We all experience it right? We feel different as the temperature changes; we feel more sluggish, tired, and all around lazy. Why do we feel this way? Partially because our bodies undergo changes as the seasons change. The shorter days and longer nights affect our circadian rhythm; in fact, there is an entire group of genes that impact our body weight because of this shift.
So, how do we counteract this battle of the bulge? Especially when we’re staring down holiday after holiday of coma-inducing food for alls? Start by supplementing with vitamin D. Even in the summer, most people don’t get enough of the ‘sunshine vitamin’. Supplements won’t completely cure your winter blues, but it will help you maintain optimal blood levels when your body isn’t converting much of it from sunlight. Vitamin D is very important for bone health, boosts immune function and aids in weight loss.
This may come as a shock to you, but adding more carbs to your day will help you get over the seasonal affective disorder slump. A high-carb meal boosts your mood by allowing insulin to drive tryptophan into your brain. The more serotonin your brain produces the better you will feel!
Staying committed to exercise becomes difficult as the weather grows colder, but still you should try to squeeze a workout in if not for the sake of your waistline, but for your mood as well. Exercise during fall and winter seasons offset seasonal mood changes. Keep this in mind next time you skip a workout though: the negative effects of skipping your workout is as strong as the positive effects of the exercise!
To stay in that good mood, and help your digestive system as well, commit to a regular massage program. Massage will not only realign your physical, and will realign your mental as well. When your mind and body are aligned, you naturally feel less hungry, less tired, and more satisfied. In addition to massage, support your weight maintenance with doTerra oil Slim & Sassy. Formulated with grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon, it will help manage hunger cravings, calm your stomach, and lift your mood. Inhaling the refreshing scent alone will make you feel calm and happy!
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