|Survival tips for Winter: Bring the Sunshine and Warmth Back in your Body!
by Mary Serphos
1. Liquid Vitamin D! Yes, it's true- all the hype about vitamin D is not nonsense- it really works. My mood this winter is better than it's ever been and I attribute that to this to Mr. D., my liquid sunshine! Vitamin D also works as an immunity booster- what a winning combination.
2. Rest! Yes, it's winter and we are meant to slow down this season- think bears and hibernation. Take some extra time during the week and weekend to stop and pause. I know, I know you have families and full time jobs and laundry...but please do you and your family a favor and just chill for a while - it's ok to be a couch potato now and again.
3. Get up and move! I know it's so cliché to tell you to exercise but truly, that will help you immensely. Not only will your mood heighten; your appetite will decrease (I know you may think the opposite is true, but in fact, the more you move, the less likely you are to binge or overeat at mealtimes). If the thought of a walk makes you shiver and the thought of going to the gym makes you weep, put on some music and dance like nobody is watching!
4. Warming Foods. Soups, stews, warm grain bowls, teas, and yes, even coffee will keep you warm to the core. And go ahead and indulge occasionally on a treat that you absolutely can't resist. It will make you smile and you can lose the few extra pounds in the spring. My favorite new warm liquid treat: I put some unsweetened rice milk in a pot on the stove, warm slowly and add a bit of coconut oil, shredded coconut and cocoa powder with a bit of agave and honey...so good.
5. A hot bath
, a sauna, a dip in a hot tub will do wonders for the soul. If it's your tub, add some Epsom salts and a bit of oil such as lavender, or olive....then melt, happily.
Warm, Nourishing and Filling Recipe of the Month: Potato Lentil Curry Soup
The following Recipe is from Meredith Klein a wonderful Chef and good friend. Meredith and I put on workshops titled "Create Balance, Embody Joy" and share a passion for healthy eating and living. Meredith is the founder of Pranaful and is a true master at creating inspired, globally-influenced, organic cuisine.
This recipe is perfect for mid-winter to help warm you from the inside out. Besides being a totally nourishing, health infusing meal that doesn't cost too much, it can be made in big batches to feed the whole family or to be eaten for days to come.
Potato Lentil Curry Soup
2 t. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1.5 c. red lentils, rinsed
2 medium potatoes, cubed
2 T. curry powder
3 c. veggie broth
1 can coconut milk
1.5 t. salt
In a medium stockpot, heat olive oil over medium heat, then cook onion until translucent. Add lentils, potatoes and curry powder, and cook 1-2 minutes stirring often. Add veggie broth and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat, and cook (stirring occasionally) until potatoes can be pierced easily with a fork and lentils are soft but not mushy (note: add a little water during cooking process if too much broth evaporates and lentils begin sticking to bottom of pot). Add coconut milk and salt. Stir well and cook another 3-4 minutes. Taste, and adjust seasonings, adding more curry powder or salt as you like.
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