Winter Wonderland and Body Rhythm


Our first snow here at Green Mountain …oh so beautiful with sun twinkling off the glistening trees.  A change in season is an opportunity to connect with ourselves in a more hopeful way.

One way to enhance our day to day life is by noticing our body rhythms.  What is your best time of day, best time of month, do season or temperature changes affect you positively or negatively?

The 1998 discovery of a new photoreceptor in the eye—which later turned out to be especially sensitive to blue light—revolutionized the way we think about how circadian rhythm is entrained. Today we understand that blue light has many unique physiologic effects. David C. Holzman What’s in a Color? The Unique Human Health Effects of Blue Light.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is when we are more vulnerable to depression  as the sunlight  decreases during the winter. If you know that winter is a harder time for you add full spectrum light bulbs to your house.  Also vacations in sunny destinations is a great antidote for the winter blues.  Being mindful of how your body rhythms affect you is a way to plug into your self.

Knowing your best time of day is an effective time management strategy.  If you have a big project that invites procrastination, work on it in the morning if you are morning person and save the mundane tasks that don’t require too much concentration for later in the day.

Notice your body rhythm and use them to decrease stress and manage busyness.

What is your best time of day?




One response to “Winter Wonderland and Body Rhythm”

  1. Jeanette says:

    I’m surprised at how much my “best time of day” has shifted as I got older. I used to be a night person, as in a stay up all night person. Now I often find myself nodding at 10 PM. Of course that’s probably because most days I like to get up at 4:30 or 5 AM to write. It’s quiet in the house and I love watching the sun come up, knowing that I already have some of my most important work of the day done and in the can.

    Of course getting up early to teach aerobics classes probably had something to do with shifting my rhythm as well.

    Also of course my husband is convinced I’m just crazy.

    “The Fat Chick”

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

Marsha has been a guiding force at Green Mountain at Fox Run since 1986. In addition to overseeing a professional program that helps women establish sustainable approaches to healthy living, she is a respected thought leader when it comes to managing eating, emotions and weight. She has been a voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from diets, an area in which she is personally as well as professionally versed. An accomplished writer and speaker, Marsha is the author of six books, including the online course Disordered Eating in Active and Sedentary Individuals (co-authored by Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, Human Kinetics), What You Need to Know about Carbohydrates (Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics [The Academy]), What You Need to Know about Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (The Academy), and The Pregnancy Cookbook (co-authored by Donna Shields, RD, Berkeley Publishing). She has worked extensively on a national basis to educate the public about nutrition and the impact of dieting on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating. Active in many organizations helping to further the cause of health and wellness, Marsha currently serves as vice chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating and has been active in the Association for Size Diversity and Health in support of Health at Every Size(R) principles.

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