At this time of year the energy is cold and stagnant so it is the time to press pause and hibernate. Unfortunately neither of these options are available to most of us, however tempting they may be. We still have to go to work, do the school run, cook the tea etc. So how can we ensure that we stay warm and mobile in these times?
These days, many people get their daily health boost from a morning juice or smoothie, made up of mainly raw fruit and vegetables. These ingredients are very cold in energy, but they are also high in vitamins and minerals.
So here are some simple tips to ensure you can stay energetically warm, whilst boosting your health this winter…
- Drink hot water, not cold water and avoid putting ice in your drinks.
When we eat food, our stomach’s break it down into chyme. To begin this process the food in our stomachs must be body temperature or above. So when we eat a lot of cold food our bodies then have to find the energy to heat it up. This is especially difficult during the colder seasons as our bodies are colder in general.
If we use all our energy to breakdown food, or to warm up cold foods and drinks, then we have no energy left for absorption later on in the process. This could mean that we are not gaining the full benefit of the food and drinks, and we are left feeling tired resulting in naps after meals so our bodies can catch up.
A great way around this is to drink hot water after every meal as this will warm the food in our bellies without utilising our vital resources. Now you know why the Chinese always drink hot tea with meals.
2. Take fruit and veg out of the fridge 15 minutes before consuming.
By taking the food you eat, in particular your smoothie ingredients, out of the fridge at least 15 minutes before you create your masterpiece, will bring them up to room temperature and help to purge the cold from the ingredients, again aiding the digestion process.
3. Have a Yang tonic.
If you fancy a change to your smoothie or are looking to really warm yourself up, then you could make a yang tonic. To make a yang tonic you just need to boil yourself a pan of water and add any of the ingredients listed below.
You can also add warming ingredients to your daily diet to keep you toasty and warm until spring.
4. Add warming foods to your diet!
Black Pepper: Aids the large intestine, boosting immunity, and also the stomach and it’s warming function. It is also very yang energetically, so it helps to purge cold from the body during winter.
Ginger: Warms the lungs, spleen and stomach. It is classes as a Qi (energy) tonic, as it promotes blood circulation and clears phlegm from the lungs.
Goji Berries: Improve immune function by enhancing our bodies’ ability to adapt to toxic stimuli. They increase energy, improve brain function and memory and also protect the liver and kidneys.
Cinnamon: The power warmer! It heats the heart, lung and bladder meridians. It can expel cold pathogens from the body by lifting and unblocking our yang energy.
Apple Cider Vinegar: This stuff is magic! It is antiseptic, warming and invigorating. It also helps us to feel full for longer, which is great for those on new year diet plans!
For the more adventurous, here is a beautifully warming breakfast recipe for Pears, almonds and Oranges which will boost lung strength and overall Qi:
2 pears, quartered, 1 level teaspoon of ground almonds, the skin of one large orange or two satsumas, one cinnamon stick, honey to taste
- Peel the pears and put in a small pan, then add all other ingredients.
- Fill the pan with water, enough to cover all the ingredients.
- Bring to the boil, let it boil for 5 mins then turn down to the lowest setting and leave it to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until the pear flesh is soft.
- Remove the pears and put in a bowl, strain the juice and pour over the pears. Add honey to taste!