All about fruitarianism with a long-term fruitarian, Lena

On this gray Sunday, April 14 2013, I like to celebrate my 20-year strict high fruit vegetarianism. I switched some time in the beginning of March 1993 (do not remember the exact date, my notebooks were destroyed), but by now, on  it must be well over 20 years.

By the way, I am not after any ideals: not 100% fresh fruit, not 100% raw, if you were wondering. My training is moderate to minimal (rhythmical endurance with spikes of intensity), my life is often unstable with lack of sleep, stress, distress, passion and sporadic extremities. I am 39 and already have some wrinkles around my eyes. 

Normally I get around 7 hours uninterrupted deep sleep, and drink only few cups of water a day, if any (on watermelons). And I usually eat 1-2 times a day, afternoons, sometimes late, sometimes I skip a day. I started water fasting every Friday when I was 15, already having some experience, kept it for years. I prefer to eat juicy very fresh fruit, especially berries, if I can help it. My usual intake of food calories is 1000-2000, sometimes less for short periods of time, occasionally more. My BMI is around 18-19. My parents in this age were heavier.

I quit smoking at 17 (after a few month of picking a cigarette from my friends around university, never got really addicted). I drunk a glass of wine almost every day in 2000-2003, sometimes before that, seldom after, sporadically other types of alcohol, socially. I don't take any drugs or supplements on regular basis, have no significant health issues, no new teeth cavities in many years right now. I do drink coffee and similar drinks sometimes. Now and then, I use spices like paprika or turmeric. I am not into chocolate. I do not add extra fats to my food, but I have nothing against fatty foods like avocado or seeds. 

Best health to you, dear reader!

Mahatma Gandhi

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

Vitamin A

Retinoids retinol, retinal, and retinoic acid - 3 active forms of vitamin A - "preformed" vitamin A.

Beta carotene can easily be converted to vitamin A by the human body. 

Large amounts of supplemental vitamin A (but not beta carotene) can be harmful to bones.

Vitamin A keeps tissues and skin healthy, plays an important role in bone growth. Diets rich in the carotenoids alpha carotene and lycopene seem to lower lung cancer risk. Carotenoids act as antioxidants. Foods rich in the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin may protect against cataracts. Essential for vision lycopene may lower prostate cancer risk.

Recommended daily amount: 700 mcg - 900 mcg or 3 mg - 6 mg beta-carotene (~ 1 cup of raw cantaloupe or sweet red peppers, or 2 mangoes, or 1/5 of one baked sweet potato). 

Because the body converts all dietary sources of vitamin A into retinol, 1 mcg of physiologically available retinol is equivalent to the following amounts from dietary sources: 1 mcg of retinol, 12 mcg of beta-carotene, and 24 mcg of alpha-carotene or beta-cryptoxanthin. From dietary supplements, the body converts 2 mcg of beta-carotene to 1 mcg of retinol. Apple