Gabriel Kenneth Cousens is an American physician M.D., homeopath, and spiritu al writer who practices holistic medicine. He is the founder of the “Essene Order of Light”, a spiritual organization based upon teachings from the Jewish Kabbalah, the Torah, and modern interpretations of the Essenes. He is the founder of the “Tree of Life” centre in Arizona and has many programmes running around the world teaching his live foods lifestyle to help with among other things the prevention and reversal of diabetes. Learn more at http://www.drcousens.com If you want to learn more about the UK Fruitfest, you can find more information here: http://www.fruitfest.co.uk/registration
We have started to receive a lot of messages asking whether the festival will go ahead this year in light of the Coronavirus.
The UK Fruitfest 2020 has no plan to cancel the event this year. So far, we have not been directed to do so and our venue is still open to us at this time.
You should therefore expect that the festival is going ahead as planned, at the same time and same location. You will receive a communication from us immediately if anything changes. Please make sure you are following our emails, and other social media pages to stay alerted.
Attendees of the event will be sent further confirmation of this by post very soon. This message will also contain further details of the event and what will be going on at the festival.
In the event that we have to change or cancel the event we are considering other options.
If the venue closes:
We will look for another suitable venue in the area with similar accommodation. We will keep you updated about this if anything like this happens.
If there is a ban on any event happening and all venues are closed:
We will make the festival a virtual event lasting the same length of time and with the same level of education as the festival. This will be accessible online or via phone conference.
If the event changes, especially if it is run online, the price of access to this will of course not be the same as access to a live event including food and accommodation. Details will be sent out in advance of this if and when it happens.
You may also choose to postpone your ticket, or a proportion of it to a future event or use the funds for another one of our other services.
Refunds and cancellations:
We have a refund policy in place for those who can not attend for any reason. Here is the policy in full:
- Cancellations prior to 31st May 2020 are refunded at 100%, no fees taken off.
- After this date and up to the 30th of June 2020, refunds come minus 25% of the ticket price.
- From this date until the 10th of July 2020 at 5pm, a refund comes minus 50% of the ticket price. After this date there is no refund offered.
We fully expect to be able to honour all refunds and cancellations and indeed we set up the event, financially, in order to be able to deal with all eventualities. Most of the financial outlays of the festival take place closer to the event happening which makes this situation easier for us.
If our choice was to close the event and NOT lose money, or keep it going and lose money on it, we would choose the second. We have already started offering courses, coaching and other services in order to make extra revenue to keep the event going regardless of the financial situation of the event itself.
As a supporter of this event, you probably believe that getting a positive message of health empowerment through education and inspiration is very important at this time. Many people need to hear this message and we want to make sure we continue our work to get this message out there.
At this time, it is important that we take care of ourselves as well as possible and share with others the knowledge we have about living in excellent health.
What this situation is showing us, is how few people have real knowledge about creating excellent health for themselves. People are buying into the same old supplements, vitamins, potions and pills that just don’t work. People are panic buying toilet paper and staying in doors, rather than stocking up on fruits and vegetables and making sure they get fresh air.
Being in any kind of panic or worry state is also bad for our immune system. It is time to take advantage of this time to rest and relax. Focus on the positive and expect the best outcome for the future.You should look forward to this being the best Fruitfest yet and the best week of your summer if you are attending.
See you at the festival,
Chris Kendall took some time out of his busy schedule to sit down with Ronnie from UK Fruitfest and record this interview.
Chris is a well known author, raw food chef and raw food coach who has been a part of many of the biggest and best raw vegan events in the world.
You can watch the full interview below.
In this interview he talks about his 15+ year journey on a raw vegan diet and how his approach has changed over the years.
He also talks about the magic of retreats and a little about his own retreat in Costa Rica.
We have some great news to share with you! We have been invited back to speak at the UK Fruitfest this coming summer of 2020. This event will be held from the 26th of July to the 2nd of August 2020 near Tewkesbury, England.
We had the honor of speaking at the UK Fruitfest last summer and had a wonderful time connecting with old friends, meeting new ones, enjoying the great food, and spending a week with a group of like-minded people interested in a whole food plant-based raw lifestyle!
We loved our experience at this event so much that we are making the trip again this summer. In fact, of all the raw vegan events we have attended and presented at over the decades, the UK Fruitfest is one of our favorites!!
We are SO EXCITED and are looking forward to having another great experience there this coming summer.
The UK Fruitfest, now in its 7th year, has become an annual gathering of a health-focused, heart centered tribe of unique individuals who are all on the same path of building better health and a better life for themselves.
The mastermind of this event, Ronnie Smith, also wanted us to share with you that for a limited time, you can enter a prize drawing with a chance of winning a free ticket for the UK Fruitfest 2020!
To enter this drawing, click here>>> https://www.fruitfest.co.uk/registration
Just like last summer, we (Drs. Rick and Karin Dina, D.C.) will be presenting solid science and research-based information on nutrition to help you gain a greater understanding of raw food and plant-based dietary approaches. We will also clarify a number of dietary misconceptions that can help you feel more grounded in your food choices.
There will also be yoga classes, recipe demos, inspirational stories, fun activities, and a great abundance of delicious raw fruits and vegetables to eat and enjoy!
If you have been looking for an event like this, now is a great time to take action.
For a limited time, you have a chance to potentially win a free ticket to this year’s festival by joining the UK Fruitfest prize drawing:
To find out if this is event right for you, you can visit the UK Fruitfest registration page to learn more and join their announcement/email list.
If you want to take the next step and register before the UK Fruitfest is sold out, you can book a call with Ronnie to have your questions about the festival answered and find out if there is an option that best suits you.
Drs. Rick and Karin Dina, D.C.
Years ago I heard about a man who, it was claimed, had eaten more fruit than anyone else on the planet.
That man is Dr Douglas Graham, who is well known as the author of “The 80/10/10 Diet” book. The programme that he promotes is a low fat raw vegan diet based on fruit and a lifestyle of high energy, exercises and other healthful habits.
It is hard to exactly quantify the influence that this book had but essentially it lead to a sea change in the raw food movement. For many years, there were a number of different raw diets promoted and a number of incorrect ideas promoted as part of the raw food idea. One idea was that “as long as it is raw, then it is healthy”…but this is not really the case.
Dr Graham was always a bit of a rebel at raw food events as he was telling people that they didn’t have to focus on superfoods and supplements (big business at the time for many raw food promoters) and that they should instead focus on eating enough fruit to satisfy their carbohydrate needs, and limit their intake of fats (that were common in many raw gourmet dishes).
Unlike many other raw gurus, Dr Graham did not propose the 80/10/10 Lifestyle as way to simply cleanse, detoxify or heal in the short term from disease. He proposed it as a lifestyle that could be enjoyed LONG TERM and could be used to support athletic activities and other high performance pursuits. As a former professional athlete (a gymnast and trampolinist) this was important to him.
He became and adviser to many top athletes including Martina Navratilova, the tennis champion and is currently still busy working alongside Michael Porter Jr, from the Denver Nuggets basketball team in the NBA.
Dr Graham has given over 10,000 presentations around the world about health and the raw vegan lifestyle and we are lucky to be inviting him back once again to the UK Fruitfest, for the 7th time. He will be providing morning fitness classes, demonstrating some of his favourite recipes and lecturing on the subject of the raw vegan diet, health and performance.
Dr Graham joined me recently for an interview. The interview lasted over 2 hours and we were able to go into great detail into health and the some of his history in the raw vegan movement and also into one of his specialist topics, fasting. He will be supervising a small number of people in fasting very soon and provides some information about that.
The interview has been put up on our LOVE FRUIT podcast. This is available on Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcast and Itunes and is also up on Youtube.
Here are the links:
Watch it here on youtube (click here>>): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VlNkI5gIws&t=1s
Listen on Spotify (click here>>) https://open.spotify.com/episode/0WJGgHmec1YUraXVqaKDDc?si=B4H3BKXEQ-uiifRowBHDgQ
Listen and Subscribe on Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/love-fruit-the-fruitfest-podcast/id1451702996?ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Listen on our website: http://www.fruitfest.co.uk/podcast
To encourage us to record more podcasts, please consider sharing it with others or giving it a good rating if you enjoy it. It is a long one, but I hope you can enjoy it in the gym, on a long walk or drive or even at work.
On your journey to a healthier lifestyle, you have no doubt experienced Christmas as being a difficult time for sticking to healthy habits. This is a time of year where feasting and indulgence are almost mandatory!
Christmas dinner is often the biggest meal of the year and many people end up eating so much that they fall asleep for hours after it as their digestive system struggles to deal with the overload.
It is also a time of giving, and once again treats and sweets are a big part of that giving. It is hard to say no especially when we have been given a present.
How do raw vegans celebrate Christmas if they do at all?
You may be thinking that eating raw brussel sprouts and parnships must be no fun at all. Not to worry, raw vegans can get very creative when they want to….
It is easy to replicate many different festive flavours and treats with raw vegan recipes. After all, most of the flavours and smells you associate with Christmas will come from the fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices that accompany these meal.
It may be a time to make a special meal that you rarely make. You may have even been gifted some new tool or machine you have never tried before that you can use to make delicious treats.
However, rather than treating it as a time to indulge, it may just be a time to stick to exactly what you have always eaten. If this is your first time eating raw vegan with all your family it may be a bit of a strange experience. Many questions will come your way and it could be a bit embarrassing to be the focus of that kind of attention.
Here’s what I would suggest to you:
When people ask questions and perhaps offer you opinions about why what you are doing is not healthy or not good for you long time, simply thank them for their concern and interest and let them know that you are trying something out for a while because you want to see if it will make you feel better.
Don’t use these questions as an invitation to educate people on their ignorance. This is not what they are actually asking for, they are finding a way to show concern and interest but few are actually ready to hear more. Let them know that if they wish to have a full conversation about it, perhaps having a chat after Christmas will be a good idea. You will find almost no one will actually get back in touch with you about it.
For raw vegans focused on health….
It can be hard to see friends and family eat poor quality food like dead turkey and other flesh which we know is a direct cause of many health issues. However, we also know that people will not really appreciate you using this as a time to make people feel uncomfortabe and embarrassed about those choices. Perhaps you can invite them to your own place to show them how delicious a healthier meal can be?
It can be a hard time to see relatives continuing to contribute to the exploitation of animals. However, there are more and more vegan options available and perhaps you can take some along for them to try?
At the end of the day family and friendship are very important. If you fall out with people at this time of year over their diet then you potentially lose the chance to ever have an opportunity to help convince them to make that change.
What I have found over the years is that if someone was ready to hear more about this they will come to you. But really, you often can not be a prophet in your own town. It is likely they will go to other sources before coming to you.
This is not a time of year to use the excuse of Christmas to fall off of your healthy lifestyle. Your work may take time off at this time of year but your body never takes a break. We should consider that when making choices for our health.
Have a great Christmas and a happy new year!
If you are looking to gift yourself the gift of a ticket to UK Fruitfest then head over to our registration page to get started. Prices will be rising next month but if you book before the 31st of Dec you can still get our lower pre launch price. Learn more here:
Have a great Christmas and never forget to STAY FRUITY!
Augusto attended the Fruitfest for the first time last year. He travelled all the way from Rome, Italy with his partner Giuseppina.
Augusto is the only direct student of Dr Doug Graham in Italy and he is trying to share the message of a fruit based raw vegan diet to people there. Of course, this can be difficult in a country in which pasta is in his words is “a religion”.
Augusto works as a personal trainer helping people with their fitness goals and also helps people to transition to a vegan or raw vegan diet.
Recently, Ronnie from Fruitfest went to Rome and interviewed Augusto for the “Love Fruit” Podcast (available on our Youtube channel, and just about to be released on Spotify, Itunes and Stitcher).
We asked him about the raw vegan scene in Italy. He told us that he had been to a recent natural hygiene conference in Italy. Most of the teachers promote raw food but they do not have a consistent approach to succeeding on a 100% raw vegan diet. This led Augusto to continuing his search to finding out how to succeed on a truly raw diet.
Asked about his transitioned to raw, Augusto said:
“it took a while, I transitioned from vegetarian to vegan, to raw food, back to cooked food but always vegan. I would say the whole period was 10 years. It is my opinion that the most addictive food is the food that creates in your body the strongest emotion. It may be connected to family or friends. For example, I liked certain foods my mother prepared for me. This is the real addiction, not always the food itself, but the emotion attached to the food.”
When asked about the benefits of going raw, Augusto said:
“Yes, mental clarity. Energy, I can wake up without coffee and without stimulants. I sleep better, I don’t have digestive problems. Everything is better. It’s like putting the right fuel in your car, so the car just works”
When asked about the UK Fruitfest he said:
“Incredible, maybe the best experience in my life around this lifestyle. And also for emotional reasons because I connected with incredible people. So really, it was a wonderful experience, I recommend this to anyone. Even if you are not interested in the raw food diet, try the UK Fruitfest, you will not be disappointed”
Learn more about Augusto in our interview on the Love Fruit podcast or his website: augusotvalerio.it
Here is a copy of some thoughts I shared when I heard the news about my friend Dr Robert Lockhart’s recent passing.
Robert was well known and loved in the raw vegan movement and had spoken many times at the Woodstock Fruit Festival. News of his death was a shock to all who new him.
RIP Dr Robert Lockhart
It has been confirmed by his family that he passed away recently and that a memorial service will be held on the 8th of December near his home in Australia.
My first memory of Robert was when he started a conversation with me at the Woodstock Fruit Festival. He had heard my accent and told me that he was originally from Scotland also.
He would say “What did I do in a past life to deserve to be born in a cold place like Scotland!”
A few mornings later, I went to the basketball court on my own and Robert was already up in the middle of his work out. This included pull ups and handstand walking.
I remember thinking “I want to be like this when I am 70”
I spent a little time with him and felt fortunate to be able to get the chance to ask him some questions. His example had a powerful effect on me. He was totally committed to his raw diet and he inspired me to have that same level of commitment to my health.
His stories were legendary. Robert was one of the first people to
export Durian from Australia to China and grew many rare tropical
fruits on his farm. He told us that he lived on Durian alone for
months at a time. However his wife hated Durian so he had to leave
the house to eat it.
One day she said “It’s either ME or the Durian!”.
I learned about his past, that he had moved to New Zealand first at an early age and moved to the US to study Chiropractic. He had worked with the man that invented the Moon Boots (an item he also brought along to Woodstock to let people hang upside down) and had met some of the “nature boys” like Gypsy Boots.
He had a total commitment to the raw diet and the body’s ability to heal from anything. Also, I believe in his later years he was looking more into practices that he believed would help extend life such as caloric restriction, intermittent fasting and dry fasting.
Robert was a pioneer. He did things other people were not prepared to do to get results that few people experienced. He experimented on himself and did not expect anyone else to do what he was doing.
He was used to pushing himself to the limits and it seems that particularly with his experiments with dry fasting that he may have pushed a little too far.
You won’t be forgotten Robert, there was truly no one like you. A
real one of a kind.
END OF ARTICLE
His family, shared some more detail about the time leading up to his death, including some detail from the doctors that looked after him in the last days. I will share this below, in italics, unedited:
We’re so sorry to announce the passing of our dear father & husband Robert Lockhart who transitioned yesterday the 29th of November at 6:06pm at age 75. We can understand the disbelief of many who knew him, as he was so full of life. His daughters Tulani Lockhart, Meah Robertson and his wife Ree Anna cared for him for the weeks leading up to his death. We’ve had many messages from his friends, loved ones and the community sharing their love and support, thank you so much to everyone for their kindness.
Rob was a great man who loved to help and mentor others. His long standing career over 45 years as an excellent Chiropractor impacted many. His great passion however was his diet, nature cure and being an advocate of healthy living. Both in eating raw foods, educating about physical activity and the human frame. We all know he was the best at handstands! We’d like to clarify the chain of events that lead to his body shutting down, as it wasn’t just one thing. As you may or may not be aware Rob has eaten only a raw food diet for nearly 40 years.
Over the last 10 years he significantly decreased his intake of water, drinking only minimal coconut water or freshly squeezed juice, quoting that he got all the water he needed from the high intake of mainly fruits he was eating. In the last 5 years he commenced “dry fasting” for periods of time which meant no food or fluids including water for extended periods, up to 48 hours. He would also intermittently fast each day no food no water for roughly 19 hours with a 5 hour eating window. The doctors believe this had done significant damage to his kidneys over the years as scans & tests performed showed atrophy, scarring and significantly reduced function.
Rob’s immune system was suffering and he picked up a chest infection from a bacteria called Melioidosis, this is found in the soil in tropical climates. He was a avid planter of rare fruits and was constantly tending to his trees & orchard. This contributed to a bad cough and mucous on the lungs which he said “I’m just eliminating, don’t worry”. He then proceeded to do a dry fast of 72 hours no food no fluids, which pushed his body too far which he admitted. In the subsequent weeks he was quite debilitated. His kidneys started to shut down, which then meant he couldn’t clear the fluid from his lungs, and his electrolyte balance was thrown out. Having a proper balance of electrolytes including potassium ensures the heart beats properly. Combined with his lungs not getting adequate oxygen due to the infection which was later diagnosed as pneumonia also put more pressure on his heart.
After much coaxing he reluctantly went to hospital for treatment as he was on the verge of complete kidney failure and a cardiac arrest at home. He accepted testing and treatment in hospital. Their quality of care & respect for Robert was amazing and blessed us with another 2 weeks with him. Last Saturday he suffered with two massive cardiac arrests then was placed in ICU on life support. We were all hoping he would recover, however over the week unfortunately he didn’t regain consciousness (although we believe he could hear us at times) there were no significant signs of neurological activity. His organs including lungs, kidneys, liver and heart continued to fail.
In the last week they had him on dialysis, a ventilator and medication to keep his heart beating. His condition continued to deteriorate and we were advised that there was no treatment options to fix his enlarged heart (cardiomyopathy) and leaking valves with an ejection fraction of 15-20% at most with medication stimulation.
Out of respect for his wishes we (Tulani, Rheana, Meah and the doctors) made a joint decision to let him go peacefully without being plugged into any machines or medications. It has been a very hard time. However we believe he was in the end happy to be set free.
We hope that everyone can respect him and his memory lovingly without judgment or blame. We’ll be having a celebration of life for Rob next Sunday the 8th of December at 1:00pm, 66 Johanna Road Trinity Park. If you’d like to come to say your goodbyes you’re more than welcome. To honor Rob we’ll have a big fruit party (no alcohol please). Feel free to message Meah Robertson, Tulani Lockhart or Ree Anna if you’d like any additional information. Much love Meah, Tulani and Rheana
END OF FAMILY MESSAGE
For a number of years, I have heard stories of people coming to harm and dying from the practise of dry fasting. I have always banned it from being a topic for presentation at the UK Fruitfest as I already had seen how far the idea was spreading within this community and the negative impact it had had.
I call on other events, on other leaders in this community, and on the community of raw vegans and fruitarians around the world in general to stop spreading the dangerous idea of dry fasting before others are affected.
If you would like to educate yourself further on this topic, feel free to read this article by Dr Doug Graham, that we have shared a number of times in the past:
I hope this email has served to bring some more light to this situation.
Robert will be missed. I filmed a number of videos and conversations with him and enjoyed his company. Here are some interviews I filmed with him over the years:
There are many reasons to change to a raw vegan diet but for many people the most important thing they are looking for is more ENERGY.
Do you feel drained a lot of the time? No wonder. Our world is full of stresses and stimulations that can leave us feeling overwhelmed. People are having less sleep and poorer quality sleep than ever before. On top of all that it seems like working hours get longer and longer as globalisation demands higher and higher levels of productivity.
People are tired and looking for something to give them that boost.
Mostly, they reach for caffeine filled drinks. Many people are dependant on caffeine, hooked on it like a drug. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the feeling of being dependant on ANY substance. You should want freedom in your lifestyle choices, not addiction.
Many go further than that and take recreational or prescription drugs to prop them up. But we know that all of these artificial stimulants only end up STEALING energy from us…not giving us more. They can have nasty consequences over time that are really not worth it.
Cleaning up your diet, and removing these stimulants, sounds like the right thing to do. But still many people do not get the boost of energy they were looking for on a raw vegan diet. Some report feeling more tired than ever before.
Why is this?
Whenever you are feeling a lack of energy there are some basic things you should consider. This is a checklist I often run through with coaching clients that tell me they are struggling with a lack of energy.
1) Are you getting enough sleep. Consider this deeply, are you really getting enough? Are you getting the quality sleep you need? Perhaps you need to add in a nap during the day to make sure you are getting all the sleep you need (remember that animals often rest for long periods of the day on top of a full night of sleep in order to be fully ready when they have to take action)
2) What is the level of caffeine in your diet? Ideally, you should move towards a zero caffeine lifestyle. This can be hard at first and the withdrawals from caffeine addiction can be very intense, be prepared for cold and flu symptoms. A source of caffeine people forget about is chocolate, with dark chocolate often having more caffeine that milk chocolate. If you are eating large amounts of raw chocolate this could be having an effect on your energy levels.
3) Are you eating enough? A major challenge beginners have to this lifestyle is eating enough. Quite simple, if you do not eat enough calories to fuel you adequately you will feel drained after a few days. You will also feel a complete lack of motivation and you may start to feel irritable, depressed and like every is on top of you. These can be symptoms of the body crying out for more food, a banana smoothie should do the trick!
4) Fitness. What are your activity levels like? Are you exercising a lot and not giving yourself time to recover? Or do you never exercise and your fitness is at a very low level. To experience a high level of health we must also build our fitness.
5) How is your external environment and emotional life? Are there stresses in your life from relationships, from your job or from your home that are putting unconscious stress on you. It can be hard to make these connections but it is worth looking for and looking to make changes.
6) Inspiration. Are you inspired with where you are at in your life and what you are doing with it? Do you have things that you are working towards and looking forward to? This can have a big impact on your energy levels.
I have made a video about all of this on my youtube channel which you can view here:
How to Create Variety on a Fruit-based Diet?
By Sophie Black, Raw Lion
I’ve heard many people say that eating a fruit based diet is extreme and too restrictive, but this idea of “restriction” or “deprivation” is not true and can prevent people from trying or succeeding on this diet.
This article will explain how a fruit based diet can create freedom, and how you can create variety and fun eating this way.
You are always free to eat what you want regardless of what diet you are on.
Everytime you eat a meal you could choose or eat food that harms you or food that heals and nourishes you. A fruit based diet is not restrictive, it is an empowering choice that you can feel proud to make. It is a diet that supports health, and being healthy gives us the freedom to live our life to our highest potential and to support ourselves and our communities most effectively.
Variety is still important
Choosing to eat a fruit based diet may seem daunting and difficult for a while but gaining skills and knowledge overtime will make this healthy diet almost effortless. One skill that I have found really useful is learning how to create variety in my meals, even when I’m eating the same types of fruit time and time again (often during winter or when trying to keep the costs low).
How many different ways can you eat a banana?
There are many different ways to eat just one type of fruit, and spending time to think outside of the box will easily create new and interesting meals for you to enjoy.
You could eat bananas…
- Like a monkey, out of the skin
- Sliced in a bowl
- Blended into a yogurt
- Blended into a smoothie
- Blended into milk
You only need a few cupboard items to extend this list even further…
- Covered in a sweet date syrup
- Blended into a chocolate shake
- Mashed with cinnamon and chopped dried fruit
I usually have a few other types of fruit to hand as well, creating a long list of different ways to eat the same ingredients…
- Sliced and covered in a fruit sauce or smoothie
- Sliced with a fruit yogurt and raw granola
- Fruit layers in a jar, some chopped, some blended
- Frozen and blended
Different recipes can be made with fruit simply by processing them differently and creating different combinations. Take a moment today to consider what you could do differently to keep your diet fresh and interesting.
If you want to learn more about creating different recipes and combinations check out my two fruit-based recipe books.
- 101 Ways to Eat a Banana – Paperback (£12.99) and Kindle (£5.99) available on Amazon
- Fruit Buddha Bowl Recipes – Paperback (£6) and Kindle (£3) available on Amazon
You can also get 33% off the PDF versions (
£5.99, £3.99) with the code “UKFruitFest” at my PayHip store.
I also have free content on my YouTube channel Raw Lion