Surviving the autumn grind: how to eat well in Germany and Austria
There is a lot to appreciate about living in Germany and Austria: distinct cultures, stunning landscapes, a high standard of living – the list goes on.
For many of us, it's a wonderful experience that we will appreciate forever. However, life in this region can sometimes be a little intense, and this is never more evident than in the lead-up to the end of the year.
Falling leaves, rising stress
When things start to get colder and darker across Germany and Austria, the change comes quickly. All of a sudden those long summer evenings will be replaced by days that seem to end abruptly, and turn into cold, foggy nights. To compensate for the lack of sunlight, both Germans and Austrians have come up with a typical solution - get busier.
If you venture outside the cities, not only will you find a countryside erupting in red, brown and gold, but a bewildering variety of harvest festivals for you to enjoy too. It seems as though every weekend there's another festival for you to visit, and with daylight at a premium, you can feel drawn to try each and every one. Kürbisstände (pumpkin stands) will appear on the side of the road in many regions, and you may just find yourself arriving home with yet another root vegetable you don't know what to do with.
It's also at this time of the year that many businesses begin to plan for the year ahead. Strategy meetings, conferences and other essential work is often crammed into the daily calendar during the four months of September to December. If you've got children, a bulk of their learning takes place at this time too, as when the new year begins, there seems to be a never-ending series of holidays.
Rising stress levels and a sudden lack of time in the day may not make themselves apparent immediately, but when they do, it can really be a challenge.
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Shock to the system
Being suddenly thrown back into the work grind after the summer holidays can be quite the shock. There are often new systems to get used to, new colleagues to work with, and an ever-busier schedule. It's difficult to find the time to sit down to eat as a family, or with a loved one. Quite often we may find ourselves in front of a computer, eating as we work. When we do cook, we often turn to comfort food which isn't the healthiest option.
When you add the inevitable slew of social events that this time of the year brings, it can be very easy to feel out of sorts, tired and cranky. Too many carbs and sweet treats can play havoc with your blood sugar. Worst of all, you begin to miss the zest and spice of your favourite foods!
Your survival secret for the gloomy months
Now, more than ever, you need a strategy to make it to the end of year with your sanity intact, while still taking good care of yourself. Exercise is important, as is taking time out for regular breaks.
Another strategy that can help you at this time of year is a meal kit box - like those provided by HelloFresh. Each week, you get the exact amount of ingredients you need to cook recipes of your choice. There are tonnes of balanced options, and the best part is that you can take your taste buds on a tour far away from Rostbraten (roast beef) or Rotkohl (red cabbage sauerkraut).
Not only can this save you time - no more wondering about what to cook - but the specific portions means you'll be saving money on food you don't end up eating. Sustainable, recyclable packaging also means you'll be helping the planet.
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The stretch of time between September and December can be a crazy, chaotic and stressful time. Investing in meal kit boxes can be an ideal way to take back time, and ensure that you remain fit and healthy among all those sweet treats.
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