If you live in a wintery state, with frigid temperatures and a number of gloomy days, it’s hard to enjoy these long months. One component to consider for Midwesterners is to implement a Vitamin D supplement during these months. Vitamin D deficiency is seen predominantly in Midwesterners due to the lack of exposure to the sunlight due to not enough sunlight or too cold of temperatures to expose skin to it. I highly recommend a high quality liquid formula to enhance your body’s ability to absorb it, which you can get HERE. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning you need to ingest it in the presence of a healthy fat (think coconut oil, avocado, olive oil, wild-caught salmon, raw nuts, grass-fed beef or bison, cage-free eggs, etc.). This allows your body to utilize all nutrients instead of flushing it out of your body.

Another key component for healthy winter months is to establish a workout routine. Whether you start a gym membership, buy a new workout video or program, make sure you do something that makes you feel invigorated. Then the most important component of this is to COMMIT to it 3-5 times per week. Schedule this into your calendar, prepare the night before, and show up for it, even when you don’t feel like it. Chances are, if you’re anything like me, without this mental preparation, I have a tendency to find every excuse in the book to not show up for my workout. 1 day turns into 5 days, 1 week into 2 months, and pretty soon I feel lethargic and am not functioning at my best. Committing to my workout schedule sets me up to draw out my best for each day. This is my self-love. Making time to prioritize my health is what empowers me to give 150% in every other area of life by taking these 30-60 minutes first thing in the morning. What are you going to commit to?