Monday, May 17, 2010

Frugivore Lifestyle

Artist Michelle Aslan has an excellent website about Frugivore Lifestyle. It's dedicated to providing information what it takes to succeed on a frugivore diet, which means eating mainly fruits and vegetables. Especially the articles there are interesting and useful to read.

Many of those articles can also be found in Michelleaslan's Blog.

She has also written a free online ebook for transitioning to frugivore lifestyle: Road Map.

Highly recommended!


Don Wiss said...

I read a couple of the articles. Nothing but junk science. Like only meat eaters are deficient in B12. And lots of silly information on why fat is bad. It is a completely unnatural diet. Humans have never been frugivores. Until we developed tools 2.5 million years ago (allowing us to kill and eat animals) we ate insects. The high protein and nutrition that they provide would have been needed for us to have developed into such brainy creatures.

Jakuko said...

Don please appreciate that this Frugivore Lifestyle is designed by an artist. It's based on her practical experience not theoretical science. Which is fortunate as most nutrition science is as junk as our food, a scam operation directed by big money and corrupted governments.

I agree carnivores are efficient killers of animals, who seem to enjoy all that potein and fat in good health, but all that nutrition has not allowed them to develop brains like ours. Humans are not carnivores, and eating meat makes us sick.

According to cardiologist William C. Roberts, it's not possible to produce atherosclerosis in a carnivore, but it's easily produced in herbivores by feeding them high saturated animal fat diet. Humans also can get atherosclerosis, so it would be logical to think we are also herbivores.

My hypothesis is that we are omnivores whose preferred food is fruits and vegetables. Frugivory is a common diet choice in nature: just look at maned wolf, fruit bat, and owl monkey. Orangutan is another mammalian frugivore whose diet is 65% fruit. The rest consists of green leaves, vines, bark, honey and insects.

Personally I'm not fond of insects, but I do enjoy eating raw natural fruits, vegetables, greens and honey. Give this a try Don and quit worrying about B12!

Anonymous said...

Meat consumption, in particular, is taken for granted as being a normal and healthful practice, and most people find the idea of giving up meat to be challenging, being as they are constantly inundated with meat consumption at restaurants and celebrations. Also, culturally the western nations are heavily involved with hunting and raising cattle, so meat eating is ingrained into the human psyche from a young age. In non-western nations as well, long traditions exist in terms of raising animals as livestock for meat consumption, or, as in the case of hunter-gatherers, hunting is considered to be an important part of daily life.

When we step outside the paradigms we have been raised with, however, we can look at the issue with a new perspective. By consuming meat on a daily basis, we are treating our stomach as a graveyard, or a repository for carcasses. The corpses of animals being deposited into the human stomach do not simply vanish once they pass our taste buds. Although we may not realize it consciously, the byproducts of decay seep into the bloodstream and body, wreaking havoc upon the organs and immune system.

These products of the grave, although temporarily stimulating, are
severe in their aging and degenerative effects. A grave misconception
exists in many peoples' minds that the human body is capable of
properly digesting and processing meat in a way that makes it possible
to extract the nutritive elements from it while neutralizing and
eliminating any toxic elements. Many people eat meat on a daily basis
because they genuinely desire to keep themselves as healthy as
possible, and they believe that eating meat is an important element in
maintaining health. There are are even those whose ethical orientation
and natural compassionate nature would lead them towards
vegetarianism, but they are frightened to deviate so drastically from
the world's paradigm. Culturally, there is a great deal of fear attached to the idea that without the protein found in meat, one will wither away or
become sick and weak. Meat is held up as the ideal source for energy
and strength, and other options, such as plant foods (such as hemp or
pea protein for bodybuilders), are not given very much importance, or
are treated as though they are inferior. The situation is complicated
by the fact that when a meat eater becomes a vegetarian, they will
inevitably experience some unpleasant symptoms due to the
detoxification the body will now be able to conduct as a result of the
move from denser, more poisonous foods to healthier, lighter foods.
Countless numbers of aspiring vegetarians have given up entirely on
the endeavor, fearing that the detoxification meant that they were
becoming ill due to a lack of meat.

One of the reasons for the misconceptions regarding animal flesh is
based upon a faulty understanding of basic human physiology. The human body is a very finely-tuned and balanced piece of biological
machinery, not a static, robotic closed system. Optimum digestion is
not based merely upon the deposit of nutrition into the stomach, but
rather upon the selection of foods that are most optimally aligned
with our biology. A common belief is that the consumption of animal
muscle will result in the building of human muscle, but this belief
fails to recognize the intense degree of strenuous digestion and
elimination that must take place to process and eliminate even the
smallest piece of meat. The meat must be broken down into its most
basic constituents, at a great effort by the body, before any of its
components can even begin to be utilized. While it may seem logical
that eating muscle would build muscle, this is a false assumption, and
fails to recognize the fact that breaking down meat requires a much
greater expenditure of energy than breaking down plant matter. Plants
offer far more accessible nutrition.

(A short preview from the article Meat consumption - Are meat eaters turning their stomach into graveyards? from the website Frugivorelifestyle)

baby crib said...

I think I also read some articles about this topic and I find it all the same. But this article is so unique among all the articles that I have read. Thank you for sharing this post.

Anonymous said...

don wiss: where can i find some real scientific help for nutrition? and im not talkin about those investigations financed by ronald mcdonald's medicine factory(witch are the investigations presented as real in our schools today)