Socially Isolated

March 25, 2013

Lastly, keep in mind that a limited diet may cause certain social disruptions. Meals with family and friends may become more difficult. Some people with less flexible food options report social isolation.

That is the last paragraph in an “Ask Alice!” article about why teens shouldn’t adopt a fruitarian diet.

I’ll bite. I’ve noticed some “social isolation” since I became a fruitarian, but whose fault is that? Is it mine, for practicing discipline with my diet, or is it the fault of closed-minded people? The following are a select amount of my experiences over my first month of following a fruitarian diet:

  • Some of my friends have called me a freak. One even opted to delete me as a friend on Facebook when I published a post calling out the lies and hypocrisies of unnamed people.
  • Every Saturday I go to breakfast with a group of people. That has now been changed to lunch since “whole wheat toast and a side of fruit” isn’t a suitable breakfast order, apparently.
  • In addition, I’ve been excluded from many dinners with friends because they don’t think that I’d eat anything.
  • Whatever “social isolation” that I’ve experienced is the result of ignorance of my diet, not my diet. If I was able to educate people about how healthy I am, they wouldn’t think that I’m killing myself. If I educated people about how “whole wheat toast and a side of fruit” is perfect since I’m supposed to eat small meals throughout the day, they might accept that as a legitimate order.

    Again, it isn’t my diet that’s the problem, it’s the ignorance towards my diet which can be solved with education. I hope the information presented here serves that purpose. Today I scored an “A” nutrition grade on About.com’s Calorie Count. What follows is the analysis of my day.

    327g Carbohydrates (good)
    60g Protein (good)
    40g Fats (good)
    6g Saturated Fat (good)
    0g Cholesterol (good)
    1911mg Sodium (good)
    74g Fiber (too high)
    3056IU Vitamin A (too low)
    3056mg Vitamin C (too high)
    466mg Calcium (too low)
    13mg Iron (too low)

    1745 Calories eaten
    2362 Calories burned

    I need to work on my vitamin distribution a little bit, but otherwise, I’m likely getting a better distribution of nutrients than most people, as evidenced by my “A” grade on Calorie Count. Probably around 95% of the food I ate today was fruit (including vege-fruit), the rest was composed of beans, nuts, and grains. And this makes me a freak? What follows is the food I ate today.

    3 Oranges
    2 Apples
    2 Bananas
    1 Grapefruit
    1 Cucumber
    2 cups Pinto Beans
    2 slices Pineapple
    1 Peach
    10 Gojiberries
    1 Tomato
    2 slices “Powerseed” bread (Dave’s Killer Bread)
    2 tbsp Natural Peanut Butter

    It wouldn’t be a bad idea to eat one less orange and one more peach. Maybe add coconut, tofu, and soy milk to the mix the next time I go food shopping. I also have a lot of walnuts which I would do well to munch on.

    How in the world is a fruitarian diet bad by default? I’m curious how your diet stacks up to mine. If I had to, I’d wager that it wouldn’t be a bad idea for you to take cues from my A-grade diet. What I eat doesn’t make me a freak, it makes me rational and highly disciplined.

    When I first started this diet I had decided that I wouldn’t be picky when I ate out with people, that I wouldn’t be that guy who doesn’t just pick a meal off of the menu. But it’s become my responsibility to not try to simply please crowds by following their expectations.

    I’m very good at articulating ideas, and I’d be doing harm to fruitarians today and in the future if I let the idea that we’re social lepers propagate. I need to be a jerk (perceived) who says “no” to the food at a Thanksgiving dinner table. I can’t lie to be accepted, and I need to prove-by-example that my diet is as healthy — or healthier — than the average person’s.

    I can’t wait for my diet to be accepted.

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