Fruitarianism: An Interview With Loren Lockman

 1. What is a Fruitarian?

Lockman: “A fruitarian is someone who eats a fruit-based diet. Honestly, I don’t usually use the term because it’s not “scientific and so doesn’t have any accepted meaning; some people think it means only fruit and others think that it can include leafy greens, nuts and seeds, etc. Our closest primate relatives are “frugivores” and this is the term that I usually use to describe myself. A frugivore is an animal that eats a fruit-based diet (just as a carnivore may occasionally eat things besides flesh) a frugivore’s diet does indeed include leaves, nuts and seeds, and can include insects and even some flesh in nature; obviously, as a vegan, my diet includes no animal products at all.”

2. What inspired you into this lifestyle?

Lockman: “I became very ill within 6 months of college and got worse with 3 years of medical care. At that point, I went back to conventional nutrition as I had started to study it at 15 and reasoned that maybe it could help me. I quickly realized I was doing everything that it told me I should be doing and was still sicker than anyone I knew. I then reasoned that nutrition had to make a difference to health and so the issue had to be with conventional nutrition. I sought to determine what was actually natural to my body as I had an inherent life-long trust of nature and believed (and still do!) that nature held all of the answers. I became aware that every species had a natural diet and so my quest was to determine what was natural for humans; I quickly realized that what was natural for our closest primate relatives is also natural for us and in fact, our digestive tracts have changed very little and are nearly identical to those of the chimps and bonobos…”

3. Why is being a Fruitarian better and healthier than being a vegan?

Lockman: “First of all, eating a fruit-based diet is better than a standard vegan diet because an optimal diet is much better defined by what it includes rather than by what it removes. In other words, removing animal products in no way means that a diet is optimal. I got sick living mostly on pizza and beer and one could continue eating vegan pizza and beer; or nothing but vegan junk food. So while it’s true that animal products aren’t very good for us and will invariably lead to disease, processed vegan food is also not very healthy. So to make a diet as healthy as possible for our bodies, it must not only avoid animal products and processed foods, it must only include those things that our bodies are actually adapted for: fruits and soft, tender leafy greens.”

4. What are the health benefits?

Lockman: “The health benefits are a higher level of health and vitality in every way; more vital, more vibrant, clearer mind, better functioning body, more balanced, more calm, faster recovery time after exercise or injury, more resistance to being sick, ability to detoxify in real-time on an ongoing basis, etc. Honestly, the differences are so enormous that it’s not even possible for the average person to really grasp how much better they could feel until they’ve experienced it.”

5. What are the possible side effects?

Lockman: “Simply changing one’s diet to a diet that is invariably much higher water and fiber than one is used to will often create some digestive-system upset initially as the body begins to rehydrate and move old material. Similarly, there may be other symptoms that can occur as the body begins to cleanse and heal much faster on a fruit-based raw vegan diet than it ever did before. Many people don’t realize that symptoms are always evidence that the body is attempting to cleanse and heal and so imagine that the symptoms mean that there’s a problem with the diet, but this is not so. Once the body is truly clean and efficient (achieved much more rapidly via water-only fasting both long-enough and properly) there is no comparison to how it feels on an optimal fruit-based raw vegan diet versus any other diet.”

6. What is the Tanglewood Wellness Center?

Lockman: “Tanglewood is the world’s largest dedicated water-only fasting center where over the last 22.5 years we’ve guided more than 5000 clients from more than 110 countries (including dozens of Israelis) through water-only fasts averaging 26 days.”

7. What is water fasting and it’s process?

Lockman: “Water fasting (more accurately called, ‘water-only fasting,”) is the process of resting completely while sipping water for a period of time so that one’s body can use all of its energy to cleanse and heal itself.”

8. How do you encourage and inspire your clients at the wellness center?

Lockman: “ I use a multi-fold approach to encourage and inspire them:
A) I teach them the principles so that they truly understand what’s possible
B) I share many case histories with them so that they can see examples of people who have gotten the results that they wanted for themselves, and
C) I model the behavior for them, being a living example of the principles in action”

9. For someone who is considering adopting a fruitarian lifestyle, how would you recommend they get started in a safe manner?

Lockman: “One can simply change to a fruit-based diet with no danger. And if they prefer, they can also begin to modify their diet little by little rather than changing everything at once.”

10. How do you handle vitamin deficiencies and would you say that this lifestyle choice is “extreme” and not recommended for everyone?

Lockman: “ Nothing contains more vitamins than fruit and soft, tender leaves, and more important than vitamin (and overall nutrient content) is nutrient availability. Each species has a digestive tract specifically adapted to their particular diet and eating anything else will never come close to meeting their body’s needs as well as their own species-specific diet. In one study which demonstrates this, they gave human subjects a measured quantity of kale. They determined how many “vitamin A equivalency units” were available from the kale (the amount of beta carotene that could be converted into vitamin A in the body) and then measured to see how much was actually absorbed. At a later date, they gave the same subjects a measured quantity of papaya and again, calculated how much vitamin A could be made in the body from the beta carotene that the specific serving contained and then compared it to what was actually absorbed by each person. On average, the subjects got twice as much vitamin A from the papaya as they did from the kale even though the kale contained twice as much beta carotene, meaning that it was 4 times easier/more effective to get vitamin A from the papaya then from the kale. This clearly demonstrates that it is Not about how much of a nutrient a substance contains, but rather, how easily the body can absorb it and each species invariably does best with the natural diet that it’s body is particularly adapted to.”

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Did You See ASU’s New Sustainable Gear?

Precisely for this, it’s exciting to see Arizona State University flaunt their sustainable uniform by adidas America in their game against UCLA in Pasadena, CA. The set of all-white new uniforms for 2019 use little dye and are made of adidas’ Econyl Yarn. The only gold that might appear will be on the palms of the gloves.

The sports industry’s need to transition to sustainable gear, products and operations is just as necessary as any other industry. Given the passion of the fans for their sport and favorite team, the sports industry can actually become the leader in sustainability and inspire their fans to follow. With the new Game Changers documentary out on Netflix, athletes can become a crucial player in changing the stigma around a plant-based lifestyle and the stereotype for a “manly” man should eat.

We want to see more sports teams feature sustainable gear, encourage their athletes to eat vegan, and offer plant-based food stands at their games.

Change is coming and we hope the sports industry will take the lead on this pressing climate challenge.

Did You See ASU’s New Sustainable Gear ?  was originally published in VeganNation on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Extinction Rebellion Leader Calling out the Economy

Phil Kingston, an 83 year old veteran activist, is calling out corporations, banks, mainstream media and the government.

In his speech Phil says “there is in Britain, and worldwide, the suppression of an essential debate: it is the relationship between the economy and the destruction of earth. It is effectively kept off limits by, first of all, the people who must run the economy financial and commercial top interest and they are supported by the mainstream media almost entirely and sadly, terrible sadly, they are supported by almost all politicians.

As a software engineer programming a new economy, I could not have agreed more. As a cryptocurrencies programmer I view money as the DNA of a society; the way the money is programmed will determine the manner in which people behave. We see this phenomenon with the fiat money system of winners and losers, nature being on the losing end while fossil fuels and the animal agriculture industries being on the winning end.

We need a new currency constellation that assigns value to all living things, rainforests included. We need to stop seeing natural resources as treasures to be exploited by the strongest or most powerful.

Phil continued his powerful speech by saying “the belief that we can have never-ending growth is still being pushed ahead by all parties even though it is such that the mess we’re in. I was in the idea that being a consumer was part of my security. That’s gone a long time ago”.

I am calling upon all Extinction Rebellion and Animal Rebellion members to transition to the new sustainable economy, an economy that is distributed around the globe and is not controlled by a government or central entity. That is how we bring down the monster and stop this evil machine propelling us to our deaths.

For the sake of humanity, let’s unite!

Extinction Rebellion Leader Calls Out The Economy was originally published in VeganNation on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Global Climate Strike

Drastic times require drastic measures. The time to disrupt is now. Mass awakening is happening. Don’t be a follower, be a trendsetter!

I’ve been binge-watching Greta Thunberg all weekend. Following her work in the USA reaffirmed what I already knew — it does not matter your age, race, job, sexual orientation or religion — we can all do SOMETHING to help the planet.

The Green Revolution is upon us and many micro raindrops can create a storm. It is time for every person to join arms with the Global Climate Strike and do our part in forging a cleaner and more sustainable future.

This Friday, millions of school children are taking to the streets to protest the calamity of climate change and the inaction of governments and banks all over the world. This protest is to get the world’s biggest polluters to start paying. The time to clean up our oceans and rehabilitate our forests was yesterday. Find the strike happening near you here.

If you are wondering what you can do, you’d be amazed by the plethora of options available. The first and biggest step you can do in saving the planet is by going vegan and here is a vegan calculator to help you see how much you save the world by going vegan. I have been vegan for 3 years and according to the calculator I saved over 1.2 M gallons of fresh water, 43,000 lbs of grain, 21.9 lbs of CO2, and over 1,000 animals. These are staggering numbers!

Next, evaluate your travel habits; try to fly less and take trains and busses more. When you look for vacation destinations, consider some of these sustainable hotels.

My final tip of the day is to ditch government money. Government and bank controlled money is subsidizing the world’s most destructive industries and it is printed with animal products. Now, with the rise of digital currencies, is the time to start using them. 

VeganCoin is the only digital currency on the planet that is saving the amazon rainforest. If you want to join the sustainable new economy, click here.

Let’s come together in preparation for the global strike for the climate and take these steps in helping mother earth!


Global Climate Strike was originally published in VeganNation on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.