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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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“I just wanted to express my thanks and give two thumbs up for the updates to our lunch menu. My selections have been quite tasty—corned beef Reuben, jambalaya—and I appreciate that, too! I am looking forward to trying some new items in the coming weeks. Keep up the good work!”

“Thank you so very much for the AMAZING dinner you provided for the President, Dean and Jim & Marilyn Simons. They really enjoyed it!! It was perfectly thought out and delicious. Your expertise and impeccable presentation and taste were truly appreciated!”

“Thank you for including me today in the food waste demonstration/[chef competition] and flattering me with the role of “judge.” I will proudly don the [Stop Food Waste Day] apron the next time I plan an “event” in our own kitchen. I think this is a very worthwhile cause and the statistics you read off are staggering. They, alone, can intimidate a home chef, let alone be the “driver’ for a professional one.”

“This is EXACTLY the type of service and experience we had always envisioned for our patients at MSK Koch!  Thank you Chef Ryan for going out of your way for this patient and all patients and staff!”

“This has been a year of unprecedented uncertainty, but through it all, Denee, chef Darby, Samantha, and the whole CulinArt team, provided the best dining experience the school has had in my thirteen year tenure.  It was an absolute pleasure to work with them, and I can't wait for next year when the craziness of COVID brings everyone back into the dining hall for meals. We look forward to working with Denee, Chef Darby, Samantha, and the rest of the CulinArt team again next year.”

“We appreciate the excellent service that is a hallmark of the Chadwick Culinart team. You all are such professionals - and you always deliver your service in such a pleasant manner! Thank you for everything you do to help make the Village events successful. We greatly appreciate your talents, efforts, and kindness.”

“You know that I haven't been home (India) for a long time now.  I miss my mama, I miss the food, I miss the smells, I miss the people. Starting yesterday, I started to smell my mama's kitchen at Parker.  I KNEW something Indian was brewing; I could smell the garam masala!  Thank you for the delicious tofu curry.  It made my belly and soul happy.”

“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.”

“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!”

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