I’m not an athlete- at all. All through elementary school, I was always the last picked for teams in gym class. I can’t throw, catch, hit, or dribble a ball. The only reason I started running- or doing any exercise for that matter- was vanity. I started exercising in my mid-teens.
Now, strangely, I like running. But I’m attributing the new levels of endurance, and generally pain-freeness, to the raw food diet. Before this raw year I would go through bouts of running, no more than 6 or 7 miles at a time, and usually in response to emotional turmoil that I didn’t know how to deal with any other way.
Now I can run more than double that distance, enjoy it, and, most importantly, there is no sense of pushing myself to keep going at any point. (ok, maybe the last half mile. or in the beginning, when my toes are still numb because it’s sooooo cold right now here.) and the run is not driven by emotional issues.
I’ve been eating exclusively raw food for almost a year, but didn’t start to notice the increased endurance until about four months ago.
here’s another factoid about raw food- you really can undo metabolic slowing caused by eating disorders. I under-ate for about 10 years, probably an average of 1000 calories per day, with a few years more in the 400-800 range. (btw, this is not a sympathetic survivor/recovery story: most anorexics know exactly what they are doing, as I did. the point here is that for a very long time I ate about 40% of the RDA for a young active woman.)
my metabolism was slow- and after that many years, 1000 calories per day was enough for me to gain weight until I was heavier than I am now. I exercised almost every day, both cardio and weights.
At this point, I’m sure I eat more than double what I used to, weigh less, have better energy and endurance.
here’s a typical day for me:
- green smoothie (banana, frozen strawberries, and 8 ounces of spinach)
- flax bread (1-2 pieces)
- 3-5 dates
- coconut butter (1-2 TB)
- honey (1-2 TB)
- big apple
- honey (1-2 TB)
- carrot smoothie: carrots, banana, 1/3 cup shredded coconut
- 1-2 dates
- trail mix 1/3 cup
- salad: greens, mushrooms, nori. dressed with sesame/chipotle sauce, 1/4 cup.
- 1-3 dates, flax bread (1-2 pieces)
- coconut butter 1-2 TB
- big apple
strangely as well, perhaps, is even on 15 mile running days, I don’t need a particularly different quantity of food.
I also drink mate or earl gray tea all morning (well, honestly, most of the day), and well water or spring water whenever possible, from glass bottles.
finally, the best thing about raw food is that it’s not a challenge to either gain or lose a few pounds. if clothes feel too tight, a day or two of primarily fruit and smoothies solves that. if clothes feel too loose, more trail mix and flax bread. it becomes very easy to maintain an appropriate balance.