Fit (n) : vibrant, having access to free-flowing energy in the body, well and healthy
This winter has been INSANE (Polar Vortex is not, apparently, a specialty blended cocktail featuring peppermint schnapps) and many well-meaning people have joked "Well! you picked the wrong year to move to Wisconsin!" Cute. Speciality cocktails and well-meaning Wisconsinites in 5 layers of smart wool aside:
It can be really challenging to feel vibrant and healthy this time of year and I have actually been pleasantly surprised with the lack of SAD and 5# of hot chocolate gain I was - honestly - expecting. Drum roll, please?
You were expecting naps? But seriously - I have made a concerted and sometimes not super perky effort to make sure I exercise every. single. day. Some days are hard core training days at the gym or in my basement, hauling kettlebells and my bodyweight around with vigor. Other days I make it to a yoga class. Over Christmas, I went snow shoeing and walked on the dread mill. But there have been VERY few days where I haven't moved in some way and it has made ALL the difference in the world.
2. Green Food
I am vata-pitta dosha, so raw food and I just really don't get along in winter. Salads? Forget about it. I've had to make the conscious decision to get green veggies into my life because I lean so heavily toward winter veggies like sweet potatoes this time of year.
- Drink a green smoothie every day or so
- Put a scoop of Ormus Greens in my water bottle
- Sautee kale or spinach as a side dish
After spending so many years on the diet train, the idea of purposefully adding significant amounts of fat to my diet was -frankly - terrifying. But with my excema flaring up and my hair falling out... I went ahead and tried it. BAM. Skin cleared up, brain fog went down, sugar cravings decreased.
- Switch to whole milk for coffee
- Add Coconut Oil to my a.m. coffee or smoothie
- Take HIGH QUALITY Omega-3 Fatty Acids (take my advice: don't buy the cheap stuff. $30/bottle is worth it to not...ahem..."repeat" sardine oil all day)
- Eat nuts for snacks
4. Vitamin D
This is going to sound ridiculous, but the best day of this winter, it was -15. I had just finished a kettlebell class with a friend and was sitting at Chipotle nomming a salad in front of a giant picture window. SUN!!!!!
- Sit by the window at the coffee shop
- Go outside for a walk if it's at or above your cold threshold (25 for me)
- Take a Vitamin D supplement. Sunshine in a bottle : Trust me on that one.
- Sun lamp or lights -- I use full spectrum lights in the basement for my videos, so I just pop those on when I'm working out down there!
5. Radical Self Awareness and Acceptance
There are "those days" -- when I think I'm going to tear my hear out because it's blowing snow AGAIN. The trick is knowing what you need, and I've stopped judging myself when I realize what that is on any given day.
- Do a few burpees or jog your stairs if you need to expend energy
- Wrap up in a blanket with a book if you need comfort
- Watch a movie or take a nap if you just need to check out
- Get on Pinterest and visualize yourself in the beautiful places you want to be
I really really really don't like winter. But I really really really like feeling pretty damn good most of the time and don't see any reason why the weather should get to interfere with that.