What seasonal changes to expect & how to feed the changes
Winter brings to mind cosy blankets and fireside feasts with warm drinks and soul-satisfying food, rainy days spent under the duvet with a book, or magical walks in the forest. The cold temperatures can have both good effects and negative effects on our health. Depending on your basic foundation of health, your body can deal with the different climate much better if you provide it with the nutrition it needs to do so.
With the weaker sunshine and tendency to stay indoors we produce less vitamin D, and we become more prone to colds and flu. Bodily changes that could be experienced are lethargy, moodiness, food cravings, increased allergies, headaches, dry skin and weight gain.
But as always, Mother Nature provides! These conditions can be improved by focusing on your gut health and your immune system. You can sail through winter by using foods to help you supplement what your body needs to keep your immune system fighting-fit and your gut flourishing and nourished so that you can have a happy, healthy winter!
7 SUPERFOODS FOR WINTER WELLNESS
Being of the brassica family, maca contains sulphur which helps with methylation, a process that reduces inflammation and optimises your detox pathways. It’s a powerful adaptogen which helps balance stress hormones to improve immune function as well as balancing the adrenals which can improve sleep.
Products available: yellow, black & Maca Xpresso
Fortify your immune system to lessen allergies and susceptibility to colds and flu. Also a source of vitamin D, medicinal mushrooms can help bolster levels in the body. Medicinal mushrooms also stimulate the increase of gut bacteria which the body needs to stay free of illness and disease.
Products available: Immunity Medicinal Mushroom Blend & Chaga
Seasonal changes can increase the presence of environmental allergens such as pollen, dust mites and animal dander. Camu is a powerful antioxidant, but also a natural anti-histamine which can lessen allergy symptoms. Support your immune system with daily doses of antioxidant vitamin C.
Products available: Camu C+, Berry C Blend & Camu Powder
Raw chocolate contains mood-boosting neurotransmitters, including PEA, which makes us feel happy and energised. This wonderful food also feeds our gut microbiome, and both the mood-boosting and gut-health support contribute to a strong immune system.
Products available: Powder, Paste, Nibs & Functional Chocolate Bars
Known for its weight loss effect, matcha is also rich in chlorophyll for detoxing and alkalising which improves gut and immune system function, and calming L-theanine to help balance the energising quality of the caffeine.
Products available: Matcha powder
An African superfruit loaded with prebiotic fibre to help gut bacteria flourish, and alkalising minerals, magnesium and calcium, as well as vitamin C for immune system support, this is a must-have in any winter pantry.
Products available: Baobab powder
A protein-rich grass, this is one of the most popular superfoods due to its incredible health rejuvenating properties. It cleanses and detoxifies which ultimately improves energy levels, nourishes gut bacteria and boosts vitality.
Products available: Wheatgrass powder & Lean Superfood Protein Shake
Cold weather affects arthritis and joints – commit to supplementing with MSM every day. It imparts sulphur into the body which also detoxifies. You can add small amounts to your cups of tea or coffee, as well as fresh juices. Aim for at least a teaspoon a day.
Products available: MSM powder
3-WEEK PLAN TO INTRODUCE THESE SUPERFOODS INTO YOUR DIET
With any new food one should start off with small amounts and gradually build up. Each person is unique in their needs and responses to foods, so here we have given you a guideline to reference, but ultimately you work out what’s best for you.
Using the following weekly guide and the simplified plan at the end of this page, you will have included a few new superfoods into your diet by the end of 3 weeks and will be well on your way to feeling your best!
Start with your greens and alkalisers: wheatgrass, matcha & baobab
Start with a small teaspoon and build up over time as you get used to it. If you feel nauseous or have any detox symptoms like headaches or feeling fluey, halve the dose and stay on that until you can manage more. Wheatgrass is a powerful cleanser and it pulls all the stored toxins out which can make you feel unwell to begin with, but, as the saying goes, “Rather out than in” so stick with it and you will reap the rewards!
Start with 1 small teaspoon and build up. The flavour is tart so you need to find the best way to take it, try mixing into smoothies, fruit juice and salad dressings.
You only need 1-2 teaspoons for a cup of tea. You can start your day with this and leave coffee until later in the morning, or replace the coffee completely if possible. Blending it with a cup of hot water, a dash of coconut milk and a spoon of almond butter is super delicious.
Now add your medicinal mushrooms, maca and raw cacao.
Start with 1 – 2 teaspoons and build up to a daily dose you are happy with. You might feel the effects quite soon, but for most people they need to take the mushrooms consistently for 3 weeks and longer to feel the benefits
We recommend you smell the maca before taking it. If it appeals to your senses, then you are ready to take it. If not, then wait a while and try again at a later stage. We recommend taking a teaspoon and building up to whatever amount works for you. ♥ Maca and raw cacao complement each other very well in recipes. ♥
Start with 1 teaspoon daily and notice what amount feels best for you. For those who do not consume any caffeine-containing foods, the theobromine will be stimulating, so keep this in mind when deciding how much. Warning: may cause you to be happier and feel more love!
And finally, bring in the camu!
Camu is, among other things, detoxifying, so once again start off small with a half teaspoon. Our Camu C+ is 15-18% vitamin C so a teaspoon measure (5ml/3g) will give you 750 – 900mg vitamin C.
3-Weeks-at-a-glance with easy recipes
WEEK 1: Add Wheatgrass, Matcha & Baobab
- Simple green drink, in a blender blend water, wheatgrass, baobab, apple & lemon
- Cuppa matcha, blend 1 tsp matcha with hot water, coconut cream or plant milk, 1 teaspoon almond butter
WEEK 2: Add Raw Cacao, Maca & Mushrooms
- Simple green drink
- Cuppa matcha
• Hot choc drink, blend raw cacao, maca and medicinal mushrooms with hot water, milk and sweetener
WEEK 3:Add Camu
- Simple green drink – add camu to this
- Cuppa matcha
• Hot choc drink