There are many traditional Chinese holidays related to what foods you should eat at various times of the year. Laba(Làbā, 腊八) is one of them. Laba is the eighth day of the twelfth month in the lunar calendar, which usually falls in the middle of January in the Western solar calendar (January 24 this year). This is the coldest time of the year. The Chinese have rice soup mixed with many nuts and seeds for this holiday. There are many different recipes for this soup from different regions. Many use regular or glutinous rice, millet, red beans, dried jujubes, chestnuts, peanuts, walnuts, and lotus seeds. Cook ingredients long enough to blend thoroughly with rice or other grains. This ensures that the healing properties of the ingredients are completely released into the liquid. For food properties, check out here: http://totallifeenergyplan.com/resources/public/.
In the northern part of China, where it is extremely cold, people have hot pot meals to warm the body and expel cold. Placed at the center of the dining table, the hot pot simmers ingredients in a pot containing water, broth, or stock. Foods are placed into the simmering pot and cooked. Foods commonly used include thinly sliced meats, shrimp, root vegetables, cabbage, and mushrooms. Once cooked, food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce, such as sesame paste, fermented flour sauce, or fermented soybean paste, mixed with ground garlic and chopped scallions.
There are many dos and don’ts for winter diet, for a healthy person, as well as for a person has health issues, especially frequent colds, Kidney and Heart problems. Eating right prolongs your life. Eating wrong shortens your life. This is especially sure during this brutal cold that we never had before. The Total Life Energy Plan has more details on diet, exercise, and daily activities for winter, as well as for other seasons.