Eating fruits and vegetables can help cure winter blues

Eating fruits and vegetables can help cure winter blues

We’ve all heard of the “freshman 15”, but did you know adults on average may gain 5-7 pounds during winter months?
It’s common to want to kick into hibernation mode, but lack of exercise and a diet high in fat and calories only adds to the winter blues.
If you live in the cold-weather states, you know how frigid it is right now, and even getting to the gym takes extra effort. Going to work and heading to the supermarket is about all the outside time some of us can handle.
Focusing on indoor fitness is a great idea, but have you ever considered what fruits and vegetables are in season, and why eating seasonal has it’s advantages? The website www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org is a great resource for discovering what fruits and vegetables are in season, and provides tips in how to select the best produce and how to prepare them.
I think we all know oranges and grapefruit are in season, but maybe you didn’t know it’s a great time to savor kiwi and passion fruit? If you think kale is gross, give it another try, as there are 10 ways to enjoy this nutritious cabbage. A beautiful bowl or plate filled with oranges and pears or kiwis and Clementines adds a decorative touch to your home and it entices you to eat more fruit. As the saying goes, “out of sight, out of mind”, so keep what produce you can in view. The advantages to eating fruits and vegetables that are in season include freshness and affordability. Produce that is not in season, may lose some of it nutritional value, taste, and it costs more, but if you have a taste for berries go ahead, but try filling up on seasonal first. Fruits that are local and in season are more nutritious, flavorful, and their abundance makes them more affordable.

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at aaron@athomefitness.com

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