Thrive on a Raw Food Diet in the Winter

Tips to stay warm in the winter when eating raw foods

Some people have a hard time staying warm in the winter on a raw food diet. Especially in colder climates like in Canada where I live. We get 6 months of winter each year, tons of snow and the average temperature is -30 degrees celsuis! Even though I like to fly south for 2-3 months, I still enjoy eating raw for the other half of winter when I am home. It's totally possible!

Our temperature drops a degree or two when we cut out cooked foods so it's natual that you would feel a little cooler. This works to our advantage in the hot summer and in the tropics but in the winter it can take a bit of effort to adjust. Personally, I've felt extra cold my whole life dealing with poor circulation, so I'm used to wearing lots of layers. When I went on a raw food diet two years ago my circulation improved and I actually felt warmer my first winter!

A lot of this can be dealt with by simple mindset shifts. Make sure you have something fun to do that you enjoy in the winter, whether its outdoor sports like snowboarding or ice skating, or getting creative indoors with art/craft projects, anything that you love to do. When we are happy and fullfilled, food becomes less of a focus and less of an issue and turns into simply nourishment or fuel to do the things you love doing.

People comment often saying that they’d miss eating warm foods in the winter - but who says raw dinners have to be cold? I enjoy warm meals all the time. I really enjoy raw creamy soups heated in the Vitamix to keep me warm. Especially on a cold winter day. I’ve also found other ways to stay warm and thrive on raw foods when it’s cold out. Here is a list of 15 things that I personally do to help beat the winter chills:

  • Dress warmer! Wear layers, sweaters, scarves and hats. I never go anywhere without my mittens!

  • Take hot baths or showers. Sometimes I take 2 a day if I get a chill.

  • Say no to ice and drink water at room temperature. Our bodies like food and water best at room temperature anyways!

  • Eat fruits and veggies at room temperature. Take your dinner veggies out of the fridge in the morning or afternoon so they warm up. I even let my lettuce warm up a little!

  • Store fruit on the counter and thaw frozen fruits before adding them to smoothies. I sometimes add defrosted frozen fruits like mango and raspberry to my trusty banana smoothies and this helps add some different flavors and variety.

  • Soak veggies in a sink filled with hot (not boiling) water before making supper. Broccoli and cauliflower soften nicely when soaked. It works well for zucchini and tomatoes as well.

  • Make a warm soup. High-speed blenders like the Vitamix have such powerful motors that they can be used to heat soups and sauces.

  • You can also lightly warm soups, raw chili and raw stews on the stove. Set it on a low temperature, stirring constantly and making sure the food doesn’t get too hot. You should be able to place your finger in the pot and hold it there comfortably, and obviously don’t let it boil.

  • Warm raw food dishes in a dehydrator. This works well in the large Excalibur dehydrators.

  • Add some heat to your smoothies and sauces with fresh ginger and hot peppers!

  • Make hot chocolate, a dateorade or herbal tea. I heat the water until right before it boils and steep my tea for 5 minutes. Then I blend the tea with dates to make a hot dateorade. Peppermint tea and carob makes a lovely cup of hot minty chocolate.

  • Eat enough calories and stay warm! Stock up on bananas and dates, which are dense in calories. Enjoy persimmons in the early winter months and take advantage of orange season when caracaras, tangelos and other varieties are in stock. Apples are also another fall/winter fruit to enjoy. ·

  • Move your body! Exercise will raise your body temperature. The more you move, the warmer you’ll get! This will actually keep your body warmer longer than a hot bath or eating a warm meal will. ·

  • Get enough sleep! Tiredness and temperature follow the same schedule in your body. Feeling chilly at night? It’s just your natural circadian rhythm telling you it’s time for bed! ·

  • Find support and warmth in connection with others. I may not live in a city with other fruit-lovers but I'm very grateful to have plenty of support from all my fruity friends on social media. I’ve met so many friends at the Woodstock Fruit Festival and that has helped me thrive on this fruity lifestyle. ·

  • I also make sure to take my D-Drops! Vitamin D is essential and most people don't get enough during the fall and winter months. This has also helped me a lot with the winter blues.

Here are some great raw soup recipes to help keep you warm!




Lots of Love and Fresh Squeezed Hugs,

naturally ashley


Ashley Clark is a Holistic Health Coach, artist, photographer and the owner/operator of Naturally Ashley Nutrition. This prairie girl from Saskatchewan Canada loves to nourish her body positive thoughts and ripe seasonal fruits! She wants to share everything she knows about holistic living to inspire others on their journey to create a happy, healthy lifestyle naturally.

Ashley received holistic health coach training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has been following a raw vegan diet for three years. She has healed many health issues such as candida, gallbladder inflammation, chronic hives and allergies, sinus problems, digestive issues, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic urinary tract infections and more. She now feels lighter and brighter with abundant energy to pursue her dreams!

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