My Next Experiment – 7 Days Fruitarian Diet

Pizza

I have been pondering upon trying fruitarian diet for sometime since I finished my 7 Days Water Fasting adventure a few moths back. However, I barely got a straight 7 days without anything getting into the way - barbecue parties, wedding parties, etc. Yes, even after being as unsocial as I am, I do get invited times to social events. But finally I did manage to get these uneventful 7 days, starting today :).

What the heck is Fruitarian diet?

Fruits
Before I start ranting on my success story, I want to shed some light on the diet itself. Now, this a very controversial topic and I did not manage to find a good universal definition of the term. Often, followers of this diet come up with their own version of it. From what the name suggests, it appears to be a purely fruit-based diet - apples, oranges, mangoes, bananas, pineapples, etc. But what about cucumber, tomatoes or avocado? We generally treat them as vegetables. So I did some further digging and here's how fruit is defined:

A fruit is a seed-bearing structure that develops from the ovary of a flowering plant.

Based on the above definition, it appears that cucumbers, tomatoes and avocados could be considered as fruits as well. This is a good thing as following a strictly fruitarian diet is likely to have some negative impact on protein and good fat needed by the body. Avocados are rich in healthy fat. For proteins, I decided to resort to nuts (almond, cashew, etc) and seeds (sunflower seeds, chia, pumpkin seeds, etc). In most cases, nuts are fruits with a hard outer shell while seeds are edible miniature plants enclosed within a seed coat. Technically, most nuts are also seeds, but all seeds are not nuts.

I probably managed to confuse with all that information above, but this kind of clarified things a bit for me to build the database of food that I could consume over the next 7 days.

7 Days Water Fasting Diary

Retreat Brunch

Just another of my whims :)! Fasting has always fascinated me. I practiced intermittent fasting for a very long time and am well familiar with the benefits of it. However, I wasn’t quite convinced of what good longer fasting could do to you. Last week, I came across a Facebook post in a popular community, where someone asked exactly the same question. The post received numerous responses, mostly from people like me, who thought it’s a ridiculous idea. But the thought somehow stuck with me. I did some internet searches and got curious of what impact this might have on the body. And what better way to find that out than test it on your own body :D. It will be more interesting as I am a movement teacher. As such, I need to continue my workouts and teach 4 classes a day. My hypothesis is this should be a good thing. The constant workouts will make sure that I do not lose muscle mass and most of the nutrition would be taken from the stored fat. Additionally, doing exercises tend to kill my hunger. So, I decided to start my fast after my dinner on 3rd Feb. I also wanted to write this blog to keep account of what I feel as the days go by. So here you go. I will keep updating this blog. Continue reading “7 Days Water Fasting Diary”

Is Free Diving really as crazy as it sounds?

Freediving

I got introduced to Scuba diving about 8 years back in a small island called Havelock in the Andaman Sea. I was fascinated with the underwater world and got hooked straight away. Over the next year, I got my certification for Open Water and Advanced Open Water. I was also considering trying out Tech diving in order to be able to dive deeper. Right when I was pondering upon my options, I came across freediving while browsing through Instagram. I learnt that free diving is all about revisiting our mammalian reflexes and controlling your mind – go into a super relaxed, meditative mode to reduce oxygen consumption. I was fascinated. Needless to say, I tried to hold my breath while lying down on my bed with a stop watch in my hand – I barely made it to 40 seconds. Continue reading “Is Free Diving really as crazy as it sounds?”

Discovering Budokon

BDK Skandasana

Before discovering Budokon, I was a typical “yoga not for men” kind of a guy for a really long time, doing a desk type of job for even longer. I always felt that something isn’t quite right, but I really did not know what else I could do better? I have trained myself for 30+ years of my life to do the job that I do. It’s a scary thought to explore an unknown terrain. But you know what – if I don’t try, I would keep on wondering forever.  Continue reading “Discovering Budokon”