Winter Solstice 2013

In the midst of the holiday season we are given another reason to celebrate, Winter Solstice. Winter Solstice is the time when the sun appears at noon at its lowest elevation above the horizon and is the shortest day of the year. Winter Solstice has been told to be a time of transition into our new beginning, transformation and rebirth – a time for conscious growth and connection to our ancestors, children, nature, cosmos and all that ever was and will be.

Solstice is also the first day winter! Think of it: winter-time. It’s colder, so we seek shelter, and find more time to look within. We sleep more as daylight hours become shorter. Our bodies need less energy. This is not an accident; our ancestors had access to fewer resources. This protective cycle allows the body to thrive given such change.

Let’s talk about the superfoods that are abundant during this time of year.

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Winter squash
  • Chestnuts
  • Collard greens
  • Citrus
  • Dates
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Pears
  • Persimmons
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Turnips

For a more complete list check out Fruits & Veggies: More Matters.

When eating in the winter we want warming foods to stoke our internal fires. To keep foods as close to raw as possible lightly steam sauté them. Do not overcook, and if you can cook it lightly and keep it under 118 degrees, this still constitutes “raw”. Don’t forget to warm and energize yourself with Matcha green tea too.

For a hearty winter meal try these recipes that you can find here on my webite:

During the dark of winter,
invoke all the forces of pleasure and love,
which make life worth living.

~School of the Seasons

As the winter season begins, many of us still have the coldest months of the year to look forward to. Make sure to honor your instincts. Nurture the extrovert in yourself by being social and giving. Counter that with time for solitude and meditation.

Enjoy the outdoors during this season. The best way to get vitamin D is through access to the sun. And how beautiful is nature: during the winter months in the northern hemisphere, it is cold outside, but less exposure is necessary because the sun is actually closer to the earth. That’s right, our closest point to the sun occurs in the dead of winter – seasons are due to the tilt of the earth’s axis – so we can get our D fix! Thanks, Mother Nature! For ideas about vitamin D supplementation check out chapter 4 of Eat Yourself Super: One Bite At A Time.

As one season and another year closes, and as new ones begin, take time to count the blessings in your days. Allow plans, new ideas and positive thoughts to permeate your consciousness. Give gratitude for the people in your life and for everything this world has given us to celebrate.

Cheers to your health this solstice!