How Do I Keep My Body Warm On A Raw Fruitarian Diet?
I have had challenges keeping my body warm my entire life. Many women do.
When my body is cold inside, my bowels stop functioning. Most fruits that I know of make the body cold; therefore, how can I keep the inside of my body warm on a raw fruitarian diet?
My Traditional Chinese Doctor suggested that I make ginger tea with slices of fresh ginger and water. This works reasonably well; however, ginger root is not a fruit!
I have heard of fruitarians who have stopped this lifestyle because their bowels stopped working.
What do you suggest?Andrew's Answer:
It's true that your body temperature drops on a raw vegan diet, but this is to your benefit, not your detriment, as I explain in The Raw Food Lifestyle
As to bowel function, my personal experience and that of dozens of clients I've worked with through my coaching program
is that bowel function greatly improves when you follow a low fat raw vegan diet. I previously suffered from colitis, with bouts of severe constipation, and this problem went away when I embraced this diet. Staying Warm:
We are creatures that evolved in the tropics and are suited for tropical environments.
Now, many of us live in places that get very cold. None the less, we carry our tropical environments with us. Between your clothing and your skin is a layer of air somewhere between 60 and 75 degrees.
The first thing we can do to stay warm is to dress well in multiple layers to make sure that layer of air is as warm as possible.
This, however, won't be enough.
We can easily increase our body temperature through vigorous exercise. Besides at least one strenuous lengthy exercise session per day, I suggest you take a break from what you're doing every hour or so to do a short burst of exercise.
Burpees work great for this. I know of few people who can be cold after 30 burpees. There are dozens of other exercises that will do the trick as well, however.
Eating enough calories from carbohydrates to properly fuel the body is also important.
Although I certainly prefer the warmth of summer, I've gotten through plenty of harsh New England winters on this diet by following these ideas.