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i did a search on "fruitarian" and did not find any topics that asked about fellow fruitarians, so i thought it would be alright for me to start this topic.<br><br><br><br>
are there any fruitarians out here, or people who have been pondering going fruitarian?<br><br><br><br>
i myself am starting out, i am very excited.
 

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Wow - Keegan would be a good Fruitarian (he loves fruit!!!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I don't know about this type of diet.<br><br>
Does it mean all you eat is fruit?
 

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<a href="http://fruitarian.com" target="_blank">fruitarian.com</a><br><br><br><br>
this site provides pretty much all information a person needs to know about fruitarianism.<br><br><br><br>
yes,<br><br>
you get to eat only fruit, fruit that has not been touched.<br><br>
for example; non-cooked, non-baked, non-fried (nuts)<br><br><br><br>
so only pure fruits.<br><br><br><br>
and if you want to do it "good", you should follow the mono diet, that means you can only eat one type of fruit every 90 minutes.<br><br><br><br>
it is supposed to be very very good for detoxification and your general health.<br><br><br><br>
personally i think rules are there to be broken, if you want to eat vegetables too or have nuts fried in vegetable oil -- who's going to stop you.<br><br><br><br>
but since i am so completely in love with all fresh fruits, i wouldn't mind eating only that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:">
 

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Well I'm kind of a raw foodist.<br><br><br><br>
I eat tons of fruit + juices, but i also eat a lot of leafy greens. I also eat grains. And I'll eat nuts & seeds occasionally.<br><br><br><br>
So while not fruitarian, I'm not that far away from it either, as I guess I have like 50x the U.S. recommended fruit servings / day. (this is NOT a scientific estimate <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">)<br><br><br><br>
Going fruitarian would not be very difficult, I assume but I'm not into labels at all. I guess if I'd be real rich I'd live on fresh organic fruit only. That's one of my phantasies at least <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Tell me more about your reasons / goals / history / philosophy, killthegirl, I'm very interested. And please keep us updated about your progress. Will you use a juicer? I love this fruit stuff! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br><br><br>
dvmarie yes it's only fruit, but also vegetable fruits like avocado, cucumber, squash, pepper, tomato, etc...
 

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Oatmeal, i like your life menu - so to speak <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br>
i can very much agree with raw foodism.<br><br><br><br>
my reasoning, well i get a kick from the idea it's all so pure and clean, it's kind of like an addiction.. when i first started out vegetarian i had no trouble at all, leaving the meat out - it actually started with a great aversion against meat at my 15th, my parents and the circumstances at that time wouldn't let me eat vegetarian (pfff) so i had to wait 'till my 16th.<br><br><br><br>
now during late 2002 'till now i've been avoiding dairy and eggs, but still occasionally eating products that contain dairy and eggs - which has me feeling guilty more and more.<br><br><br><br>
vegetarian - bad vegan - fruitarian.<br><br>
if i can't have any products that contain dairy and eggs, i don't mind, who cares when you have mango, pineapple and strawberries any way <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:"><br><br><br><br>
i have been wanting to go fruitarian for a while now and i guess here is when i say; okay, let's do it.<br><br><br><br>
i can at least try how it feels like to eat only fruit.<br><br><br><br>
ps. tomato = fruit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Here's the classic question....what about the protein? Fruit and sugar are (I think) the only two foods that don't contain protein. You'd have to eat like 50 pounds of nuts a day, wouldn't you?<br><br>
Maybe I should check out that website you gave before I ask questions.....
 

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There is <i>some</i> protien, very miniscuel, however, in fruits. Oranges have like 1 or 2 grams of protien per orange for example
 

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very cool. that would be hard to do. good luck and keep posted. i do a week here and there of fruit only just b/c. i find it to be fun but expensive.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Minmo</i><br><br><b>Maybe I should check out that website you gave before I ask questions.....</b></div>
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<br><a href="http://www.fruitarian.com/ac/Proteins.htm" target="_blank">http://www.fruitarian.com/ac/Proteins.htm</a> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/beer.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":beer:"><br><br><br><br>
But it still leaves things unanswered, because it only tells you what % of a food is protein. This really doesn't help in figuring out how much nut-fat you'll have to endure to get your protein.<br><br><br><br>
I'm increasing my fruit and veg intake a lot, but I'd certainly never be able to go fruitarian because beer is not fruit, Soy Delicious is not fruit, and also beer is not fruit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/beer.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":beer:">
 

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Ah ha Max, but there are Cherry and Raspberry Wheats!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/beer.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":beer:">
 

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hello everyone,<br><br><br><br>
protein - yes.. it is a rather unanswered question and one i get thrown at me a lot even when i talk about veganism, i can only imagine how people will react when i tell my environment about my fruitarian plans, which i am not planning to do - they'll find out themselves. i am sick of trying to explain i am not as self destructive as i was before any more and that veganism, fruitarian isn't unhealthy.<br><br><br><br>
people can somehow swallow the fact you are vegetarian, but veganism always is looked up-on as extremism, boring, insane and since a veganist murdered a Dutch politician last year, everybody here is putting veganism in the joke corner along with murder and schitzoism <-- if that's not a word, now it is.<br><br><br><br>
i hate narrowminded people <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
needless to say, i am very glad i found this forum!!
 

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I tried to become a fruitarian, but it was way to hard. I like my vegetables to much, and like Max pointed out, Soy Delicious is not a fruit, and neither is the occasional vodka, rum, or crown royal (which is/was my favorite, but I'm unsure if it is vegan). I have, however, been on 80-90% percent raw for a couple of weeks here and there.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by epski</i><br><br><b>I've decided to go beergan. I can only eat the food or drink the beverage if it has beer in it.</b></div>
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<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by epski</i><br><br><b>I've decided to go beergan. I can only eat the food or drink the beverage if it has beer in it.</b></div>
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I'll drink to that.<br><br><br><br>
And if there's something you want to eat that doesn't contain <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/beer.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":beer:"> just dunk it in <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/beer.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":beer:"> or <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/beer.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":beer:">-batter it, and wash it down with a <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/beer.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":beer:"> or two.
 

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Let me add my raw foodist perspective here... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Protein is - IMHO - an overrated issue. It's mostly a lot of hot air caused by grossly uninformed people who don't even know what protein is. Just read the thread "Stupid things omnivores say" and others.<br><br><br><br>
Personally I don't worry much about protein - or any nutrient per say. As long as I feel fine while working out and generally all around, I know I get enough. I'd like to trust my senses here - I'd certainly feel if I get too little of such an important nutrient, no?<br><br><br><br>
I've read just about any book about nutrition, veg and not veg, I cold get my hands on. I AM a very scientifically oriented person. I just finished the latest Harvard Medical School Guide to "Eat Right". And I have yet to find any evidence that a raw or fruitarian diet is dangerous, or deficient in anything. In fact, they seem to have the potential to be very healthy, and there's evidence that our ancestors were largely raw food fruitarians (duh!). But this usually goes under b/c these books (understandably) concentrate on the (un)health aspects of more "mainstream" diets.<br><br><br><br>
Back whan I did worry about protein <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">, I have read many articles and did some calculations. I think if you eat a variety of fruits (and fruits only!) to get all your calories, you get something like 30-40 grams of protein a day from fruit alone. There are nutritionists claiming that this is all the body needs, if it is not overburdened with digesting nasty animal ingredients (=heavy lifting for the digestion system).<br><br><br><br>
As Keegan pointed out, fruit does contain protein. And we are talking TONS of fruit here, not just 2-3 servings a day. If you<br><br>
supplement with some leafy greens, plus nuts, I'd say you get "enough". If you eat 75% of your calories from fruit, 20% from leafy greens and the rest from nuts, you'll get actually *more* protein than you need.<br><br><br><br>
There are fruitarians who succeed and there are many who don't. Those who don't, fail miserably. In my humble view, most of those who fail, do so because they simply don't eat enough calories and not because of protein or anything else.<br><br><br><br>
If you eat like 1-2 bananas + an apple for lunch, of course you're going to be hungry real soon. Make it 5-6 bananas, 3-4 apples plus an avocado (something I would eat for lunch when fancying an all fruit setup), and you have consumed something like 1000 calories, and 12 grams of protein - fruit only.<br><br><br><br>
As a "snack", I'd eat 1-1.5 heads of lettuce (12 grams of protein - lettuce has half of its calories from protein, and 25% from fat). Throw in some walnuts for good measure and you are at 30 grams protein, and ate half of your daily calories. See where I'm getting at?<br><br><br><br>
Should you choose to consume grains and or legumes (e.g. in soaked/sprouted form), the protein percentage goes even higher, but I believe fruitarians avoid both of these food groups.<br><br><br><br>
When on a fruitarian diet, you are on kind of an autopilot. You must eat until you're full, not until you <i>think</i> you have eaten enough.<br><br><br><br>
Bottom line is, that if you get enough calories (and you are not eating a monodiet of one single type of fruit), you will get enough protein. This seems very intuitive to me. Again, the main problem lies in getting enough calories. A lot of fruit has to be consumed.
 

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thank you for that insight Oatmeal, i do also think that is the key, eat lots of it and also in variety. i have never payed much attention to the milk/meat/fish babble stories and how good they are "supposed" to be for your hair, skin and nails.<br><br>
i actually believe the opposite.<br><br><br><br>
i can't eat 5 or 6 banana's at once though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br><br><br>
if you're going to do this, good luck and happy water melon shopping (i went yesterday, they didn't have any <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:">.)
 

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In another thread we discussed the fact that there are two distinct definitions of "fruit".<br><br><br><br>
People often think of fruit as being: bananas, oranges, pineapples, blueberries etc.<br><br>
But, by the biological definition, even grains and and legumes are considered fruits. Some fruitarians consume them. And fruitarians aren't always raw-foodists, though many of them are.
 

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Just to throw a monkey wrench into these works and offer a different perspective here's a link to a site that you might want to check out <a href="http://www.beyondveg.com/cat/fruit-dreams/index.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.beyondveg.com/cat/fruit-dreams/index.shtml</a><br><br><br><br>
Although as a vegan (one, like Oatmeal, who's scoured nutrition literature of all types) I think that a lot of "anti-veg" rhetoric is bunk. The site I've linked to seems to have the most creditible and reasonable opposition stance. I offer it up just to cover all sides, but I don't necessarily endorse their views.<br><br><br><br>
A frutarian diet shouldn't be a problem at all, especially if, like a lot of raw foodists, you take it to a 75 to 90% limit. Westerners, Americans especially, eat far too much protein, but individuals do need a variety of components to maintain health. Sometimes it might be difficult to get enough nutrients solely through fruit because it is too hard to eat 5 or 6 bananas in a sitting. Fruit is awfully bulky, and it might be difficult to consume sufficient nutrients before you feel outrageously full. Supplementing 25 to 10% of a raw fruit diet with cold pressed oils, cooked grains etc. might be beneficial and easier on the system.
 
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