How To Eat Healthy This Winter

Seasonal Affective Disorder

In many northern areas, as the days grow shorter, the sky becomes gray. When I was an adolescent in east Tennessee, I said I hated empty trees in winter. I didn’t know it then, but the gray days of winter made me melancholy. One of my earliest posts here on the blog was about the winter blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder.  I am sensitive to the loss of sunlight. Gray skies and empty trees are my image of winter when my energy diminishes. If you experience that sensitivity, go back and read my post. Check out the reference book in the symptoms and actions you can take to feel better. Personally, I found full spectrum light helped me. I moved to Miami from middle Tennessee in my 20’s. I didn’t know about SAD but I had more energy and was happier. Later reading  Winter Blues by Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal I understood the problem and possible solutions. This perennial best seller can help you evaluate your own seasonality and seek relief. 

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How To Beat Cold and Flu Season

Winter is here and sometimes the weather is crazy.  I hope everyone is staying inside safe and warm.  A friend is down with the flu and feeling low. This time of year it’s hard to avoid illness with the weather and flu season.  Today I’m looking back at my past suggestions for dealing with the threat of colds and flu and hopefully presenting some new ideas for staying healthy.

 

 

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3 Simple Habits For Your Health

During the pandemic we’ve gotten used to certain behaviors: making coffee, reading the news, playing a game on a phone, checking our email.  These actions now account for nearly half of the average person’s daily activities, according to research by Wendy Wood, a psychology professor at the University of Southern California and author of Good Habits, Bad Habits. “We do the same thing in the same context almost every day,” she says. “And we do it without thinking about it.” Intentionally or not, we’ve spent the past year or so creating new, often unhealthy habits.

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How To Eat Takeout Food Without Ruining Your Diet

When you’re trying to stick to a healthy diet,  getting takeout is usually out of the question. After all, most takeout foods are very unhealthy, even if you don’t go for a burger or a pizza. If takeout is necessary, remember to have a good balance in your food order and to allow yourself a treat from time to time. The key is learning how to make takeout healthier.

 

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