Need a New Year’s health kick? Tips to beat that nasty winter cold? Or how to jump on that wellness wagon again? Instead of pushing yourself to nibble salad or sip on green juices, we can recommend this easy ayurvedic steps to keep your body healthy and winter proof.
1.Choose a warm, nourishing diet
We totally understand you want to keep that killer yoga or pilates body as smooth and tight as possible. And the many veggies and lighter meals do make you feel energised, light and won’t leave you with a bloated belly. But our bodies are basically programmed to eat more and heavy foods during winter time to keep the engine going and to keep yourself warm. That doesn’t mean you have to switch drastically, but according to the ayurvedic rules, make sure you choose the right rich, warm en nourishing foods. Allow yourself some decadence, you can yoga it off later when spring is in full bloom. Start your day with warm (chai) porridge, oatmeal or banana pancakes. For lunch and dinner you can switch to soups en stews and never lack in use of oils and greasy such as ghee and sesam or avocado oil.
2. Spice it up
Spice girls eat spicy foods. Especially in the winter, because (hot) ayurvedic herbs will help improve our circulation and heat up our body by sparking the digestive fire. Include more rosemary, garlic, ginger, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, turmeric, tarragon, and cayenne to your diet.
3. Physical activity
It keeps you fit, flexible and slim (goodbye muffin top!) it also strengthens your agni by stimulating the overall metabolic activity of your body and it gets your blood running to all the different places in your body. Especially your fingers and toes (who are freezing off right now). Besides, that warm, relaxed and tingling feeling after a good exercise, don’t we all want that?
4. Vitamine D
Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for good health, which is great if you live in Amsterdam where there’s barely sunlight in the winter (how lucky we are). So you have find other ways to keep it levelled otherwise it won’t make you a happier person. Let’s be honest, Blue Monday isn’t a fairy tale. Unfortunately we can’t change the weather (although, we do can change location if we want), but vitamine D can help us feeling less depressed and it boosts our immune system. You can take supplements or eat lots of fish oils, fatty fish (salmon, tuna and mackerel), mushrooms, cheese, cereals and egg yolks.
Breathing exercises are a good kickstart for your body in the morning and heat up your system, such as Kappalabhati breathing. But there are more pranayama-excercises you can do to make you feel more energised or relaxed and grounded.