November is here and winter is around the corner Friends!! Even though you haven't really been able to notice due to the beautiful mild autumn weather we've been blessed with I've already started to mentally prepare for the next season to come. Oh yes I've seen how Shanghai weather can jump from one extreme to the other...
Anyone who's spend a winter in Shanghai knows that it can be tough. Really tough. High pollution numbers and cold-to-the bone temperatures. It literally feels like it's cold everywhere inside as well as outside and I personally feel more tired in winter and slightly more moody (me moody mmmmmmmmm okay I guess it happens....hihi). During Shanghai-winters I feel like my body is working in high-intensity mode to keep me warm, healthy and strong and this year I'm very determined to help and support my body the best way I can.
I will share my plan with you AS WELL AS INVITE YOU TO JOIN ME! (clap clap)
Apart from getting a hold of good solid oil heaters at home (air con heat is teeeerrible) as well as getting into the good traditional Chinese hot water & tea habits, the best way to "survive" is to BOOST NUTRITION!
To welcome winter with our biggest smile I believe we need
More vitamins, more energy & more food that works with our body (read: natural goodness) instead of against it (read: junk, alcohol, processed everything, sugar and additives!).
So with this believe in mind I've planned Nutritious November where I will focus on incorporating several healthy habits and routines. All with the aim of boosting my nutritional intake, boosting my immune defense, boosting my energy and most importantly - as a result boost my Winter Health & Happiness.
Not to worry, I'm not planning a strict horrible diet plan and (unfortunately) I haven't invented any magic health elixir. I just believe in the saying: "Motivation is what keeps you started, Habits are what keeps you going." So together with my energetic boyfriend, my favorite Shanghai Food Blogger Loueatsmore (or just Louise) and Fields Lifestyle, Shanghaihabits will incorporate some Healthy Food Habits for Nutritious November.
Already sooo motivated and here's the first five November Habits:
- No alcohol (I miss my redwine already buuuuuut 1 month, its do-able. Sigh.)
- A daily lemon flush as the first thing to go through my body: One cup of boiled water with 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon (In Denmark I would use organic, here I mainly use imported American lemons just because the Chinese ones seems to contain such little juice
- A daily green smoothie during the weekdays (we are obsessed with Kiwi-Kale smoothies at the moment)
- A weekly yummy vegetable soup recipe (we try to make big portions to have enough for a couple of days. Healthy Veggie Soups are such a good source of nutrition and such a good way to warm your heart (oh I love this hearty soup habit already)
- It's Time for Tea so maybe once in a while I'll try to replace my beloved latte with a green tea (or a chamomile-honey tea yuuuuuuum can't hide my excitement about that winter is also "the sofa cuddles & tea season").
Sharing is Caring
My friend and fellow Shanghai blogger Howard has lately been spending some time doing research about living healthier and eating safer when living in Shanghai. I've been supporting him together with some of our other favorites from Shanghai's Health Scene. He has just shared the results and personal thoughts on this on his blog and it's such a great write up - great reading for those concerned with healthy food and food safety in Shanghai (me! me! me!). Visit Howard's blog and his Clean-Eating (!) post here.
Do you have some good Nutrition Packed habits I should try? Share! And don't forget to subscribe to Shanghaihabits so I can share some more healthy stuff with you