Beat the Winter Blues: Elevate Your Mood with These Essential Strategies

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As the days shorten and the temperature drops, many of us enter winter with mixed feelings. While the season brings cozy vibes, comfy sweaters, and hot cocoa, for many, it’s also a period of low energy, mood swings, and challenges like the “winter blues.” However, winter doesn’t have to bring you down. 

Following these mood-supporting strategies can prepare your body and mind to thrive so you can confidently embrace the season and make the most of this unique time of year.

Incorporate Mood-Boosting Foods

Incorporating the proper nutrients into your diet, making seasonal food choices, and combining the right foods can support your emotional and physical well-being during the colder months. 

ο EAT SEASONAL PRODUCE:  

While selections may be limited compared to other seasons, you can still find ample nutrient-rich options such as kale, sweet potatoes, carrots, Brussels sprouts, winter squashes, and seasonal fruits like apples and pears this time of year. These foods provide essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support immune health and overall well-being.

ο EMBRACE WHOLE GRAINS: 

Whole grains like oats, quinoa, and brown rice, as well as ancient grains like farro, buckwheat, and einkorn, are excellent sources of complex carbohydrates and fiber. They provide sustained energy, support mood regulation, aid digestion, and keep you feeling full and satisfied.

ο INCORPORATE HEALTHY FATS: 

Omega-3 fatty acids found in wild fatty fish like salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds can improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression. These fats are essential for brain health, reduce inflammation, and help mitigate the winter blues.

ο INCLUDE LEAN PROTEIN: 

Protein is crucial for maintaining muscle mass and supporting immunity. Protein can also keep you full and curb unhealthy (sugar) cravings.

ο INDULGE IN DARK CHOCOLATE:

Dark chocolate contains mood-enhancing compounds and, of course, tastes delicious!

Food Combinations for Mood Support

Though these foods are each beneficial, combining them can be a game changer!  

Rather than reaching for chocolate cake to boost your mood, pairing protein with a complex carb will naturally increase serotonin levels to improve mood in a healthier, more sustainable way.

Why? Protein breaks down into amino acids like tryptophan. Tryptophan needs the sugar from complex carbohydrates to mobilize it and increase its chance of crossing the blood-brain barrier, where it’s converted into serotonin – our “Happy Hormone.” 

TASTY MOOD-BOOSTING OPTIONS:

  • Chicken with sweet potatoes
  • Wild salmon with brown rice
  • Eggs with whole-grain toast
  • A protein shake with berries 

HARNESS THE POWER OF SUNLIGHT

Shorter days during winter months decrease our exposure to natural sunlight, which can lead to a vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D is crucial for mood regulation, regulating the body’s internal clock, and boosting the production of serotonin.

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