Many of you know I have a problem adjusting to colder weather. I always feel much colder than everyone else. For some people, wearing a warm Canada Goose jacket is warm enough. For me I will need to add a blanket, a heater and hot ginger tea and I am still going to feel cold. It is hard being “cold-blooded” in a country like Canada. Over the year I have learned many tricks to stay warm.
1. Get a warm coat
I find many young people care more about appearance more than warmth. But when your hands feel like ice and your lips start turning blue, you will take coat shopping more seriously. Wear the coat that can block snow, wind and the cold instead of the one that belongs in front row at fashion week. This is one reason I wear fur during winter. I can’t feel the cold under the fur. However I can’t send my little sister go to school wearing fur, a practical jacket from Canada Goose makes more sense for the kid.
2. Wear many layers
Many people usually wear one thick layer. I discovered that many thin layers will keep you much warmer. People often ask me how I manage to wear tights when it is -30 C outside. The answer is simple, I wore 5 layers of tights and it is much harder for me to lose body heat. Layers fill up the space between you and your winter coat with insulation. If you need to stay warm, wear more layers. Wearing more layers also can be useful if you are in hot office, you can always take off layers to cool down.
3. Buy good shoes
Wearing waterproof shoes is a must. If your feet get wet, it doesn’t matter how warm your clothes are, you are going to feel cold. Shoes is one thing you can’t cut back. I always tell people once you wear high quality shoes, it is impossible to go back. Buy a good pair of shoes that you will wear everyday instead of 30 pair that you will wear once or twice.
4. Have a pair of extra socks
My mother always make me carry an extra pair of socks in the winter just in case my shoes get wet. It is better to over-prepare than being sorry.
5. Wear hat
You lose most of your heat through your head than other part of your body. It is important to keep your head warm. Just because your head doesn’t feel cold, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t lose any heat.
6. Wear natural material
Did you know wool will keep you warm even when it is wet. I don’t know any synthetic material that will do this. My rule is if you can eat it, you can wear it.
7. Eat Well and Drink Warm
If you are hungry, you will feel colder. You need the energy to keep your body warm . Don’t skip meals because your body needs it. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, you might feel warmer but your body is actually lose heat. Try to drink herbal tea or hot water instead. I usually make honey ginger tea in the winter. Ginger is in the “hot” food group, eat anything with it will help you stay warmer. That is why you often find ginger in Asian winter food.
Hope some of these tips help. Stay warm folks.
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