...Yes and no.
It’s true that a raw food diet will provide you with foods that improve energy… if you do it correctly.
But the problem is that when most people embark upon raw foods they end up eating far too many foods that actually deprive their body of energy.
So let’s cut to the chase…
If you want to feel sluggish and tired, then eat more nuts, seeds, and fatty foods–even if they’re raw. The reality is that most people who start a raw diet end up turning to gourmet raw food cookbooks, which are loaded with high-calorie raw recipes.
In these gourmet raw food books, you’ll find plenty of recipes like raw pizza, crackers, and even pates and spreads that are heavily based on nuts and seeds.
Nuts and seeds are loaded with fats and calories, both of which drain your body of energy instead of giving your body the on-going energy it needs.
Recently, I was at a raw food restaurant and had a great meal, which consisted of raw pizza, a cracker-based appetizer, and a chocolate and nut-based dessert.
At the time, the food tasted great and the flavors were amazing. But afterwards, my stomach was aching, I was tired, and I was bloated.
This is just one example of how many newbie raw foodists get it all wrong when trying to follow a raw diet to improve energy.
So if you want more energy and think that a raw food diet will give you that energy, then you need to eat the right foods. This does not include making most of your diet center around high-fat foods like avocados, nuts, seeds, and oils.
In fact it has been shown that many people on raw food are consuming 50 to 60% of their calories from fat!
So YES a raw diet does improve your energy but only if you do it correctly. And that’s what we’ll look at next.
The secret to having more energy is eating more raw foods that are fresh and thus water rich and highly alkalizing.
Essentially, these are fruits and vegetables in their raw state. There really is nothing more powerful than eating a salad, drinking a green juice or a green smoothie and snacking on random pieces of fruit and veggies throughout the day.
Doing so, ensures that you get all the nutrients you need while at the same time providing your body with the alkalinity that it requires in order for your blood to be as healthy as possible.
As we’ve alluded to previously, your blood needs to be alkaline in order for your red blood cells to function properly. By doing so, they are able to supply the oxygen to your cells need to produce energy.
So from an energy perspective, it’s very simple…
No oxygen, no energy. Or a lack of oxygen, a lack of energy.
And this is exactly what happens when you eat too many gourmet recipes that are high in fat and based on dehydration.
Not only are dehydrator based raw recipes deprived of water but they are usually more acid-forming than fresh food because they are based predominantly around nuts and seeds.
So if these types of meals make up the bulk of your raw food diet then it’s no wonder you should feel lethargic and hired all the time. Not to mention you’ll probably find it tough to lose those extra pounds since these types of foods are hire in calories.
If you want to have more energy and are looking for the best foods to eat on a raw diet then remember this simple formula…
Keep it fresh, keep it simple, keep it green.
If you follow this simple formula for least 80% of your daily food intake I guarantee you’ll have much more energy starting tomorrow.
For more information on how to follow a raw diet that actually gives you more energy be sure to check out Eating for Energy - it will change your life.