This is the time of year that most of us start to lose it. The days are still too short – at least for a few more weeks. The snow is piled up so high you can’t see around the corners. Ice storms mean you either take your life in your hands if you have to go out, or else you’re housebound. And I’m pretty sure that damn groundhog predicted another 6 weeks of winter. Again. Has anyone checked to make sure he doesn’t need glasses?
February sucks for most of the upper 49. It’s the month when we start to crave spring clothes and shorts and bathing suits, but all we see is flabby white skin. And all we want to eat is comfort food. If that’s you, take a break and eat these beauty foods that will make you absolutely glow on the outside, and help to shed those winter blues – and pounds, just in time for spring.
Avocado – Just looking at an avocado makes me feel warm, but they’re not just for summer and margaritas on the patio. Avocados from Mexico are available year round, and those from California are just coming into season. Yes, they’re high in fat, but it’s all healthy fat that’s oh so good for your skin and hair, and of course your heart. Recent research indicates that eating half an avocado at lunchtime may help you shed pounds, because you’ll feel more satisfied for the rest of the afternoon. Treat yourself to a few slices each day – in your omelet, on a sandwich, or as guacamole with some raw veggies.
Walnuts – All nuts are good for you, but did you know walnuts have more omega-3 fats than any other nut? Between the omegas and the other antioxidants in walnuts, they’re an anti-aging powerhouse. Try to eat a good handful every day, sprinkled on your cereal, in your salad, or as a snack.
Oranges – Vitamin C is essential for healthy skin and collagen synthesis, and oranges (as well as grapefruit and other citrus fruits), are loaded with vitamin C. So skip the expensive injections, and eat an orange every day.
Salmon – Just like nuts, salmon is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows that the omega-3 fats from fish is beneficial for your heart, brain and joints. It can help prevent depression – including seasonal affective disorder, and give you smoother, softer skin. ‘Nuf said. To get the benefits, try to eat about 4 ounces of salmon twice each week.
Green Tea – Is there anyone out there from my generation, who spent hours on the beach with baby oil and tin foil? If you know what I’m talking about, you can probably benefit from green tea. It has lots of antioxidants, which some research has shown can help prevent skin cancer AND possibly reverse the effects of sun damage in our skin. Make sure you brew it yourself as opposed to drinking bottled teas, which have little beneficial antioxidants. Sipping on 2 or more cups a day will give you what you need. Try brewing sun tea – just put a few bags in a pitcher of cold water and let it sit in a sunny spot for a few hours.
Are you losing it this February? Do you have winter vacation plans? How do you get ready for spring?