A surprising problem that many people have with the raw diet is that it gives them too much energy! Even if they don’t realize it, they will go off the diet if it gives them more energy than they require for their lives. Having more energy than you need can be uncomfortable, and you may naturally reach for some cooked food to bring your energy down to a manageable level.
One of our Raw Rumpus members posted in the Rumpus Community…
“I’m starting to feel a lot of energy.. like never before!! I sometimes feel like When you drink too much caffeine! Except I don’t drink any coffeine!
Is this normal? In the evening, after spending all day at work, coming home, cooking my dinner and my luch for the following day, entertaining my 6 months old boy, feeding him, putting him into bed, and eating my dinner, I feel like exercising, so I do the 12 minute workout. And wow! I feel like doing the marathon! It’s almost like I’m possessed by someone very active, and for me it’s a first as I’ve always been a lazy couch potato!
Any ideas to channel all this energy?
Here is what I wrote back
So glad you are having this problem!!!
But seriously, this is one reason people go off raw, unconsciously.
You are right the energy needs to be channeled or your body will not want to keep eating this way!
There are many options for channeling your energy….Through Physical, Mental, Creative, Spiritual, and Social energy!
1. physical —
cleaning, have your house always be clean
get an active job
do active volunteer work
helping people with physical work (gardening, moving, hauling, renovating, etc…)
become an athlete
take up sports
go into training
run a marathon
find a new workout you love
become a dancer
2. mental — (you burn more calories thinking hard than exercising!)
get your phD
take on more responsibility at work
learn about quantum physics
follow your bliss
do your creative work in the world
dance, sing, write, paint, knit, sew
create your new career / business
do a big project
find your mission in life
fix up your house
write a book
4. spiritual (uses energy but also calms your energy, balances your energy, helps you manage it. And like mental energy, spiritual energy probably uses significant calories too, I’m guessing)
going in to nature
Do things with friends
Make a new friend
Make friends with everyone
Do something in your community
Teach a free workout class in the park
Organize social events
Organize a raw weekly potluck, movie night
Start a band or choir
Develop closer more meaningful relationships with family members
Spend quality time with people you love
Often when people go raw they experience / make profound life shifts and I think in part this can be in order to channel the higher levels of energy raw food gives them.
I hope this helps!!!