1) Be sure to take a high quality Vitamin D3. We get Vitamin D from the sun, but not really in the winter when we are bundled up. You can read all over the internet the countless things Vitamin D does in the body, such as hormonal balance and brain function. I notice a big difference, minimal seasonal affective symptoms, when I take it every day in the winter.
2) Pull out a puzzle or other family activity and find some more interactive ways to spend the evenings. Even kids who think puzzles are not cool will find themselves hovering around the table to put in a few pieces. Puzzles are addictive and great for mental stimulation.
3) Listen to a book on tape with the family and then let it lead to some great conversations about "What if...", "What would you do if...?", or "Whose your favorite character?"
4) Get lots of good Vitamin C. Young Living's Super C (chewable and tablets) are formulated for maximum absorbency,so less goes further. Formulated to molecularly resemble an orange, the body knows how to use it efficiently. Sugar depletes Vitamin C and, of course, we know Vitamin C helps boost the immune system.
(Keep reading for a yummy recipe)
Brussel Sprouts Chips
1/2 pound of brussel sprouts - slice off ends and collect the outer leaves in a bowl. (Hint: if you keep cutting more of the stem, more leaves will fall off; save the centers and roast separately)
2 tsp to 1 Tbsp olive oil or coconut oil (can also use ghee)
Optional: use 1 tsp of lemon zest; one clove garlic smashed, or other desired spices
- Toss all ingredients until well combined.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven in a single layer on a non-stick or parchment/foil lined baking sheet for 10 minutes. Check for crisp leaves and keep baking checking every few minutes. Leaves may turn lightly brown on the edges, but not entirely brown.
- Serve immediately - they will disappear. Even kids love these.
6) Join others in taking good steps, like participating in a detox/cleanse or exercising regularly. Support and encouragement can be key to staying the course and experiencing success. Look for our group cleanse starting January 11.
7) Avoid complaining or speaking negatively. What we say comes to pass and also affects our emotions. If I wake with a moan, then I am probably going to have a hard day. If I wake with thankfulness and declare it is going to be a joyful day, then my brain works to make this happen. Lots of science behind this, but you can do your own experiment and let me know what you notice.
8) Plan some fun, unusual events. People tend to be home more in the evenings in the winter, so invite neighbors, another family or some friends over for a medieval dinner (no silverware allowed), a game night, or 10 ways to flavor popcorn movie night. Be silly, fun and laugh more. It's good for what ails you. Don't forget to diffuse some Thieves oils before and after to help keep the air fresh and the immune system strong.
Do you have some ideas you could share? I'd love to hear them!