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In like a lion, out like a lamb, right? During March, some days are all sunshine and smiles, and other days, the skies and our moods are dreary. When we can’t know what to expect of the weather, the March doldrums start to hit. Today, I want to talk about how we can handle the doldrums when we feel them settling in and enjoy what’s left of the month of March.
Science shows us that when the weather is chilly, we tend to lean towards heavier foods, but warm weather draws us to lighter foods. So before we get to the season of fresh fruits and veggies, how do we stay healthy in this season when our bodies are still craving comfort food?
When you’re choosing your meals during the cold weather season, be sure that you aren’t using food as your primary method of staying warm and cozy. Be sure you’re eating mindfully and not just for the comfort. Intentionally choose foods that will serve your body and fill you with the energy you need to stay focused.
You should absolutely eat foods that make you smile. Life is too short to eat grilled chicken salads every single day! At the same time, you can’t exactly just base your entire diet on cookies and ice cream even if that’s what would make you smile. You can choose delicious food that will satisfy your cravings and fuel your body at the same time.
Personally, I like to make and freeze a big stew at the beginning of winter so that I have easy access to a healthy and hearty option. Another of my cold weather favorites is a mix of rice or noodles, sauteed veggies, and steak. There are hearty food options that are still comforting while also being good for you!
On those March days where the sun does make an appearance, stir fry with chicken and fresh fruits or veggies is a great option that’s light and bright. It’s delightfully comforting, and has a little bit of spring in the flavor to match your sunny day mood.