I am noticing that I am having some problems dragging myself out of bed in the morning and I thought I would ask those more experienced in this diet for pointers. I am supplementing with B12 and few other supplements, and have been on a raw vegan diet 70% since August and 100% (oops, minus tea) since around the last week of September. When I first switched to the diet, the improvement in my energy levels were amazing! I'm still better than before the diet, and my lupus has been steadily improving, but I noticed my energy levels are dropping. I've also got a few blemishes - nothing major. Could I still be detoxing? I seem to be craving green smoothies and juices. The flu has been around my office and I've been exposed daily. I'm convinced that if I wasn't on this diet, I would have been sick by now. Could I just be tired from my body doing all this extra work to keep me healthy?
I've also just started sprouting and have included a variety of sprouts daily. Does this lead to detoxing?
I'm fairly knowledgeable about and supplementing, but am obviously new to raw (and veganism for that matter). So I have a LOT to learn still. Have people noticed that the longer they are on raw, the more they react to chemicals (perfumes) and what not in the environment?
Any ideas? Any suggestions for energy boosting foods? I've been taking spirulina, ginger, and cacao from time to time.
My morning shake, which actually was pretty decent considering what I put in it, consisted of (too many ingredients?):
2 cups spinach
1 tsp spirulina
1 tbs maca (hoping for hormone balance - have had problems from lupus)
1/2 cup raspberries
1 cup broccoli sprouts
1 cup coconut water
1/4 cup hemp seeds
My snacks are fruit, lunch is a salad, and I juice in the evening and snack on dulse and "bread" made from pumpkin, sprouted millet, sprouted quinoa, and dates.