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Drink the blood of a whale or eat fatty food this winter?

At this moment, our HQ in Amsterdam is covered in snow. The Dutch have seen this before, but most winters in here aren’t very cold. Of course, there might be some snowy weather, a few canals will freeze (so we can ice-skate for a day of two) and the traffic and public transport will be disrupted.

Even though most of the time the cold and the snow will go away pretty soon, we tend to act kind off helpless when suddenly streets are slippery and our toes feel frozen. But don’t you worry, DOYOUREADME?! borrowed some tips and tricks from the Russians, Inuit and even animals to get through a cold winter.

Drink blood like the Inuit
Inuit know that consuming fatty food gets you through a rough winter. Although winters in Europe aren’t as cold as theirs, we can definitely learn from their food habits. Their favourites are seals, walruses, fish and even whales. Drinking the blood of whales supposedly makes them stronger, full of energy and, most importantly, warmer.
Even though we won’t advice you to copy their diet habits, eating fatty fish like mackerel and salmon will help protect your body against cold. Vegetarians should eat nuts and avocado instead.

Sleep through it
Lots of mammals, like us, don’t like to be outside during winter. Their solution? Go to sleep until it’s over. During hibernation, their body functions are taking it easy. Their body temperature decreases and their heart rate and breathing slow down to safe energy.
Unfortunately, the human body works differently. Of course you could stay in bed longer, turn the heating up and wait till it’s spring, but it’s even better to get up and do something. Being active during winter stimulates blood circulation which will keep you warm. So get up from that couch and have a long, snowy walk around your block.

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Do as Russians do
Russians knów cold, seriously. In some cities, such as Verchojansk, temperatures can be minus 50 degrees Celsius during winter. Besides warm clothing, fatty food such as ‘salo’ (salted white fatty bacon from a pork’s belly) and going to a ‘banya’ (a Russian sauna), all Russians will agree that nothing will make you as warm and happy as a glass of Vodka. Or five. Vodka will instantly give you a warm, fuzzy feeling. But beware, drinking alcohol increases the risk of hypothermia, so you’d better stay inside when drinking Vodka.

Grandmother’s advice
Our grandmothers probably have experienced really cold winters. Therefore, they know how to deal with it.
Wearing the right clothes will prevent you from getting cold. But first of all, make sure your skin is directly protected against the cold. How? Body lotion will do the trick, but our grandmothers know that the best thing to use is Vaseline. After that, put on at least three layers of clothes before you put on your jacket. Wear warm socks, but make sure they won’t be too tight on your ankles. That will complicate the blood circulation in your feet.

So next time granny tells you to dress appropriately, take her seriously!

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