Queensland Health dietician Amanda McCartney recommends a healthy diet through winter.
Queensland Health dietician Amanda McCartney recommends a healthy diet through winter. David Nielsen

Fighting the winter 'bulge'

THE winter blues are no excuse to give up exercise and seek comfort in a raft of foods which will add to the winter woes.

Queensland Health dietician Amanda McCartney warned those tempted to put the running shoes in the wardrobe for the winter to not let their good eating and exercising habits slip.

She said the winter months didn't mean gaining weight was a given, which is a myth perpetuated by dieting magazines.

"It's more of a mindset that it is harder to maintain your weight over winter. It should happen all year round. It is harder to get back into those good habits," she said.

She urged people to stick with the regular amount of food they usually eat.

"It's easier to maintain your good habits through winter rather than stop and have to develop them again come summertime."

Ms McCartney said foods don't necessarily have to be classed as seasonal and can be enjoyed all year round. The breakfast classic of porridge and dinner time favourite the hearty stew were examples of foods stereotyped as winter dishes.

"Studies show breakfast eaters struggle less with their weight. Fill up on nourishing foods like porridge on low-fat milk, stewed fruit and whole grain toast with avocado," she said.

She also warned not to blame a lack of exercising on the cold weather. Ms McCartney said there are plenty of indoor alternatives around the home and community that can take the place of outdoor activities.

"The first thing is no matter how cold it is exercise will warm you up. If you suffer from aches and pains in winter try some exercises like yoga."

Ms McCartney recommended cramming as many vegetables as possible bearing vitamin C and zinc into stews and soups to fend of the flu naturally.

 

Healthy habits

  • Start your day with a healthy breakfast of porridge and steamed fruit.
  • To prevent gaining weight avoid food diets and continue to stay active.
  • Don't bring tempting foods into your home if you don't want to eat them.

 

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