Conditioning and the Raw Diet

Posted on May 11th, 2009 in 80-10-10,diet,exercise,lifestyle,raw,raw diet,raw food,raw vegan diet by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate
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One of the benefits of eating a raw vegan diet, meaning a diet of fresh, raw vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, is the ability to condition your body almost effortlessly.

Why do I say almost effortlessly?

Here’s why conditioning your body is quite easy when you remove the obstacles… remove the toxins, processed foods, cooked foods and most unnatural substances from your diet and environment.

You see, when your body doesn’t have to continue to struggle with obstructions, meaning the toxins we just mentioned, it can respond much easier to physical activity, and not need much recovery, if any to longer or more frequent activities.

For example, recently I found myself at a new aquatic center near my home. I normally don’t swim often since most pools I’ve been to in the past in the area use a wide array of chlorine chemicals. To my surprise, this new center uses a salt based filtration system so I decided to enjoy the water.

To give you a quick background, the most I’ve probably swam in a pool throughout my entire life is 2-3 laps continuously without stopping. That’s been the extent.

I noticed that there was a requirement for eligibility in order to be able to attend evening ‘lap night’ and found that you must be able to swim at least 20 laps without stopping. Oh my, 20 laps? Without stopping? Based on the fact that I hadn’t swam for more than 2-3 in my entire life, I wasn’t sure about 20.

Well, always enjoying a challenge, I decided to see how many laps I could do… without stopping.


I was a little sore for a few minutes, but soon felt normal and energetic. In fact, I felt I could have continued (energy wise) but was getting a little dizzy :).

Now I’m not special, anyone can do this if they remove the obstacles our bodies battle with every day when we eat cooked foods, processed foods, ingest toxins and dangerous chemicals as well as being exposed to toxins in our environment.

On a raw vegan diet your body easily stays conditioned and you won’t experience cramps, soreness and have plenty of energy to accomplish anything you want. Run 6 miles? Sure. Go hike a mountain? Of course! Swim 30 laps non-stop? Absolutely.

Just stay active regularly and eat a pure, raw, fresh, low fat, whole food diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

And this isn’t just me, ask any raw vegan athlete and they’ll share the same story. I had a friend that could do most any exercise, in most any length of repititions or distance without exhaustion or muscle soreness. He could go on as long as he wanted and enjoyed every minute. Of course this was after he transitioned to a raw vegan lifestyle.

Another benefit to the raw vegan diet.




Use these two exercises you can do at home, without expensive club memberships or equipment, to stay conditioned, lose weight or tone up.

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  1. marnie hestand said,

    on May 19th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    In your info regarding complete raw food diet, where are the legumes/ I was led to believe that they are mandatory for diet and health. Please advise. Also, I continue desperately to try and follow a raw diet, and have been for awhile now. I can’t seem to shake cravings. Can you advise me on what to do for this problem. Thank you

  2. on May 21st, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Marnie, Thanks for your questions. Legumes aren’t generally part of a vegan raw diet since they are difficult to eat raw and hard to digest. You can sprout some legumes to eat although they are not normally part of a raw food diet. Regarding the cravings, they often come from a lack of trace minerals and nutrients in your diet along with addictions. By adding lots of deep leafy greens you add the often missing nutrients your body is craving and they go away. Most transitioning to a raw food diet eat a small salad and consider that their salad for the day. Your body requires much more than that and adding a wider variety of greens, herbs and other green vegetables helps. I talk about these issues and others in depth at and as well. Hope that helps! Mark

  3. Tressey said,

    on December 8th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    I have enjoyed your site and book. You mentioned its better to eat some cooked foods than load up on nuts/seeds and other fats. But cook foods appear to cause joint/muscle stiffness in me. But when I decrease my nut/seed intake I am no longer regular. I do green smoothie followed by tons of fruit for breakfast. Veggie juice with large assorted salad. Snack on fruit if hungry, but usually not. Dinner is a varied assortment of marinated raw veggies. Nutritionist recommends more nuts/seeds/grains/beans. Nuts tend to tickle my throat. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  4. Mark said,

    on November 23rd, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Thanks friend,
    I have moved towards this diet (around 80%). I decided to try it out for a few weeks and then go to the Gym and work my but off. Amazing I am not sore at all, and I have not been to the Gym for a few years. I could not have done this in the past, I gave up working hard as the end results were to painful. This Raw Vegan stuff works, I feel great !