A fruitarian is a person who mainly eats ripe raw organic fruit and a small amount of tender leafy greens, vegetables, seeds, and nuts.
The simplest way to get started on the fruitarian lifestyle is to give up all overt fats for the first 30 days. That means no nuts, seeds, olives, avocado, oils, etc. Eat all the fruit you care to eat during daylight hours, and at your evening meal have a big huge salad – at least a 1/4 pound of greens.
If you are transitioning from a cooked food diet, and feel like you need more than just a salad, have some steamed veggies with organic brown rice, millet, or quinoa. You can also have steamed potatoes and/or sweet potatoes. You can use a very clean fresh salsa or pico di gallo for a salad dressing or condiment on your potatoes. No salt! No oil! No fractionated foods!
Congratulate yourself on taking a proactive stance on your health care, after all, no one cares more about your health than you do. The fruitarian lifestyle such a joy and I look forward to assisting you on your journey to perfect health and wellness.
I’ve compiled a few lists below to assist you on your journey. I also recommend you set up a Cron-o-meter account and start getting familiar with it. You will be using this on a daily basis to track your nutrition intake and make sure you are reaching all your caloric goals and nutrient requirements, this is essential to your success on a high carb low fat vegan diet.
Basic Tools of the Trade:
- A really good sharp chef’s knife
- Bamboo cutting board (mark one side with an “F” for fruit, and the other with an “O” for onion, you don’t want to cut fruit on the same side you’ve cut onions or you’ll have onion flavored fruit, yuck!)
- Blender – we highly recommend you invest in a Vita-Mix, K-Tech, or other high powered blender. The Breville blender or the Black & Decker with a glass jar is a lower cost blender that will also yield a good result. A regular blender will work, however you will need to be sure to add liquid first, juicy fruits next, and chop up your ingredients into small pieces, and blend in several batches of smaller quantities.
- Citrus juicer
- Food scale (optional but very helpful)
- Measuring cups (optional)
Recommended Reading List:
- The 80-10-10 Diet by Dr. Douglas Graham
- Grain Damage by Dr. Douglas Graham
- Nutrition and Athletic Performance by Dr. Douglas Graham
- 80-10-10 Success Guide Chart
- The Pleasure Trap by Douglas J. Lisle, Ph.D. & Alan Goldhamer, D.C.
- Left In The Dark by Graham Gynn and Tony Wright
Basically, it’s pretty simple, buy fruit you enjoy eating and know that you will eat. Buy veggies you enjoy eating and know that you will eat. Be sure to buy organic produce when possible, and local as well. If you must buy conventional produce, please check the Dirty Dozen list to keep your pesticide load fairly low.
- fermented foods
- “superfoods” (raw cacao, algaes, pills, powders, potions)
- processed foods or beverages
- grains that contain gluten (wheat, rye, barley, oats)
- animal foods
Key points to remember:
- You will be consuming a lot of fruit as this is where you will get the bulk of your calories. Use Cron-o-meter.
- Eat when you are full and stop when you are full and satiated.
- Eat fruit during the day and then have your salad or veggies or cooked food for dinner.
- Limit your intake of overt fats such as avocados, nuts and seeds, olives, etc. You’ll get plenty of fats, and omega 3’s too, by just consuming fruits, veggies, and greens, so no need to eat these overt fats. If you do, keep the portion very very small. These foods add up your fat intake very quickly.
- Strive to sleep 8-10 hours every night.
- There is no right or wrong, so take it easy, relax, and enjoy what you eat. This is a journey, and it may take many years get in the groove of being a fruitarian.
Fruit, fruit, fruit! Greens, greens, greens!