Harmonizing with Winter
Shifting your Food Choices for Winter
Winter is the time of going deeper within one’s self, resting, replenishing, reflecting. In the natural world, the life energy of plants and animals is gathered in their roots and body cores, during this season – resting and conserving energy in preparation for spring. Our bodies do the same: our blood vessels go deeper and our bodies contract assisting the body in staying warm.
At each season, one or more organs are considered primary in the body’s intention to facilitate restoration and balance. The kidney and the bladder, which processes the body’s water, are the organs associated with winter.
An imbalance in kidney or bladder function during this season can cause a build up of toxins, resulting in stagnation and water retention.
Here are a few menu choices to help your body come into alignment with winter.
The Wonderful Properties of Nutmeg
This spice is derived from the fruit of the nutmeg tree, native to Australia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Nutmeg itself is from the seed, while the spice mace comes from the red membrane covering the seed. A valued ingredient both Indian and Indonesian cooking, ground nutmeg also has a long history as a medicinal. Its antimicrobial properties make nutmeg a valuable pickling spice and its essential oil, diluted, soothes sore muscles, toothaches, and arthritic pain. In the East Indian Ayurveda tradition of body balancing through food, ground nutmeg is used to balance the body humours and soothe the digestive system. Do include nutmeg in your cooking, and use it sparingly, as excessive consumption can cause side effects in some people.