Where to get energy in winter: what I learned from a Tibetan doctor
Jan 13, 2021
In winter, the cold makes you dress warmer, and you want something hot for dinner. It seems that life freezes until spring. But even in winter it can be comfortable if you know where to get your energy from. The doctor of Tibetan medicine knows best of all about this, from which I learned the secrets of maintaining the body in winter.
Winter changes in nature occur to conserve energy. All the energy is condensed and goes inside, away from the cold weather. People insulate themselves and their homes, plants and trees store winter energy underground, in the roots. This is how Tibetan medicine sees the arrival of winter and cold weather.
The human body also closes itself from the cold in its own way in winter. The skin becomes denser, movement is minimal, heat is accumulated inside the body to ensure life. Energy becomes denser, becomes heavy, for this reason a person gains weight in winter.
How to eat in winter to be energetic
Tibetan medicine takes good nutrition very seriously. Tibetan doctors take everything into account when recommending a diet and food: place of residence, climate, presence of diseases, age, personal energy.
Nutrition in winter depends on the accumulation of a large amount of energy in the human body. Energy requires quality nutrition. Food should be nutritious, but not heavy. It turns out that it is best to eat soups, meat and fish broths in winter - they are light and nutritious at the same time.
I was surprised to learn that Tibetan doctors insist on supper, unlike Western nutritionists. In winter, dinner is a must, without it most of the time the stomach is left without food and the body loses energy, and the person weakens.
What foods can save energy in winter
Meat, fish, chicken should be on the winter plate, but not pork. Tibetan medicine does not recommend eating it during the winter.
The healthiest cereals in winter are rice and barley, which maintain warm energy. The doctor advises using seasonings for winter dishes that not only conserve energy, but also help digestion, expel cold from the body: ginger, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper and cardamom.
In Tibetan medicine, coffee is considered a cold drink and is not recommended in winter. But milk with honey, a little wine is allowed.
Vegetables keep warm well in winter, except zucchini. Fruit can be any, except for cold watermelon, grapes and banana, which is also considered heavy.
Cooked meals in winter should taste more salty, sour and sweet. Bitter foods and astringents make it difficult to maintain warmth and energy.
What do you like to eat in winter?