Wowza, is it just me or is it cold outside? For those out of town, Sydney is enjoying this glorious patch of sunny, yet bone-chillingly cold, weather that is gloriously refreshing if you A) are in the sun or B) wrapped in cashmere. I’ve opted for both.
As a result of all this coldness, your body is losing heat. It’s pouring out your head, your feet and even your pores, so now is the time to cultivate some extra warmth in your loins to help get you through the winter ahead. Just given birth? You’re extra susceptible. According to Chinese medicine, you lose a lot of heat after giving birth, so it’s even more important to nourish your body with warming foods and spices to help bring your body back into a state of equilibrium.
Here’s how to do it…
1. Get Your Ginger Kick
Ginger’s healing ability reads like a must-have of superfoods. It fires up your circulatory system, increases your digestive juices, improves the absorption of nutrients into the body, helps relieve congestion, reduces gas and nausea and is an amazing anti-inflammatory. Basically, it leaves your insides filled with goodness that also happens to aid digestion and boost your immune system. If you can, try to add fresh ginger to as many meals as possible, throwing it in smoothies, juices, stir fries, daal, teas and even baked goods.
2. Skip The Cold Aisle
It’s natural for your body to steer clear of the ice cream aisle come winter, but it might also be beneficial to avoid other cold foods as well. Think: yoghurt, cheese, milk and ice-cold beverages. Instead, try to add warmth to your system through broths, soups, teas and roasted vegetables instead.
3. Think Light and Hot
In winter your body is working to regulate your temperature and keep you warm. It’s like there’s a little furnace in there keeping the coal burning. As a result, you want to keep your food warm, moist and relatively easy to digest in order to help the process along. Some of the best options include soups and light broths (especially if you feel as though you’re about to get sick), stews (with seasonal vegetables and small amounts of high quality protein) and hot water with lemon and a dash of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil.
4. Drink Up!
Lover of green juices and icy morning smoothies? Me too. But come winter these cooling drinks are best replaced with something more warming. My Coconutty Cacao Hot Chocolate is a perfect option, otherwise try simple tea blends like ginger and lemon, berry or lavender instead.
5. Don’t Scrimp on the Fats
The old healthy fats reign supreme yet again, this time helping your body regulate its temperature and keep your warm. Grab a handful of nuts, enjoy the benefits of coconut oil, or add avocado to your favourite meal of the day.
Tell me Happies…
How do you keep warm in winter?
Do these tips help?