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Eat foods that warm you up

When the wind chill kicks in, snow falls and temperatures drop, warm up with good old fashioned thermogenesis. Some foods, when eaten, can help generate body heat. Depending on your palate, your preferences, and your ability to tolerate spices, for example, black and red pepper may appeal to you. Pepper stimulates the nervous system and your circulation.

A hot cup of ginger tea is comforting, and along with a pair of thick wool socks, can even help thaw your popsicle toes. Peel fresh ginger and slice it thin, add hot water and a drop or two of stevia. Curl up on your couch with a good book, and savor the moment. Read this article about 5 foods that warm you up.

In winter, it feels as though we’re purposefully being slowed down by external forces, such as bad weather and shorter daylight hours. Don’t fight the urge to stay indoors, sleep in and take naps if you can. Hibernate. You are not alone if you’re feeling antsy or a little blue. This is the ‘dead of winter’ after all, the time of year when average temperatures in the northern hemisphere plunge to their lowest. Be kind to yourself while you’re healing. Call your best friend and laugh. Watch a great movie. (Or a chick flick!) Make a handmade card for a child. Doing something -- even a small something -- for someone else is also a powerful healing act.

I like to remember one of my grandmother’s favorite sayings: When winter comes, can spring be far behind?

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