If you have been eating a predominantly raw food diet over the summer months you may be starting to automatically reduce your raw consumption in favour of more hearty warm dishes. One of the challenges most people find difficult is maintaining the amount of raw food they eat in winter. It certainly is possible but I’m here to tell you the golden rule……Are you ready? Okay, here is is. GOLDEN RULE – It’s super important you stick to the level you are comfortable with and be really clear from the start what your expectations are. After all, how can you know what level of raw you want to eat if you don’t give yourself clear parameters to stick to?
I know it sounds really simple but there’s no point in promising yourself you are going to be 100% raw over winter and then feel like a failure when you “fall off the wagon”. It is much less stressful and kinder to yourself to set manageable goals.
Here are some options for you to consider;
- Maybe you could decide that with every cooked meal you will have a plate of raw for a healthy dose of enzymes. (Keep in mind that your body takes the most amount of nutrition from the food you eat first, so it’s always a good idea to have a mouthful or two of raw food before diving into some cooked food. If you’re not clued up on what happens to food when it’s cooked, check out this blog post.) The ideal ratio is 51% raw to 49% cooked food.
- Or you could decide that although you may transition to eating more cooked foods, that you will still have a green smoothie or green juice every day.
- Make soups in a blender, keeping all the enzymes and nutrients in tact and warm gently on the hob until finger-warm. (Enzymes get destroyed at 115 degrees F (46 degrees C) so don’t overheat or you’ll run this risk of losing many of the nutritional benefits.)
If you do want to keep your consumption of raw food high, then there are some foods you may want to stock your cupboards with ready for the cold spell but first, a little lesson on some of the aspects of food you might not have considered before.
All foods have an effect on the body; you may have heard about expansive foods (for eg.wheatgrass) contracting foods (for eg.eggs), cooling foods ( for eg.cucumber), warming foods (for eg. spices). This is covered more in The Body Ecology Diet which is on one of the book lists on this site.
In this post, we’re talking about winter warmers so I’m going to share with you a list of foods that can be added to your raw food meals which have a warming effect on the body so while you may be eating a cold dish, you still experience that warming feeling internally.
- red pepper
- pine nuts
- sprouted legumes
- chilli pepper
- cayenne pepper
- Add cayenne, diced onion, garlic or chilli powder to your salad dressings and soups
- Sprinkle pine nuts on top of your soups and salads
- Make nut cheese from pine nuts
- Make a walnut pesto sauce and pour over spiralized courgette, carrots, squash or parsnips
- Thinly slice some red pepper and make Pad Thai