Thursday, January 15, 2009

Surviving January's 'Deep Freeze'

With January's icy cold temperatures and seemingly endless dark days, it's hard get motivated to get up and go! 
Here are a few tips to help you get through the season - and begin the Spring healthier and more rejuvenated!

Tip #1: Hydrotherapy
A short spritz of cold... okay... cool, water at the end of your shower will help your body regulate its temperature and keep your internal warmth up during those cold mornings.

Tip #2: Eat a healthy, balanced diet
This means breakfast, lunch and dinner. Keep in mind healthy portion sizes. This means a palm sized portion of protein, 1/4 of your plate filled with whole grains, and the remaining half of your plate filled with vegetables. 

Tip #3: Get your rest
In the Winter especially, we need to make sure we get healthy rejuvenating sleep. 8 hours is key to maintaining health and energy.

Tip #4: Spoil yourself a little
Feeling down? Treat yourself to a massage or trip to the spa. Keep your spirits up and be sure to incorporate things you enjoy doing at least on a weekly basis.

Winter doesn't last forever, so try get out and enjoy it. You need 15 minutes a day of direct exposure to sun in order for your body to produce and absorb Vitamin D. Go for a long walk in the park or head to the ski hills and try to make the most of Winter! 

In good health, 
Stacey Welton, ND

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