Fall is upon us! While this season and the upcoming winter bring excitement for holidays, celebrations and the anticipation of a new decade, the cooler months also bring the dreaded cold + flu season, and for many of us Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) too. The change in temperature, less time outdoors in the sunlight and shorter days can spread a multitude of viruses as well as trigger anxiety + depression. We’ve compiled a list of a few habits that we routinely practice to keep our minds and bodies well when spring and summer are behind us.
Good Eating Habits
The holidays are known for seasonal treats and festive, sugary confections. From fall-flavored desserts to rich, warm beverages, we tend to indulge a little more than usual thanks to holiday parties and special gatherings. The best thing we can do for ourselves is to be mindful of what we put inside of our bodies! A colorful plate full of fruits and veggies provides the nutrients essential for fighting off infection and for energizing you throughout those cold days. Keeping healthy fats, plant fiber and seed protein in the rotation improve brain function and support a healthy gut—helping us dispose of toxins. And because we don’t want you to miss out on all the goodies, Superseed Life donuts, cookies and pizza crust are great substitutes or foundations for all the treats you love. Check out our recipe for pumpkin cheesecake here!
We know waking up early in the freezing cold and dark hours is not particularly inviting—especially when your warm bed is sooooo comfortable! But making time to sweat out toxins, increase serotonin levels and release endorphins is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer! Exercise keeps your white blood cells circulating so that they can defend your body against infection. It also helps regulate mood and keeps those symptoms of depression and anxiety in check. Finding as little as 20 minutes three times a week (outside in the sunshine to get vitamin D, if possible!) increases your chances of staying well in the cooler months.
Getting adequate sleep is another important part of regulating your immune system, cardiovascular system and endocrine system. In the winter when the days are short and it gets dark early, you have the perfect excuse to go to bed early. We know turning off devices and making sleep a priority is not always easy, but your mind and body will always thank you! Remember: in sleep your body can focus exclusively on recovering and healing.
Join us this winter to make health and wellness in your mind and body a priority! Check back frequently for recipes, exercise tips and other tricks that we use to hold ourselves accountable.