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Do you eat a high raw diet or do you go all the way 100% raw? If so, you might understand what I am about to share. When I was first introduced to the raw food diet, I went 100% raw overnight while I was living in Alaska and of course I started my new adventure as Fall was approaching. As I was educating myself on this journey, I wasn’t prepared on how to handle the chills that could come from eating raw foods in a cold climate or that it was even an issue. I never gave much thought to the ramifications of not ingesting hot foods.
I remember preparing my raw dinner filled with fresh veggies that just came from the fridge, putting on layers of clothing, wrapping up in a blanket (sometimes 2) and snuggling down in front of the fire with my raw delights. I could feel the heat penetrate through the blankets and warm my back, I would then rotate making sure to heat up all sides of my body. I was a living human rotisserie! In between bites I could see my breath, my nose was cold and my blanket kept getting in the way as I tried to bring forkfuls of salad to my lips. After dinner I would jump into a hot bath and soak the frost away as I was sipping a warm tea.
Aaah, this is the life! haha I kid you not, I was a permanent over sized goose-bump for a solid year! Shoot even my goosebumps had goosebumps! Forget wearing socks to bed, mukluks and parkas became the new lingerie for me. I share much of that with great humor but in all honesty being cold became a way of life. I am sure living in Alaska didn’t help matters either. But as time went on and I became more and more educated about eating a high raw food diet, I started to some pick up tricks of the trade.
Add spices to your food that have a warming effect:
Hot peppers (hot spicy foods are stimulants which raise bod temp by increasing circulation), radish sprouts, ginger, oats, carob, sea veggies, dark greens, heating spices, dehydrated foods (calorie dense foods tend to be warming), fatty seeds (pumpkin, hemp, flax) and nuts. Also carrots, squash, coconut, dates, cayenne pepper, parsnips, walnuts, garlic, red pepper, sprouted legumes, pine nuts, chili peppers, and onions.