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Beating the Winter Blues

As we approach the dark cold winter months, our mood can turn grey like the gloomy icy weather outside (unless you live in a warm climate all year round). During the colder seasons, we tend to stay inside and become less active while the freezing weather keeps the sun away. Our bodies start to feel sluggish, lethargic and some people can even experience depression. We all know and understand how easy it is to stay at home and be cozy on the couch, but have no fear! We can help with that.

Did you know you can overcome the winter blues by staying active? Exercise or any form of physical activity is extremely important for our body, mindset, and overall health. It can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases, release endorphins that improve our mood, build up our self-esteem, relieve stress and improve sleep habits. Find activities you enjoy and keep you warm!

In terms of food – what we eat can also help scare away the winter blues. There is a link and relationship between our brain and stomach, and how they communicate affect our mood. Complex carbohydrates are a tasty base for a warm and nutritious meal. Whole grains and legumes are high in fiber to maintain digestive health and produce the neurotransmitter serotonin that helps maintain mood balance. So if you’re craving carbs during these dark months, there may be a reason! Eating foods high in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids keep our brain healthy and reduce inflammation in the body. Top your whole grains with salmon, beans, avocado, or eggs for a serving of protein and omega fatty acids. As always, we also want to make sure to consume plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables. The vitamins, minerals, and fiber in fruits and veggies also benefit our digestive tract and reduce inflammation. They are usually rich in magnesium, which helps fight anxiety and depression by producing and supporting serotonin.

Unless we have a sunny vacation planned, vitamin D is another important vitamin to include in our daily diet. Low vitamin D has been linked to an increase in depression and seasonal affective disorder. Foods like milk, eggs, cheese, yogurt, and dark greens are high in vitamin D. Calcium and vitamin D are good friends – increasing calcium while also increasing vitamin D can optimize vitamin D absorption.

Use these tips, tricks, and dietary recommendations to improve your mood and beat those winter blues!

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  • January 29, 2020

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“Thank you and your staff for all the care and thought you give CSW adults and students. You approach events with such care and elegance- I don’t know how you do it! Especially day after day. Please thank all your staff for their wonderful work and kind manner with all of us. Here is to a great year!”

“Thank You! Chef Budd [and team], you overcame a new online ordering system (and hundreds of labels daily!), provided creative and healthy menus, continued to connect with local farmers to incorporate locally sourced ingredients, and worked tirelessly to serve the school community on three campuses.  While it feels like you are all a little like the Wizard of Oz right now, working behind a curtain in a kitchen far away, we sense your smiles and your passion to deliver the best possible service during these trying times. We are all so grateful!”

“Even though we see challenges every day, each one of you rises to the occasion and makes it seem so easy. I cannot express how impressive it is to see you all work in such a fashion. You are true professionals.”

“With all the prep work from Winterim ramping up and classes continuing as usual, it's a busy time to be a Forman teacher. Imagine my delight, tired as I was, when I delved into the upscale-restaurant-quality chicken parmesan our dining hall served last night. Forman is all about support, and providing our students with a dinner of that quality is just as important a measure of support as anything that happens in a classroom.”

“I will say that CulinArt has always been a very collaborative partner to T. Rowe Price, listening to our current needs and future goals and suggesting realistic and achievable strategies to meet those goals.  2020 was obviously no exception.  CulinArt also altered other areas of our OCS and pantry programs to create safer environments for all our associates. We can only thank you for your continued flexibility and innovative ideas through these difficult times.”

“I’m the GM for Branson [Ultrasonics] and based in the Brookfield office.  This is the first week that the café has been up and running in our new headquarters and just want to acknowledge the great job Adam Schnittert and the CulinArt staff onsite have done.  Our employees’ feedback thus far has been very positive.  The expanded options and menu quality have been very well received.  Just want to send you a quick note of thanks.”

“Many, and I do mean many, thanks for a great Parents Weekend.  I heard from so many happy parents and you all work very hard to make it happen.  In gratitude and kindness…”

“We want to take a moment to celebrate all the employees who worked on the front lines during unprecedented times. Your efforts and dedication to going above and beyond are noticed and appreciated. Thank you for being the heart and soul of CulinArt Group. We couldn’t do this without you. Chef Jay and Chef Paul have been so awesome in the Hubbell Café.  There has been significant change, but they take it in stride and keep the delicious food coming.  We truly appreciate them!”

“I ALWAYS feel spoiled by the meal offerings at CSW (The Cambridge School of Weston) and am entirely grateful for it. As I eat today's delicious and lavish lunch (and think about yesterday's as well), I can't tell you how much I feel so well cared for here, both with the food and by the dining hall staff. CSW cares for us in so many ways, both big and small.”

“Thanks so much for a great week of food here at SCH to start off 2021. Everything has been fantastic. The kids were loving the Chinese food and boxes today. The Moo Shu Pork was amazing. Great work!”

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