All about fruitarianism with a long-term fruitarian, Lena

As the author of the site, I feel obliged to provide you with some information about my knowledge, credentials (if any), and the reasons I talk about fruitarianism publically - so you can assess the information I offer more critically. 

What I Do Not Know

I am a private person, practicing fruitarianism on her own. I am neither nutritionist nor a doctor, my academic background is in economics. 

No illnesses were cured or prevented by my diet or lifestyle, as far as I know. 

My weight was relatively stable my whole life, so I don't know any special tricks for letting go excessive body fat, other than obvious: exercise, choosing nutrient-dense foods, eating less if you are overeating. 

I am not an athlete.  I like medium-distance running and open water swimming, but I do it for pleasure and to look better. I am not competitive, because even my potential physical abilities are average at best, but I enjoy some endurance. For example, I ran for 3 hours once, but it is usually 10K; I swam for 3 hours once, but it was usually 1 hour. 

I have no talent in food preparation. The couple of recipes I dare to post here are extremely basic. This is probably why most of my meals are just whole fruits of one kind - I like the harmony of taste I find in each piece. 

This are the reasons why I do not give any specific recommendations about health, nutrition or fitness, and why you might find my recipes funny. 

English is my third language. I do my best to improve it, but I sincerely apologies for my errors and accent. 

What I Know

Trying to be always honest with myself, and also rationally self-reflecting, I doubted fruitarianism and questioned fruitarian diet. I still am a fruitarian though, I have serious reason to stay this way, and I can tell you why. 

The fruitarian part of my worldview is primarily based on my temperament, my specific ethical values, my personal experiences, and my psychological (and possibly physiological) needs - it might be interesting for someone to discuss it with me. 

My social life and emotional stability were affected by fruitarianism and veganism, and I feel I could help others to avoid my mistakes

I experimented with many variations of fruit-based diets for over 20 years, read a substantial amount of articles about nutrition from credible sources, and had a long time to think about ethical choices and their implementations.

I can offer my insight in those areas. 

My 10 Personal Reasons to Talk About Fruitarianism Publically

  1. I want to build friendships. I am lonely as a fruitarian, intellectually. I have only a few long-term fruitarian friends, they all are far away, and with most we have significant philosophical differences. 
  2. Misrepresentations of and in fruitarianism upset me - fruitarian online resources are very lacking.
  3. I want to present the relevant concepts and facts in small interconnected bits of information. 
  4. I would like to gain some recognition for my experience. 
  5. I believe that I can do some good by promoting higher fresh fruit consumption.
  6. I am worried about our devastating impact on the current biodiverse ecosystems. 
  7. I want to appeal to the most progressive and beautiful minds
  8. I need to sort things out for the script of a documentary, and I search for the best ideas.
  9. Discomfort of being on camera is my weakness, and I need to milden it. 
  10. I felt partially unfulfilled when I did not do it. 

Why I Do Not Discuss Fruitarianism Privately

To explain why several years ago I stopped accepting direct (personal) messages related fruitarianism, I wrote this article:
Why Did I Not Respond.

Fruitarians.net is designed as an information resource and a communication platform only, and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional advice of any kind. 

Hope you find this site useful, and maybe we can do something together one day!

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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.

All Known Essential Minerals

Minerals (nutrients) are inorganic substances (contain no carbon) that are necessary for normal body function and development.

Macrominerals

Macro-minerals are needed in large doses (approximate recommended daily intake, milligrams (mg) per day ): 

  1. potassium, K (3500 mg) - metal, ions are necessary for the function of all living cells; 
  2. chloride, Cl− (3400 mg) - essential electrolyte in all body fluids; 
  3. sodium, Na, natrium (2400 mg) - metal, essential for all animals and some plants;
  4. calcium, Ca (1000 mg) - metal, essential for living organisms, produced in supernova nucleosynthesis;
  5. phosphorus, P (1000 mg) - in the form of the phosphate is required for all known forms of life; 
  6. choline (425 - 550 mg) - essential vitamin-like (vitamin B4) nutrient, synthesized in human body, but not sufficiently;
  7. magnesium, Mg (350 mg) - metal, essential for all known living organisms;

Trace Minerals

Trace minerals are needed in very small amounts (recommended daily intake, milligrams (mg) or micrograms (mcg) per day: 

  1. iron, Fe (15 mg) - metal, found in nearly all living organisms;
  2. zinc, Zn (8 - 11 mg) - metal, essential for humans and other organisms;
  3. manganese, Mn (5 mg) - metal, toxic essential trace element;
  4. fluorineF, fluoride ion, F− (3 - 4 mg) - a beneficial poisonous element, essential for bone solidity;
  5. copper, Cu (2 mg) - metal, essential to all living organisms;
  6. iodine, I (150 mcg) - a key component of thyroid hormones;
  7. selenium, Se (35 mcg) - toxic in large doses, essential micronutrient for animals;
  8. chromium, Cr (30 mcg) - chromium (III) is questionably essential for humans.

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