Posts Tagged ‘Health’

“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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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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