BEAT THE COLD EAT WARM
“Let food be thy medicine…
and let thy medicine be food.”
— Hippocrates, Father of Medicine
HEAL THY SELF
Why not use heat-producing food this winter to speed up your metabolism, protect yourself from colds and upper respiratory infections and, support your Immune System.
The Immune System is your first line of defense. You need to protect the guards at the gate to fight for you in keeping out the bad guys. One way is to eat healthily to exercise and to rest. A second way is to take time to heal yourself and not allow winter to get you down.
Staying warm in winter is not an easy task. Wearing a hat to keep 70 % of you heat from escaping, heavy socks to keep your feet warm, and a coat to keep the heat in, even in zero temperature will not solve the problem of keeping you warm.
These items are outside helpers for keeping the cold out. They do not address the body’s metabolism – the process of conversion of food into energy.
The thyroid is responsible for regulating your basal metabolism—how fast or how slow you burn calories. When we eat food that comes from simple carbohydrates like sugar, processed cereal and pasta, these junk foods only result in short-lived quick energy that produces little heat. Moreover, this energy supply cannot efficiently burn the calories for heat; instead they are being stored in the tissues as fat – creating the condition of obesity, increasing in children and adults.
On the hand, complex carbohydrates like lean protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds burn longer and are more efficient for burning calories that generate heat. Be sure to include heat-producing food in your daily meals.
HEAT WARMING FOOD TO BEAT THE COLD?
To speed up the body’s thermostat and keep you warm during the cold days of winter, add these warm producing foods every day and, go through winter laughing.
• Eat 4-5 meals throughout the day; this keeps the thermostat high.
• Consume lean protein: fish, turkey, chicken, lentils, low fat beans and green leafy vegetables, low fat cottage cheese, spinach omelet with 2 large egg whites with fat free mozzarella cheese, tempeh, quinoa, and beans low in fat and high in protein like Black beans, Aduki, Great Northern, and Garbanzo beans. For the vegetarian, replace the meat for organic and NON-GMO soy products.
• Read all labels for harmful additives like hormones, antibiotics and chemicals. If you cannot read it do not buy it! These additives are not beneficial to the immune system, and the guards at the gate will become overworked. and weakened by the overload of toxics they produce in the body.
• Take delight in fiber-containing foods. They add bulk and keep things moving. Be sure to choose non-GMO and organic. Dates are a good source of fiber, iron, magnesium, calcium, and vitamin C. Other healthy choices like oatmeal, barley, almonds, Brazil Nuts, grains, fruits, hemp seeds, organic coconut oil, organic coconut butter, and flax seed oil,
• Add these oils to your salads, grains, and vegetables include some seeds like flax seeds, sesame seed, and sunflower seed, hemp seeds, chi seeds to salads, cereals and smoothes.
• Organic vegetables and root vegetables, frozen or fresh, steamed or baked are great foods to push up your thermostat:
o Organic Vegetables: green leafy kale, spinach, cabbage, rainbow chard, (my favorite), collard greens, mustard greens, green beans and peas.
o Organic Root Vegetables: squashes, carrots, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, radish. beets and turnips.
• Organic Grains: Millet is at the top of the list, because of it low fat, quinoa, oats, barley, millet and, brown rice get the fire going.
• The spice of life fuel up with: ginger, garlic, chili pepper, turmeric, pepper, cinnamon, paprika, cumin, and cloves.
Now, you have winterized your body from the inside out. Who cares about winter? When your focus is on warming foods that beat the cold.
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