I’ll be honest with you, I was swayed by the Raw Food Diet thing for ages. All you need to do is watch David Wolfe talk about how fabulous he feels and how much energy he has and it draws you in. Though I always felt eating a salad on a cold day was a push for me, I still followed what I had heard from others and stuck with eating what others had told me was right for me, instead of course… listening to my own body.
Yesterday I went to visit my Chinese doctor as I have been feeling a little under the weather the last few weeks. See, it has gotten quite cold here in New Zealand and I think I was feeling this change. The weather has been cold and damp which is probably the worst thing for our constitution. Let me explain…
For most of us with Endometriosis, the condition is described as having caught the damp or cold inside the body. This means we feel the cold easily, we get sinus, diarrhea and anything indicating a mucous layer—the white tongue layer is a good indicator. The Chinese describe diseases as imbalances like the weather. They describe Endometriosis as having cold/damp symptoms and that we require warming and drying out. This all makes sense when you look at many of the other conditions we often suffer from, like candida, leaky gut syndrome, allergies, sore muscles and arthritis.
So, what happened to me: I was living in a cold/damp environment, which just aggravated my already cold/damp constitution. Then I topped this up with some cold foods and no wonder I was feeling a little lousy!
What does this have to do with raw food?
Well, 100% raw foods are considered cold and damp on the body, which will make us feel worse. That is why the ginger drink and warming foods like soup will make you feel better in damp, cold environments. It does depend on the season and this is where it is important to listen to your body and what it really wants. Eating 100% raw is great if you have a hot constitution but if you are cold and damp, it will only aggravate you.
I am not saying to not eat fruits and vegetables, not at all. What I am saying is that we should have enough warming foods in our diet, especially over winter and when we feel particularly sore. Warm those fruits and vegetables up or add ginger to them. My morning juice now contains a massive lump of zingy ginger.
The fact is, we are all different and it is important to learn to listen to your own body and what it needs to heal. Allow yourself to open yourself up to your ability to heal and you will be guided by your own intuition. Now I just have to follow my own advice!
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