Adhering to a raw food diet may seem great during the summertime, but when winter rolls around you may find yourself looking for a way to keep warm. Raw food diets are not as restrictive as many people may think, and there are also other ways to keep your body temperature up.
Here are the top five ways to keep warm this winter without having to break your raw food diet.
1. Warm up your food. Many people assume that raw food dieters cannot heat their food, but the truth is that they simply cannot heat food above 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Try putting your food on the stove. When it becomes warm to the touch it is ready. Make sure that you are using low heat, as it will preserve more nutrients.
2. Keep exercising. Though going into hibernation during the winter is a temptation, you can keep warm by continuing to work out. If you find that you are still cold, try adding an extra ten minutes to your routine or adding some quick and easy yoga throughout the day.
3. Do not eat food straight from the refrigerator. Take your vegetables out of the fridge a half an hour before dinner so that they can be consumed at room temperature. You can also put your food into a dehydrator for a few minutes to bring it up in temperature. To top it off, warm up your plates before serving.
4. Warm your drinks. Herbal tea, apple cider, and even raw hot chocolate are great ways to continue to enjoy your raw food diet while heating up your temperature. To keep your water intake up, warm it with some lemon slices.
5. Eat spicier foods. Cinnamon, cayenne, ginger, mustard, black pepper, curry, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, and tumeric can all be used to provide at bit of heat to your diet. Though this will not affect the temperature, it can warm your body and keep you satisfied with your raw food diet this winter.
Adhering to a raw food diet may be difficult at times, but the health benefits are certainly worth braving these difficulties and staying strong through the winter. By following these tips, you should be able to tailor your own recipes to your body's winter needs. Remember, you can heat your food and prepare it with warming ingredients to ensure that you stay warm while temperatures outside drop.