5 Simple Ways to Drop That Winter Weight

By: Erica Trestyn

March is here, which means spring is right around the corner, thank goodness. This past winter has been particularly harsh on our bodies (and if you like the sunshine and warmth, maybe your spirit too). During winter our bodies tend to crave warm comforting foods and it is natural for us to store fat.

As the end of winter approaches we might be feeling a bit “heavier” than usual and our bodies may be depleted in energy. Well, I’m here to tell you that this is part of our body’s natural way of being. Instead of criticizing ourselves for putting on those extra winter pounds, let’s set a goal for ourselves to enter spring feeling replenished and restored.

So, how can we do that? Here are some simple ways to release that extra winter weight and feel better about our bodies.

Reboot Your Body
To reboot your body, you’re giving it a break from rich and complicated foods. You don’t only have to consume fruits and vegetables, but pare down your food to just simple fruits and vegetables, lots of water and perhaps whole grains. Give your body a break by limiting most foods and drinking lots of water, fresh vegetable and fruit juices, teas and soups. This can help sharpen your concentration, help you gain insight and promote spiritual awareness. It can also bring improved immune function and better digestion.

Move Your Body
We all know how important exercise is in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle, but movement is also a great way to cultivate more energy. Exercise stimulates adrenaline in our body. This leads to major shift in our energy.  If you’re looking to increase your energy and shed extra pounds start moving your body NOW! The Reboot Movement Method offers stimulating exercises for all levels.

Drink More Water
During winter we tend to become more dehydrated. This can manifest in many ways, but most often it can lead to a decrease in energy or even mild hunger. Make sure you drink enough water! It’s essential for nourishing yourself and balancing the body.

Get More Sleep
Most of us are sleep deprived.  When our bodies are tired and in need of rest we experience more stress and our blood sugar levels fluctuate very easily.  This causes our body to be depleted of energy.  Many of us feel guilty for taking the time we need to rest and restore, however it necessary for our health.  Most of us need at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night to help balance our energy levels throughout the day.

Cleanse Your Mind
I believe that we cannot have a healthy body without having a positive mindset. Use this opportunity to throw away negative thoughts and habits you’ve been harboring that no longer serve you. A clean, open heart will allow you to receive all the good that awaits you each and every day. If your heart and mind are cluttered, there is no room for life’s gifts and surprises to enter.

While we transition between seasons our bodies naturally want to become more balanced.  Resetting our bodies and minds, even for a short period of time, can have a tremendous impact on our overall well-being. Now is a great time to do a Reboot or simply start adding more juice into your life. This can be overwhelming or seem scary if you are unsure what to do.

Use these resources for more information and don’t be afraid to reach out if you need support!

Erica Trestyn

Erica Trestyn, MA, HHC is the founder of Cultivate Nourishment LLC. Erica received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and as a certified holistic health counselor she empowers her clients to transform their lives through healthy eating and mindful living. She knows firsthand what it’s like to struggle with always wanting to be a different size and has felt the pain and frustration of living a morbidly obese life. She believes that diets don’t work and that true health is achieved when we create complete harmony with the mind, body, and spirit. She strives to empower others to nourish themselves from the inside out. Visit her website www.cultivatenourishment.com and follow her on twitter @EricaTrestyn.

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