Well, winter is officially here. Arctic air may hover, snowbanks may pile up, your vehicle may be frosty each morning, but why resign to feeling cold this winter season? You might be thinking, “Cold? No! I just take a long, hot shower whenever I feel cold.” While it is an effective warming technique, this does have some negative results: a stressed septic system, high water bills, dry skin, and angry family members who would have also liked to use that hot water. So instead of turning the rest of the household against you, why not try some alternative tricks to staying warm this winter?
Rice Sock: If you have a microwave, try filling a clean sock with rice and tying or sewing the end closed. Then, put it in the microwave until warm (usually 45 seconds to 2 minutes, depending on size).
Hot Water Bottle: You can buy a rubber hot water bottle, or pour hot water into a heavy-duty water bottle. Be careful not to use a plastic that will melt or a cold glass bottle which may break due to sudden temperature change.
Hot Drinks: Hot drinks such as coffee, tea, cider or hot chocolate are a great treat to have during winter. Here are a couple of simple recipes:
1 mug of hot water or brewed tea
1 slice of lemon
1 tsp honey
Cinnamon stick (optional)
And if it’s the right time of day and you’re of the legal age: a shot of whiskey, brandy or rum
Your favorite hot chocolate mix prepared in hot milk/water
1 peppermint candy cane – just unwrap and place decoratively in the mug
As you stir, the candy cane will dissolve, giving your cocoa a minty kick!
Soup: Soup is a great staple food for winter and oh-so-versatile. Think chili and cornbread, chicken noodle soup, beef stew, potato-leek soup, Thai coconut chicken soup, dahl, miso… possibilities and recipes abound. Try Googling a recipe by typing in a few main ingredients, depending on whatever is in your fridge or cupboard. Then add the words “soup recipe” to open up another world of possibilities.
Movement: Not warm yet? Get up and go! Any sort of movement will do, just get your body to ramp up its own heat production.