Okay, so full disclaimer, I wasn’t actually Fruitarian for a week. I did have the best intentions though; I originally planned to do it for a full seven days, but unfortunately that just didn’t happen for me. Perhaps foolishly, I told everyone (maybe bragged a little) that I was only going to eat raw fruit for 7 whole days and I was strong enough to do it…so it was quite embarrassing to tell them I’d given up a mere 24 hours later. Yes, you read that right, 24 hours. I gave up after 1 day but I’m not ashamed.
Fruitarianism is hard work. Much harder than I thought it would be. I thought It would be a walk in the park; I’m already vegan and I eat so much fruit and veg already. And veg…that was my downfall. I eat SO much fresh vegetables on a daily basis, fruit, not so much. I usually have a banana in my protein shake, a handful of berries, maybe some nuts, but that’s pretty much it. It’s also worth mentioning that I am a high carb vegan and I eat a LOT. When I say a lot, I mean a lot so just eating fruit was never going to cut it…unless of course I ate 30 bananas a day, which to be honest didn’t seem that appealing.
The fruitarian diet consists of 50-75% fruit and roughly 25% nuts and seeds. I thought that would be pretty easy, I could eat a high volume of fruit and I would be fine, I didn’t know that there were strict rules involved. In the fruitarian diet, there are five food groups which cannot be mixed; Acid fruits- citrus, pomegranates, strawberries, Sub Acid- apples, raspberries, blueberries, mangoes, Sweet Fruits- bananas, melons and grapes, dried fruits- figs and dates (with no added sugar) and oily fruits- coconuts and avocados. This information blew my mind and quite honestly, I just couldn’t get my head around it. Some Fruitarians choose to only eat one type of fruit at a time, for example you can eat as many strawberries as you want at a time, but you need to then wait 45-90 minutes until you can eat a banana…because it’s a different fruit group. No, just no, I wasn’t prepared for this much structure. I just fancied eating a bit of fruit, seeing what happened, hopefully I’d get super lean and be all detoxed. Nope.
I have pretty severe stomach issues, and I’m prone to migraines, so raw fruit is a big no no for me (how I forgot this teensy fact, and why I decided to be a Fruitarian for a week, I have no idea!). After my lunch, which consisted of; a whole honeydew melon, half a pineapple, 1 banana, 1 kiwi fruit, a handful of nuts and some dried cranberries, I was feeling a little worse for wear. I had a serious sugar headache, my energy levels dropped massively and it was like I could feel the fruit irritating my intestines (gross, sorry about that). This only got worse as the day went on, it was like I was in a sugar coma, I couldn’t keep my eyes open and I could barely hold a conversation.
Now, I’m not saying you will have this severe reaction to only eating fruit for 24 hours. What I am saying is, know your own body and don’t take on a fad diet without doing lots of research first. I’m not saying Fruitarian is a fad, lots of people take on this lifestyle and stick to it for multiple years, I just didn’t research or plan enough. There is limited information on the internet surrounding Fruitarianism and I found it very difficult to put an appropriate meal plan together that would work for me, I guess I took this on on a bit of a whim.
So lesson learnt, I will continue to experiment with my diet to see what works best for my body…but maybe I won’t be as extreme next time. Everyone is different and although I truly believe that Plants are simply the best when it comes to powering your body, you need to ensure you are getting all of the nutrients you need, have a meal plan in place, have lots of varied food ideas and you truly understand the concept of what you’re undertaking.
I’m told that going Gluten Free or Low Fodmap could help my stomach issues, so watch this space for my takes on that…hopefully I last a lot longer on those than I did on Fruitarianism. Eating just fruit REALLY isn’t that easy.