Changing up your healthy diet for winter

With colder months comes the need for a change in lifestyle habits. Your retirement home may offer enough protection from the wintry elements outside, but you need to ensure that your abode is warm and absent of any nasty bugs or sicknesses that hinder your health.

This includes changing up your diet so that you are still eating fresh fruits and vegetables that provide the necessary nutrients to ward off illness.

Let's take a look at some good winter eating habits.

Make sure you still get your 'five-a-day'

There may be some of your favourite fruits and vegetables that aren't in season, or if they are available, will cost you a pretty penny to buy.

It's a good idea to change up the different types of foods you eat, so you get a variation in the different benefits that each provides. Zucchini may be a rare sight during this time, but it's just another opportunity to find a new delicious alternative.

Everyday Health also explains that we may find ourselves reaching more and more for carbs rather than nutritious fruits. This could be pasta, pastries, cookies and other baked goods. The consumption of tasty foods make us happy, and when we are cold, it can impact our mood. This is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and can happen to anyone of us.

While eating carbs can improve your mood, it can also add to unwanted weight that is much harder to lose. Excess weight leads to higher risks of many cardiovascular conditions, so curb the cravings by finding an activity or hobby that counteracts the symptoms of SAD.

What new foods are you going to try this winter?What new foods are you going to try this winter?

The three G's

This stands for ginger, garlic and (dark, leafy) greens. It's more important than ever that you stock up on these three substances, especially as illness seems to run more rampant during the colder months. And when you're living in a cosy retirement community, you're likely to catch it off someone else.

There's a good reason why sick people are always recommended honey and ginger tea. That's because the root offers natural antiviral and antiseptic properties that help to boost the immune system. Quite commonly, the immune system of seniors aren't as well-equipped to deal with illnesses as quickly, so supplementing our diet with these substances will go a long way in fighting sickness.

Leafy greens offer a wide variety of nutrients, while garlic is another ingredient that's been used widely for it's medicinal purposes.

Make sure you also get a good serving of protein daily, and hopefully you'll be able to keep the bugs away from your retirement village this season.