Today is the shortest day and the longest night of the year (for those of you in the northern hemisphere). This day signifies coming out of the darkness and celebrating the light as the length of the days increase. Winter bonus: new evidence suggests that regular exposure to mildy cold air may help you lose weight by increasing the amount of energy your body needs to expend to keep the core temperature up (but just by a little). Let's get out and celebrate...
Stimulate the Vis by embracing outdoor hydrotherapy! If you have a hot tub, try soaking it up in the warmth for 10 minutes and then jumping into the snow. It's invigorating and you will become addicted after a couple of times.
Light a fire. Celebrate the coming of the light by warming up next to a fire. Try my kinda healthy smores recipe!
Make chai tea and go on a long walk. Try my winter chai recipe!
Write down your vision for the coming year. a study round that you have a 42% increased chance of meeting your goal by simply writing it down.
Create a winter feast. The best part about winter is spending more time indoors with friends and family. Try this super yummy immune supportive soup:
1 small yellow onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic. chopped or crushed (to taste)
1 tsp-3 Tbsp grated fresh ginger root (to taste)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms
1 qt miso broth or mushroom broth
3 Tbsp fresh minced parsley
1 chopped carrot
Combine the broth, onion, ginger, carrot, garlic and mushrooms.
Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Remove from heat and add lemon juice and parsley.
Put cover on pan and steam for 5 minutes.