I Only Ate Warm Food For Two Months, Here’s What Happened

the benefits of eating warm food Geri-165
I’ve heard about the benefits of exclusively eating and drinking warm but it wasn’t until this winter when I actually tried it myself. It had been suggested to me by both an Eastern medicine doctor and Ayurvedic practitioner after sharing with them some of my health concerns (digestion, fatigue, thyroid health, the fact that I’m always cold, yada yada yada) so I figured, what do I have to lose? I fully committed. A few other rules: no gluten and little sugar or dairy.

It took me a few days to get in the rhythm. My go-to morning smoothies were no longer an option nor were cold salads for lunch, but by day three I was golden. Meals looked something like this:

Breakfast: gluten-free oatmeal or vegetable scrambles
Lunch: warm salads (think chickpeas with quinoa and veggies), soups or rice bowls
Dinner: fish, veggies & rice or curries

To drink: room temperature water, warm water with lemon and teas

So why did I do this? What does eating warm actually do?

There are different philosophies about eating warm, especially in Chinese medicine which focuses on how warm foods move energy in your body. For example, it’s believed that spicy foods such as onion and cayenne pepper have a warming action, promoting energy to move upwards and outwards to the body’s surface, circulating the blood. They also are said to be useful to disperse mucus from the lungs. However, for purposes of this experiment, I was focused on eating and drinking warm in terms of temperature. The thinking is that raw or uncooked food can place a strain on our digestive systems forcing our bodies to work harder to break down food, ultimately taking more of our body’s energy in the process. As less energy is needed to create digestive heat, there’s more energy available to aid digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Makes sense, right? After eating and drinking warm exclusively for two months, I can genuinely say that my digestion has never been better and my core temperature went up. And I’m not just saying that as a feeling. I kept a log of my temperature every single day – it was the first thing I did every morning – and my core temperature rose. My energy was through the roof as was my hygge and it was such a lovely way to eat through the stormy, cold months.

I’ve since added cold back into my system – it’s really hard to sustain – but find that my mind/body are now drawn to warmer meals/drinks after the experiment. There’s something really nourishing about it.

Has anyone else ever done this or do you all think I’ve lost my mind here?!


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  1. Heya! That’s quite cool! I would need to heat up my body a bit as I am always cold. I must say that I am used to warm food. Since I was a child. I have to have minimum of kne warm meal a day. Otherwise I am not satisfied and my stomach hurts. If I am in a rush and don’t have a warm meal in 2-3 days I can feel it on myself. Just not doing any good to me. I just wonder if eating everything warm didn’t consume your time a bit??

  2. Only eating warm cooked foods is a very Chinese thing; my parents have always looked askance at cold salads and sashimi. I’m more open to eating hot and cold foods, but I find that in the depths of winter I’ll always crave some sort of hot noodle soup—pho, ramen, laksa, or plain old chicken noodle—and I can never, never drink water that has ice in it (too cold!).

  3. Due to health issues I’ve recently had to change my diet to a gluten free one, plus I also try to eat everything warm. So, I’m 100% sure that your experience is life changing.
    It is amazing to find these type of posts regarding nutritional facts and diets.

    Thank you so much for sharing this.


  4. I’ve never heard of the idea of eating only warm food – in fact, I’ve only heard people advocating eating only raw food! I really struggle with eating too much dairy and sugar, and I think it affects my levels of fatigue. I really think I need to tackle it! I’m glad the experiment went well. Hopefully it’ll help your digestive system in the long run

    Steph – http://www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

  5. I’ve never heard of this before but it sure is interesting and logical! I’m always cold, so I love hot tea/coffee in my hands. Mornings always start with oatmeal (or eggs on the weekend). Although I’ve never had digestive problems, people in my family do, so I’ll sure to let them know about this!


  6. This is something I practiced after a consultation with an ayurvedic practitioner. Although, I was told cold food is okay in moderation at lunch when digestion is at its strongest. I went to this person over a year ago and it honestly changed my life. I have never had better digestion or felt more nourished. But in the summer I still have smoothies cause it’s all about balance…

  7. This is really interesting, Geri. I’m glad to hear your take on it, especially after my Ayurvedic practitioner suggested it for pacifying my vata qualities. I have trouble sticking to it 100%, but I do feel so much better when I do it, as I try to during the chilly winter months.

  8. Years ago I was advised by my Chinese acupuncturist to only warm beverages, never iced drinks, to help me with menstrual cramps. I can tell you that it was the only thing that worked. If I managed to get through a month with no cold beverages, then no cramps. If I slid back into drinking cold bevs, then cramps.

    Ultimately I found it too hard to maintain in our cold beverage culture, but I can tell you that it did work!

  9. I suppose cold foods would aid weight loss then, since they use more of the body’s energy in digestion?

  10. I think we’ll combined (google, Food combining) smoothies and juices are fine cold since they are already broken down and easier to digest. What makes sense warm is when eating solid foods.

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