What the heck?!? Since when does a Naturopathic Doctor advocate for fewer vegetables?? Don’t worry, I haven’t had too much Kombucha, it’s just that fall is here with winter on its heels. In general, our bodies do much better with warmer fare when it’s cold outside.
When I say warmer fare, you probably think of soups, stews, and crisps but this is only part of the picture. In Chinese Medicine one of the ways food is categorized is by the reaction it creates when ingested into the body. These reactions can be heating, warming, neutral, cooling, or cold. For example:
Cooling Foods include bananas, lettuce, cucumbers, sprouts, tomatoes, pears, tofu, etc
Warming Foods include ginger root, black beans, lentils, nuts, cinnamon, quinoa, cabbage, kale, etc
Since the winters we experience in the Vancouver area tend to be cold and damp, including more warming foods in your diet in the winter is a good idea for most people.
Happy Fall everyone and here’s to a warm and healthy winter ahead!