Quite possibly the only serious drawback I’ve noticed to a 100% raw food diet is the tendency to feel cold, especially during the first year.
If we look around in nature, we see humans are the only creatures using houses with insulation and further protect ourselves from variations in temperature with heaters, air conditioning and clothing. Humans are the only ones wearing clothing because we don’t adapt well to widely differing temperatures—we simply haven’t the thermoregulation many other species do. Artificially regulating our temperature, even though it makes us more comfortable, actually disables our natural capacity to thermoregulate. It seems our civilized (read: ‘unnatural’) lifestyles have contributed to our losing our ability to adapt.
Other creatures coexist better with nature. They can moderate their body temperatures according to their environments. It could be that we have the same ability, somewhere deep under the overlay of human culture. The body temperatures of animals going into hibernation drop automatically, slowing down life processes, conserving energy and consequently aging them more slowly. A lower metabolic rate is less energetically expensive. We are not using our full capacity to establish the proper kind of harmony with our environment.
Ask around, and you will no doubt find raw foodists who say they felt cold after going raw. Why? I believe this is a temporary manifestation while the body adjusts its thermostat. Over time, as many long term raw food eaters have reported, this will level out, and extremes of temperature won’t bother you anymore.
Most raw food eaters, and I’m included, admit to feeling cold when switching to raw foods, but end up feeling warmer and adjusting much more easily to changes in temperature after some time. This timeframe is different for everyone. But eventually their automatic thermostat seems to kick in, and hot or cold doesn’t bother them, even if their temperature shows a little bit low on the thermometer.
How can you help yourself while you’re in this transition-adjustment stage? Believe it or not, tempering with cold water will help if you are feeling cold. The thought may make you cringe. But the only way to know for sure is to try it out. Not only does tempering increase circulation, giving you that rosy glow, but, frankly, everything feels warmer in comparison. Stay tuned for my next blog article for more information about tempering with cold!