As the weather gets colder, our bodies naturally desire warm foods to counteract the drop in temperatures. Think of autumn comfort foods like chili and warm soups. The way we cook changes throughout the seasons as our bodies adapt to the weather. It’s important to listen to our bodies and nourish ourselves. Oppositely, in the summer in Canada, the weather is warm and our bodies want cold things. This is the time for Self-Care. Let’s nourish our bodies to stay healthy as we approach flu season. Here are 4 ways to live your best life as the season changes.
1. Nurture yourself
Let’s treat our immune system to a little TLC. Making sure to eat meals with balanced macros is a great way to keep your energy up and stay healthy this season. We have dubbed chili the dish of the season and shared the best recipe ever down below! Meat is included, however, it can be excluded for Vegetarians. Now let’s talk flavour and spice. Adding just the right amount of salt and pepper can make or break a dish. I’ve found that salt and pepper shakers don’t give me the control I want when adding spices. After using countless salt and pepper grinders, I’ve finally found the one that is so durable. This salt and pepper grinder set is great because the spices come out smoothly and nicely sized, no giant chunks allowed!
With adjustable coarseness, it’s easy to be precise with measuring. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve accidentally oversalted because I was using a salt shaker but after using Uppwell’s grinders, I’m never going back. They also make a beautiful table setting and are very and sustainable. I’ll definitely be gifting this salt and pepper grinder set at Christmas this year.
2. Listen to your body
It’s important to have discipline and consistency in the work we do but we also need to recognize when we are pushing ourselves too hard. As our bodies adjust to the colder, dryer weather, it may be time to add new products into our routine like hand cream or thicker creams, warm water with lemon, or tea. Sleep is a vital element that we need to focus on. Charge your batteries, just like your phone! You wouldn’t go out with your phone battery at 20% so don’t do make yourself go through the day at 20% either.
“Sometimes the fastest way to heal is to slow down.”
People can overexert themselves running around trying to accomplish everything. Some days, we need to slow down and make a plan so that we can prioritize the most important things and lower our stress levels. Additionally, it’s the time to focus on things that we enjoy like candles, soft blankets, plants, or whatever you choose.
We may need to exercise more to stay focused, energetic, and happy. Walking is a great option for cardio. Dancing is a fun way to get your body moving. Madfit is a fantastic Canadian Youtuber who has workout and dance-focused videos on her channel. If you want to jam to Ariana Grande and do easy dancing for 15 minutes, she’s got the video for you.
4. Let the Sun In
What do we lack most in winter as Canadians? Sunlight! This can take a toll on us physically and emotionally but there are things we can do. The winter blues can affect us very negatively but there are lights that can help with that. Light therapy mimics the sun’s natural rays a is proven to help with our mood and sleeping. It’s especially helpful for those with seasonal affective disorder. Taking vitamin D can help as well.
Vegetable Chili Con Carne Recipe
As promised, here is the best Chili Recipe!
Cook time: 0 hours 30 minute
Servings: 5 servings
- 1 large onion finely chopped (about 1 cup)
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced (2 teaspoons)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 pound very lean ground beef
- 1 28-ounce can tomatoes in puree, coarsely chopped, puree reserved (if tomatoes are packed in water, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of tomato paste)
- 1 1/4 cups dried kidney beans, cooked, drained, and rinsed
- 1 or more jalapeno peppers, finely chopped to taste
- 5 teaspoons brown sugar
- 5 teaspoons mild chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon oregano leaves, crumbled
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon whole cloves or 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1. In a large, deep, heavy skillet or Dutch oven, sauté the onion and garlic in the oil until the vegetables are softened.
2. Add the meat, browning it, and stir to break up the pieces. Drain off any fat that accumulates in the pan.
3. Add the tomatoes and their puree (or liquid and tomato paste) and all the seasonings. Heat the mixture until it is bubbly, reduce the heat, cover the pan, simmer the chili for about 30 minutes.
4. Add kidney beans, jalapeno peppers, green peppers, carrots, and celery. Simmer the chili, covered, about 20 minutes longer or until carrots are softened. If desired, add corn kernels to the pot after 10 minutes.
-Jane Brody’s Good Food Book
Rock This Season
Although it may take some getting used to, we can enjoy the season and all the fun that it brings, like Christmas, snow, and sweater weather. Remember to nurture yourself, listen to your body, exercise, and let the sun in. Let us know in the comments what you do to take care of yourself at this time of year. Thanks for reading! Have a sustainable and fun winter!