are, you’ll now have a snack handy. It’s not that you couldn’t wait out your hunger, but the tendency is to think about all the yummy foods you are trying so hard not to eat. Doing this sets you up for a massive binge once you do get to some food.
Instead, when you decide you are hungry, turn to your fruit for a quick, healthy snack. Give it a go and let me know what happens.