All about fruitarianism with a long-term fruitarian, Lena

On most mornings I do all or some of the exercises and postures on this list, all slightly modified for my needs over the years, some named for convenience - I used to memorize the best sequence this way. I used to start with Surya Namaskara, but lately I've been leaving it out. 

  • Nishi - a few elements of the Japanese system I learned when I was a kid.  
    • "turtle" stretch
    • "fish" swim
    • up shake) 
  • Yoga Asanas
    • Padasana (legs up)
    • Halasana (legs back)
    • Sarvangasana (tree - all body, supported shoulderstand)
    • Dhanurasana (roll up)
    • Ustrasana (camel)
    • Vajrasana (lion)
    • Virasana (knee)
    • Konasana (step inside)
    • Padmasana (lotus)
    • Mathsyasana (lotus-fish)
    • Bhujangasana (cobra)
    • Hanumanasana (split)
    • Uddiyana Bandha (abs)
    • Savasana
  • Dhyana (meditation, usually on a point) - it is a great state of mind, nonverbal self-reflection and , helps me to maintain a deeper concentration on my activities during the day.

Marcel Proust

The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. 


Carotenoids are a class of more than 750 pigments synthesized by plants, algae, and photosynthetic bacteria. These richly colored molecules are the sources of the yellow, orange, and red colors of many plants. Fruit and vegetables provide most of the 40 to 50 carotenoid phytonutrients found in the human diet.

The most common carotenoids in North American diets are α-carotene, β-carotene, β-cryptoxanthin, lutein, zeaxanthin, and lycopene. 

Provitamin A carotenoids - α-carotene, β-carotene, and β-cryptoxanthin - can be converted by the body to retinol (vitamin A), but not lutein, zeaxanthin, and lycopene. 

Dietary lutein and zeaxanthin help maintain optimal visual function - they absorb damaging blue light that enters the eye.

The results of observational studies suggest that diets high in carotenoid-rich fruit and vegetables are associated with reduced risks of cardiovascular disease and some cancers. But high-dose β-carotene supplements did not Apple