Winter may not be everyone’s favorite season—the cold and windy weather can make it hard to get—and stay—warm.

When I lived in Chicago half a dozen years ago, I remember waiting at the bus stop in my heavy Patagonia coat, scarf, and gloves. My hood was pulled so tightly over my hat that only my eyes could be seen. Yet, I was frozen to the bone. My body trembled under my many layers, and my toes, which should’ve been warm and snug in my doubled-up socks and thick boots, were slowly succumbing to the winter chill—And I had only been outside for 15 minutes. Not everyone lives in a climate as bitter as Chicago in the winter. However, no matter where you live, there are ways to combat the winter chill.

So what’s the remedy for that bone-chilling cold? Soup, of course! Think about the last time you went out to dinner. What was the first thing the waiter brought you? It was probably a round of ice waters. And what was your first course—possibly a salad?

Now think about that image of the freezing girl waiting at the bus stop in Chicago. Would you have offered her ice water and a raw salad? Probably not. You would’ve likely given her something warming—like tea and chicken soup. That’s where TCM comes in.

No matter how cold (or warm) it is outside, our society looks for that cool, refreshing drink. Cold drinks and foods (including raw foods) carry a cold essence that upsets the smooth functioning of the Spleen and Stomach. A cold essence or energy slows the digestive process down, possibly leading to uncomfortable digestive disturbances. Warming foods, on the other hand, support the Spleen and Stomach and help all organ systems to run smoothly and more efficiently, like a well-oiled machine.

The best thing to eat at this time of year is foods that warm the body. Enjoy warm teas and soups throughout the day. We have a multitude of soup recipes on our website—some of which are truly simple to make, even after a long, hard day at work. If you master a few easy broths (vegetables boiled in water or water with mushroom seasoning) or use a packaged organic broth instead, your soup can be on the table in less than ten minutes. What a great way to warm up and feed your body what it needs during this time of winter rest and renewal.

The Taoist Seven-Day Soup Cleanse is coming in January.

New Year, New You: Are You Ready?

Click here for more information: http://tcmworld.org/calendar/seven-day-soup-challenge/ 

Check out some new (and tried-and-true) soup recipes here: 

http://tcmworld.org/dragonsway/recipes/?category=124&cooking_method=&sort=&content-search=

 

 

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