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Increase Your Energy Naturally

I know that for many of you, you are in the middle of winter, the weather is bad outside and you are letting some of your good health habits slip.  That’s why I want to use this blog post to encourage you to get back on the right track and get your lagging energy back.

Eat a Good Breakfast: It’s important for the rest of your day to eat well in the morning.  Now, I know some of you are saying *but I’m just not that hungry first thing in the morning*.  Well, you still need to get something into your system, so that your body will have the fuel it needs to get a good start to the day and not overeat or *crash* later in the day.  Just having a smoothie will get you off to the right start.  I share some great smoothie recipes monthly in the daily menu planner that’s free with your membership to the Raw Vegan Monthly Mentor Club.  Check it out at: http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/mentorclub.html

Eliminate Oils in Your Diet:  Eliminating oil from your diet will seriously improve your levels of energy.  Oils are pure fat and are not whole food.  I’m not saying don’t have some fat in your diet – you need it, but you can get what you need by eating only *whole foods* (such as avocados and nuts) and avoid all concentrated fats.  A little bit of olive oil is not going to hurt you, but you should just stop buying oils. For a good salad dressing, try blending a little avocado with a tomato and some balsamic vinegar. Most people really enjoy that one.

By the way, each month I publish a completely original and detailed menu planner that gives you new delicious raw food recipes for each week of the month, along with shopping lists and a handy weekly planner.  If it sounds like something you could use to take out the guesswork of figuring out what to eat (all my recipes are based on seasonable ingredients), sign up for my Raw Health Inner Circle. You’ll get your menu planner each month along with lots of exclusive benefits. Go to: http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/mentorclub.html

Take Vitamin B-12: too many vegans and raw-foodists have run into vitamin B-12 deficiencies, which can very badly affect your energy levels.  It could be because we’re meant to eat small quantities of animal foods. It could be because we’re not getting the right bacteria in our colon. It could be for a number of reasons, I don’t really know to be honest.  So, to be safe, all vegan doctors recommend to take a supplement.  I do, it’s the only supplement I recommend.

Drink Enough Water: I would say that most people are living in a state of more or less constant dehydration and are not aware of it.   In the winter, you are probably drinking water even less than usual.  If you’re consuming lots of raw fruits and vegetables, you’re already getting more water than most people, but sometimes, it’s still not enough.

What I do every single morning is drink about half a liter to a liter of water (500-1000 ml.) with some lime juice.   It’s hydrating and cleansing.

Exercise Every Day: humans are meant to live an active life. Being sedentary was not the norm for human beings, even in the Western world, until just a few decades ago.  My commitment now is to exercise everyday, and my energy level is always better after I do.  Even though I might not have felt like doing it when I started, I never thought to myself, “I shouldn’t have gone for that bike ride” or “That was such a bad idea to take that yoga class!”

On the contrary, I felt much better afterwards, and my energy level definitely comes bouncing back.  It is a basic human need to exercise everyday.   When you do this, you’ll be even hungrier for natural food!

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.


Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.