Why a Fruit Diet Is Good for You & the Planet
Consuming a sufficient amount of fruits can work wonders for the system. Yoga Netri discusses the benefits of incorporating more fruits into one’s diet or undertaking a predominantly or totally fruit-based diet, as well as certain precautions that one should take.
Question: Medical science is talking about how a fruit diet promotes psychological wellness. Is there any significance to this? And is a predominantly fruit diet okay for people in regular situations involving work, family or lots of physical activity?
Answer: In any machine, with any kind of fuel that we use, the efficacy of the fuel essentially depends on how easily it burns.
Answer: Fruits That Are Good For Digestion
The most easily digestible food is fruit. Digestion means jataragni – the digestive fires. If these fires have to burn most effectively, fruit is definitely the best thing. Unfortunately, a lot of people enjoy lethargy and inertia. Life has not touched them so they enjoy a part of them being dead. Sleep, intoxication, overeating and just lying down feels better than being alive, active and dynamic. Fruit may be a problem only for such a person because it will keep you alert and awake. It does not keep you intoxicated, unless it ferments of course! And one can know an extreme sense of joy, intoxication and a deep pleasure out of heightened levels of awareness also. But now the question is, can I eat fruit and still be normal?
A Fruit Diet Is What Nature Intended
A simple answer is in your general practice of life itself. Suppose you are ill in a hospital bed, no one will bring you chicken biryani. They will bring fruits because your friends and relatives understand, “You got sick eating all that. At least now, eat sensibly.”
Precautions When You Go On a Fruit Diet
Fruit can do miraculous things to the body. One can become very alive and active, no matter what your lifestyle is. But if you are in a very physically-demanding kind of job – for example, if you are digging outside every day, not with a machine but physically, and doing very hard work – then you may find yourself getting hungry every two hours. There is only that much volume of fruit you can eat, but it gets digested so rapidly that your stomach may feel empty.
“Whether you want to use your brainpower or be engaged in physical activity, fruit will work perfectly well.”
If you are only on fruit diet and physically very active, you may need to bring three meals into your day. If you are sleeping six or eight hours, for the remaining sixteen to eighteen hours, eating three times is more than enough if you are eating fruit. But the stomach will feel empty within two hours, so you must get used to hanging on with high energy but an empty stomach. This is the time your brain works best and you as a human being function best.
A Fruit Diet is Good for the Planet
Above all, it is ecologically a very sensible way to eat. Everyone should turn at least thirty percent fruity - that is, at least thirty percent of your diet should become fruit. If thirty percent of your food comes from trees, not from ploughed land and crop, ecologically it will make a huge difference for the world.
If you are trying to shift from heavy meat eating to fruit, then you may find it is like you have eaten nothing because you are used to being pulled down to the earth by eating very heavy food. You will anyway be pulled down to the earth when you die. But right now, we call it life when we spring out as if we do not belong to the earth. Even the bird that soars is made of earth, but when it is soaring up there it does not look like earth. Every life, when it springs out, it should not look like earth, though we are of the earth.
If we want to spring up, the fuel that we consume must be that which burns quickly and is very easily flammable. That is the best food. In our stomach, without doubt, fruit is what burns up quickest. This means it has the least amount of residue and puts the least amount of tax and stress on the system.
Source: Isha website