Tips for Staying Warm in the Winter (inspired by FullyRaw Kristina)
- Get exercising! Just because it’s winter does not mean that it is time to get lazy! Winter is actually the best time to exercise. When you get your heart pumping and your muscles movin’ and workin’, your body produces heat. Go to the co-rec, a GroupX or Learn to Play class, try p90X or insanity or some other crazy fun workout tape with a buddy! Invest in a yoga mat, do some exercise that you found on pinterest or in a magazine! Or hey! Get those long johns on and some earmuffs and go for a run outside! Life’s too short to sit around waiting for the perfect time with perfect weather conditions. Although chilly at first, a jog out in the cold is so energizing and always worth it!
- Spice it up! Warm herbs and spices not only add a hot kick to your taste buds, but they warm you heart and soul as well. Okay, maybe not necessarily heart and soul for sure, but certainly your inside and out! Keeping your digestion moving, helping with a fast metabolism, cravings, and circulation! A list of warming foods includes: anise, basil, carob, cumin, chives, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, dates (and most dried fruit), dill, fennel, garlic, ginger, ginseng, honey, kumquat, leeks, millet, mustard greens, nuts, oats, onion, papaya, parsley, parsnips, pepper (black, cayenne, red bell, green bell), quinoa, rosemary, rutabaga, scallions, seeds, tea, vinegar, wasabi, and watercress.
- My personal favorites? Cinnamon: LOVE sprinkling cinnamon on fruit! Cayenne pepper: I used to sprinkle this into my tea when I had a nasty cold. A sure-fire sinus clearer outer! Ginger: Ever tried a shot of straight ginger juice? You’ll feel the warmth from that throughout your thoracic cavity (your chest area) right away! And I’m honestly speaking from personal experience! Ginger is amazing. Ever wonder why ginger ale is the magical drink for tummy trouble? You guessed it; the amazing digestive-aid the ginger root. Also great if you suffer migraines! Tea: Instead of sipping on a chilled beverage, a hot cup of tea’ll have you sweating in your seat!
- I know people associate staying warm with eating warm foods but that is not the case! Don’t let those pinkies and toesies turn pale! You don’t have to eat warm foods to be warm. Eating raw fruits and vegetables is just what you need to keep your circulation going to warm your beautiful body in the depths of winter! Holistic health and nutritional counselor, Christine Lucas says that when she went completely raw vegan for 40+ days, she had never dealt with the cold better than she ever did in her entire life.
- Raw veganism is a diet that combines the concepts of veganism and raw foodism. It excludes all food of animal origin, as well as food cooked at a temperature above 48 °C (118 °F). A raw vegan diet includes raw vegetables and fruits, nuts, grain and legume sprouts, seeds, plant oils, sea vegetables, herbs, and fresh juices. There are many different versions of the diet, including fruitarianism, juicearianism, and sproutarianism. The definition of a raw vegan diet can be loosened to include vegan diets with at least 75–80% raw foods.
- Now of course you don’t have to divulge completely into raw veganism; I am simply suggesting; resist the comfort food urge. That warm ooey brownie, macaroni and cheese, cheesy bread, high carb, low nutrient craving that we all tend to get in this frigid air. Taking your plate to the salad bar seems like such a turn off, but boy will you be feeling the benefits if you do!!
- Hit up the sauna at the co-rec! Saunas have been shown to relieve stress, relax muscles, sooth aches and pains in muscles and joints, flush toxins, cleanse skin, induce deeper sleep, and of course, simply warm you up! Take a nice warm shower, or snuggling up with a loved one will work wonders as well!