Hi, friends!

Lately, I have been asking myself this question: why does summer go by so quickly, but winter seems to drag
on forever? There are two types of people in the world: those who love winter and those who hate it.
I’m sure there are plenty of people who will always love winter months, but many of us are ready to see the summer
and sunshine again.

Lake Garda! Summer vacation 2017!

 

The holidays are over, and these gray, cold days do not seem so pretty anymore. As I’m getting older, I notice that winters
seems to be endless. I love how the warm weather tends to bring out the marathon taskmaster in all of us, while winter months
can make us feel the opposite: tired and sluggish. I wish I could hit the gym and run, but I have not been cleared to do so by my orthopedic surgeon.

Not doing enough cardiovascular activities is having a major impact on my energy level. I think I have all the symptoms of “winter tiredness”.
However, lately, with a few lifestyle changes, I have been sweeping this tiredness away.

Here is what is working tremendously for me:

1. Hydration is essential for maintaining my energy level. I love to drink lots of water throughout the day. Also,  I drink a cup of warm water
with lemon and honey in the morning. It is perfect for detoxification. I also love a cup of tea with honey, several times a day.

2. Yoga is an ancient practice that helps me improve both my energy and mood. I was thrilled when my therapist gave me the green light to start doing yoga again.
Have you noticed that, nowadays, various styles and combinations of yoga poses keep emerging? Seriously, you can see thousands of different ones on YouTube.
As always, my friends, I prefer to stick with Yoga with Adriene. I know, we all love her.

 

3. Get a good night’s sleep and stick to a sleep schedule. Since my surgery, I have been getting plenty of rest to let my body continue to heal my knee,
and I feel great and ready to get up in the morning.

 

 

4. Reduce the stress! For those of you who have been following my blog, I always preach about staying Zen. Stress can easily contribute to low energy.

 

 

5. Eat healthy foods – stock-up on fruits and vegetables. We all love sugar, and I especially love to bake. However, try to avoid sugary foods and sodas, as they can
give you an energy crash. Instead of soda, I have a glass of water.

When it comes to cooking or baking, do your research. Try finding healthy recipes. Just recently, I discovered this food blogger:
“Skinny Taste.” My family is currently obsessed with her Low Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. They are out of this world.

Our new obsession!

 

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Be sure to schedule some time for yourselves.

Alla prossima, meaning “until next time!”http://Low Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

XO,

Nunzia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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