Food is medicine

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!

Welcome October with Fall Transitions, Sage Smudging &, Of Course, Food!

Welcome October with Fall Transitions, Sage Smudging &, Of Course, Food!

We are just a few days in and October has already made itself known with cooler temperatures and leaves beginning to change to the colors of the season.  Be sure to take in the beauty of the transition and relish in the mix of greens, oranges, reds and yellows!  What transition do you feel happening in yourself right now?

The sunny days and fresh air this week make it a great time to open all the windows and fill your home with fresh air.  To literally “clear the air” in your home, consider this quick sage smudging practice - an ancient ritual used to cleanse and realign your space and/or self.  Smudging is a great thing to do to get rid of lingering negative energy from a pregnancy loss, an unsuccessful IVF attempt, tension in the home, an illness, or major life event.  It is symbolic of a fresh start.

Is It Summer Or Fall? It Doesn't Matter If The Food Is Good!

Is It Summer Or Fall?  It Doesn't Matter If The Food Is Good!

Early fall is an especially fun time to take advantage of whole foods that are available locally because there is an abundance of fruits and vegetables produced by the warm summer months available now.

The website Local Harvest is great resource for finding your local farms that offer farm stands, CSA programs, and pick your own produce, as well as searching for restaurants sourcing ingredients locally and more. Use the search tools at the top of the page, either by using the drop-down menu or typing in what you’re looking for, and entering your location to see what is available to you!

Now it’s time to explore peppers and raspberries in part 3 of our local and seasonal food series. These are two hydrating and satisfying foods appropriate for the unseasonably warm weather this week.  

‘Tis the season for… Green Beans? Hell Yes!

‘Tis the season for… Green Beans? Hell Yes!

Have you ever noticed how you crave and enjoy certain types of food depending on what season it is?  For example, you may have been enjoying salads, fruit, grilled chicken and fish quite a bit recently as the weather is warm and we’re drawn to the sun outdoors.  But in a few short weeks pumpkin mania will take over, the temperature outdoors will cool and you’ll be searching for a warm apple crisp and soup.  If I tried to serve you hot beef stew on a 90 degree day in July, you not only wouldn’t want it but would be left feeling sweaty, heavy and slow (gross!).  These tendencies are more than seasonal fun - they’re also the work of your body telling you what it needs to stay balanced - a concept called food energetics.