How to Avoid Low Energy on a Raw Food Diet

Posted by admin on June 20, 2017

When people transition to a vegan or raw food diet from a carnivore or vegetarian diet, they can often feel like they are lacking energy. If you find you experience low energy for a short amount of time, this is likely to be a symptom of detoxification within the body.

rawfood.jpgLack of energy is linked to the body working extra hard to remove toxins that have accumulated over many years of eating processed foods, meat and other chemical-laden substances. However, there are a number of reasons why you may be feeling a lack of energy during a raw food diet, and they are easily preventable. We’ve composed a list of how you can avoid a low energy on a raw food diet.


Those who follow a raw food diet need to ensure they are getting enough calories from fruit in order to get enough glucose for correct energy levels. Raw food diets that feature little fruit will mean that energy is sourced from high fats like nuts, seeds and avocados. Though these fats are important, it’s vital we don’t over eat them as they are hard to digest, meaning they can rob us of our energy further.


There’s a reason greens are so highly recommended for people of all diets. Leafy greens are full of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and protein, which means they are perfect for people who don’t eat big sources of protein like meat. A high green diet will help boost energy by keeping you highly mineralised.

Low Water Raw Foods

As humans, our blood and tissue is made of 72% water. Dried fruits, nuts and other low water content raw foods are difficult to digest because of the lack of water within them. Though they can be beneficial in some ways, it’s important to not go for these options too often on a raw food diet, as the increased need for our bodies to work on digestion will result in decreased energy.

Exercise, Sleep, Stress

It’s important to remember that there are multiple other factors that can result in low energy. A healthy, water-rich, raw diet is one, small factor, and other health factors like daily exercise, thorough sleep and low stress are also extremely important. Not to mention ensuring we get adequate levels of vitamin D to help our energy levels rise. 

We’d advise easing yourself into a raw food diet. Why not start with your main meals raw and go from there? Focusing on a completely raw food diet is the eventual goal, but it’s never good to put immediate pressure on yourself when beginning a new diet, as it can backfire. Find a balance that works for you and your lifestyle.

It’s important to understand that a raw food diet takes practice, and you’ll soon learn what foods work well for your body in terms of energy release. Some raw foods that can help to increase energy are:

-          Fruit

-          Coconuts

-          Seeds

-          Greens

For more information on obtaining a raw food diet, we can help. We offer one day workshops that can teach you the benefits of a raw food diet and the antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins and minerals they contain. Our workshops are £50 per person; please get in touch for dates and locations! We hope to welcome you soon.