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Fruitarianism Has It’s Pros and Cons Part 2

At this point, some people against the fruit diet could say: “It is too high in sugar, the fruits are too hybridized …etc.”

However, are humans still the way we were 6,000 years ago according to the Bible? Heck, you can look at movies and lifestyles from even a few decades ago and tell a marked difference in humans, so us being the exact same some over the course of millenia upon millenia would be quite impossible.

That considered, it’s to be expected that fruits will change. Mangoes still essentially are the same, with some slight variations but when you consider fruits like ‘pluots’ a cross between a plum and apricot, that will be pushing it along with seedless fruits and fruits that seem to be available year round non-stop.

Now that I have gone over that, based on observations and research with people who have tried the same or very similar diets here are the pros and cons of the raw vegan /fruitarian diet.

Fruitarianism: Pro

1. Fruits are indeed sweet. Most people like sweet items and it’s pleasant to eat.

2. It is very cleansing and could be a preventive and even curative diet.

3. For the idealists, it is a non-karma food. In other words, you didn’t kill anyone/anything to eat it.

4. Fruit definitely promotes weight loss and brings about a light body.

5. On a fruit diet, injuries heal quickly, your respiratory system functions better (a boon for singers and speakers), your senses get sharpened, you have no pungent body odors, bad breath, puffy eyes etc.

6. It makes you look and feel younger and aids in attaining spiritual development.

Now the Drawbacks:

1. Unless you know how to pick the ripe fruits or grow them yourself, most modern fruit could be expensive and lacking in vitality and quality.

Solution: Buy your fruit directly from the farmer’s markets, stores that deal exclusively with produce, Asian Markets, South American Markets or other “Foreign” Markets. This helps because these sellers mostly pick good quality of fruit because they themselves consume the items vs. a Supermarket that sells produce as an afterthought for their store. Also, avoid or at least drastically reduce the consumption of newer cross-bred (hybridized) and genetically modified fruits. Try to stick to older varieties that have been around for a while simply because it should be noted that most of the world’s agricultural food crops are almost always cultivars that have been selected for characters like improved yield, flavor, and resistance to disease since very few wild plants are now used as food sources.

2. Fruitarians usually experience severe weight loss. Furthermore, it may be difficult to gain weight on a fruit diet so most guys might shy away from it.

Solution: Engage in a lot of anaerobic exercises. Personally, I look at it like this, eat fruits till you are satisfied and full, get your mind off of it being a fruit diet. Just eat it like any other diet and engage in the same activities you were previously doing. Then again, I’ve always been slim and I truly believe whatever weight gain I notice on me is usually water retention if I do eat excessive salt on the occasions I eat steamed/cooked vegetables, however I don’t obsess over this.

3. For some it could be psychologically and physically not satisfactory and some people claim to have frequent hunger leading to binge eating.

Solution: Well, the mistake here could be that these people just don’t eat enough. I could easily eat 2-3 Honey-Dew Melons in one sitting, wait about 10-20 minutes then eat 6 or more mangoes and I am fool-stuffed and actually feel happy. So by all means eat to your heart’s delight of a variety of fruits, just try to eat only kind at a time and of course sit still while eating and avoid distractions like the TV, radio etc.

This is not to say that I don’t sometimes eat fruit with the TV on, quite the contrary, instead of popcorn, I just eat 4-5 pounds (or even more) of grapes and watch whatever I want to. Life is not a set of strict rules (without common sense) and even the Bible says “The wise man avoids all extremes!”

Friends, when I eat my fruit, I eat a lot. Perhaps, in one day what a whole family could eat for a week. However, that’s because most people eat fruit for dessert or snacks while I eat them for meals. As far as psychologically not being satisfied, hey, if you have a life outside of eating, e.g. if you have something to do after you eat your meals like hanging out with friends, significant others, loved ones etc, there really is no room to miss out on still having fun. I always just view fruit as a mass of substance I put in my stomach not a ‘diet’.

4. In addition, some people complain it doesn’t provide warmth in months of cold weather.

Solution: Wash the fruits the morning of a given day and do not eat straight out of the fridge. Of course bundle up on clothes. Now, you may have to use a heater at night (along with a humidifier) however, ice-cream, cold cereal, sodas are all colder items than fruit, so the complaint listed above in regards to being warm in the fall and winter times might not carry much weight after all.

The main thing to remember is don’t view it as a diet, view it as just …food!

Indulge in a variety of fruits, try out newer fruits. Just remember like it would have been in nature, eat ONE fruit at a time. All creatures do that.

At this point, for those who attack the fruit diet and say the fruits are ‘too sweet’ and hybridized for sugar content, I have always wondered, how could they know what the original fruit tasted like?

Growing up in Nigeria, a so-called third world country, I vividly remember that Mangoes, Pawpaw, tangerines, oranges, cashews, bananas, watermelon ALL tasted very sweet. Even sweeter than the fruits I have seen out here in the USA. Considering that most third world countries have to deal with economic hardships at times, suffice it to say that the last thing on the mind of the government of such countries will be to genetically modify or hybridize their fruit.

I remember in Nigeria, most of these fruit even grow in the wild and not on plantations specifically for them, so it’s safe to say they were meant to be sweet. One thing to note is I NEVER encountered a seedless fruit or one out of season back in Nigeria and the foreigners I have asked here in the United States all agree with that.

In addition, Litchis, cherimoyas, rambutans, persimmons are all sweet and all foreigners say that the ones from their native countries are even sweeter still, so that may very well answer the accusation of fruits being bred with a high sugar content.

In a nutshell, I truly think if being a fruitarian is what you want to do, by all means do that. As of the time of this writing, I do have plans to go back into being one, I mean 100% on the condition that I move to a tropical country like Nigeria or even the Phillipines, but even now in Southern California with the following as my staples: Watermelons, Honey Dew, Cantaloupe, Mangoes (Kent, Hayden and Keitt Varieties), Cherimoyas, Tangerines, Grapes, Plums, Asian Pears, Avocadoes, Apples, Tangerines, Valencia Oranges, Strawberries and whatever else I may stumble on, it’s hard for me to get bored. Once the fruits are sweets, I’m good to go.

I rarely crave salads or specifically leaves. If I do need to eat avocadoes, I just mash them up and dip Boiled Plaintains or celery in it and that seems to work fine.

On to part 3 Folks.

Foras Aje is an independent researcher and author of “Fitness: Inside and Out”, a book on improving physical and mental health naturally with a Bible-Based Diet and Exercise. For more information on this book or other natural health tips, visit his site at http://www.bodyhealthsoul.com/

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