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10-17-2005, 12:59 AM
What do raw foodists eat when they are cold?
hey I had to work late, so I ended up riding my motorcycle in 49 degree temp on the way home. Doesnt sound too bad but factor in wind and so forth Anyway I was/still am quite cold. I drove faster so I could get home quicker. Around 55mph, doesnt sound bad but thats about all I could handle my teeth were chattering and I was shaking. anyway.
bottom line is I want something warm to eat! Toast and oatmeal is looking great. My legs feel like ice. I had a sweat shirt and my jacket on. but my khaki pants that didnt hold up too well to the wind. (no suprise) again i didnt expect to be at work that long.
Anyway. so whats a raw foodists approach to once they are cold? And if you say raw foodists dont get cold. heh. hop on the back of my bike, I will change that for you tonight.
10-17-2005, 01:05 AM
Soup or raw oatmeal warmed up just until your finger can rest comfortably in it without burning/scorching; if you have a dehydrator, foods warmed in there; spicy foods; soup blended in the blender until it warms; that chili recipe in the recipe section of this site slightly warmed either in dehydrator or on the stove as previously described.
Forgot to add...heavy stuff sometimes helps too like nuts, nut butters, crackers and nut butter, nut pate's. Also, if you do eat fruit, don't eat it straight out of the fridge...leave some out in a fruit bowl at room temp. or if it does come out the fridge, run under hot/warm water to warm up a bit before eating.
10-17-2005, 02:08 AM
Great advice, Rawkinlocs.
I just made Alissa's broccoli soup recipe, and WOW!!! With extra cayenne, sea salt and garlic -- If that doesn't warm the cockles of your, .... well you know what I mean. Cayenne is also very warming. I warmed my bowl in the oven and the temperature was not hot, but a little beyone luke warm, and it felt very warming (and comforting, I might add).
Just thought I'd share that.
Hope you warm up. I know it's getting colder now, and it'll be interesting to see how our bodies react to it. I do seem to be a little hungrier. I've been raw since April, so I don't really have any experience being raw in the Winter time yet.
Good luck, hang in there, and let us know how you're doing.
P.S. How about trying a hot salt bath?
10-17-2005, 05:54 AM
This is my second winter being raw - now, I do drink hot lemon water and tea - not sorching hot, but warm enough to warm me. I also like spicy (not ridiculous hot food -I can but not for this post), so as Rawkinlocs suggested, things with ginger, a little cayenne, onion and garlic also warm my soul. I do heavies as well - dehydrated foods, warm temp "riced" dishes, sandwiches and nut pates - and the hot bath or shower idea cozed up in bed, is just what the Dr ordered. My favorite warm dish is a creamy tomato soup
1 cup cashews and if not wanting to us them an avocado,
2 cloves of garlic
1 lemon juiced
1/2 jalepeno pepper
1 red pepper
2 tsp celtic salt
1 tsp basil
I chunk everything together by using the pulse feature on my blender ( keeping it chunky helps with me becoming warm. I then mix separately the cashews or the avocado until it is creamy and then pur them together and mix until creamy - takes a little bit of time, and it is gratifying, with a little onion bread spread with mashed avocado, garlic and salt and warmed in the dehydrator.
Sharon in Colorado
10-17-2005, 08:28 AM
I would love to address this question as I just heard form a veteran raw fooder talking about this very thing.
When our bodies are working properly, and we are dressed appriopriately in cold weather, our bodies should be doing the rest of the work to keep us warm. Granted, we aren't in -30 below weather, and we aren't running around in our swimsuits we just shouldn't have a problem.
Most of the time we crave something hot because there's a psychological connection.
Playing outside in the cold, then coming in and Mom or Grandma having a hot cocoa waiting.
The family eating lots of soups and stews in the wintertime.
Shivering under the covers with the flu drinking chicken soup and tea.
Sitting in front of the fireplace with a hot drink in hand.
Those are the kinds of memories that play back in our heads when the weather turns.
However, when your body is working properly and you come in from the cold, you are more than likely plain hungry as your body burned off lots of fuel to keep you warm. You need carbs (fruit) = refuel.
However in transition if you still feel the need to eat something with a warm feel to it, try adding cinnamon, ginger or pepper to your food to spice it up a bit.
10-17-2005, 09:18 AM
I agree w/ Sharon on this.
For me, I eat the way I do the rest of the year. I remove the food I want from the fridge and bring it to room temp before eating. That's about it!
I use to ride. Thing I learned to do when riding in cold was ~ breath. Tightening up your shoulders against the cold will not warm you ~ breathing will.
Also, let your teeth chatter. That's nature's way of warming.
When you get home, take a hot bath/shower or put your feet is some hot water, rinse with cold to bring your body to balance. Another thing is ~ movement. Do some calisthenics to get the blood flowing again. Part of the reason for cold feet/knees when riding is the position. Hard to get blood pumping to the feet when in that position.
Warm/hot food is not what warms you. It is the fuel to assist your body in warming itself. When food is too hot, the body will do what's necessary to cool off. Same when it's too cold.
As Sharon suggested, warming foods would be ginger, cayenne, cinnamon and pepper.
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