Grant Campbell – Love Fruit Podcast Interview

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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: http://www.rawaussieathlete.com

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What Moths Can Teach Us About Our Bad Habits…

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As I went for a morning walk today, I came across thousands of dead moths lying on the road. Last night there had been a tremendous rain storm. I imagine many of these moths were caught and drowned in the rain.

The majority of these moths were concentrated under street lamps. I had been thinking about this phenomenon recently. Why are moths so powerfully attracted to our artificial lights? To the point that it can harm them or even lead them to drowning in the rain.

I remembered something from a documentary on this. For millions of years, moths were used to navigated by the light of the stars and the moon. Clearly, moths have no worries of bumping into the moon. But when we created artificial light, this confused the navigation system of the moth which leads them to flying and bumping into our lights.

What is so frustrating, is to see them doing it over and over and over. Why do they never learn? Why do they never break the cycle?

As humans, we think we are much smarter than this. We would identify this problem quickly and break the cycle of repeatedly flying into the light. After all, our brains are much larger than the humble moth.

But are we really much different?

Human beings are just as guilty of getting caught in cycles of behaviour, in negative patterns and bad habits that they struggle to break free from. We see people harm themselves over and over and over. Even when they are aware of the habit and KNOW that it is bad for them, most people struggle to break free.

And so, people are stuck in lifetime habits and addictions. Some of these may just be negative thought patterns. These can harm a person’s potential in life and stop them from trying new things or pushing to achieve a better life.

Or it could be negative relationship habits, in which a person keeps on having the same type of unsupportive and harmful relationships again and again.

But just like the moth, our habits can kill us. People struggle to give up the cigarettes, to cut down on the alcohol and to break free of eating junk foods. At the same time, they struggle with creating new and better habits and often ultimately give up after a few days.

The price to pay for these unbroken bad habits is much higher. Poor diets, cigarettes, alcohol and other addictive substances are not just connected with death. They are also connected with disease and disability during life. Bad diets are connected with obesity, which at it’s most extreme is a form of disability.

Bad habits literally destroy the quality of your life. They destroy the potential of your life and your potential to ultimately life a free and happy life in which you have achieved the dreams and success you want.

If it is time to break these habits, you may need more help than you realise. The vast majority of people are never able to change these deadly habits. Most people don’t even try, the task seems so difficult.

If you have found it hard to make the changes to your lifestyle that you want to make it may be time to work with a coach. Successful people hire coaches to help them make rapid changes in their life and lifestyle. They hire them to keep them accountable and offer clear guidance and advice. They go to them for motivation to stay on the path.

They know that without a coach, their chance of success in changing their lifestyle is very low.

If you feel a bit like a moth, continually caught in a cycle of bad dietary habits maybe it is time for you to break free. I am open to taking on 2 clients right now. If you want to find out if working with me is right for you, please check out further information at this page:

http://www.fruitfest.co.uk/coaching

The journey to a healthier life is tough but it is one that we can walk together. I have walked the path already. I know the pitfalls, I know the obstacles and the I know the best route to avoid them. I have the map and the equipment. Let’s walk together….

Wishing you the best of health,

Ronnie Smith
Raw Transformation Coaching

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Is A Fruit Only Diet Dangerous?

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Today is my 33rd day on Mango Island. This means I am only eating mangoes at the moment.

This was not a set out plan, but something that naturally evolved and day by day I choose to make a decision to keep going if I am happy with it.

Usually, I don’t recommend that anyone does anything too extreme like a juice fast, juice cleanse or a mono diet as it seems to me that few people that try these things out ever learn to stick to a raw vegan diet that they enjoy over a long period of time.

Many people try fasting, detoxification and cleansing and end up going back to junk food again and going right back to square one.

I am much more interested in creating a lifestyle that is something that people can follow long term.

A mono diet never appealed to me and was not something I aspired to. I do not see it as a “higher level” of healing and detoxification. Nor is it a purer, more natural, more ethical or cleaner diet to me.

Honestly, I believe the key to healing on this lifestyle is to stay to a strict raw diet, salt free, for a long period of time. Rather than doing a 30 day fast or 6 month juice fast. How about you learn to eat this lifestyle and enjoy it to the full first?

But the other thing that makes me want to continue on the mono diet is that it concerns me that more and more people in this movement want to convince people that eating just fruit (for any period of time) is a risky thing to do health wise.

They may be telling you that you must have vegetables for certain nutrients (especially minerals). Even worse, they may be telling you that you need to take supplements as fruits and vegetables both don’t have the nutrition they need any more (using the old soil degradation myth, a fairy story concocted by the supplement industry over 100 years ago).

Many people may also tell you anecdotes of how they “feel better when they eat vegetables”, but that is just an opinion and could be a placebo or nocebo effect (in which the belief that something is unhealthy will make a person convince themselves they don’t feel well)

One person said to me “why do you call it a Fruitfest, when eating just fruit is dangerous”. Firstly, we don’t tell people to eat just fruit, but it seems like it is the food that most people don’t eat enough of.

In the raw food movement eating TOO LITTLE fruit is far more dangerous than eating too little vegetables. In fact a vegetable only diet would most likely be deficient in THE MOST IMPORTANT nutrient of all: calories.

A diet of leafy greens would be so deficient in calories that people would go downhill very quickly on it. The fruits are the true essential part of the raw diet as they supply our body with the calories it requires in the form that it is best suited for.

Human beings are frugivores, our bodies indicate that we are best adapted for a fruit diet. This is the message we must get out there.

The idea that a frugivore should be worried if for a period of time they eat only fruit is silly. When at the same time we see people eating complete junk food diets and never suffering from a mineral or vitamin deficiency.

Where are all the mineral deficiencies? On what diet do they happen? What about all of the vitamin deficiencies that have existed? Universally, these situations happened on diets that had no fruit or limited quantities of fruit. When has their ever been a case of a fruit eating community heading into major dietary deficiency?

People sometimes tell me “I don’t like fruit, I prefer vegetables”

Sorry, but for optimal health you will have to start a new and positive relationship with fruit. Which would be easier if you cut out the vegan ice cream, the chocolate and the sweetened beverages (while at the same time claiming “I don’t have a sweet tooth”)

Fruit is the food we should focus on. Eat other raw vegan foods for enjoyment, but fruit is where you will be getting the far majority of your nutrition.

Let’s stop the fear around fruit. Let’s stop thinking that just because it is sweet and delicious that it can’t also have plenty of nutrition.

Leave a comment below letting me know what you think of this article and share it with someone that might like to read it.

Have a great day!

Ronnie Smith

UK Fruitfest

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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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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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How To Know You Are Eating ENOUGH On A Raw Vegan Diet

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How To Know You Are Eating ENOUGH On A Raw Vegan Diet

 

One of the most controversial questions in the raw vegan world is “how much should we eat on a raw vegan diet”?

There are a number of differing opinions on this topic so it can be very confusing for a beginner.

You may also wonder whether you can simply follow your body’s own hunger cues. Unfortunately, this can be confusing on a raw diet as the body responds differently to a raw diet than to a cooked diet.

In this message I hope to go over some of the issues surrounding this question and give, hopefully, some very common sense guidance.

First off, we can perhaps throw out some ideas. For example some people claim that we should eat a particular weight of food. So they recommend you eat 2 pounds of food per day as long as it is raw.

This is too vague an answer. Different foods vary a lot in terms of the level of nutrition and calories so it just doesn’t make sense to use weight as a reliable measurement. 2 pounds of nuts is a lot different to 2 pounds of lettuce.

The most reliable way to know if you are eating enough is to track your weight. If you are losing weight (and this is not your intention) then you know you need to eat more. If you are gaining weight (and it is not your intention) then it is a good indication you are eating too much.

But exactly what are we eating too much of?

The most accurate way to measure the value of food in terms of the energy that it provides us is to measure the calories in a food. Some people may suggest that this is different when it comes to a raw food diet but there is little reason for anyone to believe it is different. There is some debate as to how accurate this process is, but it is the most accurate method we have.

If we can work out how many calories we need to maintain our weight and stay healthy then we could work out how much food we require and translate this to what is available to us on a raw vegan diet.

A method for determining how many calories we require comes from Dr Doug Graham’s book, the 80/10/10 Diet.

He states that we first work out our Basal Metabolic Rate. This is the energy we use if we were just to sit in bed and do nothing all day. In the case of a 150 pound person, their BMR would be 1500 calories. We figure this out simply by multiplying the weight of the individual in pounds by 10.

Once we have done this we must add on how many calories we use up in our day to day activities and exercise.

To get a more accurate reading you can use the Harris- Benedict equation for working out BMR and then multiplying this by an activity factor.

The average for a woman is around 1800 calories and for a man is around 2500 (per day).

If we translate that to raw food we have a few options. We can certainly make up these calories easily by eating nuts,seeds or oils as these substances are very dense in calories (mostly from fat).

However, to maintain a raw vegan diet long term it is important to feel good. When we eat a high proportion of our calories as fat we reduce our body’s ability to supply nutrients such as oxygen and sugar to the blood cells as efficiently as possible.

The ideal ratio of macronutrients in our diet is signified by the 80/10/10 proportion. At least 80% of our calories should therefore come from carbohydrates.

This matches the ratio that is inherent in most fruits. This is one of the many reasons that basing our raw food diet on fruit rather than fat is a better option.

Therefore, we simply now have to look at how many calories we require on a daily basis and aim to get most of those from fruit with a smaller percentage gained from vegetables, nuts and seeds.

For example, a woman requiring 1800 calories per day could make up her diet with 18 bananas. This would roughly be what she would require.

If she preferred more variety she could have 8 bananas (800 calories) , 6 large mangoes (approx 800 calories) and a large salad with some avocado (approximately 200 calories).

Someone looking at these quantities of food may start to think that this is “too much”. They are reacting to the volume of the food. With raw food we must eat a greater volume of food to get the same calories as we did from cooked food.

If we do not, then we will struggle to maintain our weight and struggle to avoid the temptations of other foods. When you are satisfied from eating enough fruit you are much less likely to be tempted by less healthy foods.

BEWARE: Not eating ENOUGH is by far the biggest reason people struggle to feel good on this lifestyle long term or remain successful on it.  It is also the reason we hear about “emaciated” raw vegans.  Almost all of the time, people were simply not eating enough.

In conclusion:

1. Calories: Work out your daily calorie needs. 

2.  Fruits: Become familiar with the amount of calories in all of the common fruits and other raw foods that you eat.

3. Eat Enough fruit to satisfy the majority of your calorie needs and make up the rest with vegetables, salads and nuts and seeds (at first this will seem like A LOT of food.  You will get used to this over time and enjoy the real feeling of satisfaction that comes with this)

4.Track Your Weight to see if you are eating too little or too much.

That’s about it.

You may wonder why you need to put this work in. Surely, if this is a more “natural diet” then our body should tell us all we need to know?

The problem with this is we simply don’t live in our natural environment and we were not brought up on our best diet. We have not learned from experience how much we need to eat to feel good.

I hope this works out for you, you can get back to me if you have some thoughts of your own.

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Mango Wodzak Interview For Love Fruit Podcast

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Mango Wodzak appeared in a documentary called “Pure Fruit”. This documentary followed his journey from moving from Sydney to a more tropical climate in Northern Australia with his girlfriend Kveta.

In the film he shares his philosophy on Fruitarianism and he shares his journey trying to find other like minded fruitarians.

He bumps into infamous raw vegans Durianrider and Freelea and also comes across a raw meat eater along the way.

Mango has went on to author many books on a fruitarian diet which you can find on Amazon. The best known is probably “Destination Eden” in which he details his ideas on “Eden Fruitarianism”.

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Love Fruit Podcast Episode 9 – Interview with Ellen Livingston

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“Then in 2002, I learned of a natural, uncooked diet of fresh fruits and vegetables. After nearly 20 years of nutrition study, and as many years of suffering, the first book I read about a raw diet gave me the biggest “aha” moments of my life . . . I knew I had found some real answers, some core truths I was seeking. The very next day I adopted a raw vegan diet, and I have never turned back because I love the benefits so much.”

– Ellen Livingston

In this interview we speak to author, coach and speaker Ellen Livingston about her journey to a raw vegan diet. In particular she speaks about the importance of her spiritual journey and the connection between this and her health.

Ellen runs retreats and communities focused around raw foods, yoga and a healthier way of life. She has been a key speaker at the Woodstock Fruit Festival since it’s inception.

Check out this episode an our other episodes today.

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The Love Fruit Podcast Episode #5 – The Raw Viking- Robert Rehnmark

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In this episode of the Love Fruit podcast we are joined by the Raw Viking, Rob Rehmark.

Rob has been on a vegan and raw vegan diet for many years and made his transition through following his own path. He has attended many fruit festivals around the world and inspired others with his videos on his Raw Viking page.

He now intends on moving to Ecuador to build his own fruitful paradise. I think you will enjoy this episode and Rob’s ideas a lot.

Find more about Rob here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-fpi1fdycaj8SVJ7Zg6i_A

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How Many Calories On A Raw Vegan Diet?

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