Diabetes and Winter

On 11 December 2020 by Droobi

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The Winter season is always different…it can be busy and exciting for a lot of us. With events like family dinners, friends gatherings, different weather activities…, we have plenty of distractions to keep us from focusing on our health and taking care of ourselves as we would normally. 

On another note, with shorter days and colder weather, finding the motivation to stay healthy and fit can be difficult. Very easily we can let diet and healthy eating habits fall by the wayside, and sacrifice exercise for warm nights spent indoors on the couch. That can lay the foundation for a weakened immune system, posing a greater risk on our health and wellness. 

In general, the biggest risk to our overall health is a lack of attention to diet and exercise routines. Imagine the impact when someone is living with a chronic condition such as diabetes. Taking a simple example…did you know that in some countries up to 20% of the population get the flu each winter? What does that mean? If you have diabetes, and you get the flu, given that your body is trying to fight the virus, your blood sugars will be above range, you will be feeling unwell and taking much more time to heal. 

What could be some winter tips to help you stay healthy?

- Eat More Green and Orange Vegetables
Dark green and orange fruits are vegetables are full of healthy nutrients needed during winter. Spinach, kale, squash, carrots and oranges are all delicious during the winter. Try them in different recipes. 

- Use Spices In Cooking 
Turmeric- for example- is a spice traditionally used in cultural medicine. Curcumin, its main active yellow colored ingredient, helps to combat a number of conditions including inflammation, and it acts as a powerful antioxidant.

- Workout at Home
You don’t have to leave the comfort of your home when it is cold, to exercise. There are plenty of resources online offering fun workout videos and exercises ( yoga, resistance, stretching, dancing… ), that you could you right in your living room. 

 

- Plan Your Exercises in Advance
Try to stick to a weekly exercise plan so you don’t put off your regular exercise activities. Write down your exercise schedule with as many details as you possibly can: workout routines, exercises, time, location… Knowing what you’re scheduled to do each day ahead of time makes it easier to stick to. 

These are only few examples of tips and tricks to stay healthy. You just need to take actions and get started!