IDEAL MEALS TO EAT DURING THIS COLD PERIOD
Jan 7, 2020
28 is the number for today, weather forecast says 28⁰C in Jos; that seems fair base on the trends going around recently about the drop in temperature over the period of late this year to early this year, I saw clips and pictures of people doing all sorts to keep the cold away like wearing 3 pieces suite under blanket into your bathroom, I personally feel it is not that severe and people are exaggerating but my stay in Kano towards the tail end of last year must have helped me prepare better for the coming of winter, we can’t wait for summer to come; the sun, parties, drinks, beautiful bodies in summer wears and bikini but come back to reality.
How do you survive and thrive during this chilly cold period and help your kids stay warm and healthy? You may have heard Mr. A or Sister U is not feeling too good in recent times, most bodies reacts to the temperature change and are not able to fight the disease causing pathogens flying around in the wind from Sahara. Before I start sounding like a practicing doctor (since we are all one with Google, stop that though), the focus of this article is to suggest meals you can take more during this period to give you that glow and smile that makes office colleague wonder if you are from snow village (I am ready for Canada). If I remember what my biology teacher said, breaking down of food requires some sort of energy which also results in liberation of nutrients which gives us energy to do work, something about metabolism, ATP, oxidation and so on (science student can relate); my point is that part of the energy liberated in form of heat and some food gives the body more heat than others. Thermogenesis is when food causes the temperature in the body to increase, food that contains more fat, protein and carbohydrates often heat the body up while digesting food (food.ndtv.com) and also provide the right nutrition, naturally consuming hot liquids raises your body temperature, creating an environment that is hostile to pathogens in your body.
Calculations of energy in food based on heat production – heat released by the combustion of food is used to heat a known mass of water, the heat released is “calories” and one calorie is the heat energy that it takes to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius. If the calorie content of food item is measured by the amount of heat liberated from it, won’t it be wise to have an idea which food will supply you more heat in this period?
Food like Ginger, oats, coffee, red meat, sweet potato, onion, garlic, black pepper, honey, and carrots are ideal, instead of gnashing the teeth on the bike speeding along the third mainland bridge.
1. Ginger: it boosts metabolism and promotes blood flow, also fortify the body's immune system.
2. Eggs: produces more energy than average food because eggs are rich in proteins and vitamins which helps in keeping the body warm.
3. Roots vegetable like carrots, sweet potato, and onion requires more energy during the process of digestion causing more heat in the body.
4. Oats: rich in an amino acid called tryptophan which produces serotonin that helps keep winter depression at bay.
5. Red meat: high-protein foods have a greater thermic effect and is ideal for this harmattan weather.
6. Black pepper: there is a chemical compound named piperine that gives black pepper its heat, the core body temperature increases while the skin temperature reduces.
7. Honey: a glass of hot water with honey can help your body to accelerate metabolism and weight loss, also removes toxin from the body and weakens the feeling of hunger.
You can do well to get some of these food items when next you go to the market or on the shelf in a mall, they have been proven to produce the desirable effect of generating heat in times like this, so you don’t have to worry about more pull overs and thick blankets. Do well to visit this blog page next week Tuesday to get an interesting insight into a topic that will be beneficial to you.