Build Muscle AfterTen Years on a 100% Raw Vegan Diet?

Raw Chris Califano muscle

Chris Califano has been 100% raw for over ten years. Why eat cooked?

Can you build muscle? Absolutely. But I would not have believed it when I first went raw. I lost a lot of weight! I thought it was muscle. then I realized that what I had previously built was not pure muscle to begin with. That’s right. It was always hard for me to admit it but most of the muscle I had built before I “went raw” was mostly stored garbage in my cells. All of my cells including muscle cells. Only by eating raw for many years did I discover that real muscle is dense and built from heavy progressive work over a period of years. Of course you can build more “size” when you force feed especially taking in large amounts of animal products. The hormone action will make you “grow” but only as the body hold onto undigested protein and other useless matter. The mitochondria actually become overworked as the force-feeding continues and cannot process excess nutrition fast enough, so they hold on to it. That’s why I used to “lose” three pounds if I missed a “meal.” Now, I can fast on water for 14 days and just about lose three pounds.

Many men and women are concerned about losing too much weight on a raw diet. Much of our society is overweight to start with, even if they are not classified as “fat”, so our perception of what looks healthy is tragically skewed…

Even thin people have too much cellular waste in their tissues. When they fast or make as drastic a change to their diet as eating 100% raw, they detoxify and “dump” a lot of excess weight. In my case and with my clients, there was never any feeling of serrious hunger, appetite or fatigue in the least, even when weight loss was 35 pounds in six weeks and 100 pounds in nine months. I assume that those who are having major issues with raw are not eating the correct diet. Even those who came directly from an animal based diet had no problem other than the usual minor detox symptoms, but we always knew that slowing down or stopping the healing crisis process was simple: just eat some heavier foods.

Muscle is built with carbohydrates and just the minimum amount of protein. I learned that early on, so I did not use any of the hemp or green protein powders. They only serve to clog you up, much like the other powders on the market. If anything eat the pure raw hempnut seeds in your food. But you don’t need anything other than fruits and greens to build muscle. You just have to make sure that you eat the proper amount of calories in the proper macronutrient proportions. When I went raw I wanted to keep it pure, just as before when I was cooked. Real food always works best. MArketing is what propels people to start asking “what should I take?” as soon as they join a gym. Gyms pay their rent on the sales of these supplements, but you never need them. Those who abuse them end up bloated, with foul odor, skin eruptions and more as their systems try hard to eliminate all that waste.

It is not rocket science. There are no secrets. Building muscle takes hard progressive work on the right exercises, proper real food and adequate rest, fresh air and sunshine. It does not require long bombing and blitzing workouts nor does it work when you do “pumping” health spa style fitness routines. Leave the chrome and ferns to the spa crowd. Real fitness is real fitness. Just like real food is raw, whole, ripe and fresh!

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Real Muscle or Just Bulked UP Waste Products?

Is that muscle pure muscle really pure muscle tissue? Or is it “bulked” (translation: filled with waste products) that are either 1) the result of forced feeding, 2) water retention caused by inorganic sodium chloride.

When I chose the name “The Best Weigh” almost 30 years ago, I wanted to call attention to the importance of your body to be the best ratio of adipose to lean tissue. I remember seeing people at my high school reunion years later who bragged that they “weighed” the same than when they were 18! Little did they remember that they had become “inverted vee-shapes” since then. Sure, they weighed the same but now their muscle sites had shrunk while their fat sites had increased. They sported twig-like thighs, sunken pectorals and flat backs yet they weighed the same as when their body composition was more appealing, injury-resistant, and health-supporting. The scale is not a good measure of your body composition in terms of fat to muscle.

When I went completely vegan in 1985 I did it to increase performance, health and better “weigh”, realizing that the fat to lean ratio was only the beginning. Going raw more than ten years later made a much greater difference, but low fat raw vegan 80.10.10 gives the best health and fitness results by far.
This next step involves getting the actual cells to be of good quality, since anyone can gain muscle “size” by eating more “food” no matter whether it is cooked, animal, processed, vegan or high fat raw. The poorer the quality the food, such as bread, rice and pasta, dehydrated “raw treats” and the like… the easier and more convenient it is to bulk the muscles (and fat cells) full of garbage. But this is not functional muscle. Even those who consume raw rice “protein” powders and so-called “superfood supplements” will hold undigested garbage that their cells can not utilize. This extra smooth size is the result of the body’s catabolic metabolism becoming unable to eliminate waste products fast enough. You can usually tell by their bloated stomachs and even faces. Not to mention those who consume animal protein such as milk and eggs which disrupt the hormonal function so much as to cause artificial overgrowth. Of course strength only increases with progressive resistance training. The muscle fibers strengthen and get slightly thicker, as do the tendons to a much lesser extent. But the mitochondria enjoy the “greatest girth” as they become unable to process waste. As a result, your cells in general hold on to more waste material. You appear bigger, but you are not stronger due to the excess waste, only weaker.

Each ounce of ANTIbiotic inorganic salt must be suspended in a solution of about six lb. of water in order for the body not to die. (Even an ounce of salt taken at one time will kill you.. salt solutions are injected to cause abortions…) Salt is poison and your body dilutes it in order to survive. The typical American is carrying four ounces of salt in their bodies, thus they have 24 lb. of excess salt water stored in their tissues.

My wonderful wellness and fitness experiment continues as I see the results of consuming no salt for the past six months. For years I have lost more excess waste from my cells, resulting in my getting proportionately stronger and healthier. It is interesting to see the creation of real, hard, pure muscle that is not “padded” in any way. Next time you see your favorite movie actor, keep in mind that about 24 pounds of that “muscle” is water.

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Pad Thai Experiment

Here’s a dish I designed for my chefs to make yesterday for our transitional raw athletes and Best Weigh Ultimate LIfe clients.We also made some for the good people at Rising Ride Natural Market of course.

I never had Pad Thai before, cooked or raw, (never liked the blandness of it- too many worthless bean sprouts and non-nutrition-desnse food I thought…), so I researched the authentic recipes plus asked a few of my native Asian clients and friends for some tips and came up with this. I made the noodles the traditional raw gourmet way of spiralizing zucchini and then lightly salting and pressing it to make it like al dente pasa (I am quite expert on that being from a continental traveling Italian household as I grew up!! lol) and coating it with an almond-chil sauce I made, then adding fresh herbs and the proper slicedm dices or matchsticked vegies with some lime.

Surprisingly, many saidt it was the best Pad Thai they ever tasted. I do not eat this way anymore, but I had to have a serving but on top of a half pound of fresh baby spinach, since this dish is so creamy rich.

I have no idea how this should taste but I like to make things taste good, so I guess it turned out okay!

First Attempt Raw Pad Thai by Chris

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Biggest Deception In The Raw Food Industry

Some people would make it seem as if it is “healthier” to add some cooked food to a raw food diet. But when investigating their evidence it shows them adding only about a ten percent addition of cooked food to the diet to get this “extra nutrition”. They can’t get enough calories to combat their “malnourishment” so they add some cooked food. Ten percent. If all they needed was ten percent, then it is not a major problem. If they needed forty or fifty percent or eighty percent then it would be a problem. They also say that eating a high sweet fruit diet provides too much sugar and will cause problems. They also said in one person’s experience that after two years of eating a high fruit diet they had some problems. Well, I have been raw or ten years (vegan for 25) and it does take time to transition. I would not have been ready for a 100% raw primarily fruit diet right away, coming from a standard American diet, albeit vegan for 15 years before I went raw. I would no sooner make such a drastic diet change as I would add a hundred pounds to a weight training exercise suddenly!

In addition, you can easily cut and balance the sweet content of a fruit meal by adding celery or lettuce, or make sure that you are eating enough of these other foods at another meal. Eating ten percent more or even twenty percent more cooked greens or vegetables is not an option if genuine health is your goal.

Experience has taught me that transitioning to a good thing is key. Moving forward on a regular basis is what striving is all about, a respected quality in our society. To say that eating cooked food can somehow improve your health does not take into consideration those people who are actually improving their health, and moving our society slowly forward to better health in the generations to come. Why must we fall victim to mediocre? Good, honest and intelligent raw foodists are not in denial. Those who say that adding cooked food are. Of course, those who are fanatical about cooked or raw, in my opinion are defined as those who are not following the fundamentals of nutrition but instead bring “morality” or “culture” into the argument instead of the basic biological framework that creates the best diet for humans past or present. We should eat according to our original design principles, not based on opinion.

Chris Califano

After ten years raw and 25 years vegan, Chris is raw living proof that you do not become emaciated from a high fruit, zero supplement natural hygiene diet.

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No Such Thing As So-Called Food Addiction

There is no such thing as emotional food addiction as most people understand it. The interesting thing is that once you change your diet to the proper one as designed by nature, any deviant behavior goes away just as chronic illness is eliminated. People think that the mind is separate and requires extra meditation, motivation or medication when in actual practice these things, as mildly helpful as they can be in certain cases, never get to the root source. The clients I have worked with for the past 30 years prove this, not that it is not common scientific knowledge. It is a shame that this truth is twisted 180 degrees into marketing products and services that are, at most, useless in all but the most important situations. The health crisis is not solved with money, drugs, supplements or “treatments”.. I know for a fact (and it happens to be a fact even if you have never experienced it) that only a proper diet creates proper health. It works every time. Of course few people know what a proper diet is.. they have all sorts of “ideas”….. the proper diet must consist of a minimum of 80% carbohydrate (fruit is the absolute best), no more than 10% fat total protein (dark green leaves are the absolute best source of protein and minerals by the way) and no more than 10% fat (best sources are avocado, and some nuts and seeds) It just so happens that fruits are your number one source of vitamins; number two best source of minerals and vegetables are your number one source of minerals and number two source of vitamins. And dark greens of course are the best “vegetable” – they are in a class by themselves (compared to lesser vegetables such as carrots, or potatoes which have almost no nutrition, just starch calories. What most people do not realize is that even with the so-called degradation of our soil and the added agricultural practices to make more food profitable and abundant for the masses, WHOLE FRESH RIPE fruits and the proper selection of vegetables are still the number one source of nutrition on this planet and are the source of human calories. Unfortunately, brainwashing, culture, habits and mass media has caused people to doubt the 54 million year old common sense of eating. They try to get health out of a bottle and when they get sick they turn to drugs or “supplements”. Of course in the 50 years of “holistic” health, disease has only skyrocketed. Still, most people insist that they are healthy. I am heart broken at how many suffer needlessly due to the brainwashing that is prevalent even with so-called intelligent people.

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Genetic Misunderstanding

Fact: Cancer, heart disease and all major chronic diseases are affected by your genes about 1%, if that.

Fact: Your bone structure, body type, hair color, eye color, skin color and physical attributes are 100% genetic.

Yet, people have been led to believe that they can not do anything about their chronic dis-ease, but they can do everything to significantly alter their body type!

As Luther Burbank reminded us, “Heredity is nothing more than stored environment. We now know this to be true since it is common to reverse cancer, heart disease, and chronic life-threatening diseases in as little as eight weeks. Even main stream science and medicine is all over the news the last ten year with reports on how, for example, men’s prostate cancer markers went down 95% in eight weeks due to significant diet change.

Anyone who is unaware of the significant and superior (actual disease reversal instead of temporarily treating symptoms as drugs and supplements do) benefits of diet has been living in a vacuum.

Unfortunately, the misinformation about “genetics” stems from simple misunderstanding, and thus, dangerous lifestyle choices. The fundamentals of genetics are known, yet the information that filters down to the public is completely twisted.

The New England Journal of Medicine stated that, “There is no controversy in nutrition, it is only how it is interpreted FOR the public. The same holds true for genetics. Marketers “interpret” the fundamentals for us, twisting them completely around until they are actually in reverse. It is difficult to discover the truth if one relies on “research” since, “The truth is so precious that it… is surrounded by a bodyguard of lies”, as Winston Churchill so eloquently put it.

The best and only way to determine what is truth, is by experience. Most so-called “professionals” and “experts” are very myopic in their chosen field. Few know how to put it all together. “What does it all mean? is the question only answered by each individual. It will always lead to the exact same conclusions, but we must make our own mistakes in order to trust ourselves.

Man’s “power of reasoning” has backfired terribly on him. He has basically reasoned himself to death by ignoring natural instinct and instead running after man-made artificial knowledge. Building and maintaining a computer is one thing but building and maintaining your body is totally different. You must consult with nature or your creator (whatever belief you subscribe to) and then by trial and error we all ultimately discover the best diet and lifestyle. Some are blessed to get there quicker than the rest, and should help those who lag behind.


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Most Misunderstood Fundamental of Life

Few people would argue that what you eat plays the most major role in determining whether you suffer from disease or not, and how you feel every moment of the day including how well you sleep and how well you heal, think, perform, etc. Those who do not “believe” this are either ignorant (not a bad thing), addicted (that is easy to fix with correct diet…and check out the little known truths about taste addiction at, and emotional disorder (that can be a problem but it is mostly all about the person “wanting to” change or not… as modern psychology as proven…)

Chris Califano raw vegan myth crusher

Never underestimate the power of Fundamental Nutrition. You can't argue with results. If I can actually build pure muscle JUST with whole raw fruits, dark greens and a tiny amount of nuts, seeds and avocado (ZERO refined oils, salt, supplements, mumbo-jumbo raw dehydrated bars, etc., then what can I say! And not just for a few years. Ten years!

But the biggest MISCONCEPTION about fruits and vegetables is amazingly obvious. People treat them like snacks, adding them to meals. Sorry people. Health can only be yours when you make them your entire meal. Your entire diet.

In other words, eat nothing else, or at least limit all your other “foods” (is that really a “food” or is it a manufactured product? …insert gentle, loving sarcasm here) to no more than ten percent of your diet- fifteen at most, and see what happens. If you have the male or female guts to let go of  brainwashed addictions and at least try to go 100% raw (after you detox all the garbage out from at least being vegan and sensible for a few months first, and then 85% raw for another few months, while letting your cells at least start to return to normal design specs, then you will feel what waking up in a lean healthy super awake body actually feels like!

Everyone knows that even “true blues” like the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, World Health Organization, Centers For Disease Control, John Hopkins University, harvard, Yale, Cornell, countless others (not some nutcase on a soap box in the parking lot of your local health food store…) and the entire intelligent planet have been urging us to eat at least “five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every SINGLE day” for optimal health. YOu did not hear it here first. But why are you not doing it. Hey.. it’s your funeral. (And please excuse my seemingly insensitive anger- health has not as much to do with living longer than it does with not crapping yourself for the last few years of your life. It is a fact that at least 40% (that is conservative) of adults will suffer greatly the last ten years of their life. Heck, I know people now ten years younger than me who complain about hemorrhoids, dribbling, fatigue, stomach problems, headaches, and this is every day. But when I see their shopping cart it is more than obvious.

Your diet must be at least 70% raw whole fruits and vegetables. Few people even come close. The average American eats 7% per day. If they are lucky. And french fries and ketchup account for half so they are in essence getting 20 times less than they should. Or they eat some cooked veggies and call it even. They have no idea how much they need, as they have never figured it out by calorie.

People misinterpret the 70% or seven servings for optimal health to mean that if they only get one or two then they are going to have “some” health.

Pardon the strength of my deliverance but while my clients are living the good life, the rest of the society is getting old and sick fast. Luckily my mom (guess her age) is not on one single medication, nor does she suffer the health woes of people even twenty years younger. Check out her picture here. Guess her age and there will be a very special prize in it for you.

Your body does not work that way. Unless you enjoy sniffling, sore or dry throat upon waking up, congestion, headaches or stomach aches EVER, or any of the other “cold and flu symptoms” that most people always seem to be suffering from, or even sometimes, like once a year for more hours or even days or weeks!

This simply does not happen when you eat your entire diet made up of fruits and vegetables. In fact most people think that carrots and apples and lettuce are the main fruits and vegetables.

Nope. DARK GREENS are your mainstay, but they as a group are ten to twenty times more nutritious than carrots or potatoes, which have no usable nutrition- potatoes are just filling… they control populations and are called “staples” but they are not sustainable for health.

Only dark greens (and only when assimilated properly, not the way most people wolf them down, plus abundant fruits, not fruit juices, can provide the nutrition that your body need to be normal.

Few have ever experienced what it feels like to have normal health. SOme go so far as to take handfuls of vitamin pills, even going so far as to believe that the “fruits and veggies in pill form” are somehow going to “get them by”. It is a shame that they have nothing to compare it to. If they were to eat a diet that was at least 705 and hopefully 90% raw whole foods (no processed “health food” mumbo-jumbo products, then they would understand in one fell swoop what it really feels like to live the way we were designed. Try it for at least a month. Even a week or a few days will be such a “lightbulb going off” experience that you would have to be into torture to go back.

Never have an apple a day. Then go have your pasta or a bagel. The idea is to have a half dozen sweet ripe mangoes for lunch at least! Yesterday I had six peaches with four mangoes cubed in a bowl. Of course they were perfectly ripe (I am amazed at how many people eat some non-ripe or over ripe fruit and then tell me how they do not care for the “off” taste of mangoes, for example. They did not do it right!

Don’t eat like a wimp or a brainwashed civilized pale skin. Milk toast. Pencil neck. Panty-waist. Politically Correct. Whatever you want to call it. Civilize your mind if you dare… but make savage the body for best results. Eat fruit as a meal, not as a little snack (that is for baby legs…Please insert “Hans and Franz” accent here).

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Sheik Schick Schtick (No Razor Bumps with Raw)

As  the civilized diet becomes more toxic, new, “sharper”, “more lubricated” and multi-bladed razors sell for increasingly exorbitant amounts of money (they almost give away the handle but the blades cost a lot).

raw food shaving no razor bumps

Are we up to six blades yet?

The need for smooth shaving creams, pre-treatments, emollients and super tech razors is an interesting testimony to how rough people’s skin has become and there is no end in site (other than … face replacement?).

Bumpy skin is caused by diet. Toxins resulting from bad diet erupt out of the largest eliminative organ that we have- our skin- and enlarge and aggravate pores and follicles.

Ever since I got my skin in the right place by eliminating the source, I have been able to cut my cost on shaving about 90% plus enjoy almost 100% nick-free and certainly ultra-smooth comfortable shaves ever since. Yet one more small (large for many) benefit to eating the best way.

As you add up all the benefits it becomes clear that a 100% raw vegan diet (done the best way) is not only easy once you lose the bad habits and gain the better ones, but any effort that you put in at the start is rewarded at least a hundred fold not just in genuine health that is undeniable, but the time saving is astronomical along with saving money on al those worthless cosmetics! Treat the source, not the symptoms!

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