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The Vegan Trucker

Seldom during the past 15 years of publishing the Hallelujah Acres Health Tip have I used the testimonies of those who restored their health by any other means than using The Hallelujah Diet. But I recently read a testimony in the March/April 2012 issue of VegNews that I felt worthy of sharing with you.

The title of the article is “Raw Vegan Trucker” and is written by Joni Sweet:

When asked why he decided to ditch meat and dairy, 65-year-old Dave Conrardy summarizes his complex health situation with the simple explanation – “I was dying. That’s what made me go vegan.”

Dave (before)

At 430 pounds, the big-rig driver was eating three pounds of red meat and a pack of antacids every day. His diabetes was out of control, his kidneys were leaking proteins, and a total of 25 prescription medications were keeping him alive.

But the place where his health problems began is where he found a solution: on the road. In 2007, Conrardy discovered the work of raw foodist Gabriel Cousens and started juicing fruits and vegetables at highway truck stops.

Picking up produce in small towns, he would head to the highway stops, pull out his dual juicers and a 500-foot extension cord, and set up shop on a picnic table, making three gallons of juice – enough for three days.

Just 10 days after adopting this new lifestyle, Conrardy ditched the antacids, and found that it became easier to avoid animal products. “The more I flooded my body with nutrients, not only did I feel better, but my cravings went away.”

Fellow truckers dubbed him “the incredible shrinking man” – he lost 230 pounds after 15 months on his new diet and was soon off 24 of his 25 medications. “When I heard about veganism, I didn’t believe it could be this powerful,” says Conrardy.

Dave (after)

No longer driving trucks, Conrardy shares his story at conferences worldwide, runs an e-book publishing company, and coaches others on the benefits of a raw diet. The inspirational speaker affirms, “I am committed for the rest of my life to getting the word out.”

Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Dave Conrardy and may his testimony be an inspiration to others to change their diet from animal-based to plant-based. By the way, the photo in the VegNews article reveals the contents of Dave’s refrigerator, including a container of Hallelujah Acres’ BarleyMax on the top shelf!


  1. Yes, I did notice the Barley Max was there in the refrig. Also, to add to that note, Dave mentions Barley Max in one of his youtube videos and calls it, “Rocket Fuel”.

    • Dave Conrardy April 17, 2012

      Yes Allison, I do indeed call it Rocket Fuel as to this day thats the only way I know how to describe it!!!
      Blessings…”The Vegan Trucker”

  2. Jeasterly April 12, 2012

    I saw Dave the Trucker at a Raw Vegan meeting here in San Diego. He actually called Barley Max “rocket fuel for humans.” He said he doesn’t endorse products, but Barley Max is so good for the body, that he won’t be without it, and he uses it liberally every day.

    BARLEY MAX = Rocket Fuel for Humans

    • Dave Conrardy April 17, 2012

      I usually say that at my talks, its so rare for people to not misquote me (by accident) you’ve got it word for word Jeasterfly (thank you). I remember when I spoke there we were expecting 15 people to show up but you’all had the biggest storm of 20 years…and still almost 60 people showed up !!! Blessings…
      “The Vegan Trucker”

  3. This is a wonderful testimony for those who don’t believe you can eat healthy while traveling on the road. My husband is a motivational speaker and we travel all over the country and never veer from the diet and lifestyle. It can be done. It is a choice. Make it a good one.

  4. suzeequzee May 3, 2012

    Wow what a great example. I started jucing 2 days ago and plan to continue this time for my health and to help my sweete with his health too.

  5. I’m a truck driver ….. I probably need to do this. I’m a good 60 lbs overweight. Not to mention my wife and I have been watching food documentaries on Netflix and well yikes. I also don’t want my two daughters to have health problems. Any starter tipson how to get a family to go vegan?

    • LaCuisineVegetale March 25, 2014

      Start your day with a smoothie 🙂 I have a personal blender in my truck, i freeze veggie and fruits mix, bring some boxed juice with me, and im goo to go for a long time! sippin sippin good (try those: tribest personal blender or nutribullet…vitamix is coming up soon with a personal too!!)

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