I realised last night that this is my fourth Winter as a raw food eater! Far from what you might think, I actually really enjoy this time of year eating raw foods. Mostly because it reminds me of that honeymoon period when I first went raw (yes you do get a raw honeymoon). I think going raw during the colder months really set me up well for the journey ahead. I thought, if I can do it at this time of year, in Scotland, then I can do it any time any place!
It crossed my mind that being raw when it’s minus whatever outside might be slightly challenging shall we say. In truth I don’t really struggle that much. Struggle really isn’t a good word is it? I mean that the kinds of things people think will get in the way aren’t as big a deal as you might expect.
Take for starters the whole ‘feeling cold’ thing. My personal opinion is that it’s more of a psychological thing than anything else. I make a concerted effort to eat (mostly drink) my food at room temperature. I take food out the fridge at least half an hour before I’m going to prepare it so that it’s not freezing cold. If I’m in a hurry I’ll stick the odd cucumber and celery on the heater to warm it up! Oh what random things you do when you’re in to raw eh? I think that eating my food at room temperature really makes a difference not to upset my body’s temperature balance.
How to Warm Up
Sometimes I may heat soups up a little by leaving the blender on or using freshly boiled water left to cool for a while. It’s nice sometimes. Or a lovely warmed chocolate milk using the same methods can be nice on a Winter evening.
Another thing I do is have plenty of nice teas. I’m drinking a lovely herbal tonic blend by Elwin Robinson at the moment called Cleanse. I’ll blog about that soon. Teas like this are a nice way to get extra goodness in to you whilst warming your hands round a lovely big mug o’ tea 🙂
Chocolate is another staple in Winter. It may be entirely psychological but I find it a very warming food. Other foods like ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, garlic, tumeric, cayenne pepper and chilli are great around this time as they too help to spice up your winter recipes, especially curries! A lovely warming recipe I make is hemp milk blended with some cinnamon, cardamon and cacao! Oh-gasmic!
Food straight out the dehydrator or dehydrated foods in general like crackers etc. can also be a nice addition as well as leaning towards more denser foods with seeds and nuts.
Exercising is another key element to get the circulation going. Rebounding is great but any sort of movement will heat you up no end.
The truth is if I really want some cooked food then I’ll have it, but that goes for any time of the year not just winter 🙂
Another challenge at this time of year is access to fresh organic greens and some vegetables. Green powder mixed blends can be a goddess-send. I like Greener Grass and going heavier on the blue-green algaes like Klamath Lake and Chlorella to make sure I’m still getting shit loads of chlorophyll 🙂 Greens are probably the biggest thing I miss in Winter but the good news is you can also access more seasonal produce which helps to ensure your diet is varied. Blood oranges are just about to come in to season and they are my all time favourite fruit. Woo. Imagine getting excited over an orange? Some people are so easily pleased 🙂
The last challenge I can think of, which can be HUGE for a lot of people in to raw at this time of year, is Christmas parties. Christmas really is the time of year where it’s almost the law that you gorge yourself to the point of death on Christmas dinner and a plethora of mince pies. The temptation is everywhere to eat, eat, EAT until your poor body gives up and falls asleep on the sofa.
The reality is that it’s all about choices. You can make the choice to take a few days out of your raw diet to indulge with your family and share food and good times OR you can choose to make your own delicious raw treats and enjoy them without feeling that you’re missing out. There are a bizillion recipes for sumptuous cakes and pies, mock xmas treats and thanksgiving suppers online and in raw recipe books. Anyone who’s been in to raw for a wee while knows that you can create wicked feasts waaaaay better than soggy sprouts and over-cooked Turkey! I’ve done both raw and cooked Christmas meals over the last few years and enjoyed each. I’ve maybe not felt as good when I’ve opted for some of the cooked Christmas options but the reality is I’m still alive to tell the tale and I’d much rather focus on the time with my loved ones than how raw I’m being 🙂
The exciting news is for this year is that I’m getting a humungoid (is that a word?) raw christmas HAMPER to see me through the Christmas and New Year period (hopefully, if I don’t devour it all by then). So excited about this I might wee myself 🙂 My lovely friend and uber talented raw goddess Gail Evans has created 10 special hampers jam-packed with raw goodies such as kale crisps, cranberry cake, chocolate caramel slices and magic sparkley stuff. Who knew eating raw food could be so much fun? Errr apart from me, and you, and everyone else that tries it 😉
I’m not sure if any are left but she also does wicked goodie boxes with sexy treats so if you ‘re interested email here at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
That’s enough from me today, have an awesome AWESOME day and DANCE. Dance lots – it’s amazing fun xx
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/