‘Tis the season…to eat the correct foods in winter. With the winter solstice having just passed and the temperatures get a bit colder, the following ideas from Chinese medical theory apply.
The most important thing would be to eat foods that are warm, both in their effect on the body and also in their temperature. An example of a food that is “warming” is lamb which happens to be the most warming food on the planet. Feel free to eat plenty of that in the season. Soups and cooked vegetables are more optimum then cold, raw foods this time of the year. Unfortunately, as the temperature drops in northern climates, the metabolism in the human body also drops so cooking foods makes it easier for your body to break foods down.
Anther suggestion is to eat foods that are black, interestingly enough…….the reason being black foods nourish kidney and adrenal function which are susceptible to imbalances in the winter months in cases of deficiency. Examples of unique and tasty black foods would be black lentils, black sesame seeds, black walnuts or perhaps a variety of seaweed (such as hijiki, arame or dulse, which can be made into tasty salads).