Mike Vlasaty – The World’s Strongest Fruitarian

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Only one man claims to be the strongest fruitarian in the world…and noone has challenged him yet!

That man is Mike Vlasaty and in this episode of the Love Fruit podcast he goes deep about his experience with the raw vegan lifestyle (over 10 years) and his love of weight lifting and strength training.

He also talks about his opinions on other people following and promoting this lifestyle.

Learn more about Mike at his youtube channel Fruit and Strength.

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Behind The Scenes Of UK Fruitfest 2019 – With Andrew Prod

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This year our official photographer, Andrew Prod, from https://www.andrewprod.com/ captured not only hundreds of brilliant pictures of the festival but also made this short film about his experience of the event.

He captures not only the food, the fun and the activities of the event but he also captures some other special moments. This year we had a wedding proposal at the event!

We look forward to making 2020 even better, our 7th year!

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FREE WEBINAR: Ask Your Questions To The Experts Of The Raw Vegan Diet

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On Saturday, from 1pm to 9pm, the UK Fruitfest will be hosting a FREE webinar with 6 of the top speakers at the festival.

You can register for the webinar here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OGQAfbp_SxKNnYdHT9nHDA

What will the schedule be for the webinar?  Here is a brief outline (times are in BST but will show in your time zone on the webinar page):

1pm- Ronnie Smith (Founder Of UK Fruitfest) Q and A and presentation on the history of the UK Fruitfest.

2pm- Dr Doug Graham, author of the 80/10/10 Diet answers your questions

3pm- Chris Kendall, “The Banada Commander” master chef and raw vegan coach reveals all

5pm – Ted Carr, answers your questions on fitness and strength on a raw vegan diet

6pm – Professor Rozalind Graham, answers your questions on nutrition and emotional eating

7pm – Drs. Rick and Karin Dina, answer your questions on the science of raw food nutrition

8pm- Finishing Thoughts with Ronnie Smith

You can join at any time you like, and it’s completely free to be a part of.  Click here to register>>>https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OGQAfbp_SxKNnYdHT9nHDA

Do you have any questions you would like to ask our guests?  This is an ideal opportunity to get those questions answered.

Looking to learn a little more about the festival?  This is an ideal opportunity to do that.

Just want to hang out and get a little inspiration?  This is also good for you

JOIN US TOMORROW

 

Reminder: Saturday 13th of July at 11pm is the dealine to register for UK Fruitfest.  Learn more in Saturday’s webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OGQAfbp_SxKNnYdHT9nHDA

 

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Is a raw vegan diet suitable for everyone?

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Is a raw vegan diet suitable for everyone?

Have you ever heard someone say:

“your diet may work for you, but it would not work for me”

It’s frustrating when people buy in to the notion that there is a unique diet for each person.

Yet they never seem to realise:

we are all best off consuming mother’s milk as a baby

– we all like roughly the same temperature

we all breathe the same air

– we all get hydrated from water

our eyes react the same way to light

– we all tan and eventually burn in the sun

we all sleep at night (mostly)

….and millions of other things that we share in common as we are after all the same species.

So why do people like to think they need a separate diet for themselves?

Forgive me for saying this but I think this has more to do with a person’s identity than with a genuine need for a separate diet. We should not mistakenly connect our genuine uniqueness of experience and personality with an idea that we have a unique set of requirements when it comes to nutrition.

A number of diet books have been written based on this idea. The most famous being the Blood Type Diet. This book suggests that your blood type suggests what type of diet you should eat. Of course this book has been debunked as being false. Not only is the idea untested (and goes against the basic ideas on nutrition), but it makes very little sense. Animals have many different blood types but all eat according to their species specific diet.

Which brings us to the ultimate question. What is our species specific diet?

Consider the following passage:

To say that humans have the anatomical structure of an omnivore is an egregiously inaccurate statement.” – The great taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus, (1707-1778), a Swedish naturalist and botanist who established the modern scientific method of classifying plants and animals, classified humans not as carnivores, not as omnivores, nor even as herbivores, but as frugivores.

Linnaeus writes: “Man’s structure, internal and external compared with that of the other animals, shows that fruit and succulent vegetables are his natural food.”

Comparative anatomy suggests that we closely resemble our frugivorous primate cousins. Though this may not suggest a strict diet of fruit it does suggest that the bulk of our diet coming from fruit is what our anatomy suggests is correct.

Add to this the enormous mass of science showing how vital fruit is for our health. The Global Burden of Disease study suggested that “not eating enough fruit” was the number 1 dietary risk factor increasing a person’s chances of developing disease, disability or dying prematurely.

Though a fruit diet is right for everyone, not everyone is necessarily ready for a fruit diet. This could be for many reasons but these are mostly psychological in nature and not physical.

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Love Fruit Podcast: Wendy Van Der Grinten From Dutch Fruit Festival

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Wendy Van Der Grinten

HI ! I am Wendy, originally from Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Once I started my professional life with a science study in Applied Physics at the university, then started working as a Physics and Chemistry teacher, gave workshops on energetice healing and Even got involved in politics to make this world a healthy green place with respect for all life. After 16 Years in the world of energetice healing it was time to  got a diploma in IT and nowadays I find myself in the broad world of naturopathy, detox & Regeneration . It all started  In 2003. I went to work with Reiki and intuitive development, later became a course leader at such as Reiki Master, . Now I work as a therapist, Thetahealer, Merkaba healer and guide people on their way to health with a full hollistic aPPROACH. Food, movement, energy, prana, mindset can all be used.

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How Much Fat Should We Eat On A Raw Vegan Diet?

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How much fat should you eat on a raw vegan diet?

You might be perplexed by this question.

Surely, you may say, as long as it is RAW then it is HEALTHY!

Or you may think to yourself “as long as I eat raw, my body will be able to tell me how much to eat”

Alternatively, you may be thinking “surely, we must make sure we eat an abundance of healthy fats”

Unfortunately, a healthy raw diet is not as simple as “as long as it is raw it is healthy”

Especially as many foods are labeled “raw” but in reality they have been dried, processed or dehydrated in some way which has changed the nature of the food completely.

Have you ever eaten truly RAW nuts? They are not as moreish and hard to put down as those in a bag.

Let’s get back to diets in general.

When we look for clues as to how we should design our diet we could do much worse than looking at the diets of the “blue zones”. These are the areas in the world that are renowned for producing the highest proportion of centenarians (people who live to age 100 and older) and healthy older people per capita.

The researchers have looked at the similarities between these populations and have found a few things in common. When it comes to diet they all consume a mostly plant-based diet.

And what was also remarkable was that carbohydrates made up the vast majority of the diet, 70% and upwards for each population with no exceptions.

When we look into the science of nutrition and of sports performance we find that carbohydrates are the body’s preferred source for fuel. Top athletes maintain a high carbohydrate diet when they wish to perform at there highest level.

But perhaps this equation is different for a raw diet?

The work of Dr Douglas Graham would suggest not. With over 35 years of experience working with people who were eating raw diets he often found that people were consuming as much as 60% or more of their diet from fat.

Often this was in the form of processed fat like oils, nut butters, seed spreads and tahini…which quickly add up to a LOT of calories as FAT is more than double the calories of carbohydrate sources.

Do we have long term studies on a high fat raw diet versus a low fat raw diet? Sadly not.

We have to assume the same rules apply regardless of whether the diet is raw or not. We should head towards a diet made primarily of fruit to make sure we will feel and perform our best on a raw diet.

Fruit provides us with the perfect balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats that help us to feel and perform our best.  But if we do not eat enough fruit to satisfy our caloric need we will inevitable start being hungry for almost anything else.

At that point, our cravings for fatty foods will become much more intense.  But when we eat these foods we are left with a heavy feeling in our stomach and still no real sense of satisfaction

Fruit is truly where it is at for performance and health!

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Interview with Professor Spira, Expert On The Mucusless Diet Healing System

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Interview with Professor Spira, Expert On The Mucusless Diet Healing System

In 2002, Prof. Spira was a 280-pound, 19 year old former high school football player who suffered from multiple ailments such as daily migraine headaches, frequent ear infections, sleep apnea, painful acid reflux, allergies, joint pain, yearly bouts of bronchitis, constant cold and flu-like symptoms, dry itchy skin, chronic constipation, ear infections, and bad body odor.

After he lost his mother to a terrible string of chronic illnesses when he was in the 6th grade, he grew up assuming that he was genetically destined to be sick his whole life. While studying jazz trombone performance at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, he met a jazz drummer named Willie Smart (aka Brother Air) who told him about Arnold Ehret’s Mucusless Diet Healing System.

He had no idea that the mucus-forming foods he consumed played a huge part in his lack of wellness. All he knew was that if he continued on this path of self-destruction, he would surely die. Within 6 months of reading the book, Spira lost 110 pounds and overcame all of his major ailments. He was able to throw away his CPAP unit (an oxygen mask that treats sleep apnea) and the medications he’d taken since childhood. Since his transformation, Spira has become a world-renowned authority on the Mucusless Diet and inspired thousands of people to use Ehret’s Healing System to overcome their illnesses through his writings, music, and one-on-one consultation and coaching sessions.

Learn more about Professor Spira and his work at:
https://www.mucusfreelife.com/about/prof-spira/

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When Is The Best Time To Eat On A Raw Vegan Diet?

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Have you seen all of the hullabaloo about when is the best time to eat?

Or how restricted your eating “window” should be?

Perhaps you should not eat in the morning, or not eat at night, or only eat when the sun is up?

There is a lot of confusion out there about when to eat but a lot of this comes back to problems created by how poorly most people eat.

Think about it:

If you are eating a BAD diet, of course you are better off restricting how much you eat! 

It is probably best not to eat hard to digest, junk foods late at night as it could interrupt sleep.

But what about the healthiest foods?

As fruit is what our body is designed to digest it is very easy for our body to digest and takes very little energy compared to other foods. Fruit does not stay in our system for day after day continuing to rot and cause gas and other issues.

Should we be worried about restricting our eating window when it comes to fruit?

I had a friend who told me it was very bad to eat fruit after 6pm. What I have found over the years is that people share these ideas with often no evidence for why this is a bad thing apart from perhaps their own interpretation of their own personal experience.

What about not eating in the morning?

I don’t have any problems personally with eating fruit in the morning though I tend not to eat first thing. I think it is good to give your body a little time to wake up and also best to eat a little slower first thing.

If it works for you then do what works. But I would suggest not worrying too much about your eating window.

You are far more likely to under eat if you do this and under eating is already a big problem when it comes to a raw lifestyle.

Eat up and fruit up through out the day!

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Love Fruit Podcast 13: Melissa Raimondi – Mastering The Raw Vegan Lifestyle

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Love Fruit Podcast 13: Melissa Raimondi – Mastering The Raw Vegan Lifestyle

This is an interview that took place for the Fruitfest Summit on the 30th of November 2018.

We interview Melissa Raimondi, the founder of the Youtube channel Raw Food Romance.

Melissa has lost over 70lbs on a raw vegan diet since starting it around 5 years ago.  For many years she had also experimented with a higher fat raw diet which had not worked for her.

Melissa’s common sense approach helps to get results for many people who follow her advice online and through her excellent recipe books.

Meet her this year at UK Fruitfest.

 

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How To Know You Are Eating ENOUGH On A Raw Vegan Diet

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How To Know You Are Eating ENOUGH On A Raw Vegan Diet

 

One of the most controversial questions in the raw vegan world is “how much should we eat on a raw vegan diet”?

There are a number of differing opinions on this topic so it can be very confusing for a beginner.

You may also wonder whether you can simply follow your body’s own hunger cues. Unfortunately, this can be confusing on a raw diet as the body responds differently to a raw diet than to a cooked diet.

In this message I hope to go over some of the issues surrounding this question and give, hopefully, some very common sense guidance.

First off, we can perhaps throw out some ideas. For example some people claim that we should eat a particular weight of food. So they recommend you eat 2 pounds of food per day as long as it is raw.

This is too vague an answer. Different foods vary a lot in terms of the level of nutrition and calories so it just doesn’t make sense to use weight as a reliable measurement. 2 pounds of nuts is a lot different to 2 pounds of lettuce.

The most reliable way to know if you are eating enough is to track your weight. If you are losing weight (and this is not your intention) then you know you need to eat more. If you are gaining weight (and it is not your intention) then it is a good indication you are eating too much.

But exactly what are we eating too much of?

The most accurate way to measure the value of food in terms of the energy that it provides us is to measure the calories in a food. Some people may suggest that this is different when it comes to a raw food diet but there is little reason for anyone to believe it is different. There is some debate as to how accurate this process is, but it is the most accurate method we have.

If we can work out how many calories we need to maintain our weight and stay healthy then we could work out how much food we require and translate this to what is available to us on a raw vegan diet.

A method for determining how many calories we require comes from Dr Doug Graham’s book, the 80/10/10 Diet.

He states that we first work out our Basal Metabolic Rate. This is the energy we use if we were just to sit in bed and do nothing all day. In the case of a 150 pound person, their BMR would be 1500 calories. We figure this out simply by multiplying the weight of the individual in pounds by 10.

Once we have done this we must add on how many calories we use up in our day to day activities and exercise.

To get a more accurate reading you can use the Harris- Benedict equation for working out BMR and then multiplying this by an activity factor.

The average for a woman is around 1800 calories and for a man is around 2500 (per day).

If we translate that to raw food we have a few options. We can certainly make up these calories easily by eating nuts,seeds or oils as these substances are very dense in calories (mostly from fat).

However, to maintain a raw vegan diet long term it is important to feel good. When we eat a high proportion of our calories as fat we reduce our body’s ability to supply nutrients such as oxygen and sugar to the blood cells as efficiently as possible.

The ideal ratio of macronutrients in our diet is signified by the 80/10/10 proportion. At least 80% of our calories should therefore come from carbohydrates.

This matches the ratio that is inherent in most fruits. This is one of the many reasons that basing our raw food diet on fruit rather than fat is a better option.

Therefore, we simply now have to look at how many calories we require on a daily basis and aim to get most of those from fruit with a smaller percentage gained from vegetables, nuts and seeds.

For example, a woman requiring 1800 calories per day could make up her diet with 18 bananas. This would roughly be what she would require.

If she preferred more variety she could have 8 bananas (800 calories) , 6 large mangoes (approx 800 calories) and a large salad with some avocado (approximately 200 calories).

Someone looking at these quantities of food may start to think that this is “too much”. They are reacting to the volume of the food. With raw food we must eat a greater volume of food to get the same calories as we did from cooked food.

If we do not, then we will struggle to maintain our weight and struggle to avoid the temptations of other foods. When you are satisfied from eating enough fruit you are much less likely to be tempted by less healthy foods.

BEWARE: Not eating ENOUGH is by far the biggest reason people struggle to feel good on this lifestyle long term or remain successful on it.  It is also the reason we hear about “emaciated” raw vegans.  Almost all of the time, people were simply not eating enough.

In conclusion:

1. Calories: Work out your daily calorie needs. 

2.  Fruits: Become familiar with the amount of calories in all of the common fruits and other raw foods that you eat.

3. Eat Enough fruit to satisfy the majority of your calorie needs and make up the rest with vegetables, salads and nuts and seeds (at first this will seem like A LOT of food.  You will get used to this over time and enjoy the real feeling of satisfaction that comes with this)

4.Track Your Weight to see if you are eating too little or too much.

That’s about it.

You may wonder why you need to put this work in. Surely, if this is a more “natural diet” then our body should tell us all we need to know?

The problem with this is we simply don’t live in our natural environment and we were not brought up on our best diet. We have not learned from experience how much we need to eat to feel good.

I hope this works out for you, you can get back to me if you have some thoughts of your own.

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