Winter Weight Loss Guide

I don’t know about you but for me Winter is the time when I can easily go up a dress size if I’m not careful. It’s often too cold to go outside for a walk or run and too cold not to indulge in a delicious Otago Pinot Noir, hot chocolate… or a big hearty carby meal for that matter!

It’s actually proven that during Winter the human body goes through physiological changes that put it into a survival mode, making us want to eat more food. This is a natural survival instinct to prevent starvation during the cold weather. So you could blame nature for the extra 5 kgs that slipped on OR you could follow these fool proof Winter weight loss tips…

6 Winter Weight Loss Tips

  1. Take time to relax. The more stressed you are the more likely you are to overindulge. So think of it this way… when you are taking time for yourself you are actually taking time for your waist line too!
  2. Snack on vegetables like cucumber and celery between meals to prevent cravings and overeating.
  3. Exercise… Buy an exercise ball, a jump rope and a set of dumbbells to set up a simple exercise program at home if you don’t like the gym.
  4. Winter is a great time for healthy soups rich in vitamins and nutrients so pull out the recipe books and try your hand at a few different ones. We live off Chicken Soup at our house – my partner has mastered the art and makes a large soup once a week that lasts 3 days! See recipe below
  5. Cut down your sugar intake – sugar = weight gain! If you love your sweet food (like I do) try raw Cacao powder which is unprocessed chocolate powder – when I make Hot Chocolate I heap 2-3T in a mug with hot water and milk. It tastes great, you wouldn’t know the difference!
  6. Take NATUREBEE Potentiated Pollen… I cannot stress this enough. It contains Vitamin A, B1, B2, C, D, E & K… calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, magnesium, folic acid and other important amino acids and antioxidants it will keep your energy up, help you sleep better, protect you from winter bugs and will curb any sugar cravings because your body is not lacking in any nutrients.

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Ben’s Winter Chicken Soup

  • 1 Large white onion (coarsely chopped)
  • 3 Carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 6 Celery stalks (chopped)
  • 2 Small tomatoes
  • 1 Large whole Free range chicken
  • 2L Chicken stock (try and look for Free range chicken stock if possible)
  • 2L Water
  • 1T Oil (I recommend Coconut oil)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste (sea salt or himalayan salt if possible)

Heat oil in bottom of large cooking pot and brown onion. Place other vegetables, water, stock and bring to the boil. Place whole chicken in with plenty of salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer for 1 – 1 ½ hrs depending on size of chicken. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate once cool.

*We always choose Free range chickens as they contain more vitamins and minerals including Vitamin D as they are exposed to sunlight.

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New Zealand based Nature Bee was born in 1997 when Jeff and Ben Cook joined forces. The father / son team discovered a special process developed by Canterbury University, still considered to be ground breaking today, that unlocks the nutrients of bee pollen, making it far more digestible than normal bee pollen. This proprietary process was later to be named the ‘potentiation process' and is continually used only by Nature Bee on their New Zealand bee pollen. Nature Bee is now available in almost every country in the world.

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