From Successfully Raw Issue 59:
Eating raw food but still haven’t got that “boundless energy” that many raw foodists rave about? Or perhaps you’re new to raw foods and want to be fast tracked to energy central (like yesterday)...
Wherever you’re starting this article, currently featured in the latest issue of Get Fresh! magazine, will shed some light on how to get and keep the energy you seek...
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When Marion telephoned me I already knew from a previous email that her main issue was energy – specifically, lack of it, in spite of the fact that she had been “healthy eating” for 4 or 5 years, dabbling with mostly raw food for a few months to varying degrees of success and had a clean bill of health from both her doctor and naturopath, so had no underlying health issues to speak of.
What Marion went on to describe to me at the start of our call was not dissimilar to anything I had heard before, with phrases such as “lacking oomph”, “tired in the morning, tired by 9pm”, “no bounce”, “no energy to spare” – i.e. about 80% of the UK population’s major health issue - pure and simple lack of energy.
“But I’ve been eating mostly raw foods for over four months now,” said Marion. “Surely I should be feeling better by now?”
A good question, of course. And an obvious one too. With the promise of “vibrant health” and “boundless energy” at the heart of the raw food promise, it’s only natural to wonder why it’s not happening so fast and furiously as we would expect.
I began by asking Marion one of the most important questions of all: “What exactly do you eat?” Important because, at a time where raw food menus can be as diverse as cooked ones, to say you “eat raw” is simply by no means enough information!
Marion went on to describe a typical day’s eating:
Fresh fruit or fruit smoothie for breakfast (porridge or muesli in the winter)
Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrot, avocado and olive salad for lunch with lemon and olive oil dressing
Flax crackers and raw hummous or Avocado-based soup for dinner
Snacks included goji berries, cacao nibs, dehydrated cookies, nuts and raisins, raw chocolate bars, other raw bars or more fresh fruit.
Drinks included various smoothies, the odd cup of tea or coffee, the occasional glass of wine and spring water.
On face value, looking at Marion’s diet it seemed generally very good overall, but a few things sprung immediately to mind: