Baby it’s cold outside! Last week I talked a little about spoonies and temperature sensitivity and ways to keep warm around the house. This week we’re going to talk about personal warmth. No, not the huggie feelie kind of personal warmth. We’re talking getting warm, inside, and keeping that body warmth. In the wintertime, we often feel cold and more dry. Our skin gets dry, our sinuses begin to dry out, and even our joints dry out. Winter is the Vata season, lots of warming foods are called for.
Seasonal Vegetables – We enjoy most of our vegetables in soups, stews and plenty of chili. We use mostly seasonal vegetables, winter squash, sweet potatoes, cabbage and the like although we do still make the occasional “window box” salad of baby lettuce sprouts and green herbs (stuff that would grow in a window box).
More Healthy Fats – here at Chez Spoons, we follow low carb diets. Not Keto or full Paleo, but a blend of all of the low carb options. Superhubs gets 80-90 grams of net carbs (carbs minus fiber), I eat about 40. We eat a bit more healthy fats in the winter. Butter, ghee, coconut oil for cooking, nuts (oh so many nuts) for snacks, nut butters (you get the idea).
Fermented Foods – Fermentation, which our ancestors used to preserve veggies for the winter, supports gut microbial immunity during the winter months. Fermented foods also warm the body, a welcome benefit in the wintertime. We eat fermented cheese, yogurt, and sauerkraut.
This is one of my favorite quick and easy low carb chili recipes. I add a cup of canned beans (drained and rinsed) for a few more carbs and to make it a bit more lasting. I also have been known to use ground turkey (or beef) in place of the chuck.
Breakfasts are usually hot cereal or scrambled eggs, dinners include lots of cooked vegetables. I also tend to use a lot more warming spices in the winter, chili powder, ginger, nutmeg and pretty much anything that brings a little more warm oompf to a dish.
Beverages – oh yeah, lots of hot beverages. The tea cups are filled frequently every day with a variety of teas and other warm beverages. Mostly we use loose leaf teas prepared in a pot or a sachet (fillable tea bags) but I’m not above using pre-bagged varieties as well.
Baby It’s Cold Outside – Zoey Deschanel
That’s it from me today, I have a date with a good book, a fire place, my blankey, and a good cup of hot tea.
Til next time ~Keep Your Spoons Warm ~JPP