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what do you think? as far as i can tell, it's the practice of eating only things that are grown on plants, but not eating anything that requires digging up the whole plant. like beans and tomatos, yes, carrots and lettuce no.<br><br><br><br>
my friend is vegan and considering going fruitarian, and as far as i can tell it wouldn't be that far off, but i could never do it cause i use onion and garlic in everything, and would have to give them up. not gonna happen.<br><br><br><br>
also i find it hard to eat fruit every day as is. i'm not a fruit person, never was. i find it a chore to eat even just an apple, and if i buy more than 3 at a time they go bad cause i rarely eat more than 2/week. sad i know, but there you have it.
 

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I had a neighbor from India who tried to be a fruitarian. I agree with the principle of it and have to admit that I wish I could just do a raw foods diet of fruit and nuts. As God wished it in the beginning "I give you every seed-bearing plant and herb as food". BUT I am a happy vegan who is allergic to wheat and enjoys cooked rice, potatoes, corn pasta and the like. So that is not in my future. I also think that with the scarcity of fresh pesticide free fruit it would be difficult. One might end up sick from what is on the fruit!
 

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right, i can understand that it uses less crops and all that, but it would just be too hard.<br><br><br><br>
how bout everyone else? anyone ever try to do it?
 

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Ladyfaile said: "as far as i can tell, it's the practice of eating only things that are grown on plants, but not eating anything that requires digging up the whole plant."<br><br><br><br>
I don't see how digging up a carrot, potato, or other tuber would be a "bad" thing so-to-speak. If one did not dig them up, they would simply rot in the ground.<br><br><br><br>
I always believed "fruitarian" meant soley eating fruit...no vegetables.
 

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I did a week of fruitarian this summer, fruit only, and that included olives and tomatoes. I loved it, it made me feel good, spritual, and a bit high towards the end. I couldn't do it forever, I started to have pasta fantasies towards the end. Twenty years ago I did it for a whole summer, I'd met three fruitarians that got me interested in the idea. It's a really effective way of cleaning out my system. I doubt if I'd stay healthy if I stayed on fruit only for a long time. Raw food might be a better idea. But I would miss the pasta. And fresh bread. Vegan is fun.
 

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That's a good idea, a week-long fruit fast! I do several Saturdays a month a juice fast for spiritual and physical purposes. The fruit thing is a better idea. For Lent I eat only liquids like soups, but Sundays are feast-days in Lent so I get around it a little bit.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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it's not just fruit though, it's anything that grows from a plant, so beans and peas and such are ok.<br><br><br><br>
i think it's more a thing like, it takes less crops, which means less clearcutting, etc. i think.<br><br>
cause if i'm not mistaken, they alternate fields for crops every couple of years, so the amount of space for one crop is really 2 or more fields, but with plants that aren't dug up and just go dormant over winter and grow new "fruit" in summer, it takes only the one field.<br><br><br><br>
i'm probably wrong, but yeah. maybe soilman can shed some light here?
 

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There are as many types of fruitarians, as there are vegetarians. There's some good websites. The people I knew ate only fruit- and not all types of fruit either, only the ones that had stones I think, I forget exactly. I don't think fruitarians eat seeds, just fruit.
 

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I think that Im probably more of a fruitarian then a vegetarian. Fruit is one of my favorite foods! i love it. But i eat vegetables too. i eat almost anything, i have never been a picky eater. except now i dont eat meat.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Olive Branch</i><br><br><b>I don't see how digging up a carrot, potato, or other tuber would be a "bad" thing so-to-speak. If one did not dig them up, they would simply rot in the ground.</b></div>
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how is that argument any different than killing an animal for food because they are eventually going to die anyway? not that i'm saying eating vegetables is either good or bad, just that i don't find that a good argument.
 

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It seems interesting, but unfortunately like LadyFaile, I don't like fruit very much.<br><br>
I make myself eat a peice a day...and I usually drink a banana smoothy, too (if my kids haven't eaten all the bananas)
 

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When I first started reading everything I could get my hands on in regards to vegetarianism, veganism, fruitarianism, and such I recall reading something about the last of the three. Fruitarians believe that, because the onion or whatever grows underground that it is one with the earth. And by taking that onion or whatever away from the root system you harm the balance. And then I began to think about this. All of the veggies that I can think of that grow underground have a direct root system connected to them so that they can continue to grow and give. Fruits and veggies that grow above ground do not. Above ground items have seeds inside of them, and the meat of the fruit or veggie protects that seed(s). The fruitarian eating something grown above ground is adding positively to the process by adding to it in a sense that he/she is releasing the seeds. The seeds are supposed to then be planted, but we know that doesn't typically happen. In any event, you are not disrupting the root system by taking fruit/veggies that grow above ground.
 

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I always thought that the point to fruitarianism was to not "hurt" the plant by stealing its food. Therefore, fruitarians can only eat fruit which has fallen off of the branches by itself. You cannot pluck it off. I was reading on all these fruitarian sites a while ago, and they gave tips that said that you need to get your own fruit trees and then just go pick the fruit off the ground, and that's all you eat. Am I just way off?
 

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Isn't fruit that falls on the ground usually overripe or bruised in some way? Do fruitarians suggest that overripeness contributes to the nutritive value?
 

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I really have no idea if it is usually overripe or bruised. I just always thought it had a moral motivation and the point was to not be violent towards the plant, and that health was just a great benefit.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by orangutan</i><br><br><b>I always thought that the point to fruitarianism was to not "hurt" the plant by stealing its food.</b></div>
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i was under this impression too, but i come to a different conclusion than you. i thought that fruitarians only eat fruit because you can pluck the fruit without having to kill the tree/plant. thus, their rationale is that a human life is an animal life is a plant life and none should be taken.<br><br><br><br>
are there are fruitarians that can shed some light?
 

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that's an interesting site, they definitely eat seeds(Sunflower seeds Sesame seeds Squash seeds Pumpkin seeds) and nuts as well as fruit, avocados olives cucumber etc.
 

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Right. If eating the fruit or whatever that the plant provides doesn't kill the plant than it is ok to eat it. The determining factor is if it is given, like and apple or orange from the tree, or taken like something that grows underground that has to be disconnected from it's life giving source.
 

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I've tried to become a fruitarian before - to hard. I started by limiting my cooked food intake and eventually limited all cooked foods for a couple of days. I have to admit when I started to take to cut out cook food out of my diet (especially chocolate) I felt much better.<br><br><br><br>
I'm thinking of trying it for a month (if I can do it for that long). Next week I'll started cutting down on all cooked food. Even if I can't be a total fruititarian I think I'm going to be limit my cooked food intake drastically, if I have the will power.
 
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