Mindful eating principles for better health during biting cold days

As Northern and Central Vietnam is bracing for the bitterly cold days, with mercury dips to over 0 degrees Celcius in certain places, it’s crucial to maintain a healthy eating regime. Below are certain eating rules you might want to follow.

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A warm bowl of soup would increase your body temperature, making you feel better (Photo: Thoi Dai)
A warm bowl of soup would increase your body temperature, making you feel better (Photo: Thoi Dai)

Increase Vitamin C intake: Vitamin C is an antioxidant that boosts the immune system. Consuming more foods high in vitamin C such as oranges, lemons, kiwi, spinach help you better immunize against common colds, flu, and other health issues during winter.

Eating warm foods: A warm bowl of soup or a hot cup of tea would definitely warm up, preventing your body temperature from falling low.

Increase protein intake: During the cold season, people are more craving for a bite, which might risk gaining weight, becoming overweight, and many other diseases. Increasing the amount of protein will trick your stomach to feel full for a longer time and consume fewer calories.

Say no to hearty meals: lavish meals coupled with a sedentary lifestyle would increase the risk of overweight, obesity, heart diseases, diabetes, etc.

Eat more green veggies and fruits: Adding more green vegetables and fruits to the diet helps to boost the immune system and reduce the risk of overweight and obesity. You should also limit greasy foods or dishes high in sugar and preservatives.

A diet with a lot of veggies and fruits are useful during winter days (Photo: Thoi Dai)
A diet with a lot of veggies and fruits are useful during winter days (Photo: Thoi Dai)

Drink herbal teas: Herbal teas such as ginger tea, cinnamon tea, licorice tea or chamomile tea would guard you against the biting cold weather. In the meantime, the habit would boost your resistance and reduce cold symptoms such as cough and sore throat.

Drink enough water: Many people often “forget” to drink water in winter, which leads to many health problems such as dry skin, kidney stones. Make sure to drink enough 1.5 – 2 liters of water per day for overall health protection.

Say no to greasy foods: Greasy foods might accumulate fat in your body. With the habit of being inactive in winter, this excess fat can cause a myriad of health problems such as obesity, heart disease, gastritis, or diarrhea.

Drink wine in moderation: Wine is an excellent winter cooking ingredient. Research has shown that wine has the potential to boost heart health in winter if consumed in moderate amounts.

A cup of hot coffee could do wonders during the biting cold days (Photo: Thoi Dai)
A cup of hot coffee could do wonders during the biting cold days (Photo: Thoi Dai)

Eat natural spicy spices: Natural spices like ginger, pepper, cinnamon, and chili are rich in antioxidants and can aid weight loss. These spices also help prevent colds and protect the immune system.

Avoid using coconut milk: You should not use coconut milk in the winter, as it is very thick and rich in fatty acids – the reason behind digestive problems such as gas, indigestion. Replace coconut milk with healthier options like yogurt or skim milk.