I just can’t get warm! And it always seems to be me. At public gatherings, where everyone wears jeans and a t-shirt, I am bundled up in leggings & jeans, three shirts, a sweater, and a coat, also with a hood covering my cold, cold ears! What’s the deal? Ever since I started this diet! I just feel cold all the time! Is this because my body fat is really low? Is this bad? Anyone else with the same issue?
Me too… I thought I was anemic and needed an iron supplement… perhaps some cayenne, ginger, garlic or turmeric to warm the inside and promote circulation… what is the raw world’s best source of iron anyway? spinach? hmm
Is anything else happening to you that’s out of the ordinary? If so, maybe you should get your thyroid checked. I am hypothyroid, and I seem to be cold alot more than others. It’s really drab and snowing (!!!!!) here where I live at the moment, and I’ve not been able to warm up for days. I’m new to the raw lifestyle and am learning all that I can, but maybe you need to increase your fat intake?
I have this problem constantly, although I’ve never tested anemic or anything else. It got much worse when I did the Master Cleanse and now it’s better now that I’m off. Spring is in the air and I’m just starting to crawl out of my bundles!!
I was going to post a topic about getting more and more colder than usual. I was already always cold. But now I realize that in my case, I think its because I don’t consume enough calories. I figured this out because everytime I eat like 4 or more bananas or alot of dates, I get sooooo much warmer (and more gittery), especially with the bananas! Man, they sure get me energetic!
Girlfridae, you are a genius! Iodine deficiency could be the culprit. That could be why people with hypothyroidism get cold a lot – or why people who get cold a lot often get/have hypothyroidism. They are both related to an iodine deficiency. Kelp is a great source of iodine. You and Samilicious are also right on with more fat/calories – at least for me. I have survived Utah winters because I eat a ton of fat and calories (mostly from lots of nuts) compared to the rest of the year.
It all depends on how you’re doing raw. If you eat fruit and salads you will feel cooler. I use ayurveda principle to balance my dosha that help with keeping my system warm. Some types are hot, some are cold. If you are cold type, you need to almost always prepare food using alchemy to make the dish warming. Certain use of spices, seasonings, just enough salt, moisture levels etc. Understanding which dosha you are and then applying them to your raw diet should help. Also, if you are a cold type you need to exercise more to generate heat.
I used to be sooo cold alll the time no matter what. I decided to increased my fat intake for other health reasons by eating coconut butter and tahini which greatly helped warm me up! Fat is a great insulator, its like your natural body blanket that goes everywhere with you! And in case you were worried, I didn’t gain any weight.
Thanks everyone! Great comments! I might not be eating enough fat…. Let alone calories. For instance, yesterday I ate a small bowl of groatmeal for breakfast. Broccoli spinach & strawberries for lunch, small handful of peanuts and an orange as a snack, and for dinner I had sweet potato, peas, and some more vegetables. It seems like I am not getting enough fat, and each meal maybe is about 200 or less calories. Ahh!
It might be hypothyroid and that’s why iodine helps. The inability for the thyroid to produce T3 and T4 causes the body to not regulate temperature. This is a big issue for me. Heavy metal toxicity is often involved in this.
Yes, I agree excercise is very good for your circulation and helps you get warm. Ginger tea can work wonders too. It’s interesting because I’m quite the opposite, people are cold when I feel warm.
Maybe it is just me, but when I eat more salt it seems that I feel colder!
I forgot to add something that was my intention of participating in this topic. Last year, I was so cold that I desperately asked a nutritional consultant at a health food store for ANYTHING that will help me warm up. First, I was recommended cayenne pepper. I bought the supplement because they wre out of the packaged kind. I was to take one with every meal. Wasn’t as effective as I hoped. So I increased my intake to 2 and then 3 pills with each meal. I noticed my stomach got warmer but not so much with my hands and feet. I went back to her and told her it didn’t help much (by the way, she said that the amount of cayenne I was taking could have been harmful). So she recommended, what was it called again? Oh yea, butchers broom. WORKS WONDERS! I think you either take one with every meal or like 2-3 a day, something like that. The warmth reached my hands and feet and I was amazed everytime.
Its not so much of a dramatic effect, more like a realization that hey, I’m actually not cold right now. My hands and feet are actually warm. Not sweating HOT! Just comfortabley warm. It was amazing. Try it! This was my experience. Of course it could be different for others depending on the level of how cold you really are.
I get so cold too!!! no problem, there are so many ways to get warm! in south east asia, we believe cold hand and feet, and feeling cold generally is because the body is experiencing a bit of blood stagnation. so, we go for warming massage which stimulates the blood to move and circulate. also, try to eat denser foods. I was in london for xmas and most of the time i was eating cacao bars to keep me warm. Raw Chocolate heats ya up!
I actually don’t get cold. We have had a killer winter here in Ontario, tons of snow and cold! But I havn’t been cold! I eat a lot of ginger, chili, cayenne garlic and cinnamon! warms me up from the inside out I guess!
I am always cold but Ive had this problem even before going raw. I think this summer I will get my blood checked because sometimes I get so cold that my nails turn purple. Actually this has happened a few times when Im not even that cold. But im always cold especially my hands and feet. I drink hot tea to warm me up a lot and take hot showers and put on a million layers. I also exercise 5 times a week, im not a big runner but I do walk 3-5 miles each session. You would think living in florida id be a little warmer!
I don’t know I probably don’t get enough fat but I would think I get enough calories, although I do try to limit calories as I feel I gain weight very easily. Its so hard for me to lose weight, and im still looking to lose about 10lbs.
Rawsiki: Yes, I used to be cold as well, even in the middle of summer. Once I upped my caloric intake, and my body fat (I think I was around 3-4% body fat – scary!), I warmed right up!
But I guess you’re watching your calories, since you want to lose weight.
I know that most long-term raw foodists were cold during their first year or so, and then after that they adapted to the diet, and they were actually warmer than on a cooked food diet. Gabriel Cousens says he can go shirtless in freezing weather w/no problem.
Hey, you can try warming your soup or other foods to 115 degrees for a little cold weather comfort food!