Monday, August 18, 2008

Laptop problems..

Just a brief update as am in internet cafe..

Our laptop has failed us again.. the shop says it could cost 3 to 400 dollars to fix!!

shoot.. I'm not sure if fixing it is the right thing to do.. Perhaps it's a sign to leave the internet..

Hmm.. has anyone got an old spare laptop they don't use anymore?

peace,
mango.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Fruitarian Interview - 22 - Peggy Critchlow

22nd interview with fruitarians I know of around the globe..
Hi Peggy! -

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions!

Peggy, I see from your blog (http://rawcountrysanctuary.blogspot.com/) that you are 47 and living in Utah. - How long have you been living there?


I opened that blog so I could add notes to your blog. I am usually found at www.myspace/peggycritchlow and www.rawcountrysanctuary.wetpaint.com when I have time. I am gradually adding links to all supportive Fruitarian and raw vegan sites I can find. I know there are many more Fruitarian links and will probably weed out the raw vegan sites after awhile. I have been living in Utah since 1996, except for a year in 2005 in Arizona and Oregon. Before that, I have lived in California, Illinois and Ohio.

So, I am planning to do more on my blog at rawcountry’s sanctuary but I work so I’ll have to do it when I get the time I do spend a lot of time at www.iheartfruit.com with Anne and the other wonderful assortment of friends I have made there.

So how long have you known about fruitarianism, and how did you hear of it?

I first heard about Fruitarianism from a friend in Cedar City, Utah when I lived there in 1996. I thought it was kind of odd at that time and couldn’t understand why she didn’t want to join my family for dinner. Now I don’t think it’s odd, I just wish I hadn’t been so ignorant. I started really studying, watching other Fruitarians and experimenting with eating fruit in 2001. I watched your website quite a bit and at that time, there weren’t so many Fruitarians out there as far as I knew. Later, I began to find that their were other fruitarians all over the world.

So I'm guessing you weren't completely convinced that a fruit diet was such a good idea to begin with? When do you think you first started to realize that fruitarianism perhaps wasn't such a crazy idea afterall

Of course, I didn’t think you could be healthy on just fruit when I first heard about it. I think I’ve always been rather open to other views but for myself, I grew up on beef and potatoes in my early years. We lived on a small ranch in Arizona and we didn’t question what was for dinner.. I didn’t learn until much later in my late 30’s that what I was eating was actually making me sick. I realized that I needed a much more “raw vegan”/vegetarian lifestyle in the early 2000’s. Then I started really reading and listening to other Fruitarians and trying to understand about it. I liked the concept but wasn’t really ready to do it. A part of my problem was that I’ve had some emotional issues in my life that kept me from taking care of myself. I only very recently decided that there is NO alternative to eating fruit if I want to take the best care of my body, mind and spirit.

What was your diet like while growing up?

As I said, I grew up on meat, potatoes, corn, vegetables and bread. The standard American diet. I really enjoyed vegetables but they were mainly cooked. I do remember that we had five citrus trees in our front yard and during the citrus season, I gorged myself on oranges, grapefruit, tangelos, and some lemons and limes. I think now that that is actually the reason that I wasn’t as sick during my teenage years as later when I only ate meat and standard cooked foods. I realize now that simply excluding fruit was my body’s biggest reason for being sick and for the deterioration of my physical body.

Can you tell us a little more about your health when you were eating the way you were, and how it has changed since moving toward an all fruit diet?

My health in the past years has been very bad. I developed what they now call Fibromyalgia. That is a word for degeneration of the nervous system, muscular system (hardening of the tissues, mucous buildup and soreness in the muscles and tendons), problems with brain function, retina degeneration, lack of focus, problems with digestion and making use of nutrients and so a very serious problem with sleep deprivation even though I might get more than what is normal for most people. I became pre-diabetic (and then, diabetic) and had other health issues, not to mention a big problem with anxiety and stress. During the period of time in the past and now that I’ve become a full-fledged Fruitarian, my health has been and is becoming better every day. I have lost quite a bit of weight and continue to lose every day. I continue to gain more strength and more energy. My skin is becoming clear. My nails are less ridged and cracked, my skin is less dry and the eczema is clearing. My stomach is less sensitive. Before, it was aggravated and burning all the time. I had colitis (constipation and spasms), but now that has all cleared. I feel more spiritually aware, mentally focused and much more physically well. I know that the best is yet to come. When I ate only fruit for several weeks a few years ago, I experienced a “high” feeling of life and energy and a complete lack of sleep deprivation. Why I ever went back to eating bad choices of food was more out of lack of respect and love for myself than the fact that I knew it was the best food for me and everyone. I could go on and on about the wonderful benefits I have experienced but I know that I have only begun to experience the full impact of “life” that will be mine by continuing this regime of eating Fruitarian.

Wow, what a story! I see you are married, what does hubby think of your choice of food, and is he supportive or even doing it with you? What about children, do you have any, and if so, what do they make of mums new food outlook?

My husband is very supportive although he does not want to eat this way. He is content to eat the standard American diet for now. He does eat salads more than he used to. I think sometimes he knows that what I am doing is the best way to eat. His family eats SAD, he grew up the same way I did. It’s a very big pull for most western people. Society tends to dictate a lot of our habits and many people who are vegans/vegetarians and especially those who are to the far side of strict eating like Fruitarians take a lot of “heat” for their beliefs. It takes a very strong person to ignore the ignorance of those who are so mean. My husband tells me that he knows I am doing what is best for my body and he does what he can to help me stick to that. My kids don’t have any problem with what I eat.

How about your parents/are they still alive, what do they think of you going fruitarian?

My parents don’t really know how I eat. My adopted father passed away two years ago (which is one reason why I went off the fruitarian diet for a while due to dealing with emotional issues). My adopted mom doesn’t believe in slender healthy bodies since she was raised in a culture where babies should be very plump and meat and potatoes were the daily fare for dinner. I don’t think she had a great idea of health growing up but then, the Depression era was hard on most American families. My natural parents were poor and mentally ill. They didn’t know anything about proper health, and I know that they didn’t know anything about eating fruits and vegetables. My natural father knows that I work on eating healthy but hasn’t made any comments about it.

Peggy, I see you feel you are not fully there yet, but nevertheless strongly committed to getting there, what kind of things are you currently eating that you want to leave out from your diet and why? - how does eating them make you feel?

At this time, , I’m eating all types of fruit and sometimes once in awhile, chips with salsa. That’s a leftover from my love of Mexican food. I had a very difficult time getting away from Pepsi but once my “doctor” told me I was diabetic, I went all the way to water. I still have to prepare food for my family, who are all omnivore. It makes it difficult some days, especially since my sense of smell is much stronger and my hate of eating animals has grown proportionately with eating fruit.

Do you take any supplements or spirulina or stuff like that? Are you at all concerned about not getting enough calcium/protein/B12/whatevers??

Ok, supplements? Well, after reading for years about supplements, I have learned that it is not necessary to take supplements, B12, etc. if you are 100% fruitarian. Eating a 100% Fruitarian diet heals the body, maintains health in a way that nothing else will. There is no need for supplementation.

Do you suffer from cravings, or have you ever binge eaten? how do you deal with cravings?

Yes, I have cravings for Mexican food all the time which is why I make salsa.

Could you tell us what a typical day looks like foodwise? And for how long now, have you been eating this way?

I eat whatever fruit I feel like eating and for the most part right now, what is available to me. During the winter season, in Utah, that’s not the best selection. I eat oranges, tangelos, tangerines, mangos, pineapple, papaya, lots of bananas, apples (I like the golden-delicious apples), berries, avocados, melons when I can get them, especially cantaloupe, pears, peaches, nectarines, kiwi, everything I can get!. I try to eat mono-fruit which is about 3-4 pieces of fruit but usually I can only eat 2-3, depending on what it is. Sometimes, I’ll eat a mixed fruit salad but have found I can’t tolerate more than 2-3 types of fruit in the fruit salad. I have found though that I like to have at least one smoothie a day with 2 or 3 different fruits. It makes my craving for something creamy happy. When I eat “salsa”, it usually consists of tomatoes, mango, maybe a little red onion, cilantro and finely diced pepper. I know onion and pepper are not good for my stomach but for now, it helps me get past the cravings. I think of it as my transition food. I eat about every 4-5 hours or as I get hungry. I don’t really have a time table now except at work.

Does Utah have a good variety of fruit for you to choose from?

Utah isn’t the best place to get organic, nutrient dense fruit most of the year. They do have some great stone fruits like nectarines, peaches and also pears and apples. I like the late summer when I can get to the farmer’s markets but there just isn’t a great selection like in Miami, Hawaii and California where most raw vegans hang out. Most of my produce comes from the stores in my area. They aren’t optimal but it’s better than the alternative. I have been looking into a fruit club and online fruit sources but haven’t had much luck so far. I am hoping to find a place out of Florida that would be willing to ship for a lower price if I get a weekly or bi-weekly order. That is my goal.

Have you ever met anyone (not online) who eats just fruit?

I have only “met” one other person in real life in Cedar City, Utah back in 1996. From what I remember, she was healthy and slender. She had children and was pretty quiet and a good friend.

How long do you picture it taking before you are at you goal of 100% fruit? Do you have set time frame plans for getting there?

Pretty much, I’m working on 100% except the chips which will go here in a very short time. Other than that, I drink pure water. Right now, I have just decided that my health is more important that the lust for cooked food. Many years ago, I was an alcoholic. One day, I quit. I knew I was killing myself. I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about how long it would take; I just knew I had to do it. Each minute, each day. Pretty soon, I was alright. Then I quit smoking. Minute by minute, day by day. I think that works for me.I do know that I have to make sure I keep a good supply and variety of fruit available so I don’t have a reason not to eat right. I make frequent trips into pleasurable forays so I can choose something I really like. It seems to work for me. Also, keeping in touch with other Fruitarians such as on Kveta’s, Living Nutrition and IHeartFruit keeps me in touch with my goals.

Do you normally tell people how you eat? If so, what do you think is the most common question people ask you about your diet?

I only tell people I have contact with most everyday. No one else really understands. People get really uncomfortable talking about something they can’t comprehend. When someone asks me, I just tell them this is the diet that makes me feel better. I do come across some that ask about protein and B12. When someone wants to argue with me, I simply remind them that in this day and age, everyone has different ideas about nutrition and that by the way, how many people are obese, diseased and dying? Obviously, the excess protein is killing them, right? I should also mention here that in Fibromyalgia, which is the illness that has plagued my body in the past years, protein is one element that is not properly digested or utilized by the body. It is true in most cases that the body doesn’t need high doses of protein but in my case, it causes more damage. Eating extra vitamin C on the other hand, actually enhances my body’s ability to make Collagen and Prolein which I have been deficient in for many years. This is the reason that my skin and muscles are now healing. Awesome for me!

Truly awesome!! Do you have a favorite fruit?

Oh, I could go on here. I love berries and mangos. I can’t wait to try more tropical fruits such as mammies, sapotes, jackfruit, anything and everything. I want to try everything. However, I have heard about black sapotes (or chocolate fruit) and just can’t wait!

Can you recall the first time you ever tried any partiular fruit?

Mangos? I can’t really remember where…I think it was Hawaii. I found my real love of fruit in Hawaii where I could eat as much as I wanted. I really got sick the first week. But back to how it was to first eat mango? What a tasty, sweet, moisturizing, pleasant, sensual treat.

Where and how do you see yourself living and eating in 10 years from now?

100% Fruitarian, fruit from all over the world, what else? I don’t know where I will be. Life tends to take me where I least expect it.

How do you feel if people tell you that you must be crazy, and that you can't possibly survive eating the way you do??

What’s new? I’ve always been unique. As far as eating, I care how other people feel, but it’s not enough to make me change how I eat because it makes me feel fantastic! And, no one has a right to judge another person but what he or she eats or lives. We are all individual and our needs are individual. I also don’t believe that the diverse ways a Fruitarian eats should be subject to criticism. We have different levels of experience, resources, ideas, backgrounds, feelings, and needs. Some are militant, some ethical, some healthy minded, etc. Whatever our reason for eating fruit (and anything else like nuts, seeds, leafy greens or whatever), we should be keeping in mind that there aren’t so many of us on this Earth that we don’t need to stick together to support and nurture each other’s love of life and health because we are all headed in the same direction for the main part. Hey, we could all still be running down our dinner…..(yuk)!!!!

Peggy Critchlow Before FruitarianPeggy, do you have any photos you'ld like included with the interview, maybe some before and after fruitarian pictures?

I only have this older picture, one with cooked food in 2003. I can promise that I will get you a post fruitarian picture as soon as I have been fruitarian at least 6 months.

Thanks, I look forward to seeing that!! just send me one when you have it, and I'll include it here..

Finally, is there anything you'd like to add as words of encouragement to those that are aspiring toward Fruitarianism?


Don’t give up. Sometimes it takes years of repeated effort, trials and seemingly failed attempts (look at me!). Even if you go a way and come back to it, it’s not a failure. Who was it that invented the light bulb? Thomas Edison? It took him very many tries to get it right; he didn’t fail, he just found that many ways that weren’t the right way to make a light bulb. Same thing with eating Fruitarian. Read, share experiences with each other, learn, teach, share new types of fruit with others… maybe they don’t know about fruit. Simply adding fruit to someone’s diet will automatically improve their health, even if they don’t eat it all the time. Remember that being a Fruitarian involves love; love yourself, love others, love the sweet animals on this Earth (which is something that becomes more natural day by day as you become a Fruitarian) and love the Earth. Love and respect the fruit that nurtures and provides you with wonderful blessings… and also, thank the Creator who provided this awesome gift.

Mango, thank you for providing me with the opportunity to speak about my experience (and being patient in waiting for my response!). I hope it is satisfactory and helps you and others to understand about my experiences. Thanks for being a great source of inspiration to me all these years. Have an awesome, happy day. Hugs, Peggy

Thanks Peggy!

Hugs back to you!
Mango.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Useful Website - 21 - Check the load time of your blog or website.

Want to find out how long it takes to load your website or blog, and to pinpoint whatever it is that is potentially slowing down the load time..

Well, Here's a list of some websites and tools I've found that enable you to do just that:
  1. http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/

  2. http://www.iwebtool.com/speed_test

  3. http://www.selfseo.com/website_speed_test.php

  4. http://www.octagate.com/service/SiteTimer/

  5. http://www.websiteoptimization.com/services/analyze/


  6. Or, alternatively, if you use firefox, (or flock) you can install the following extensions to monitor the loading time of any webpage:
  7. Firefox extension - Yslow

  8. Firefox extension - Firebug

Anyone know of any other sites that do the same thing?

regards,
Mango.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Topsy-Turvy Wolrd - 11 - Religious(?) world Leaders

I started thinking about the worlds foremost supposedly spiritual world leaders..

And you know what..? I don't think any of them are vegetarian..

Which is odd, when you stop and think about it, because at the core of all religions, isn't there this driving force of "do no harm", love they neighbours, treat others respectfully, and thou shalt not kill..

The pope was recently here, visiting Sydney, for this crazy world youth day event, and I wonder how many hot dogs were served to the hungry religious masses that graced their presence for the occasion..

The Pope clearly has no respect what so ever for Gods creatures, but will most likely join in with the choir singing "all creatures great and small"..

Shoot, out of curiosity, I googled the Dalai Lama in an attempt to find out his eating habits, thinking that following the Buddhist principles to the key, as I had imagined there was a remote chance that he may, that there may perhaps be a slight chance that he had some compassion for animals, but alas, I discovered that even the Dalai Lama regularly eats flesh and doesn't appear to ask questions..

I got momentarily sucked in to trying to start a debate about that fact by responding to this guy Bill's comments here: (you'll need to scroll down the page to read my comments)

http://www.morinfamily.com:8888/blog/2007/06/13/1181751512264.html

When he didn't respond, I thought I'd offer him the chance to do so from his own blog:

http://digital-dharma.net/about-digitalzen/

But after a few futile attempts to engage him in a debate on Buddhist viewpoint of diet, he pointed out that I was wasting my time.. And consequently he deleted all my comments.. However, I recorded them before they got deleted:


  1. mango, on July 22nd, 2008 at 1:31 Said:

    Hi Bill,
    just like to draw to your attention that I replied to your comment here:

    http://www.morinfamily.com:8888/blog/2007/06/13/1181751512264.html

    peace,
    mango.

    Dear Mango,
    As regards His Holiness’ practice: that was his explanation, not mine. It is both non-judgmental and non-dualistic, and is the way I try to live my practice. Your choices seem to be different. That is none of my business.


  2. mango, on July 23rd, 2008 at 18:11 Said:

    Dear Bill,
    We live in a world that is full of judgment and dualism.. The Lamas choices are no more outside of this, than are my own, or yours..

    As for whose business publicly aired opinions are.. Well..they are publicly aired and shared..

    peace,
    Mango.

    His Holiness’ practice, and yours, are none of my business. If you think otherwise, that is your opinion, and none of my business either.

  3. mango, on July 24th, 2008 at 21:05 Said:

    Hi again Bill,

    I am expressing a view point.. that is all. If you post a comment on someone else’s blog, then you are expressing your viewpoint too..

    That is ok.. We are all entitled to express our opinions.

    I agree that my opinions are mine, yours are yours and the lamas are his..

    But what I don’t understand is your response that an aired opinion is “none of your business”, it looks like you are telling me that I should keep my views to myself as they have nothing to do with you..

    It seems that you yourself have been only willing to offer your own point of view to others despite the fact that you seem to believe that it is only “your business” what you believe.

    Peace,
    Mango.

    Dear Mango,
    You are not reading carefully. I said that His Holiness’ opinion is none of my business. I said that your opinion is none of my business. What has that to do with you?
    Namasté


  4. mango, on July 25th, 2008 at 17:46 Said:

    Dear Bill,

    maybe I need a lesson in logic..

    True, I may not be seeing things clearly.. This is what I see you saying:

    1. The lamas opinions are none of your business..
    2. My opinion is none of your business..

    Ergo.. I supposed.. (perhaps wrongly.. perhaps not).. that in your opinion, your opinions are “none of my business” (thus I should cease to discuss them?)..

    But if Dalai’s opinions are none of your business, why have you openly discussed what you believe to be his opinions and thoughts and actions? What has that to do with you?

    Peace,
    Mango.

    Perhaps we need to define “business.” I use it in the sense of a rightful concern or responsibility.

    Perhaps you can explain to me how His Holiness’ or your own opinions are any business of mine in that sense. Perhaps it is I who is missing something.


  5. mango, on July 25th, 2008 at 21:05 Said:

    Dear Bill,

    defining the words semantically, as you have partially done, I will agree with you that we ultimately take no responsibility for the actions of strangers.. In this case I carry no direct responsibility for yours or the Lamas habits.. Equally, neither do you, for his, or mine. And of course, he, for yours or mine..

    However, you did openly begin this debate by stating that:
    [The Lama] like most people who value human relationships over tradition, will eat meat if it is served to him in good faith.

    Now if you believe, as you state, that it is of no rightful concern of yours what he does or does not do, then why mention it in the first place?

    Indeed, why discuss anything at all (outside of yourself) if it is, as you believe, none of our business?

    I perceived you as an open guy, only too willing to share your opinion with others, and by doing so, I had assumed that you would therefore be open to discuss your views,and hear those of others..

    Perhaps I was mistaken.
    Peace,
    Mango.

    Dear Mango,
    This is pointless. I have no time for it. I will continue to post your comments, but I gave up sophomoric discussions like this more than 40 years ago, so you need not expect further from me on this subject. You must have something better to do; I know I have.
    Bill


  6. mango, on July 27th, 2008 at 4:52 Said:

    i was indeed mistaken
    peace,
    mango


Honestly, sometimes I am just soo good at wasting time, but I'd just love for there to be some way to communicate good ideas effectively..

I guess I really must learn to let go..

Hugs,
Mango

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Monday, August 11, 2008

List of Interviews with Fruitarians

There have been 39 believers in fruitarianism interviewed so far (although the 3 of the interviews have been deleted).. At least one more fruitarian interview is in the pipeline.. If you happen to know of someone else that would care to be interviewed, then please let me know.

1. Interview with Kiwi - 3rd February 2008
- Deleted by request of interviewee..
2. Interview with x - 7th February 2008
- 21 Year old male, from Portugal. Requested interview be deleted, 22/04/08
3. Interview with White Flame - 13th February 2008
- 32 year old male. Planning on cutting out food altogether and becoming breatharian.
4. Interview with Fruitbat Anne - 17th February 2008
    La même interview en Français. - 28th May 2009
- 42 year old fruitarian of 16 years, has 2 children raised as fruitarian.
5. Interview with Sarah Parker - 1st March 2008
- 31 Year old mother of 3.
6. Interview with Cappi - 9th March 2008
    La même interview en Français. - 3rd June 2009
- Nearly 4 year old boy, son of Fruitbat Anne (no. 4)
7. Interview with Suvine - 13th March 2008
- Young woman from the US, fruitarian for 3 years.
8. Interview with Pelagus - 23rd March 2008
- Young woman from France, - writer, activist.
9. Interview with Sun~Rose - 3rd April 2008
- Grandmother in the US - Author of book A Radiant Life
10. Interview with Julian - 11th April 2008
- 28 year old guy, living in Nicuragua.
11. Interview with Kveta - 20th April 2008
Oprah interviews Kveta - July 2010 (on kvetas blog)
Video Interview - December 2009
- born 1957 in the Czech Republic. - My partner.
12. Interview with Rob - 26th April 2008
- 39 Year old man, Living in Idaho. Used to be very overweight.
13. Interview with Rudolf - 6th May 2008
- 46 Year old guy from Munich, Living in Spain.
14. Interview with Life - 14th May 2008
- 36 year old guy from Tupelo, Mississippi, but located in Spring, Texas.
15. Interview with Fred - 21st May 2008
- Deleted as no longer considered trustworthy.
16. Interview with Jimmy Braskett - 3rd June 2008
- 42 Year old New York Musician.
17. Interview with John Rhodes - 11th June 2008
- Interview extracted from the Vegan Views website.
18. Interview with Pommegranite - 25th June 2008
- Female, age unknown. Mother of 2.
19. Interview with Richard Blackman - AKA Fruitarian one, or F1, or Jericho Sunfire.
Interview number 1 - 3rd July
Interview number 2 - 7th July
Interview number 3 - 12th July
20. Interview with The Annie Within - 25th July 2008
- Fruitarian in progress, grandma in US.
21. Interview with Manuel J Lugo - 5th August 2008
- 22 Year old Student living in Texas
22. Interview with Peggy Critchlow - 17th August 2008
- 47 and Living in Utah..
23. Interview with Kathrine Freeland - 26th September 2008
- 17 year old student living in Florida.
24. Interview with Hondo - 1st November 2008
- 30 year young guy, living in Georgia, US..
25. Interview with Petr Cech - 5th December 2008
- 34 year old Czech guy, living in Denmark.
26. Jamshed - 24th January 2009
- 40 year old friend of mine, currently in UK but headed for US.
27. Interview with Todd - 27th February 2009
- Born 1961, currently residing in southern Virginia, usa
28. Interview with Randall Gal - 14th March 2009
- 24.5 years of age guy, grew up in Ocala Florida, USA
29. Interview with Me (Mango) - 17th March 2009 (see 31. too)
- This is an ABC (Australian) radio interview with myself.
30. Interview with Cat - 28th March 2009
- 25 year old woman living in Vienna, Austria
31. Interview with Mango(me) - 29th April 2009 (see 29. too)
Oprah Interview with Mango - July 2010
Video Interview - December 2009
- Born 1961, living currently in Sydney, Australia
32. Interview with Darrick - 10th August 2009
- 39 year young guy from Oregon, US.. Currently living in Thailand.
33. Interview with Sandrine - 4th November 2009
- 30s something French girl, living in southern France.
34. Interview with Tord Lyseving - 3rd December 2009
- born in 1943 in the city of Luleå, northern Sweden.
35. Interview with Rob Lockhart - 25th May 2010
- born in Scotland, raised in New Zealand.
36. Interview with Jeff Atwell - 13th July 2010
- born in 1978 in Ohio, Currently living with wife and daughter in California.
37. Interview with Yann Fanch - 29th July 2010
- born in 1967 in Brittany, France.
38. Interview with Rejean Durette - 30th September 2010
- born in Canada, 1965.
39. Interview with Stacey Barrington - 6th October 2010
- born in 1969 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
40. Interview with Pom Vincent - 15th June 2011
- born in 1984 in the french province of Quebec, Canada.

If you believe in the 100% raw non processed fresh fruit fruitarian diet, (ie no animal products, no roots, leaves, seeds, nuts (including coconuts!) etc etc) and have serious intentions of getting there or already doing it, then consider being interviewed too..

- Just drop me an email or post a comment here, and I'll be in touch.

This list will grow as more fruitarian interviews are published.

Regards,
Mango.

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A little treat for readers in the US..

This handy little free service let's you type in a text message, and send it to a telephone number in the US..

The message will be read out by a robot..

Actually, can be used by anyone, anywhere, but only to phones located within the US..

http://www.abbyme.com/

Peace,
Mango
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Saturday, August 09, 2008

Topsy-Turvy World - 10 - The Health Industry

You've probably heard me say it before.. - that the medical industry is predominantly naught more than an institute of symptom bashers.. Whose intent is little more than too classify symptoms, and prescribe a toxic substance of some kind that will effectively "knock the symptom on it's head"..

They apparantly have little, to no, real clue to the real causes of human physiological discomfort, or dis-ease, and seem to be working under the logic that a headache is solely due to lack of aspirin intake..

Bizarre..

To say the least..

Now, I've mentioned before, too, (I believe it was somewhere in my journal), that we have this next door neighbour who is morbidly obese.. Some time ago, probably at least 3 or 4 months ago, I went for a visit, and proposed that I start making her a fresh juice daily..

Surprisingly she agreed to the proposal, and ever since then I have been making her a fresh juice every day.. mostly fruit based, but sometimes she has carrot, celery and tomato too.. I'd estimate, that she drinks more fresh juice than either Kveta and I do on the days when we just take juice and nothing else..

Of course, she is still eating all the other stuff she does, the breads and meats and beefy greasy fry up roasted stodgy winged things, which she somehow manages to prepare for herself..

But the juices are most definitely, without doubt, beneficial.. And despite the fact that she still overeats other stuff that clearly isn't helping her, she is happy to report that she has more regular bowel movements, she claims to be eating less as the juice replaces her inbetween meals, or some of them.. at least.. and the last 2 times she has been to hospital to be weighed, she has lost 2 kilograms (each time)..

OK.. she doesn't get weighed regularly, probably only once every 6 to 8 weeks, but 4 kilos weight loss is enough for her to understand that the juices are definitely a good thing in her life..

At the moment, she is sick with the flu, and pounding headaches.. She just got back from her doctor, who, ever-so-wisely (sarcasm naturally intended), prescribed her a course of antibiotics..

This together with whatever other medications she is on, and the occasional trips in an ambulance for heart or other obesity related dilemas she has inflicted upon herself, must be costing her, or someone, a small fortune..

The medical industry clearly has no desire for her to get better as she is undoubtedly one of their best customers..

This is soo sad.. and so wrong..

Kveta said to me the other day, that the neighbour should be paying me for making her juices.. That is the only thing she is doing that is genuinely helping her, and perversly enough, the only thing she is getting for free..

She (kveta) most definitely has a point..

Now, I'm presently not considering to charge her at this point in time, because I really would love for her to keep losing weight, and because money was never any part of the deal and I really see the juices as a positive good thing in her life..

But it does go to show once more, how blatantly screwed up so many things in this world truely are..

Peace,
Mango.
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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Durianrider Harley's new blog

Durianrider Harley now has a blog too..

So you can keep updated on where he's at, what he's up to..

Just click here:

HTTP://DURIANRIDER.BLOGSPOT.COM

And here's a little treat for you..

Harley talking about cravings in Penang, Malaysia:



Peace,
Mango.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Fruitarian Interview - 21 - Manuel J Lugo

21st in a series of interviews with fruitarians around the globe..

Hi Manuel!

Thanks for volunteering to be interviewed and for taking the time to answer some questions!

So, I gather you are a 22 year old student living in Texas right? What is it you are studying there


A Few months into itWell I was studying Finance, but I may change after I move. The university where I want to move to (Dominican Republic) doesn't offer Finance, so I'll more than likely study Mechanical Engineering.

Is that where you're from originally?

Not exactly. I'm from the Dominican Republic, but have spent most of my life here in Houston.

Is there anything you'd like to share that you consider relevant for us to get more of an insight into who you are?

Who I am is still an ongoing discovery. As of today, I am a being "digressing" to more of a simple, natural way of life. I understand the implications of living in society, so I abide by sociological standards, even though I don't agree with them, or find them necessary. I.E. school/work.

I am genuinely interested in just about everything. I find nature and the human body absolutely fascinating. I hope to one day achieve my mental and physical optimum.

Do you have a blog or web page we can read more about you?

No, but thanks to yours it's something that I am considering doing.

Well, if and when you do start one, please leave a comment here so we can check it out!!

What kind of diet did you grow up with? Maybe give us a rough idea of what you used to eat on an average day?

I grew up on the Standard American Diet. I ate just about anything that I could get my hands on, and anything that was free. As a college student I capitalized any time I could…haha. I didn't eat very often, but when I did I ate a lot. I would usually go about 6 hours between every meal, and fill myself to the absolute brim. Pizza, meat, pasta, beans were some of my favorites. I never ate fruit.

And fast forward to today, what does a typical day's meal plan look like for you now?

Fruit! Lol. I don't make much in terms of income right now, so I usually go for the cheap in season fruits. I'm big on Mangos, but include Watermelon, Peaches, Nectarines, Grapes, Cantaloupe, Papaya and sometimes Pineapple. A typical eating day would look like this:

2 Papayas
10 Peaches
10 Mangos
1 bag of grapes

I personally find this to be a lot of food, but I guess it's just what my body needs at this point in time. Maybe as I get cleaner, I'll require less. We'll see.

So, obviously you've made some big changes. Was it a slow progress from Vegetarianism, Veganism, raw food and Fruitarianism for you, or more of a sudden "Aha!" realization followed by overnight changes??..

It was a mixture of them all. The entire process took me about 7 months. My progression was based on what I was learning at the time. So the process began almost a year ago from now, beginning at letting go of meat, to going fruitarian. I was vegan for 6 months, Fruitarian the rest.

What sparked those changes/realizations?

One day the light bulb just went on. I had always struggled with certain bodily impurities, like acne, and have always had problems with my digestive system, pretty serious problems. So after dealing with that for so many years, I sought to find an explanation of why this was all happening. Low and behold, I found the answer to be my diet. Since I cleaned that up, I've experienced nothing but positive changes.

I know that you've been inspired by Richard Blackmans efforts, have you met the guy?

No I have never met him. But I am very inspired by everything he has accomplished physically, since I too would like to develop my body in a similar way. I'm also impressed at what he has been able to do with other people, considering the fruitarian concept is not generally accepted.

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Has anyone else in your family made such changes??

My mom dabbled in it a little bit. She basically thinks what I'm doing is some kind of weight loss diet, since I'm so thin. So she tried it a while ago, and soon after stopped.

What do your parents and the rest of your family make of your choice of diet?

They don't think it's healthy, and would rather see me eating a "more balanced" diet. I don't blame them really, I would have said the same thing a year ago.

Do you find it easy sticking to just fruit, or have there been times you've craved and binged on other, more dense, foods?

I initially found it very hard to overcome the social aspect of the diet. Whenever I would go out with friends or family, I would sometimes succumb to the peer pressure. As time went by, I became more and more comfortable with myself and my dietary choice. I think I am in a place now where it won't ever be an issue again. Other than that, I thankfully haven't suffered any cravings or other withdrawal symptoms.

Can you tell us a little about your health before and after the changes you've made? What about your weight, any major changes?

I've always been a generally healthy person, with the exception of a few quirks like acne and poor digestion. Since I changed my diet, I hardly ever get new onsets of acne, and my old scars are slowly but surely fading away. My skin and hair are now a lot smoother, and a lot more radiant. My body is much more efficient in the things that it needs to do, like regeneration and reparation. My workouts are more intense and my recovery time is shorter. My digestion is nearly perfect. The mental clarity is great!

My weight was never an issue when I began. I actually used to be too thin, and have since put on 10 pounds of what seems to be all muscle weight.

Do you know many (or any) other fruitarians?

Many? I wish, lol. I've never met any in person, but have read up on some on the internet. Aside from you and the people who post on your site, I count about one or two.

No other students that are curious? What do they generally make of your dietary choices?

I don't really mention it. I've told one of my friends about it, who thinks of it as some kind of fad diet that will pass along with the times.

Do you feel any needs to supplement your diet at all? (What's your view on supplements?)

I don't find them necessary. I don't think anything artificially created has any business in a natural organism. I don't believe, actually, that supplements even get ingested well in the human body. The body is so specific in the way it wants to receive its nutrition that most supplements just get rejected, or end up leaching other nutrients.

I'm confident that the evolutionary process got it right the first time, and that modern medicine really ISN'T the cure society thinks it is.

Are you happy with the choice and quality of fruit you are getting where you live now?

Not very much, no. A lot of the fruit I can afford here is imported from other, more tropical regions, which is usually picked green and transported in refrigerators. It's not very ideal. The fresh, local fruit is not very abundant, and sometimes expensive.

When I move to the DR, I hope be able to eat fresh, tropical fruit of the country, at very low prices. Should be a feast fit for a king!

What do you think is the most common question people have asked you, once they've heard you just eat fruit?

Of course, "But where do you get your protein???" lol. A question we've all heard one too many times. I also get the occasional Calcium and Iron questions.

How do you answer their questions?

2nd Most recent PictureI initially tried to explain it to them. You know, telling them about Amino Acids and everything else. And most of the time it just led me into an unnecessary argument. So I eventually just stopped responding.

Do you have a favorite fruit?

Well currently it's Mango. I really like Mango, but it's quite likely that it will change to something else as I get more exposed to different fruit. I heard Durian is pretty good, I'll see.

Do you get those easily enough where you are?

Yeah, they come in imported from Mexico. I've never actually tried a tree ripened Mango. So that will be something on my "to do" list when I move to the Caribbean.

Can you recall the first time you tried one?

Um… no I can't. But I've been enjoying them ever since.

Where and how do you see yourself living and eating in 10 years from now?

I see myself still eating fruit, but a lot less of it. I don't know exactly where I will be, but I hope that it's a place that I wasn't in a year prior. If I ever do decide to settle down, I will probably be in a place very close to the equator.

Do you think you could improve on your diet at all??

Do I think there is something beyond Fruitarianism? I don't know. I'm sure there are higher states of being, but I don't exactly know if it would be feasible for me. Fruit seems to be perfect.

Do I think I can improve on my diet within the realms of fruit? Sure. It wouldn't hurt to get a little more variety in. It also wouldn't hurt to eat fresh, chemical free, tree-ripened fruit. But let's not be too picky.

How do you feel if people tell you that you must be crazy, and that you can't possibly survive eating the way you do??

I find it amusing. Most people who react that way are usually people who have never done research into the subject. They seem to consider themselves experts on my diet, but are totally oblivious about theirs. Hopefully my indifference will motivate them to prove me wrong.

Finally, is there anything you'd like to add as words of encouragement to those that are aspiring toward Fruitarianism?

Keep at it. If it is truly something that you believe in, go after it and don't worry about what any one has to tell you. It's a tough journey, but you can find solace and support in us, the people who are right there walking along side you. Good luck!
...
Mango,
I wanted to thank you for the interview, but most importantly I wanted to thank you for your help and willingness to share all that you know, and your past experiences with us. It's quite difficult to do this alone, and you have offered a great amount of support to me. I wouldn't have come as far without guys like you. Thanks!
-Manuel
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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Useful Website - 19 - Search for something in 2 languages simultaneoulsy..

Here's a neat little search engine website..

It's google powered, and lets you search for something, (anything!), in 2 different languages at the same time..

Here it is:

http://www.2lingual.com/

Have fun,
Mango.
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Friday, August 01, 2008

Astrological Mango

I was born at 05:15 in the morning on the 1st August, 1961..

In Northampton, England..

Me, yesterday, standing next to a recently planted fruit tree..

The time now is 06:00 in the morning, 1st August, 2008 and I'm in Sydney, NSW, Australia..

Thus according to my calculations, allowing for the time difference between the 2 opposite sides of the globe.. I am.. I believe 10 hours and 15 minutes short of being 47 years young..

According to my astrological chart, I'm, I think, a triple fire sign..

Me, in garden, burying the compost..

Not that I understand or am even fully without skepticism toward such things..

Curious, and a little fascinated, maybe..

Leo's monthly predictions

Mayanwise I've been told I'm a blue electric dog (might not be correct!),

Yesterday, standing in front of 2 recently planted fruits..


and Chinese, I'm a buffalo (ox) with a metal element..

Enneagramically, I'm a number 5..

And if you are in to Iridology, then this is my left eye..

My Left Eye

I just eat fruit, and my favourite is most definitely the mighty durian..

Now do you feel you know me better?

Hugs,
Mango.

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