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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Linus Pauling

I have something that I call my Golden Rule. It goes something like this: 'Do unto others twenty-five percent better than you expect them to do unto you.' … The twenty-five percent is for error.

Recommended Dietary Allowance RDA

Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) - the average daily dietary nutrient intake level sufficient to meet the nutrient requirement of nearly all - ~97% - healthy individuals in a particular life stage and gender group. 

The process for setting the RDA depends on being able to set an Estimated Average Requirement (EAR). If an EAR cannot be set, no RDA will be set. The EAR is the daily intake value of a nutrient that is estimated to meet the nutrient requirement of half the healthy individuals in a life stage and gender group.

The RDA is set at the EAR plus twice the standard deviation (SD) if known (RDA = EAR + 2 SD). If data about variability in requirements are insufficient to calculate a standard deviation, a coefficient of variation for the EAR of 10% is ordinarily assumed (RDA = 1.2 x EAR).

The RDA for a nutrient is a value to be used as a goal for dietary intake by healthy individuals. The RDA is not intended to be used to assess the diets of either individuals or groups or to plan diets for groups.

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