It feels like a joyful, happy energy is lingering in the air, along with a cold breeze tickling my face (smiling). The holidays are here and we are feeling a glimpse of the cold weather to come in the winter months ahead. Do you have problems handling icy temperatures? Do you always feel sick this time of year? What should you do to better deal with the frigid weather?
According to Chinese Medicine, eat Yang Warming Foods! Chinese Medicine focuses on using herbs, roots, and foods to balance the body’s energy and help it heal from disease. Ancient Chinese doctors found that foods, along with herbs and roots, have cooling, warming and neutral properties. Cooling foods cool the body, while warming foods increase body temperature and warm the body. I focus on Chinese Medicine in my healing therapies with patients and in winter recommend a list of foods one should increase in their diet to prevent ‘winter illnesses’, increase immunity, and to increase energy and strength.
Warming foods raise Yang energy and increase warming, dispel cold, and improve circulation. Yang deficient people deal with the following symptoms: cold feet, cold hands, cold body, diarrhea, stomach pains or discomfort after eating or drinking cold things, bloating after eating, lack of energy, sore joints, inflammation along with edema, and fluid retention.
Increase the following foods in your Winter Diet, and you’ll be able to deal with the cold and snow successfully:
Warming Fruits: cherries, Chinese red dates, peaches
Warming Nuts: chestnuts, walnuts
Warming Vegetables: greens, pumpkin, squash
I must advocate that for healing and disease prevention, becoming Vegetarian / Vegan, research shows, to be the healthiest choice overall. However, understanding that for some it is a transition to stop eating animal meats in their journey to achieve this essential goal of a healthier vegetarian / vegan diet for optimum health, here are meats that Chinese medicine recommends to increase Yang energy, yet should be eaten in very minute amounts as you undergo this process of elimination and forego animal meats altogether:
Warming Meats: chicken, deer (venison), lamb, prawns (shrimp), eel, ham, mussels
Warming Condiments: basil, brown sugar, chili, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, fennel seed, ginger, ginseng, nutmeg, pepper, rosemary, spearmint
We are part of nature and our human bodies and health are linked to the environment.
Heal, prevent disease and enjoy this Winter season!
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