Lets face it, being raw in the winter can be really tough especially if you don’t know the perspectives and strategies of those who have succeeded long term.
In this video I share what I feel a few major tips including what I feel is the #1 shift one can make to make it easier and to actually grow with the season!
If you want to go a lot deeper into this subject than I can in this simple blog post, going into all of the tricks, tips, strategies, and insights from over 25 years of combined experience 100% raw, be sure to check out
Created with my good friend and fellow long term raw food vegan Ted Carr, designed to make thriving in the winter as a raw foodist a breeze!.
Getting into the blog post!
So often we feel off in the winter, the produce quality is lower, we likely aren’t getting enough sun, perhaps we are missing our favourite activities as well as the simple joy we get from meeting with friends, or being in nature out doors in the warmth under the suns rays. I remember being especially challenged in my first few winters raw, especially when here in Canada where its commonly -40 Celsius!
One huge tip (not my #1 tip, thats below) to combat this feeling in winters darkest weeks is to recognize that it can really be worthwhile to splurge on yourself by spending a bit more on those seasonal boxes of fruit, and / or getting some amazing produce online, YOU DESERVE IT!
I find it funny that I used to have no problem spending $40 – $80 in a single night or on the weekend partying and “wasting” my vitality, but have had a hard time myself buying a 40$ case of amazing quality fruit that loves me back and lifts me up. I highly recommend reviewing your beliefs around spending money on things that truly bring benefit; firstly, you are worth it, and secondly, quality food is really a investment in your health.
A few places that I can highly recommend ordering from:
MarthasBest.com – The best gmo free strawberry papayas I have ever tasted, hands down, available for delivery direct to your door, year round. I really recommend the “imperfect fruitarian pack” to get the best deal possible, it may be worth it to split such a order with a friend or two.
MiamiFruit.org– Amazing quality organic tropical fruit grown in and around Florida! Check them out to see a ton of delicious varieties of seasonal fruits that you may have never seen such as mamey, jackfruit, sprouted coconuts, cherimoya, ackee and so much more.
7hotdates.com – The best organic dates I have found online at great prices. I do not have a discount code from them, yet, but will notify you if I do. They have many varieties, often available in wet as well as dry packs, and in various quantities.
Beyond splurging and ordering some top quality tropical produce with my discounts from those sites above, here are the top 25 foods that Ted Carr and I recommend everybody eat on a raw vegan diet, especially in the winter months. Most of these foods can be found seasonally available in Canada and / or USA. However, as always, if you can’t find these the best fresh raw ripe foods are those you can get locally and that you enjoy.
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Back to my #1 tip to thrive in the winter as a raw foodist and get rid of the winter blues!
A lot of people think or assume that the raw food diet is the cure-all, the way to fix everything in one swift motion. When you eat this way, however, it’s important to keep in mind that food is just one piece of the puzzle, and that which we focus on has the most pronounced effect. All to often I see people obsessed about raw foods to the degree that they are actually harming their health by focusing on a feeling of lack, or dwelling on the winter experience as opposed to being in the tropics rather than the abundance and opportunity around them. Food is just one aspect of this life, it really is essential that you keep that in mind while you move through this journey if your goal is true holistic health and wellness. In the end it’s likely that you are choosing to eating this high-vibration, raw food diet so you can experience life and choose to live in an uplifting and connected, joyous way, doing more of the things you love and learning to let go of that which does not serve you.
With that my #1 tip for success on a raw food diet in the winter is
This way of life sometimes simply takes shifting your perspective to those things you can to, to living the way you want to live, paying attention to the things that light you up, finding gratitude in all the places you can and avoiding dwelling on the things that maybe aren’t your first choice or aren’t your optimal place. There is an abundance of joy to be had and gratitude to be felt, you simply need to be open to finding it and feeling it. During these cold months bring focus to the holistic lifestyle factors that maybe have been taking the back burner,
Take this time to focus on family, on connecting with those you love in a really meaningful way. Learn that new martial arts, or dance or yoga style that you have been thinking about. Get a membership in a gym and simply find different ways you like to move and grow, challenge yourself in new exciting ways! Make sure your getting enough sleep and dive into ways to reduce stress in your life.
Another super important aspect of success on a raw food lifestyle, no matter the season is Education!
Its been shown that the more you know about the raw food lifestyle, the more rooted you are in science, growing to be confident in the reasons why you are raw, the easier and more sure your success will be.
Even though I have 15 years experience raw, am a registered holistic nutritionist and have been actively researching and learning about nutrition I am currently in a class that I can 100% recommend to you is
“Mastering Raw Food Nutrition”
created by my good friends Drs. Rick and Karin Dina.
I have actually been wanting to take this class for years, and finally two years ago, the Dina’s converted and updated their program from an in-person program they taught for 10 years into a more convenient, current and in depth one year online program.
My gf Kamilla are currently 5 months in and LOVING IT!
To learn more details about the class and check out some sample videos, Click Here
If you sign up I would vastly appreciate you letting them know I was a influence for you to do so 🙂
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Here are some of the course specifics:
Mastering Raw Food Nutrition is a year-long 100-hour online program with a weekly manageable time commitment of 2-3 hours per week with lots of opportunity to ask questions on the 6-8 monthly conference calls with the Dina’s.
You can ask questions about the course material and get your questions answered about raw food, plant-based diets, and nutrition in general.
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The program is presented in an easy-to-understand, fun, online format that works with any schedule.
Most people walk away from raw food and plant-based diets before they succeed and get the results they are seeking. Sometimes the challenges they experience are a simple fix that a little knowledge can alleviate, while other times a more comprehensive understanding is required. Raw Food Education can be your key to success!
I am so excited to invest in my future with this amazing course and hope you join us in mastering raw food nutrition this year or next!
I hope this whole post really gives you insight and help to make thriving on a raw food lifestyle in the winter and getting rid of the winter blues easy and fun!