Winter Weather Food Triggers

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I'm located in Portland, OR, where, this time of year, it should be relatively cool (45 degrees or so during the day) and raining. We've had a very mild winter so far - warmer temperatures and not a lot of rain, which has us fretting a bit about water shortages in the summer. But, one thing it has relieved a bit of for me is those winter, cold weather food cravings. Now, I'm not saying I want sandwiches (like my go-to summer favorites), but it hasn't been as extreme when it comes to my comfort food cravings this year.
Many parts of the country aren't quite so lucky. In fact, many places are experiencing record lows and snow and ice that is quite rare for them. So, for those of you experiencing these cold temps, how does it affect your eating habits? Do you find you want warm, creamy comfort foods? And, if so, how do you handle that? Indulge all you want to, ignore the cravings, or so something in-between by finding healthier alternatives to your favorite comfort foods?
An acquaintance of ours, Lori Harder, wrote a cookbook called Busy Girl, Healthy Life. She has adapted a number of our favorite comfort foods to healthier versions, and they taste amazing. It's one of my new favorite cookbooks, and it helps me feel satisfied, not deprived, without going off my plan.
What are your tips for dealing with winter food cravings? How do you handle them? Any advice around making some of these foods healthier? Would love to hear your thoughts.
All the best,
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  • HHOLT6
    I am in the col, deep snow of West Michigan. We have had 50 inches of snow which is near a record high.
    I do have a hard time motivating myself to exercise, but I have been pretty good with food. Part of it is thinking about the fact that I don't want to gain 20 pounds every winter!
    This is a good question though. emoticon
    1487 days ago
    I'm in West Quebec, Canada and have been in a deep freeze for most of the winter so far. My favorite foods lately have been:
    Green Lentil Dahl
    Soup of any kind, including chicken vegetable, squash and red lentil soup with coconut milk and curried carrot.
    Roast chicken
    Anything spicy!

    1487 days ago
    Cold weather definitely shifts my eating patterns! I love salads and fruit smoothies in the summer, but I can hardly force myself to make them in the winter! Instead, I find myself making healthy warm foods: oatmeal with flax and pumpkin, vegetable soups, chili, veggie and brown rice casseroles, and lots of hot tea!
    1488 days ago
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