Am a happy Fruitarian ..😊💕

When I published Eat Drink and be Merry 🥗😂🍷😂 Swapnal commented that she would love to know my views on being a vegetarian/vegan and my journey. This post is in response to that ..

Born : December 1948

Turned Vegetarian : January 1994

Turned Vegan (almost😊) : November 2006

Off medication ever since

I wasn’t happy with eating non vegetarian food for a long time but couldn’t leave it due to family and social circle. Thank God it happened finally in 1994 and am so glad it did. And decision was more from a moral point view. And I was the only vegetarian in the family for a long long time!

My foray into diet and self care began with my wife’s sickness. She started to have some health concerns in early this millennium and through a friend came to know of Dr. Venkat in Mumbai. In 2004 she started to follow more raw and vegan diet. Family supported her.

In 2006 she was diagnosed with IPF, a degenerative disease, for which there was no cure in allopathy.

At that time the only hope was the diet she was following. Knowing that there was no cure in conventional medicine, I decided to check out Dr. Venkat for myself.

So one fine day I and Anita, my wife, landed up in her consultation chambers. While waiting for our turn I spotted some good books in her collection; Osho (who I was very fond of) and the biggest surprise- Autobiography of a Yogi!! I said to myself – we are in good hands 👏Later Doctor Venkat told me that she had helped set up the kitchen and diet in YSS Dakshineshwar Ashram.

I understood her holistic approach to life and healing but to understand it more, both of us enrolled for the 9 weeks course THAC used to conduct.

At that time in 2006 I had already had lot of knee pain for 2-3 years and wasn’t able to walk up a flight of stairs. This was hereditary; my mother and sisters all had it. My sisters had gone through knee replacements. And I had thought in due course I too shall have to go for knee replacement. I also had an enlarged prostrate. Not too enlarged for an operation, though.

We used to have one class a week and we were taught many things and given one big life style change action in each class. One week it was start fruits early morning and no sugar. One week it was no salt and another no dairy and so on. By the end of the 8th week I was amazed that my knee pain had completely gone😇 I was so thrilled that if a hereditary disease could be cured in a few weeks Anita too will get well (But life and death are not in our hands. God alone🙏) Later my prostrate too came in control.

Since then I have recommended this life style change to many with very good results.

Can’t thank Dr. Venkat enough for this gift to me.

I am not 100% vegan. I do take a spoon or two of milk in my tea and desserts 🍨 😂

MY LEARNING FROM DR. VENKAT and my OWN EXPERIENCE :

For optimum health, other than regular exercise and positive thoughts, food is of vital importance. We need to make life style changes and not just a short term diet plan. Diet plans never work in the long run.

Body is composed of about 70 trillion cells. And each cell has supreme intelligence, God’s intelligence. We need to give the body right environment and it self heals. Body needs to be alkaline, ph 7+ and not acidic. Acids corrode bones and joints breed germs and bacteria. Some acid is required but body needs to be more alkaline.

Sugar, salt, dairy products, fried things, white flour… Leave acidic residue. And around the age of three body stops producing the enzyme that digests milk.

Fresh fruits, Veges and dry fruits and nuts are healthy, filled with nutrients and leave alkaline residue.

Therefore we need to create balance : Raw – live food and cooked food. Cooked should also be mostly steamed and slow fire for best results. Pressure cooked, micro waved food is dead food. It will fill the stomach but there are no nutrients.

Basic diet, life style change is :

Fruits in the morning, lots of fruits – seasonal and regional. Fruits are to be taken on empty stomach – in the morning or three hours after a meal.

No tea, no coffee first thing in the morning. Start the morning with a glass of water – to be sipped and never gulped. You could take one fresh lemon juice with this glass of water, preferable warm water; or a lime shot after lunch and dinner. Lime shot is equal amount of water and lime juice.

An hour after water one can start with fruits. If tea or coffee is a must then take it after having some fruits.

Whole of life is cyclic. So are body cycles. The three processes : digestion, absorption and elimination are happening all the time but one cycle is predominant at one time. Morning 4-12 is the elimination cycle. Noon till 8pm is digestion and 8-Mid night it absorption.

And the first and most important function of every cell in the body is digestion.

That is why we eat fruits in the morning on empty stomach. They are predigested and don’t impede the elimination process.

And that is why we shouldn’t eat heavy meals at night and should eat early.

Eat small portions regularly; every 2-3 hours. And if you are the two meals a day type – so be it. Learn to listen to your body.

Big salad with lunch and dinner. Fruits or nuts in the evening.

Dinner as early and as light as possible

If non veg food has to be taken then take it with greens and salads. Not with carbs. Proteins and Carbs together make digestion difficult.

There are 21 meals in a week. Make 15-16 meals perfect (in the beginning do attempt more😊)

Others maybe for taste or going out or party etc.

Balance is the 🔑

With this life style change : Other than optimum health you will come to optimum weight too.

And you shall never have to go to docs and take any medication 😊

Body is a self healing mechanism…..

Rest and diet cures …

And Care is better than Cure 😊

Reference reading: Fit for Life and Fit for Life not Fat for Life by Harvey Diamond

  • NATURAL LIVING :

Sri Yukteswar Giri has described this beautifully in his book The Holy Science. This small booklet has wisdom of the ages 🙏🙏

Natural or Unnatural Living depends upon the selection of :

Food

Dwelling

Company.

To live naturally, lower animals can select these for themselves by the help of their instincts and their natural sentinels placed at the sensory entrances — the organs of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. With Humans in general, however, these organs are so much perverted by unnatural living from very infancy that little reliance can be placed on their judgements. Yukteswarji says that to understand, therefore, what our natural needs are, we ought to depend upon observation, experiment, and reason.

BODY ORGANS

Observation of teeth tells us that humans have teeth similar to those of ‘frugivorous’ and not carnivorous, herbivorous, or omnivorous animals. In the frugivorous all the teeth are of nearly the same height; the canines are a little projected, conical and blunt. The molars are broad topped and furnished at the top with enamel folds to to prevent waste caused by their side motion, but not pointed for chewing flesh.

By Observations of digestive canal we find that the bowls of the frugivorous animals are 10 to 12 times the length of their body; their stomach is somewhat broader than that of the carnivorous and has a continuation in the duodenum serving the purpose of a second stomach.

By Observation of the natural tendency of Organs of Sense – the guidepost for determining what is nutritious- by which all animals are directed to their food, we find that when the carnivorous animal finds prey, he boldly seizes the prey and greedily laps the jetting blood. On the contrary, the herbivorous animal refuses even his natural food, leaving it untouched, if it is sprinkled with a little blood. Similarly with frugivorous animals we find that their senses always direct them to the fruits of the trees and field.

In people of all races we find that their senses of smell, sound and sight never lead them to slaughter animals; on the contrary they cannot bear even the sight of such killings. Can flesh then be considered the natural food of man, when both his eyes and nose are so much against it, unless deceived by flavours of spices? On the other hand, how delightful do we find the fragrance of fruits and other natural foods. I love the sight of fruit and vegetable markets. It uplifts my soul.

The reasonable inference, therefore, is that man is a frugivorous or fruit eating animal. Fruit comprises any part of the plant life useful to man – including vegetables, grains and nuts.

  • DAIRY AND GLOBAL WARMING

Many years back I had read an article from WHO (World Health Organisation) and I had shared it with my family and friends via email ; it had referred to some research and concluded that cattle farting caused more global warming than all the vehicles on the road.

I had read another article that it takes 90 litres of water to produce 1 litre of milk.

And I also learned from Dr. Venkat that the body stops to produce the enzyme which digests milk, by the time baby turns three. And that the body takes calcium from our bones to digest milk.

By continuing to drink milk and consuming dairy we :

1. Become sick, osteoporosis

2. Add to global warming

3. Waste our most precious resource – water

4. Deprive the calf of its birth right

Lose Lose Lose situation 😯

My recommendation: Be open. Learn. Think. Don’t be led by past habits and environment. Listen to your body. Purify your thoughts.

Nothing is right or wrong … it is just a choice. But you can never ever run away from Cause and Consequence; Karma.

Body: Food, walk, jog, exercise….weightage : less than 10%

Mind : Mind or breath is the link between the body and the soul and hence the most important. Learn to watch your thoughts, what you read, whom you mix with …weightage more than 40%

Soul : Learn to spend time to think of higher realities. Prayers. Mindfulness. Meditation…weightage 50%

A person with pure thoughts won’t desire impure food; and a person who has pure food won’t have impure thoughts — James Allen

Eat right. Eat less. Fast occasionally — Paramahansa Yogananda

And finally to quote Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet:

When you kill a beast say to him in your heart,

“By the same power that slays you, I too am slain; and I too shall be consumed.

For the law that delivered you into my hand shall deliver me into a mightier hand.

Your blood and my blood is naught but the sap that feeds the tree of heaven.”

Farmers market – Chandigarh

74 thoughts on “Am a happy Fruitarian ..😊💕

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  1. We are what we eat.
    I am a practicing Jain.
    We have a very restricted diet for which we are often mocked, but our scriptures of old state the scientific reasons for eating or not eating a particular food, which people have only begun understanding it now.
    Feels nice but at the same time, there is a sense of sadness because the knowledge was right there for everyone to gain, but people chose to ignore it for so long.
    Just imagine ..so many people would have been free from some of the most prevalent diseases of the day.

  2. A great post. I have been veggie since the age of reason. And 100% when I was a teenager and left home and did my own cooking! The only way to live life is non violence. I love animals and nature and will never consume flesh which is the product of violence to animals and planet and in turn hurts people. For every animal fish and bird that is eaten a life is taken prematurely in terror and pain. I have been vegetarian decades now and almost vegan. Best for Mind Body Spirit Health and Environment. A lot of the greatest thinkers and minds on the planet including artists, scientists, philosophers and healers followed a plant based diet. I went to a talk of a wonderful man from the USA in Dublin one day a few years ago doing a talk about plant based diets called Dr Will Tuttle. He wrote a book called “The World Peace Diet”. I think you would like that book. It’s very spiritual.

  3. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post, I needed to read this, my diet has moved to raw fruit and vegetables and I find the quality of meat and the hygiene of the same to be very poor resulting in my constantly having sickness bouts. I now have to find recipes or inspiration to create the food I can ingest.

  4. That is great : to fast on fruits off and on
    Thank you for going through the post. Where do you live Florence ? Do you get enough fresh fruits and vegetables?

  5. Thanks for the tips and explanation. I think its helpful to everyone even to non-fruitarians like me. Sometimes I fast with only fruits as my meals. It’s helpful.

  6. Awesome
    If you read my first blog : Around the World with Love ; you will see that I was to visit US/Canada last fall as I have been very keen to see the fall colours. But Ashok proposes and God disposes 😊
    This year again there is a strong intent to visit just after Diwali. And now I have another strong incentive- the possibility of meeting JJ🤗
    I can travel anywhere in the world for love 😊

  7. US, near Boston. Came here for Masters in Computer science and then it became my home🙂. Do visit us if u come to this part of the world.

  8. Which part of the world do you live in and what are you doing JJ? I had read in one of your posts about doing GRE

  9. Thank you so very much🙏 So nice of you to say that🤗 I think i might have the book.Will search my old stuff. I tried reading it a while back but didn’t have the mindset that i have now, so i will read it this time. Thanks for the website as well.

  10. With pleasure Jyot. Autobiography of a Yogi – would have loved to present it to you if I had your address.
    Yogananda.org if you are outside india or yssofindia.org if in India – register for the Home Study lessons. There is no better teaching than this from my more than 25 years experience. On the website you will also find guided meditation
    Lessons will help you to lead an all rounded abundant life
    Love and blessings and hugs 🤗

  11. Would love to know more about the ways you meditate. Any tips or books on the topic would help as well.

  12. This post is one of the best on how n what should be the life style. Many thanks for so much of useful informatiion. I remember you talking about some dietician, during our association. She must be the same you are referring to.
    Thank again for this beautiful post..🙏

  13. How nice of u uncle.. its ur greatness to give importance to wish of dis little child of urs…im feeling so blessed…😊

  14. What an informative post truly…and im soo glad to read reply of all others that all found it so useful…the best part of dis is, u r living exactly like this and im soo impressed with all ur lifestyle, attitude, perspectives, thoughts and what not….ur all blogs are like ur lifetime earned treasure opened for all of us freely…thanku sooo much dear Uncle😊💐

  15. Thank you Ramesh.
    Good question and we had asked this to Dr. Venkat. She had said : one cup of tea that you take has more toxins that any unwashed fruit or vegetable. Organic is better but any fruits or vegetable is better than chemicals ridden packed stuff

  16. Thanks Ashok for this insight and since you talked about these books and your experiences when we met in pune we both try to follow and really feel the difference.

  17. Simply amazing n so so wonderful. Will definitely start working on this from today. If we can live a better life.. Why not. Who’s stopping us? Our own devilish mind. We have to win over it to win in life. Thank you so much dear uncle… Keep writing.. Keep motivating us to lead a better n a positive life. Love.

  18. बहुत ख़ुब लिखा है। पता नहीं आजकल की सब्ज़ियाँ और फल कहाँ तक शुद्ध हैं? कम से कम दिल्ली NCR में तो नहीं।ऐसे में क्या करना चाहिये।

  19. Thank you so much Vee. And am sooo glad that you liked it and may help you. You are welcome to talk to me anytime to fine tune your routine.
    I saw a beautiful farmers market in Brisbane too.
    You are more than welcome to come over and would love to host you and show you around. It is very hot here just now but maybe a good time for you as you are free now from work. That is the pro side of joblessness 😎

  20. Reading things like this really hits home for me because I’ve been struggling for so long to incorporate a more holistic approach towards my lifestyle. I try to do it on my own, but getting the ‘buy in’ from the people around me is hard and I get discouraged. Reading this gave me more motivation, though. Thank you ❤

    Also – that farmers market is insane! It's unlike anything I've ever seen before. I want so badly to experience a place like that in my lifetime. Farmers markets here wouldn't hold a candle.

  21. Thank you so much JJ (do I know your name?)
    Am so glad. Even touching one life is worth the effort. My work has already paid with your loving it. Of course you are welcome to share/use anyway you like. This subject is very close to my heart.
    Much love and all the very best JJ

  22. Wow, this blog post is a treasure and exactly what i was looking for from you Ashokji🙏, can’t thank you enough. So much research summarized into one post. I have to share it from my page, if you would allow. I have recently changed my eating and living habits and can already see the change in myself, not just external but internal as well. This knowledge will guide me further to stay close to nature.Thank you so much again!

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