Written by T. C. Fry
Anyone who eats a predominantly fruit diet is a fruitarian! Anyone who eats more than 50% of his diet as fruit solids (considering all foods eaten on the basis of solids only) is fruitarian.
I eat on average of six occasions daily, holding that little and often is better than three bely-blogging meals per day. My single largest meal is a salad with nuts or avocados in the evening. My salads are mostly fruits, consisting of tomatoes, red peppers and avocados. I usually add bok choy or lettuce with a sprinkling of dulse powder. I eat well over 99% of my intake in raw condition. On rare occasions i might have a baked potato when eating out with others if the potato is baked "rare".
Note that the diet averages 2,000 calories daily. You need more calories when running and living in the North. You reuire more just to maintain your body heat. In summer my foods have much higher water content and my calorie intake is about 1,600 per day. Note that of a total solid intake of eight pounds, less than one pounds of nonfruits were taken, almost all being nuts and seeds which i are rather heavily of all winter and will eat very little during summer. Note that the total vegetable intake (lettuce, bok choy and dulse) amounted to only 2.6 ounces of solids out of 130 ounces of total intake, about 2% of the diet. Green leafy vegetables yield folic acid, an essential B complex vitamin. Believe me, half a pound of lettuce and/or bok choy a day is quite a bit of vegetable eating.
While tomatoes and red peppers are considered vegetables, they are really fruits. note that dulse was taken. It was in a powdered form and was added to salads consisiting of tomatoes, ock choy or lettuce, peppers and either nuts, seeds or avocados with lemon juice. Dulse gives you usable trace minerals which are rather sparse in land grown foods - its a kind of nutrient insurance.
Among my many phone calls are often questions like: "But, Mr. Fry, why dont you eat fresh raw sprouts? They are especially healthful. and you can eat fresh green peas and corn raw. Why dont you do so?". Well i´ve never eaten any sprouts yet that i liked except for sunflower sprouts. On the other hand, please tell me, what are the unique nutrients or qualities in sprouts? Highly vaunted alfalfa sprouts, which are current craze, contain a substance, canavanine, which we, unlike horses and other animals, secrete no enzyme to break down. Canavanine is carcinogen.
As to fresh green peas and corn still in the sugar stage, i do like them. As a farm boy i raided the garden and fields for these and other fruits and vegetables. but now, if i eat them, i get sleepier sooner and sleep longer. I experience as unaccustomed thirst. My stomach feels heavier. Moreover, my exercising is off somewhat in the morning - i bomb on the sprints sooner. I find myself clearing my throat more. And my thinking is not as sharp. After a meal of these foods its more difficult for me to get going. I eat what i like most for that makes me feel the best. I love eating mostly all-dessert meals.
Another question concerns my protein intake. Believe me, i have to shave off a lot of it every day. If your protein intake is too low, the body will not make any proteins available for hair which is mostly protein. While proteins are more than adequately supplied by fruits (Dr. Hegsted of Harvard University says we need only 21 grams daily - the body recycles more than 200 grams of its wastes, i ingest fully 50 grams daily. I also think that fruitarians have longer lived cells, hence require less protein than conventional eaters who require 21 grams daily. The Carib Indians get by nicely on 12 grams daily while eating cassava roots or manioc.