Prevention, prevention, prevention. It’s all about prevention! We spend so much time fighting agains colds, let’s try and prevent them from occurring in the first place. We have the power, it just requires the will to adjust our lifestyle and align to the season.
Mantra: Like attracts like, opposites decrease
Here’s 4 tips to help get on the prevention path:
#1 What are you eating & drinking? New season, new qualities in the air means adjusting the diet to harmonizes with the nature and prevent seasonal imbalances. Using the mantra above, reflect on what you eat—is the texture or quality similar to that of a cold? I.E. is it heavy, gooey, mucousy, cold, sticky? If so, reduce these foods and increase foods that are lighter, moist, warm, and liquidy.
#2 Keep it moving. With winter comes cuddle time—in front of the fireplace, staring at the christmas tree or snuggling up on the couch with a good book or film. Its time to hibernate—right? Wrong! That’s your mind speaking, your body needs to move so it can generate internal heat, prevent stagnation in the gut and mind, and release happy endorphins. ‘Tis the season for brisk walks, jogs, dance classes, yoga followed by a sauna or steam.
#3 Spice it up! Start each morning with a cup of hot water, lemon and a slice of ginger (check out my recipe Ginger Tea on the Go!). Add a touch of ginger, garlic, turmeric, cumin, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil or cinnamon to each meal. Increasing spices helps kindle the digestive fire and generates internal heat. Helping to balance the cold—burrrr, baby it’s cold outside!
#4 Be nice & eat bitter. Embrace something green with each meal. Bitter greens help detoxify and cleanse the body gently while also helping to balancing blood sugar and prevent sugar cravings. Start your morning by adding some chard into your next scramble and a sprinkle in a bit of fresh rosemary. Or start your morning with a green juice with cilantro (room temperature). Switch from cold salad to warm salad for lunch or enjoy a lentil or bean stew with some collard greens and sweet potatoes. Let lunch be your biggest meal. For dinner, keep it light and brothy with a hot soup that has some kale, green beans, zucchini, cabbage or spinach. Happy Eating!