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Oh yeah baby.  You know what I’m talkin’ bout!  That’s right sugarplum… I’m a health nerd.  I’m talkin’ about what makes your hands and feet warm.

I’ve been playing around with all kinds of different breakfasts lately to see what type of breakfast makes my hands and feet wicked toasty at 10am – the time of day, give or take a half hour, that I am most prone to feel that chilly dip in peripheral circulation.  I’m noticing this to be a fairly universal time to experience a drop in mood and metabolism – especially coldness in the extremities.  I’ve been telling people to really get breakfast right, use it to GET warm, and then, for the rest of the day, eat and drink to STAY warm.  When you really eat the perfect warming meal, you should feel a rush of blood into your hands and feet.  You also might experience burning hot ears.  Really nail it and the soles of your feet will feel so warm you worry about walking on carpet barefoot – for fear of starting a fire.  And heaven forbid you open up the door to the frozen foods at the grocery store.  As Steve Martin once said, “You could melt all da stuff!”

Other frequent times to experience this are 3pm and 3-4 am, the most common time to wake up in the middle of the night with feelings of anxiety and your heart racing and needing to pee like a racehorse.

Anyway, I’m curious to see what YOUR warming meals have been.  I’ve found really salty, high-calorie meals to be the most warming overall.  Pizza seems to be unmatched for me personally, although I’ve really lost my appetite for it after eating it like it’s going out of style for the past month.  Ice cream can be pretty impressive too, as is sweetened half and half – also known as halfasses (if using blackstrap molasses to sweeten it).  Pancakes and syrup, with that very high-calorie density, rapid absorption, and lower water content is a stellar performer as well.

As I type this, I can feel the heat rushing back into my feet after eating a 1/2 pound salty ground beef patty, 10 potatoes, a banana, an apple, and a few ounces of grape juice.  Nutritious and heat-a-licious!

What gets me cold is lots of juice, juicy fruit, or smoothies in the morning or eating breakfast cereal – the lower the fat content of the milk the more freezing I get.  I might be warmer later in the day from loading up on this stuff, but at 10am?  No way.  I’m like Mr. Freeze.

As far as snacks are concerned, the salty stuff seems to be where it’s at.  Saltines, pretzels, popcorn, chips, salted peanuts – yep the airlines got it right.  Have some of those during your 10 am freeze fest or whenever you feel the coldness hit ya, and it might really make a difference.  In a hurry too.

Anyway baby, what gets YOU hot?