Stay healthy in the lovely Melbourne cold by eating right!
The cold weather has truly hit Melbourne now, so its important we all adjust our eating and lifestyles so we stay healthy this Winter season. Though the following may sound like common sense, you’ll find most people are not following this advise. Simply because we have all varieties of food available all year round. It can therefore be hard to tell what we should and shouldn’t be eating in the current season.
The weather is turning cold, so our bodies have to fight to stay warm. It is important that we help it in this process. Aside from dressing accordingly, this is what you can adjust in your diet to help your body:
Don’t drink cold water or anything cold straight from the fridge. Only room temperature water or warm teas. – Our body wastes precious energy warming it up when it hits our stomach. Cold liquids also slow the chemical reactions in our stomachs which weakens our digestion.
Reduce your intake of raw foods and eat more warming stewed meals. Raw and cold foods like salads take more energy to break down and are again often eaten chilled. Instead make good use of your slow cooker and enjoy more warming dishes such as stews and soups. Not only are they warming but easier to breakdown and absorb as the food has been simmered and softened.
Eat foods that are in season. How do you tell? Simple, eat foods that primarily come from the ground, not a branch or vine. Most trees become dormant during Autumn and leading into winter, with the except of your Citrus trees. So enjoy some more wholesome foods like: Pumpkins, Chestnuts, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli, mushrooms, garlic and Ginger. Obviously Apples, Pears and Mandarins are the choice fruit of Autumn. Avoid summer/tropical fruits such as Watermelon, Mangoes, Rockmelon and Coconuts during the colder months.
If you feel a cold coming on, increase your intake of Garlic, Chili and Ginger and follow the dietary advise above. Avoid Dairy as this can increase mucous secretion and make sinus congestion worse. Instead think of eating warming pungent/dispersing foods to counter the cold/congealing nature of the virus.
If you can’t shake your Cold or Flu, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Acupuncture is very effective in boosting immune function. The earlier you treat the cold, the faster you will recover from it. Don’t wait til you’ve had a cough or cold for a week to seek treatment. Good long term health is achieved by being proactive, not reactive. With everyone in society being so time poor, we can’t afford to waste any time being sick in bed.