Vegan Raw Diet Turns Me Into a Billy Goat?

Posted on March 8th, 2009 in diet,eating,exercise,meals,raw diet,raw food,vegan diet,video by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate
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With spring warming up the Arizona environment, I decided to go for a hike today. Unlike 99% of Arizonan’s, I enjoy hiking when it’s warm… or better yet, hot, so today’s higher temperatures and sun made it a perfect day to head to one of my favorite hiking spots, South Mountain.

Now, I haven’t been hiking for about 4 months, partly because of the lack of heat as I mentioned, and expected to take a leisurely hike to ‘break’ myself in to a new season.

Well, it wasn’t a leisurely hike, and not by choice.

You see, as soon as I started up the mountain, I had an urge to move quickly. I felt light on my feet and ran in parts up the mountain. Then it happened.

As I passed a group of hikers one gentleman who was trudging along mentioned that I resembled a ‘billy goat climbing up the mountain without hesitation’. We all laughed and I continued on, like a ‘billy goat’.

Then I got to thinking. 

Never in my 13 years of hiking had I ever felt this energentic. Especially after taking the winter off. I mean, there were times today when I felt I was gliding up with energy that didn’t stop. I’ll say this… it was near effortless. And this is 13 years after I starting hiking regularly.

I ran up many parts on the way up, and all the way down. I wasn’t tired and felt I could continue after the hour long excursion up and down the mountain. Here are some pictures and video:

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So why am I telling you this?

Well certainly not to impress you, but instead to impress upon you what is normal for a person that eats a natural diet and stays active. A raw vegan diet mainly consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables and a small amount of nuts or seeds. A low fat raw diet. I say this because there has been controversy within the raw community lately on which is better. More about that in another post coming soon.

You see, the longer I’ve followed eating simple whole foods and stayed active regularly, the more benefits I experience. Not a ‘hollywood’ style raw diet, or the gourmet raw food diet, or a high fat raw diet, or the raw junk food diet. Mainly simple fruits and vegetables, leafy green salads, and smoothies. This goes along with the theory I uncovered in Arnold Ehret’s Mucules Diet Healing System and in Paul Nison’s talk ‘The Formula for Health’ that the less obstruction you have in your body, the greater the power and more importantly, the vitality you experience. You see, the fewer obstructions you ‘put’ in your body, ie, cooked and processed foods, stress and toxins in the form of mucus, the more vitality you experience. And after almost 5 years of being 100% raw, with many adjustments, tests, trials and errors, I’ve finally and clearly experienced that greater vitality. It’s been sneaking up on me the last few months and none clearer than today.

Another factor was conditioning. Although I hadn’t hiked during the winter, I stayed active working out at least 6 days a week. Normally 30-45 minutes a day including running and body weight exercises. I do and recommend the two exercises fellow raw vegan coach Roger has put together, and added my own twists to expand them and create a quick routine where I can exercise at home fast or at my local park. No equipment or health club expenses, just a quick daily workout routine.

You can learn more about what I’ve learned, what I recommend, get regular and exclusive meal recipe videos, meal plans, shopping tips, eating tips, your questions and answers and much more at our new site, Learn Healthy (Raw) Meals. This makes transitioning to a raw vegan diet straightforward with a plan and gives answers to your questions.  Check it out while the free trial is available. The feeling is incredible, share in this amazing experience with me!

To your best health!

Mark (aka the billy goat)

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4 Responses to 'Vegan Raw Diet Turns Me Into a Billy Goat?'

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  1. Sid said,

    on August 7th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Hi Mark,
    i have just found your post and really appriciate all the good information. I am low fat raw and am fairly new to the raw life style. I love it..I am excited to be on this journey..Look forward to reading more.

  2. on August 8th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Welcome Sid, thanks for stopping by! And welcome to the raw lifestyle :) If I can help just let me know. All the best on your journey! Mark

  3. Gina said,

    on September 22nd, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Hi Mark, I have a question and would love if you could email me an answer. I was diagonosed with diverticulitis a few years ago, which means polyps in the colon. I was told not to eat seeds or nuts or popcorn. On the raw diet, will this help these polyps to heal and go away so I can have my first strawberry in 7 years? I want to do the raw diet as I have no appetite for meats anymore and eating as many veggies and fruits as I do, I know if I go the full diet, I would feel 100% better. I am very concerned about the colon issue tho, and if you have any info on it, i’d really appreciate it.
    Thank you so much and thanks for your great page here, it’s very exciting to see how it’s made such a difference in you.
    Thanks again, Gina

  4. on October 6th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Gina, Great to hear from you! Thanks for your comments. In my experience, the raw food diet is awesome for any colon or digestive issue. You just have to do it in the proper manner to make it work for you, often slowly transitioning and depending on your condition, blending some of your foods into smoothies. David Klein is an expert in this issue, specifically having overcome severe chrohns/colitis himself with raw foods. You can find more at Dave’s site, Living Nutrition, check the bookstore under healing for several titles specifically dealing with digestive/colon healing. Trust this helps and let us know how you come along. All the best for your health Gina! Mark