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Winter!!! Zina!!! Cold weather!!! Is it true that we have to eat more in winter?!!!

Winter!!! Cold weather!!! Is it true that we have to eat more in winter?!!!

Storm are here with their good load of wind, rain and snow… On this occasion, I thought it would be good to talk today about our changing eating habits in wintertime. In fact, as soon as the weather forecasts announce the arrival of a strong cold wave, many of us jump directly on fatty and sugary foods claiming that the cold weather requires more calories for fighting it and eating more in winter allows us to protect us against low temperatures. But where is the truth in all this?!!

Historically, this belief comes from the time of our ancestors who did not live in well-heated homes like we do today. Instead, they used to work most of their time outdoors, in the bare cold. Thus, for them, food was a way of helping them fight the cold as it provided them caloric reserves from which their bodies could draw as needed to maintain their normal temperature. Nowadays, however, this is not relevant anymore since we are no longer exposed to the cold as before and since our “lifestyle” doesn’t certainly require us to eat more in winter.

In fact, the answer lies in our desires which differ in wintertime. The days are shorter, the wind and rain invade us, we are bundled inside our thick sweaters, our body is less visible and this is why we tend to ignore our silhouette. In addition, these long winter evenings pave the way for all kinds of substantial dishes simmering on the fire, as well as for delicious “raclettes” and “cheese & wine” by the fireplace, etc. In short, the idea of the need to eat more in winter is an argument that is not based on any reality. Thus, all you need is simply enjoy the beautiful moments, do not deprive yourself to a great extent, reduce your food portions and move more, because the excess of calorie intake is not justified and will not result but in adding up a few extra kilos which will later turn into a heavy burden we’d like to get rid of before springtime arrives.

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