WELCOME TO YEAR 2021
With the changing of the seasons, we forget that like our furry friends that hibernate in the colder months, we should be taking the time to relax and conserve our energies as well. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, winter is a time to nourish our bodies, to sleep more, and to reflect on our spirituality, our relation- ships with people and indeed, our relationships with ourselves. Although the holiday season is busy, we can also take this time to celebrate and give thanks. This is also a time when we want to incorporate more “warming” foods in our diets to help our bodies combat the icy chill outside! Think hot stews and roasts made with seasonal vegetables, hot drinks (tea is an excellent choice!), and anything that warms you up! Spices like ginger, cayenne, garlic, and cinnamon make great “warming” additions to a meal at this time of year as well – and can give new life to your favourite dishes.
Pregnant and/or lactating women should avoid taking excess amounts of cinnamon that would be beyond normal dietary consumption.
Articles written by Keila McCullough, BHSc, ND (Canada.)