Vegetarian ----> Fruitarian
So, everyone has always asked me why I’m vegetarian. Apparently it’s REALLY weird and people just don’t understand it. I’ve recently sparked even more people’s attention and questions with my recent decision to switch to a low-fat raw vegan, essentially fruitarian lifestyle soon here.
Let me try and explain it from where it began.
When I was in 5th grade I had this awesome teacher. He was a total bad ass boxer and rode motorcycles, definitely not a vegetarian. One day he began talking to us about his previous job; a cow slaughterer at a warehouse. I was an 11 year old girl listening to this man talk about killing cows. I listened to the way he killed them. I listened to the way he described their face right before he killed them, they knew it was coming. I listened to the way he described their cries. Even at that young age, I was disgusted. I thought it was the most disgusting, cruel thing I have every heard of and everyone else in the class just brushed it off and some even thought it was cool. From that day forward I knew I didn’t want to contribute to what my teacher had described, I knew I was going to be a vegetarian.
That’s where it all started. I was young and it was embedded into my mind forever.
From there I did research. I watched documentaries such as “Earthlings.” I knew I wanted as little to do with animal cruelty and slaughtering as possible.
A few years ago I read about Fruitarians. It’s the most cruel free, natural, healthy way to live in my opinion. Their diet consists of fruit, lots and lots of fruit. I thought one day I’d try it, but when I wasn’t so active since I figured it would be dangerous.
A few days ago I was browsing the No-Meat Athlete site and I stumbled upon the low-fat raw vegan lifestyle. A low-fat raw vegan diet is a diet made up of fresh, whole, unrefined, living, plant-based foods such as fruit, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, which are consumed in their natural state without cooking or steaming. 80% fruit, 10% protein, 10% fats. Once again I figured it wouldn’t be a wise idea seeing as how active I am.
I couldn’t be more wrong. I read about Michael Arnstein and was completely inspired. Michael Arnstein is an ultra distance runner and a fruitarian. He runs more than 200 miles a week. His PR for running a marathon in 2:28.29. He’s run numerous Ironman’s. He’s just an AMAZING athlete, and a fruitarian! I didn’t know someone who puts their body through such great lengths could eat so pure. He’s even made comments about how it’s made him a better/faster runner.
I did more research, and I want to try it. I looked up almost everything I need to know, I joined a LFRV forum for guidance, and I’ll be picking up the most recommended book here soon. If I do it I’m doing it 100% HEALTHY and CORRECT.
I’m thinking about doing a 21-day 100% low-fat raw vegan challenge. Hopefully it won’t just be a 21 day challenge, hopefully it’ll be a new lifestyle.
I want to see if it helps my performance. I know morally I’ll feel amazing, but I want to physically put it to the test!
Raw Food Definitions
I made a discovery the other day while watching TV.
I know, pretty astounding. :roll:
Anyway, I came across one of those hour-long presentations on space exploration.? Those shows are always so fascinating to me and I like to watch them from time to time.
However, each time I try to watch one of these documentaries, I always end up changing the channel in just a few minutes time.
In this way, I’m much like a little puppy.
At first, I’m really eager and alert, soaking up every bit of information I can.? After about 5 minutes, I’m off searching for something else a little bit easier for my wee puppy brain to handle.
Why does this happen every time?? Am I really like a pea-brained little puppy dog?
It’s not because I’m stupid or a slow learner.
Quite simply, the technical jargon used is just too much for me.? I’m not an expert in the field of space exploration, astronomy, or even physics so I have to make a huge effort to understand even a tiny bit of the information presented in these shows.
What is the point of tuning in if I can’t understand a word of what anyone says?
Well, besides staring at the pretty space pictures. :D
Then it dawned on me…
While I try to be super clear and concise in my writings, I realize that sometimes I might go into more detail than I mean to.? The topic of health is dear to my heart and it can be hard at times not to just go off on a crazy? eat more fruit tangent!
So I said to myself, Self, wouldn’t it be nice to provide your readers with a list of all the common raw food terms you use, along with a short definition of each?
So here you go!? A rather long, but not quite exhaustive list of the raw terms that you will undoubtedly see me use in my articles.
And you can even thank the boob tube for this one. ;)
Low-Fat Raw Vegan
A low-fat raw vegan is someone who, *surprise*, eats a low-fat raw vegan diet!? But what is low-fat exactly?
Typically, a low-fat diet is generally 20% or less of one’s daily calories from fat.? In the raw food movement, this usually means 10% of fat at most.? This is also the definition that I stick to.
High-Fruit Raw Vegan
A high-fruit raw vegan is someone who eats a diet predominated by sweet fruit.? Generally, this is no less than 80% of daily calories from fruit.
Like many people, I use low-fat and high-fruit interchangeably.? Most people who follow a low fat raw diet eat lots of fruit and vice versa.
This makes sense because if you are not getting your calories from fatty foods, your only alternative (on a raw diet) is fruit.? Vegetable foods simply do no contain enough calories to satiate you.
And if you are eating a high-fruit diet, you simply will not have enough room for large amounts of fat!
See high-fruit raw vegan
80/10/10, also 811rv or 811, refers to The 80/10/10 Diet written by Dr. Douglas Graham.? It stands for a minimum of 80% carbohydrates, a maximum of 10% protein, and a maximum of 10% fat.? The diet is 100% raw and consists of 80-90% sweet fruit, 1-2 pounds of greens, and no more than 10% of overt fats (avocados, nuts and seeds).
The use of salts, spices, and other condiments, as well as superfoods, supplements, and colonics are discouraged on this diet.
All 811ers are low fat raw vegans, but not all low fat raw vegans are 811ers.? Some low fat raw vegans eat only fruit (fruitarians), while other eat less greens and non-sweet fruits.
A frugivore is any animal that eats/prefers a diet predominated by fruit.? This includes many primates, such as bonobos, orangutans, and spider monkeys, toucans, fruit bats, and even this adorable canine!
When the term frugivore is used in reference to humans, it generally means a raw food diet of 80-90% fruit, accompanied by greens and minimal avocaods, nuts and seeds.
A fruitarian is different from a frugivore in that a fruitarian only consumes fruit.? This generally includes sweet fruit, non-sweet fruit, and fatty fruit, but does not include greens or nuts and seeds.
High-Fat Raw Vegan
A high-fat raw vegan is someone who eats a diet predominated by fat.? The foods commonly consumed are avocados, nuts, seeds, and oils.
Gourmet Raw Vegan
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Average Raw Foodist
An average or mainstream raw foodist is someone who follows a high-fat raw vegan diet of primarily avocado, nuts, seeds and oils.? Other foods that are commonly consumed are sprouts, vegetables, vinegars, liquid amino (i.e. Braggs), and even sprouted grains and legumes.
Typically, these foods are not eaten whole but in dehydrated mixtures such as mock meatloaf and raw pizza.
Because there is so little emphasis on sweet fruit, the average raw foodist has to turn to fatty foods to satiate himself/herself.
Did you know that around 60% of the average raw foodist’s calories come from fat?
Mainstream Raw Foodist
See average raw foodist
Traditional Raw Foodist
See average raw foodist
This one seems pretty obvious, right?? But it is important to note that sub-acidic fruits like strawberries and even acidic fruits such as oranges are also included in this list.
So whenever you see me harping on about how the majority of people do not eat enough sweet fruit, you know exactly what I’m talking about!
A mono-fruit meal consists of only one fruit, eaten in its whole state until the person is full.? This generally refers to a sweet fruit, not a vegetable fruit (see below).
By greens, I mean tender leafy lettuces.? This includes, but is not limited to, romaine lettuce, boston lettuce, beet greens, mesculin, and iceberg lettuce.
This does not include hard-to-digest vegetable matter such as kale, broccoli, and cauliflower.? However, these foods are fine on occasion and in moderation.
Greens have a higher mineral content than sweet fruits do and are generally eaten in a fairly large quantity.? Think 1-2 pounds a day on average.
This includes tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, bell pepper, etc.? These foods contain a high mineral content like greens do and are included as part of the 1-2 pound daily green requirement.
I also refer to them as vegetable fruits because they are savory in taste like vegetables.
See non-sweet fruits
Fatty foods refer to foods that have the majority of their calories from fat.? When I use the term fatty foods, I am typically talking about raw avocados, nuts and seeds.? However, there are also other raw fatty foods, such as breadfruit.? Even durian and mature coconut meat are pretty fatty.
You will also see me refer to these foods as overt fats.? The high-fat content of these foods makes it obvious (overt) that they are, indeed, fatty foods.
Oil is also a fatty food, and you may see me refer to it when I discuss the diets of mainstream raw foodists.? However, oil is a refined product and is clearly *not* a raw food.? It is not a food that I recommend on a healthy raw food diet.
See fatty foods
The term covert fats refers to the fats present in non-fatty foods, such as fruit and greens.? These are the fats that are seemingly hidden (covert).
Many people think that fruits contain no fat at all.? They are mistaken.? For instance, did you know that bananas contain 3% fat?
Many people are often very surprised when they find out just how much fat they are actually eating.? That’s why it is always important to monitor your overt fat intake, especially when you first go raw.
Mild herbs include parsley, mint, basil, cilantro, etc.? These are herbs that do not result in a negative effect when eaten (i.e. production of mucus, tearing, sweating, burning, etc.)
I generally separate these foods from other greens because they are not typically eaten in large quantities or on their own.? However, I did recently hear of a parsley and cilantro salad, which sounds pretty tasty…
Supplements are taken in order to make up for supposed deficiencies in a person’s diet.? A Vitamin D pill is an example of a supplement.? Vitamin B12 is another supplement popular within the raw food movement.
Dehydrating a food and grinding it into a powder does not make it any more useful for the body.? In fact, this process only succeeds in *removing* the most important nutrient of all…water.
In most cases, supplements are completely unnecessary.? The best, and often times the only way to truly nourish your body is to eat healthy raw foods in their whole states.
These are super foods because of their supposedly high levels of certain nutrients.? For instance, the pomegranate is now touted as a superfood because of its antioxidant properties.
Some popular superfoods within the raw food movement are goji berries, acai berries, and raw cacao.
The promotion of superfoods by the mainstream raw food movement stems from the more equals better fallacy.? Just because a food has more of a certain quality does not mean that it better meets our own nutritional requirements.
Hopefully that helped to clear things up.? If I forgot something, which I’m sure I did, or if you have anymore questions about a healthy raw food diet in general, just say so!