warm foods for the cool season

earlier this year we talked about eating for the season and cooling summer foods.  well, it’s November and it’s finally starting to feel like fall.  so, let’s take some time to talk about warming foods.  these foods are considered to have yang qualities in Chinese medicine, meaning they have heat qualities that help maintain balance and health during colder months.  warming foods are typically dry and light and increase circulation and provide good energy to your organs keeping them from moving sluggishly.  remember, the gut is your key to immunity so it’s especially important to take care of it during the cold and flu season.  yang foods are said to possess qualities that can help cold hands and feet, stomach woes, edema and inflammation.  thankfully, it’s not hard to find warming foods during the winter because they are naturally in season.

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some warming foods to try out:

cinnamon ~ butter ~ chicken ~ goat milk ~ ham ~ prawns

carob ~ basil ~ cloves ~ coriander ~ dates ~ ginger

 mustard greens ~ leeks ~ nuts ~ oats ~ onion ~ parsnips

peppers of all kinds ~ seeds ~ watercress ~ wild rice

 winter squash ~ sweet potatoes

 

resources:

http://www.raw-foods-diet-center.com/warming-foods.html

http://www.pingminghealth.com/article/581/warming-and-cooling-characteristics-of-common-foods/

http://www.drdavidwilliams.com/5-warming-foods-for-digestive-health/

http://www.emaxhealth.com/1275/cooling-foods-and-warming-foods-how-they-affect-your-health