Tips for Raw Food Diet in Winter
Practicing raw food diet in winter seems to be challenging for many people. When the temperatures are in the minus range, snow falls, and no sun shines, especially those who have just started with a raw diet often wonder how it is possible to overcome the cold season without warm food.
It is not easy to get rid of the thought pattern that warm food warms the body. But many practical things can help to keep warm even in winter with raw food.
Raw food does not mean cold
Many people think of cold raw food. But it is rarely cold most of the food is at room temperature. The food is only cold when it comes straight from the fridge or freezer. Especially in winter, it is recommended to avoid chilled food. You do not eat vegetables, salads, fruits, directly from the refrigerator, but leave the ingredients on the kitchen counter for some time before you eat or prepare it.
Raw food can also be warm
You do not heat Raw food above about 42 degrees Celsius. It means that you can easily warm the dishes. Especially in the cold season, you can eat soups and other food warmed. You can heat liquids such as sauces and soups on a hot plate gently, or mix a little longer in a Vitamix. For other foods set an oven at the lowest level, or use a dehydrator.
Use warmed up dishes
Using preheated plates for food may be helpful. You can do this before serving warm the plates in an oven.
Add warming spices to your raw food diet in winter
Certain foods have cooling or warming properties. Especially spices can have a warming effect by stimulating the blood circulation. In winter, try adding spices such as ginger, cayenne, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, garlic and horseradish into your food.
Drink warm water
Compared to summer, in winter we often pay less attention to drinking water. It is just as important to be well hydrated in the cold season. So, remember to drink enough water, preferably warm.
Hot herbal teas are not raw. However, many people, use hot drinks to stay warm. Especially in winter, herbal teas can be helpful if you consume them during the day to keep warm.
Eat food seasonally
Eating as seasonal as possible is useful all year round. Especially in winter. Fruit and vegetables are picked for the winter, stored, artificially matured and transported over long distances. In addition to negative environmental impacts, this also affects the quality, taste and nutritional content of the food.
Therefore, use for your raw food diet in winter root vegetables and parsnips, beetroot, kohlrabi, carrots, celeriac, Jerusalem artichokes, onions, leek.
And leafy vegetables such as chicory, kale, cabbage. Also nuts, seeds, and self-grown sprouts fit wonderfully into the winter time — and citrus fruit, apples, pears, kiwi, dried figs, dates, as well.
If we eat too little calories, our body can not produce enough heat. Although we generally consume too many calories in Western society, it happens that especially raw foodists, do not eat enough calories. Therefore, it is recommended, especially in winter to make sure that you consume enough calories.
If you have decided to eat a 100% raw food diet in the winter but crave for a cooked meal, do not see that as a failure. Of course, if you need it, you can integrate something cooked without guilt. Eating a well-cooked dish like steamed vegetables with quinoa, for example, may help you overcome the cold season more efficiently. You do not have to force yourself and can decide. Small compromises in nutrition often help to overcome the cold better.
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