What is the best strategy to eat for health in the colder weather? Avoid: rich foods such as dairy including yogurt and cheese. These foods are hardest to digest in cold weather. Avoid: cooling foods such as melon, watermelon and chilled beverages. These cool the body excessively. Increase: warm foods, starchy vegetables like carrots and potatoes, drink warm tea during the day and consume broths by the gallon! Nourishment taken in the form a healthy soup or broth is easier to digest, warming to the system and because of the nature of the long brewing or cooking time, the food tends to be easier to digest. This practice supports the spleen energy and the Triple Warmer meridian.
Please enjoy a recipe I use often as it is super simple and you can change it up as you wish:
2 quarts of water (or enough to fill a soup pot)
4 chopped organic yellow or red medium potatoes, chopped into chunks
6 stalks of celery (chopped)
3-5 carrots (sliced into large chunks)
3 yellow or orange beets (sliced) Red beets are OK but use just 1 or it has a stronger taste
3 leaves of kale (stems removed and chopped)
1 inch of ginger chopped, chopped or grated
1 inch of fresh turmeric, chopped or grated (optional)
Dash of cayenne
Sea salt to taste
Other optional items: Chopped garlic, shitake mushrooms and any other spices you may enjoy.
Directions: In a large soup pot, bring water to a boil. Add chopped potatoes and simmer for about 20 minutes. Now add all other ingredients and continue to simmer for up to 1 hour. Turn heat off and serve when ready! You may want to add cayenne. It is an incredibly simple and delicious way to stay healthy all winter! Enjoy!