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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Plant-Based Diet

A plant-based diet is a diet of any animal (including humans) based on foods derived from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruits, but with few or no animal products

"Plant-based diet" has been used to refer to the following diets:

  • Vegan diet - no food from animal sources.
    • Fruitarian  - consists primarily of fruit.
    • Raw vegan - food is uncooked and sometimes dehydrated.
  • Vegetarian - plant foods, may include eggs and dairy, but no meat.
  • Ovo-lacto vegetarian - includes dairy and eggs.
  • Ovo vegetarian - includes eggs but no dairy. 
  • Lacto vegetarian - includes dairy but no eggs.
  • Pescatarian - diet with eggs, dairy and seafood.
  • Semi-vegetarian - with occasional inclusion of meat.

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