But winter - as well as our modern lifestyles - can also demand intense - if infrequent - levels of physical fitness. Snowy sidewalks need shoveling, ice makes keeping one's balance a matter of survival. Slowing down all together, allowing too many extra pounds to creep on, or hiding under the covers until spring is neither healthy nor feasible - for most of us.
The Angels urge us to pay attention to our "winter" rainbows. They say that we may confuse cravings for brown, sweet or fat foods for cravings for red, orange and yellow foods - foods that we may find less readily available or more expensive during the winter. They urge us to spend some time thinking about what we're really craving, and then to embrace our need for sweetness or cushioning or grounding in ALL its forms - and not limit our sensory experiences of these sensations to taste. They also urge us to consider that our bodyminds thrive not just on food and water - they also thrive on air.
Air, or oxygen, is a critical element for our optimum functioning. Aerobic exercise, even gentle walking, helps bathe our cells in oxygen. Joining a gym or a yoga studio is one solution, but a program done at home - even for ten or fifteen minutes a day - can make a difference in how well we navigate treacherous winter walkways or how sore we are after shoveling.
Gingerbread, split pea soup and chicken pot pie are some of my favorite cold-weather comfort foods. Please share, if you would like...what are some of yours?