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All The Fruit At The UK Fruitfest!

Can you imagine having this abundance of fruit and an abundance of friends to share it with for 5 days?

You can have all of that and more, including lectures and activities at this years UK Fruitfest.  The event happens next

week and today is the last day to register your place.  Please act immediately before our registration portal is closed for this year.

You can enjoy world-class lectures and activities with the likes of:

  • Dr Doug Graham
  • Kristina Carrillo- Bucaram (fullyrawKristina)
  • Professor Rosalind Graham
  • Anne Osborne
  • Grant Campbell
  • Ted Carr
  • Melissa Raimondi
  • Harriet Kjaer

 

Why not register right now?  This is the last opportunity to try to grab your space at this event before it closes.  Click the image below to be taken to the registration page for more information.

7 Reasons Why You MUST Go To A Fruit Festival!

7 Reasons Why You MUST Go To A Fruit Festival!

If you are looking at videos online, reading blogs, looking at discussions on Facebook and considering going to a Fruit Festival then this could be the most important thing you have read all year!

Hi, my name is Ronnie Smith and I am a bit of a veteran of fruit festivals.  In 2012, I made the big decision to go to my very first fruit festival.  It was the Woodstock Fruit Festival in New York.  That event changed my life and set me on a very different path of life.  I realised quickly that I was at my happiest and healthiest while I was at these events and decided to travel to more.

Over the years I have been to Woodstock 6 times, the Danish Fresh Food Festival 5 times, the UK Fruitfest 4 times, Fruit Winter in thailand once, the Slovenia Fruits and Health festival once and the Spanish Puraw Festival once.  So I have been around a lot of these events and I have enjoyed every one.

I love the community, and I get excited and inspired by the stories of the people that have come to this lifestyle.  Stories of growth and healthing and inner transformation.  On top of that, some of the most interesting and authentic people you could ever meet turn up at these events.

It’s hard to put into words what exactly is so great about these festival but I have done my best to narrow it down to 7 things that I enjoy most about fruit festivals.

1. The Fruit

 

People have often said to me that they have eaten the best fruit they ever had at a fruit festival.  People that are just starting out as fruit eaters don’t quite know where to buy or pick better fruit.  Fruit festivals offer people an opportunity to try fruits that may not normally be available in the supermarket.

At the same time, they can get help or advice on what is a good piece of fruit or not.  Many people dislike fruits like Durian because they have never had a good one so it is helpful to be around others that can help you try a good one.  Fruit festivals can sometimes source fruits from special suppliers that provide delicious varieties not normally available in usual supermarkets.

At a festival, people have the chance to try as many varieties as they like and enjoy as much as they like without being held back with worries of how much it will cost, as they have already covered that with their ticket!

A fruit festival is a time to indulge for fruit lovers!

Durian frenzy in Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

Another Durian frenzy, the Highline Park, NYC

 

 

 

Durian frenzy in Denmark at the Danish Fresh Food Festival
Roy Rozman from the USA, enjoying the food at the UK Fruitfest

2. The Education

Most fruit festivals offer an incredible opportunity to learn.  Although you may think all of the education offered is going to be exclusively about a raw vegan diet, in reality, the education on offer is much broader than that.  Almost every topic in the field of health and wellness is covered and many more besides.

Not only will you learn vital information to help you to achieve success on a raw vegan diet you will learn things that will bring you success on all levels.  From classes on meditation, yoga, fasting, fitness, creativity, self love, healthier relationships, positive thinking, creating an online business, travel and fitness of all kinds almost anyway can take home something new from the fruit festivals.  At the same time if you want to learn how to create great raw food, you have an opportunity to learn from some of the best chefs in the raw vegan movement how to make their secret dishes.

There is a wealth of education available at raw vegan festivals that you can’t quite find anywhere else.

Dr Doug Graham, teaching in Denmark
Ted Carr teaching in Denmark.
Chris Kendall teaching at the UK Fruitfest

3. The Fun

Fruit festivals are FUN!  In normal society, the idea of what amounts ot having fun are often related to things that ultimately damage your health.  Staying up late and missing sleep while drinking alcohol, smoking or taking recreational drugs.  People also have fun going out and buying things that don’t really add much value to their life in the long term.

The people who tend to be coming to fruit festivals are generally looking for different forms of fun.  Dance parties and ecstatic dances are a big part of the fun of the festivals but uniquely there is no drugs or alcohol involved. Despite this, the dancing is just as intense and just as wild as any scene you will see in a club.  A fruit festival is a place for you to let go and be yourself!

There are games to play, sports to participate in and sometimes even a chance to meet your new partner at a speed dating event.  Every day at a fruit festival can be so much fun.  It will go beyond your expectations!

On stage with Apryl Electra at the Woodstock Fruit Festival.
Bad dancing at the Spanish Raw Fruit Festival

 

 

The Haines Brothers jamming with Paul Izak at the Woodstock Fruit Festival
Around the campfire at the Danish Fresh Food Festival

4. The Fitness

If you are someone that likes fitness activities, a fruit festival is the place for you.  I have lost count of the amount of ultra marathon runners, triathletes, elite cyclists and former professional athletes that I have met at fruit festivals.  If you want to train with the ultra fit you should come to a fruit festival.  Not only are there many ultra fit people there, but they are also taking care of their bodies with the best diet possible.  These are not your usual Type A competitive athletes; these are people that are on a mission to allow their athletic achievements to help promote a better lifetsyle for the planet.

For those that are not at the elite level, there is no better collection of people to be inspired by than the athletes you will meet at the fruit festival.  The teaching is also at a high level as many of the people helping to run the classes have decades of experience in coaching people to their athletic best.  You will meet many people who only became an athlete after embracing this lifestyle to the fullest.  The change to a raw vegan diet gave them a new lease on life and a new energy that changed their life and put them on a journey to fitness.

Me running 22 miles without prior training at the Woodstock Fruit Festival.

US Olympic pentathlete hopeful Justin Torrellas and former professional Triathlete Philippe Kozub with me in the middle.
Me with good friend Tim Van Orden, US Masters Running Champion
Me with Michael Arnstein, founder of the Woostock Fruit Festival and multiple times Ultramarathon Race champion.

5. The Inspiration

You will be inspired at a fruit festival by the stories you hear.  You will meet people who have been on incredible journeys of transformation.  From those who have lost hundreds of pounds in weight to those that were on death’s door, sent home to die by the hospitals, and managed to regain their health.

I have met stories of people healing from diseases as diverse as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, kidney disease, anorexia and so many more.  Not only are these stories inspirational to me personally, but they will inspire you to tell more people about this lifestyle.  You will know that it can help so many people to live better lives.

6. The Connections

Of course, the biggest highlight for most attendees is the other attendees.  The other people that you meet make these events truly priceless.  The friendships you make, the conversations that you have the deep connections you share can be some of the most profound experiences of your life.  At fruit festivals, people are open to meeting new people as they have often travelled alone.  They have had maybe had a sense for a long time that they are unhappy with the type of people they meet most of the time in every day life and as they have progressed on their journey to better health they have perhaps realised that they have a new yearning to meet people more like them.

The most amazing thing about the fruit festivals is meeting people who have been on the exact journey as you but in different parts of the world.  They have had the same worries, the same anxieties, the same confusion and been through the same experiences of having their friends and family think that they are crazy.

    

                                                    

7. The Community

The feeling of community at a fruit festival is amazing.  I believe that in our modern world we are starved of the feeling of community.  To be around people who are on the same path as you who are looking to help create a better world is a powerful experience.  To look around and see hundreds of other people eating fruit and enjoying themselves in the sunshine reaffirms your belief in this lifestyle leading us towards a better world.  The collective energy of the the community at these fruit festivals is vibrant and energising.  You have to be there to feel it!

UK Fruitfest 2014
UK Fruitfest 2017 (171 Attendees)
A packed hall at the Woodstock Fruit Festival

Fruit festivals Around The World

As well as the UK Fruitfest, check out these other Fruit Festivals happening this summer:

The Fresh Food Festival, Denmark:

The longest running Fruit festival in the world.  Takes place in a wonderful venue, close to Copenhagen.  Fantastic food, great speakers and a great family of regular attendees.

http://freshfoodfestival.com/

The Great Canadian Fruit Festival

In it’s first year, the Canada Fruitfest has already attracted a large audience of attendees in the first year.  The event takes plaec at Komasket Part, near Kelowna, British Columbia:

https://www.canadafruitfest.ca/hello

The Woodstock Fruit Festival

The biggest fruit festival in the world. Started in 2011, Woodstock now has it’s home in upstate New York at Camp Walden  It It has the most activities and largest fruit selection of any fruit festival:

http://www.thewoodstockfruitfestival.com/

The Raw Fruit Festival, Spain

Hosted in the mountains of beautiful Andalucia, this festival is a little bit different.  With less focus on speakers and classes this event focuses more on the locally source organic fruit that it

http://www.raw-fruit-festival.net/subdomain/festival.php

I hope to see you at one this summer!

Register today for the UK Fruitfest.  Get a 15% discount with the code “MANGO”

 

 

Raw Vegan Ultra Marathon Runner Harriet Kjaer Breaks Personal Best By 11 hours

Raw vegan superwoman and ultra marathon runner Harriet Kjaer has just broken her personal best in the Andorra Ultramarathon Race.

Her time went from a personal best of 56 hours 18 minutes to 44 hours 30minutes

Harriet says: “Same route, same weather, same diet. Better training, better mental state but most importantly 7 years raw and starting to see amazing results.” Her coach, Dr Doug Graham, says “when someone goes raw, the real difference is seen 7-10 years later”

Can your sports performance be improved on a raw vegan diet?  There is no doubt that raw vegans have seen dramatic improvements in their performances.  One of the biggest benefits is a quicker recovery time allow athletes to train more.

At the same time, many athletes are held back by digestive problems and other niggles, aches and pains that are a result of a poor diet.  The raw vegan diet can truly help you unleash your athletic potential.

You can meet, and run with, Harriet at this years UK Fruitfest:

 

Does A Raw Vegan Diet Lead To Enlightenment?

Does A Raw Vegan Diet Lead To Enlightenment?

I remember years ago being at a raw food festival and one of the speakers talked about using a  raw food diet to attain enlightenment.

He spoke enthusiastically about how a raw vegan diet and fasting was a way to purify yourself towards greater spiritual knowledge and understanding of life.

Will a raw food diet have this effect on everyone? Does it really have this affect at all?

If we look at the various spiritual figures and leaders throughout history some may have had a connection to a raw vegan diet.

The Essene Gospel Of Peace

Some people believe that a book called “The Essene Gospel of Peace” gives the true account of the teachings of Jesus in relation to diet.  The book states:

“Therefore, eat not anything which fire, or frost, or water has destroyed. For burned, frozen and rotted foods will burn, freeze and rot your body also. Be not like the foolish husbandman who sowed in his ground cooked, and frozen, and rotten seeds. And the autumn came, and his fields bore nothing. And great was his distress. But be like that husbandman who sowed in his field living seed, and whose field bore living ears of wheat, paying a hundredfold for the seeds which he planted. For I tell you truly, live only by the fire of life, and prepare not your foods with the fire of death, which kills your foods, your bodies and your souls also”

It’s hard to tell if this phrase is actually promoting a raw food diet.  It seems to mention wheat as being “living ears”, yet wheat would generally require fire to cook it in order for it to become edible.

Regardless, some have taken this as evidence to support a raw vegan diet for spiritual reasons.

From the Biblical perspective we see that the first page of the bible states:

“Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”

This certainly seems to suggest a vegan diet, though it does not specify that it should be raw.  We know that figs are one of the oldest cultivated trees and this fruit comes up in many stories in the bible.  It is likely that this was a very common food at this time.  But it is also clear that people were not eating raw and Jesus also supplied people with bread and fishes and turned water into wine.

The 7th Day Adventist Community In Loma Linda California

One religious group that prescribes a vegetarian diet is the 7th Day Adventist Church.  They recommend a plantbased vegan diet to their followers as being the ideal.  One of the best examples of how a vegan/vegetarian diet can help improve the health of an entire population is the 7th Day Adventist population in Loma Linda, California.

This community is the only “Blue Zone” in the USA.  The Blue Zone study was an attempt to pinpoint the healthiest and longest living populations in the world.  The people of Loma Linda have a lifespan that is 10 years more than the average.  Though many things may contribute to this, clearly the healthy diet plays it’s role.

The wikipedia article on 7th Day Adventism States:

“Since the 1860s when the church began, wholeness and health have been an emphasis of the Adventist church. Adventists are known for presenting a “health message” that advocates vegetarianism and expects adherence to the kosher laws,[particularly the kosher foods described in Leviticus 11, meaning abstinence from pork, shellfish, and other animals proscribed as “unclean”. The church discourages its members from consuming alcoholic beverages, tobacco or illegal drugs (compare Christianity and alcohol). In addition, some Adventists avoid coffee, tea, cola, and other beverages containing caffeine.”

St Francis Of Assisi

To find someone in the Christian religion that may have lived on a raw diet we can look to St Francis Of Assisi.  In one book about St Francis it claims that if he ever ate cooked food he would add ashes so that he would not overeat or develop a habit of eating too much.

 

It is hard enough to try to verify what someone who is living now eats never mind looking back hundreds of years to try to confirm someone’s diet.  It is probably unlikely that he ate a raw vegan diet all year round but perhaps he did when it was possible.

Spirituality  and food around the world

When we look at other cultures we find that food and religion are often intertwined.  Muslim’s fast during Ramadan and have rules around various foods that they do not eat such as pork.  Those who follow the Jewish religion only eat foods that are defined as Khosher.  A scholar of the Jewish religion told me once that there is a rule against cutting down fruit trees.

Hindus worship the cow instead of eating it, however, they do consume a lot of the cow’s butter and milk, which isn’t really worship at all.

Monks and nuns of all religions often follow restricted or limited diets.

However, none seem to actively encourage a raw food approach.

Raw Food Opens Your Chakras?

I came across an interview recently on the Arnold’s Way youtube channel.  It was with a man I had followed on youtube years ago that made a lot of videos about his spiritual experiences.  I had no idea that he was a raw vegan at the time.

In the interview, he said that when he experimented with raw food he felt his chakras open and when he ate Durian he would feel his head expand.  (“Chakra” is an old Indian word which means wheel and it is believed in Yoga (and other spiritual systems) that the body has 7 energy centres (chakras) positioned from the bottom of your spine to the top which spin and remain open when healthy but can become stagnant, clogged and closed with negative energy.)

These kind of feelings are not so uncommon with those that experiment with a raw diet.  I tend to look at the physical side.  The chakras as described in yoga and other systems relate on the physical level to various glands in the endocrine system.

When you eat a raw vegan diet you may experience unusual and new feelings in those areas.  Particularly on your forehead between your eyes, at the back of your heard and potentially in heart and throat.  Some of this may tie into the work of Tony Wright.

Tony Wright “Left In The Dark”/”Return To The Brain of Eden”

In Tony Wright’s book “Left in the Dark” (updated to Return To The Brain Of Eden) he proposes that our brains have become damaged over thousands of years of eating the incorrect diet.  He puts forward some fascinating ideas on how he believes the left side of our brain has become damaged but is at the same time dominant, leading to a lot of confusion and disharmony in our world.

Our inner genius lies in the right side of the brain.  To try to access this part of the brain, Tony has undergone sleep deprivation experiments to experience what life is like when the left-hand side falls asleep and the right side takes over.  The stories in the book are really interesting.

By returning to a fruit-based diet perhaps this can improve the situation.  It has yet to be tested what kind of impact the raw vegan diet has on the brain but many people attest to better emotional balance and greater mental clarity.

Spiritual Excuses Not To Go Raw

The more we look, we see spiritual teachers, gurus and religious leaders who are not raw and not vegan.  It would seem like not being vegan goes against the principle “Thou Shalt Not Kill” but this seems to be missed by many religions when it comes to the treatment of animals.

Not only are many of these leaders not vegan, but they are often not healthy at all.  Many are overweight and have suffered from all kinds of problems brought on by their diet, in the same way that most average people are.

You may have heard all kinds of excuses why a spiritual person does not need to eat a healthier diet.  Perhaps they don’t need to worry about the type of food they eat as long as they think positive thoughts about it.  Perhaps they believe that their earthly existence is not important and that they are unattached to it and unafraid of death. A little junk food won’t make a difference, at least that’s what they want to believe.

One of my teachers said the sugary snacks he ate were to help with his connection with spirit.  I heard of another teacher who claimed to have gotten overweight due to the amount of spiritual energy which he had to process which made his appetite insatiable.  My brother went to a buddhist teacher who claimed that his teacher had taken him to a McDonalds when he found out that he was vegetarian, in order to get rid of his “attachment”

Surely the only attachment in that scenario was the deadly addiction to junk food!

These just seem like excuses not to change diet to a healthier way of life.  Nothing is helped by eating less healthfully, everything is hindered.  We can be more of everything when we are healthier, including more spiritual if we want to be.

My Own Experiences

I have been interested in paranormal topics and spiritual experiences since I was a child.  I was attracted to books around these topics for many years and practised meditation from a young age.

Looking back, I realise that spiritual books often mention how the energies of food will affect the energy of the person.  Bestsellers like The Celestine Prophecy and The Way Of The Peaceful Warrior, mention these topics but also include characters who eat a raw food diet or own a raw restaurant.

Before I went raw I had wondered if food could affect your energy or your spiritual growth in some way.  I joined a meditation group at a spiritualist centre and they told me my diet might change if I stayed at the group.  I didn’t really think that would happen but I ended up going vegetarian as a result of being at that group.

Later on, when I heard about raw, I heard people talk about experiences of awakening, of random outbursts of joy and gratitude, and of incredible mental clarity.

I do feel that the raw diet has changed how my mind and brain function.  When I started off on raw for many weeks I would sit at my workplace and could feel something amazing happening in my head, as if my brain was upgrading to a new level.

I would go outside for lunch and when the sunshine hit me I felt an incredible wave of positive emotion and well being.  After eating large fruit meals I would feel a profound sense of gratitude.  I was feeling so amazing all the time I thought there was no need to do anything else to be happy but eat fruit! I developed a greater sense of a connection to nature and had a desire to climb trees, walk barefoot and live out in a forest somewhere in the sun.

This did not last forever, and these moments are rarer now than they were but they certainly make it worthwhile to experiment with the raw vegan diet.

In reality , I think the raw vegan diet made me more grounded and connected to the earth.  It is easy to get caught up in wanting to be spiritual and forgetting that we are a part of the earth and should embrace that experience.  I now see the raw vegan diet as the best platform to build and ensure your health for the future regardless of whether you wish to develop a spiritual life or not.

Thanks for reading, I’d love to hear your comments below.  Feel free to share with others.

Ronnie

UK Fruitfest

 

 

 

 

New Company Offers Lab Tests For Vegans

Online lab testing leader, HealthLabs.com, creates multiple first-of-their-kind testing panels, designed to monitor nutrient levels, and look for animal-derived product allergies

HealthLabs.com will now be the first ever online lab testing service to offer comprehensive testing packages that are tailored toward vegans and those considering the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

There will be two different veins of testing: One for those who are vegan and one for those who are not vegan.

The Vegan Nutritional Maintenance Panel is designed for those who are already vegan and want to ensure that they have a well-balanced diet. This panel contains 11 tests for possible nutrient deficiencies that vegans may encounter if their plant-based diet is off-balance.

This test was designed with vegans in mind and will look for things that the bloodstream may be more vulnerable to, due to a plant-based diet, such as a B-12 deficiency or high levels of folic acid.

“To put it plainly, we’ve noticed the care that vegans put into maintaining a nutrient-rich diet, this is just the best way that we could think to facilitate that,” said Fiyyaz Pirani, founder, and CEO of HealthLabs.com.

The “Should You be Vegan” testing panels are designed for those considering veganism, who want to see if they’re experiencing unwanted side effects from a meat and dairy diet. This test will look for allergies that may be brought on by animal-derived food.

Many experience pain, sluggishness, and discomfort after consuming meat or dairy. The “Should You Be Vegan” test is meant to help non-vegans see the benefit in making changes to their lifestyle and habits, which could ultimately improve their mental and physical health.

“This is an untapped market; no one has created a test panel intended to help people determine if veganism is the right choice for them. There’s been a lot of buzz around a regulated diet that is absent of animal-derived products, and a lot of people have questions. It is our hope that this blood test can help answer some of those questions,” said Pirani.

The comprehensive “Should You Be Vegan” test panel will test for 38 different food allergies, looking for lactose intolerance, egg allergies, meat allergies, and more. The Standard and Basic “Should You Be Vegan” test panels will be less extensive versions of the test and will look for the more common animal-derived food allergies.

Many have recently become drawn to a plant-based diet, due to its numerous health benefits, such as lower risk of diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Veganism is also one of the best ways to fight factory farming, animal cruelty, and reduce an environmental impact.

HealthLabs.com is excited to expand its resources and empower the vegan community.

All tests are available online at www.HealthLabs.com results are received within a couple of days.

About HealthLabs.com:
HealthLabs.com offers fast, private, and affordable lab testing that can be scheduled and ordered online. Founded in 2010, HealthLabs.com has over 4,500 CLIA-certified U.S. labs and a comprehensive, user-friendly website.

 

 

Is Breatharianism A Myth?

Is Breatharianism A Myth?

At last year’s UK Fruitfest the organiser of the event, Ronnie Smith, gave a talk on the myths that can sometimes still be found in the raw vegan community.

One myth that comes up, again and again, is the concept of Breatharianism.

Quite simply, this is the idea that a person can live without food.  They claim to be able to get their sustenance entirely from the air.

As ridiculous as this idea may sound, various leaders in the raw food community over the years have flirted with this concept.  They believe that a raw food diet will allow them to be able to live on less and if they really get “clean enough” they will be able to live entirely on air.

Granted, a person can live much longer on no food than most of us realise.  There is a story of an obese man from Scotland who fasted for over a year.  The story has more to it than that and it was not a complete fast as he took in nutritional yeast and multivitamins (and for all we know, ate other things also).  He certainly lost an incredible amount of weight in that time.

There are now countless reports of people fasting on water alone for up to 40 days and more.  We do not need to eat food every day to survive, or even every month!

But even when you are not putting food in your mouth, the body is still eating.  It is eating into it’s fat reserves and eventually, once those fat reserves run out, the body truly enters starvation and it will start consuming it’s own muscle tissue and eventually the body will perish.

Breatharianism is a dangerous idea that helps no one.  Not only have promoters of Breatharianism been found to be frauds the very concept is harmful as it encourages those with eating disorders to continue on a dangerous path.

This video is a clip from that talk.  Please feel free to comment below or share with others.