Christmas is getting closer and closer. Darker nights and colder are becoming more and more the norm as we head towards the winter. You begin to start losing track of our diet we’ve kept on top of for months. But how do you stay healthy as the months get colder? We’re here to help!

Check out our top tips for staying healthy during the colder months below!

Staying healthy during these cold months is incredibly important. What you eat can have a massive impact on your mood and energy levels during these shorter days as well as your immune system during the flu season ahead.

It’s incredibly important to make sure you’re getting the right vitamins and nutrients, especially during the winter. The steps you take now to improve your health will have benefits beyond the winter months and for the rest of your life!

That’s why we decided to share some top tips about how you can do this! Our in-house nutritionist team, with the help of Dr James Morehen, have compiled the top tips for you to stay healthy during the winter.

1. Increase your fruit and vegetable intake.

A simple sounding one, but many people don’t consume enough fruit and vegetables per day! For every colour of vegetable you consume (for example green for broccoli and orange for carrot), you’ll be consuming different vitamins and minerals which are vital for maintaining a strong immune system!

2. Eat more vitamin D3 foods.

There are two types of Vitamin D; D2 and D3. We can easily consume enough vitamin D2 if we eat oily foods such as fish. D3 on the other hand comes from something we take advantage of every day; sunshine.

Guess what? During the winter we do not see the sun anywhereĀ near as much as we need to. This results in many people across the northern hemisphereĀ becoming deficient in this key vitamin. As such, consumptionĀ of a supplements and vitamins are advised by Dr James Morehen, who tells us that his favourite and recommended supplement is Nutrition X’s D3 vitamins is the one to go for.

3. Boiling water is your friend!

During the winter months, colds and the flu become incredibly common. Especially after the last year, immune systems aren’t as fine tuned as they once were with lockdowns and stay-at-home being the norm.

If you start to feel the beginning of a cold and get sniffles, James’ go-to solution to remedy this is boiling water. You can add different ingredients to this, however James recommends a “cube of ginger sliced with green tea and fresh honey”. We also like to recommend citrus like lemon for example.

Ginger is a great kick and will push back the runny nose, but combine it with citrus such as oranges or even other fruits like berries for increased vitamin C intake and you’ll be sorted!

4. Protein pays off.

Protein is always vital, whether you work out often or not. So we recommend you increase your protein intake per day. Evidence suggests a minimum of 1.6g per kg of body weight. So if you weigh 70kg then 112g per day is a great target to aim towards!

Make sure you split this across multiple eating windows. Eating loads of protein at once isn’t recommended and isn’t as pleasant as eating it across the day. Fit it into healthy snacks, main meals, and anything in between!

5. Don’t skip out on main meals!

When it gets darker, you just don’t feel like doing anything when you get home from a busy day at work. But not skipping out on main meals and snacking in a healthy manner are key components to a great diet!

Make sure you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and that you’re eating a mix of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, while cutting refined sugar and unhealthy fats!

Fuel Hub was designed with busy people in mind – whether you’re an athlete, parent or profession. Fuel Hub delivers nutritious food to your door which is fresh for the week. Our in-house nutritionists and chefs develop delicious dishes, with gluten and dairy free options available. We even cook plant-based meals!

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