Beauty has a lot to do with how we feel and if we’re not feeling good then we often don’t look very good either. The months of winter can be the worst on our bodies, minds and spirits, so it’s really important that we do the right things to warm our bodies and spirits to help us feel and look better. We can achieve this by eating foods that will not only warm our bodies but our spirits as well and makes us happier and feeling beautiful during the dreary months of winter.

Foods That Actually Warm Our Bodies

Believe it or not, there really are foods we can eat and add to our daily diets that really can make a difference in the temperature of our bodies. You might be surprised at some and others you might have kind of guessed they would help out.

Seeds and Nuts

Peanuts, almonds and walnuts are super easy to add right into our diets immediately and just a handful of any of these nuts will actually give your body deep warmth that will last for quite some time. Besides, they taste great too, so it’s a win-win situation.

Seeds like pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and fennel all work great as deep body warmers. You can easily add sesame seeds to almost any dish you fix, especially chicken or green beans. You can eat pumpkin and sunflower seeds alone as great snacks or add them to salads and soups. You can also take fennel seeds and blend them into your different meals. They all are also very good for your digestive system.

Spices and Other Items

Some of the best spices that warm up the body and the spirit are spices such as cinnamon, ginger, cloves and pepper. You can add ground cinnamon to pretty much all of your homemade baked items and you can use cinnamon sticks to spice up different hot beverages, tea of course being the most popular.

Not only are cloves a great way to warm the body but they are also wonderful as a mouth freshener. Cloves have antiseptic properties so this lets them help with any bad breath you might have and they help keep your body healthy. Ginger is a good one to add to your veggies or soups and can easily be put into your daily diet.

When you just hear the word pepper it seems to scream warmth. That’s because it is warm. You can easily put it on just about any food you want, even add extra to replace salt you might have used.

Let’s not forget about honey. Not only does it warm your body but it is nature’s sweetener which you can pretty much add to anything that you might put sugar in. Honey is also a wonderful thing for your skin and complexion.

Two of the easiest things to put into your diet would be garlic and onions. You can add these two wonderful items to just about any meal you want. Not only do onions and garlic help warm your body but they keep your body in good health. Both of these little additions to food can help with colds and stuffy noses as well as having the ability to lower your cholesterol.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and veggies are always a good thing to include in your diet for a variety of reasons as well as warmth they can provide for your body. Try adding a serving of both veggies and fruits to all of your meals every single day. We all know how good they are for you but if we make sure to include them each day during the winter you not only will warm up your body but they will help to boost your immune system and circulation.

Foods Not to Eat During Winter

Just as there are foods you should eat often during the winter there are also many foods you need to try to avoid. But before even considering eating at all, always remember to never overeat on cold winter nights. When we overeat we could jump start our metabolism that then will burn off extra calories one needs to keep our bodies warm.

Foods to Try and Avoid During the Winter

•    White bread
•    Cucumbers
•    Excessive amounts of butter
•    Cold beverages
•    Rice
•    Alcohol
•    Processed chips of all kinds

Don’t forget you can cozy up in the winter with a few hot beverages as well such as hot teas, cider and hot cocoa. Keep warm and try to enjoy the coming winter months as difficult as it might seem to be.

Julie