Richard Gambino Interview For Love Fruit Podast (Episode 42)

This week I got a chance to interview my friend Richard Gambino.

Richard lives in Ojai, California where he grows his own fruits and vegetables and sells the excess from his farmstand.

He has been on a raw vegan diet for close to 15 years and a vegan for years before that. He is also a lifelong athlete and qualified at a high level for his chosen event the Steeplechase.

Learn more in todays interview which you can also listen to on Spotify, Itunes and other podcast platforms.

Love Fruit Podcast 41: Robby Barbaro From Mastering Diabetes

In this episode of the Love Fruit podcast, I interview Robby Barbaro co-author and founder of Mastering Diabetes. Robby is a long term raw vegan that lives with Type 1 Diabetes.

In this interview we talk about his journey to the raw vegan diet and how he ended up sharing this information with others through his coaching programmes and retreats.

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Love Fruit Podcast 38: Alice Copilet

In this episode of the Love Fruit podcast we interview Alice Copilet. Originally from London, Alice now lives in Koh Phagnan, Thailand and follows a fruit based diet and health conscious lifestyle.

Many people follow her on her instagram page @fasting_with_alice where you can learn more about her approach to health, healing and lifestyle improvement.

In this interview we talk about her journey from being a London lawyer and party girl, to following a spiritual path and moving towards a raw vegan diet and lifestyle.

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My Natural Healing Journey with HPV – Tina Cseuz

In this video, previous Fruitfest attendee Tina Cseuz details her healing journey with HPV.

About this video Tina says:

“This is my testimonial of how raw foods and fasting reversed my high risk HPV test results and have helped me cultivate a strong immune system…

These lifestyle tools coupled with self awareness, tracking, education, experimentation and more have helped me stay HPV negative for over a decade and thrive with overall health and vitality… it IS a process and journey, with ebbs and flows.

Let me know what you think/feel~ And pleeeease let me know if this video or information have changed or even saved your life in the comments below… or what you would like to see more of 😉 let’s create a ripple wave effect!

Love, Health and Vitality Cleanse, Nourish, and Thrive 💖gift 💕offering✨from my heart to yours …my healing is your healing is our healing …a miaL medicine Heart song production You can find me for more heart shares on: 📸Instagram: @tinacseuz …like and subscribe my 🎞Youtube channel if you want more!”

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Eva Loves Raw – Love Fruit Podcast Interview 35

In this episode I interview Eva from Eva Loves Raw. I met Eva and her family at the Woodstock Fruit Festival a number of times and they were kind enough to invite me to stay with them when I was in Florida.

She sticks to her 100% raw vegan diet and coaches others towards better health on a raw and plant based lifestyle.

In this interview we talk about her journey to a raw vegan diet and her initial training at the Hippocrates Health Institute. We also talk about her finding her own way of eating a raw vegan diet after trying many different paths.

She also talks about balancing her family life with her raw vegan path as her family do not always eat raw vegan food with her.

Eva is a great example to others who are looking to balance their family life, their work and their raw vegan lifestyle. Find out more about Eva at:


Anne Osborne – 28 Years On A Fruitarian Diet

In this video I interview Anne Osborne. Anne is one of the few people I have met that has stuck to a fruitarian diet long term. By fruitarian, this means she does not consume vegetables, nuts or seeds instead focusing on fruit.

Anne is the author of the great book “Fruitarianism: The Path To Paradise” a famous book on the subject. She also works with the Woodstock Fruit Festival. Learn more in this interview.

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10 Essential Books About The Raw Vegan Diet and Lifestyle

There have not been many books written about the raw vegan lifestyle and fewer that were truly worth reading. In this blog I wanted to bring together many of the best known books and where possible provide my own ideas about these books.

  1. The 80/10/10 Diet by Dr Douglas Graham
The 80/10/10 Diet by Dr Douglas Graham

Of all of the books on this list, this is by far the one that has had the biggest impact on me and helped me learn about how to stick to a raw vegan diet. Written by Dr Douglas Graham, this book was an antidote to the high fat raw vegan diet craze of the 90s and early 2000s.

The book makes an excellent case for why people should eat a raw foods diet based on fruit. It also points out that the conventional recommendation to eat a low fat diet should apply to a raw food diet also.

The book gives specific recommendations on how much to eat and the best way to eat for superior performance on a raw food diet. Essential reading for raw vegans!

2. “Blatant Raw Foodist Propaganda” by Joe Alexander

Blatant Raw Foodist Propaganda by Joe Alexander

This book is less well known but worth a mention. It consists of the authors journey towards a raw vegan diet with many inspirational moments and stories woven through out. As an artist, he talks about how the change to his diet made a huge change in his painting. His art became more colourful and full of life.

An enjoyable read, but does not offer specific details on practising a raw food diet successfully.

3. Raw Food Controversies by Frederic Patenaude

Raw Food Controversies by Frederic Patenaude

Frederic is a great writer and this book is enjoyable to read and entertaining. It is his personal journey from being an enthusiast of the raw food diet as a young man in Canada to becoming an important player in the epicentre of the raw food scene in California.

Along the way he reveals secrets about many of the different raw food gurus he worked with and was around at the time. This is a fun book and chronicles the journey from the optimism that many feel when entering the raw food movement to realities that sometimes can be hard to accept.

4. Nature’s First Law – The Raw Food Diet – Stephen Arlin, R.C. Dini and David Wolfe

Nature’s First Law -The Raw Food Diet
Arlin, Dini, Wolfe

This book heralded the arrival of one of the most famous and controversial characters to the raw food scene, David Wolfe. The book is infamous for having essentially been plagiarised from a lessor known book that was only available in Persian at the time. This was Arshavir Ter Hovhanessian’s “RAW EATING”. After this was discovered, future editions of the book included an acknowledgement to Hovanessian at the beginning. Despite this, many people have enjoyed this book and it’s cry of “Cooked food is poison” at the end of every chapter.

5. Fit For Life – Harvey and Marilyn Diamond

Fit For Life – Harvey and Marilyn Diamond

One of the most famous health books of all time, Fit For Life was an enormous best seller across the world. Although not exclusively a raw food book, this book introduced many people to simple concepts like eating fruit only for breakfast. Harvey and Marilyn were students of T.C Fry, one of the great teachers of Natural Hygiene and the raw food diet.

6. The Mucusless Diet Healing System by Arnold Ehret

Despite passing away nearly 100 years ago, Ehret’s books are still enjoyed by modern day raw food enthusiasts. Some of the information in these books is a little outdate and his writing still is of course of the time and may be harder to read for modern readers. Professor Spira has written an updated version of this work.

The concept of mucus being an ultimate cause of ill health is not accurate but it still appeals to people hugely to this day. A classic that inspired many people towards the raw vegan diet.

7. Fruitarianism: The Path To Paradise by Anne Osborne

Fruitarianism: The Path To Paradise

Anne Osborne is well known and loved in the raw food community as a rare example of someone that keeps to a strict fruitarian diet with no added vegetables, nuts or seeds.

She speaks about her journey to the fruitarian diet in this book and her experiments with long term mono diets. An enthusiastic and poetic writer that will make anyone’s love for fruit grow.

7. Creating Healthy Children by Karen Ranzi

Creating Healthy Children by Karen Ranzi

In this book Karen Ranzi provides her experience with raising children on a raw vegan diet. When it comes to raising children with a raw vegan diet, this book is the go to bible and Karen a well trusted expert in this field. Essential for all raw parents and parents to be.

8. The Raw Food Nutrition Handbook by Dr Karin Dina, with Dr Rick Dina

The Raw Food Nutrition Handbook by Dr Karin Dina, with Dr Rick Dina

This is another essential book for those looking to get their head around how the raw food diet works for human nutrition. For those looking for the breakdown on fats, carbs, proteins, vitamins and minerals this book is the guidebook telling you everything you need to know.

Well written and clear, the concepts in this book are easy for even the newest beginner to understand fully.

9. Raw Food Weight Loss and Vitality by Andrew Perlot

Raw Food Weight Loss and Vitality by Andrew Perlot

A former journalist, Andrew Perlot encountered the raw vegan diet while trying to figure out how to solve his colitis. He eventually found and worked with Dr Doug Graham and followed the 80/10/10 approach to incredible success.

This book is well written and well worth a read. His ideas are heavily influenced by the work of Dr Graham but he adds enough of his own individual thoughts and concepts for this to be a worthwhile read in it’s own right. Worth checking out.

10. The Raw Food Lifestyle 101 – by Ronnie Smith

The Raw Food Lifestyle 101 – Ronnie Smith

For my last entry I am shamelessly plugging my own book which I have just released. I hope it will become a well known work that helps others along their jouney to a raw food diet just as these other books have.

The Raw Food Lifestyle 101 covers over 101 topics surrounding the raw food diet. If you would like to learn more about the book click on the link below. Right now you can purchase this book at a large discount with 6 excellent bonuses for you to enjoy. Click below to learn more:

Katya Kulkova – Love Fruit Podcast Episode 33

In 2017 Ekaterina completed her Plant-Based Nutrition Certification from eCornell and T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Using her backgrounds in sports she incorporates exercise regimen, diet and lifestyle changes in her work as a health coach. 

She has a particular interest in working with terminal diseases and cancer, extreme or challenging cases. Her expertise are: immune system, raw diet, neurological health, metabolic disorders, longevity. Ekaterina started her Plant-Based journey in 2010, when she was a freestyle kayak athlete, competing internationally as part of her national team. Together with her husband James Bebbington (Team GB) they switched to a raw vegan diet in order to prepare for the 2011 World Championships. After James won the event 6 month later – the couple stayed plant-based ever since.

After switching diet Ekaterina also had her best sport performances. She was the only Russian team athlete ever to compete in a World Championship finals (2013, 2015), placing 5th and 4th. Diet change was revolutionary for her recovery, energy level and endurance. She recently started Ultra running (in 2018) and has spent last 20 years engaging in outdoor and extreme sports. Challenging her own body physically on a Plant-based diet was instrumental in understanding practical human physiology and lead to a career change.

Ekaterina is a public speaker and an author. She is available to speak at the events in the UK and internationally. Being passionate about human health and the planets future, she aims to promote sustainable diet and lifestyle, engaging in outdoor activities and sports.

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Does A Raw Food Diet Protect You From Sun Burn?

When you move towards a raw food diet many people become enamoured by the idea of getting back to nature.

Often, you will look for other areas of your life to simplify.  You may have also looked for areas of your life to make more “natural”.

This is highly appealing and can be a good foundation for making beautiful changes to your overall lifestyle.  But sometimes we throw the baby out with the bath water.

All of a sudden, all manner of man-made products are seen with a new scepticism.  We look at the label and baulk at all of the “chemicals” in these products.  We yearn for simplicity, and like our diet, to go back to using products that have just ONE ingredient!

Which brings us to the topic of this message:

Our sun is awe inspiring, magnificent and mind blowingly powerful.  It has been the subject of worship and praise over millenia.  It is directly the source of all energy and therefore all life on our incredible planet.

The energy emitted from it is collosal.  It exists around 151 million kilometres from us, yet we can be overwhelmed it’s heat and light on the brightest of days.  Imagine how astronomically hot it must be near it’s surface!

Sun light is an incredibly important part of our health.  Humans originated in tropical climates and we have evolved to be mostly hairless.  Sunlight can therefore directly impact our skin.

It is well known that exposure to sunlight is what stimulates Vitamin D production in our skin.  This essential nutrient is best obtained by sunlight.  So essential is it, that humans that moved north changed in colour in order to be able to get more Vitamin D from less sunlight exposure.  (as a side note, if animal foods were enough to get adequate Vitamin D…why did humans turn white in the north?)

Did you also know that sunlight actually penetrates through our skin and helps to disinfect our blood?  This is why getting full body sun exposure when possible is certainly a good idea.

As with all things that lead to health, direct exposure to sunlight is pleasurable and uplifting.  Tanned skin is often seen as being more attractive and a sign of good health which is why so many millions of people flock to the beach in the summer.

But exposure to sunlight in excess can damage the skin.  Sun burn is technically a radiation burn of the skin.  A person does not need to actually feel or see the burn to have damage occur.

We are more sensitive to the sunlight than we fully appreciate and in the raw foods movement many people do not appreciate the damage that can be caused.  Many will arrogantly avoid using sun screen to protect their skin or even covering up as they see this as “not natural”.

Sometimes, they may have been told that on a raw diet you do not require protection from the sun.  I have heard people say that sun burn is “acids coming to the surface that need to be detoxed out”.  This is not correct.  Sun burn is a radiation burn and is harmful. 

Over time, this exposure can lead to skin cancer.  This is well known and not something to argue about anymore. No, not exposure to sunscreen, exposure to the sun.  

We can get caught up in the idea that what’s natural is always good but please remember even animals hide from the sun in the shade.  Our ancestors were arboreal species of apes living in trees and forests who may not have been in direct sunlight for much of the day.  The peoples that live in tropical climates, even those with darker skin, often stay out of the sun or cover up almost entirely.  We should learn from their experience.

Does raw food provide any protection?

Yes, there is some research to support this idea.  In particular, there is information suggesting carotenoids and other flavinoids in fruits and vegetables do have a protective effect.  There is broader evidence suggesting that a diet higher in fruits and vegetables is protective against skin cancer.

But this is no excuse to let things go too far.  I can tell you that I have suffered sun burn by accident and very quickly a number of times.  Certainly, it is less painful on a raw vegan diet but still uncomfortable.  Now, I am happy to protect my skin with clothes and limit exposure with a hat and clothing.  I also have no concern with using sun screen if I feel it is necessary.  I would much prefer to protect my skin than proclaim my self to be the Nature Boy.

Be careful with the sun in warmer parts of the world. Do not expect a raw food diet to protect you from the direct power of the sun’s rays.  As with all healthy things, more is not always better and enough is truly enough.

Learn more about living a healthy raw vegan lifestyle at this years UK Fruitfest.

Grant Campbell – Love Fruit Podcast Interview

Grant Campbell has played a big part in the Fruit Festival movement.

He was an original pioneer of the Woodstock Fruit Festival, as well as being a featured speaker at the Canada Fruitfest, the Danish Fresh Food Festival and the Slovenian Fruits and Health Festival.

He has spoken at the UK Fruitfest Festival every year since the beginning.

Each year he runs the Thailand Adventure Retreat in Chantaburi, Thailand. Grant lives with passion and purpose and has hosted 100% raw vegan retreats every year since 2007!

Fueled by fruit, Grant has enjoyed completing over 65 ultra marathons including up to 240 km (149 miles) in under 35 hours in minimalist footwear without stopping to sleep.

Grant has also led running camps, teaches running workshops around the world, produces Running Tips and Ultra Marathon Running Tips on his YouTube channel, and authored a book series called ‘Inspired To Run‘.

You can learn more about Grant here:

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