A raw food diet is always a bit more intimidating when winter is in full effect. When most people think about raw, they think cold, but a cold body plus cold food equals imbalance. Yes, eating plenty of raw food will help keep your immune system in tact during cold and flu season, however, when it becomes cold… EAT WARM and/or WARMING FOODS.
What are warm foods?
Eating foods at room temperature along with slightly warming dishes to approximately 110°F is how we should consume “raw” foods during the winter. Food heated between 105F/41C and 115F/46C are still considered raw. Some warm foods include root vegetables, beetroot, sweet potato, pumpkin and carrots etc. Incorporating soups, stews, steamed veggies and warm herbal teas are also beneficial.
What are warming foods?
“Warming” speaks to how food acts upon the body. Herbs and spices such as cayenne, cumin, cardamom, coriander, ginger, garlic and peppers are examples of ingredients that are warming.
Have you ever noticed when temperatures lower, our bodies begin craving rich, fatty, heavy foods? That’s the body’s way of informing us of its’ need to be warm. Metabolism increases in cold weather in efforts to keep us warm, yet, despite the fact that our bodies work overtime to maintain the internal heat needed to survive, most people do not lose weight in the winter. No, winter and weight gain are not inextricably connected, however, the less we are active and the more heavy foods we consume, the more weight gain becomes inevitable.
For true balance, dietary regimens should always be regulated in accordance to our internal and external environments. Wellness is an interaction between your body’s constitution and your surroundings. Eating food that is “warming” or “hot” in its energetic nature will help assist the body’s ability to resist the cold.
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