I planned on experimenting with a raw, fruit-based (fruitarian) diet for just one week. Instead, it turned into a 6 month life changing experience that I’d like to share with you now. I am not a nutrition expert, this is just my experience and my opinions. I have nothing financially to gain from discussing this unlike most other health advocates who are trying to sell you stuff.
What did I experience?
I came into this experiment with very good health, I have zero health issues. No headaches, no digestive issues, no injuries, I never get sick…nothing (I’ve been vegetarian for 9 out of the past 10 years). For many years, the only thing I wanted more of was energy and I have tried a variety of supplements and ‘diets’ but nothing worked. I have tried Paleo, vegan, superfoods and the Clean diet. Nothing gave me increased energy, the one thing I wanted more of.
Almost immediately after going fruitarian, I felt my energy levels increase. After a month, I felt like a NEW person. I now feel vibrant, alive and I am absolutely thriving. My energy levels are high ALL day long, everyday. Most of the time, I feel like I am ‘bouncing of the walls’ with energy yet I do not have the energy crashes many people have. I’m sleeping better, have much greater mental clarity, am more focused and I’m happier. My digestion has strengthened (didn’t know mine could get better), my skin is clearer and my eyes are brighter.
I also crushed the Antelope Island 100k race recently with a win and the second fastest time ever. My time at this year’s Wasatch 100 was an hour faster than last year and I finished in 24:15:19 in 13th place. Bottom line: I feel totally ALIVE, I am performing better and I am THRIVING.
My girlfriend Lindsey has gone fruitarian and has experienced similar if not greater benefits. She has stuck to eating pretty much 100% raw fruits and veggies which is probably why she is feeling even greater increases in vibrancy and energy.
What exactly have I eaten in the past 6 months?
Based on percent calories, I estimate 96% has come from fruit, 2% vegetables, 1% nuts/seeds and 1% cooked foods. A typical day I will eat about 22 bananas, 10 dates, 6 oranges, 2 mangoes, 1/2 pound of berries, 2 huge salads and a variety of other fruits. I’ll eat a couple handfuls of nuts or seeds a week but that’s it. I am following 80-10-10 raw, vegan which means roughly 80% of my calories come from carbohydrates, 10% from protein, 10% fat.
About 1% of my calories in the past 6 months have not been ‘fruitarian’. I’ve eaten vegetarian cooked foods (including going out) just a few times during the past 6 months. I’ve taken B-12 sporadically as a precaution but other than that I do not need supplements or vitamins. I consumed a processed vegan shake a few times. During the Antelope 100k and the Wasatch 100 (considered one of the most difficult 100 mile running races in the world), I ate Hammer gels, electrolytes and other processed foods.
-Damian Stoy is the founder of Wholistic Running, respected coach, biomechanics specialist and certified ChiRunning instructor. As an accomplished ultra runner he has been injury-free for over 9 years. Read his bio and race results.
Common Questions and Comments I Get
Eating fruitarian isn’t healthy!
I’ve never felt better. I not only have perfect health, I am thriving and vibrant. I am able to not only complete, but perform very well in 100 mile races on a fruit based diet.
Where do you get your protein from?
Fruits and veggies. I believe we do not need as much protein as we are being told and sold. The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that 5-10% of our calories from protein are sufficient. As an ultra marathon runner, I have a much greater demand for protein than the average person and I am recovering exceptionally well from my ultra marathon races. All plants contain some protein (5% or more) and if you eat enough of them you will eat enough protein.
Don’t you go to the bathroom a lot?
Same as before, 2-3 times a day. If you aren’t going that many times, you are constipated. I pee at least 10 times a day because I’m fully hydrated.
Sugar is bad for you!
Processed foods including refined sugar is not healthy. Whole foods, especially raw fruit and veggies are incredibly healthy. Fruit has a low Glycemic Index and is beneficial even for diabetics (see ‘Reversing Diabetes’ below). My energy levels are high all day long, everyday.
Fruit makes you fat!
I believe there are no fat long term fruitarians (yes there are thousands of fruitarians). It’s very difficult to eat a lot of calories from fruit. Plus, you gain so much energy that you become more active. Many of the foods nowadays that are blamed for being high in sugar are also very high in fat. Personally, I stuff myself full of fruit all day long and haven’t gained a pound.
This diet is too complicated, restrictive and time consuming!
I thought this was going to be true as well. From my experience, I have found the complete opposite to be true. Eating raw fruitarian is very easy and it saves a lot of time. Fruit is fast food. Grab it and go. No need to cook and very little preparation. I thought it would be boring and restrictive and have found that I’ve never loved food so much. I also eat as much as I want. Whenever I am hungry, I eat. I actually have to stuff my face everyday to make sure I don’t lose weight. If you restrict food, you would fail on this diet. It’s a diet of abundance and NOT restriction. Again, I’ve never loved food so much.
Why do you believe eating this way works so well?
There are many reasons and remember, I’ve only been doing it for 6 months. I believe this diet gives the body exactly what it wants and needs including ample sugar and water. Our bodies use and need sugar (glycogen) for energy in order to do everything in life including movement and healing. Most people are tired and have low energy because they aren’t eating enough healthy sugars to fuel themselves. Raw fruit also provides abundant nutrients, enzymes and creates an alkaline environment in your body so you feel amazing and thrive.
This sounds expensive?
I save a lot of money because I do not need supplements, vitamins or any medications. I buy fruit in bulk so it is much cheaper. My health is worth the investment and I’d spend a whole lot more money to feel the way I now do.
Why do you talk about this so much?
Eating fruitarian has changed my life. I’ve never felt better, more alive and more vibrant. I am passionate about health and the health of others. I hope to inspire others to experiment with what works for them so they too can live a life of abundance and health. I am a firm believer that eating more raw fruits and veggies is beneficial for everyone.
The Fruitarian. Michael Arnstein is an elite ultra marathon runner.
Thousands of people around the world eat 30 Bananas a Day
Reversing Diabetes by Dr. Neal Barnard
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