June began on a high, in Bali running Rest, Revitalise and Inspire. This is the second year Charmaine and I have run our retreat for health professionals. It’s such a privilege to share what I’ve learned from 27 years in business, with such an authentic group of practitioners. We’re already making plans for our next retreat, so if please get in touch if you’re interested.
Returning to the Australian winter after the sultry warmth of Bali, I’ve enjoyed the initial novelty of swapping a sarong for a scarf and coat. In fact, as the winter solstice approaches, I’m revelling in the return of cold weather by embracing the Danish tradition of hygge. Feeling safe, welcome and nurtured is at the heart of this winter celebration of hearth and home. The essence of what hygge is a naturopath’s dream, so it’s no wonder it’s my favourite winter ‘prescription’.
Food glorious season food
As we enter winter, it’s time to say goodbye to avocados and hello to tangy mandarins. Jerusalem artichokes are also around for a very short time. If you’re not familiar with this vegetable, or don’t have a clue how to use them, try this creamy vegan Jerusalem artichoke soup. For more food inspiration, the June seasonal produce guide is now online.
Speaking of soup, there’s more than a dozen original soup recipes on my resources page. Having a pot simmering on the stove, is one of my favourite winter activities. When life is busy, try making a big batch when you have the time and freeze in single portions. Either bowl size for a complete meal, or snack sized to warm you up that can be quickly zap when you walk in the door. Cup sized portions also make a healthy after school snack, to quickly hydrate and raise blood sugar without ruining an appetite for dinner.
With the winter solstice approaching on the 21st of June, I hope you find space for reflection and insight. If struggling with winter, or are looking for healthy ways to embrace the season, this article has many useful suggestions to guide you through the darkness.
Those who subscribe to my monthly newsletter might be across the importance of taking some extra vitamin D through winter. But don’t forget to add some extra magnesium to make the nutrient easier to absorb.
Health-wise, winter is often a time when good intentions to exercise fall away, depression can resurface and of course, respiratory infections are rife. So, it’s a great time to book a check-up, to maximise your wellbeing, prevent or recover from an illness. I work with clients around Australia and the world via Skype, as well as in person in Sydney.