Sounds simple right? Well yes and no. The tips are pretty easy, but they take a whole lot of practice and dedication. Just like running for me, if I want to get better I have to train almost every day.
1b. Eat Hearty Foods- With all the holidays, it’s hard not to eat warm, rich foods and maybe gain a few extra pounds. And guess what? That’s all totally fine! Of course, I don’t mean eat creamy, fatty foods full of butter and animal products. Those foods definitely DO NOT help one stay happy (read more HERE). For me, this means enjoying lots of warm, delicious soups made of winter squashes or my favorite chili recipe from Scott Jurek. I also indulge in lots of nuts and seeds, from pecans to homemade pumpkin seeds. As for the gaining extra few pounds? Well it’s cold outside! My body is just trying to protect itself. Winter is also the time of year where I take time off my normal running schedule, so I view these extra calories as nourishment to help heal body. – I also don’t get on the scale at this time of the year (or barely ever do anytime of the year for that matter). Unfortunately, this does not include the additional 5 lbs put on from indulging in too many holiday sweets- that is a completely different matter.