There have been a LOT of discussions over the years here regarding being raw and lifting, the general concensus that most have come to (including quite a few formerly 100% raw vegan members here) was that being 100% raw is not the best route for maximum size and strength gains. Not that you couldn't still make some great progress training hard and eating completely raw, but it tends to favor better results for endurance athletes over strength athletes.
Some of the raw lifting "gurus" that proclaimed their supposedly exceptional results from it (like Stephen Arlin aka Thor Bazler and former member "Jericho Sunfire") were never proven to have been accomplished while being 100% raw; Jericho seemed to have gained all his quality mass prior to going raw back when he first showed up here, Thor was still riding the crest of his supposed accomplishments when photos surfaced of him looking like he had gaind 100 lbs. of pure fat over what he was still portraying as his previous "fit and strong" image. That aside, it all depends on what you want out of lifting. If, for example, you were 150 lbs. today and looking to one day hit 200 lbs. ripped and strong as heck, I don't honestly think such a feat could be done 100% raw (or, that it would be a LOT more challenging than if you incorporate some cooked food and supplements) since I've never seen anyone come close to such an accomplishment, and nobody has really shown it by example of proof. However, for those who just want to add a fair amount of lean mass, maybe 10-20 lbs. over a few years and build reasonably decent strength, I don't see why it couldn't be possible. But, it certainly is highly unlikely to be as easy or convenient to gain a lot on a 100% raw diet while avoiding anything cooked or processed in any way as it is when you incorporate at least SOME cooked foods and processed items (I'm including protein powders when I say "processed"). But, as I said, it all depends on your goals and how you truly want to eat, and where you're starting in contrast to where you want to end up makes a big difference. It's a lot easier to maintain on a change to raw for some than it is to gain, so if you're reaching for the stars, you might find the diet to slow you down. On the other hand, if you're going for something reasonable, then 100% raw may work out just fine.
Regarding the exotic superfoods, like I said before, always consider the source - many of the "gurus" make their living from selling you overpriced foods they want to make you believe are essentials, when lots of raw folks do just fine without them. I think that once you take the quasi-religious aspect out of raw and all the talk about energies and what-not, it becomes a lot easier to see the diet for what it is. Too many get trapped in the rantings of people who claim experise, but have no official training, education or hands-on experience in that which they preach about. For example, David Wolfe is NOT a physician, does not have a degree in nutrition, and is not someone I'd trust for any serious advice on any condition. This is not to discredit the fact that a raw diet can definitely be healthy for many people and change their bodies for the better. But rather, that many of the people who are the face of the movement who are making strong medical claims have ZERO basis in anything factual, moreso that they'd like to ensure people keep buying their overpriced products by making astounding claims of what they can do for you.
If you search through the board's history here, you'll find discussions going back to the start of things dealing with raw vs. cooked and training, sometimes things got pretty heated (raw pun intended
), but we all tend to get a bit emotional defending our stances here from time to time