Living in the Mid- Atlantic region means temperatures are in the 30’s and 40’s in December. Everyone I talk to puts their bikes in the shed and looks for indoor exercise venues. My advice, don’t be so quick to table biking outdoors. There are always days when the temperature moderates and warm biking gear works well. I even found a pair of heavy weight biking pants at WalMart. Old school lined leather gloves with tapered fingers are great for changing gears and keeping hands warm. If you are prepared you can still bike until Christmas.
When you come home from a tiring day and need a reward, instead of reaching for the Hershey’s kisses in the freezer, continue on into the bath and give your dry winter skin a prize. Whether you are a shower person or bathe in a tub, you can take at least 30 minutes for a face peel, hydrating masque, sugar scrub and body butter. Your skin will feel wonderful and the chocolate will be forgotten. My favorites, Artistry brand of course, Essentials Hydrating Botanical Spa Collection.
Carmen, my granddaughter, and I came up with a new juice recipe this morning. She is a toddler and cannot crunch up raw vegetables and fruit, however, with a juicer she can still consume all the nutrients. This time of year we all need a boost for our immune system, so whether you have todds at home or not, here is a great recipe for a winter reboot.
3 Valencia Oranges, direct from Florida if you can get them
2 Gala Apples
2 Large Raw Carrots washed well, not peeled
2 fresh Lime Wedges, peeled
2 to 3 fresh Basil Leaves, found in grocery if you don’t live in southern climes.
Peel and segment the oranges, wash and segment the apples, wash the carrots well but do not peel, cut the limes remove the peel from the segments and thoroughly wash the basil leaves. Then juice, stir and drink. Don’t store because the water-soluble vitamins break down over time.