Never in a million years we thought would get to meet a fruitarian. But when we were on that yoga retreat in the mountains outside of Marbella a couple of weeks ago, we spent five days with a Swedish woman named Susy. And imagine our surprise when we saw what she was having for dinner the first night – a large bowl of fruits.
– How did you eat before you became a fruitarian?
– I started following the LCHF diet many years ago, out of sheer curiosity. It was supposed to be so good for you and they said it would make just about everything better! At first, I felt great, strong and energized. I worked out a lot, and thought the results were great. But after a while I started gaining weight. I didn’t like that, so I found myself adding more and more rules and restrictions. Hardly had any vegetables, and absolutely no fruits or berries. Then my stomach went crazy! Constipation of course, and lots of other issues. My sinuses were killing me, and I started seeing signs of depression. I looked for answers everywhere, and tried every dietary supplement or vitamin I could find. I did a stool test, and of course, it showed a lack of good bacteria. I had to eat more vegetables, and start a candida treatment, amongst other things. I started to feel a little bit better, and bought Synbiotic15 (Stig’s bacteria and fiber supplement for the intestinal flora and immune system). I kept feeling better and better.
– But why did you decide to become a fruitarian?
– My stomach still wasn’t happy, so I kept on looking and ended up with the paleo diet, and eventually a full-on raw food diet. I felt better, but I think I was eating too many nuts. Kept on looking and discovered dr Morse, who is convinced that the natural human diet is one that consists entirely or primarily of fruits. And I hadn’t had a fruit in seven years… Would I dare to try?
– Have you experienced any health changes, since you started eating only fruits?
– From the very first day, my belly was calm, and it had been swollen for years. I thought I was in heaven! Now, after almost five weeks, I have more energy and feel stronger than ever. I add some herbs to activate and cleanse the kidneys and the lymphatic system, which is probably clogged from all that protein.
– What does your average food day look like?
– I have my first meal at 11, and of course your tasty anti-inflammatory shot! I mix lots of fruits and berries, not exactly small amounts. Maybe one grapefruit, one apple, two kiwis, some blueberries and lemon. An afternoon snack might be some goji berries and mulberries. Then more fruits for dinner, preferably blue grapes. I try to make sure it’s all organic. I also like to eat melons, but only separately, since they should not be eaten with other fruits.
– Do you think you’ll stay fruitarian for the rest of your life?
– Right now I feel like I could eat like this for the rest of my life, but I’m sure I’ll add some salad and nuts eventually. I don’t think I’ll ever eat meat again, though.
– Many people are afraid to eat too much fruit. What’s your response?
– I used to be scared too, so I completely understand. But how can it be that bad, when I feel so great? According to dr Morse, fructose does not raise insulin levels, only complex sugars will affect your blood sugar. I’m not an expert, but as long as I feel good, I’m happy.
– What’s the most common reaction you get? Are people positive or sceptical?
– Most people probably think I’m nuts, but I guess many would find it both tasty and convenient. It’s so quick and easy to prepare a bowl of fruits. Too bad for all the cookbook writers though, but I’m still going to buy your book. It will probably be both good and entertaining. Well, the tricky part about being a fruitarian is maintaining a normal social life. I guess I’ll have to sacrifice my beliefs once in a while and have some salad, haha.
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