Saying goodbye to the warmth of the Summer sunshine is never easy, and embracing Winter can often be met with a runny nose, and an inability to get out of bed in the morning.
When the cooler weather hits, its important to understand not only what is happening around us and to our environment, but also to how our bodies react to these changes… and ultimately, what we can do about it to ensure we minimise the chances of getting sick.
It’s not a coincidence that Mother Nature provides us with different fruits and vegetables in the cooler months – she is always ensuring she delivers us with EXACTLY what we need to combat what our bodies might be missing.
Take for example, Vitamin D. The lack of sunshine, the shorter days, and the layers of clothes, means we limit our exposure to this crucial vitamin which not only helps our bodies to absorb Calcium, but it also plays a role in immune health and muscle functioning...
Luckily, cold water ocean fish such as sardines and herring are packed with Vitamin D and for those of you who don’t eat meat, mushrooms are one of the only vegetables which contain this essential nutrient – conveniently mushrooms love growing in winter!
When it’s cold, our bodies naturally use up more energy to maintain our ideal temperature (homeostasis) of 36 – 37 degrees Celsius. That’s why we shiver, why we get goose bumps and ultimately, why we tend to get sicker more often. Not fuelling our bodies with the right types of foods when it’s constantly using and needing energy to stay warm, can be exhausting. If we keep our exercise levels high, and don’t eat foods which give us long lasting energy we are going to get burnt out.
So what should your winter plate look like?
Winter is a time for slow food… stews, broths, hearty soups, soothing curries and aromatic spices. If you’re looking for some delicious winter recipe options you can download my Winter Recipe EBook here.
Emotionally, Winter also calls for a slow down in our energy levels and more time to reflect on emotions and look inwards. Winter can often bring up feeling of nostalgia, self-reflection and a hell of a lot more ‘me time’.
Use this time wisely and try adopting some beautiful winter routines which will nourish your soul: