The Raw Food Trucker : Comes to Indianapolis
Jul 01, 2012 05:27PM
By Beth Davis
Dave Conrardy knew that he was dying. He was 52 years old and weighed 430 pounds. He was eating three pounds of red meat and a bottle of antacids every day. For him, eating greens meant adding extra pickles to his hamburger. His diabetes was out of control, he had heart problems and his kidneys were leaking proteins. The only thing keeping him alive was his cocktail of 19 prescription and six over-the-counter medications. But, then something happened that would end up saving his life.
As a big-rig truck driver, he taught others how to drive. One particular day, he was giving lessons to a young couple, David and Judith Whiting. He mentioned his struggles and they told him of a diet that would cause him to lose weight and heal, and he could eat all he wanted: the raw food diet, which consists of minimally processed fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains and legumes. “My diet was almost opposite of what they were telling me, but I decided to give it a try,” he says.
In 90 days, Conrardy lost 98 pounds, but his blood sugar was still high. Doctors told him insulin was the only answer, but he knew if he became insulin-dependent, he could no longer be a truck driver. With only a ninth-grade education, he did not see that as an option, so he did some research. He discovered the book, There is a Cure For Diabetes, by Dr. Gabriel Cousens, which outlined the benefits of raw food juicing.
“I told my doctor to let me try this juicing thing,” recalls Conrardy. “I was 330 pounds, so he told me I had a week to turn things around. I thought there was no way it would happen, but on the fourth day, my blood sugar dropped. I was shocked.”
He began juicing fruits and vegetables at highway truck stops and rest areas and within 10 days, he was no longer taking antacids. Within six months, he was taking only one of his 19 prescriptions medications. After a little more than a year, he had dropped a whopping 230 pounds.
Today, Conrardy is known as the “Raw Food Trucker.” He has adopted a 99 percent raw, organic and vegan diet and travels the world sharing his story. He no longer drives trucks, but runs an e-book publishing company and coaches others on the benefits of eating raw.
“I have dedicated the rest of my life to spreading the word,” he says. “I never would have believed this was possible, but it is the happiest time of my life. I’m so grateful to be alive that I want to show others the possibilities of the best healing diet on the planet.”