Indulge In Warming Foods

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
— Hippocrates

2018 Winter Survival Self Care Challenge 3

Are you feeling cold, sluggish, and slow?  I have great news - it’s not you, it’s winter. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, winter is a yin season, meaning it is cool, dark, and damp.  It is also a naturally slower time meant for turning inward and storing energy.  Our bodies are programmed to have less energy to exert so as to conserve it for the warmer, drier season and to want to spend more time at home and indoors.

You can let yourself off the hook for feeling the way you do.  That of course doesn’t necessarily mean life slows down to accommodate this natural rhythm, unfortunately. So, how can we energize ourselves naturally?  By eating in harmony with the yin season. Foods that naturally grow during this season, that are slow cooked and warming help get our blood circulating and counteract the cold, wet and sluggish feelings. Keeping our body in balance and our blood circulating this way is important for our immune system, hormone balance, and fertility.  

This week I challenge you to try some new warming foods and notice how you feel before and after consuming them.  Do they seem to help?  Give you energy?  Lift your mood?

Here are some warming foods, flavors and recipes to try over the next couple of weeks:

EAT

  • Winter squashes
  • Root vegetables (carrots, yams, beets, kohlrabi, parsnips, onion, ginger)
  • Winter greens (chard, kale, collards)
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Citrus fruit
  • Animal proteins
  • Whole slow grains (quinoa, amaranth, millet, brown rice)
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom

HOW

  • Soups, stews and broths
  • Roasted vegetables and meats
  • Quinoa and rice bowls
  • Tea, hot water with lemon, steamed almond milk

RECIPES

BREAKFAST

Sweet Potato Apple Breakfast Bake from 40 Aprons

Breakfast Egg Muffins that are perfect for on the go! 

WINTER DETOX ORANGE GINGER TURMERIC SMOOTHIE from The Endless Meal

HEALTHY PEAR GINGER CHIA SMOOTHIE from Yay! For Food

LUNCHES AND DINNERS

Slow Cooker Quinoa Vegetable Soup from Eating Bird Food

One Pan Sweet Potato Broccoli Chicken Bake from The Real Food Dieticians

Slow-Cooker Beef Stew from Lexis Clean Kitchen

Paleo Meatloaf from The Lean Green Bean

LIQUID GOODNESS

Look for this smooth Ginger Tea at your local grocery store.

Warm Spiced Almond Milk from Simple Green Smoothies

 

Three down, three to go!!  We are halfway through the Winter Survival Wellness Challenge - how have you been doing with implementing more self care into your lifestyle? Have you noticed any changes in your mood or mindset? Any challenges? 

Share in the comments below!