TLC & Healthy Comfort Foods Banish the Winter Blues

TLC & Healthy Comfort Foods Banish the Winter Blues

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it doesn’t feel that way since cloudy skies and below-freezing temperatures seem to linger for weeks. Instead, it looks like March and its early signs of spring may never arrive. If you’re losing momentum and find yourself firmly in the grip of the winter blues, take heart! Winter’s “blah” feelings are only temporary, and you can shake them off with these helpful tips to restore motivation and well-being.

Kick-Start Your Motivation

The New Year brings thoughts of a clean slate, but in reality, this time of year is filled with stress. Worries about holiday bills, weight gain and winter driving combine with daily work and family commitments to leave you feeling overwhelmed. A day on the couch with Netflix and a bag of chips may sound like the best remedy, but it won’t help you tackle piling responsibilities. Instead, choose a more rejuvenating form of TLC. Make time for a massage, take a yoga class, practice mindfulness meditation, enjoy a relaxing bath or have coffee with a close friend. Think of these activities as your personal reset button and a productivity accelerator.

Indulge in Comfort Foods With a Healthy Kick

Stress and junk food cravings go hand in hand. Sweet and salty snacks raise serotonin levels in your brain, giving you a temporary feeling of happiness that leads you to crave carbs—and continue snacking. When you’re tempted to hit the vending machine, try these healthy comfort foods instead:

  • A high protein breakfast fuels your day. Stuff omelets, burritos, crepes or breakfast sandwiches with meats, cheeses and fresh vegetables for a filling and healthful meal. When eaten together, protein and complex carbs provide an optimal energy boost and stabilize blood sugar levels.
  • Mushrooms are low in fat and high in natural immune-boosters. Add them to simple dishes like chicken or pot roast to create indulgent, nutrient-filled entrees.
  • Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids naturally reduce inflammation and depression, complaints that often accompany the winter blues. Fish tacos and zucchini chocolate cake can satisfy your cravings and keep your diet balanced.

Looking for ways to make your favorite foods healthier? Cooking Light puts a healthy spin on classic comfort foods. Choose to avoid meat and dairy? Check out these top 50 vegan blogs for cooking and food prep ideas.

Stay on Autopilot With a Regular Routine

Keeping to a routine of nutritious meals, adequate sleep, regular exercise and time for personal reflection and relaxation is the best way to avoid the winter blues. When you set aside time for yourself, you’ll have more strength and resolve for taking care of others and meeting life’s everyday demands.

Maglio Keeps the Lights On With Back-Up Generators

Severe winter weather does more than make you grouchy. It may knock out your power, leaving your family without lights and heat when you need them most. Briggs & Stratton backup generators provide an affordable and reliable way to ensure your family’s safety and comfort in a winter emergency. Plan for the unexpected today. Call Maglio Electric at 908.735.6218 to schedule a generator consultation or to request regular maintenance for your existing backup power system.

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