I am pretty lucky to have naturally good immunity and it’s practically unheard of for me to go down with a cold but I think as I get inevitably older and increasingly time poor, health is the first tell-tale sign that one is burning the candle at both ends or simply not making time for oneself.
In order to combat this we have to make sure we are giving our body the best chance of staying healthy to resist infection by consuming the best fuel possible. I am a true believer in the word NOURISH, it’s my answer to Hygge the “word of the moment”. I believe in Nourishing Body & Soul when you eat. I don’t do deprivation, I make sure if I am eating a treat – I enjoy it, guilt has no place in my kitchen. This is made easier when what we are eating, whether a meal or an indulgence, is made with wholesome, healthful ingredients. This is also true of drinks.
My all time favourite winter warmer is a hot chocolate, so try this for a really satisfying and nourishing version of the classic:
2 tsp raw cacao powder
¼ tsp cinnamon (optional – but does bring healthful properties)
125ml almond milk
125ml additive free Coconut Milk (such as Biona)
1 tsp Xylitol granulated (or to taste)
Put the cacao powder and cinnamon (if using), in a small heavy pan and add 2 tbs of the almond milk. Stir over a medium heat until thoroughly combined, then add the remaining almond milk and the coconut milk, then stir frequently until warmed through. Stir through the xylitol and drink immediately. Tastes best when served in your favourite mug!
This also works well with just almond milk – if you use the Rude Health Almond Drink taste before adding the sweetener as it is sufficiently sweet without for me.
Another way to combat the colder weather is to get out in it and enjoy it! Wrap up warm and get outdoors. It might take a good kick to get you out but once you’re breathing the bracing fresh air you will DEFINITELY feel energised and invigorated. Take the dog for a walk, get the children looking for different bugs, birds and animals (whatever ignites their enthusiasm), go climb a hill – it’s all good and your body with thank you for it by firing up your metabolism and allowing you a restful night’s sleep.
5 additional tips on how to stay healthy in winter
- Eat well, not too much, mostly green
- Rest is as important as play – make time to recharge
- Nourish your body
- Exercise – getting outside is enough it doesn’t always have to be a slog
- Listen to your body, respect it, refuel it with thought & care
- Then you will be best prepared to make it through winter and the holiday season on top form.