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What is fruitarianism?

I think it’s very important to explain the differences between three different kinds of vegan diet. There’s a lot of confusion around them, so I want to make things clear and make sure that you understand what we’re talking about. You might be wondering why I don’t talk about vegetarianism. A vegetarian diet excludes meat, but it can also consist of other animal products which are very unhealthy (I’ll talk more about animal products at the end of this chapter), and I don’t support it. That’s why I didn’t include it in this part, even though vegetarianism is still better than eating meat. However, if you want to look at things thinking what’s better or worse, then I’d say that dairy products are definitely the worst of the worst. 

Veganism 

This diet excludes all animal products and by-products (meat, eggs, fish – those are animals too, honey, milk and all  other dairy products, as well as products from animals used in other things like gelatin, Red4 and other). Vegans eat fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as cooked products including pastas, rice, pizzas, cakes and other. There’s a lot of vegan processed foods these days as well. You can buy vegan substitutes for meat, dairy and even eggs, as well as fully prepared vegan frozen meals. There are plenty of vegan restaurants that prepare burgers, different kinds of pastas, soy dishes and many, many more. 

A vegan diet doesn’t mean a healthy diet. Unfortunately, a lot of people got a little bit too excited about all the available options and instead of preparing food by themselves that would be much more nutritious, they prefer to buy quick frozen meals or go to restaurants to eat soy-based hot dogs or burgers, which aren’t good for a human body. These vegan meat substitutes usually contain a lot of chemicals in order to make them smell and taste like the animal versions that people are used to. It is understandable and helpful for those who are in a process of changing their diets, but it won’t work for the long run. Some people serve soy sausage, vegan eggs and vegan cheese to their children for breakfast, for example. Is it vegan? Yes. But it’s also full of highly processed products, saturated fat, empty calories, too high in protein and so on. Like I said, vegan doesn’t necessarily mean healthy. 

Raw veganism 

This diet excludes all animal products as well as processed foods like soy, pastas, rice and other products that have to be cooked. Raw means uncooked. On a raw diet, people sometimes dry their food in a dehydrator, but it’s worth remembering that the temperature needs to be kept at 45 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit) or lower in order to keep the nutritional value in food. This way, food is dried (like raw vegan crackers) or warmed up (like raw vegan soups), but not fully cooked. 

There are some raw vegan restaurants out there that offer raw vegan pastas with noodles made of zucchini or kelp (seaweed), raw lasagnas made of zucchini, raw pizzas, raw donuts, raw cheesecakes and all kinds of other things. You’d be surprised what people can make! 

But again, raw veganism doesn’t mean healthy either. There are raw vegan meals that I’d say might be pretty bad for a human body, especially if eaten more often. I believe that some cooked food, such as steamed vegetables or even veggies with rice, are much healthier than some raw vegan foods I’ve seen. It’s important to remember that a raw vegan diet is something totally different than what most people are used to, so switching to it overnight might cause a lot of issues and confusion, which leads to more issues. 

Fruitarianism 

This diet is the most extreme for many people. It’s a diet that means living together with nature, not over it. It consists of either only fruits, or mostly fruits with simple salads like baby spinach or lettuces with tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, and red peppers. It’s worth noticing that these products are technically fruits as well! 

In this diet, gourmet raw vegan dishes or nuts are excluded, or eaten only occasionally, instead of daily. People on this diet usually eat one kind of fruit for each meal as they often don’t mix fruits together. 

Here it’s the same thing – fruitarianism doesn’t have to mean healthy. There are people who I’ve talked to who didn’t understand much about it. While wanting to be fruitarians, they limited their fruit intake believing that 4 bananas would be enough and they can’t eat more than that a day, which isn’t true at all. So while the definition of fruitarianism can be a “healthy diet”, one has to understand what that means. 

Is fruitarianism a diet that’ll work for everyone in the world these days? No, it’s not. There are places where such a natural diet isn’t possible. I often get asked “What about Poland? Is this a place where it’s possible to eat mostly fruits all year around?” Perhaps, but in some cases it’s probably not the best choice. 

I’m using the word “diet”, but none of this is a restricting diet whatsoever. Most people treat it as a lifestyle. Diet is looked at for a short period of time that has some specific goal- usually losing weight- and when that’s achieved, people go back to their “normal” eating. This shouldn’t be the case. To me, fruitarianism is a lifestyle. It’s a way to take care of my body, to heal, to make sure that my children are growing healthy and happy, and to change the world. 

What I can’t stress enough about is that it’s not about restricting yourself of anything. If you normally eat mostly fruits and you call yourself a fruitarian, but one day you feel like you want to eat something else- like a raw vegan pizza with vegetables on it – do it! It’s about living in agreement and respect towards yourself, not about pleasing others who just wait there to judge. 

This post is a part of my first book “My Fruitful World” where you’ll find tons of different interesting information that you might not know yet and that could help you change your life. Check out this page – www.myfruitfulworld.com – to get the book. When you buy the book remember about signing up for a free account (you’ll get instructions on the confirmation page) where you’ll be able to read the book in PDF and where you’ll also get my ebook “Raw in winter”. In this ebook I’m sharing tips about how to survive winter on a raw diet, how to help yourself. I also added some great recipes! Highly recommended.


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