Quick Golden Milk Recipe
2 cups almond milk (you can also use organic cow’s milk or other milk substitutes such as hemp milk, coconut milk, rice milk or oat milk) 1 teaspoon of organic ground turmeric (or as much as you can handle – I love my turmeric!) A touch of freshly cracked black pepper ½ a teaspoon of unrefined, cold pressed oil coconut oil (you can also use sesame oil or sweet almond oil) Honey to taste (or use another natural sweetener such as maple syrup, stevia) Place milk, turmeric and black pepper into a little pot and cook on medium heat. Heat the mixture until steaming but not boiling, which can destroy the active ingredient curcumin. Remove from heat. When the drink cools down, add honey and oil. The oil supplies you with healthy fats and further increases turmeric absorption. This antiinflammatory drink is perfect on a cold winter’s night, helps with joint lubrication and promotes healthy digestive function. If you feel adventurous, try adding a dash of cinnamon or chilli in addition to the turmeric and black pepper! paniculata) – which also acts as a powerful immune-strengthener (2). Be sure to respect these herbs, however, as all bitters have a cooling quality and can aggravate an already cold condition in winter. Using bitter herbs in combination with warming herbs such as ginger can counteract their cooling qualities. Consult an experienced naturopath or herbalist to get an individualised herbal tincture made up to support you through the winter.
Sunshine for vitamin D, which enhances immune system activity and keeps SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) at bay. Vitamin D also regulates levels of calcium and phosphorus in the body, and improves bone health.
Aerobic exercise that heats the body and stimulates circulation, and hatha yoga to keep muscles loose and joints lubricated.
Although winter is a season of energetic stillness, it doesn’t mean we stand still, or that we do not exercise our bodies. Quite the contrary – it is even more important to move our bodies in winter than in summer – but we need to build in times for proper rest, too. Rather than hide away in central heating and stuffy gyms, try long walks or choose to exercise outdoors to stimulate the senses.
Emotional release of fear. According to the ancient Chinese system, the kidneys are said to hold fear. Winter is a fine time to make yourself feel safe and secure, and even to work on your deeper fears. Meditation and prayer can be wonderfully soothing to the mind and soul, and help us to accept and move beyond our fears. n
Casey Conroy is a holistic dietitian, nutritionist, naturopath in-training, yoga and Acroyoga teacher who specialises in women’s health and ‘non-diet’ approaches to weight management. She is the founder of Funky Forest Health & Wellbeing on the Gold Coast, and she loves making and eating raw chocolate.