I eat about 90% of my calories from fruit. The other 10-15% come from vegetables, all raw of course. I don’t eat nuts or seeds almost ever and for this reason I easily find the best definition of my diet as Fruitarianism. The longer I eat this way the more and more I just eat fruit, soon I think I will only eat fruit if I continue to have optimal health.
There are endless benefits from eating a Fruitarian diet, and I continue to notice new ones all the time. Some of the most immediate benefits that I noticed in the first few weeks were the following:
Body odor: I literally did not have a smell. My clothes at the end of the day didn’t have an odor.
Skin/hair: I noticed that my skin and hair were not oily; my skin was not dry, either.
Body fat: I lost considerable body fat in the first few weeks, yet my energy level was very high.
Vision: My sight was sharper; I could see better at a distance. I actually noticed this very real change.
Mucus: I didn’t have any mucus in my throat or nose; my sinus passages were extremely open.
Digestion: I wasn’t ever tired after a big meal (of fruit), as I always experienced when eating cooked food.
Ear wax: I noticed that when I cleaned my ears after a shower, almost no wax was present anymore.
Smell: My sense of smell improved. Cooked-food smells became highly intensified.
Taste: I noticed improved sense of taste; I was more sensitive to small differences in the same type of fruit.
Nails: My toenails used to have flaky scaling; my nails become very clean and and new looking.
Illness: When my kids and wife were ill with viral colds, I didn’t notice any cold symptoms as I was expecting.
Lighter: When I woke in the morning I would feel light when I got out of bed, fresher.
Elimination: Bathroom visits became fast, efficient, and effortless.
Exercise: I almost immediately saw improvements in my running efficiency; I was running faster.
Sweating: My sweat did not smell. When sweat would go in my eyes it did not burn, nor did it taste.
Teeth: I did not have a film buildup on my teeth like I normally experienced on my old diet.
Cravings: I stopped having the intense feelings of I have to eat something now! Strong hunger stopped.
Simplicity: Mentally I freed up a large part of my day that normally was devoted to planning meals.
Mental clarity: I absolutely noticed that I no longer daydreamed or had any brain fog at work.
Positive attitude: I noticed that my personality and mood became very stable.
I noticed these many small but very significant changes soon after adopting a strict Fruitarian diet. More substantial changes continue to occur in my health and athletic abilities the longer I maintain this diet and lifestyle.
Michael Arnstein is a fruitarian.