These posts have been copied from the 'boot alignment' thread to put them in a more pertinant thread.
I cured my cold feet and hands by changing what, when and how I eat. It may not suit everybody and I don't mention it a lot because it tends to get brushed over in the rush for a discussion on hand-warmers etc. and I feel like it is not worth the effort anymore.
I had cold feet, cold hands and a cold core for years (~96F! all day). If I wasn't moving, even if it was warm, I was cold.
All last season I cold gloat a little over the people who couldn't stay warm including the instructors. Four months outside in Whistler. Not the coldest of places I admit but not a sunny place either.
Changing my food intake gave me better circulation. It did take a bit of getting used to for me and my roomates. I need to sleep with my feet out of the covers 'cos it is so weird having warm feet and the window open all winter otherwise I can't sleep.
Let me know if it is something you want to try. It's not wacky or hard to do. Run it past LM as well.
BTW I use a fresh pair thin cotton ankle socks (think KMart) inside my boots and don't have a boot dryer
Please tell us the cure... Or is it going to cost us?
Hey, this is no charge info This is Epicski!
You may not want to make the changes as you can't just buy it.
I came across the solution when I changed my diet to lose some weight.
A Disclainer Firstly.
Please do not blame me if you think the science is dodgy, the people are into blatent commercialism etc.
You can get all the food from your usual suppliers and injest it through the usual orifice.
What I Eat
I eat mostly to the Zone principles when I am on best behaviour. I think that is similar to the Atkins maintenance regime.
My diet is a little higher in protein than what you get if you eat standard fare. I eat protein with carbohydrate where possible and a fair amount of oily fish. Aside from the warm feet thing I also rarely drink tea, coffee or sodas and am allergic to dairy proteins.
Ideally I try to eat about the equivalent of two chicken breasts a day in protein. That's my lean body weight in lbs * 0.8 (activity level high)= grams of protein.
I eat about 20% more in grams of carbohydrate making sure I eat the protein and carbs together, ratio roughly 50/50 calorie-wise.
For snacks I eat almonds or other fatty foods high in mono-unsaturated fat (sometimes wavering to real chocolate).
For those people not allergic to dairy, milk, yoghurt and lower fat soft cheese are easy 'ready-made combinations.
I don't eat tons of bread, pasta, couscous, fruit juices etc. Naughtily, I don't eat as much as I think I ought of veg or fruit but that's my problem.
I drink more than an average amount of water. If I drink alcohol I balance it with some protein.
I try to eat regularly during the day about every two to three hours but sometimes this is not possible. I fall off the wagon occasionally but try to make it chocolate or chips.
Just a brief summary. If you want more details I will provide what I can. There are quite a few companies selling suitable products and some websites (commercial and non-commercial) dealing with related science and health issues. A web search would guide you.
I only use one product on occasion.
To warm hands and feet.