Winter is the coldest season of the year as a result we often crave stews and soups. These cravings are your body’s way of telling you to choose warmer foods rather than colder ones. We have become a global foods to eat during winter titledcommunity so it’s very common to see fresh produce at your local fruit shop that is from another country enjoying the opposite season to you. If you are unsure what is in season, then always choose Australian grown and perhaps go to farmer’s markets. This way you will support your local farmers, eat fresh produce that has maximum nutrients as it has only just been gathered from the ground or trees and the fresh produce on offer can only be grown in the climate you are in.

Consider including these foods into your winter diet:

Vegetables: asparagus, alfalfa, cabbage, carrots, celery, endives, lettuce, parsnips, spinach, turnips, watercress

Fruits: apples and pears

Meats: lamb, chicken

Fish: Atlantic mackerel, bluefish, monkfish, Pacific salmon, red snapper

Season with garlic, shallots, ginger, fresh herbs from the garden and Himalayan salt or sea salt.

Some winter handy hints include:
  1. Meditation – it’s the time of year to feed your body as well as your soul. Often skin becomes drier and breakouts can happen more in winter. Keeping calm and meditate during this time.
  2. Exercise regularly – By keeping up a regular exercise regimen you are promoting blood circulation and consistent endorphin release to keep you positive and healthy.
  3. Sleeping early will promote the rejuvenation of your body.
  4. Stews, soups, casseroles are a great idea as they fill you up and warm you all over, while providing intense nutritional content. Make extra quantity and freeze leftovers to have ready for heating when you are time poor and hungry.

The best approach to eating for maximum health is being mindful of what you are craving. If there are regular cravings for foods you are trying to avoid such as sugar, salt, caffeine etcetera then it may be a nutrient deficiency which means you may need to seek the assistance of a health care practitioner. Addressing nutrient deficiencies is easy and you will feel great for the improved state of health. Alternatively, cravings are your body’s way of communicating with you what it needs. Trust it and enjoy the variety winter brings with it.

Article submitted by Dr Irene Prantalos

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