A Tribute To Dr Robert Lockhart

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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:

https://foodnsport.com/blog/is-dry-fasting-desirable-or-deadly.html

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:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vo7GA4d_C8&t

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9PpbtEGU28&t



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No Energy On A Raw Vegan Diet? Here Is Why…

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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:



Are you feeling a little clearer on what may be causing some unnecessary dips in your energy?  Embrace your health and live a life full of energy and enthusiasm!

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How To Create Variety On A Fruit Based Diet

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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. 

Food Freedom

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
  • Mashed
  • 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.

https://payhip.com/sophierawlion

I also have free content on my YouTube channel Raw Lion

www.youtube.com/c/rawlion 

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Why Was Venus Williams Raw Vegan Diet Unsustainable?

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You may have recently come across this article on Insider.com

https://www.insider.com/venus-williams-raw-vegan-diet-what-she-eats-now-2019-10

The article states that Venus Williams, a former Tennis Grand Slam champion, no longer follows her strict raw vegan diet.

Venus said:

“That way of eating was just hard to maintain for long periods of time,” Williams told Insider. “Sometimes you just need something more substantial — some rice, some potatoes — after a workout.” Lentils are also one of her favorite post-training meals, she said. 

So why did Venus go raw vegan in the first place?

It turns out that she was having problems with an automimmune condition known as Sjogrens syndrome. Sjögren’s syndrome, is an autoimmune disorder that can cause extreme fatigue, joint pain, and digestive issues.

It certainly makes sense for Venus to have followed a raw vegan diet in this situation. It does appear that Sjogren sydrome responds well to dietary change.

What was the issue she experienced with the raw vegan diet that made her add in more cooked food?

Was it some kind of deficiency of nutrients lacking in fruits and vegetables? Was it a lack of good fruit where she lived? Was it the cold weather?

No, as she clearly states, she was looking for something “more substantial”, in other words she was looking to feel fuller and more satiated with her meals.

The article says many positive things about the raw vegan diet. That it is a healthier option due to eliminating a number of disease promoting foods and that it is an anti inflammatory diet. But it claims that the problem is that we can struggle to get enough calories on a raw vegan diet (inevitably this can lead to not feeling full, as Venus experienced). The article says:

Williams’ choice to add cooked foods into her still-vegan diet makes dietary and athletic sense. For one, it can be difficult to get enough calories on a raw vegan diet, especially if you’re an athlete.

Does It Make Sense For Athletes To Go Back To Cooked Food?

But does this really make sense? Is it simply not possible to eat enough calories on a raw vegan diet?

This is clearly not the case, as many ultra athletes have been able to train and gain enough calories on a raw vegan diet. Famous cases of this include Michael Arnstein, who labels himself as The Fruitarian and has won some of the most gruelling Ultra marathon races in the world. Harriet Kjaer from Denmark has competed in 350km races as a raw vegan and became Denmark’s top ultra runner on a 100% raw vegan lifestyle.

The TRUTH: What Was Venus Williams Really Eating?

To look into this further firstly, we must work out what Venus Williams was ACTUALLY eating. Unfortunately, it is hard to figure out exactly what kind of raw vegan diet she was eating.

One article, seems to suggest that Venus was not on a raw vegan diet:

https://www.health.com/nutrition/venus-williams-raw-vegan-diet

In it, Venus states:

” One of my favorite recipes is celery-root soup. I get celery root, tomato, and some Silk almond milk as a base to thicken it a little bit, and then maybe I’ll add pan-fried garlic on top, maybe some truffle oil—whatever I have at the time, I’ll throw it in. It makes for some interesting dishes”

The article comes from an event promoting “Silk” soya milk. This article would suggest that Venus was eating a plant based diet with more raw foods rather than a strictly raw vegan diet.

Looking further into this, is it unclear as to whether Venus was even vegan at all:

“While the superstar sisters technically consider themselves ‘chegan’—because they occasionally indulge in cooked fish or chicken if they feel the need/want to celebrate—their foundational diet for health and training is both raw and vegan. “

Taken from https://www.ecowatch.com/venus-and-serena-williams-raw-vegan-powerhouses-1882106143.html

This article for example ( https://www.self.com/story/this-is-what-venus-williams-really-eats-in-a-day ) talks about what Venus eats in a day. It includes chicken breast salad. Another article mentions her eating egg white omelettes.

The conclusion from this is that it is not clear what type of raw vegan diet Venus ate or whether she was ever truly raw or vegan at all. It would seem that this is another article throwing negative light on a the raw vegan diet, when it seems clear that the person in question did not even follow this diet.

Big Mistake: Blaming The Diet Instead Of Looking At What The Person Is Actually Eating

This is a big mistake even experienced raw vegan educators make. When someone comes to them saying they are experiencing challenges on a raw vegan diet, they can be too quick to look into potential deficiencies and other issues that are very unlikely to be the real reason that the person is experiencing challenges on a raw vegan diet.

Usually, we just have to look further into what the person is actually eating to realise either that they are not eating a raw vegan diet, or that the diet they are eating is not a sufficient raw vegan diet.

However, if Venus did go raw vegan and felt it was not substantial enough it is most likely the case that she made one of the biggest errors that many people make when they try to eat a raw vegan diet.

The Most Likely Mistake Made

It is likely that she simply did not eat enough calories. This can particularly be the case if someone focuses on green juices and salads and forget that in order to get the carbohydrates we require for optimal performance we must make fruit the focus of our raw vegan diet.

Our suggestion to Venus and to all athletes would be:

The next time you go raw, make sure to eat enough fruit to fuel you adequately for success!

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Dr Areli Cuervas-Ocampo- Interview With The Raw Vegan Doctor

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Today we are delighted to be joined by Dr Areli Cuervas Ocampo also known as the Raw Vegan Doctor.

Dr Areli lives in the UK but is originally from Mexico.  She has been following a 100% raw vegan diet for around 2 years now and has attended the UK Fruitfest and the Canada Fruitfest (where she gave presentations on her research)

As a neuropathologist she has a vast knowledge of the brain and the dysfunctions and issues relating to the brain.  She brings some scientific reality and perspective to the raw vegan movement.

You can follow her on Youtube and Instagram @rawvegandoctor

Dr Areli willl be presenting at the UK Fruitfest next year.  We are particularly looking forward to finding out how diet can affect the brain and potentially help to reverse or eliminate brain conditions of later life such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Feel free to share this episode online with any you think it can help with.

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Raw vs Cooked With Dr Doug Graham

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What is the difference between raw food and cooked food?

More and more, the plant based vegan diet is starting to gain acceptance across the globe. Doctors, nutritionists, athletes and scientists galore and starting to embrace the benefits of a diet that is void of animal products.

High budget films with celebrities and influential figures are sharing this message in a powerful way and the world is starting to wake up to the incredible benefits a person can experience when we get rid of animal products from our diet.

But are we missing something important?

There are many people that still experience health issues when they switch to a vegan diet. Over the last few years a number of high profile vegans have returned to experimenting with animal products. Though many of these people may just be making excuses for wanting to go back to a more common diet, some may have struggled to be comfortable with a cooked vegan diet.

We must always go back to the fundamentals of human anatomy and human nutrition. The healthiest foods, and the most important foods for our health are fruits and vegetables. Of those, fruits are vastly under eaten to the extent that it is estimated that millions of extra people are in hospital each year due to not eating enough fruit to support their health.

For those on a raw diet, there is a big difference between cooked food and raw food. Cooked food is dry, dehydrating, harder to digest and ultimately unsatisfying. We often add stimulants such as salt to cooked food to add the flavour that they lack.

But the most obvious difference to a raw fooder is that cooked foods are tremendously addictive. It is hard to limit cooked food on a raw diet, driving many over the years to commit to 100% raw, where they feel they have more control over their food choices and better and more consistent results in their health.

Others choose to remain eating cooked food as they find it too hard to give up. For many, going raw long term is one of the hardest challenges they ever faced.

In the video above, Dr Doug Graham talks about some of the other issues connected to eating cooked food.

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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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