As the temperature outside continues to drop, you’re probably layering on mittens, scarves and big cozy sweaters to shield yourself from the elements. Sometimes the best way to warm up is from the inside-out and what you eat could actually help by regulating your internal body temperature.
Your body wants to take in a lot of fuel to power through the long winter. That's why you start craving comfort food as soon as the weather drops. It's for the same reason that bears load up on food before they hibernate.
Incorporating warming foods into your diet can help balance the body and will heat you internally by pushing blood and energy to the surface of your body during the digestion process.
It is fascinating that our bodies intrinsically know what to do!
According to Chinese medicine, certain foods affect our internal temperature by heating and invigorating the body. This is more than eating a hot food such as soup. Cooked meals warm more successfully than raw foods, which are naturally cooling, but there are also foods that heat by pushing blood and energy to the surface of the body during the digestion process.
Warm foods are generally those that take a longer time to grow. Incorporating them into the diet keep you warm from the inside-out this winter season. Here is a partial list of warming foods:
- Grains, nuts and seeds: oatmeal, quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice, millet, walnuts, almonds, sesame seeds.
- Vegetables: chili peppers, squash, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, turnips, shallots, garlic, onions, leeks.
- Fruits: dates, coconut, cherry, mango, blackberries.
- Animal products: beef, eggs, lamb, pork, poultry, oily fish, butter.
- Flavorings: clove, coriander, ginger, pepper, nutmeg, turmeric, miso, soy sauce
This warming, grounding and delicious Roasted Butternut Squash and Chickpea Stew is a healthy way to warm up on cold winter days. Make the most of winter’s harvest with this warming, seasonal stew that's full of goodness and easy to make.