Thriving in Winter

10 10 2013
  1. imgres-1How can people “thrive” during winter, rather just “survive”?
  2. Thriving in the winter is a combination of items that one must do in order to get out of the “survival” mode.  Thriving means “energy”! The first item is “warming” foods.  When you live in a climate that has 4 seasons, the winter is a lot colder than any other time of year, so warming foods must be eaten to keep the body heat up.  Some of the warming foods that one can eat, depending on your body type, are; whole cooked brown rice, quinoa, millet, barley, steel-cut oats, large flaked oats, stews either vegetarian or with meat, squash, baked potatoes etc.  These foods have high amounts of complex carbohydrates, protein and fibre.  The fibre helps to balance the blood sugars and the protein and carbohydrate portion helps to nourish the whole body.  The second item is enzymes.  Very important to keep our energy up.  The cooked foods virtually have no enzymes in them because the enzymes become denatured with heat.  The best way to get enzymes is in raw food.   Most people cannot create enough body heat to stay on a raw food diet throughout the cold winters in Canada.  Eating raw sprouted seeds of any kind; alfalfa, broccoli, chick peas, any bean, any seed along with raw vegetables of any kind are very good at supplying the enzymes needed for you to digest your cooked food during the winter months.  Sometimes, in fact, often, there are times when supplementing with enzymes is important to keep the energy up even when eating raw foods. One way to determine if you need enzymes is to see what your energy level is really like after you eat your food.  If it goes down immediately after eating, then take some enzymes.  Often, the broad spectrum ones with a slant for carbohydrate digestion, are needed in the winter because people eat more carbs in these cold months.  When you take the needed enzymes you will notice an energy increase within 30 minutes or so of taking them. The third action is take Vitamin D, Essential Fatty Acids and use a Seasonal Affective Disorder Full UV Spectrum lamp daily.  These three things will keep your mood up. The fourth action is connection.  Connect with other positive people regularly over the winter months and share your warm food and merry mood with them!  And THRIVE!
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