It is a fact that human beings are disconnected from nature’s own rhythm. In the winter the whole nature contracts, and you can notice that in plants, trees and animals.There is less exposure to sunlight and it gets dark earlier, so our energy and motivation are lower. It is a time for introspection, a time to rest, repair and restore our body and mind as well.
However, the daily rhythm of our life does not allow us to respect that rhythm that our own body asks us, and we strive to make changes or try extreme diets when it is not the time. In this season, our body requires special nutrients that can help keep it warm and give it the necessary protection. Therefore, we require more rest and sleep.
In Chinese Medicine it is considered the Yin energy, that dark, cold and slow energy. So diet and activities are focused on enriching the Yin and supporting the Yan. Winter is associated with the kidneys
It is time to choose foods that help strengthen the immune system and warm our body, such as vegetable soups and broths. Broths with bones (organic) are highly recommended. Hearty soups, whole grains and nuts help keep kidneys healthy.
Cold foods such as salads, sushi, ice cream, etc. are energetically cold, so they require more energy to metabolize, and as I mentioned, it’s a time when our body does not have enough energy. Focus on simple, well-cooked meals that facilitate and stimulate digestion.
Here is a list of some of the foods recommended for this season:
- Dried fruits
- Black beans
Focus on simple, well-cooked meals that facilitate and stimulate digestion. The food we consume has a profound effect on the body. Foods become part of the body once consumed, so keep close attention when choosing, prefer organic, seasonal and natural, and avoid toxins and processed. Our bodies are designed to eat natural foods that grow in the present season.