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


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.


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: Banana Milk!

June 10, 2013

Freelee, the woman who inspired me to take up the week-to-month-long bananas-only diet, has a recipe for banana milk which is included in her video about the diet. I’ve made it, and it’s tasty and super simple and is a fantastic way to eat a lot of bananas quickly. It’s also extremely nutritious and hydrating, making banana milk an almost perfect beverage. Below is the recipe!


  • 5 medium bananas
  • 1.25 liters (a little more than 5 cups) of water
  • A couple of drops of pure vanilla extract
  • What You Need:

  • A large blender
  • Directions:

    1. Put all ingredients in a blender.
    2. Liquefy/purée.
    3. Pour in a glass and enjoy!
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  • If you don’t have a large blender, divide the recipe in half.
  • Add more water to make the milk more liquidy, or use less water to make the milk less liquidy.
  • Try using banana milk instead of regular milk for cereal, oatmeal, etc.

  • 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.)

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

    Fiber: 279%

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

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

    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%

    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? :-)

    Being A “Big Fruit Eater” In Public

    June 5, 2013

    Two nights ago in a New Seasons I built and two Grapefruit Salads, five bananas, and a bag of grapes. Another customer sitting down looked over at me eating probably 10 lb of fruit, and asked me “Are you a big fruit eater?” I responded that I’m a fruitarian, so yeah. He inquired further — “you only eat fruit?”, “how do you get protein?”, etc. — and I answered all of his questions.

    One of the most fascinating things about this fruitarian lifestyle, is how complete strangers solicit me. It’s very strange, people seem to either be curious and interested, or they’re insecure and detest me because of my diet. There’s no-one in the middle — at least not that I’ve seen — and the behavior is fascinating to observe.

    I think that as a fruitarian it’s important to be a big fruit eater in public. The people who are curious why I’m eating a mountain of fruit will inquire, and my answers to their questions could change their life. For example, the man who asked me if I was a big fruit eater walked away from New Seasons two evenings ago with a new perspective on fruit. Knowing that fruit has protein, he’s now more likely to increase his fruit intake which is beneficial to his health.

    It’s probably not highly likely, but I might’ve helped extend a stranger’s life by a few years. It’s an opportunity which most people don’t often get, yet I can’t go a day without being solicited about my diet. That idea is an intense confidence booster, and I look forward to the day when more people experience it.

    Recipe: Grapefruit Salad (With Photos!)

    June 5, 2013

    I was out last night and in the mood for something exciting and tasty and filling. However, I obviously wasn’t carrying a blender, food processor, or juicer, so all I had was the produce section of a New Seasons (organic grocery store) and the free knife and fork which they loan to people eating in. So I made a fantastic layered fruit salad which I would even be proud to serve to guests at my home. Here is the recipe with pictures.

    What You Need:

  • 1/2 large grapefruit (including skin)
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 handful of cherries
  • Directions

    1. Carve the grapefruit’s flesh out of its skin, making what is the bowl for this fruit salad.
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    3. The first layer of fruit is half of the banana, sliced to your liking.
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    5. The second layer is the cherries. If they aren’t pitted already, pit them over the “bowl” so that the juice adds extra flavor to the banana layer. Once the cherry layer is added, press it down.
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    7. The third layer of this salad is the grapefruit’s flesh, which you’ll want to also slice up.
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    9. Then top of your grapefruit salad with the other half of your banana, again sliced to your liking. And you’re done!
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  • If you substitute the cherries with grapes, this becomes a purely detox fruit salad.
  • For bigger fruit salads, you can substitute the grapefruit and its skin with a melon and it’s shell.

  • Fruit for

    June 4, 2013

    It’s official, I have a fruitarian blog up and I’m super excited about it. Click or tap here to visit Fruit for, my third blog and maybe my most important so far.

    As of this writing Fruit for has information about fruitarianism, why I adopted the lifestyle, a FAQ which addresses nutritional concerns, and other relevant info. As time passes the site will also fill up with blog entries about my experiences as a fruitarian, recipes, and whatever I feel should be read. I also plan on putting up videos eventually, which I’m looking forward to.

    The exciting thing about having this third blog is that I now have to simplify and streamline my life. I need to create a schedule that encourages keeping every blog active, getting back into webcomics, and excelling at my new job. Currently my days are inconsistent and I’m very excited to amp up my productivity. This is also good for you fine people, my readers. :-)

    Thanks for everything!


    Welcome to Fruit for!

    May 21, 2013

    Three months ago the idea of me being a food blogger would’ve been crazy (the idea of a fruitarian blogger would’ve seemed impossible). It’s amazing how quickly time can change things.

    I’m Tanner, by the way. Nice to meet you.

    Expect to see updates in the form of vlogs, recipes with photos, and articles. I imagine this blog will be updated at least once or twice each week.

    In the meantime I’m working on getting a solid amount of static information into the sidebar to your left.

    I hope you enjoy your stay, and if you need me to help you out with your diet (or if you have any questions in general), check out the contact link to your left and get in touch.



    Health Before Wealth

    April 16, 2013

    I’m sitting here at my desk at 5:00 AM, full of energy, contemplating the day ahead. Portland Fruit West — my grocery store since adopting a fruitarian lifestyle — opens at 9:00 AM and I’m almost out of food. At 7:00 AM I’m going to have a peanut butter sandwich* and a whole grapefruit and be on my way, since I have black beans being prepared and need to be back to cook them at 10:30 AM. As I leave PFW I’ll snack on two pears, and upon my return I’ll probably eat four bananas. My next meal will be two cups of the finished black beans and a tomato at 12:00 PM. I’ll follow up with four hours of sleep, and eat three oranges at 4:30 PM. At 7:00 PM, I’ll treat myself to two apples and a cucumber. At about 8:00 PM I’ll exercise until I’m tired, and fall asleep at 10:00 PM until probably 2:00 AM tomorrow.

    Or something along those lines. I’m not fully sure of most of that order until my body tells me what it wants. I’ll actually probably end up eating more.

    An interesting note is that, in-between all that food, I’ll be preparing for an interview for a really god job tomorrow, alongside preparing some ideas for next month’s newsletter at a little nonprofit which I’ve been recently signed onto. I’ll also be preparing for another interview at another nonprofit, writing blog entries, gearing up on the Processing coding language more, and hopefully getting a decent amount of exercise in. This type of day is unprecedented for me; I’m managing a perceived huge food intake (for me), exercise (something I never did), but most notably, recently acquired responsibilities and opportunities.

    I know that my endless raving about the changes that I’ve seen since adopting a fruitarian lifestyle can get old, but at a month and a half in, I’m noticing so many differences in me physically, mentally, and professionally, that I feel I have valuable insight to offer.

    Michael Arnstein, one of the best runners in the U.S., is a fruitarian and passionately advocates for the lifestyle. One thing he said [YouTube link] that was really inspiring to me was, that a fruitarian lifestyle can get expensive, but that it’s important to ignore the costs because the improved you will be more equipped to make more money. Instead of letting yourself deteriorate waiting for the ability to live healthily, try investing in your health first and make yourself better. Since hearing his words, I’ve upped my food intake by 4x, purchased a gym membership, either walk or jog to any destination less than 3.5 miles away from my starting point, and my professional life has begun to rapidly increase.

    (Heck, and yesterday my bank increased my credit limit by $100. So obviously my credit rating is improving rather spontaneously.)

    This means that I currently have no spare cash to spend anymore. Despite the fact that the majority of my food is local and cheap, my weekly food bill stands between $30 and $40. When I first started a fruitarian lifestyle my weekly bill was between $10 to $15, and I have no reason to believe that my cost-of-living will stop going up the more I exercise and the more I eat to offset it. Every penny I used to be able to save for movies, or songs, or anything I didn’t need, now goes explicitly to my health and fitness. The key word in the previous sentence is currently, and I expect even if one of the opportunities on my horizon comes to pass, I’ll have spare change again — which, admittedly, I’d probably put towards my continued health and fitness.

    It’s important to note that I’m not a dietician and it would be irresponsible of me to tell you to adopt the lifestyle that I have. But I think the idea that you should try to be healthy before being wealthy is a good one. I feel like I’m living in a completely new body, and as I don’t believe in coincidences, these opportunities which now crop up regularly give credence to a health first strategy. And it makes sense; fruitarian or not, a healthier you is a more employable you.

    * The peanut butter is homemade, with the ingredients being peanuts exclusively. I’ll be moving up to almond butter soon. Also, the bread is “Powerseed” (Dave’s Killer Bread). Both the bread and peanut butter fit into my fruits, nuts, grains, and beans diet.

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