31 January 2019 

 Winter-wellness

I’ve been in the midst of my first cold of 2019 so have been thinking about all the things I can do to help myself feel better.  I thought I’d share my 3 top tips to help you feel well during these cold days;


1.    Hydration

It’s really important in the winter that we stay hydrated. It can be very hard to keep up our water intake, especially drinking cold water in this cold weather (up to two litres for adults is recommended). However, a top tip I was exposed to in China is the art of drinking hot water. Having run out of fruit tea bags and not wanting to consume caffeine I started drinking hot water about 6 months ago. Just use boiled water from the kettle, it warms you up, keeps you hydrated and there’s nothing in it so it can’t be bad!


2.    Continue to stay active – but don’t slip on the ice!


It’s very easy to hibernate at home especially when the fire’s on, heating’s warm and outside it’s freezing. But it’s a good time of year to go for some beautiful winter walks, enjoy the winter sunshine and maintain activity levels to keep you feeling well, reduce stress levels and maintain cardiovascular fitness.

3.    My favourite subject – food!


My top three winter ingredients are;

  • Lemon – this seems to come into a number of different recipes in the winter and adds a summery slant to stews and winter roasts. I do use a lot of honey and lemon to help with colds, coughs and viruses that crop up.
  • Ginger – a nice shot of ginger juice, or add a piece to your hot water as a tea. Ginger has an active ingredient called gingerol which has been shown to have antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Soup – a nice warming winter soup can make the worst cold feel a hundred times better. My favourite warming soup is pea soup, please see the recipe below.

 

Taken from Anna Jones’s, ‘A Modern way to cook’ Pea soup:

  • Melt a spoonful of coconut oil in a pan, add a bunch of chopped spring onions - cook until soft.
  • Add a 1kg bag of frozen peas, stir and then add a litre of vegetable stock and a tin of coconut milk, boil and then simmer for about 5 mins.
  • Then lastly my favourite bit - add the juice of half a lemon and a handful of basil and coriander.
  • Finally whizz  until smooth and serve.