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I get cold limbs regardless of my diet. Sometimes this can indicate glandular problems - thyroid - but this is not the case for me. My blood tests all came back excellent.

 

What I recommend is adding more fat - coconut or hemp oil in particular. I eat so much coconut/hemp oil it is outrageous. This will create a balanced intake of omega 6, 3, and 9. Although, you need to pay special attention to extra omega 3. A balanced fat and omega intake will really help you combat inflammation from heavy training. My recovery has improved dramatically as a result of hemp oil.

 

-sheldon

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I agree with Sheldon =)

 

I'm in the market for a good raw falafel recipe, sans dehydrator. I found this one (http://www.rawmazing.com/falafels-the-raw-food-way/) so I'm going to shop for it today. Any other ideas? I prefer a standard garbanzo base with the traditional spices. Zesty topping sauces would be most appreciated, especially green ones. Mmmmm, falafel!

 

Baby Herc

 

Here's a recipe that DOES use a dehydrator, and it's a bit fancy... but it looks INCREDIBLE. I'll be making it one of these days as a special treat =) http://therawchef.com/therawchefblog/falafel-hummus-wrap-with-mediterranean-%E2%80%9Croasted%E2%80%9D-vegetables

 

I think as long as you don't mind that they won't be a little crispy on the outside and more flavorful, then just make the recipe but... don't dehydrate!

I'd pair them with a raw tzatziki recipe. Mmm!

 

I found one that doesn't use a dehydrator. They're in the shape of burgers... but obviously just shape them into balls and you're gold. http://soundlyvegan.com/2010/10/11/raw-falafel-with-a-dilled-tzatziki-sauce/

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Hey Em,

Just checked out your blog! Recipes look yummy!!! Definitely going to be trying them. As I'm sitting here sippin on my green smoothie I see a link "raw food face masks" I thought uhn... I have a "homemade mask" on right now... Checked out the link and sure enough you had raw honey on there, sweet thats whats on my face lol! Anyways love your blog! Thanks for sharing

 

SeaSiren - wow are you a fitness competitor?

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thanks SAR! That makes me really happy! I started the blog not too long ago, because I want to share the information I've learned with others, and it feels great when I know I'm doing that.

 

I actually logged on to post this recipe for everyone: http://rawfoodlove.blogspot.com/2011/12/warming-sweet-corn-garlic-tomato-soup.html

It's for a DELICIOUS raw soup that warms you right up. OMG IT IS YUMMY.

Everybody make it! Perfect for winter! I also just posted a recipe for "hot chocolate" and it's soooo good. Again, perfect for winter =) Enjoy!

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Oh and yes, about the food masks - they're great aren't they? It just makes sense to me. If you're gonna put it on your skin, you should be comfortable with putting in your body. I think I'll do an avocado mask tomorrow. It makes my skin soft and glowing!

Honey's great because it "sucks" the dirt and toxins out of your pores and skin, like a vacuum.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Happened upon this web page that seems to explain what I've been going through lately in my acclimation to raw food. I don't believe all of what is said here but the grand majority resonates with my experience. How about you?

 

http://www.rawfoodexplained.com/symptoms-during-dietary-transition/some-unpleasant-symptoms-and-their-causes.html

 

Baby Herc

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I mean that when many raw foodists discuss 'detoxing', they are discussing it improperly.

 

Detoxing is a process that we all undergo on a daily basis, and has little to do with the food you eat. How well your body removes toxins will depend on a number of factors, including nutritional status, weight, age, genetics, etc.

 

Raw detoxing is used to discuss how enzymes need raw foods to thrive in the body and the dangers of cooked foods and starches and whatnot. This version of the term 'detox' is mumbo jumbo, and has no scientific basis.

 

Wiki has great articles which describe each usage of the word:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detoxification

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detoxification_(alternative_medicine)

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My first non experienced/educated guess on the body heat thing is that you're eating less complex carbohydrates now that you've gone raw. You might want to add potatoes or something.

 

Thanks for the insights. I asked around to some other friends who recently dropped a lot of weight and they all concurred that thermostats had to be adjusted warmer in their houses. I'm okay with that. Besides, I'm not a starch fan, just don't care for them. But have some French Fries in my honor!

 

Baby Herc

 

THIS!

 

I become so heat intolerant with weight. This is the first summer I actually hated. But as I'm losing my weight again (down to 181 yesterday and probably down another lb today - I'm dumping fluids) my feet and hands FREEZE not to mention if I go outside it goes right through my whole body. lol

 

Hopefully in the future I'll have enough muscle to make up for the loss!

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Just push through it! =) Your body is probably directing more blood than usual towards your insides, instead of your skin, because you're losing a lot of weight (i.e. getting rid of lots of built-up junk in your digestive system) so your insides are working harder. Once you reach a healthy, maintainable weight you should return back to a normal temperature.

 

*Not a professional, just my self-educated opinion =)

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It doesn't bother me personally. I was always generally cold natured until I gained weight, so that's nothing new. Although the cold feet thing is. They especially freeze when in bed and even though under the covers I guess after I get still and start resting they turn to blocks of ice. lol

 

What you said does make sense because they say if your body needs energy it will take it from the hands and feet before anything else.

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