As you know, in addition to being a life coach I’m also an acupuncturist, and I’ve decided to start sharing some of my knowledge about health and the body with you! I believe the body and mind are connected, and part of finding calm and peace in your mind is about feeling good in your body.
Today I’m going to share with you the best ways to eat and stay healthy during wintertime. And it’s pretty simple. Our bodies need rest and our bodies need warmth during this season.
Here are some tips to keep you feeling good and healthy this winter:
- Eat cooked foods.
Soups, stews and broths. Not only does your body need to warm up from the cold temperatures outside, but it also requires warmth to help cut down on the work your digestive systems need to do. Let me explain a little. Your body has only so much energy to make everything run smoothly. And when you eat cold or uncooked foods, your body has to use extra energy to warm and cook the food before it can be digested. But if the food is already cooked this energy can go to what it really needs to be doing, which is protecting you from getting a cold or the flu, properly running your organ systems and detoxing.
- Add warm spices to your cold foods.
A lot of people are into smoothies these days because they think they’re healthy. And I agree, they are. But only during the spring and summer when your body has the energy to digest the ingredients (think raw and cold). If you’re really attached to drinking smoothies during the winter or other cold or raw foods, add in cinnamon or ginger to provide some warmth and spice and aide in your digestion. You can also add cayenne pepper, cardamom, clove, anise and fennel seeds. And, leave out the ice.
Here is one of my favorite recipes for Chai Tea from food.com. Perfect for winter with delicious spice and soothing warmth. Enjoy!
3 cups water
3 cups milk (I use organic almond milk)
6-8 black tea bags
1/2 cup of honey
1 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and nutmeg
Put all of the ingredients except for tea bags in a pot and bring to a boil. Then turn off and let the tea bags steep for 3-5 minutes (longer if you like strong tea). Filter through a fine strainer or cheese cloth and enjoy. You can refrigerate the extra.
- Keep your neck covered.
In Chinese Medicine the theory is that pathogens (think virus and bacteria) enter the body through the nose and mouth, or the neck. So always keep your neck covered when you’re out in the cold. The phrase “put a coat on or you’ll catch a cold” isn’t as silly as we think!
- Get extra sleep.
You may need more sleep during the cold winter months than you normally do. Let yourself sleep. Winter is a time of rejuvenation, so listen to your body. Go to bed earlier if needed. Because in just a few months spring will be here, you’ll want to be refreshed and ready to enjoy!
What are your secrets for staying healthy during winter? Come on over to Facebook and share with me!
P.S. – Congratulations to Amy Holland, Erin Brady, Lori Mannion – the 3 winners of last week’s 2-Hour Intensive contest!