When the weather turns cold in fall and winter, you may notice an increase in your appetite or a desire for heavier foods like sweets and animal products.
However, now that the holidays are over, many people are starting diets or doing cleanses to “repent” from the indulgences of the past couple months. Guess what? Even though we’ve entered a new calendar year, it’s still winter!
Now is the time to build strength, not deplete your resources. In winter, the body still needs warmth and grounding to fortify immunity and protect against cold weather. Spring is a much more effective time for cleansing.
Craving more of the sweet taste is natural during winter AND it’s possible to satisfy your cravings in healthy, balancing ways.
The sweet taste promotes the production of healthy tissues, relieves thirst and gives strength. On the emotional level, it enhances love, compassion and a sense of contentment. Is it any wonder why we tend to crave this taste during times of stress?
The sweet taste is naturally found in most fruits, root vegetables, squashes, pumpkins, cooked grains, legumes, nuts & seeds, healthy oils, fresh dairy, sweeteners like dates, honey and maple syrup and spices like allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, licorice root, nutmeg, saffron.
Experiment by making some spicy sweet herbal tea or dusting off your slow cooker for nourishing one-pot meals like hearty lentil and root vegetable soups or oatmeal with chopped apples, pears, dates, cranberries, ghee and warming spices. Try this date and almond shake for a tasty, soothing snack, or check out Spinach and Yoga’s delicious and healthy winter dessert ideas. Please note: if you do consume milk, it should be taken warm and with spices like cardamom, ginger or nutmeg to avoid creating congestion.
What are your favorite foods for keeping the winter chill at bay? Let me know in the comments.