I have already written an article on this topic, but I feel the need to expand further because there is still so much ignorance when it comes to raw foods and winter.

Especially to those people who are new to the idea of eating a raw food diet. These are the folks who first think: how on earth can you eat raw foods when it is so cold outside?

I believe this is because most people see it from the perspective of someone who eats mainly cooked, processed, and refined foods – and whose cells receive much less quality nutrition on a daily basis than those eating fresh living foods, hence, they suffer extreme temperatures more intensely.

To summarize my thoughts on this issue and others, I’ll share some of my experience.

One of the first things I noticed when I first started eating raw was how the overall condition of my skin improved.

I remember vividly how many of my friends used to stop me on the street and tell me how fresh and revitalized I looked. And since I was a popular DJ at the time, this happened often.

The next thing I noted was how my digestion improved and how quickly I managed to overcome the many diseases I suffered from, such as peripheral neuropathy, depression, arteriosclerosis, ear infections, back pains, and a plethora of addictions that were crippling my health.

As I increased the amount of fresh fruit I consumed while naturally reducing fat consumption, I managed to eliminate extra weight in my body, especially from my face, which in turn helped my skin stay firm and radiant.

Eating raw helped me to get rid of excessive body odour and bad breath, which makes you more attractive in many ways, boosts your self-confidence, and even improves your sex life.

It also became apparent during this transition to raw foods that I was becoming less sensitive to temperature changes

Bearing in mind the benefits I’ve just named, it quickly became clear to me that eating raw in winter was a non-issue; in fact, I usually cut my heating costs considerably during this period because I feel stronger and don’t need help getting warm.

Summer months can be really hot when I visit my mother in Argentina, but I can easily sleep without using air conditioning either, which is something that would have been unthinkable when I was still eating the S.A.D.

I can even sleep on planes while travelling long distances, without the need for sleeping pills, which I had relied on for many years.

Cooked foods do not warm you! They actually produce the opposite effect; it debilitates your entire system, which leaves you more susceptible to extreme weather conditions and disease.

Some raw food educators suggest not eating icy cold fruits during the winter months, which can be easily achieved by letting fruits warm at room temperature for a while before consuming.

If I do feel cold during the winter, this is what I do:

  • I wear warmer clothes or extra layers of clothes.
  • I take three or even four hot showers a day, which keeps me warm.
  • I lift weights at the gym about 6 times a week.
  • I go for a run or long walks at least 3 times a week.

I mean, just think about it, why punish your stomach by eating the wrong food just because it’s cold?

If you follow the high fruit, low fat raw diet I recommend, and if you move around enough by doing plenty of physical activity, you should not have any problems eating raw during the winter months.

And let’s not be extreme here, even if you decide to eat a warm soup or some steamed vegetables to “warm up” during super cold days, if you are still getting most of your calories from raw food every other day of the year, you are still technically eating a raw food diet – so make sure you keep things in perspective.

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Ariel Belloso

Ariel Belloso is an author and writer who transformed his health using the power of raw food. The former DJ and music producer’s life changed in 2001 when his mother was diagnosed with leukaemia. Already a keen student of nutrition, Ariel calculated that eating the correct raw diet could help his mother overcome her cancer. This became his motivation to learn more about natural health and the raw food lifestyle. Following her son's advice, not only did Ariel’s mother beat her cancer, she recently celebrated her 81st birthday! Using the knowledge gained from his years of ongoing study into natural health, Ariel has also managed to overcome some serious issues himself, as well as helping many others to regain their health and improve their quality of life. Ariel has written 4 books on the subject of natural health, nutrition and fitness.

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