Posts Tagged ‘Fruitarian’

“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!

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.

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!

Tanner

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.

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.

    Food From Fresh

    March 4, 2013

    As mentioned in the previous post, I’ve made a bit of a diet shift. I’ve done away with all the chemically-treated refined salt, refined sugar, food “flavoring”, preservatives, canned food, and all of its ilk. Now my diet is purely fruit-based, with a few exceptions that don’t really change anything. It’s been approximately a week and a half since I’ve had a bleeding Oreo, and my, have my taste buds woken up. A fun fact is that I used to hate cucumber — I just couldn’t stand it. After reinvigorating my taste buds I’m thrilled to say that I now enjoy cucumber. It tastes like apple to me! And that’s certainly not all; nuts, other than peanuts, used to make me sick to my stomach. As of today I can snack on almonds without any pause, and I love it.

    One of the biggest revelations is abandoning the canned food, though. Whereas before I would buy canned beans, I’m now preparing them from scratch; and any meal that calls for those beans I make completely from fresh ingredients. As an example, I’m going to start creating my own “baked beans in tomato sauce”, and everything from the navy beans to the tomato sauce is made 100% fresh. Tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, garlic cloves, all fresh and local (or as local as possible). I haven’t made the baked beans in tomato sauce yet, but based on my experiences so far I expect to taste a massive difference and I won’t want to return to my canned ways.

    And while local and fresh items are obviously better tasting and healthier than their pesticided and travelled kin, local food is often cheaper too! There’s a place nearby where I live called Portland Fruit West which describes itself as an “indoor farmer’s market”, which is a mostly accurate statement. PFW sources their fruit as locally as possible, and in instances where food isn’t grown locally, it’s imported from the nearest location where it is. I encourage everyone to spend an extra few hours each week to make food from fresh — we’re killing ourselves by eating stuff that’s meant for bunkers when the world ends. Buy fresh and local, save money, eat raw fruits and vegetables, and develop some cooking skills when a situation calls for it.

    For inspiration, watch Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (preferably the UK version). The most consistently important thing in turning failing restaurants around is getting rid of pre-cooked plasticky stuff and making the menu completely fresh. You can taste the difference through the screen, and it’s certainly been an inspiration to me in this process.

    The Fruitarian

    March 1, 2013

    Well, I’m back! And, let me tell you, it’s been an interesting hiatus.

    I (for the most part) met my goals of:

  • Advancing my knowledge of the Processing language.
  • Publishing articles for other blogs that I’m signed onto.
  • Bringing Picture This! Reviews back to life under its own server and new blogging platform (WordPress.org).
  • Applying for traditional jobs more diligently.
  • Figuring out a new direction for this blog.
  • I didn’t meet:

  • Taking Seizure Prone out of hiatus, although that will be amended shortly.
  • Added bonuses:

  • I was selected to participate in Round 2 of the Enstitute admissions process, which, while making my road ahead potentially very long, is fantastic news.
  • My diet has shifted from “vegetarian who doesn’t eat many vegetables” to “fruitarian”.
  • Wait a minute, “fruitarian”??? What the eff, man? you ask politely.

    A simple definition of a fruitarian diet is that it’s eating food that grows on vines. The idea is that the plant doesn’t have to die for one to eat, and given that fact it’s probably one of the most sustainable diets available. When the world ends, fruit is going to be the last holdout in our food supply because we don’t have to eliminate the plants to eat from them.

    Am I doing this for ethical reasons? No. I appreciate all life, but I can’t see anything menacing behind eating plants. What happened is I put myself into a situation where, despite being “vegetarian”, I was eating unhealthy. One friend called me a “sugartarian” because that’s basically what I was. I can’t think of a meal which I ate that didn’t have refined sugar, salt, or both, and that was a bit of a problem.

    My solution to my unhealthy eating habits was to not allow myself to make bad choices. Taking a look at diets, “fruitarian” has the iron fist I needed to adopt. Sure, that means abandoning good things like eggs, milk, and butter, but it also means the end of Oreos, candy, French toast, and all of the junk available. And I get to replace all of those bad and vaguely-good choices with innovative dishes composed of fruit, beans, nuts, and grains.

    My new favorite meal is baked beans in tomato sauce with assorted fruit. It’s really good and very healthy. A neat breakfast of mine is a smoothie made up of orange juice, a banana, an orange (including the peel!), and a chunk of tofu. That smoothie actually works for two meals. And then, of course, there’s just fruit anytime in the day. An orange here, an apple there, maybe a grapefruit or a banana, and leads to me being rarely thirsty. I’m getting so much water from all of my food that I just don’t need to drink it, and on top of that I don’t crave dessert since I’m eating so much natural sugar anyway.

    This is all good.

    The funny thing about “fruitarian” diets though, is that there’s a plethora of different types. As an example, some fruitarians — the people who do it for ethical reasons — will only eat fruit once it’s naturally fallen off of its vine. Some opt to not eat grains. You’ll run across a bunch who will only eat food raw; baked or cooked is off limits. And some fruitarians argue that because leaves aren’t a fruit, tea is forbidden while others believe that since the plant isn’t getting killed for its tea leaves, tea is okay.

    So I’m a fruitarian in its liberalist sect. While I eat as local and organic as possible, I don’t care if fruit was picked from vines and avoided falling to the ground. I eat grains. I bake. I drink tea, and I’ll even eat cinnamon since I’ve come across fruitarians who accept that. The single most important thing to any fruitarian is that the plant doesn’t have to die for the diet.

    That said, I do have exceptions to my rules. They are as follows:

  • I can use up my former food stock.
  • I’m allotted one Cinnabon Classic per month, at least until my body starts rejecting them.
  • Alcohol is okay socially.
  • It’s been a little over one week since I’ve went “fruitarian”, and I’m very happy with myself. I suggest that you try it before you laugh at me or express concern.

    It’s good to be back! See you Monday!

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