Have you noticed a difference in how you feel after a warm home cooked meal, versus a grab-it-quick snack from the refrigerated section of the market? Oh wait, that’s me… I notice a difference! My best range is between room temperature and very warm. Not burning hot, and not cold, especially in the winter months.
Notice how you feel
Meals and snacks from the refrigerated and prepackaged food sections of the market are convenient, but notice how you feel after you eat them. Notice how you feel if you have cold leftovers or drinks from your own fridge. If you eat raw vegetables, notice if there’s a difference between eating them cold versus at room temperature or slightly warmed up in a pot.
Notice when foods are particularly hot also. Piping hot food, including soup and tea, can irritate the lining of the mouth. Just notice the temperature of your food, and how you feel after you eat.
If food temperature is important to your digestive system, then bring your Tender Loving Care to food choices and meal prep, and you’ll soon see a difference!
Adjusting the temperature
If your best food temp is in the moderate range, of course cooking will make the difference. But if you don’t want to cook everything, or you tend to grab a cold bite in a hurry sometimes, then the temperature challenge may arise. Adjusting the temperature of your food can be easy. Here are a few simple things I do to keep meals and snacks just right!
1. Add a little hot water
When I buy a green juice at the local juice bar, where all the vegetables are fresh from the fridge, I take it home and add a little hot water before indulging. Yes, I take a couple of sips cold on the way, but that’s it. Then I warm it up to room temperature and enjoy. Works like a charm.
In the morning, if I have a protein shake with cold almond milk and frozen blueberries, I add hot water to warm it up, mm.
With leftover fruit from the fridge, I place the fruit in a cup and pour hot water over it. The fruit warms up in a minute, and the water takes on the taste of the fruit, like a fruity tea! This morning I had leftover papaya and papaya tea. Yum!
2. Warm it up in a pot
Recently I went to my favorite sushi bar for a couple of vegetable rolls and, since I was paying attention to food temperature, noticed the rolls were refrigerator cold! Turns out sushi chefs are required to maintain the bar food at 41°F, even the rice. Burr! Something must have changed, because I don’t recall the rice ever being cold before. Maybe I just didn’t notice. Anyway, I asked for a container and brought my yummy snack home for a bit of warming up in a pot. It took a minute, and voila… no problem!
3. Adjust to the season
Temperature sensitivity may vary with the seasons. For example, warmer foods may digest best during the colder months, even if this is not an issue other times of the year. Notice if your favorite season mirrors your food temperature preference!
If you tend to be temperature sensitive, a few minor adjustments can make a big difference. See what temperature range feels best, and experiment with ways to make meals and snacks just right for you!
Day by day, our choices make a difference.