Saturday, March 28, 2009

Fruitarian Interview - 30 - Cat

30th person on a fruitarian diet to be interviewed. For a complete list of those believing in fruitarianism interviewed so far,  see here.

Hi Cat,

Firstly, thank you for agreeing to be interviewed as a fruitarian..

Oh, you're more than welcome, thanks for asking!

fuitarian cat
Fruitarian Cat

OK.. The first thing I'd like to do is for you to establish a little about yourself.. Perhaps you could just briefly introduce yourself, tell us how old you are, where you are living/grew up, add anything else that you feel important to get an insight into who you are?

My name is Kathy (Cat), I am currently 25 years old and I am from Vienna, Austria. I work as a busdriver and also a groomer at the moment, though I'm doing these jobs because they pay the bills. I am still trying to find the right occupation or studies for me, we will see what the future holds for me!

I see you have both a website and a blog with regular updates on your journey! (tell me the address of both too!)

I have created a website ( and also a blog ( because I thought it would maybe be interesting for others to see how my journey is coming along. I found lots of helpful information on the internet when I was wondering if the fruitarian way would be the right way for me. (Big thanks to you Mango, your website was definitely a wonderful help on my way!) That's the reason why I have decided to share this very personal experience with others who like to walk a little ways with me!

Thanks, before I go on to ask you about how things are now, could you first begin by telling us a little about life growing up, particularly What kind of diet you grew up with? Could you give us a rough idea of what you used to eat on an average day?

I grew up eating the Standard European Diet, though my parents always tried to make kind of healthy meals. Each meal included some kind of vegetable - cooked or raw. I always loved candy though and would eat what I could get a hold of. I was an average weighed kid, not obese at that point in my life. I turned vegetarian when I was about 12 years old, my favorite foods were all creamy, fatty and heavy. Some day I woke up aged 24 weighing 280 lbs - 127 kg and decided that it was really enough and that I had to do something about it because I wanted to enjoy a healthy and happy life and I just wasn't anywhere close to that at this time. I had quit being a heavy smoker about a year before that and had compensated not smoking by eating even more.

cat before fruitarianism
Cat on her old standard European diet, prior to embracing fruitarianism

On a typical day I would probably eat: a BIG bowl of cocoa pebbles and cornflakes with a lot of milk; pizza and a tiramisu for dessert; a BIG serving of noodles with butter and tons of parmesan and also countless chocolate and ice cream bars throughout the day. I was basically constantly chewing. And: almost no greens, no fruit, nothing healthy.

In March 2008 nothing was quite alright in my life - I was obese, my health wasn't at all were it should be at the age of 24, my relationship had just ended. And although I am a very happy person this really all was too much for me because I used to take care a lot better of myself. That's when I told myself that I might only have one life and that I should make the best of it and cherish it so much more than I had so far.
Cat before the fruitarian diet

I cut back on my food and started doing sports and lost 68lbs - 31kg in a period of about 6 months. Then I got sick and went back to a 'normal' diet because I was very hungry then which was unusual for me while sick. I promised myself to go back to dieting when I was healthy again. Well, it never happened and by the time I decided that I couldn't go on like that I had regained 22lbs - 10 kg. So I went on the internet to research and also started reading books about veganism. I liked that idea and went vegan in January of 2009. But I am really good at tricking myself and I ended up eating only soy pudding - not what I had planned. Then I found out about fruitarianism and loved that idea the moment I first found out about it and that you could actually live off it. Also, there is no way to cheat myself!

So on February 23, 2009 I turned fruitarian and am 100% ever since. It's not a very long time so far, but I have had NO cravings at all and my health is already a lot better!

So you've been on a fruit only diet for the past month now, what does a typical days food intake look like for you today?

Now my food for a day would be: juice of 3 lemons in the morning, about 18 oz of raspberries, about 18 oz of strawberries, 2 apples, and half a watermelon. Though I am not weighing my food at all - I just eat till I am satisfied!

Today, on a fruitarian diet
Cat, today,on a fruitarian diet

Wow, that's quite a transformation! Can you tell us a little more about the changes, the reasons behind them, and how you adapted your life to them? What sparked those changes?

I always transformed cold turkey. I don't believe in slow transitions - it leaves you way more options to cheat yourself. Same with smoking, I quit over night. I believe that this is the only way you can truly stick to your decisions. It's a different thing that I was searching for loopholes within the 'restrictions' but I never 'broke the rules' of either vegetarianism, veganism or fruitarianism!

The reason for becoming vegetarian in the first place was because I just disliked the taste of meat. It grossed me out. Veganism just made sense, and fruitarianism does even more!

Aha, so was there anything/one in your life that influenced you toward fruit eating?

I realised it was the ideal food when I read of all the wonderful transformations health - and weightwise! I was especially inspired by Mr. Wandmaker's book and also Mrs. Schatalova's (I don't think they are available in English). Both tell about their experiences and Mrs. Schatalova is a doctor and scientist and made clear through various researches that this is the healthiest diet.

I have been on the fruitarian diet for just over a month. Not a very long time but it's the first time I am feeling truly satisfied and have no cravings at all.

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

Yes, I absolutely have!

Do you personally believe that being a fruitarian is for everyone, and that ultimately we could all benefit from adopting a fruit diet?

I do believe that we could all benefit from it enormously, but I am also sure that this is just not for everyone. Not everybody can understand what benefits they can have through this way of life. I believe not everybody is ready in mind to take such a leap into a completely different diet than they are used to.

Do you know (or know of) many or any other fruitarians at all - Perhaps someone who might volunteer to be interviewed too?

Unfortunately I do not know any other fruitarians in real life, I have only met or found out about people that live off fruit only on the internet.

Can you tell us a little more about any health changes before and after the diet changes you've made?

What I basically noticed immediately is that my always stuffed and runny nose is completely gone, also I had a sore throat a lot - this has vanished also. And I have lost weight again, which is great!

So what's your weight today, and what do you believe would be an ideal weight for you - Any hazarded guesses as to how long it'll take to get there???

My weight as of today(24/03/09) is 93,5 kg/206 lbs. Which means so far I have lost 33,5 kg/74 lbs. My goal that I am planning on achieving is between 65 and 70 kg/ between 143 and 154 lbs - wherever I feel comfortable. I don’t really know how long it will take me to get there, but I guess the latest in about 1 year! For me it is important to get there, not when to get there. I have to admit that I am pretty proud of the transformation as of today already!

Perhaps you might consider being interviewed again, once you've gotten there and are feeling fruitarianly glowing?

I’d be happy to be interviewed again when I am where I want to be… especially the weightloss is something I have dreamed of for such a long time and finally I am really getting there.. it’s not that far away anymore… I’m more than halfways already!!

What do your parents think of you going fruitarian? What about the rest of your family? - your partner/children?

I am single, and I don't have children, so my partner and children don't have an opinion ;)

All of my family - especially my mom and grandma - keep asking me questions like 'where do you get your protein from? You can't live like that! How long are you going to do this to your body?' and so on... I am a very strong-willed person and they know that if I want to do something I will and so all I tell them is to trust me that I know what I am doing and that I wouldn't be doing it if it was bad for me. My dad just said: Okay, sounds healthy.

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??

No, I don't take any supplements at all. I believe that if you just eat a big variety of fruit that you will get all the nutrients you need. I have decided to go do check ups to see if everything is alright. But I am not really concerned that I will lack anything.

Now as a fruitarian, you've probably been asked What about getting too much sugar? What about Candida issues? Do you have an answer for that?

I usually just tell people that this is not a problem but that it is way too complex to explain and that I can really recommend them reading up on the subject. I have quit arguing about it because people are just not open-minded enough about any diet that is so way off the 'standard'. Most people already thought I was weird when I was only a vegetarian. Just think about what they believe I am now!

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

Not ever since I went fruitarian. With other diets I have, yes. I usually didn't give in to cravings and just didn't allow myself to binge eat. It was hard but it worked for me. If I managed to stick with it I would treat myself to something else like a new book or such - now you can imagine how many books I have!! ;)

Cats most recent picture of her on a fruitarian diet

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

Well, it's not the best place to be a fruitarian, especially in winter - but I will survive. We don't have a too great variety especially of exotic fruits widely available - you really have to go special places for it and they cost quite a bit. Like durians - ever since I read about them I would love to try one but I couldn't get one here. But in about 2 months I will be on vacation in California and I am hoping to be able to find one there, we will see!

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? How do you answer their questions?

I usually don't tell them anymore. My family and friends know of course but not too many collegues at work. The most common question definitely is: And you can live on fruit alone??? That's not healthy!!

I usually just shrug and tell them that everybody needs to make their own decisions and know what works for them. Live and let live!!

Do you have a favourite fruit?

Definitely strawberries, but followed closely by watermelon.

Can you recall the first time you tried either of them?

No, that was ages ago. But maybe durian will turn to be my favorite fruit - then I will tell you all about it!

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

I do love traveling but haven't gotten around any lately because unfortunately I haven't won the lottery yet! ;)

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

In 10 years I see myself still eating fruit only and living in a nice house in the countryside probably in a different country with my husband and children. We'll see how that will work out!

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 usually ask them if they TRULY believe that their own diet is SUPERhealthy? I have been eating so much crap throughout my life that my recent diet definitely is an improvement and we will see who will be healthier longer!

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

GO FOR IT! I'm sure you won't regret it if you give it time to establish (especially in your mind!). I am not on this very long but already I wouldn't want to go back!

Thank you for the possibility to spread my word Mango!


Thanks Cat

Friday, March 20, 2009

Durians sweet fragrance..

To find the aroma of durian offensive, is a sure sign of ones inner toxicity
Now I've said it before, and I'll no doubt be saying it again, after, that is, that I've said it once more now, here..

Durian smells good!!

Now, in my opinion, that's a gross under-exaggeration.. There are few other smells in this world that are as enticing and appealing as that of durian..

It has a sweet fragrance that to give it full credit, is frankly beyond comparison..

durians in the czech republic

So it saddens me a little when some people make a derogatory comparison, and find the smell offensive.. I have to ask myself, why might this be? Comparing it to sewage or rotting stewed onion dumplings, dog mut (pardon my albanian), or whatever else creatively negative they are able to come up with?

Just yesterday I was walking past a couple of paper-bark trees that are in flower.. They're just outside our apartment... Anyhow, this one fellow walked by and commented on the awful stench in the air. I knew immediately he was referring to the very pleasant odour of the paper-bark flowers.. (incidentally, one of my most favoured flower fragrances!)

This guy is, I know, a heavy drinker and smoker..

I'm sure, no doubt, he would feel like vomiting if I were to put a piece of durian under his nose..

And yet, he would find appealing the stench of a burning cigarette, the burning smell of fatted animal flesh, stewing in its own juices, or the mould stench oozing from blue veined cheese..

Walking past a butchers, or a fishmongral (sp.intended!), or a fried fast food chip pizza burger restaurant, is barely bearable for myself or kveta anymore, even the once appealing smell of fresh bread is no longer appreciated..

Toxic people like dead smells. They like the smell of perfumes and aftershaves, soaps, shampoos.. Often I've heard the comment of how "fresh" newly washed (in washing powder) sheets smell, when the fundamental truth of the matter is that they reek of toxic chemicals.

The sense of smell changes as one cleanses and purifies ones physiology through fruit eating, and as a consequence you start to fully see things in a new light... Things that may have once smelt perfectly normal and acceptable, become no longer tolerable.. And on the other side of the coin, smells that we may not have once appreciated, or only very slightly, suddenly take on such a life giving aroma, that we wonder why we have never given them credit before..

I have yet to meet someone eating mostly fruit, that does not enjoy the scent of durian.. I am totally convinced that should someone find the aroma of durian offensive, then this is a sure sign of their own inner toxicity..

I consider myself highly fortunate that I had already undergone a good deal of cleansing before encountering durian for the first time.. I wrote of that experience here: My first encounter with a durian..


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Fruitarian Interview - 29 - 1 - Fruitarian Mango

Yesterday, I was contacted by my friend Zalan in Victoria. He informed me that ABC radio were looking for a fruitarian to interview live, yesterday afternoon.

He gave me a no. to ring if I was up for it, which I decided I was, so I contacted the radio station, and at 16:20, they rang me back for a short 7 or 8 minute interview with Richard Glover..

It was short and sweet, and needless to say, I only got to say a fraction of what needs to be said, but it all went pretty smoothly, and despite perhaps stumbling a couple of times, I think I managed to get the idea across in a reasonably level-headed enough manner, to hopefully make some people think..

If you want to listen to the interview, the ABC website has made it available for anyone to play or even download.

Just click on the image below, taken directly from the Australian ABC website:

ABC Richard Glover interviews Mango

I will publish another Interview with myself at a later date.. I am busy working on a couple of other new fruitarian interviews first..


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Fruitarian Interview - 28 - Randall Gal

Hi Randall,

Firstly, many thanks for letting me interview you.. I'm always pleased to see my list of fruitarian interviews grow!

OK.. The first thing I'd like for you to do is tell us a little about yourself, just a brief introduction, tell us your name, age, where you are now, where you grew up, add anything else that you feel important to get an insight into who you believe yourself to be?

My name's Randall Gal, I'm 24.5 years of age, grew up in Ocala florida US

Do you have any photos you could share with us?

no pics right now maybe later i have no way to get them on the comp

Are you working at the moment Randall, if so, can you tell us what line of work you are in?

i am not working right now but trying to find a job that will be just as useful if the economy disappears.

Do you have a website or blog?

no website or blog

You have complete faith in the 100% fruit diet right? Do you think that being a fruitarian is for everyone, and that ultimately we would all benefit from adopting a fruit diet?

complete faith in human(including myself) but not yet for my dog.. - yes i believe it is definitely for all humans at least eventually.

Thanks, before I go on to ask you about how things are now, could you first begin by telling us a little about life growing up, particularly What kind of diet you grew up with? Could you give us a rough idea of what you used to eat on an average day?

My mom was/is a nutritionist and fed me according to food guide pyramid with an emphasis on moderation-some veggies, protein-meat or beans, bread, fruits before the meal and sometimes after the meal which they were adamant about me eating, and most importantly lots and lots of skim milk (like 16 oz per dinner meal and with lunch whenever she could get me to) also pb and j sanwhiches or turkey/ham sandwhich on whole wheat grain bread for lunches. she taught the importance of milk at her job so i was drinking lots of it. no snack foods like cheetoes, gummis, fruit drinks(besides real oj juice),ect. only soda on one per week pizza night in which i would try to drink as much as i could because it tasted so good.

Compare that to the present day, what does a typical days food intake look like for you now?

My food intake now is the cheapest foods i can get with emphasis on fruit; ripe bananas and dirty grapefruit(dirty on the outside rind) amazingly the cheapest food appears to me to be also the healthiest! i let the bananas get very very ripe to let the starches breakedown to maltose and sugars for max sugar intake. i buy them on the last market day of a nearby flea market and haggle down the price. the dirty grapefruit i got at 25 for a dollar a few weeks ago and recently another flea market guy gave them to me like 80 for free! the banana i am getting at a record low of 19.5 cents per pound! I open them out of the peel to let them get ripening but keep the plastic bag closed tight so the flies don't get to them and then halfway though the ripening i prep another bag for ripening. i also peel the white paperstuff from the grapefruit so it is not bitter. i eat this and so does my dog but he is getting too skinny and i am going out today to get supplemental veggie dog food to make sure he survives.

Sounds like you found a good place to do your shopping and are able to get some good bargains.. Do they sell durian there too? Have you ever tried one??

there is no durian at these flea markets-i used to get them from asian/oriental stores and markets. i have eaten many durians and i consider them to be the best way to feel full in your stomach.

Durian featured in Time
durian, king of fruits

Has your dog always eaten that way, or was he also eating more conventional stuff previously?? If so, apart from loosing a little weight, how did he cope with the transition, and did you notice any other behaviour changes with him?

the dog kept on weight when i fed him vegetarian dog food which i gave him for a month while he was a pup, and also starting again yesterday, because he is too skinny to try a new fruitarian diet i have for him. while fruitarian only his breath has no bad or good odor, like tap water and he never got fat like other dogs i see and his messes on the lawns are clean citrus most of the time

And when was it 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?

I was freaked out when i was 5 by the site of aged people like my grandparents and other elderly i would see and i vowed to do whatever it took to not let this happen to myself or anyone else-to fight it. i got a chance to fight it during college when i had an all i could eat buffett availeable to me and internet-i organized colors:bowl white mushrooms, bowl purple onions, bowl chick peas, bowl spinach, bowl carrots, glass milk, glass oj, half glass grape juice, bowl cereal--this was hard to keep down-i got a very high paying job and started juice diet-bolthouse juices drinking them in incrememnts all day; vedge, 100% carrot, green goodness, soy thai protein, and c-boost.

my mom told me this could give me diabetes because of the high sugar content. she was right only when i took too much too fast and it hurt so bad!

I also have been taking lots of psychadelic mushrooms and weed during my life which helped show me glimpses of a better way to fight for.

any ways the juicing was expensive though simple and eventually i figured it could not be the way-i sifted through chart and nutrional tables on many websites for days and days until a diet of what i thought would cover all the 'science' needed vits and mins for a person( greens, lemon, garlic, crimini mushrooms rounded out the minerals, tomatoes, etc)-herb, seed, leaf, everything. then i got hooked on quinoa as superfood, then tried a "mayan mix" as i called it of quinoa, tomatoes, garlic, and spinach i think, then i had thoughts it had to be about the seed (beginning and end theories) this started me purchasing every and any seed i could from the wild oats market in tampa fl US. i tried everything from black and tan mustard seeds to cardamom seeds. eventually i mixed seeds with my pattern recognition of the nutritional tables form many websites to come up with a 1.3 pound pumpkin seed, 1.5 pound sunflower seed, and some spinach i think and some other stuff i dont remember. this was very very difficult to get down(all those seeds per day) next i tried mono-only avos and meditiation, only tomatoes and some avos, only orange/corn/tomatoe/strawberries/kiwi, only kiwi, only bananas, only bosc pears--the only avo made me feel like i was dying-i think it was ketosis. then i tried medjool dates-the only way to get enough fruit sugar but not so much water while i was working(kiwis, pears, watermelon had too much water and my coworkers got mad at me for always taking breaks). then i tried medjools and tomatoes with avocado for dinner, then i was eating avo corn tom mixes-this made my stomach heavy though. ate lots of durian and never felt better at one point! buying lots and lots like 4 cases per week from asian market. then i got into persimmons hayachi and was in heaven yet again with toms/dates/hayachi/mango/avo without any structure,

during all of this i would slack with chips or a date with girls because of feelings of unfullfillment not completely physical in nature.

skip ahead to now i quit the high paying job and tried to live off picking up aluminum cans, selling to recycle center and camping at a forest. the only way to live this simple was to get cheapest fruits possible: dirty grapefruit and very ripe bananas on the last market day with a little haggling. according to nutritonal charts this covers my nutritional needs.

very sorry for the longwinded answer.

Don't worry, just take the time you need to say whatever you feel to..

So when do you think it was that you realised that fruit was the ideal food, and how long has it been now, that you've been eating just fruit??

I realized fruit was the best about 2 years ago. eating exactly only fruit happens for only maybe a month at a time and i feel i should explain not as an excuse because i am 1000% sure of fruitarianism - i am not like a nonbelieving fruitarian that eats seeds on the side out of faithlessness:

i was at a very stressful job which gave me intense cravings for chips-something that i had a nonstop supply of to bring me comfort like i would get from fields upon fields of berry bushes, i eventually replaced the chips with cherry tomatoes which did the trick only when they were on sale - then i quit the job and i didn't have this craving (chips the word is like a derivative of chipper like to be happier know what i mean?) after i quit my body was enduring a lot less energy expenditures, so those cravings disappeared - my girlfriends mom made beans and rice haitan style and i could not turn it down and the love that came with it surpassed fruitarianism at the time if you know what i mean. (the chips did the same) this was only twice. And yesterday i had a huge life change and i went and bought lots of hot fries, 4 boxes of cereal, 3 types of soymilk, bag of sour cream and onion chips, rice crispy treats, and cajun boiled peanuts and i went to a greek restaurant with my girlfriend last night with spaghetti, cheese, salad with feta, dolmades. You see my gf is pregnant and i have been ready to live in the forest nearby and live off cheapest unwanted fruit from flea market that i could afford with 4 pounds of aluminum cans i find littered about the town. my gf then said i have to help with her rent while she is preg. i say camping is free why not do that? she says the courts will agree with her that this is not enough support (the emo kind). so she convinced me i need to get a job and i got over my intense fear that she was just trying to get money out of me when i thought she didnt need it like i don't (free camping, walk to flea market for cheap fruits, collect and recycle aluminum cans for the daily 1.25 i need for feeding my dog and I) -

- so long story shorter i am convinced i must get a job and so that coupled with our yearlong anniversary it is a quarter life crisis she told me but these snacks i just bought are making my body heavy and my teeth sticky and my money disappear, and more. i will prolly start only fruits again maybe today or tomorrow. please understand this. this is like my only slacking since chips 7 november 2008 and a few cajun peanuts from the flea market which i could have just had an avo

You mention that you had a high paying job, what line of work were you in ? and what made you quit it?

I was dealing poker. i quit when i felt i didn't need all that money to afford the best foods --- for a time i thought i needed boxes and boxes of medjools which were very expensive but now i know i can eat just dirty grapefruit and very ripe bananas which are both ultra cheap.

So I gather the plans you had to travel with your dog through south america and the amazon, have been put on hold or canceled?

Yes, i wanted the equatorial rainforest for my dog and i - instead i got a pregnant girlfriend and now i am going to work to provide support and let her lead me (gainesville forida - actually farther away from my intended destination haha thats life!)

Surely it wouldn't have been easy travelling with a dog anyway? I mean, Customs would certainly not have been easy, I'd've thought..

customs would have been tricky i if i wasn't prepped to die trying!

Do you know (or know of) many or any other fruitarians at all - Perhaps someone who might volunteer to be interviewed too?

i know of no other fruitarians except you

Can you tell us a little about any health changes before and after the diet changes you've made?

changes i feel are; i feel cleaner fresher lighter more energetic, stronger, more part of the earth, more religious

What do your parents think of you going fruitarian? What about the rest of your family? - your partner/children?

my parents including my nutritionist mother think i am crazy

my preggo girlfriend thinks it is too extreme for her but accepts it for me

What kind of diet is she on? And have you talked about the diet your child will get? How will you deal with it if you can't agree on that?

she eats whatever she feels like-raisin bran crunch with soymilk, few pieces of pizza and breadsticks the other day, a sub like 2 weeks ago, and sometimes a blended shake of almond/strawberry/soymilk -- i just bought her 4 cases of strawberries so she will have more shakes! : )

My kid: my gf will feed it breast milk if it will take it and if not she will try soymilk or some alternative milk creation she says. after that i have no idea because she herself is getting more into these shakes nowadays --- she is changing and we are always living in the moment - i of course would hope it eats ripe bananas and cheap grapefruit -- i am sure we will work it out

What's your take on vitamin pills, spirulina or similar? Are you at all concerned about not getting enough calcium/protein/B12/whatevers??

no supllements needed-a multivitamin is an avocado, b12 is not need i think (a little dirt here and there on my fingers and fruit should cover it but i seriously doubt the need for it at all

Now as a fruitarian, do you find yourself getting thirsty at all?

thirst; ha! no problem where else can someoene get so much unboiled/unpastuerized fresh grapefruit juice without added preservatives and/or high fructose corn syrup?

Can you tell us a little more about cravings,and how you deal/have dealt with them?

half of diet is about not working so hard, - also, working hard brings about mental and physical strains that gave me cravings for the salty chips ( i explained this to myself as a way to make myself feel happy that there is within my grasp a plethora of nonstop food - like there would be on a berry bush) also the more time i spend indoors the more i want avocado and tomato - the more time i spend outdoors the less i crave those. In fact the avo tasted weird and unnecessary after being outside for two days straight.

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 dont tell people how to eat anymore - some people get the same health benefits from cake that i do from fruit because of the emo, mental, phys state they are in.

(astrologically speaking-cancer personality[chinese astro:ox,sheep]) and my boss reminded me: you can lead a horse to water but not make him drink

Do you have a favourite fruit?

uh, cheapest fruit is my fav.. - if i could have any fruit at all at any time it would beeeee, uh, sometimes mango, maybe lots of no pesticide berries black and rasp although i have never tried this, midsweet real oranges, sweet apple, persimmon, - mostly i need to be thirsty as well to truly feel the most goodness

i recall a mango after waiting, being thirsty and it was awesome

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

i dont travel but i think of it all the time especially the jungle- i would hope to find myself some mango trees to lay my head near in some tropical place

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

10years from now i will prolly be hanging with my kid or kids eating the cheapest fruits i can get and survive off of while giving money to my child or children to do with as he or she chooses (within reason hopefully)

Do you see yourself living in Florida still, or do you think you'll be somewhere in the jungle by then??

i will prolly be in florida until/unless my gf wants to go somewhere else. - logically closer to the fertility of the equator is best but there is stuff like closeness to her family and comfortability of a place she is used to to take into consideration -- it is up to her however i hope to see the jungle one day

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

when they say i am crazy i say they are crazy for being a form of cannibal(eating muscles of a fellow being), crazy for eating solar panels(leaves), crazy for spending so much money on food that only makes them sick, crazy for digging their hands into the ground to eat some root (carrots, potatoes, and other roots)

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

i would say hi and shake their hand

Thanks Randall, Please send some photos when you are able, and I will include them here in the interview..

Peace, Mango.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Raw Confusion

I recently started reading Frederic Patenaudes newsletter..

He wrote an article on, and I quote, "Why I'm mad as Hell at the Raw food Movement"..

Interesting stuff.. And I can certainly relate to some of what he writes and even his sometimes feelings of anger and frustration toward the raw food movement, and it's ever conflicting theories.

However, I personally feel that at many levels his own personal beliefs are just adding to the overall confusion that he writes of.. (as, no doubt.. so are mine!)..

So many different apparently convincing claims as to how we should or shouldn't eat..

Of course, people are 100% free to follow whichever theory they feel suits them best at any given point in time, but for the record, I really want to say that this idea of counting calories, balancing, protein versus carbs, and analyzing foods to determine fat levels, using charts to eat 80/10/10 (As is Frederics particular belief) and such is all just unnecessarily complex..

I'm not saying that calories aren't important, but counting them is a waste of time, I'm not saying protein does or doesn't play a role, but I'm honestly just not interested in them.. Same goes for sugars, complex carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals etc.. Let's face it it's all just white smocked scientist theory that distances us all from what food should really be about.. And that isn't about becoming anxious over whether we're getting things balanced according to some sterile downloadable food content chart from the internet..

Personally, my philosophy is that fruit is the highest of all foods..

All fruits are different, providing us with different amounts of joy..

When I sit down to eat food, I eat fruit. It's that simple in my eyes. I don't sit down and see a plate of carbohydrates amino-acids, sugars and trace elements. I wouldn't even recognise them if you chopped them up nice and neatly and stuck them under a microscope..

Whatever you see under a microscope is dead anyhows!

Sure we can survive on foods that aren't fruit. The human physiology is outrageously resilient and is capable of all manner of long term abuse.

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Frederic points out that Bonobos are our closest relatives, and he may well be spot on there, but that fraction of a percentage difference in DNA makes all the difference. Humans are not bonobos, and although the comparative anatomy and diet may be fascinating, I would still consider it mostly irrelevant as to how we are ourselves are physiologically designed to eat. (Even if they occasionally might eat live insects on a stick, or relish the occasional maggot, their physiological proximity would be no incentive for me to go and do likewise!)

I may unwittingly myself be following an 80/10/10 diet, and balancing things just like Doug Graham thinks is right, but frankly I don't care either way. I reached where I am through having the simple basic understanding and revelation that fruit is the highest of all foods, and that the more we eat of it (and consequently, the less of other foods), the more we attune ourselves to live as I believe nature intended..

The garden of Eden diet..

I've thought for some time now, that if one should desire to return to the garden of Eden, I would hazard a guess that we'ld not be let back in until our behaviours and habits were appropriate..

Eat fruit,
live long and prosper,
Mango the Fruitarian