It’s cold, so so cold, the last thing you want to do is open the fridge where you keep your veges in fear of making the room that fraction cooler and the oven is already on, not to bake (ok maybe to bake, or to grill, roast, toast, heat, burn, anything), but to keep it wide open so you can stand next to it with a mug of hot chocolate and begin to warm up.
This is the exact story I’ve already heard from two of my coaching clients this winter, pretty much to the tee. The two biggest struggles during the year of an aspiring raw foodist is Christmas day in the raw, followed by the rest of winter.
I totally get it too, I’ve come back to London from a month in Ecuador, eating soft, creamy, juicy, sweet mangoes and papayas right off the tree or for 50cents a piece, just to find myself on a mission to relive the tropical joy and after exchanging £4 for a pack of two mangoes (that’s a special deal), the next thing I’m having to do is bin them both, as not only were they rock hard, but completely spotty and brown on the inside without any flavour at all. Poor me.
What went wrong there then? Firstly, I pretty much asked for it, looking for produce that is not locally grown and secondly I definitely asked for it, looking for produce that is out of season!
There is a very good resource I often refer to for finding out what is IN season, what is at it’s very best and why it is so important to eat seasonally. Check it out http://www.eattheseasons.co.uk/
So even just looking at the list, already the options don’t seem so limited after all, but the next challenge is how to keep yourself warm??… Start with putting on more clothes, I find that always helps
Since, it’s actually important to eat warming and comforting foods when it’s cold, I wanted to show you how you can still eat healthy, immunising, raw food and achieve just that! In this little video I explain exactly how I manage it (and manage to not ever get sick- touch wood) in winter…
UPDATE: ‘Nourished – Comforting Raw Foods For Winter’ is out now! Check it out>>
Elliot and I filmed the vid on our latest skiing trip to Sestriere, which is part of the stunning Milky Way (Via Lattea) near Turin, Italy. Here are a few of the pics we managed to get during an hour of sun we saw after three days of heavy snow and poor visibility…
|Energy balls, chia crackers and snacks packed for the trip|
|waking up to this every morning|
|Elliot on snowboard, me skiing|
|Chugs, Tim, Reece, Chris, Elliot, me, Ben, Nick|
|Going off piste|
|Looking for the next thrill. Chris, Tim, Reece|
|In powder. Ben and Elliot|
|Is that blue sky? Very excited me|
|Reece, me, Si|
|back of our Ski Jumping Hotel, Paralympics 2006|
|all our tracks|
|Tim, Nick, me|
|Already looking forward to next time!|
Have you seen my eBook ‘Nourished- Comforting Raw Foods For Winter’ yet? Oh yessss, there is a whole book full of my top tips and recipes to keep you warm, happy and immunised when it’s cold outside. Take a look>>