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Winter Wellness Through Nutrition, Exercise and Sleep

As daylight has become shorter and winter approaches, we’re feeling the chill in the air and may be tempted to stay indoors and comfort eat.

However, winter should be a time we eat healthy, continue to exercise (although getting outdoors on a cold and rainy day can be hard) and get a good night sleep to keep our bodies healthy and boost our immune system.


Nutritionist Lily Soutter says “Don’t fear the carbs as they help to generate the ‘happy hormone’ serotonin. So, a low-carb diet may result in fatigue and low mood. However, it’s important to pick your carbohydrates wisely. Enjoy nourishing fibre-rich carbohydrates such as wholegrain bread, wholegrain couscous, whole grain pasta, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, and oats.”

Soutter also says it is important to support your “gut health” during this time, “The gut is connected to the brain via the vagus nerve and the two are constantly chattering to each other. If you’ve ever had that gut reaction or butterflies in your stomach, you will know the two are connected. As much as 90% of our ‘happy hormone’, serotonin, is located in the gut, and 10% in the brain. Our gut bacteria is thought to influence serotonin production and may play a role in signalling to the brain.”

She recommends the following:


According to a recent survey by Noom of 2,000 people, there is a drop in activity during winter due to the colder temperatures, according to almost three-quarters (72%) of those polled.

Noom Coach Brooke Marchand’s top tips to keep motivation throughout winter include:

The NHS recommends people do muscle-strengthening activities two days a week, in addition to 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, like brisk walking.

Don’t feel like going out in the rain for a walk or to the gym?  Indoor exercises such as jump squats, push-ups, sit-up crunches and burpees are excellent ways to keep up fitness levels. And if you don’t have room for dumbbells, filling up empty milk jugs with water are a great way for making your own. Dr Ken Wong gastric sleeve Newcastle surgeon notes that integrating any type of physical activity into your day to day is key.

Look for an online classes such as Goldster, a digital platform for healthy living and aging, where they offer everything to keep you in shape like yoga (regular and seated), Pilates even dance.  Keep your brain active as well with their creativity classes.


While you may not want to get out of the bed in the morning when the alarm goes off because of the cold, many people find it actually hard to get into bed in the first place during the winter,

Anna Campkin, a qualified life coach and NLP practitioner with Goldster, has provided some tips on getting a good night’s sleep, making sure your body is getting the proper rest you need to stay well.

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