The Body's Connection to Winter
Twenty Nourishing Winter Recipes
Have you created your resolutions for 2015 yet?
Now that the new year has begun, you might be ready to tackle old resolutions again because you're still trying to achieve that healthier, fit body. So, you’re thinking about making huge changes and putting lots of energy into it. In fact, you may be thinking about trying a winter diet and making significant lifestyle shifts using the same program and ideas that you tried last summer, or some other time.
Unfortunately it doesn’t work as well this time around! There are a lot of reasons that a dietary program geared to the warmer, summer months isn't going to work as effectively in the colder, winter months.
Summertime foods are very cooling to the body.
So, if you're living in the northern parts of the country, which tend to be cooler, you might not be eating the types of foods that will sustain you.
Imagine walking around drinking green juices all day long during the winter months. Well, I've done this, but it’s not something I enjoy anymore at this time of the year. It’s just not sustainable to do a juice cleanse when it’s freezing out! Our bodies get cold and need to be nourished to stay warm. In the winter, we’re naturally supposed to hibernate—we’re supposed to warm our bodies.
Don't get me wrong. I love eating raw food, but it has its time and place! I think you'd agree with me on that point. When it's cold, we really have to pay attention to adding more warming foods into our diet; and that's what "The Body’s Connection to Winter" is all about.
Have you ever craved a hearty soup or stew to warm your body on a winter's day?
That's actually a good example of how we attempt to restore balance in our lives through the principles of "yin" and "yang."
"Yin" qualities can be described as cold, dark, damp, introspective, and quiet. That's why winter is considered the most "yin" of the four seasons. It's the three-month period beginning December 21 and ending March 21 that's characterized by colder, wetter days during which we tend to go inward—to hibernate so to speak. During these months, we crave "yang" foods, which are foods that are healing and warming to the body. Yang foods include grains, beans, root vegetables, ginger, cinnamon, and miso.
Did you know that everything in nature can be expressed in terms of "yin" and "yang," including the internal processes and parts of the human body? For example, the organs, glands, and tissues associated with winter (yin) include the kidneys, adrenal glands, bladder, and bones. I discuss these specific parts of the body in my winter program and give you a number of ways—activities, herbal remedies, and warming foods like kidney "yang" tonics—to support and nurture your body and its systems during the winter.
One of the smartest things you can do for your body is to learn how to fuel it properly, depending on the season.
This means giving it lots of love (always!) and eating foods that will warm and nurture the body in the winter. And that's exactly what my winter program does. It contains 20 heart-warming, nutritious recipes that will keep the chill off your bones and your internal fires burning brightly over the next couple of months. Imagine consuming hearty soups and stews that are rich with beans, vegetables, and spices to warm you right up! The recipes are in my winter program!
And don't forget that salads and vegetable dishes such as a delicious vegetable stir-fry seasoned with garlic and ginger over a bed of organic brown rice can be not only soothing but healing to the body in winter. My winter program includes these recipes and more!
What about dessert? I've included recipes for decadent truffles and brownies, along with hearty muffins filled with nuts, grated vegetables, fruits, and spices that would be a terrific addition to any breakfast meal.
Finally, how about winter therapy that includes a nice soothing detox bath? You can learn more about releasing toxins through salt baths and try out a salt detox bath recipe through my winter program. It's a great way to relax your joints and muscles after a hard day while releasing toxins at the same time!