Charity gets £100,000 to help families grow fruit and veg

This seems like a great idea.

The article was just posted in the Northern Echo:

A CHARITY has been given almost £100,000 to help disadvantaged families learn how to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

OASES (Outdoor and Sustainability Education Specialists) was given the grant to help it deliver four Growing Together clubs around County Durham.

Clare Garnham, OASES co-ordinator said: “We’re really pleased to have been awarded with funding to continue our work with children and their families.

“With this we’ll be able to encourage more families to grow their own produce and put more vegetables onto the plates of children and young people across County Durham.”

It seems nowadays, that too few people know where their fruits and vegetables come from.  They also don’t know what it takes to grow edible delicious food.

We are so fortunate to have such an abundance of fruit and vegetables all around us. Yet it seems that people can’t see the fruit for the trees.

I hear so many complaints about the quality of fruit in the UK or in supermarkets.  Some people even say they find it hard to get fruit in the UK.

I have no idea what country they are living in, because for me we have fruit available 24/7.  Of course you need to learn how to pick the good stuff but that doesn’t take long to learn.

Planting fruit trees can teach you a lot about life….


You need to find good soil with exposure to sunlight so that the tree has a chance to flourish and grow

You need to have good seed or a good root stock.

You need to give it plenty of time to grow.

You have to allow the time for it to create a good strong foundation.

Gradually the tree will grow and get stronger and slowly it will start to produce fruit.

Eventually, there will be too much fruit for you to handle!

There are two great quotes about fruit trees that I love….

The first is:

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.  The second best time is today!”

The other is:

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”

Stay fruity and plant some trees!





SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Kristina Carillo-Bucaram (@fullyrawkristina) To Appear At Fruitfest 2018

Yes, that’s correct! We are excited to announce…..

Kristina Carillo-Bucaram, “FullyRawKristina”, has just announced that she will be attending the 2018 UK Fruitfest.

In her own words, she says this:

“Hey you guys, happy Wednesday.  I wanted to make the announcement that I’m gonna be going to the UK Fruitfest this summer.  For those of you who are interested in seeing me in the UK I will be keynote speaking, leading women’s circle, talking and doing so much more.

It’s gonna be a close and intimate space with me.  It’s gonna be in the UK so for those of you who are in that area use the code “FULLYRAW” to get 10% off your ticket.

Because this is a fruit festival there is gonna be A LOT of raw vegan food there, it’s gonna be amazing, I’m gonna have more updates and announcements throughout the week on this, there will be contests and giveaways”

Follow Kristina on instagram @fullyrawkristina to find out more!

Who Is Kristina Carillo-Bucaram?

Most likely, you know her already! But here is her background:

The founder of the largest raw, organic produce co-operative in the U.S., she has been 100% raw for over nine years. An exemplification of all that she wishes to create, she is a leading visionary in the raw movement, especially in Houston, TX.

She attended both Vanderbilt University and Rice University, and she graduated from Rice University on the top 5% of her class in 2009 with a triple major. One of her degrees is in Kinesiology, specializing in Health Science. She wrote her thesis paper on Raw Foods and Fasting. Since then, she has been involved highly in the movement of Organic Horticulture, Permaculture, and Co-operative Communities.

Kristina’s inspiration for being FullyRaw came after she was able to rid herself of Hyperglycemia at the age of 18 eating nothing but a low fat raw vegan diet consisting solely of fresh fruits and vegetables with few nuts and seeds. After being a direct understudy of 20+ year raw fooder John Rose, she interned and worked under Dr. Graham at his health events in Seattle and in Costa Rica. She has lived in the Dominican Republic and in Costa Rica, and she has become an avidly enthusiastic runner who runs at least 6-8 miles a day!

At the age of 20 before she graduated college, she started the non-profit organization called Rawfully Organic. This organic produce co-operative in Houston, Texas grew from 12 people in her living room to thousands of families in the greater Houston city limits. Rawfully Organic feeds hundreds of families each week and focuses on the benefits of eating diets high in raw fruits and vegetables while making organic affordable for all. The co-operative stays true to its mission to support families in the Texas community to supply an abundance of organic produce to help them achieve their raw, vegetarian, or vegan lifestyle.

Besides being the chief goddess co-operator of Rawfully Organic, Kristina has made a living coaching and inspiring thousands of others to be FullyRaw for the past few years. She is the author of The FullyRaw Diet and also the creator of her latest company called FullyRaw Juice, LLC.

She also enjoys frequently speaking and lecturing to the Texas community. She even offers raw classes where she prepares food for her audiences! Kristina’s mission is to simply REACH PEOPLE with the message of RAW. She wants to inspire people to find their rawness within so that they can find their own health freedom and zest! You CAN be FullyRaw, and Kristina wants to help you get there!

One Of The Biggest Names In The Raw Vegan World!

Kristina’s message has touched the lives of millions of people.

She has over 1 million followers on Instagram and Youtube who watch her recipe videos and follow her life story.

She has done more for the raw vegan movement than anyone over the last 10 years!  She has a unique ability to connect with and inspire many people.

We have no doubt she will do an incredible job speaking, teaching and leading women’s circles at this years Fruitfest.

A Brand New Prize Draw: WIN 2 Free Tickets Plus A Contribution Towards Travel Expenses

It turns out, in our previous contest, the winner is unable to attend the festival.

Therefore, we have made the decision to create a brand new prize draw.  The first prize will be a pair of tickets to this year’s UK Fruitfest plus up to £500 towards travel expenses.

To enter the contest you can CLICK HERE NOW

If you have already registered for the festival you will be automatically added to this prize draw.  But to DOUBLE your chance of winning why not get your friend, partner or spouse to enter too.

Can’t Wait To Get Your Ticket?

It is likely that Kristina’s attendance will lead to unprecedented demand for attendance at the festival.  Tickets are limited and are given on a first come first served basis.  If you would like to attend Fruitfest and meet Kristina, please register today by clicking the first image below.  Use the discount code “FULLYRAW” to take 10% off of your ticket price.


My Journey To A Raw Vegan Diet (Talk at Glasgow Fruitarian, 801010, Raw Food Meetup with Fruitfest Founder Ronnie Smith)

Check out this video today!

I gave this talk very recently at my Glasgow Fruitarian, 801010, Raw Food Meetup Group.

It is a simple introduction to my raw vegan journey.  Please feel free to watch it and provide some feedback.  Also if you would like to share it with others I would be happy for you to do that.

The meetup will be taking place every two weeks on a Friday.  The next one will happen on the 27th of April (730pm) and it takes place at the “In The Moment” Yoga Centre, 72 Berkeley Street, Glasgow.

“The Beginners Guide To A Raw Food Diet”

The title of the next meetup will be the Beginners Guide To A Raw Food Diet.

Please feel free to come along and bring others too. I look forward to meeting you there.


The Top 10 Raw Foods For Better Mental Health

An article has come out recently which states:

“Raw fruit and vegetables provide better mental health outcomes”


You can read the whole article, published on ScienceDaily, HERE

When I first read it, I thought I was going to see a link between eating more fruits and vegetables and an improvement in mental health.

I wouldn’t have been surprised by this.

I believe that what we eat has a big impact on how we think and how we feel.  I also think that our system is very sensitive and if we eat the wrong things we could quite easily go a little out of balance.

Now this is all speculation, but from some of my experiences, I can see why this could be the case.

Anecdotally, many raw fooders have experienced mental health benefits.

Experiences I have heard of have included:

  • a happier mood in general and feeling of emotional poise
  • a reduction in the symptoms of brain related issues like epilepsy
  • a reduction in the symptoms of schizophrenia
  • a reduction in the symptoms of depression


One such testimonial comes from Victoria Everett, who talks about how her diet helped her cure the symptoms of depression and schizophrenia.


Is it as easy as just eating more fruit?

No, not always, but it can be a step on the right direction more many.

What this study is actually saying is that there is a difference between eating raw fruits and vegetables and canned or cooked fruits or vegetables.

This summary states:

Researchers have discovered raw fruit and vegetables may be better for your mental health than cooked, canned and processed fruit and vegetables.

The lead researcher states:

“Our research has highlighted that the consumption of fruit and vegetables in their ‘unmodified’ state is more strongly associated with better mental health compared to cooked/canned/processed fruit and vegetables,”

So why would cooking have this effect?

For many decades, raw food leaders have been laughed at for suggesting that cooking not only damages the food and reduces nutrients but may be harmful to us.

But the lead researcher explains it like this:

Dr Conner believes this could be because the cooking and processing of fruit and vegetables has the potential to diminish nutrient levels.

“This likely limits the delivery of nutrients that are essential for optimal emotional functioning.”

So don’t let anyone tell you that there is no difference between raw food and cooked food.  Clearly, raw food is superior even to cooked or processed fruits or vegetables.

Finally, the research states:

“Controlling for the covariates, raw fruit and vegetable consumption predicted lower levels of mental illness symptomology, such as depression, and improved levels of psychological wellbeing including positive mood, life satisfaction and flourishing. These mental health benefits were significantly reduced for cooked, canned, and processed fruits and vegetables”

I’m quite surprised that there is a SIGNIFICANT reduction.  I don’t know about you, but this inspires me to stick to the raw fruits and vegetables and avoid the fruit in a can, pasteurised and dried fruits.

What Were The Top 10 Raw Foods Related To Better Mental Health?


The top 10 raw foods related to better mental health were:

  • carrots,
  • bananas,
  • apples,
  • dark leafy greens such as spinach,
  • grapefruit,
  • lettuce,
  • citrus fruits,
  • fresh berries,
  • cucumber
  • kiwifruit.

Should You Focus On Those 10?

It’s likely that if these fruits (and notice it is MOSTLY fruits) have a benefit, it is likely that all fruits will have an impact.  So find your favourite fruits and vegetables and eat more of them.  Just make sure they are RAW.

Strawberries Top The Dirty Dozen List

A recent CNN article states:

“Strawberries again top 2018’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ fruits and veggies”

It goes on to say:

When testing samples, the USDA personnel wash or peel produce to mimic consumer practices.
A single sample of strawberries showed 20 pesticides, the report indicated.
More than 98% of strawberries, spinach, peaches, nectarines, cherries and apples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue. And, on average, spinach samples had 1.8 times as much pesticide residue by weight than any other crop.

Spinach is the second dirtiest item on the “Dirty Dozen” list, followed by (in order of contamination) nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes and sweet bell peppers. Each of these foods tested positive for pesticide residues and contained higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce.

Should We Be Worried About Conventional Produce?

For a start, this is information from the US.  The practices there are different from Europe and they allow substances to be used which are not allowed in Europe.

But the real elephant in the room is this:

Why are we focused on the pesticides in fruit and vegetables only?

Why are we not coming out with a list of the most contaminated fish, chicken, eggs, milk or meat?

You see, the highest concentrations of pesticides occur higher up in the food chain.

Why is this?

Because cattle are eating food that has been treated with pesticide.  Then that pesticide gathers in the tissue of the animal.  It becomes super concentrated.

But you don’t hear people worrying about the pesticides in the meat they eat?

Meat Has The Highest Pesticide Concentration Of All Food Groups

Vegetarian women were found to have lower levels of pesticides in their breast milk than the average meat-eating woman.

Here is a video about this fact:

A little story…

I had a friend one time who I offered some Strawberries to.  He asked if they were organic and seemed very hesitant to eat them if they were not.

In my mind, I wondered if he ever asked the Indian takeaway that he frequented whether all of their food was organic.  Or the processed microwave meals he ate, or the 2 litre bottle of Pepsi.

People hold fruit to a higher level of scrutiny than other foods

Why exactly is this?  Probably because people are not addicted to fruit.  They are not desperate to eat it, but really they should be.

Personally, I don’t worry about the pesticides in fruit.  That may be controversial, but I just don’t see people suffering from pesticide-related issues.

Pesticides are not making people fat, giving them heart disease or diabetes. 

Also, the benefits of eating fruit may outweigh any risk of pesticides.

Partly, that is because plant foods, in general, have the least concentration of pesticides.  But also may be to do with phytonutrients in plant foods having a mitigating effect on the toxic effect of pesticides.

Here is a video from Dr Michael Greger from






Is Fruit Bad For People Who Have Cancer?

A new video came up from a conference that has just taken place.  You can watch it here:

In this video, various leaders in the health movement are asked their opinion on fruit.

The first 4 speakers appear to be fairly anti-fruit.

AKA Fruitphobics!

Then Dr Garth Davis takes the microphone.

Thankfully, despite not being a fruitarian or raw vegan, he comes out in defence of fruit.

He also references some well known names in the fruitarian raw vegan movement such as Kristina Carillo-Bucaram and Michael Arnstein and testifies to how healthy they are.

Dr Davis mentions how fruit is probably the best substance for us to be eating.

It turns into a bit of a debate between him and Brian Clement about the effect of fruit on cancer.

It’s worth a watch and a share.

Why Is Everyone Talking About The UK Fruitfest?

Please watch our brand new film now:

This film is a compilation of different clips we have taken over the years.  It includes footage of the activities from the festival and interviews with our speakers and our attendees.

In it you will see featured:

  • Kevin Cosmo,
  • Megan Elizabeth, EasyToBeRaw
  • Alyse Brautigam, Raw Alignment
  • Dr Doug Graham, The 80/10/10 Diet
  • Prof Rosalind Graham
  • Ted Carr,
  • Chris Kendall,
  • Conor and Brittany,
  • Paul and Yulia Tarbath,
  • Grant Campbell,
  • Anne Osborne,
  • James Bailey, Team Banana on Youtube
  • Tarah Millen,
  • Tim Shieff,
  • Bob AKA Vegan Geezer on Youtube
  • Michael Goodchild, The Vegan Activist


…..and lots of contributions from many of our amazing previous attendees.

We would love your feedback on the video.  Please feel free to comment below or email me at

Of course, feel free to share with everyone and anyone!



Increase Your Carbohydrates, Improve Your Health

We have just posted this video on our Youtube channel:

You may have seen a lot of information telling you to reduce the amount of carbohydrates you eat.

You may have come across “low-carb” diets in which the aim is to eat very little carbohydrates or NO carbohydrates at all.

Why Is This A Misguided Idea?

The Human Body’s preferred source of calories is from carbohydrates.  The longest living and healthiest cultures, studied in the Blue Zones study, universally lived on diets in which carbohydrates made up at least 70% of the calories.

To be optimally healthy we must eat enough carbohydrates every day.  If we don’t then inevitably we will turn to consuming fat to make up the difference.  The more fat we eat the less efficient our body becomes at uptaking, transporting and utilising oxygen and blood sugar.  This has a negative impact on our health, our mood and our performance.

Check out the video with Dr Graham to find out more.



Tesco Worker From Scunthorpe Creates FREE Fruit Idea That Becomes Nationwide Success

A Tesco worker came up with an idea to give away free fruit and it’s been hailed as a national success.

“Tesco’s ground-breaking Free Fruit for Kids initiative has proved a real hit with children and parents, with over 50 million pieces of free fruit given to children since the programme launched almost two years ago.

The scheme was the brainchild of Maria Simpson, a customer assistant at Brigg Superstore, who suggested giving free fruit to parents for their children to eat during shopping trips as an alternative to sweets.

The idea was taken up by the Brigg store and was so well received by customers that Tesco decided to launch it nationwide, with stands now in 800 stores across the UK.

As well as giving away 50 million pieces of fruit, Tesco can also reveal the nation’s children are opting for bananas as their preferred free healthy snack. Over 21 million bananas have been snapped up by kids while their parents are shopping, followed by 19 million apples and 10 million oranges.”

Read the full article here:


Does A Raw Vegan Diet Lead To Weak Bones?

From an early age, most of us have been told that we need calcium for strong bones.

We get told that to get that calcium we must drink milk.

Is this correct?

Well, certainly, calcium is a part of our bones but is milk the only place we can get enough of that?

Of course not!

No other animal on the planet drinks milk beyond it’s childhood, and NONE are drinking the milk of another species.  Yet they all have strong bones.

We get calcium (and the other components required for healthy bones) in fruits and vegetables, in the same way that a cow gets enough calcium from eating grass.

However, there has been a myth that vegans and in particular raw vegans have weak bones that fracture more easily.

If that was the case, I would really know about it.  I’ve been practising martial arts for about 10 years, and 6 as a raw vegan.  Having been thrown around and landing on my back, my arms or legs hundreds of times surely if my bones were weak I would have had a fracture by now?

I’ve had conversations with raw vegans who fell off of bikes or were involved in some other accident and couldn’t believe they DIDN’T break a bone.

Recently, raw vegan educator, Don Bennett, shared an article about this.  It relates to a study on bone density for raw vegans.  The summary says:

“Raw Food Eaters Thin but Healthy

People who follow a raw food vegetarian diet are light in weight but healthy, according to U.S. researchers. It has been suggested that eating only plant-derived foods that have not been cooked or processed might make bones thinner and prone to fractures. But a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that, although bones were lighter on this diet, turnover rates were normal with no osteoporosis.”

Don goes on to say:

“Those on the raw food diet had lower body mass indices and lower bone mass in important skeletal regions such as the hip and lumbar spine, sites where low bone mass often means osteoporosis and fracture risk. But they didn’t have other biological markers that typically accompany osteoporosis and fracture risk.

“For example, it is clear from research that higher rates of bone turnover equate to higher risk of fracture,” Fontana says. “But in these people, although their bone mass is lower than average, their bone turnover rates are normal.”

You can read the whole article here:


It seems to suggest that we don’t need to worry about having lower bone mass as our bones are strong and not prone to fracture or osteoporosis.

As for osteoporosis, isn’t it funny that osteoporosis occurs far more in the countries that drink the most milk?

Think about it.

Stay fruity and keep your bones strong