A reader (okay, it was my dad) asked whether you should eat differently in the winter than the summer. My answer for the most part is no, but here are some things that you may want to do differently this time of year.
My suggestion is to make sure that you are still getting enough variety of fruits/veggies because different foods have different nutrients in them. For example, tomatoes are high in lycopene, spinach has iron, and oranges have vitamin C.
Also, frozen vegetables and fruits are often cheaper and have about the same amount of nutrients in them as fresh. These can be a great option when fresh produce is not available for a decent price. Just make sure you get the no added sugar fruit and vegetables without any pre-added sauces.
I would not recommend most canned fruits and vegetables because they are high in sodium and often do not taste as fresh. One thing that I do like is no added salt corn though.
In the winter, I think that it is hard to always get enough of each and every vitamin and mineral that you need. I recommend taking a multivitamin daily to help make sure that you are not depleted in any area. I take Meijer brand vitamins right now or Walgreens brand. Just read the label to make sure that it is full of essential nutrients.
My favorite indoor exercises right now are sit ups, push ups, squats, lifting 5 pound hand weights, etc. These burn calories and help me to gain muscle. I can't wait till some of this snow melts so that I can get back outside and go on some nice walks!
What do you do differently in the winter dealing with diet and exercise than in the warmer months?