BOTH BORING AND SAD
In winter, our body spends a lot of energy to keep warm. In addition, in our latitudes, almost six months a year, there is short daylight hours and little sun. We do not get the required amount of ultraviolet radiation, we have a worse production of vitamin D, which is needed for the production of the hormone of happiness – serotonin. Let’s add to this non-seasonal factors: the tense rhythm of life in a big city, the eternal rush, the tough demands of society.
We spend a lot of energy trying to do everything, to cope with everything. We do not have enough “energy supply”, especially in winter. Accordingly, our mood is often at zero. Therefore, we are all drawn to quickly get “light calories” from sweets. Three tablespoons of sugar in tea, a bar of chocolate, a bag of sweets, rolls, buns – this is what we always have at hand, available to everyone, you can buy at any corner. Ate – and you’re fine.
This immediately solves the problem of energy supply, because sugar and glucose are quickly absorbed. And in this way, we raise the mood, which directly depends on the blood sugar content.
SWEET EXTRA POUNDS
Young people, as a rule, do not care about errors in nutrition – of course, provided that they lead an active lifestyle. But after 35 years, the metabolism begins to slow down a little, and then it is imperative to control the consumption of carbohydrates. Otherwise, both men and women are at risk of obesity. And women have one more misfortune: all these sweet calories are transformed into downy fats, that is, cellulite.
If we succumb to our weaknesses and gain weight, then we have to spend a long time fighting them with strength, time and money. And it’s better to do without these painful efforts.
THE RIGHT GOODIES
If you really want something sweet, you need to eat something that, at least, does not give weight gain. In the first place here are dried berries, apples, kiwi, and dried fruits in general. Marshmallows, marshmallows are suitable: this is protein plus a small amount of sugar, but there is no fat. Unsweetened fruits are good: apples, pears, kiwi, plums, oranges, tangerines, limes, lemons, pomelo, followed by bananas and grapes. Sufflé, marmalade are good (pectin plus agar-agar is seafood, it is useful in itself).
Don’t buy ready-made yoghurt with fruit flavours, but rather make a smoothie – use a blender to mix natural yoghurt with fruit or soaked dried fruits. You can also use frozen berries.
It is better to buy these delicacies in advance, just do not store them in a conspicuous place, so as not to be tempted once again. And when you really want something sweet – get it and eat it. This is still not the main food, but only an addition to it! They are used once or twice a day as a snack between breakfast and lunch, after lunch and between lunch and dinner.
Two or three nuts, dried apricots or one candy-like prune in chocolate plus hot green tea – this is the right snack at the workplace.
I will separately say about honey. It is a complete food product, but with a high glycemic index. What does it mean? The higher the index, the more often a person has a need for sweets. Therefore, the norm for those who do not need to control their weight is two teaspoons a day, and if a person has a tendency to be overweight, then one.
DRESS FOR THE WEATHER
Many of us ignore warm clothes even in cold weather. Every now and then you see girls in mini-skirts and thin tights, men running in the snow in shoes with thin soles. We will not now talk about what dangerous chronic diseases such frivolity can lead to. But clothing is directly related to our topic.
The warmer we dress, the less excess energy we spend in cold weather. This means that we will be less drawn to sweets.
The easiest way to make up for the lack of light is to regularly travel to warm regions. Ideally, such a rhythm is needed: we work for 3 months – then we go to the sea for a week for ultraviolet light. Being in the sun for 20 minutes without clothes is the norm that is necessary for the production of vitamin D, and it will already tidy up the nervous system and strengthen the immune system. This is especially important in November and December.
But it is clear that not everyone has financial opportunities for this, and someone is often not allowed to travel by work or family circumstances. In addition, now our opportunities to arrange vacations by the sea are extremely limited due to the coronavirus pandemic. But you can go to the solarium, spa centres. And regardless of age, you need to take vitamins and mineral complexes, where there are vitamin D and B vitamins.
In addition, you need to take care of the lighting. The more light in the house, the better we will endure winter time. But at night, the light must be turned off, because the hormones of happiness, as well as melatonin, serotonin, dopamine, on which our well-being and mood depend, are all produced in complete darkness and silence.
And at a very specific time – from 23 to 3 hours. And residents of big cities do not always sleep at this time, some sit on the net until morning. It turns out that we “skip” the time of production of hormones of happiness on the Internet, instead of getting enough sleep, getting up vigorous and running about our business in a good mood. So it is worth thinking about your daily routine.