Second Visit from Nyani

May 29th, 2009 11 comments

Visit 2, in which Nyani shares her favorite fruit with Steve.  

Steve sat on his porch again in the late May afternoon.  He wondered about Nyani and what her world was like.  He had thought a lot about her since the last visit.

This time Nyani came walking down the street in a white dress.  She said, “Hi Steve, you don’t need the translator stone anymore, it knows your imprint.”

“Does that mean I won’t hear any more of your beautiful native language?” Steve asked.  “It sounded almost Hawaiian. ”

“Oh, you will have the chance.  We have many languages on Fruitoka.  Even in the country I’m from, we have many regions, kind of like your Untied States of America.”

Steve laughed and said, “That would be the United States of America.”  

Nyani blushed quickly.  “Well, I’m just going on what I’ve seen.  Or, maybe that translator didn’t get your imprint right after all.”  They both laughed.

“You mean to tell me you’ve been traveling in other areas on this planet as well.”

“Of course”, replied Nyani.  “As you said yourself, I’m not exactly Alien looking.  Don’t you think I pass rather well as an earthling.”  She twirled around in her dress to show off the outfit.

“Very well,” Steve admitted.  

“I have been paying more attention to my food since you came last time.” Steve said.  “I haven’t made loads of changes yet.  But I am noticing that much of my food isn’t really alive.  I mean, most of it came from something alive, I think, but it’s been processed and combined until it’s pretty dead.”

“Well, in that case, I’ve got something very alive to share with you.  It’s my favorite fruit.”  Nyani opened her waist pack and pulled out a roundish fruit a little smaller than a softball.  The fruit was reddish with slight purple spots.  On the stem end of the fruit was a raised part about an inch high.  The stem was still attached.

Nyani said, “This is a Rutan.  It came from my own tree.  The taste is something like your dates.  It’s very sweet and rich, but it’s more juicy than a date.  Will you get a knife and and two spoons?”

Steve went inside and got what they needed, bringing out a plate as well.  

Nyani had Steve cut the rutan right down the center, revealing small seeds in a semicircle on each cut half.  “You can eat the seeds, but the peel is rather tough, so we just scoop it out with a spoon, ” she said.

As Steve let the sweet juicy flavor fill his mouth, Nyani said, “Raising food is more than growing enough food to fill your stomach.  Growing your own food is a spiritual process.  You convert starpower, or sunlight, into the vibrations that literally build your body and mind.  Tending fruit trees is something almost all of us do in Fruitoka.”

Steve wanted to see her planet, and thought about his upcoming visit.  If they had more fruit that tasted this good, he had yet another reason for going!  The rutan was rich and satisfying, and reminded him of some black grapes he had once eaten on a trip to California.  He could just feel that the grapes were more vital and powerful than other grapes he’s eaten.  The rutan was full of energy in a similar way.

Nyani’s voice interrupted his thoughts.  “Call upon the people of your planet to plant more fruit trees, and to eat more fruit to clear and heal their bodies and your planet.  I’ve got to go now, but I’ll see you soon.”

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Data on Fruit Production

May 28th, 2009 No comments

From Fruits of Warm Climates, by Julia F Morton

(Pounds per acre)

Bananas:  14000

Dates: 14000

Fig: 45000

Kiwi: 18000

Mango: 65000

Orange: 200000

Papaya: 35000

Pineapple: 70000

I’ve got some info from John Robbin’s book May all be Fed:

 

These numbers are pounds per acre:

 

Potatoes – 40,000

Onions – 40,000

Carrots – 30,000

Tomatoes – 50,000

Celery – 60,000

Beef – 250

Orange Mango Smoothie

May 27th, 2009 2 comments

Ingredients

2 ripe mangos
2 oranges 
3 bananas
1 cup water (or a few ice cubes)
Slice of lemon (if desired) 

Directions

Cut the mangos and scoop out the flesh into the blender.  Peel the oranges, take out the seeds, and add to the blender.  Add three bananas and blend into a super smoothie.  

Pour it into a glass and add a slice of lemon, if you want.

I like to use frozen bananas or a little ice to make a cool smoothie.  Really cold food is a shock to your body, but it’s OK to have your smoothie a bit cool.

For some other low-fat raw recipes, check out Frederic’s Raw Recipe DVD Series.  You get four free recipes right at the link above.  His recipes aren’t all fruit based but they are low fat, high produce, and tasty.

Try this Orange Mango Smoothie

Try this Orange Mango Smoothie

Related Web Resources (Green Links)

May 25th, 2009 No comments

Go Green, Get Lean

Kate Geagan’s website on the low-carbon footprint diet.  You can check out the free resources or order her book.

Seasonal Produce Guide

Try Field to Plate’s seasonal produce guide.  If you are in the US, choose your state and see what produce is in season.  Explore the rest of the site for some great food philosophy.

Local Harvest

Check out this site to find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area.  This is a US based site.

Ready.  Set.  Dive in to those melons!

Ready. Set. Dive in to those melons!

BioMimicry Institute

Use Nature as a mentor with the BioMimicry Institute.  Answer your own diet and ecology questions by asking nature.

California Rare Fruit Growers

Wow, check out the California Rare Fruit Growers.  Their motto is “Pushing the limits and the range of fruit growing worldwide.”  This website is for the planet, not just California.

Nutridiary

I used Nutridiary to get most of the nutrition facts on fruit that I used for this book.  Go try it out.  I mostly just use the “foods” tab.  If you want, you can use this site to track your meals, and to help you plan out your diet.

Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

So you want to save the planet and get free fresh fruit for your good efforts?  Join the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation.  Their goal is to plant and help others plant 18 billion fruit trees across the world.  Fantastic – check out their site.

Fruitabu

Fruitabu is a fun site that makes fruit snacks.  I recommend whole fruit except for rare occasions.  However, the Fruitabu site is very energetic and creative.  See their catchy video and you’ll be singing along with them, “Fruit to the People!”

The Fruit Pages

The Fruit Pages site is dedicated to getting you to eat more fruit.  They have a newsletter, info about all kinds of fruits, and ten reasons to eat more fruit.  They suggest five to nine pieces of fruit a day and I’d say that’s a great start for most people.

The Green Smoothie Blog

This fun site is very refreshing and has lots of recipes for you to try.  Fruits and green leaves go well together and this site inspired me.  Their purpose is “Getting You and Your Family Hooked on Healthy!”

Nyani’s First Visit from Fruitoka

May 22nd, 2009 82 comments

Visit 1:  This is Nyani’s first visit to Earth from Fruitoka.  In this visit she explores why we don’t grow our own food near our homes.  Note – This is a Story.

Attention:  Since this is Nyani’s first visit, I’ll provide a note of explanation here.  Fruitoka is a planet where the people live on a fruit-based diet.  I sent out a call for help from advanced planets and Fruitoka answered.  They sent a delegate to visit us.  Nyani is pronounced “Nigh-On-Ee”, with an emphasis on the “On”.

I arranged for her to meet an American named Steve.  Steve is a pretty average American with a wife and two children.  He eats the standard American Diet.  However, I’ve been briefing Steve on some of the food, energy, and political issues facing our planet.  

I wanted him to be (somewhat) prepared for Nyani’s visit.  Nyani was at first named Firty.  I held a contest to “Rename Firty” – this explains some of the comments on this page.

The Visit

Steve sat on his front porch as a young woman walked down the street towards his home.  She was thin, average height, with blond hair.  Steve thought she was quite pretty.  She walked up his sidewalk, smiled, then spoke for a few seconds in a beautiful language he could not understand.

Then she reached into a small bag tied around her waist, and handed Steve an oblong green stone about four inches across.  The woman said, “Hi Steve, I’m Nyani.  You should be able to understand me now.  The stone is a universal translator.  I just wanted you to hear a bit of my real language.”

Steve sat in shocked silence for a second, then replied, “You don’t look like you’re from another planet.  I expected someone a little more… different.”

“Well, Christopher may not have prepared you enough.  Our planet is near the star you call Procyon B.  We are 11.4 light years away, as you call it.  Our planet is slightly smaller than yours, about 24,000 miles around.  Our people look very much like you.  Fruitoka’s population is nearing ten billion.”

“Would you like to come in?”  Steve slowly asked.

“No, let’s stay out here.  I much prefer to be outside.  Where are all the people, by the way?  And where on earth are your food trees?  Christopher said that on your planet now most of the food is grown many miles from your homes.  I found this hard to believe, but it seems to be the case.  Tell me why?”

“Let’s go around to the back yard,” said Steve.  “We have some fruit trees, or food trees.”  As they rounded the corner of the house to the back yard Steve proudly showed Nyani an apple tree and a peach tree.  “There they are.”

“But certainly this can’t feed your family.”

“No, it doesn’t.  We get food from the store, but it comes from all over.  In our country a small percentage of the people grow lots of food for everybody else.  I think only 2 percent of the people now grow most of the food.”

“And you think this is a good situation?”  asked Nyani.  “How can your food be fresh?  How can it be ripe?  How do you get enough food into the cities before it loses its water content?”  Nyani looked very puzzled.  “We will have to plan a visit to Fruitoka so you can see our planet.”

“You mean me travel there?  Can I do that?”  Steve was starting to wonder what he had volunteered for.

“Of course you can.  As long as you can access the 7th dimension for the holojump.  We may have to work on your density level to reach the 7th.  It’s a higher vibration, you know.”

“Uhhh, yeah,” replied Steve, wondering whether the ‘density’ referred to his body or his brain.  He looked down sheepishly at his tummy, which hung over his belt more than he liked.

Nyani said quickly “Look, part of why I’m here is to show how things could be in your world.  We have a climate very similar to Earth, and we grow most of our own food very close to where we eat it.  I was told to keep this visit short so I wouldn’t overwhelm you.  It may take a few visits from me before you are ready for a trip.”

“You have some people even on Earth who love to grow food,” Nyani went on.  “More and more people are awaking and wanting to be healthy and be kind to your planet.  We will explore more about these people on other visits.  You, and everyone on this planet, can make a difference.  How you spend your money is one way you vote on what exists in your world.”

“Steve, for right now, start to look at your food and ask where it came from.  What is it made of?  When was it picked?  Where in the world, and in what soil, was it grown?  Good bye for now.”

As Steve waved feebly and muttered a good-bye, Nyani walked back down the street.

Give Yourself Clean Fuel

May 20th, 2009 5 comments

Main Idea:  A fruit based diet keeps your body running clean. 

I was amazed at the changes in my body when I switched to a fruit and tender greens diet. 

One of the first things I noticed was how clean my mouth felt after eating.  After eating fruit I usually finish my meal with some lettuce or celery.  This cleans my teeth even more. 

When I ate meat and cooked food, my mouth did not feel this clean.  Now, after eating, I just rinse my mouth with my homemade xylitol mouthwash and then floss if I need to.

Fruit Kids

Fruit Kids

 

Your teeth are in a softer state after eating.  I’ve read that it is best to wait 30 minutes or so after eating before brushing your teeth.  So I just rinse after eating and then brush later.  This way my teeth can remineralize and harden up before brushing.

Another benefit to eating simple fruits and greens is that your sweat will not smell as bad.  It’s really true.  Just give it a try for a while.  I’ve eaten meat and milk and spicy foods and my sweat was more “potent” when eating these foods.

With fruit your body simply runs cleaner.  It’s like using a clean fuel for your engine.

You’ll also find that the high fiber and water content of the diet keeps your bowels moving regularly.  When you do have gas, it won’t smell the same as it used to. 

Some people are embarrassed at having someone use the bathroom right after them, because of the smell.  Eating just fruit and greens will make it so you don’t have to worry about that anymore.

Don’t take my word for it.  Simply give the diet a 30-day test and see for yourself. 

Action Items: 

Experiment with some all fruit meals and discover how clean your mouth feels after.  Focus on how your body functions on this diet.  Notice your fresher breath.

Book Resources for Further Study

May 18th, 2009 No comments

Here is a list of book I’ve researched for info about fruit, diet, ecology, and feeding the world.  In the comment section, please list related books that you’ve read.  We can help educate each other.

May All Be Fed:  Diet For A New World, by John Robbins.  John shows that a meat-based diet directly contributes to world hunger.  He also wrote Diet For A New America.

The 80/10/10 Diet, by Douglas N. Graham.  Doug has lived on a fruit based diet for years, and is a lifelong athlete.  He has coached elite athletes from around the world. 

The China Study, by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II.  Based on the huge China Research Study, this book shows the benefits of a plant-based diet.  You can dramatically reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. 

Gorgeously Green

Gorgeously Green

 

 

Gorgeously Green, by Sophie Uliano.  Sophie speaks specifically to women in her highly rated Eco-Diet book.  Her subtitle is “8 Simple Steps to an Earth Friendly Life”.

Go Green, Get Lean, by Kate Geagan.  The subtitle is “Trim Your Waistline with the Ultimate Low-Carbon Footprint Diet”.  Kate has some super info on eco-friendly food choices.  She is from my home state of Utah.    

Quote from Go Green, Get Lean:  “If your diet consists of lifeless, heavily processed and refined foods, odds are you, too, will feel lifeless.  On the other hand, if your diet includes lots of vibrant foods teeming with nutrition and enzymes, you too will feel more vibrant and alive.  It’s that simple.”

The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan.  Michael explores the roots of the food system in America.  He finds that thousands of our food “products” are all made from corn!  It gets scary from there, but I’ll let you read it yourself.

Edible Forest Gardens, by Dave Jacke.  This book is not a really easy read.  Dave explains the benefits of growing with a polyculture (many plants) rather than a monoculture.  This particular book is for temperate climates, although forest gardens work for tropical climates also.

Hope’s Edge:  The New Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappe and Anna Lappe.  Frances wrote the first Diet for a Small Planet 30 years ago.  This time Frances and her daughter Anna travel the world looking for grassroots food movements.  They find many, from Brazil to Bangladesh, that will put Hope in your heart.  

 

Create Less Garbage

May 15th, 2009 No comments

Main Idea:  A fruit based diet (fruits and tender greens) leaves much less garbage in the world.

You will be amazed at how little garbage you produce when on a fruit diet!  In fact, we hardly ever fill our garbage can up. 

We could put out our garbage can only every other week, except for one thing.  We gave the garbage man some Christmas treats one year.  Now he will come to our house even when our garbage can isn’t out, and wait until one of the boys runs it out to the street!

Fast Food Garbage

Fast Food Garbage

Processed food comes in lots of boxes and containers.  This packaging fills up our garbage cans and fills up our planet. 

Our landfills are overflowing.

Don’t take my word for it.  Look through your trash and see how much of it comes from processed food and drinks.

I drink all my fruit smoothies out of one glass mug, which is easily rinsed out to use again and again.

To bring my groceries home, I use three of those recyclable tote bags that I can use over and over.  Most of the stores where I live sell these bags by the checkout counter.  Some of the better stores even give me a dime off for every bag I bring in!

Think of the benefits.  Your changes in this area will add up.

I read that McDonald’s sells 2 billion burgers a year.  That’s about 75 per second.  Each one is wrapped in paper and put in a paper bag along with a few paper napkins.  Fast food makes a lot of garbage.

Fruit has earth friendly leftovers

Fruit has earth friendly leftovers

Eating fresh fruits and greens does leave a lot of peels and seeds and stems.  But you can compost these.  The leftovers are good for the earth.

Action Items: 

Shop in the produce section and fill your cart with fresh living food.

Bring your own canvas tote bags to the store for your groceries.

Compost your organic leftovers back into the soil.

Provide All Your Protein Needs

May 12th, 2009 9 comments

Main Idea:  Our bodies thrive with ten percent protein or less.  Fruit and green leaves provide all the amino acids we need to build our bodies.

John Robbins is the author of May All Be Fed.  In his book, John shows study after study showing the health dangers of a high protein diet.  High protein intakes are linked to osteoporosis.

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To get enough protein, eat enough fruit. SunStarPhoto.com

 

Dr. T. Colin Campbell wrote The China Study.  The China study was one of the largest research projects in the world.  The study showed that high protein intake leads to increased cancer rates.

Dr. Campbell says that we need only 5 to 6 percent of our daily calories coming from protein to build and repair our bodies.

Douglas Graham is the author of the 80/10/10 Diet and is also a lifelong athlete and coach.  He says that even for athletes and bodybuilders, ten percent protein is still plenty.

Tim Van Orden is a runner who lives on a fruit based diet and is doing extremely well.  See his website at http://RunningRaw.com for videos and race results.  He just turned 40 at the time I’m writing this book and he’s winning races!

Tim is an inspiration to me as I’m a mountain runner myself.  I hope to race with him soon.  I’m a couple years older than Tim.

Fruit and green leaves will provide you with all the protein you need.  See some figures below.  These figures are from Nutridiary.com, which gets most of their date from the USDA Nutrient Database:

Apricots  - 10% Protein, 6% Fat, 84% Carbohydrate                      

Bananas  - 4% Protein, 3% Fat, 93% Carbohydrate                 

Cucumbers – 15% Protein, 5% Fat, 80% Carbohydrate

Oranges  - 7% Protein, 2% Fat, 91% Carbohydrate

Peaches  - 8% Protein, 5% Fat, 87% Carbohydrate

Lettuce   – 24% Protein, 13% Fat, 63% Carbohydrate

Papaya - 6% Protein, 3% Fat, 91% Carbohydrate

Strawberries - 8% Protein, 8% Fat, 84% Carbohydrate

More protein is not better.  Human mother’s milk is just 5 to 7 percent protein and that is for a rapidly growing infant!

Don’t take my word for it.  Do your own research into the protein issue.  You will find that a diet of varied fruits, a few vegetables, and leaves will meet all requirements.

Why then do so many people think we need to eat more protein?  The answer is simple.  The meat and dairy industries spend millions on advertising to make us think we need more protein.

Action Items: 

Eat just fruits and greens for 30 days while exercising regularly.  You will get enough protein to build muscle.

When you hear an “expert” claiming we need high protein, track down the source.  Most often, the source will be linked to the meat and dairy industries.

Swine Flu Transferred

May 7th, 2009 5 comments

Here’s how Swine Flu is Really Transferred.  So, don’t do this.

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