All about fruitarianism with a long-term fruitarian, Lena

Swimming in the Pacific Ocean 3.5K

Today I did one of my longest swims in open waters: over 3.5 km (3.5K), not counting curves, waves, zigzag swimming to avoid kelp, kayakers, fishermen, birds, and even one big seal.

This is my 3rd consecutive day swimming in the ocean, ~ 2 km (2K), ~ 2.7 km (2.7K) in two previous days, plus brisk walks up and down the hills (~ 110 m slope) 5 km (5K), 7 km (7K), and 10km (10K) today. Earlier this Summer I swam 3-4 times a week, but not regularly.

The water temperature was 70-71 F / ~ 21 C, and it felt very pleasant. I swam without wet-suit, and today after being in water for over 2 hours I felt a bit chilled in my toes by the end. I stopped or slowed down to chat with guys on boats and surfers, and to rest and enjoy on the surface, laying on my back totally relaxed.

I also approached the coast in few places to see beautiful rocks. One young seagull was following me for a while :) Another one screamed in my ear, almost landing on my head from the back. A huge pelican passed me, and also other types of birds, who were speeding up flying right above the water. When it happened to me the first time couple of weeks ago I was scared and dived each time :)

I have been getting around 1500 kc (Cal, or food calories) per day last weeks, from fruits and seeds, as usual (my normal range is about 700-2300 Cal), and I am glad my body can give me such pleasures - swimming freely in this amazing clear water! 

This map in the beginning with 2.18 miles is more precise, and made with google maps' tools.

Swimming fro La Jolla Shores to the Cove
I also measured the distance on freemaptools.com: Swimming fro La Jolla Shores to the Cove
Water Temperatures
And this is the water temperature map for the Pacific Coast I made from one on surf-forecast.com: Water Temperatures
Water Temperatures
The La Jolla Cove with Birds

Plutarch

But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.

Vitamin B3 Niacin

Vitamin B3, Niacin, nicotinic acid, helps to convert food into energy and is essential for healthy skin, blood cells, brain, and nervous system. It is one of 8 B vitamins. It is water-soluble, which means it is not stored in the body. It has 2 other forms, niacinamide (nicotinamide) and inositol hexanicotinate, which have different effects. 

Niacin occurs naturally in food and can also be made by your body from the amino acid tryptophan, with the help of B6

It is rare for anyone in the developed world to have a Vitamin B3 deficiency; alcoholism is the main cause of it in the US.

Recommended daily amount: 14 - 16 mg.

Example sources: whole grains, mushrooms, peanuts and other legumes. 

Fruits (100 g) : 

  1. Peaches or Apricots, dried - Niacin: 4 mg 
  2. Avocados, raw or Dates, medjool  - Niacin: 2 mg 

Seeds (100 g):

  1. Rice bran, crude - Niacin: 34 mg 
  2. Sesame flour - Niacin: 13 mg 
  3. Sunflower seed kernels, dried - Niacin: 8 mg 

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