Chef Adam checking during his winter travels. I have escaped to the West Coast for a little sunshine and fun times. Though I’ve been living in Michigan year round for the past 4 years, I still don’t care much for the winter months. Yes, the pristine white snow and the serenity of winter have their charm but I can enjoy these scenes nestled in a hammock or with my toes in the warm sand.
Staying raw in the wintertime can be challenging especially if you’re going to be inflexible about things. Flexibility is your key to success. Hot tea and warming foods have been my saviors during the winter. During the cold months I still start my day off with 32 ounces of water with minerals or fresh lemon. The only difference is that I warm the water first. Not in the microwave though, I use an electric kettle. This warmth first thing in the morning makes a world of difference too. Also I make a point to eat fruits at room temperature and allow refrigerated food items to warm to room temperature before consuming them.
Skin brushing first thing in the morning has a warming effect. Rebounding is a year round staple but it’s especially useful in the wintertime to get the circulation going and warm up the body. Hot teas throughout the day are great for maintaining warmth. I make a point to have a variety of loose medicinal teas like reishi, pau d’arco, oat straw, cat’s claw, holy basil, mint and sarsaparilla on hand to drop into my French press and brew a custom tea that will support my immune system.
When all else fails I have something cooked in the crock pot. My favorites are sweet potato or any of the hard winter squashes. I like things simple and so I simply wash whatever I’m crocking, put it into the pot, set it on high and check back in 2 hours. Most folks like to cut their squash in half and scoop out the seeds. That’s easy enough to do but sometimes I throw the whole thing in and deal with the seeds once it’s been cooked.
To top the squash or sweet potato I like to make an enzyme and probiotic rich sauce using miso paste, some warm water, coconut oil and some spices. I hand mix these items in a small bowl and then pour them over what ever I’ve prepared. Here’s a basic recipe:
1 TB organic miso paste
1 TB coconut oil
2 TB hot water
1/4 tsp cinnamon or ginger
Combine ingredients in a bowl and pour over squash or sweet potato.
Where ever you are I hope you’re warm, safe and well nourished.
Keep it Live!