Over the past two months, I’ve started to notice some significant energy gains, which I’ll attribute to the raw diet since little else has changed- and most of my calories come from raw sugars and saturated fat!
Eating 99-100% raw for 8 months now, I’ve felt great, but for the first few months didn’t really feel different physically. Currently though, I find that if I don’t travel by foot 8 miles per day or more, I’m almost agitated by the unexpended energy. This typically is split between 2-4 miles of walking to and from the office, and 6 miles of running outside. My yoga and weight lifting have slacked off. :)
I would point out this is different from a compulsion to exercise, which I recognize well and is a different feeling. There is no sense of pushing myself to go run now, or a sense of ‘ought to.’
I suspect that over 60% of the calories I consume every day come from dates, honey, and coconut butter. The first two items are dense sugars, and the latter is primarily saturated fat. I eat more than the RDA of saturated fat a day, all in the form of coconut butter. Otherwise, I eat greens, vegetables, apples & bananas, and flax seed or chia seed. Very few nuts or other oils.
This morning was an ice storm in Portland- I wish I had taken some pictures- and this afternoon I went for a run as usual- going 10.5 miles, my furthest ever, without the slightest sense of pushing myself. One hill had to be walked, due to the ice, but otherwise was continuous running.