I would like to know how many of you continue to workout or have just started working out while living a raw vegan lifestyle? Do you feel you can fully enjoy your workouts now, your form is better and your energy levels have increased? For me this is the case. I have found that my performance in the gym has increased since I've been eating HCRV, making me enjoy exercising. I have also noticed that I have more muscle meaning I can lift heavier weights and perform more reps. What are your thoughts about fitness on a raw vegan diet?
How long have you been eating HCRV? I'm finishing up my first week of this lifestyle and so far I've felt a bit weaker. But I think maybe I'm not eating enough or maybe my body is not used to this kind of eating yet!
Hi Gretchen, be sure to set up an account and log your food intake into cronometer.com (or something similar) so you can keep track of calories, and all sorts of other stuff!
I have continued to get stronger, but not really any faster than before. I'm 7 months in now. I was pretty healthy before going HCRV though. I did get weaker for the first couple months, but eventually it all kind of balanced out.
I wish I could exercise more. 3.5 weeks ago I hurt my knee running, got stuck in the house and decided to change my diet. Last night I went for a 7 mile hike thru town, ran what I could of it without hurting my knee, I felt alot more energy than usual, till the knee got a little sore and I stopped.
Bummer :(... But on the other hand, it led you to do what you could in optimizing your diet, so now when you are all healed, you will have both a great diet AND exercise going on!!! Get ready for great results! :)
Sometimes life seems to throw a lot of "back handed" blessings our way doesn't it?
I think I need to do more than just the diet. I need to go buy a bike, haven't had one in years, wondering if peddling can strengthen the knee up.
The "back handed" blessing came in the form of finding Harley and Freelee's videos on YouTube. I didn't want to spend weeks just watching TV, so I threw it away and decided to get more useful info from real people on the internet.
Have you got a bike or access to a pool or lake? Those two things helped tremendously with my bunged up knee.
Pool is always full of kids, lake is a mile walk away, no car or friends that can drive me there. Bike is what I will go look at getting in the next few days.
I also learned some yoga on youtube, search yogatic or yogavidyaenglish on there if interested, they have some good lessons. Making me more flexible.
I need to just take up other activities, all I did was run and not much else before.
Hi David, your knee problem reminds me of last summer when i tried to get fit running, I jarred my knee on a downhill run of a course i used to do and subsequently couldn't run any more after that. This summer, after being 1 month into my current raw vegan diet, I started running again and have built up to running 5 times per week doing total of about 20 miles per week so far without any knee problems whatsoever. In my case i'm wondering if my knee problems last summer was partly symptomatic of an arthritis problem due to my meat eating diet as nothing remotely like it is threatening this summer despite incorporating a lot of hills on my running (virtually unavoidable where I live).
I did 2 London marathons in my 20's and am aiming to do them again now i'm in my mid 40's ... my ambition is to do a sub 3 hr marathon which i feel my new diet gives me every chance to achieve.
Hope your knee recovers soon : )
Did you just run or do other things, did other things incorporated help?
Alot of my joints pop when I move. Doctors never paid much attention, didn't tell me what to try doing.
Just so were not getting too far from the original topic, has anyone seen joint health improvements being HCRV? Either from the healthy eating? Or from all the extra energy? I notice myself getting up and moving more often. I always figured movement is key, lots of frequent randomized movements, like in some kind of outdoor sport would make the joints smoother.
Well my job is as a cleaner and I get up at 4.30 a.m. and work 6 days per week, when switching to vegan my energy levels shot up and I became more supple. I didn't start running until about 2 weeks after going vegan and I went raw vegan a couple of weeks after that when I finally got the Dr Graham book. My knees always snap when I bend them fully, but they always have as long as I can remember.
I think how your knees cope with running depends on whether you're a toe runner or a heel runner, toe runners absorb the impact of the foot on the ground better but heel runners almost immediately jar their knees as the shock of impact goes straight up to the knee, fortunately i'm naturally a toe runner.
Switching to HCRV has completely changed my life, as I got into my late 30's I found exercising getting harder and just put it down to inevitabilities of approaching middle age but now after being nearly 3 months vegan, I feel like I did in my 20's again and can take hard exercise a lot easier and more enjoyable. My joints have definitely improved from the diet and I can do runs day after day without the previous days fatigue affecting it.