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“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.

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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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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.

The Bananas-Only Diet: Day 1

June 8, 2013

Today I started a short-term diet where I eat only bananas. At least 30 bananas per day, nothing else except water, for 1 week to 1 month. The idea is that I’ll have more energy and my overall physique will improve, and next Friday I’ll assess my body to confirm everything. I’m guessing that I’ll want to move forward through to a full month, but we’ll see.

I know that this sounds crazy, but Freelee uploaded a video recommending the cleanse and she makes a compelling argument for it. Her video really inspired me, and coupled with the data I present here it might inspire you too. This bananas-only diet is nutritionally sound, at least for the short amount of time (relatively) I’ll be on it.

My Stats 06/07/2013:
Gender: Male
Age: 22
Weight: 120 lb
Height: 5’8″
BMI: 18.2
Weight Goal: Maintain Weight
Calorie Ratio Target: 80% Carbs, 10% Protein, 10% Fats

Cron-O-Meter, a fantastic nutrition tracker that I use, takes the above data and calculates the amount of vitamins, minerals, carbs, protein, and fats which I need to be healthy and meet my goals. In percentages, the data which follows is the amount of each nutrient I get from eating 30 bananas in a day, relative to my daily requirements (as calculated by Cron-O-Meter). The nutrients which this diet is deficient in are in red.

(Note: The nutrients which don’t have a target aren’t listed.)

General:
Kcals: 153%
Carbs: 196%
Protein: 75%
Fats: 51%

Carbs:
Fiber: 279%

Protein:
Cystine: 170%
Histidine: 577%
Isoleucine: 105%
Leucine: 130%
Lysine: 125%
Methionine: 61%
Phenylalanine: 294%
Threonine: 140%
Tryptophan: 170%
Tyrosine: 54%
Valine: 136%

Fats:
Omega-3: 69%
Omega-6: 11%
Saturated: 23%

Vitamins:
B1: 105%
B12: 0% (which my B12 supplement addresses)
B2: 229%
B3: 170%
B5: 273%
B6: 1152%
Choline: 73%
Folate: 204%
Vitamin A: 14%
Vitamin C: 394%
Vitamin D: 0% (which sunlight addresses)
Vitamin E: 27%
Vitamin K: 17%

Minerals:
Calcium: 20%
Copper: 353%
Iron: 133%
Magnesium: 275%
Manganese: 479%
Phosphorus: 128%
Potassium: 311%
Selenium: 74%
Sodium: 3%
Zinc: 56%

In other words, bananas contain some amount of every nutrient that you need (ignoring vitamins B12 and D), and 30 bananas in a day without anything else is more than enough for most nutrients. Your daily needs will be different than mine unless you have my exact same build and goals, though a month — let alone a week — on this diet isn’t near-enough time for the select deficiencies to negatively affect your health.

Care to join me? :-)

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