It’s my body.
Whether it is sunny August or cold and drizzly November my body is mine and there’s nothing more to it. It is easy to fall into the labels of summer and winter bodies, but when you take this concept apart, you realize just how silly and incorrect it is.
Decadent winter treats
My summer and winter body is the SAME body, just because in one of the seasons I show more skin than in the other it does not mean I have to adapt it or change it in any way. There is a multitude of adverts, especially at this time of year, pushing both males and females alike to sign up for the gym, or take peculiar supplements to prevent ‘Christmas weight gain’, but in reality, it is most crucial to nourish our bodies appropriately in the winter months.
Along with a fall in temperature, we also receive a limited amount of sunshine (sigh), which can have a very negative impact on our mental and physical health. Have you ever wondered why your body craves the cozy, spicy and hearty flavors in winter but not the summer? The answer is simple; hormone change. With a lack of sunshine we have a lack of vitamin D and therefore there is less serotonin production; comfort food helps produce more of this hormone and helps supply us with satisfaction, both for body and soul.
Our bodies are smart and they know what they are doing, it is essential that we listen and not deprive our selves when they call for whatever they need. Don’t cause yourself unnecessary stress through ignoring cravings, stressing about weight gain, or through giving into the media; you are the expert of your body and you know exactly what it needs. If its a salad, great! If its a bowl of creamy pasta, that’s also great! Whatever it may be, listen and act on it, because you deserve all of the nutrients and fuel.
Remember to take care of your mind and body; this involves being less critical and allowing your self to simply ‘go with the flow’ of things, and you will soon see that trust isn’t at all that bad; own your power.