Raw Food in the Winter

When you’re eating raw food in the Winter, how do you stay warm? I’ve had this question asked by several students curious if not heating food, how do you stay warm. There are several things to know about this that I’d like to share with you below.

Of the options, I recommend doing them all, and combining them in a way that works best for you. First of all, I recommend herbal teas. Yes, you’ll be heating the water above 118 degrees, though this is a natural liquid that goes straight through your system, and you’re primarily drinking it both for the pleasure and the warmth. My favorites include an herbal Chai, a Tahitian vanilla, and Golden Ginger. Both the Chai and the Golden Ginger play additional roles here too, that helps even more.

How do the Ginger and Chai help more? Well, they assist to warm you from the inside as well. Ginger is one of those ingredients that is both a wonderful digestive aid, having been used by the Chinese and people from India for thousands of years, and it also is a warming agent. So, it naturally helps the body’s regulating system warm you from the inside. So, Ginger tea can warm both from the temperature of the liquid, and from the herb itself. The Chai has several other warming energy ingredients that do the same, including cinnamon and clove.

Other warming agents that you can add to your food during the winter months include such things as Allspice, Anise, Caraway, Cardamom, Arugula, Paprika/Peppers and Cayenne, Cabbage, Carob, Carrots, Cherries, Chives, Cinnamon, Clove, Cumin, Dates, Fennel, Figs, Kale and Collards, Mustard, Oregano, parsnips, radish, raspberries, rosemary, sage, sweet potato, tarragon, thyme, turmeric, vanilla, and winter squash, to name a few. The Ginger, along with Olives, Garlic, Scallions and Onions are considered hot in energy even. So, this Winter, make a point of using some of these as ingredients in at least one meal each day, and if you tend to run cool generally, to every meal.

Another option for helping keep you warm in Winter is a little bit of exercise regularly. This also helps your body regulate itself and your temperature, with the deep breathing being a particular importance.

The deep breathing, especially using the Dragon Breath, can be particularly effective in warming you too. I’ll do best to describe it here … on the in breathe, keep mouth closed, somewhat constricting the throat so that you hear your breathe as you inhale, then on the exhale, pushing the air out through your mouth. Do this about 10 times in a row at a minimum. You can start to feel it work almost immediately.

To Your Most Vibrant Health, Chef Allie