We are moving into the colder months of the year. It is time to stop eating vegies and fruit that are very hydrating and meant for the warmer seasons; e.g., melons, grapes, salad vegies and quantities of raw foods. For example, you should choose fruits that are locally seasonal, not seasonal in the northern hemisphere.

The foods our bodies require now are those that are warming, nourishing and sustaining. For example, warm, cooked breakfasts, oatmeal, soups, stews, baked and stir-fry dishes. This means gentle steaming or cooking but your vegies should still be firm on the plate, not overcooked.

The same goes for beverages: tea, coffee (try and keep it to one a day), herbal teas miso soup, rather than raw juices or cold drinks. The idea behind this dietary  advice is to warm the yang element and assist the body to generate warmth in cooler climes.