All about fruitarianism with a long-term fruitarian, Lena

Lena's Fruitarian Life

Lena's Life. See Lena - Life (blog, vlog).

  • Lucky Sun Hours

    Unexpectedly, the Sun went out, and I was happy all the way to the pool, in it, and back.

    7K Walking (total), 1.5K swimming.

    This is me, Lena, in the bright Californian sunlight after a swim.

  • After a Swim

    This is me on the way back from pool after swimming. This is me, Lena, after the usual 1.5K  swim.

    I've been swimming in an open pool for many weeks now, almost every day, almost the same distance - 1.5 kilometers.

  • Pool Swimming

    My watch with 33 rounds (25 yards x 66)

    Swimming in UCSD pool, I started to count laps like in running, by rounds, to make it easier. So now, I touch the lap button on my watch on the start point only. I mostly swim a mile or so, in breaststroke, almost daily. Today I made 33 rounds (50 yards or 45.7 meters each, 25-yard laps x 66).

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  • 1.5K Swimming Improvement

    My watch after swimming 1.5K in 40:42 (25 yards x 66)

    Happy about my first time swimming 1500 meters in under 41 minutes! Today I got to swim very late because of traffic and waiting in a post office (no Sunshine for my new sundress), but I was faster than yesterday by 1 minute: 1.5K in around 40:42 minutes vs 41:59. Not so

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  • 3K Swim in 86 Minutes

    UCSD Pool

    After yesterday's 45 minutes swim in the cold and seaweedy Pacific ocean, in a restrictive wet suit, today's flat blue water surface seemed unreal.

    I made 2 swimmer's miles (132 x 25 yards) or 3000 m in over 86 minutes. The day before yesterday I made only one, but in

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  • 1500 Meters Swim in 42 minutes

    UCSD open air pool, 1.5K

    Suddenly, my time on one swimmer's mile (66 short laps/lengths of this open air pool) has improved by 3 minutes! After making that 6 km swim I went back to 1.5 km a day to the same time as before: around 45 minutes, and today it was under 42!

    Additionally, for the first

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  • 6K Pool Swim

    6K Pool Swim

    I did not want to stop swimming, and wanted to check whether I could double my usual these days distance. I did not care much about the style and speed, I just wanted to move forward in water, because nothing better waited for me outside on this emotionally excruciating day.

    264 length

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  • 2 Minutes Faster 3K Swim (3.7K Total)

    Today in the pool I repeated yesterday, made 132 of 25 yards (3K or 3 km) in 1:29 (89 minutes vs 91 last time), then swam till 148 (3.7K). Started with most lengths in 36 seconds, in 50s went down to 38-39, by the end I was already over 40.

    Yesterday I

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  • 3K in Swimming in Pool

    3K in Swimming in Pool

    Today I doubled my distance in the pool and made unplanned 3000 m (3K) - 132 short lengths of 25 yards in over 1,5 hours. It is relatively slow, but very enjoyable. For the comparison, Olympic 2012 men made the half of it in around 15 minutes in freestyle, so I am about 3 times

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  • Swimming in Outdoor Pool

    Swimming in Outdoor Pool

    This September I swam more in a pool then in the ocean! Having a month-ticket to a nice neighboring pool makes it easier, and there was too much seaweed along the coast this year after the first hot weeks of Fall. 

    In the pool I used to make around 60 short lengths (25

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Pythagoras

As long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, or L-ascorbic acid, or ascorbate, is an essential nutrient for humans, a water-soluble vitamin. Humans, unlike most animals, are unable to synthesize vitamin C, so it is an essential dietary component. 

  • Vitamin C is required for the biosynthesis of collagen (an essential component of connective tissue), L-carnitine, and certain neurotransmitters, it is also involved in protein metabolism.
  • Vitamin C is also an important physiological antioxidant and has been shown to regenerate other antioxidants within the body, including alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E). Vitamin C regenerates vitamin E by reducing vitamin E radicals formed when vitamin E scavenges the oxygen radicals. 
  • Vitamin C plays an important role in immune function and improves the absorption of nonheme iron, the form of iron present in plant-based foods.

Approximately 70%–90% of vitamin C is absorbed at moderate intakes of 30–180 mg a day. At doses above 1 g a day, absorption falls to less than 50% and absorbed, unmetabolized ascorbic acid is excreted in the urine. 

Insufficient vitamin C intake causes scurvy, which is characterized by fatigue or lassitude, connective tissue weakness, and capillary fragility.

Cells accumulate vitamin C. The total body content of vitamin C ranges from 300 mg (at near scurvy) to about 2 g.

  • High levels of vitamin C are maintained in cells and tissues, and are highest in leukocytes (white blood cells), eyes, adrenal glands, pituitary gland, and brain.
  • Relatively low levels of vitamin C are found in extracellular fluids, such as plasma, red blood cells, and saliva.

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