Winter is coming and it brings company, its cold days, winds, rain and snow! Before you know it, harsh winter weather will be here again! The flu and illnesses will be here too! So, now it’s time to prepare your body for the upcoming cold days.

Winter days equal cloudy days. Sunny days in the middle of winter are hard to find. Where are we going to take our daily dose of Vitamin D? The body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight exposure and lack of vitamin D can lead to a weakened immune system, bone issues and calcium deficiency. During cold days make sure to eat foods rich in Vitamin D such as mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, avocados, bell peppers, organic eggs, wild caught salmon, tuna and sardines.

Add more fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Have them as breakfast, snacks or add them to your smoothies. These nutrient-packed foods can help you fight the common cold, filling your body with all the vitamins it needs.

Hydration is the key for a healthy life! Especially during winter days, it is even more important to stay hydrated. Drinking at least 1 gallon of filtered water you will help your body eliminate toxins and maintain its temperature. Not having enough fluids can lead to hypothermia when you are exposed to cold air, wind or rain.

Most people are afraid of going for a walk or exercising outdoors during winter, believing that they will catch a cold. In fact, it is just the opposite! Staying active outdoors insures that the cells that fight infections are increasing and this makes sure that your body stays strong against illness. Put on your favorite sweaters, sweat suits, scarves, knitted beanies and wear gloves and get yourself outside as much as possible!

Get ready for the upcoming winter, maintain a healthy mind and body! As John Steinbeck said “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness”!

Enjoy the last cold winter days of 2017!

What’s New with Vicky

This week Vicky has gone very serious about hair masks. With long hair we have to be much more careful in the winter months. Cold weather can be just as damaging to hair as warm weather. Vicky tries to take the time after working out at the gym to spend 20-30 minutes in the sauna. She makes a hair mask out of coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil and jojoba oil. She rubs it into her scalp and all the way down to the ends of her hair. She then places a shower cap and goes into the sauna. Not a pretty sight! But it definitely keeps her hair smooth and shiny. If you don’t have access to a sauna, with the upcoming cold weather you should do this hair mask anyway. Just make the hair mask and wrap your hair in a warm towel.

Weekly Read

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Weekly Recipe

 

There’s nothing, like cozying up to a hot bowl of soup in the wintertime. Soups are great for the immune system and a wonderful way to get creative in the kitchen! So, why don’t you try the V Well Winter Vegetable Soup?

Winter Vegetable Soup

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 4 cloves garlic [chopped]
  • 3 stalks celery [chopped]
  • 2 carrots [carrots]
  • 2 leeks [chopped]
  • 2 cups butternut squash
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 head broccoli [tops cut into small florets]
  • 1/2 bunch fresh parsley [chopped]
  • 1/2 bunch swiss chard [roughly chopped]
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • cayenne pepper [to taste]
  • Himalayan sea salt [to taste]
  • freshly ground black pepper [to taste]
  • lemons [juiced, optional]

Steps

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add celery, carrots, leeks, butternut squash, broccoli and garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes. (For healthier version, substitute chicken broth or vegetable broth for oil.)
  3. Add the bay leaves, seasonings and water and cook until butternut squash is ready, for about 20 minutes.
  4. Serve into bowls and drizzle with fresh lemon juice.
  5. *Optional, you can add cooked brown rice into your soup.*

 

Health & Beauty Tips of the Week

Our skin is the biggest organ of our body. It protects us against external aggressors such as bacteria, viruses and pollution and prevents them from entering the body. That’s why we should also protect it especially during winter!

1. When taking a bath, apply some essential oil of your choice on your body to keep it hydrated.

2. During winter our body gets dehydrated not by the cold air, but by the heat that prevails in homes. Try to moisturize your body with coconut or extra virgin olive oil or with an organic, good quality moisturizing cream. Don’t forget your hands!

3. The face, along with hands, is exposed to cold more than any other part of your body. If you run out of your moisturizer cream, use extra virgin olive oil! Extra virgin olive oil provides deep moisture in your face and works as a shield to protect face skin. Massage olive oil gently into your face, to promote elasticity!

4. Last but not least, apply an organic lip balm on your lips to protect them from dehydration. Choose an organic cocoa butter, honey or avocado lip balm for hydration and nourishment. If your lips are too dry, apply a lip balm, containing vitamin E, before falling asleep.

Ask Vicky

Q: When the winter approaches, I always get the same feeling. I feel sad and depressed most of the time, and I’m not in the mood for anything. Is this normal?

A: The short period of sunlight exposure during winter time, can make people be irritable, feel stressed and develop some kind of depression. You can try to meditate and pray every morning to improve and change your life. Through meditation and prayer you can take control of all of your feelings, good and bad. 20 minutes of morning meditation and prayer can keep you happy all day!

Q: How can I keep my outdoor exercise routine during winter and protect myself from cold?

A: Dress in layers! Once your sweat starts to dry, you can get chilled, that’s why you should first wear a thin T-shirt of synthetic material which draws the sweat away from your body. The second layer is a fleece sweater. Optional you can wear a windproof and waterproof synthetic jacket. Choose cotton sweatpants for the lower part of your body. Don’t forget your wear gloves, hat and socks. It’s a must if you want to protect yourself from the cold winter days!

Weekly Inspiration

“We are like a snowflake, all different in our own beautiful way!” – Unknown