While we are at the end of enjoying red leafs and pumpkin flavored desserts, it is also good to be aware of one’s diet during the winter, which is coming up on the 22nd. It is easy to forget about how quickly one can gain weight due to the all the sweets available, with addition to the holiday meals! As the weather becomes colder, one tends to be wrapped up in blankets with snacks to keep company. In order to stay in shape whilst still having the ability to eat, I have compiled a few winter Korean diet ideas in regards to food and a few extra tips!
Juicing has always been an hot trend for Korean winter diet because it allows one to mix and match ingredients that carry the benefits you personally need. However, just in case you are stuck and are not sure where to start, here are three juices that will serve as a detoxifying winter cleanse. In order to fulfill the convenience for the most of us who do not reside in Korea, I have focused on ingredients that are much more accessible, especially here in the U.S & North America.
Ginger and Lemon Juice
- Juice of 2 organic lemons with pulp
- 2 drops ginger extract or 2 tbsp. freshly juiced ginger root
- 2 cups hot water
- 1 tbsp. raw honey
Lemons helps one to digest easier and purify blood. Since it also fights free-radicals such as colds and flu, it is obviously a plus for the winter! Ginger root soothes intestinal tract and improves immunity.
Black Grapefruit Juice
- 2 grapefruits, peeled and cut
- handful of blackberries
- handful of blackcurrants
As mentioned earlier, it is crucial to both stay in shape and maintain one’s health. Therefore, the 13 vitamins and minerals provided in this juice will help to boost one’s immunity when it is most needed.
- handful of broccoli
- 3 large Romaine lettuce leaves
- handful of cilantro
- half lime (without green peel)
- 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
- 1 apple
Broccoli contains numerous vitamins, cilantro rich in essential volatile oils, spinach has twice as much iron as other greens and apples provides pectin. With more research, it is evident that all the ingredients in this particular juice could never do harm in one’s body.
2. Seasonal Food
Most foods have a certain time of the year where they are the ripest and contain the most benefits. Why not spend this winter enjoying the two biggest winter food such as sweet potatoes and tangerines.
Sweet potatoes are always good, however, it is the best during the winter. The best and most popular way to prepare the potatoes are to steam it; steamed sweet potatoes are not only good for the taste but also as a diet since it helps one to easily digest. Idols like IU only ate a certain amount of sweet potatoes the whole day in order to maintain their shape. If you are familiar with Korean dramas, you will be able to recall the numerous times where sweet potatoes make an entrance during the winter time for they are a popular food for Korean winter diet.
Fruits are always recommended, but ’tis the season for tangerines! Tangerines have the ability to improve blood flow while helping with one’s diet because of its teeming amount of vitamins.
If you are not a fan of either running in the cold or hitting up the gym, dancing is a wonderful alternate to lose weight. Although diets mainly focus on the way one eats, I wanted to include a physical activity that could be a part of your winter routine. There are a lot of different types of dancing, so here are a few you could get yourself into!
As weird as it sounds, pole dancing requires one to use all sorts of muscles in order to resist from falling off the pole. By doing so, one eventually gets rid of extra fat and gives one a solid body.
If one believes he or she is inflexible, try jazz dancing, which holds a lot of its success from stretching! One would have the chance to improve their balance and develop a more feminine body.
Don’t want to spend winter break dancing alone? Well, latin dancing calls for opposite sexes to get together and dance in the midst of tension and excitement. This type of dancing asks for pressure on the core, allowing one to see change in their stomach area.
Last not but least, you can’t call this a Korean winter diet without including Kpop dances. Put on your favorite music video by your favorite Kpop group and get down those moves. Not only would you be able to get into shape with those sharp choreography but also would be able to enjoy seeing hot men or women on your screen for motivation!
Although optional, I highly suggest focusing on your skincare in the midst of your diet. The following two products contain vitamins that I guarantee will have good results. Don’t only consume your vitamins to lose weight but remember to share with your skin to bring life back into your skin.
KLAIRS’ Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop and C20’s Natural Vitamin 21.5 Enhancing Sheet Mask are perfect skincare products to use during your Korean winter diet. For the drop, apply in the morning and night on your forehead and cheeks, after applying toner, to see immediate results. For the mask, give yourself enough time to thoroughly absorb all that the mask offers. Your skin will be brightened since it will reduce acne scars and hyper pigmentation.
Although the streets of Korea are surrounded by delicious snacks and food, Koreans tend to be on the skinnier side, mostly due to their high metabolism. However, it does not come with just that; dieting is a popular trend in Korea. End 2015 by understanding the Korean winter diet and trying at least one of the 4 ideas mentioned above.