It has been a strange few weeks in Toronto weather wise. It feels like we have one foot planted in winter and the other in spring. There is no snow on the ground, and it rained for what felt like days last week. It has left us with slippery sidewalks in the morning from the temperature drop overnight and mud puddles in the afternoon from the contrasting temperature rise. Today for example at 3pm, it is 4 degrees and I’m wearing a spring jacket. Whereas only a short few weeks ago, I was wearing my thick down jacket, alpaca gloves and winter boots to shield myself from the bone chilling -20 temperatures. Could it be that winter has come in the blink of an eye and is now gone? doubtful!
Its great that the weather is a little warmer, but its really damp out and that has me craving warming foods. I whipped up this delicious bowl of Carrot, Ginger, Turmeric & Coconut soup and I think you’ll love it as much as I did. It was even good served cold for the lunch the following day. I ate mine at a coworking space and an intrigued passerby asked me “Excuse me, but are you eating baby food?” it made me giggle as I looked down at it, because it really does look like babyfood. So give your digestion a break, your bones a warm up and your jaw a break by enjoying this delightful bowl of babyfood, I mean soup.
It’s an amazing immunity-booster just in time for cold and flu season. Actually, I take that back. I don’t believe in “Cold and Flu season”! Viruses and bacteria don’t join together and scheme to attack us at a specific time of year. Yes, there are definitely far more people that fall ill in the winter months but it actually has very little to do with how cold it is outside. It has everything to do with the health of your Immune system! Why are most peoples immune systems weaker in the winter months? People are more stressed, balanced eating habbits take a backseat, extra sugar is consumed around the holiday season,and physical activty flies completely out the window in favour of hibernation and late night netflix and chill sessions. Oh, and lets not forget that here in Beautiful Canada, the sun also decides to Netflix and Chill, leaving us with next to nill Vitamin D exposure. Sun exposure stimulates Vitamin D production in your skin, and vitamin D plays a major role in supporting our immune system. So, do you agree that blaming it on a season is totally off base?
Healthy Happy Immune Supporting Tips
- Reduce Stress
- Clean up your diet
- Supplement with Vitamin D
- Put the remote down and get moving for at least 20 min a day
- eat this soup