View Full Version : I'm freezing!
06-02-2005, 10:12 AM
I've been raw for 7 weeks now. And I used to burn up and sweat and complain of heat all the time. Now I'm freezing to death. My face and feet hands stay frozen all the time. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?
06-02-2005, 10:16 AM
Sometimes the body will go from one extreme to the other before balancing out. Thing to do ~ move more. Assist the circulation by doing yoga and/or qigong.
Also, it's helpful when posting and asking questions to give an idea of what your food program is like so folk may be of more assistance. :)
06-02-2005, 10:22 AM
well i usually eat a banana blueberry smoothie in the morning and have a couple figs around 10. then i usually have a salad at lunch. i drink about a gallon of water through the day with lemon and limes. and i eat salad with a few nuts for dinner and have some fruit for desert. sometimes i just eat watermelon for dinner. and i hate to whine but i'm so cold i don't want to move.
i read in alissa's book that i could be cold from detoxing initially. but i really feel like i finished detoxing in the fourth week. and i haven't gotten any warmer.
06-02-2005, 10:42 AM
I understand the "so cold I don't want to move" part yet, that's what gets the circulation i.e. blood flowing which gets the warmth happening. Either that, or get into a hot tub/shower ~ after doing some skin brushing. Other that that, don't know what to tell you.
Where do you live that it's so cold? Don't you have sun yet?
06-02-2005, 10:47 AM
i'm in northeast tennessee. it's not really that cold here. it's in the low to mid-70's here and should be in the 80's next week.
thanks for your suggestions. i guess i just put my winter clothes away too soon!
06-02-2005, 12:25 PM
Are you losing weight? I think you can start having trouble regulating your body temp when you lose weight. And I've read that a lot of people stay cold for awhile on a raw diet, I remember reading it in Shazzie's journal.
I have periods of time where I can't get warm, too. Sometimes even exercise doesn't help. I suspect it's a metabolism thing, and that it will even out after the body settles into the new way of eating and gets used to a certain weight?
06-02-2005, 12:29 PM
I've been raw for 4 months and I'm still cold all the time. I layer (good that it's fashionable right now, huh) and walk 10,000 steps minimum a day. You might want to try both of these things.
Also, it's my understanding that detoxing can continue -- off and on -- for a year or more. There's lots of stuff in our bodies from the junk we've been doing, thinking, eating, and breathing for years!
Good luck -- now, get those clothes on and get moving! :D
06-02-2005, 12:34 PM
Yes, this is a common stage many go through...it'll balance out. In the meantime, please keep in mind that detoxing is an ongoing process that could take months to years to complete. You may have gone through detox during the fourth week, but that doesn't mean your body is done yet.
We have discussed this issue before and it was established that you could eat more "warming" foods - adding spices to your meals like maybe do raw soups with spicy seasonings or peppers or add chopped peppers to your salads or cayenne to your dressing; warm your soups on the stove until comfy enough for your pinky finger; make sure you eat your fruit at room temp. rather than out of the fridge and if something you eat is coming from the fridge, run it under hot water from the tap; dress warmer where it's comfortable for you although the temperature may be hotter (and don't worry if folks look at you like you're ku-ku! :p )
I used to have that coldness factor too, but it seems to have balanced out now!
06-02-2005, 12:38 PM
Thanks for the responses! I thought I surely couldn't be the only cold raw fooder. And yes, I have lost 20 pounds. The most excitement has been the 3.5 inches I've lost in my waist and also hips and 3 in my legs!! whoohooo!
I'm going to have to hop on the treadmill and crank up the internal thermostat.
06-02-2005, 12:41 PM
this is happening to me too. i awoke shivering to death and it is all part of the process. i am a lot newer to this than you are but just letting you know that it is okay. i just hopped into a warm shower and voile i am okay. i actually go from hot to cold often and freeze to death when i have a smoothie :D (brain freeze) just ride it out and eventually you will balance out.
06-02-2005, 12:48 PM
Heather Lynne - sounds like you're using frozen fruit in your smoothies. You might give room temperature fruit a try. I almost never use frozen (well, 'course, I do save my frozen bananas for my daily ice cream!!).
06-02-2005, 02:06 PM
well, one thing I will say is that instead of being tempted by the wrong stuff for warmth (this winter Texas was SO cold!) I drank warm miso broth ,sometimes it was hot - but I dont cosider it SAD ,so I was happy that I NEVER EVER cheated during my first raw winter -miso soup saved me!!!
however right now the east tex area is unbeleivably humid and hot - Id MUCH rather be cold!
06-02-2005, 02:16 PM
I can't wait to be saying this same thing...I'm the guy that's always hot. Can't be cold enough for me. It's in the upper 80's right now and only going to get higher.
I really can't wait for the changes to take over and become visible....
06-02-2005, 08:25 PM
Just today I was at work & I had to go get a blanket & wrap myself up because I just couldn't stand it anymore... I'm always cold -- almost comicaly so, but today it was just unbearable. I'm around 3 weeks raw (after several months of "dabbling"). I hope this doesn't last... :eek:
06-03-2005, 04:38 AM
Good to read this thread as Sydney winter has finally kicked in and I'm FREEZING (yes...Nth American's will laugh at our "winter" and how I could ever possibly be cold in it...)
I know part is circulation in general, but it's nice to know the Raw /detox/metabolism after losing weight thing is part of it too...
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