Craving Comfort Foods in Winter
I am sure you hear a lot about detox these days. We hopped into the new year and most of us are full of resolutions. We want to live healthier, exercise more, look younger.
But did you know that winter is not the best time to start detox? And have you noticed that you crave comfort foods more in winter than summer? Interestingly, there are many theories which explain these cravings and which confirm that many people notice an increase in appetite during the winter.
Ayurveda, the traditional Hindu system of medicine, thinks that hearty, comforting foods should be on the menu during winter months to keep us grounded and nourished. This is necessary to keep the body at a consistent temperature. The rich, satisfying foods help us add a layer of insulation to our skin which has been crucial for people for thousands of years and is still logical when you live in Northern Hemisphere.
Since hunter-gatherer's times, our bodies are predisposed to seek out food before the weather turns cold because food was scarce during the winter. In the animal kingdom, the desire to eat more during winter is an animal instinct to fuel up in order to survive cold weather. Also, fatty, high-calorie foods are more physically warm and we can feel happier when eating these types of food.
Tips how to survive winter without adding on (too many) extra pounds
As you can see, it is perfectly natural to crave hearty comfort foods during winter. However, to avoid crappy feeling after ingesting one more cheesy pizza slice, stick to soups (broth based) and stews which are perfect to warm you up in the winter, and can be nutritious if you use the right ingredients. Use lots of seasonal vegetables such as squashes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, kale, onions or leeks. Instead of white bread, choose sourdough bread and swap cold smoothies for hot drinks using spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger or turmeric. Even if you feel that your jeans are a bit tight, winter is not appropriate for a juice, salad or water detox. If you decide to detox during winter, intermittent fasting is a much better option.