LESSON 14

Raw Diet in Winter

Usually, summer is the easier time for a raw diet. And there is a good reason for this: warm and sunny weather in itself requires more hydration, and fruits and vegetables are plentiful. But when winter comes, usually so does the desire for some good old home-cooked food. But it doesn’t have to prevail! When you learn a few simple tricks and steps, winter can be just as good a time for the optimal diet.

 

  • Winter selection of fruits and veggies

     

    The variety of fruits and vegetables available in winter is not as great as in summer, however in the Northern Hemisphere, we have citrus fruits, bananas, lettuce, pumpkin, persimmons, dates and many more available to us.

    If you just get well organized during December, when it is the peak of the persimmon season, a delicious fruit that can form the basis of a diet for a while, you can get supplies for at least 2 months ahead.

    Check out different varieties of citruses and get  high quality tangerines, oranges, kiwis, pineapples, etc. Citrus fruits are full of Vitamin C which plays an important role in the vitality and health of the body.

    Bananas are easily available in most places. Find your favorite variety and buy green (yellow skin) bananas in bulk so that they can ripen slowly and gradually at room temperature. With some planning you can easily have ready supplies of delicious food.

    Dates are also relatively easy to access. Make sure you are buying fresh, not candied, dates. Enjoy this sweet fruit which makes a great source of calories in a small package.

    Butternut squash has a sweet taste and yet it is too starchy to eat in its raw form. Fortunately, we have a solution! Cook the butternut squash without cooking by simply freezing and thawing it. Freezing leads to starch cell membranes to tighten up, and then defrosting results in them bursting open. After thawing, you can make a warm butternut squash pudding by simply blending it in the blender. This makes a delicious pudding, that can even be warm if you let it blend long enough to warm up a bit in the process.

    Lettuce is usually available in winter. Find your favorite variety, add some guacamole or a similar dressing and enjoy your salad.

     

  • Room temperature of food

    During winter, pay attention to planning your food supplies in advance. A good tactic is to buy food at least one day in advance and leave it at room temperature before consuming it, long enough for food to warm up to room temperature. It is a common mistake to buy food in the winter at a cold farmers’ market and then eat it cold, which will only make you feel freezing.

    Fortunately, this can be easily avoided by simply buying food in advance and keeping it at room temperature.

     

  • Warm dishes

     

    You can warm many soups and puddings on a raw diet in a blender and eat them warm. After all, even with cooked food, it is usually not pleasant to eat hot food, and it is usually waited for food to cool slightly after cooking to be comfortable for eating. A dehydrator can also be useful for warming food a bit.


  • Hot tea

    If you need something warm, warm water flavored with some herb, flower or fruit, could be good for you without compromising your diet.

    Be careful when choosing teas. Pure herbal teas, or more precisely herbal infusions like hibiscus, lemongrass, rooibos, chamomile, etc… are the best option because of their low content or absence of tannins, caffeine and oxalic acid.

    In contrast, black / white / yellow / green tea is actually the real tea made in these four different colors by thermally processing the leaves of the plant Camellia Sinensis, which has a toxic effect on the body.

    Fruit teas are made from dried fruit. As industrial dried fruit is dipped in glucose syrup and sulfur, the safest option is to dry the fruit yourself and make tea from the same.

    So, herbal teas are the best option. Another warning would go in the direction of tea bags containing toxic substances, so it is best to buy teas that are not in tea bags.



  • Instead of looking for a warming effect from food, exercise

    Physical activity is the only way for the body to warm itself with its own energy.

    Include exercise in your daily routine and enjoy all the benefits of physical activity, including better blood circulation and warming up the body.


  • Instead of looking for the warming effect of food, wear multiple layers of clothing

    Multiple layers of thinner clothing are more effective than a single thicker layer of clothing, because air is retained in between the layers of clothing and this contributes to staying warm.


  • Going to warmer places

    Consider replacing a typical summer holiday, when it is nice and sunny in the Northern Hemisphere, by going to warmer areas in winter. Discover the beauty of the tropics – sunny weather and tropical flavors.


  • Okay… there seems to be a way to get on a raw diet in winter. But what should I do in summer when barbecues are everywhere?

Hehe… Maybe winter has never been a problem, but rather our perception of how to stand the cold weather and habits. As for summer and summer barbecues, let’s hope they will be banned once by law (there are strong reasons for this, like forcing the population to breathe cancerous ingredients), and until then, simply stay away from those circumstances and enjoy the juicy summer flavors.

But let’s get to the next lesson and explain the importance of the term calories.

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