Natural medicine traditions teach that the environment around us has a direct impact on our health and well-being.
It’s obvious when you think about it.
Your behavior naturally shifts when it gets colder out.
Your instinct guides you to want more warming beverages and cozy sweaters.
But most people in the modern world don’t take this shift far enough.
In order to thrive in autumn, you need to bolster your system from the inside out.
That means infusing your core with warmth.
Because when you have warmth in your core, you increase movement in the physiology of your body.
And increased movement means you feel more open, less pain, and your immune system can show you its peak level of performance.
If you take measures to keep your core warm, you’ll be amazed at how healthy and vibrant you feel while people around you are complaining of the impacts of the cold!
Some signs that you need more warmth in your core include:
-Sluggish digestion (loose, hard, or incomplete stools, gas, bloating, etc.)
-Get sick easily
-Brown menstrual blood
But the best time to start infusing your core with warmth is before these symptoms show up.
Especially when the weather gets colder.
And the best place to start is with the food you eat.
Here are 2 ways to use food to increase well-being this fall:
1. Use Warming Cooking Methods.
When you cook, you want to think about infusing your food with the same warmth you want in your core.
So slower, longer cooking methods are preferable, because they really get all of the molecules moving.
At least once a day, eat foods that have been stewed, braised, or roasted.
And avoid eating or drinking anything cold or raw.
Because if you eat cold things, you’re inviting cold straight into your core.
If you can’t avoid the occasional sushi or smoothie, just make sure you counterbalance that cold by drinking hot tea and using warming herbs.
Which brings me to my next tip.
2. Use Warming Herbs and Spices
Herbs and spices don’t just taste good.
They also up your food’s healing potential tenfold.
And what many people don’t realize, is that herbs can either have a warming, cooling, or neutral effect on the body.
This time of year as it’s getting cold outside you want to focus on -you guessed it, you smart cookie, you!- warming herbs.
Here are some warming herbs you might want to play with in your food:
Ginger, both fresh and dried
And what’s great is that these herbs don’t just warm your belly.
They help to invigorate your blood and have natural antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties to keep your immune system in tip-top shape all cold-season long.
Now I’d love to hear from you!
What are your favorite fall and winter foods? Leave a comment and share a recipe if you have one, I’d love to know.