Saturday, November 01, 2008

Fruitarian Interview - 24 - Hondo

Hi Hondo,

Thanks for contacting me and volunteeing to be interviewed!

I've just been looking through your myspace page (organickemistry).. I see you are a 30 year young guy, living in Georgia, US.. Is that where you were born and grew up?

Actually, I grew up in southeastern Michigan about 20 minutes outside Detroit. It was college that brought me south, and I lived in Georgia for 10 years. Now I’m back in Michigan for a short time before attending chiropractic school. (I can be reached via my myspace, or email: creative_eclectic at hotmail dot com).


I'm guessing that you came from a traditional omnivorous background, eating probably a typical diet of that area. Could you tell us a little about that? Maybe give us a rough idea of what you used to eat on an average day?

My diet was straight junk growing up. I rarely, if ever, ate fresh fruit. Instead it was meat with a starch like rice or mashed potatoes and overcooked vegetables for dinner every day. On top of everything else raw food in general wasn’t encouraged except when salad was served, but this came along with the typical condiments like ranch and buttermilk flavored dressings.

Holidays were a treat, and “soul” food, which ironically actually destroys one’s soul instead of feeding it, was served in abundance. Chitterlings, hamhocks, greens—all these things are markers for death, but as a Family who has a long history of suffering from deadly illnesses, we refused to change our lifestyles to align with the Creator’s wishes.

Each morning I normally ate 2-3 bowls of cereal for about 15 years. Each week I tore through 5 or more boxes of Frosted Flakes, Honey Comb, Corn Flakes, Wheaties, and other breakfast cereals we’re brainwashed to purchase. There was also plenty of oatmeal, grits, pasteurized milk and juice, butter, white sugar, pancakes, syrup and eggs to choose from, especially Saturday mornings.

For lunch I’d have packaged lunchmeat, cheeseburgers, fries, pizza. Man, I ate everything, and frequently suffered from constipation, gas, stuffy noses, colds and headaches. All this without making the connection to what and how I was eating.

And fast forward to the present, what does a typical days food intake look like for you now?

I began incorporating a majority of fruit in my diet this past winter, and I found that my appetite decreased by half, if not more. Thus most days I don’t eat anything until 11 AM or noon, but if I do it’s some coconut water, cantaloupe, or peaches. These foods are very light on my system and digest easily.

When I’ve access to coconuts I rarely drink bottled water. Actually tried this for two weeks straight and found it completely satisfying because coconuts have quite a number of nutrients we need and quenches one’s thirst better than bottled water which is stolen from the Earth.

Apples and melons are huge part of my diet, but altogether I only about 3 lbs. of food a day; fruit is so nutritious that my food intake is about 75% less than what it was 3 years ago when I became a vegetarian.

Once in a while I’ll sit down at a veggie restaurant and purchase a meal. My favorite spot on the south side of Atlanta is called Loving It Live, and they have an avocado sandwich that’s off the chain! LOL…Yeah, I had to plug them. Nice vibe, good folks, and good food.

OK, when did things start to change for you? Did you progress slowly to vegetarianism, veganism, raw food and fruitarianism, or was it more of a sudden change for you?? What sparked those changes?

Funny thing is my health journey began when I left for college. First thing I did was to cut soda out of my diet, only drinking juice and water. Couple years later I researched the Bible and studied the scientific basis for vegetarianism and was convinced of its merits, but due to my level of wisdom at the time I continued eating junk foods.

Fast forward to 2005, probably the harshest time of my life; I was dealing with my own personal issues including my body breaking down due to the spiritual and mental stress I placed on it. By this time I’d worked as a golf caddy for nearly 20 years, and a vertebrae in my back was out of place, I was fatigued and didn’t know what to do.

There were shows on Christian television playing that featured such health experts as Don Colbert, M.D., Ted Broer, Ph.D, I attended seminars with various healers from around the world, and my library was quickly filling with health books. This led me to the conclusion that a plant based diet was the way to go, and I tried it. I began eating fish, chicken and eggs exclusively for meat and cut out all other animal flesh, then discovered that fish, chicken, and chicken fetus (eggs) are just as bad as pork, so I quit eating these deadly products one month after eating it exclusively for what I thought was an efficient form of protein.

Next I cut out all dairy from my diet about 9 months later. During my continued research into vegetarianism I came across something called fruitarianism. I didn’t realize that one could live off all fruit. My diet immediately transformed into a mostly fruit based diet, and I found that my body and mind needed less of this food to function at peak efficiency; furthermore, cooked food began losing its flavor. The more fruit I ate the less cooked food I prepared.

I never went through the raw phase as we know it. Went straight from so-called veganism straight into a fruit-based diet. Never did like vegetables half as much as fruit, so it was an easy shift. Since then I’ve experimented with various foods, cooked and uncooked at single meals only, never reverting full force back into junk eating. Tried to eat cheese and meat a few times over the past 3 years and my body rejected it every time.

Right now my diet consists of fruit. I go down to living plant foods when there’s no fruit around.; I’m done with experimenting!

So when do you think it was that you realised that fruit was the ideal food, and how long have you been eating the way you do now??

This past winter I travelled out west to Arizona and the Sunlight was so powerful that my body transformed rather quickly. The sun fed my body’s cells, and I ate only 2 or 3 lbs. of food daily, and was able to work out harder than I ever had in my life—all bodyweight exercises, primarily chin-ups, push-ups, and pull-ups. Most of my exercise was done outdoors when the sun was out in full force. At this point in time my spirit was rejecting anything cooked, and I ended up throwing away a dozen or so lbs. of food that I barely touched.

We must bear in mind that Sunlight is a food, even above that which we put in our mouths. Yes, even fruit, which ironically is solidified Sunlight encased in a skin called a peel or shell.

So you have complete faith in the 100% fruit diet right?

I’ve nothing but Truth as found within the confines of Universal Law to support a fruitarian diet. With the fields of anatomy, physiology, biology, history and religion, specifically that found within the most ancient texts, recording a raw plant based diet as humankind’s original plan for nutrition, we cannot do anything but question our current status as a country full of sick people. I say country because, here in the dis-United States we have the worst health in the world, and yet most countries don’t have our spiritual, emotional, mental and physical issues. Much of this stems from greed, but fruit is encapsulated light and reveals all darkness within oneself and this same light shines on others. Thus greed and other vices begin to dissipate on a fruit diet.

So yes, Sir, I have 100% faith in the fruit diet.

Hondo fruitarian

Do you know (or know of) many or any other fruitarians at all? Anyone you think might be interested in volunteering to be interviewed too maybe??

I’ve met one fruitarian, and that’s Dr. Aris La Tham, who’s been in the game for who knows how long! He’s truly a master of his craft, being one in a long line of culinary artists. There’s also Richard Blackman, the Fruitarian1, who you know already.

Finding fruitarians is difficult in the states, with the possible exception of Florida and Hawaii; fruit grows in abundance, especially in uncultivated areas. However, tropical regions around the world there are more of us.

Can you tell us a little about your health before and after? What about your weight, any major changes?

From the age of 18 through 27 years old I remained a steady 150 lbs. When I quit eating animal flesh, even while eating cheese, I dropped to 140 lbs. within several months. This weight changed this past winter as I began eating primarily Sunlight and fruit. Now I weight 148 lbs., which most find amazing that a fruitarian can gain weight. And all this time I hadn’t worked out until just a few weeks ago.

I no longer get stuffy noses, colds, and sickness in general, unless I deviate from eating fruit. My body’s more sensitive to light and sound, and this is great when these waves are natural, but when unnatural it’s literally unnerving. Traffic, artificial lighting, cellphones, computers, television, all that causes pain that no clinical study or medical book can describe. Plain and simple. Your body becomes very sensitive to both nutrition and toxicity when you eat fruit for a short time.

My overall health has been great. Coupled with a great deal of sunshine the fruitarian diet is perfect. Period.

What do your parents think of you going fruitarian? What about the rest of your family? - Do you have a partner or children?

My parents thought I was a space alien when I told them I only eat fruit. “You only eat fruit?” they’d say. My mother thought I would waste away because I was already thin. The rest of my family just cock their head to the side and view me as abnormal. It’s cool; I was there once.

I spend time with my children who are on a fruitarian diet when they’re with me. They’ve never been sick in my care, not once, in nearly 4 years. When I changed my diet I changed theirs, too. They love fruit, and that’s all we eat. My eldest can actually identify different fruits even at a young age, and asks what something is when he can’t. So I’ve the chance to teach them about nutrition.

Are you at all into supplements - Stuff like vitamin pills, spirulina or similar? Are you at all concerned about not getting enough calcium/protein/B12/whatevers??

Supplementation = Food politics. I’m a health practitioner, not a politician. The body doesn’t need supplementation, even with our soil depletion and other forms of planetary abuse. Once the body gets what it needs it discards the rest; the supplements being sold are there to make certain health ‘gurus’ rich and famous. They know who they are, thus there’s no need to mention them by name here.

Pills lodge inside the intestinal tract and our digestive enzymes aren’t designed to break them down. The Creator designed food in its whole state. Nothing was dehydrated, placed into gelcaps, or liquidated with isolated inorganic chemicals such as vitamin families A-Z.

Nutrition was strategically placed so that we wouldn’t be overloaded with these superfoods the aforementioned gurus are promoting. Many become rich while others die…

Calcium comes in a beautiful form called fruit. You have plenty in fruits. Eating a wide variety of fruits will supply you with what you need to thrive. Same with protein, which is found in many fruits.

This isolationist thinking surrounding B-12 has damaged the potential knowledge of dietary law. This substance is found within a health intestinal tract. Cleanse, heal and maintain the colon and you will have B-12. Even cholesterol, which is only found in animal products, is created by a healthy liver. Cleanse your liver, you will have cholesterol to buffer your blood vessels.

Do you or have you suffered at all from cravings, or have you ever binge eaten? how do/did you deal with such times?

At one time I craved starch. This went away faster than I expected, but then I had cheese to deal with. Most I’ve spoken with who want to go raw or vegetarian (“vegan”) have a difficult time erasing cheese from their lives. I was no different. I craved cheese whenever I came under emotional stress. Now I no longer crave cheese, thankfully. It’s a matter of reminding yourself what this stuff really is and that, in many cases, we were all raised on it. It’s not a health product, it’s not a food, because it’s designed for calves to eat, not humans. Even raw cheese.

Do you have a good variety of fruit for you to choose from where you live now?

Not in Michigan. The growing season for most foods is short because of the climate. Central and southern Georgia, however, have a subtropical climate and allows for a longer growing season for their foods which are farmed there. So when in Georgia I do pretty well with a larger variety of foods to choose from.

Do you normally tell people how you eat? If so, what do you think is the most common question people ask you about your diet? ( I have noticed that you have an excellent FAQ page on your myspace blog -

Well, I teach, not tell, per se. But it gets through even if they don’t want to eat a raw vegetarian diet. The most common question I get is, “That’s all you eat is fruit? What about vegetables?” And I promptly smile and say “Yes.”

Do you perhaps have a favourite fruit or fruits?

Cantaloupe and apples. Also love coconut water. Tropical countries offer hundreds of other types of fruit so my choices are limited.

Can you recall the first time you tried any paticular fruit?

First time I had young coconut water was about a year ago and I found it hard to believe how good it was! I swear by it now.

Do you enjoy travelling? Have any favourite places as far as fruit goes that you could recommend to us all?

I do indeed love to travel, but haven’t yet the opportunity to travel abroad and tastes the many hundreds of fruits, with each having from several varieties to hundreds of varieties of its kind. Stay tuned…

Where and how do you see yourself living and eating in 10 years from now?

Somewhere where the weather’s warm all year. I’ll still be eating fruit!

How do you feel if people tell you that you must be crazy, and that you can't possibly survive eating the way you do??

I ask them were the original inhabitants of this planet crazy? I ask them to look at pictures of or visit traditional cultures who eat differently than we do here. Their people are strong, wise, intelligent, full of life. And though many of them are not fruitarians, they definitely don’t eat like most of us in colonized countries! If you’re not colonized, you’re cultured, and if you’re cultured, your food, if it is plant life, has a higher vibration! Can you dig it?!

Finally, is there anything you'd like to add as words of encouragement to those that are aspiring toward fruitarianism?

Those who have ears to hear, let him hear. Don’t give up on improving your lifestyle because cultural devils try to sway you. These demons come in the form of so-called friends, relatives, and corporations. When you embark on a health journey it is important to realize you are bound to have more of the people closest to you try to stop you from reaching your destiny than those you would consider your worst enemies.

Remember: A righteous spirit, and a sound mind, and a strong body = Supreme Health

Stay strong!

Thanks Hondo

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