So you may not feel like a fruit salad right now but there are a few ways to stay raw if you chose to. By the way, if you don't know what I mean by raw, "raw" food is defined as anything prepared under 116 degrees (although some will go with 118 degrees). Many raw foodists rely on dehydrated foods to get through the cold weather months but here are a few more unusual tips:
- Raw food doesn't have to mean "ice cold" in fact if you buy produce and head straight home, there is no need to put it in the fridge if you are going to use it right away. When possible make your raw vegan eatables at room temperature.
- Winter is the best time to eat more fats, so you can enjoy those rich nut and seed butters or raw trail mixes. Trader Joe's has some of the best raw nut bargains in town.
- I have heard of cold weather campers sprinkling cayenne in their shoes to warm themselves up. A little dab of cinnamon essential oil can make the body feel warmer as well.
- Try getting in more "fork and knife" meals. Sometimes a raw food diet can turn into the "colored powder diet". It's important, especially, during the winter to feed your body well and real whole food is so much more satisfying than yet another acai-goji-spirulina super powder.
- Some raw foodists will eat 75% raw, 25% cooked. If you crave cooked food then allow yourself to have some and just add a few table spoons of fermented veggies like saurkraut. If you haven't had cooked food in a while try some soup or roasted veggies rather than eating a highly processed soy burger.