Diversification And Legacy Data

May 23, 2014

I’m told that I’m a very loyal customer. That I’m loyal to Apple, Starbucks, Portland Fruit West, etc. — very few companies receive my business, and those who do receive my business receive a lot of it. Instead of making things complicated by buying from a diverse array of companies I keep things very simple by only buying from a handful.

There are many benefits to not diversifying yourself in computing platforms, and probably the most clear example of why it’s good to stick with one company is legacy data. Apple is what I know, so I’m going to try to stick to it for this blog post, though most of what follows can be said about other large companies which provide a wide array of services.

TL;DR: Through backups, my iPhone 5s and iPad Air have a data trail that dates back to 2006 with my MacBook Pro.

In 2007 I synced my brand new iPod touch with my MacBook Pro, and moved over .Mac mail, Calendar Events, Contacts, and Music/Movies. Every iOS device I’ve purchased since my iPod touch has been set up using backup data from the iOS device preceding it. I’ve actually gone through four generations of backups setting up new devices.

  1. 1. My iPhone 3G was just my iPod touch in a new shell.
  2. 2. My iPad and iPhone 4 were copies of my iPhone 3G in different shells.
  3. 3. My iPad 3 was a copy of my iPad.
  4. 4. My iPhone 5s, iPad mini and iPad Air are really just copies of my iPhone 4 and iPad 3, but they can also be considered simply grown up versions of my 2007 iPod touch.

(In addition, my iPhone 5s and iPad Air seamlessly share a remarkable amount of data with each other through iCloud.)

If I mixed things up with an Android device now and then, and if I used a different Mail service, 3rd party Contacts, Calendar, Notes, web browsers, office suites, photo management apps, etc., I could have moved over everything from device to device regardless of platform. The problem is it would require more work than I’d like! There’s beauty in simplicity.

Diversification is an important part of our development as humans. It’s great to travel and be around people who aren’t like you, who take you out of your comfort zone and force you to develop new ideas of culture and humanity. What I’ve learned traveling is that people are at a base level the same everywhere, although there are differences which have been imposed through the arc of time. When you immerse yourself in a culture other than your own, you can learn those impositions and adopt the ideas that you like, making yourself a truly unique individual.

Where diversification falls short of being important for development, is in our product purchases. You see people who have an iPhone, a Samsung Android tablet, and a Dell Windows PC, and use Yahoo! e-mail. This can be in the name of diversification, that different platforms have different benefits, and that it’s generally a bad idea to put all your faith in a single company in case it goes out of business.

As far as Apple goes, however, it’s very far from shutting down with its $151 billion in the bank and all. And the more companies you tie yourself to, the greater the chance you’ll find some services you rely on disappearing. It’s important to measure everything such as functionality, profitability, and how the company has handled product/service transitions in the past. From what I’ve measured Apple is the company I feel safe relying on.

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Love

November 23, 2013

Two days ago one of my friends told me that he was glad that I didn’t kill myself (sometime between 2012 and February 2013 I suffered from suicidal depression). I told him yeah, I’m glad too, then I asked what brought it up. He told me that a friend of his had just killed himself.

It’s things like this which indicate that we who have overcome something almost have a responsibility to talk about it, to get it into the public consciousness. By becoming fruitarian I’ve overcome seizures, depression, and physical inactivity, and I’ve talked at length about the seizures and inactivity. With the exceptions of snippets here and there, and a mention in an interview, I’ve avoided going over my depression at length. That has to change.

After asking me a series of questions in October 2012, my doctor told me that I was severely depressed and she recommended that I see a therapist. I told her no. Between then and February 19th, 2013 I tried to commit suicide through medication overdose three times.

The reason I refused to see a therapist was because of embarrassment. I’m on my dad’s health insurance, so if I went to therapy, he’d find out whether I wanted him to or not. He’d tell my mom, my mom would probably make me stay with her so she could supervise me I’d have to tell my friends why I was moving back home, and my life – whatever it was – would be shattered… Whether that would’ve turned out to be true or not, that was my thought process. I was too embarrassed to seek help.

And so I tried to kill myself three times with Vicodin and/or Lamictal XR.

I do want to note that, on the scale of suicide attempts, my overdoses pale in severity to people who have shot, cut, or hung themselves. I could have tried harder to kill myself, and I don’t mean to minimize others’ suicides by using my own smaller attempts as examples.

I do think that I can offer some universal insight, however.

As I mentioned above, I was too embarrassed to let other people know that I was depressed and regularly thought about killing myself. I assume that that’s exactly how it is with many other people who are depressed. You hear about it all the time – one day a kid is found dead in their room, and then everyone close to them says that they didn’t see it coming. That they had no idea he or she was suicidal.

The reason is because people can put on a good mask to protect themselves.

I know that when I was around people, I pretended to be as okay as I could be, then I would go home and try to go to sleep, frightened of the next day. I really had nothing to be scared of, but I was just scared. No one knew that, though, and so if one day one of my overdose attempts was successful, everyone would say they didn’t see it coming.

You can’t wait for one of your friend’s funerals to express your love for them. You can’t wish that you had made them always welcome at your home. I don’t mean to plant the seeds of doubt, but people you treasure could be depressed and suicidal and they’re just too embarrassed to tell anybody.

What you can do is express your love whether they seem depressed or not. What’s the worst that can happen if someone you love isn’t depressed and you tell them how much you appreciate them? You’ll receive thanks? But on the off chance that a person you reach out to is depressed, your love might make them feel a little bit safer in a world they’re scared of.

I know that there were a few select people who made me feel safer when I was depressed. They didn’t stop me from trying to kill myself, but their love might be what stopped me from trying to kill myself with a more effective method. Their love might be what helped me choose to adopt a healthy fruitarian lifestyle after my third suicide attempt. Without their love, I might have succeeded in ending my life.

Love is important. Express it. Whether you know it or not, your love might save the life of someone you cherish. Where others are embarrassed to share their fear, have the courage to share your love. I know that I could have used more of it when I was suffering.

And if you ‘re depressed and you’re reading this, two things: 1) You are loved (trust me on this one), and 2) A lot of your depression could be directly tied to the food you’re eating. More than nine months ago my diet was based around refined sugars and chemicals that altered my brain chemistry. I cut that junk out of my diet and I saw an immediate turnaround. You might see a turnaround as well if you cut out the junk too!


Blood Test on Bananas (Bananas-Only Diet Part II)

November 19, 2013

Hey all!

It’s been a while. Admittedly I could have been a better blogger, but here I am and I hope I’m here to stay!

I recently finished another bananas-only month. And unlike last time, I didn’t eat anything except bananas – I didn’t stray for even a second. Also unlike last time, I got my blood tested immediately following the month and the results are mind-blowingly positive.

The Rules:

  1. Eat 30 bananas a day for at least 30 days, nothing else except water.
  2. That’s about it.

What happened:

  1. I ate only bananas for 33 days. I managed to maintain 30 every day up until the very end when I caught up on many days of no sleep. 975 bananas in total though!
  2. I made another athletic jump. I ran a 5K and then 45 minutes later ran 11.42 miles for fun, without breaking a sweat.
  3. I started looking younger again. Some of my coworkers at my new job don’t believe that I’m 22 years old – so I’ve thrown them a bone and “admitted” that I’m 17.
  4. I don’t know how much weight I’ve lost, but I lost a significant amount of body fat. I’m extremely lean now.
  5. After the 33rd day and a 12-hour water fast I got my blood tested, and the results are fascinating!

Before I continue with my full blood results list, there are a few notable things:

  1. The only real negative result that appeared on my tests is my Lp(a) levels… They’re kind of through the roof! Lp(a) – AKA Lipoprotein(a) – is a “different form of LDL”, and while that result had me shocked initially (How can my LDL levels be through the roof on just bananas!?!?) after researching further I learned that Lp(a) is affected be genetics and not diet whatsoever. Which means the only negative indication on my blood results has absolutely nothing to do with my diet or lifestyle!
  2. My Protein level is 7.5. The healthy range is 6 to 8.6. Let’s put aside that lie about how you can’t get Protein from fruit – in this case, bananas!
  3. My Calcium level is 10.1, and the healthy range is 8.7 to 10.3. The idea that you can’t get enough Calcium from fruit is also a lie, at least when bananas are involved.
  4. My Potassium level is 4.6. 6 months ago when I had my first blood test done, and I was eating probably 2 bananas a day, my Potassium level was 4.5. Eating 15x the bananas didn’t send my Potassium levels sky high! So let’s set aside the lie about how one can get too much Potassium from bananas.
  5. My Hemoglobin level is 15.1, which is very good. If this is indeed tied to the bananas, it makes sense that I receive athletic jumps when eating only bananas.
  6. I have anemia, so I’ve always known my Red Blood Cell and White Blood Cell counts to be low. I’m beyond pleased to say that that is no longer the case! I’ve beat anemia! My RBC level is 4.78 and my WBC level is 5.3! And across the board my blood health is perfect. I haven’t ever been this pleased with a test result.

So at least my blood seems to think that bananas are pretty perfect.

By the way, you can call me Tanner Bananner! :-)

See ya!

Full Blood Test Results:

Basic Lipid Panel

Total Cholesterol (< 200 is good)
177

LDL ( 40 is good)
56

Triglycerides (< 150 is good)
79

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LDL Particles

vLDL-C (5 – 41 is good)
16

Lp(a) (< 75 is good)
269 – High

Apo B (< 60 is good)
96 – High

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Inflammation

hs-CRP (< 1 is good)
0.18

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Diabetes & Insulin Resistance

Glucose (50 – 100 is good)
85

Hemoglobin A1c (< 5.7 is good)
5.5

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Thyroid

TSH (0.45 – 4.21 is good)
0.864

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Liver Enzymes and Function Tests

ALT/SGPT (8 – 41 is good)
13

ALP (40 – 129 is good)
118

AST/SGOT ( 3.5 is good)
4.8

Total Protein (6 – 8.6 is good)
7.5

Globulin (1.5 – 4.6 is good)
2.7

A/G Ratio (1.1 – 2.6 is good)
1.8

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Kidney Function

Creatinine (serum) (0 – 1.21 is good)
0.99

eGFR (> 60 is good)
108

BUN (6 – 21 is good)
5 – Low

Albumin (> 3.5 is good)
4.8

BUN/Creatinine Ratio (9 – 21 is good)
5 – Low

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Electrolytes

Sodium (133 – 136 is good)
136

Potassium (3.5 – 5.1 is good)
4.6

Chloride (97 – 109 is good)
94 – Low

CO2 (22 – 30 is good)
24

Calcium (8.7 – 10.3 is good)
10.1

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Bone

ALP (40 – 129 is good)
118

Calcium (8.7 – 10.3 is good)
10.1

25-Hydroxy Vitamin D (> 30 is good)
14.9 – Low

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Red Blood Cells

RBC (4.1 – 5.7 is good)
4.78

Hemoglobin (12.5 – 17.1 is good)
15.1

Hematocrit (36 – 51 is good)
43.6

MCV (80 – 99 is good)
91

MCH (27 – 35 is good)
31.6

MCHC (32 – 37 is good)
34.6

RDW (12.3 – 15.1 is good)
13.7

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White Blood Cells

White Blood Cell Count (3.8 – 10.8 is good)
5.3

Neutrophil Count (ANC) (1.5 – 7 is good)
2.4

% Neutrophil (40 – 75 is good)
46

Lymphocyte Count (absolute) (0.8 – 3.1 is good)
2.1

% Lymphocytes (14 – 47 is good)
40

Monocytes (absolute) (0.2 – 0.9 is good)
0.5

% Monocytes (4 – 12 is good)
10

Eosinophil (absolute) (0 – 0.5 is good)
0.2

% Eosinophils (0 – 5 is good)
3

Basophil (absolute) (0 – 0.3 is good)
0.1

% Basophils (0 – 4 is good)
1

Immature Granulocytes (< 1 is good)
0

Immature Granulocytes (absolute) (< 0.1 is good)
0

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Platelets

Platelet Count (155 – 379 is good)
290

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Vitamins

25-Hydroxy Vitamin D (> 30 is good)
14.9 – Low


Staying True to Yourself

September 26, 2013

Hi everybody, it’s been a while! I’ll keep this short.

I’m hosting a fundraiser in a few days for a Fruit Run 5K and I’m simultaneously super excited and super scared!

Initially the fundraiser was going to be a banana split stand. Yup, banana and ice cream and chocolate — as in dairy, which is a food group I intensely disagree with. I told myself “look at the big picture”. That I should ignore that it’s dairy and raise money for an event that will help make fruits and vegetables accessible. I felt completely ashamed when one of my fruit friends asked me what the fundraiser was, and that feeling isn’t healthy.

So!

We changed our plans at the last minute, and now Ritam (my partner) and I will be selling one-ingredient ice cream, that ingredient being bananas. I’m staying true to myself and I have so much energy because of it, and my enthusiasm for what I’m selling is genuine.

If I’m capable of giving life advice, don’t settle because “the big picture” is asking you to. Make the big picture settle with what makes you happy, because the result is going to be so much healthier. In my case, figuratively and literally!

See you soon,

Tanner


“Consult Your Physician”

July 29, 2013

A idea that I’ve been battling since I started promoting a fruitarian lifestyle, is whether or not I should advise you to consult your physician to do things I recommend. I’m not a doctor, I’m at best a beginner nutritionist. If something that I advise you to do goes wrong, you (or your family) can’t seek financial recourse because I don’t have a legally protected medical title. If your doctor approves my recommended diet switch to help your illness, and something bad happens, he or she or your healthcare provider can probably be sued for the bad advice.

In a nutshell, you take advice from bloggers and YouTubers at your own risk. While I believe in everything I say, it’s unwise to not keep caution in mind and not do your own research before changing your lifestyle quickly and drastically. However, while somewhat controversial, I’m going to advise you to not consult your physician about if an illness of yours is linked to the junk you’re eating, and if a raw vegan lifestyle is something you should try. This defies my initial statements on this blog, but you’re more likely to get better health advice from your hair stylist*.

The medical industry is a business, and while I’m sure there are well meaning physicians out there, they would lose money if you sought natural treatments. Everyone in the medical industry depends on you being sick and needing their treatments to make a living. If apples keep the doctor away, do you think that many doctors would link your health to your diet? I know that no doctor that I’ve ever seen has asked me what I was eating. Be it visits for strep throat, pneumonia, kidney stones, flu, the common cold, general checkups, or even my epilepsy which has persisted since I was a child. I haven’t had a single doctor for any single health issue ask me a single question about diet. And these are the people I’ve been recommending you consult before adopting fruitarianism?

(I’m sorry that I used to try to be politically correct, in a sense.)

Now here’s what I think is a smart approach to changing your lifestyle: Seek out the fruitarians and raw vegans who have tackled the health issues that you want to tackle. Find the people who were like you. I haven’t found more than a handful of raw vegans who can be called doctors, but every person is an expert of his or her own story.

If you’re depressed, or are anorexic, or have extremely low energy levels, or have tonic clonic epilepsy, or have a combination of the lot, I’m an excellent person to ask for help. These are problems that I’ve addressed and am managing with my fruitarian lifestyle, and chances are you will see benefits identical to mine. If you’re obese and want to lose weight, I can send you to fruitarians that have lost countless lbs and have kept the weight off. If you have celiac disease, I can link you to someone who fought that with a fruitarian lifestyle and won. Heck, there are plenty of people who beat cancer with a raw vegan lifestyle. And if you want to improve your fitness, I can link you to fruitarians that went from non-fit to athlete.

Find the fruitarian or raw vegan that was most like you are now — and again, I can guide you in that quest if I’m unable to do more than give you an indication of how you should eat and exercise — and get consultation from him or her. We fruitarians and raw vegans of the Internet have no stake in your continued illness. All the information we provide, all the time we put into documenting our lifestyles, is done because we want to shorten lines at hospitals.

* True story. My hair stylist told me that what I need to do to maintain healthy hair, is eat healthy and exercise. She didn’t mention shampoos or conditioners, she didn’t push any products that the business sells. The more hair I have, the more expensive haircuts I might need, and the more money she earns. Advising anything that damages my hair decreases the value of my visits. Hair stylists are almost like reverse doctors.


Cooked Rewards

July 25, 2013

One of the things that fruitarians and raw vegans face is an onslaught of cooked food. It’s everywhere! Cooked food is inescapable, and I think that it’s dangerous socially to be afraid of cooked food if it’s vegan*, and it’s dangerous mentally to not address cooked cravings if you have them.

HOWEVER…

We also shouldn’t be going around eating cooked food like there’s no tomorrow, even if it is vegan. Cooked food is dead food, and you notice how useless it is if you only eat raw, living fruits and vegetables for a while. So what can we do about cravings or social isolation?

For every notable accomplishment, reward yourself with a single High Carb Cooked Vegan (HCCV) meal. Think potatoes, noodles, beans, rice, and any number of vegan items inbeteween which are low in fat and high in carbs. If you’re really craving a burrito (no queso, no carne!) then earn that burrito by completing a reward-worthy task.

What’s “reward-worthy” can vary by person. For me, that would be publishing my “Fitness on Fast Food Day” (a fitness/lifestyle experiment I did) findings. Completing a chapter in Duolingo [iTunes link], the app I’m using to learn Spanish. Completing an entire course in iTunes U or Saylor.org. Running 15 miles instead of 7.5. Anything that, when completed, has me breathing a sigh of relief and saying “frikkin’ finally!”.

If you, as a fruitarian or raw vegan, apply this rule to yourself — that you’re allotted one HCCV meal per accomplishment — you can turn your cooked cravings into productivity. A negative feeling can yield a positive outcome.

As of this writing I have three HCCV meals which need a companion accomplishment. Admittedly I’ve adopted this rule to quell my own cravings and lead to a more productive me, though I think a lot of us could benefit from practicing it.

* Always be afraid of meat and dairy, though!


The Bananas-Only Diet! The End and the Shortly After

July 11, 2013

It happened. Last Saturday was the 30th day of my 30 days eating only bananas — 30 bananas, every day of it. It’s probably been the most amazing experience of my life, and I have notes!

My Personal Changes

  • I look like I’m 17 years old. I can’t pass as my age, but I could pass as a high school student. As one person said, I look like I maybe just graduated high school.
  • My hair is shinier, my nails are harder, my skin is clearer, and my overall physiology has improved.
  • My energy levels went through the roof. There were many days where I had trouble sleeping because I was so pumped.
  • I’m personally more comfortable with myself and my diet, and I no longer fear a downward spiral if I give into a craving every now and then.
  • I learned that there is no limit to the amount one can poop.

My Social Experiences

  • Everyone asked why I was eating a pile of bananas if they saw me.
  • Everyone who asked me why I was eating a pile of bananas asked about protein. Every. Single. One.
  • After learning about my quest, some people poked my abdomen to see if they could feel fat. In public and completely unsolicited.
  • Some people who I know maintained that I could die from potassium poisoning — despite the fact that I ate 30 bananas a day all the way to 900 bananas in a month. I still haven’t disproven the old wive’s tale in their eyes.
  • It wasn’t uncommon for people to call me unhealthy and likely to die. One said that as he ate four cinnamon rolls.
  • The overwhelming majority of people were curious and fascinated as I answered their questions. Only a few took offense, but those who did very clearly wanted me to disappear and I actually felt threatened once.

After the Diet (So Far)

  • I’ve had an extremely difficult time leaving bananas exclusively. There has been one day so far where I almost starved myself because the only thing I wanted was ripe bananas and I had none. I’ve tried kickstarting my taste buds with a high carb cooked vegan meal here and there, and that’s helped slow my banana cravings.
  • When not basically starving myself, I’ve been maintaining the very high level of energy and have upped my top distance-running speed to 7.5 mph (up from 6.5).

Fin

Unless you have an allergy to bananas, I recommend the bananas-only diet. 30 bananas a day for 30 days. You can do it. You’ll see the world differently not only because of the mental and physical enhancements you’ll develop, but because you’ll rock the world around you. You’ll achieve a higher level of discipline as you have to exclude yourself from things that you really want to do, and as you defeat intense pressure from everyone to end the diet prematurely.

Taking up the bananas-only diet — or even fruitarianism in general — is you visibly putting the quality of your lifestyle first. You’re effectively setting fire to everything everyone’s ever known, and while there are less culturally controversial ways to improve your health, A) they probably aren’t as good and B) they don’t display your intentions as honestly — you won’t as easily learn “who your friends are”. Some people I know have been horrible to me, and others have taken a greater interest.

A few people will call you selfish, but really, it’s more selfish of others to think that their time is more important than your health. Anyone who thinks that your health shouldn’t be your first priority is someone who you don’t need to know — on a fruitarian diet, and especially on bananas-only, you will learn who you do need to know. That I think is as almost valuable as the health and physiological benefits.

This is the final banana on the diet, by the way. :-)

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Loyalty

July 11, 2013

Raise your hand if you have a hotspot — some business that you frequent* despite alternatives (if any), simply because you like it and it’s your favorite. For example, coffee — there are seemingly dozens of coffee shops on every highway and shopping center, but do you single out one and always go to it for your coffee or tea? Do you have one grocery store? One restaurant? One gym? If so, pat yourself on the back because you’re a loyal customer and you’re keeping your favorite business(es) alive.

I’m almost comically easy to find. Every few days when I need to pick up a lot of fruit, I walk or run 3.2 miles to Portland Fruit West — despite there being at least one produce store on the way. Despite being able to go to almost any 24 Hour Fitness in the Portland Metro Area, I only go to the one near Cedar Hills. Pre-workout, if I failed to properly load myself up with fruit, I’ll grab an interesting mix of produce from Salsa Mexican Grocery ignoring other grocery stores in the same area. Sometimes after a long workout I like to relax over tea, so I walk to the Starbucks next to the Fred Meyer on Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy and get work/studying done, despite other Starbucks and coffee shops being closer. If it’s past midnight and I want to get some writing in, I choose to stay at Ava Roastaria overnight instead of my own home.

That’s a total of five businesses I frequent most days of the week — anyplace else I happen to visit is an anomaly.

So now why is this important? One thing that I’ve experienced as a loyal customer at various businesses over 10 years is that I get extra attention, I get discounts, I sometimes get free stuff, and I’ve even received job offers in the past. I’ve made friends, associates, and a schedule that’s familiar but vibrant — I only spend time on businesses that have something special. Be it one-of-a-kind employees, or a fantastic design which improves my productivity, or incredible prices/incredible stock, or a combination of the above. I’ll run the extra mile for the superior experience, always, and it works.

Try something for me. If there are places you visit interchangeably, cut off the one(s) which you like the least. Give yourself only one coffee shop, and one grocery store, and one gym. See how your life improves in tiny ways even if it’s inconvenient to not have a ton of variety. After businesses realize that they’re exclusive to you, you’ll notice, and because you’re choosing the best experiences, it won’t get boring.

* Where you work doesn’t count.


The Bananas-Only Diet! Day 25: Cut the (Fake) Fat

July 2, 2013

Hey everybody! Sorry for the lack of updates, I’m just up to my ears in bananas (I’m carrying 62 on me right now. 62!) and the energy has caused me to exercise more than usual, I’ve become more social than usual, and there is that whole work thing.

I have a ton of notes which I’ll reserve for my completion of this 30 day monkey-style diet, but one thing which I want to address today is how eating 30 bananas a day — otherwise known as 3600 kcals a day — has led to noticeable weight loss. I knew going into this diet that I’d lose “water weight”, which is basically fake fat, or bloat — fat that we don’t need and really shouldn’t be there.

Prior to eating bananas-only, I fit into a 32×30 pant size with a comfortable belt-tightening. My hips didn’t lie, relative to my overall size, my waist could’ve definitely stood to shrink. Today I have to tighten my belt so much that it becomes uncomfortable to keep my pants from falling off! All in all I’ve lost 6 lb in 25 days! Eating 3600 kcals per day! It defies logic and reason!

The idea that I’m becoming skinnier has been a bit shocking to some people. I’ve been poked and prodded by complete strangers who see me buy bananas by the 42 lb case. You need to gain weight!! they exclaim. But that isn’t true. What is true is that now I can wear a tight running shirt without looking like I have a beer belly. My figure is accurate and, dare I say it, even sexy! My hips and stomach now match my slim profile, and I’m very happy about that.

I can now build my body from the ground up. All of the bloat making me vaguely misshapen is gone, and this pays tribute to everything that the bananas-only diet is about: Purifying yourself, eliminating everything bad and being rewarded with the opportunity to start over, internally and externally.


The Bananas-Only Diet! Day 14

June 21, 2013

Intro

With three brief exceptions, I’ve been eating nothing but bananas for 13 days and 19 hours as of this writing. 30 bananas a day on average. My coworkers think that I’m crazy, my mom keeps reminding me that it’s socially isolating, but I couldn’t feel better.

Straying from Banana

Getting it out of the way, on the 8th day of the bananas-only diet, I ate some raw banana fudge which I made for my dad for Father’s Day — before you serve anything, you need to taste it yourself. On the morning of the 9th day I ate a tiny slice of raw cake that my mom made for me, because I’m not rude. And that evening I decided to try Stacy’s Pita Chips to see how my body responded to it — which I’ll discuss further below.

Stacy’s Pita Chips vs. Tanner (Banana Version)

How did my body respond to the Stacy’s Pita Chips? For context, we should first discuss what bananas can do for individuals. Bananas are a detox food — eating them helps the body get rid of toxins. So eating nothing but a lot of bananas for an extended period of time will, in (my unscientific) theory, purify your body — evidenced when (WARNING: TMI) you have to use the bathroom every few hours for #1 and #2.

Freelee — the woman who inspired me to take this up — calls the bananas-only diet a “cleanse”. I think that does the diet a disservice because there are loads of cleanses in the world with varying degrees of cleanliness. The bananas-only diet is special — it’s a purification. My body is in the purist state that it’s ever been, so when I introduced an impure substance into my body — even something as not-horrible as Stacy’s Pita Chips — I became physically ill. That bag of chips was effectively poison to my body, and I don’t plan on eating junk food — even “healthy” junk food — ever again.

I think a good rule for everyone to follow is that if it doesn’t expire (or at least significantly deteriorate) within one week of being on the shelf, it doesn’t belong in your body.

Dedicated to Banana

Other than the three above instances where I ate/tasted non-bananas, I’ve eaten only bananas — I have the empty 42 lb Turbana cases to prove it! Initially my goal was one week, but after examining my mind and body I’ve extended the goal to the full month, and will repeat the diet every six months. In other words, I’ll eat nothing but bananas for two months out of every year, though if any special events happen during those months I’ll revert back to raw-fruitarian-in-general for a meal or two.

In the eyes of virtually every single person who crosses my path, I’ve been doing the bananas-only thing for long enough — why continue to limit myself if I’m already purified? It’s decent logic, but the fact remains that I feel (and look) fantastic and my body hasn’t given me a single indication that I should stop this so soon. My energy levels are through the roof — as of this writing I’ve been awake for 30 hours and am fully cognizant.

The reason I’m not very tired is that I haven’t done any strenuous activity to make myself tired, meaning the bananas are giving me more energy than I’m expelling. I’ll get drowsy once I stop eating bananas — the idea that I can manipulate my sleep patterns is fascinating, isn’t it? Granted one can do this on a standard fruitarian diet, though it requires a bit more planning because different fruits have different attributes.

And what I mentioned above in passing is true, I do look better — everything that Freelee said would happen is happening — my skin is clearer, my hair is shinier, my nails are growing in harder, I’ve lost water weight, and my overall physiology has improved. I haven’t deteriorated in any way on this diet, though I have tangibly and intangibly improved.

Fin

As I discussed in a previous post, a bananas-only diet is nutritionally sound for a month because it has some of every nutrient that you need (excluding vitamins B12 and D), and at least 100% of most. Though “some of” isn’t a great idea long term — for most of the time we should be getting at least 100% of every nutrient that we need, and tackle cleanses/purifications only when we want to refresh ourselves.

I’m looking forward to the next 16 days.


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