Happy Winter Solstice!
Winter’s officially here and will be with us until March 20, or the Spring Equinox.
Now’s the time to “get back to your roots”, yes literally, but I also mean it figuratively. Let me explain…
Winter is the season of restoring. During this season, you restore the physical body with warm cooked foods, seasonal veggies, braised animal meats, soups, stews, + warm cups of tea- think hygge (cozy).
Restoring the energetic body is slowing down, yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, walking in the brisk air, being in nature, and sleeping longer.
Yes, your sleep should increase during the winter! Our circadian rhythm rises and sets with the sun. So when the days are shorter, we too need to adjust our own sleep patterns to ensure we get enough rest.
Restoring the emotional body begins by going within; reflecting on all of your accomplishments this year (yes you have thousands!), nurturing your self with love + compassion, and spending time with people who bring you joy, and going back to your roots through tradition!
The winter’s so important because it sets the tone for the year to come. It allows us a quiet, dormant space to reflect, ground, and nourish. That way we can recover from the past year and properly restore our energy.
Taking care of yourself now will payoff tenfold for the year to come!
So this is what I mean when I say “get back to your roots”.
Go back to the ones you love, go back to sleep, go back to yourself, go back to seasonal food, go back…
Now, where do you think New Years resolutions and diets fit into this… ?
January 1st is only 10 days away and we literally just entered winter! The body is NOT ready to cleanse or release!
This is why <90% of resolutions fail! I always say if New Years was in March (spring equinox) then 90% of people would be successful because the body is actually ready to clear and release. The proper cleansing energy in our bodies and the earth happens during the spring, NOT in the dead of winter!
So if you do want to make changes on January 1st, make them self loving + gentle like, morning meditations, nature walks, journaling, saying something positive when you get up, making a warm cup of tea, reading books you’ve been meaning to for years, creating art, cooking for yourself, booking spa days etc.
Just one of these simple shifts makes a huge impact for the rest of the year especially when they’re so enjoyable that you look forward to doing them everyday!
So if you’d like to check a few of these boxes right now, make these delicious roasted winter veggies!
They fill the whole house with the smell of rosemary and caramel from the natural sugars of the root veggies crisping in the oven!
Rosemary Roasted Veggies
*Always use local, pasture raised + minimally processed ingredients when possible!
Click here for the recipe http://www.simply-seasonal.com/how-to-eat-during-the-winter
If you enjoyed this recipe, I would love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below and be sure to share with family and friends.