If one had to pick a season for the best kinds of foods, it would have to be winter. The season where the brilliance of Punjabi cuisine shows up in every morsel, and the extra weight it gives us can be hidden beneath the oh-so-wonderful clothes that winter gives us the opportunity to wear. But the question here is whether this lifestyle is healthy? How should one eat to be healthy in winters?
Dietician and Nutritionist Dr. Ratna Dubey recommends one simple rule: “Eat that which grows in the season.” So, winters are the time of plenty of variety in veggies, from peas to carrots, from cabbages to radishes and from turnips to cauliflowers. And the veggies are great for you. So, pile them on your plate! Vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and wheat are rich in potassium and consequently excellent for people with heart ailments.
In winters, the human body has to work extra hard to generate more energy in order to protect the body against the cold and keep the body temperature constant. In doing so, the body generates a lot of heat which helps in the processes of digestion. It is for this reason that heavier food items like those that contain fat, sugars, etc are eaten as they can be broken to provide the extra energy that the body needs. But it must be kept in mind that overdoing it can be just as harmful! It is very easy to overeat in winters. This should be avoided. And since it is the season when most of tend to give our exercise regime a little flexibility, those kilos will find it easy to pile on. So, watch out!
Other eatables like groundnuts and dates and fruits like papayas, bananas, pomegranates, and apples too can be beneficial when eaten in the cold season. Keep up your regular exercise regime, and eat seasonal fruits and vegetables and you’re good to go for the entire winter.
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