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).

Hondo

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 - http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=267537289&blogID=430437151)

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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22 comments:

Anne said...

What a fantastic interview,full of inspiration and truths of fruitful living.
Thanks Hondo for sharing and thanks Mango for interviewing.
Really enjoyed it!
Love and peace,
from Anne XX.

Manuel said...

Cool interview.

Anonymous said...

I don't want to be rude but there is NO WAY this guy is a fruitarian. Fruitarian are extremely slim & don't have big muscles! This is a fraud!

Joe

FatHer said...

Young coconuts:
There are at least 2 varieties of young coconuts.The exported are the 'Fragrant' variety. It tastes a lot better than the other variety,which is commonly available in Thailand.

When in Thailand ask for the fragrant coconut ( Narm Hom).Once I ate 20 Narm Hom at lunch for about 1.5 hours.Maybe too much fat.
The exported fragrant coconuts dont taste as good as those in asia,probably due to the refrigeration and possibly also fumigation etc.

FatHer said...

To 'anonymous':
Big muscles are due to genes at birth.
Hondo was born a muscleman.
Fruitarians are more mentally healthy than cooked food eaters.
And more physically healthy.
Fruitarians might have less body fat,and body fat might look like bigger muscle.
Fruit eating can't make muscles bigger.

Are raw fresh fish healthy,because it is often a craving?
Mmmm.

Anonymous said...

Father
you don't know what you are talking about! This guy is a wannabe "Fruitarian" Give him another year or 2 and he will look like all the real fruitarians , slim. I can be an obese and get into a fruitarian diet and call myself a "fruitarian" however the physical aspect is very important and will show after a long term diet of fuits!. I know a lot of Fruitarian who are not active so your argument is irrelevant.

Joe.

FatHer said...

To anonymous Joe:
Do you eat grains,eg bread,cheese and salt?
They cause an acidosis within the body,which causes a stress response,which then causes a critical attitudinal response which causes a sufferer to say something critical, eg '...you don't know what you are talking about'.
Fresh=raw=health.

Anonymous said...

Father are you insane? I have been a fruitarian for 15 years and no I don't eat grains cereals & I have no idea where this remark comes from.
Just keep your idiots remarks for yourself because you really don't know what you are talking about.

Joe.

Hondo said...

Hey folks, Hondo here. To Joe, the "Anonymous" one: First, I am thin, my specs are 5'9", 148 lbs, as of 2 months ago. I actually gained 8 lbs. back out of the 10 I lost 3 years ago after going veggie. This was when I was eating a majority fruit diet. After going 100% a short time ago, I maintained my muscle mass.

Joe, what you don't understand is that I am thin; because my muscles are very cut, you say us fruitarians aren't supposed to be built this way, which isn't true. I just started working out using bodyweight exercises after a 10 year hiatus of NOT having a workout regimen.

In addition, most African men such as myself are cut, thus having a more defined physique than other cultures. This is a marker of my culture and well known by others; but on an even more personal level, I've maintained this physique without any additions to my diet, such as green leaves, tubers, chicken fetus (eggs), etc.

And to the one called "Father," no, Sir, I eat only raw fruits--no raw animal flesh.

FatHer said...

To anonymous Joe:
Why are you so disturbed?
You are disturbing the peace with your angry arrogance.
There is no fraud.
Hondo does not have big muscles,unless you are a 10 year old child.
Hondo IS extremely slim.
So are you going to admit your mistake?
You dont want to be rude?
You ARE rude.
Hondo IS a fruitarian.
Hondo is just naturally more muscular than your white body.
It is obvious that he will always keep his muscular size even after many years of fruitarianism.
And as the girls say,'...once you go black,you won't go back'.

And try to improve your english grammar to 100% next time you post,anonymous Joe.

Keep it friendly on Mango's post,Mango does not want troublemakers such as anon.Joe.

Anonymous said...

Father you sound like a retarded! I won't reply anymore to mentally challenged people like you. Consider this message as my last one to you.

FatHer said...

To anonymous Joe:
Mistake-'...retarded...'.
The right word is retard or retardate.
And good ********,as that was hopefully the last time you create a disturbance on Mango's post.

Maybe father Obama will also eat 100% raw fruit,and so follow the healthy example set by father Hondo 1000cc.

The interesting thing about well coloured skin is that ,in a low latitude cold climate,ebony skin needs 6 times more time in the sun than a white honky skin and a 70 year old needs 4 times more Vit D than a 50 year old.
So is Hondo,and Barack maybe, 24 times more likely to have Vit D related health problems,when 70 years old, than 50 year old honkys in a tropical latitude?
References given if asked for.

Hondo said...

father is exactly right. Any melanated individual on this planet needs and thrives on more sunlight, especially when one is dark. Interestingly enough, about 90% of the people on this planet are melanated, and well over half are a regular brown to black color; this points to the tropical environment people of dark skin tone live in--that is, unless they move to North America, that is, where the climate is primarily sub- and below tropical.

Fruit facilitates healing and proper maintenance within the body, and is still the best food for humankind, no matter the culture.

Randy said...

Mango,

I would love to meet you sometime -- if possible!

I pursued the fruitarian path about 25 years ago and was committed to a mental institution after I lost so much weight that I looked like a Nazi death camp survivor. However, that has not diminished my belief in the lifestyle. I hold true to the teachings of Arnold Ehret, even though I am a "normal" mixed eater (garbage can) these days.

I think that I just needed to be in better air and to have more of a support group. I would not spend time around folks that don't understand the whole theory when one is going through the cleansing process. They all think that you are starving to death when in fact you are healing.

I hope to give the life another try in the next couple of years. I would love to connect with you sometime to know more about your approach and perhaps provide mutual support.

Regards,
Randy Dickinson

Manuel said...

Very cool Randy. Good luck! You'll find support here!

FatHer said...

To RandyRaw Dickinson :
You sound like an interesting interview subject for Mango.
You could answer why you were too underweight.
Randy,you could return to raw today?
Treatment in the mental institution included legally harmful drugs?

FatHer said...

To Hondo :
Have you eaten 'African Pride'?

FatHer said...

To Hondo :
What is 'ranch'?
Is it a type of home grown cow's milk or is it just normal cow's milk from a shop?
Do you know of the health dangers of bottled water, ie BPA?

May said...

I think anonymous Joe was rude but funny haha nOthing wrong with rocking the boat. I don't think Hondo claimed to be 100% fruitarian for 2 years Joe so he's not a fraud. And to the "father" that was very rude to call snowpeople 'honkey' that was very racist.

Randy said...

Hi all.

Does anyone have any experiences that they can share regarding a 100% fruitarian lifestyle while living in the city? My theory is that it is not possible due to the imbalance between the polluted air and imperfect conditions present in the big city compared to the clean and perfect body you are trying to create.

I hope to move to the clean air of rural Hawaii soon to pursue the lifestyle in earnest!!!

Fruitarian Mango said...

hi Randy,
you would have had to have been in an extremely narrow minded rednecky environment to have ended up in a mental institution purely for being skinny.. in such an extreme situation i would think it wise to just keep a low profile, think calmly, and wait patiently until such time that you genuinely feel confident and secure enough on your path and with your health at all levels before making any public point of your dietary preferences..

If you are confident and sure within yourself, then surely it is not a great issue if you are surrounded by zombie flesh craving fools, or those that understand to eat more sanely..

even in situations where there is pollution and environmental impurities, i believe you would still be ultimately better off sticking with fruit.. it is a fallacy to think that anything less would in some way benefit you more..

peace,
mango.

Randy said...

Mango,

Thanks for your comments.

Yes, I agree one should stay to themselves regarding this lifestyle until such time as they feel strong and secure enough to speak out. Bravo to you Mango for the inspiration and sharing that you provide on this Blog!

I must say though that the medical establishment has a lot of power in the western "civilized" world. The illusion of a "balanced" diet, nutrition and so on are so firmly entrenched that if one strays outside of these beliefs one can find themselves being branded as a "lunatic".

I am still of the belief that one needs to be in a clean environment to pursue this lifestyle. The reason being that there must be correspondence between what one is on the inside and the environment on the outside. Civilized environment, with diesel exhaust, smog, carbon monoxide, and on and on is such that one will be EXTREMELY challenged to pursue fruitarianism in such an environment.

I will even go on to say that it is probably dangerous to pursue physical perfection in such a polluted environment. Most people's bodies are so adapted to the stimulation provided by food that there is not enough vital stimulation for the body in polluted air.

Don't get me wrong however. I still believe that fruitarianism and fasting is the path that we must follow if we are going to save this planet earth. I know how addicting food can be both mentally and physically. I watch in amazement how my body wants to feed itself on food that I KNOW is bad for me.

O.K. enough for now. I hope to enter the board again when I have entered on the path to self control once again!!!