Orvel and Nimfa – two fruitarians answer my questions

I told you a long time ago that I’d add an interview with someone who’s been a fruitarian for a long time in response to those who tell me that people eating like this for a long time “don’t exist” and that, quote, “this diet is good for a few days at the most”. So I’m coming back with this subject for a moment and I’m sharing answers for my questions given by two totally different and interesting people. One of them is Orvel, a 53-year-old man living in New York enjoying weight lifting who’s been eating mainly fruits for around years and has no problem with his muscle mass. The other one is Nimfa, a  27-year-old mother of two children, living in Ecuador at the moment, eating this way for around 3 years now and feeding her children the same way.

Enjoy!

(I kept the original writing.)

 

 

1. For how long have you been a fruitarian?

I’ve followed a Fruitarian lifestyle for the four years.

 

2. What do you eat exactly and what do you avoid?

I basically eat mono meals throughout the day. I try to stick with fruits that are in season. I basically avoid high fatty fruits like Avocado. I like to keep my fat intake low.

 

3. Why did you decide to start this way of living?

I have followed a vegan diet for 17 years and over that period I naturally transitioned into eating raw foods without even planning on doing that. I’ve followed a raw diet for 8 years and naturally flowed into fruitarianism eating more fruits than anything else.

 

4. Did you have any health problems before that were cured by this diet?

I have never had any health problems before starting my plant base lifestyle. It was more about prevention in the future than trying to cure something.

 

5. How much weight did you lose after becoming a fruitarian?

I lost the weight when I became vegan 17 years ago. When I became raw and Fruitarian my muscles just fined tuned to a more lean muscular physique than when I was eating cooked. My workout with weights is a big part of that.

 

6. How do you feel? Do you get sick? Do you lack energy? Did you notice any changes in your mental and/or physical health at all?

I never get sick. I haven’t been sick in 40 years. That I contribute to partly genes and the lifestyle I have followed over the years. I always have high energy. All I need is 5 hours of sleep every day. I workout in a fasted state at 4am each morning. My first meal which is always a mono fruit meal is at noon or later. My last meal is at 7pm. I may eat 2-3 times between those hours. I don’t eat or drink anything until noon the next day.

 

7. People keep telling me that eating like this will lead to a lot of deficiencies and so we need to take supplements in order to avoid that. How do you respond to that?

I pay those people no mind because they are still asleep.i tell people it’s all about detoxification rather than trying to get every nutrient in the planet. A clean body works efficiently on less. It’s just like when a person gets physically fit their heart rate slows down. It doesn’t have to work hard. This is the same with nutrition. You keep the terrain clean your body will recycle nutrients when needed.

 

8. How do you respond to people saying that they need protein powders if they want to work out even while not being fruitarians because otherwise they won’t build any muscles at all?

I just tell them to look at me. This body was built without the use of powders or supplements. I tell them working out builds muscle not the good you eat. You will see people building muscle on the crappiest diet even thou it’s not quality muscle but muscle that is rippled with fat they were still able to build muscle. Being a fruitarian our muscles that are built are lean because we are not eating inflammatory foods to give that bulky look that’s associated with inflammation.

 

9. What is your take on raw vegan fruitarian young children? Do you think this diet is good for them or they need more stuff in order to grow healthy?

I think it’s great for them. It all have everything to do with the parents health. If parents have been eating this way for a long time the children will naturally take on this lifestyle. Now if the child as already been exposed to the Standard diet they will get sick from toxins being released out of the body. This could scare the parent because it’s a child.

 

10. Is there anything else you would like to tell people who don’t believe in this lifestyle as a healthy one?

I like to tell people that you will never know until you try it yourself. Experience is the best teacher. If one follows scientific information saying this lifestyle is bad is a helpless victim and will never progress in anything that they do because they are listening to other people.

 

 

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1. For how long have you been a fruitarian?

Three years.

 

2. What do you eat exactly and what do you avoid?

I eat just raw ripe fruits and some leaves. Ripe is very important for me.
Usually I eat two times a day. I eat monomeals or very simple meals – like I eat some cilantro with my mango, or I eat 1-2 tomatoes after mango. I rarely make any dishes or use more tools than a knife and spoon, I prefer to eat the whole fruit as it is. Sometimes I drink smoothie or make salads. (Now I am writing a recipe book so I make more meals.) I eat just a small amount of greens, when I feel to. I feel a lot better on fruits.
I avoid nuts and seeds and banana – I have banana intolerance. I eat avocado or young coconut meat rarely. The only high-fat food I eat and love to eat is fresh, tree-ripened durian.
I eat what is in season and as local as it can be. We live in the tropics and travel in Latin America, now our main food is mango in Peru. Yesterday I ate 2 monomeals of mangoes.
Since my waterfast I eat a lot less, around 1500 calories.

 

3. Why did you decide to start this way of living?

I was always in a path of growing and living better and better. I was vegetarian since my childhood on my own decision. Health and being thin was natural to me until my first child. After he was born I had 10 extra kilos, and after my second, 14 months later, I had 15. I was always tired, depressed, and stressed.
But my main reason to change our lifestyle from step to step was my husband’s and son’s wellbeing. Both of them had health issues, and I made my researches for solutions. From switching everything to organic around us, to make changes in our diet: first leave diaries, than gluten, eat just organic foods. Everything helped but none of them was enough. Than we tried 801010 and every urgent problem disappeared in a month, and the others started to heal.
We didn’t have a chance to look back because of my son 😊.

 

4. Did you have any health problems before that were cured by this diet?

I had extra kilos. I was always tired, depressed. I didn’t love myself.

 

5. How much weight did you lose after becoming a fruitarian?

The extra 15 kilos.

 

6. How do you feel? Do you get sick? Do you lack energy? Did you notice any changes in your mental and/or physical health at all?

Since I am raw I am in a more balanced relationship with my body. I feel my body, I enjoy to practise yoga and calisthenics, swim in natural waters.
I also started a beautiful spiritual journey with raw. I see the word differently, my connection with Nature became stronger, I cannot live without Nature. I believe starting this lifestyle always gives a push to move forward, to reach peace, to be present and conscious.
This lifestyle also made me open my heart to others and think in communities, connections, and supporting each other.
I believe becoming raw is one amazing step towards our real Self.

 

7. People keep telling me that eating like this will lead to a lot of deficiencies and so we need to take supplements in order to avoid that. How do you respond to that?

I am the only person who trully know how I am. If we build a sensitive relationship with our body and feelings, we will understand what they show us. I don’t believe in damages that we cannot recognise just when they are final. We need to be sensitive and carefully listen to our body. This is our life, our body, we are the only ones who can be responsible for them. There is no better way to be and stay healthy and whole.

 

8. How do you respond to people saying that they need protein powders if they want to work out even while not being fruitarians because otherwise they won’t build any muscles at all?

First it is important to make it clear why do we work out? Personally I work out, because I enjoy to feel and play with my body. I would like to be healthy, flexible and strong now and seventy years later too. Being strong doesn’t mean having a lot of muscles. Like being intelligent doesn’t mean to know a lot of data. Being strong means we have optimally built, functionally working muscles and we can use the whole capacity of them. This lifestyle is perfect for becoming stronger, regenerating faster and building strong functional muscles.

 

9. What is your take on raw vegan fruitarian young children? Do you think this diet is good for them or they need more stuff in order to grow healthy?

My two children are fruitarians, 4 and 5 years old, the younger since birth, the older since being 2 years old. They are healthy, amazing and wonderful kids.
I believe this is the only way to feed them healthy. I look at my children and I see their skin, face and eyes shine, they are capable to adopt changes, their mood are balanced. They are strong and clever. They are special and beautiful. Their body and looks give all the answers. I am grateful to be their mother and be gifted with their presence and example.

 

10. Is there anything else you would like to tell people who don’t believe in this lifestyle as a healthy one?

Experience gives true knowledge, not beliefs. Nobody chose his or her own beliefs, all of us accepted the belief system of our parents, teachers and society.
If we are brave and courious (or we suffered) enough we can start to ask questions. What is health? Am I healthy? Are aging, pains, diseases really necessary or natural? Does normal mean natural?
I think health is when I live fully pain-free (except accidents and old damages that still heal), active, creative, full, joyful life with a strong and flexible body and a balanced mood, even if I am ninety years old.
If somebody is not sure is his/her diet healthy for him/her, here are some clues:
How do you feel right after waking up?
How do your morning face look like?
How does your morning breath smells?
How does your stool feel, look and smell?
Is your skin healthy and glowing?
What is your body odor like?
Since I am raw, I wake up energized, my morning face is smooth and fresh, my breath is fresh, my stool comes easily and smells good, my skin is healthy and glowing, my body smells nice all day. If my body is this clean it means I am healthy.

 

 

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Talk to you next time!
Aga

 

 

 

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