Myth: You can’t be an athlete on a raw food diet. You won’t have long lasting energy.
The belief is you won’t have long lasting or sustainable energy from eating raw fruits as your source of carbohydrates. Many people believe you have to eat complex carbohydrates for long lasting energy.
I used to believe this myth as well. It’s one of the reasons it took me over five years to become successful going 100% raw.
In fact, I seemed to prove this myth too myself. Because when I was 100% raw, I didn’t have long lasting energy either. I felt that I only had 85% of my cooked food day’s energy levels. But that was because I was under the scientifically mistaken belief that complex carbohydrates give you long lasting energy.
That simply isn’t true. Why do I say that? Because the human body actually can’t use complex carbohydrates directly. They first have to be broken down into simple carbohydrates or simple sugars in order for the body to use them.
No matter what kind of carbohydrates you consume, simple or complex, they only get used once they’re broken down to the simple form. So all of the energy I ever had, always came from simple carbohydrates and I never even knew it.
The body has the ability to store sugar as glycogen. It gets stored in your muscles. Once you run out, you need to get more simple sugars into your system. And fruit is the ideal food for athletics because it’s in a predigested form.
You’ll actually gain energy by eating raw fruits compared to complex carbs like pasta, bread, rice, etc. The reason being, it takes much less energy via the digestion process to get the same number of calories from fruit as from the complex carb foods mentioned above.
So what then is the real issue. Why do many people and athletes attempting to go raw feel weak on the raw diet?
In my case, I simply wasn’t consuming enough calories. That’s all I was doing wrong. But I blamed it on fruit. I actually believed that fruit couldn’t sustain me. That the simple carbs would make me hypoglycemic. In truth, I had many hypoglycemic symptoms in my cooked food days. But never since doing the raw diet correctly.
I was uniformed about how the body truly worked. Once I realized my mistake, I increased the number of calories I was eating (ate more fruit) and then I no longer had the lack of energy problems.
Now I can play tennis, basketball or soccer for many hours. Or I can do intense workouts and I don’t get anymore weak than I did in my cooked food days. In fact, I’m doing better energy wise than in my cooked food days.
It took a while to train myself to know how much in the way of bananas and other fruit I needed to eat in order so that I wouldn’t feel hungry and be eating all day long. All told I need about 3,000 calories to feel full and energetic.
Go to www.fitday.com or similar sites to enter the foods you are eating. Then you’ll see if you are getting enough calories. Many of my raw food coaching clients are shocked at how little they’re actually consuming in calories once they put in the numbers at fitday.
Fruits and vegetables make you feel full sooner than you’re used to and therefore new people often under eat. But over a week or so they notice that they’re starting to get weak. It’s because they’re gradually depleting themselves of carbohydrates and don’t even realize it.
There are other factors to satiation. You won’t feel full if you don’t get enough of the right nutrients, but getting enough calories is a big part of the equation.
To Your Radiant Health, Happiness, Fitness and Freedom, Roger Haeske
P.S. This is just one of the many myths regarding the raw food diet. If you want to succeed with going raw and you’ve been struggling so far, then maybe you should consider getting some expert help. I’ve made all the mistakes so you don’t have to. Save yourself the struggle and get ready to experience the rebirth and rejuvenation that only the Optimal Raw Food Diet can bring.
P.P.S. Here are some of my other raw food diet educational products to help you conquer cooked food addiction the easy way.