For those of us who live in the temperate zone, winter is a real thing. Not only does it have its own characteristic weather profile – gray, chilly, intermittently snowy or slushy or rainy – it’s got its own emotional profile to match. Call it the winter blues or the winter blahs.
Not so long ago, nutrition experts advised eating small, frequent meals throughout the day and never, ever skipping them. Today, some of those experts have changed their view. They now recommend a practice called intermittent fasting, or IF, an approach to food timing that involves periodic short fasts — anywhere from 14 to 48 hours — that can spark substantial health benefits.
Protein is an essential part of every person’s diet, but you don’t need to be a meat eater to get your daily allotment. If you aren’t a meat eater, you are going to need to be more more mindful about where your protein is coming from each day (and if you are a meat eater, you might want to mix up your protein intake with some of these veggie options!). These days, most people get ample amounts of protein, but if you aren't, skimping on protein is not a good idea.
For many of us, being relentlessly stressed-out has become an almost ‘normal’ state, however unpleasant. Unfortunately, the stress overload of modern life can have a massive impact on our health, weakening immunity, damaging organs and, over time, increasing the risk for many of the diseases we fear most.
For many people, the New Year feels like a fresh start. So we make resolutions to lose weight, to play the piano daily, to learn Mandarin. These vows are an ancient practice - though they may have been no better at fulfilling their resolutions than we are now.
When it comes to the end of one year and the start of another, I always like to take some time to reflect on the lessons learned and think about the tweaks we all can strive to make going forward. This year, going into 2020, I propose focusing on 20 behaviors that encourage wellness in all aspects of life.