SECRET TRAINING



Secret Training – Little Things That Make Big Differences


By Mikkel Gisle Johnsen


What if you could sneak in some extra fitness gains almost without having to make a big deal about it? What if you could get in some quality training without going to the gym or changing clothes? That’s what “secret training” is all about! There are endless opportunities for bonus gains in our day to day life and activities, and all we have to do is be aware of them! In today’s article I’m going to give you my best tips on how to make the most out of your day and sneak in that little bit extra!


Choose The Path of Most Resistance

It’s in our nature to always choose the path of least resistance. It’s part of our biological makeup to conserve energy at all times. This is partly what makes the modern human a pale shadow of it’s true potential. We’ve got so many labor saving devices and tools nowadays that we can easily end up entirely sedentary. Cars, elevators, sofas, shopping carts, escalators, remote controls and take away food – they all take away the element of effort that would naturally be there in a natural setting.

By consciously choosing to invest a little bit of effort in our daily life, just a tiny bit, the benefits can be huge. Not just long term health benefits, but immediate effects on our mood, productivity and wellbeing too!

A great book on exercise written by Dr. Doug Graham is (affiliate link)Nutrition and Athletic performance. I definitely recommend it to anyone keen on improving their life by incorporating exercise into it!

So what does it look like? It could be as simple as walking up the escalator or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. You could park your car at the far end of the parking lot instead of next to wherever you’re going. It’s not about doing ridiculous amounts of exercise at all times, but just a little bit here and there. Not enough to tire you out, quite on the contrary – just enough to keep you fresh and moving!


The Hard Way

It’s all about appreciating the hard way of doing things sometimes. The reason is simple, it feels good! We’re meant to move. When we don’t move, we stagnate and feel sluggish. People that are more active in their daily life are shown to be not only healthier, but much happier too! Working for our own survival isn’t really a struggle, although it can seem like that from the outside – it’s a pleasure!

How hard should you work though? That depends on your current fitness level, and goals. If you’re aspiring to be an elite athlete and spending several hours a day training, you’re probably better off sitting down and relaxing for the rest of the day. If you’re more normal however, just looking for overall good health and fitness, chances are that “standing around” would do you a lot of good. Rather than sitting down every chance you get – stand instead! Stand up desks are a great way to do this for people who work in offices. While you’re standing up you can work on your posture, engage your glutes, stretch out those tight hip flexors a bit and focus on proper back alignment. This is secret training at its best! You’re seemingly doing nothing, but in fact you’re working on your whole body, slowing down the decline in function that most people experience as they age.

Speaking of which, did you know that most of the deterioration that we normally associate with getting older actually has nothing to do with aging at all? It’s simply the result of an accumulation of poor lifestyle choices over time. You can sort of “get away with” eating poorly for a decade or two, but once you’re pushing fifty, sixty and seventy – the negative effects of a bad diet pile up and start precipitating a lot of symptoms of disease.

The same goes for fitness. It’s not really true that old age is associated with porous bones and low muscle mass, but a lifetime of poor fitness and sedentary habits sure is!

Be sure to learn The Three Master Keys to Building Fitness on how to get going!

All Those Little Things

So let’s wrap up this article with some practical advice. What exactly should you do? That’s really up to you and your imagination. We’ve already mentioned a few things, but here’s a bunch more:

  • Calf raises while standing around can be great for building calf strength. Maybe you’re waiting for the bus or standing in line. This exercise is super versatile.
  • Double stairs (stepping on every other step) are great for building quad, hamstrings and glute strength. Make sure you’re maintaining a correct forward lean and posture to avoid loading your knees the wrong way!
  • Carrying shopping bags used to be my only form of arm and upper back training for a few years back in the day. Sure, it’s not actually sufficient as the only training stimulus for that part of the body but it does add in that extra little bit we’re looking for in our “secret training”! Make sure you’re not slouching by keeping your posture erect and your shoulder blades retracted somewhat.
  • If you live in a cold climate, chopping wood is an excellent form of training.
  • Pull ups can be done anywhere! Bust out a few here and there when you see an opportunity!
  • Standing on one leg is a great way to not only work on your balance, but also your foot strength and stability. In order to stay balanced, all those little muscles on your foot keep firing in different ways to keep you stable. This is my favorite form of secret training. You can do it anytime you’re standing around, or maybe when you’re changing socks or putting on a shoe.
  • Juggling (oranges for example) is a great way to train your mind to muscle connection and get a break from working on your computer.
Those are some of my ideas, now it’s up to you to come up with even more! Let me know your favorite exercises in the comment section below! I wish you all the best in your quest for better fitness!


Want more good advice?
Check out our article “Three Factors That Will Make You Want to Exercise”



The Little Banana Book
The Little Banana Book
by Mikkel Gisle Johnsen – 58 pages

All you need to know about bananas in order to successfully eat a fruit based diet anywhere in the world!

This book will cover topics like:

  • Why bananas are so great for you
  • How to tell a good banana from a bad one
  • How to buy bananas in bulk at your local store
  • The best ways to eat your bananas – smoothie recipes included
  • Proper banana management – ensuring a consistent supply of ripe fruit
  • How to control the ripening process at home
  • Banana nutrition 101
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SURVIVING FAMILY DINNERS AS A VEGAN



Surviving Family Dinners as a Vegan


By Mikkel Gisle Johnsen


For a lot of us, Christmas is the most intense time of the year for getting together with family and friends to eat and share food. Personally, I love communal eating and I love Christmas. However, when you have dietary preferences that differ from those of the other people present, it can sometimes be challenging to get through the meal without friction. I’d like to talk you through exactly how I do it in order to minimize hiccups and maximize enjoyment!


It’s Not a Big Deal!

The first thing you need to realize, is that in the grand scheme of things – what you eat or don’t eat isn’t a big deal! Don’t get me wrong, food is a huge part of life and choosing the vegan path is a life changing matter worth talking about, but there are plenty of other facets of life that are equally important – like friends and family for example! If you want some tips on how to transition to a fruit based vegan diet, I encourage you to check out our coaching options!

Most people (including yourself maybe?) are quite sensitive about the subject of diet. It’s a very personal thing. Depending on the people you’re dealing with, it’s probably best to keep the conversation off the topic of diet and why you choose to be vegan. This is not because it’s not an important subject that you’re passionate about – but because you know it will cause an upheaval at the table. Try to keep in mind that the “objective” of a communal holiday meal isn’t to preach veganism or give nutritional advice, but to connect and share positive energy with your loved ones! Save dietary discussions to times where someone is genuinely interested, ideally in a one to one situation off the table.


No Apologies: Do Your Thing!

There’s no need to make a big deal out of the fact that you have special requests or bring your own food. Apologies just make the whole thing seem bigger than it is, and puts all the attention on you and what you’re eating. Just do your thing! Act as if this is the most normal thing in the world for you, which of course, it is! Whether you’re bringing persimmons, potatoes or a lentil loaf to the table – be chilled about it! Chances are people won’t even notice at first, but when they inevitably do your job is not to defend yourself, but simply to answer their question and move on.


Answering Questions

This of course, is where things can get tricky. Simple questions like “what’s that?” are easy to answer, but what about the why’s and the how’s? Here are three key concepts to keep in the back of your mind when difficult questions crop up: Keep it simple, stay calm and stay focused on you, not them!

Keeping it simple is a matter of conversational skills really. Eating should be a calm and relaxed experience, and highly emotional topics are best avoided. I don’t mean avoid as in literally barring it from even coming up, just not going in depth on those particular topics that tend to be emotional in nature. Since food and nutrition is one of those topics, I recommend that you answer the why questions simply rather than deeply to avoid stirring up a discussion while eating.

It might be a good idea to check out our extensive FAQ to get some quick answers to most of the questions that might come up!

Staying calm is very important. There’s almost always someone a little cocky at the table, and they might take a stab at you because of what you’re eating. If you choose to respond by getting emotional, losing your cool and defending yourself with strong argumentation – you’ll definitely ruin your own enjoyment of the meal but probably everyone else’s too! Take a few seconds to actively calm yourself before responding to rude remarks. Allow the person’s ignorance, whether it’s malicious or not, to remain their problem, not yours! Tackle the question swiftly by keeping it simple, staying calm and most importantly…

…staying focused on you, not them. This basically means that when someone asks why you don’t eat meat for example, you answer something like “I feel better without it and I actually enjoy eating fruits and vegetables”. This keeps the focus on why you do what you do, and not on what they are eating. The worst way to answer that same question would be something like “Because it’s really unhealthy to eat meat and unethical to kill an animal for food”. People tend to take this kind of statement as a personal attack – even though it really isn’t. No wonder they do, since they are sitting there with meat on the plate as you say it. It’s all about psychology – by emphasizing yourself every time you’re answering a question, you avoid making them feel accused of implicated.

Also do bear in mind that although it’s tempting to “speak up” for the animals or share vital information about the health destroying effects of certain foods – there’s a time and a place for everything. If you’re at the table with these people, it should be because you enjoy spending time with them and want to share love and positivity with them – not because you have a secret agenda to veganize them! Even if you did, it wouldn’t work anyway because if they are not open to your message they won’t hear it. Let it go for now, and enjoy other topics of conversation.


It’s All About Sharing!

Why do we eat together in the first place? It’s because we want to share energy with other people. The meal is almost like a ritual, or ceremony if you will. The food itself a sacrament. Without getting too spiritual on you, let’s just say: The communal meal is an excuse to sit down together to share and relax.

Since the food is the symbol in the midst of this exchange, it makes sense that the sharing of food itself is essential. In other words, if there’s something – anything actually – that you can consume together with everyone else, it makes the whole experience more magical. Maybe there’s a side dish on the table somewhere that suits your preferences? Accepting something from the host, even if it’s just a glass of water, is important to establish that acceptance of goodwill. The exchange is like a contract that says “I accept your love”.

Bringing your own food is great if you’re really particular about what you eat, but be sure to bring some to share also! If you’re keen on sharing some vegan food that’s a bit more mainstream, you could check out some of the recipes in this book! Teach by example!


Enjoy!

At the end of the day, it’s all about enjoyment. The vibes. The food. The people. Focus on enjoying the situation and all it has to offer. Remember that this will be difficult if you’re busy either defending your diet or worse yet, attacking someone else’s! Keep it cool, it’s Christmas after all!


Want more good advice?
Check out our article “3 Tips For Eating a Fruit Based Vegan Diet Around Others”



The Little Banana Book
The Little Banana Book
by Mikkel Gisle Johnsen – 58 pages

All you need to know about bananas in order to successfully eat a fruit based diet anywhere in the world!

This book will cover topics like:

  • Why bananas are so great for you
  • How to tell a good banana from a bad one
  • How to buy bananas in bulk at your local store
  • The best ways to eat your bananas – smoothie recipes included
  • Proper banana management – ensuring a consistent supply of ripe fruit
  • How to control the ripening process at home
  • Banana nutrition 101
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WHY I INDULGE AND TREAT MYSELF TO THE BEST EVERY DAY



Why I Indulge and Treat Myself To The Best Every Day


By Mikkel Gisle Johnsen


When people hear that I eat a strictly plant based diet consisting of mostly fruit, the first thing on their mind is deprivation. They think I’m depriving myself of food pleasure and that I’m pursuing an ascetic ideal. They tell me I should «treat myself» to something good every once in a while, otherwise I’m missing out! Nothing could be further from the truth! In today’s article, I’ll let you know what my answer is to those people and why they are the ones actually missing out!


You don’t know what you’re talking about!

The most common reason why people think a fruit based vegan diet is tasteless and boring, is simply because they don’t know what it’s all about! Most people think vegans just eat carrot sticks, lettuce and some weird stuff called tofu. No wonder they feel bad for us! When I sense that this is someones view of a vegan diet, I like to give them some examples of common vegan foods like bean burritos, pizza marinara and eggplant lasagna – something they can relate to. Taking out meat and dairy from your diet does not mean you’ll be eating much differently from what you’re used to.

Now, I’m obviously a bit further out on the spectrum of diets since I consume mostly fruit and eat very simply, and this confuses people even more. The reason is simple though, they have no idea what real, quality fruit taste like! Until you have tried tropical fruits like mangoes, papayas, bananas, jackfruit, durian and mangosteen – in the tropics – you simply have no idea.

Sure, the apples and pears of the temperate climates can be pretty tasty when eaten ripe and in season, but it doesn’t even come close to a fully ripe mango bursting with sugary juice and a flavor profile that will blow your mind! We’re tropical animals. We like sweet things. Tropical fruit is sweet! Even the imported bananas pale in comparison to their fully mature counterpart eaten at the source.

So we can’t blame the people around us for not understanding. Their idea of a fruit based diet is eating apples all day, which would not only be uncomfortable to digest, but also far from calorically dense enough to satisfy our hunger. I also have to admit it would be quite boring taste wise!

In other words, the diet they imagine would be a diet of deprivation! The diet I’m promoting though, is far from bland. In fact, the diet of most vegans tend to be more diverse and exciting than what the average meat eater eats anyway.


It’s the other way around!

Most people eat foods that do not satisfy our natural desires very well. First of all, most of the foods people eat are bland, tasteless or even plain disgusting by themselves. That’s why they use sauces, condiments, salt, pepper, spices, vinegar, sugar and garlic to make it stimulating. No other animal has to do anything to their food in order to make it delicious.

We’re frugivores by nature, and raw tropical fruits should be our main food source. They are appealing, attractive and delicious to us in their natural state without any processing whatsoever. Think about it, why do people eat dessert? Because they ate a bunch of «food» that didn’t meet their needs 100%, and still crave that sweetness afterward.

Most people live their lives in a constant struggle between their natural cravings for fruit – also known as the infamous sweet tooth – and what they consider to be acceptable foods in their sugar phobic view of nutrition. Portion control and calorie restriction is the norm, simply because the high fat diet typically eaten in the modern world packs too many calories per bite to fill you up nicely without also being too high in total calories. It also fails to satisfy our desire for carbohydrates – ideally consumed in the form of simple sugars from fruit.

The result is that your average person is in fact an ascetic. They strictly regulate their food intake for most of the time, and then allow themselves a so called «treat» on a regular basis. They indulge every once in a while. This is what I would define as deprivation. No other animal restricts calories or food intake. This is because they eat their natural diet. The body regulates food intake effortlessly. The problem arises when we take substances that are not attractive or even edible to us in their natural state, process them to make them edible and «smuggles» them through our mouth by the use of stimulants that taste exciting. The end result is that A – we end up eating foods to which we are not biologically adapted, and this leads to less than optimal nutrition and B – we typically find ourselves less satiated than the calories in our meal would indicate, and thus keep craving sugar. Those of us that give in to that craving on a regular basis gains weight as a result of eating too many total calories, while those of us that avoid giving in maintain our weight. Most people choose the latter and are thus per definition ascetics. Why not just eat the sweet fruit to begin with and experience true satiation, gustatory ecstasy and optimal nutrition without having to portion control?

I’ve personally never been more satisfied with my food than on a fruit based diet. My day to day diet is one of abundance, not deprivation. Even from a strictly taste perspective, sweet, tropical fruits are utterly superior to all other «foods». I used to eat like normal people do, and now it has become a preference not to. Not because of an ideology or dogma, but because fruit tastes better. It has a broader taste profile than anything else. It satisfies me better. It nourishes me better – and I can eat as much as I want of it too!


Broaden your definition of enjoyment!

Lastly, I think it’s importance to realize that what makes me prefer one food over another is based on more than just taste. Thankfully, our natural fruit diet is also the diet that tastes the best to us, so there’s no need to compromise – but there’s a lot of other factors to consider too.

Take digestion for example. I love having good digestion, and it’s never been better than it is now that I’m eating a high fiber, high carbohydrate, low fat diet based on fruit. Nothing digests better than fruit! I would never want to go back to that constipating, gas causing, stomach ache inducing diet I ate as a teenager. I don’t want to deprive myself of good digestion.

Then there’s the ethical side of things. Killing and exploiting other animals just for the sake of taste, is something I don’t support. It causes deprivation of the animals themselves and the earth as a whole.

Health in general is a gift. I would honestly choose health over food pleasure any day. No food on the planet is worth sacrificing my long term health for. Health just feels too good! Thankfully, as I’ve already mentioned, a fruit based diet is optimal from a nutritional standpoint and in terms of food enjoyment. It’s a win-win, or as Doug Graham, author of The 80/10/10 diet says: «Winfinity», because it’s a win on so many levels.

Even in terms of time, fruit is quick and easy. No food prep or dishes. Check out this article to hear five reasons why fruit is fast food!

I don’t have to sacrifice anything. Eating less than ideal foods is not «a treat», it’s a sacrifice. Now that I’m used to good digestion, high energy levels, mental clarity and peak performance, anything that takes away from that feels like deprivation – not indulgence.

I urge you therefore to consider, unless you already have, a fruit based vegan diet. It’s our natural diet as a tropical frugivore species. It’s a diet where you can indulge in the best tasting, best digesting and most health promoting foods on the planet – all day, every day with a clear conscience. No more deprivation. No more restriction. Just abundance, health and utterly delicious food!

The Little Banana Book
The Little Banana Book
by Mikkel Gisle Johnsen – 58 pages

All you need to know about bananas in order to successfully eat a fruit based diet anywhere in the world!

This book will cover topics like:

  • Why bananas are so great for you
  • How to tell a good banana from a bad one
  • How to buy bananas in bulk at your local store
  • The best ways to eat your bananas – smoothie recipes included
  • Proper banana management – ensuring a consistent supply of ripe fruit
  • How to control the ripening process at home
  • Banana nutrition 101
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WHY I LOVE BANANAS AND EAT THEM EVERY DAY!



Why I Love Bananas and Eat Them Every Day!


By Mikkel Gisle Johnsen


I probably sound like a broken record when I say «I love bananas», but it’s the truth. Ever since I started eating a high carbohydrate, fruit based vegan diet about six years ago it’s become increasingly clear to me that bananas are the single most important food item on this diet. In fact, I would go as far as to propose the banana as the saviour of mankind! Well…that might be taking it a step too far, but only just. Let me tell you exactly why I think bananas are so great, and why you should make them a dietary staple – regardless of your dietary preferences in general.


Bananas are delicious!

Let’s start with the most obvious perk of the humble banana – it’s super tasty! This fruit is naturally appealing to our senses in its raw, natural state. Even babies love it! The more I eat bananas, the more I love their taste, especially – and in fact only – when they are fully ripe though. Keep in mind that there are thousands of banana varieties out there, all with different taste profiles. It’s not just the Cavendish banana that you see in most supermarkets around the world.


Bananas are nutritious!

In order for a food item to be a staple, it has to be nutritious! Bananas are packed with essential vitamins and minerals needed for human health, as well as easily digestible carbohydrates to fuel all your activites. Despite what most people think, bananas are also a source of essential fats and protein. In fact, all the dietary nutrients needed for human health are present in bananas! Sure, it’s probably still a good idea to eat some other foods as well to balance out the overall nutritional profile of your diet over the course of the weeks and months, but making bananas a daily staple is certainly a good idea from a health perspective. Check out this article for more on what constitutes «human food».


Bananas are reliable!

Unlike some other fruits, bananas are very consistent in their quality. When you eat a banana, you can count on it delivering the calories you need. Stone fruits for example, are notorious for being picked too early and lacking sweetness. The lack in sugar is equivalent with a lack of calories. A lack of calories is equivalent with a lack of performance, satiety and health overall. Bananas pack about 100 calories per fruit and you can bank on them as your main calorie source.


Bananas are calorie dense!

Following up on that last point is the fact that bananas pack more calories per bite than many other foods, making it a little bit easier (especially for newbies) to get the calories in. They are also more sustainable for athletic people (aka healthy people) because they have higher caloric needs than sedentary folks!


Bananas are convenient!

Let’s face it – convenience is a huge factor in most people’s dietary choices. Bananas are fast food! Just peel and eat! Also, you can buy them in boxes, making them convenient to shop for too! To learn more about buying, storing, ripening and eating bananas, check out The Little Banana Book.


Bananas are available everywhere!

Not only are bananas available to everyone in the whole world pretty much, but they are omnipresent in the stores and supermarkets. With the exception of the truly rural people of this world, I would guess that almost everyone can get their hands on some bananas within the hour. In order to be a staple food, it has to be available! Sure, the question of whether or not it’s sustainable for everyone to eat bananas worldwide is valid and certainly up for discussion (leave us a comment if you feel like it) but I personally believe that imported bananas might still be more sustainable to eat than local animal products. Regardless – we are tropical animals by nature, and we need tropical fruit to thrive. Bananas to the rescue!


Bananas are affordable!

Price is another important factor for most people, and although I think our health is a worthwhile investment warranting the consumption of the best foods the earth has to offer, bananas happen to be very affordable on a calorie for calorie basis. Anyone can afford bananas, and if they do – they are getting a lot of health for their money!


Bananas are easy to ripen at home!

Some fruits – and bananas are one of them – ripen after picking! This means that even though the bananas are picked before reaching full maturity, they will still ripen up post harvest. As bananas go from green to yellow to a deep yellow with brown frecles, the starch turns to sugar and the fruit softens. Eating ripe fruit is paramount for optimal health and digestion, and bananas are great in this regard. It’s easy to control the ripening process at home by manipulating the temperature and environment around the bananas. More on this in The Little Banana Book!


Make it happen!

So there you have it! Bananas are good in a thousand different ways! Sure, I love other fruits too; like mangoes, papayas, cherimoyas, jackfruits, peaches and durian, but none of those beat the banana when it comes to everyday versatility, worldwide availability and most importantly – reliability! Thankfully, the variety of a fruit based diet is endless, but I suggest you make bananas a staple nevertheless. Experiment with making at least one of your daily meals a banana meal and see the results for yourself. Just make sure they are fully ripe – otherwise they will neither taste nor digest very well! Bananas for the win!

The Little Banana Book
The Little Banana Book
by Mikkel Gisle Johnsen – 58 pages

All you need to know about bananas in order to successfully eat a fruit based diet anywhere in the world!

This book will cover topics like:

  • Why bananas are so great for you
  • How to tell a good banana from a bad one
  • How to buy bananas in bulk at your local store
  • The best ways to eat your bananas – smoothie recipes included
  • Proper banana management – ensuring a consistent supply of ripe fruit
  • How to control the ripening process at home
  • Banana nutrition 101
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FOUR ATTRIBUTES OF SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE



Four Attributes of Successful People


By Mikkel Gisle Johnsen


What seperates the succesful people from the so called failures? What makes some people really good at what they do while others never seem to reach their goals? Despite circumstances, how come one person can seemingly pull something off with ease, while another person struggles in those same conditions? It comes down to a few different factors – or attitudes if you will. Let’s explore four of those today, so that you in turn can make them your own!


#1: Viewing failure as a good thing!

Succesful people aren’t succesful because they don’t encounter obstacles or make mistakes. They are succesful because they keep trying after they fail! You can’t expect to become good at something without making mistakes along the way! In fact, every time you make a mistake, you learn something valuable! This in turn makes you stronger and gives you a better insight into what it takes to become the best at whatever you’re doing! Indeed, the path to success is through a series of failures! Unsuccesful people are the ones who gave up along the way!


#2: Willingness to take risks!

We can’t expect to grow or evolve as long as we’re within our comfort zone. We must move beyond what fees safe and secure if we are to break new ground. This means that in order to be successful at something, you must be willing to take risks. You can calculate those risks to some degree, in order to prepare for what’s coming, but in the end you can never see the whole path before actually walking it. Taking risks means the difference between achieving something new or just repeating what’s already been done. Follow your gut!


#3: Attention to detail!

Never underestimate the importance of little things. Whether it be inwardly towards yourself or outwardly towards others, tiny details make all the difference. Have you ever thought about why you like some stores, restaurants and businesses better than others? It probably has more to do with lighting, colors, feel and the attitude of the employees than it has to do with their actual product or service. Do your best in everything you do, and it will likely shine through and make you a more successful person. Consider all the factors equally important when you build your projects. As they say in sports: Train smarter, not harder!


#4: Staying consistent!

Good things are built slowly. It takes time. Rome was not built in a day. In other words, staying consistent on a day to day, week to week, month to month and year to year basis is key if you want to be successful at what you do. It takes about a decade of dedicated training for an elite athlete to reach his or her potential in the sport. That’s built through daily focus and consistency over time. Check out ”The Three Master Keys to Building Fitness” for more on that! A little bit every day goes a lot longer than “too much” one day followed by three days of nothing. Consistency makes for steady gains over time. It’s exactly the same in business. A successful business is built on a day by day basis, but the growth is only visible once you take a step back and look at the progress over time!

So there you have it, four powerful attributes that you can adopt today and apply in your life. It doesn’t matter what you do, as these principles are universal. I wish you all the best with your endeavors – you can do it!


Check out our article on how to stay Perpetually Motivated to Live Healthfully




The Way of the Fruitful Traveler
The Way of The Fruitful Traveler
by Mikkel Gisle Johnsen – 148 pages

Learn how to travel the world for fruit, sunshine and health – while carrying no more than 5 kg in your backpack!

This book will cover topics like:

  • Planning and preparing for a trip to the tropics
  • What to pack in order to travel light (ultralight packing list included)
  • How to travel with little or no money
  • How to source, transport, store and eat the best fruit on the planet
  • How to travel with or without a bicycle
  • How to make your dreams come true and create the life you always wanted.
  • How to stay safe and healthy while traveling
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30 DAY FRUIT DIET CHALLENGE



30 Day Fruit Diet Challenge: A Leap of Faith


By Mikkel Gisle Johnsen


There are tons of reasons – both scientific and anecdotal in nature – that support the idea that eating a high carbohydrate, fruit based, vegan diet is optimal from a health and nutrition standpoint. I’m not going to give you any of these reasons today. Instead, here’s what I want you to do:

Take a leap of faith, and do exactly what I outline in this article. Do it for thirty days. The results are going to speak for themselves. Forget about the facts for a moment and just experiment! See how your body reacts! Let’s outline the principles that I want you to follow blindly:


Principle #1: Eliminate The Problematic Foods

First eliminate all animal products and go 100% vegan. Second, eliminate all processed foods that come in bags, packages, bottles or cans. If it’s got an ingredients list on it – it’s out! We’re now left with nothing but whole plant foods in their natural state.

Now eliminate all grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.


Principle #2: Focus on The Fruit

After eliminating all those “foods” from your diet, you’re basically left with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Make raw fruit your main focus. This basically means that if you can get a hold of high quality, delicious, enjoyable, sweet fruits like bananas, mangoes, cherimoyas, jackfruit, papaya and peaches – that’s all you need.

In fact, the best results will come from a 100% fruitarian diet, but only if you get enough sugar calories on a consistent basis and enjoy eating them.

If you can’t or won’t eat a 100% fruit diet, steamed roots and tubers – especially sweet potatoes – make an acceptable addition to the diet as long as fruit still predominates. In other words; you could eat fruit for breakfast and lunch, and steamed sweet potatoes for dinner. That being said – nothing beats a mango dinner in my experience 😊

Tender vegetables like greens and celery, as well as non-sweet fruits like tomato and cucumber, are fine to eat in small to moderate amounts if so desired. Sweet fruits need to predominate for caloric sufficiency though.


Principle #3: Eat When Hungry Until Satisfied

Your body knows how to gauge food intake as long as you’re eating high quality, natural human food (fruit). Try to forget about the portion control/calorie restriction mindset that’s prevalent in today’s culture and eat as much as you want. Fruit has less calories per gram than most other foods, so you can and should eat way more of it in order to be satisfied.

If food is at all interesting and attractive to you – eat. If food is not attractive, you’re satiated and can stop eating. It’s that easy.


Principle #4: Make Sure You’re Eating Enough Calories

Although the last principle about listening to your body is indeed true – there are still some pitfalls that can cause us to under eat on total calories and fail to maintain your weight and energy levels.

The most common cause of this is relying too heavily on low calorie fruits and not being used to the large volume that needs to be eaten in order to reach satiety.

The best way to ensure caloric sufficiency – apart from listening to your body – is to count calories for a few days. This will give you an objective look at what you’re eating. I recommend using cronometer.com as well as weighing all your food. Do this for 3-4 days to get an objective look at how much you’re eating.

Calorie needs vary a lot depending on body composition and activity level. Generally speaking though: a somewhat active, average individual will typically burn between 2000 and 3000 calories per day, some up to 4000 or more, but very few will burn less than 2000. Be sure to research this on your own.


Principle #5: Focus on The Calorie Dense Fruits

One way to guarantee caloric sufficiency, solid energy levels and sustainability on this diet, is to focus on the calorie dense fruits as your staples. These are the sweet fruits! The most common one is the banana.

I highly recommend making bananas your mainstay on this diet. They typically make up 50 – 60 % of my diet year round. They are consistent in terms of calories, they are affordable and available everywhere. Check out The Little Banana Book for more information on how to buy, store, ripen and eat bananas for optimal results.

Too many people fall off the deep end when they try to live on low sugar, high water fruits like watermelon and strawberries. Don’t get me wrong, these foods are amazing and I love them – but they are too calorie dilute to fully satisfy our caloric needs as active individuals. If your breakfast consisted of low calorie fruits like these, make sure lunch makes up for it by eating lots and lots of bananas or other sweet, tropical fruits.


Principle #6: Keep the Fat Intake Low

Since we’ve already eliminated animal foods, processed foods (including oils), as well as nuts and seeds, the only realistic fat source left for most people is going to be the avocado.

Again, I love me some avocado, but it fails to meet our nutritional needs as well as sweet fruit does – and it’s easy to overdo it and cause many of the issues commonly associated with a high fat diet.

To put a number on it, keep your fat intake at or below 10% of total calories for the day. Again, cronometer will help you sort this out. Typically, we’re talking less than one avocado per day for most people.

Don’t cheat on this one guys, keeping it high carb low fat is one of the main reasons this diet works so well! Remember – there’s fat in all fruits, so low fat does not equate to no fat!


Principle #7: Eat Ripe Fruit

The fruit you eat MUST be ripe! Ripe fruit is easier to digest and tastes way better than unripe fruit! Read up on fruit ripeness based on individual fruits. Generally speaking though, fruit should be soft, vibrant in color, sweet and delicious in taste and digest without difficulty. Again, check out The Little Banana Book to learn about what a ripe banana looks and feels like!

In order for you to always have ripe fruit on hand, you need to stay organized. This brings us to the next principle:


Principle #8: Buy Tons of Fruit

You’ll only be able to succeed eating this way if you actually have food to eat at all times. Since fruit ripens slowly it means you need to plan for this by buying in advance.

Also, since fruit has less calories per bite than most other foods – you’ll eat way more of it. In other words, you need to buy a lot of fruit OK! Don’t hesitate to buy by the box and in bulk.


Principle #9: Familiarize Yourself With The Principles of Food Combining

In order to avoid bloating and indigestion – assuming you’re eating ripe fruit of course – it’s super important that you avoid combining certain foods with each other as it just makes for bad digestive chemistry. Nothing beats the monomeal, where you eat nothing but one type of fruit until you’re satisfied of course, but if you do choose to combine, please familiarize yourself with these principles! The main rules would be to avoid combining sweet fruits with acid fruits, eat melons by themselves and keep things as simple as possible overall!


Principle #10: Keep It Simple

The last principle you’ve got to keep in mind is this: Fruit is a complete package! It doesn’t need preparation, mixing, matching, condiments and spices! It’s ready to go. Most animals in nature eat a diet consisting mostly of only a few foods. At mealtime, simplicity rules. You’ll get your variety in over the course of the year, as the seasons go by – but don’t worry about eating nothing but mangoes and bananas for a few weeks at the time. Simply find the fruits that you enjoy eating, and you’re good to go!


Now do it!

That’s it! I sincerely believe that if you follow these principles for one month straight – you will experience for yourself the power of a low fat, fruit based diet! Make sure you hunt for that good stuff, because fruit quality is paramount to your success. Check out this article to learn how to spot high quality fruit!

One last thing, you know I have to say this: I really want you to take that leap of faith and do as I say, but you definitely do so at your own risk! I’m not a certified nutritionist, and this is not medical advice! I’m simply sharing what I believe in, based on my own personal experience and extensive research into the area of health and nutrition. Don’t blame me when you start experiencing excellent digestion and better health 😉

Now’s the time. Make it happen!

The information in this article reflects the views and opinions of the author and is intended for educational and informational purposes only. This is not medical advice. We are not responsible for any action you may take based on the information given in this article. For medical advice please see your medical professional.

The Little Banana Book
The Little Banana Book
by Mikkel Gisle Johnsen – 58 pages

All you need to know about bananas in order to successfully eat a fruit based diet anywhere in the world!

This book will cover topics like:

  • Why bananas are so great for you
  • How to tell a good banana from a bad one
  • How to buy bananas in bulk at your local store
  • The best ways to eat your bananas – smoothie recipes included
  • Proper banana management – ensuring a consistent supply of ripe fruit
  • How to control the ripening process at home
  • Banana nutrition 101
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THREE FACTORS THAT WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO EXERCISE



Three Factors That Will Make You Want to Exercise


By Mikkel Gisle Johnsen


Even though we all know that exercise and activity are essential elements of a healthy lifestyle, very few of us actually do it on a regular basis. Why is that?

Today I want to touch upon three important factors to consider before you even start thinking about exercising. The way I see it, activity and exercise shouldn’t be something we need to force ourselves to do. Moving our bodies should be the reward – not the punishment – of being healthy, and it should require no mental motivation whatsoever.

By getting the following three aspects of your lifestyle in order, you’ll naturally have the energy to play, exercise, train and move your body – without effort.


Sleep

The first component of the high energy lifestyle is sleep. Without sufficient sleep, your body simply does not work the way it’s supposed to! Although we can get by on less sleep than we truly need, this is not going to cut it if you want peak human performance and healthy day to day energy levels. The power of getting adequate sleep on a consistent basis is huge!

The key is to go to bed early to allow enough time until you want to get up. In our natural tropical habitat, our sleep hours were regulated by the sun. In the tropics, the sun is down for about 12 hours per night, year round. We do not have good night vision as a species. Hint hint!

Modern science states that anything less than seven hours of sleep per night results in measurable declines in mental and physical performance. Eight hours is touted as the ideal medium. Our closes relatives the Chimpanzees and Bonobos sleep nine to ten hours per night. Athletes like Roger Federer is known to sleep up to twelve hours per night.

So how much sleep is enough? However much you need in order to wake up naturally, on a consistent basis, and feel refreshed and ready for the day! In other words; enough is enough!

You’ll probably find that somewhere between eight and twelve hours, most likely closer to the nine to ten hour range, will be adequate. The key is not forcing it. Just sleep however much you need, and no…you can’t sleep «too much». What an absurd idea! You’ll wake up when you’ve had enough!

Sufficient sleep will ensure that your nervous system is well rested and ready for a new day of awesome activities!


Hydration

It’s a fact – when dehydrated, your body cannot perform optimally. Before, during or after a training session or race, hydration is probably the athletes most urgent concern. Maximal aerobic power (VO2 max) is shown to decrease by 5% when experiencing fluid losses equivalent to only 3% of total body mass under laboratory conditions. In hot conditions this would be even worse. During a performance event, some of the main reasons why dehydration decreases performance are a reduction in blood volume, decreased skin blood flow, decreased sweat rate, decreased heat dissipation and increased core temperature.

More general, day to day symptoms of dehydration are things like fatigue, inability to focus, dry skin, constipation, muscle cramps and headaches.

To put it simply – a dehydrated person will probably not feel like exercising all that much. Getting on top of your hydration is key to creating the optimal conditions for an active lifestyle.

How to stay hydrated though?

In a nutshell – there are three steps: 1. Eliminate dehydrating foods and habits like bread, crackers, processed foods, coffee, tea, alcohol and other poisons. 2. Eat a diet based around fresh fruits (and vegetables if you want) high in water content. This will provide you with the bulk of your water for the day. 3. Drink plain water when thirsty, until satisfied.

Your water drinking needs will go down dramatically by eating a fruit based diet and your hydration will become a piece of (watermelon) cake.


Carbs

The last piece of the puzzle is just as – if not more – powerful than the previous two when it comes to creating the conditions that will naturally motivate you to move your body.

Carbohydrates! Especially in the form of simple sugars found in fruit! As a frugivore species, we have evolved to prefer carbohydrate rich fruits as our main fuel source – hence our liking for sweet things.

At rest, our bodies burn a mixture of mostly fat and carbohydrate internally for fuel. As the intensity of exercise goes up though, our bodies become more reliant on those carbohydrates, hence the focus on «carboloading» – which is just another way to say «getting enough carbs» – before a session, as well as sufficient intake of simple sugars during the event itself. Failure to provide enough carbohydrate in a marathon for example, leads to the dreaded «wall» which is simply a case of glycogen (stored carbohydrate) depletion.

Consuming a meal rich in carbohydrate right after a training session in order to replenish glycogen stores, is known to be an essential element in an optimal recovery strategy for athletes of all kinds.

Instead of living your life in a more or less glycogen depleted state, and then «carboload» in the days before a big event – why not stay «carbed up» at all times in order to perform at your mental and physical peak all day, everyday?

When people cut down on the carbohydrates in their diet, it inevitably leads to fatigue, lack of motivation, poor concentration and lower athletic performance. On the other hand, when people cut down on their fat intake (to less than 15% of total calories, with then 5-10% range being ideal) and replace it with carbohydrates, they invariably experience increased energy levels, mental focus and physical performance. Not only that, but their insulin sensitivity goes up as well, which ensures stable blood sugar levels. You can say goodbye to the blood sugar rollercoaster caused by the typical high fat «diabetes-type-2-causing» diet of the western world.

What’s the most available – and healthy – carbohydrate food on earth? Bananas of course! Learn how to make bananas your staple in The Little Banana Book!

The simple sugars in fruit are even superior to the cooked starches like grains and roots, simply because it digests so easily and comes without antinutrients like phytic acid and lectins. The sugars are readily absorbable without prior digestion. The various other nutrients needed for human health – like protein, essential fats, minerals and vitamins – are all there as well. It’s a perfect package!


Give It A Try

Why not just take my word for it and give it a try? Really! Try getting enough sleep, enough water and enough carbohydrates for just one month and see for yourself! I can almost guarantee you that you’ll be feeling a lot different about exercise after that month is up. It will likely go from being something you look upon as a chore, to something you regard as an absolute treat. Moving our bodies and being active is the stuff of life itself, but it sucks when the body doesn’t want to. Stack the cards in your favor and get on the high energy lifestyle today!

Give the body what it needs and you’ll be amazed at what it can do!


Read more: The Three Master Keys to Building Fitness

The Little Banana Book
The Little Banana Book
by Mikkel Gisle Johnsen – 58 pages

All you need to know about bananas in order to successfully eat a fruit based diet anywhere in the world!

This book will cover topics like:

  • Why bananas are so great for you
  • How to tell a good banana from a bad one
  • How to buy bananas in bulk at your local store
  • The best ways to eat your bananas – smoothie recipes included
  • Proper banana management – ensuring a consistent supply of ripe fruit
  • How to control the ripening process at home
  • Banana nutrition 101
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MY FIRST TIME EATING DURIAN



My First Time Eating Durian


By Mikkel Gisle Johnsen


After discovering the benefits of eating a raw food diet back in 2011, my brother Mads and I were instantly intrigued by tropical fruits. With their incredible colors, shapes and aromas, their natural appeal to our senses was undeniable. One fruit in particular seemed to reign supreme over all the others though. Durian.

After several months of drooling over pictures and YouTube videos showcasing this absurdly delicious looking fruit, we decided to head over to Thailand to get a taste for ourselves.


The Meeting

For the first month of our eastern journey, we found no Durian at all. This was expected though, since we were on a small island in the southwestern part of the country, way early in the season. We ate mangoes like it was going out of style and got acquainted with the tropical environment!

Our preparations for the trip, as well as some of our experiences – including tips on how to go fruit hunting in places like Thailand – are detailed in my book «The Way of The Fruitful Traveler».

Eventually, we headed on over to Chanthaburi and the island of Koh Chang in eastern Thailand. We had learnt – from watching Durianrider videos on YouTube – that this province was the place to be if you wanted good durian.

The myth of an unbearable stench was quickly debunked during our first encounter with the King of Fruit at a market in Chanthaburi, late March 2012. An intensely sweet and delicious aroma immediately made us desire the fruit. It was reminiscent of caramelized onions mixed with tropical fruit somehow.

We were intent on our first Durian experience being in a more tranquil environment though, so we left the market with some mangoes and headed back to our hotel to eat dinner and get a good nights sleep before leaving to the island of Koh Chang the next morning.


The First

After moving into a nice bungalow on the southern tip of the island, we were ready to buy our first ever batch of Durian. They were of the Kradumthong variety, which means «Golden Button». After several days of leaving them to ripen in our hut, marinating our sleeping space with the most amazing scent, one finally split open. We had read that we should wait until they split open before eating them. This is more a general guideline than it is a rule we’ve later learnt, and it applies only to early picked durian, not tree ripened!

The moment of truth was upon us. Would we love it or hate it? Durianrider says it should be «supersweet». Here we go! «Blah! Noo!!! What is this? It tastes like raw onions!»

The disappointment was huge. Durian was disgusting! Not sweet at all! After a few moments of denial, we agreed that it was indeed very unpalatable.

We were skeptical though. How could this be? Durian is supposed to be very sweet! We decided something wasn’t right and that we would have to give it another try, another day. Maybe it was over ripe?


The Second

A couple of days later it was time to give Durian another chance. We were probably more excited than the first time. Same variety. Same setting. Same view of the ocean. Same smell.

«Oh yes! Mmmmmm! This is good. This is different!»

A strong sense of relief came over us as we realized it was actually good! Not only good – it was really good! Sweet with nutty undertones – just like we had heard people talk about! Finally we get to learn what the fuzz was all about!

It was obvious to us that the first durian we had must have been over ripe and somewhat rotten. Now, years later, we can confirm this to be true. Every durian is different, but the Kradum variety especially, goes «raw onion» on you if you leave it too long past peak ripeness. It also loses its sweetness. If you catch it right at the perfect time though, you’ve got yourself a glorious meal of what we like to call «Butter of The Gods».


The Third

A day or two after our second, and first real Durian experience, we were back at it wanting more. Let’s face it – we went to Thailand because of Durian alone. Sure, we wanted to experience the tropical climate and all the wonderful fruits there, but the real attraction was Durian. Prior to seeing, smelling and tasting the fruit, we were both worried about whether or not we would like it. There was so many expectations. People talk about this fruit as if it’s from another planet! Like nothing else!

Needless to say, we were disappointed after our first try. When our second Durian hit the spot like no other fruit had ever done before, we were in love – but it was not until our third try that we really entered that deep state of complete and utter «Durianosis».

Same setting. Same Durian Variety. Different batch though.

The celestial objects were in alignment. Our lives approaching the point of no return. Hand with Durian moving towards mouth. Impact.

«…»

No words at first. But then:

«WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTT!!!???»

«This is insane! What is going on? How can something taste this good?»

Heads shaking in disbelief we started laughing…or crying. I’m not quite sure what was going on to be honest. Third time’s a charm they say and that’s exactly what happened to us. It was the most intensely delicious gustatory experience I had ever experienced. Superb aromas mixed with a super sweet taste, complete with infinite levels of subtle nuances in between. Words always fail me when I want to describe Durian.

The texture is creamy, like ice cream or a mix between avocado and banana. It’s like a dense version of whipped cream, encapsuled within a thin skin that bursts when you put it in your mouth. Like the best dessert in the world – just way better! There are hints of onion for sure, but that’s quite enjoyable now that it comes in concert with all the other flavors and sweetness. Some people say that it’s «too sweet», but as a former heavyweight candy consumer I beg to differ. The nausea that accompanies the consumption of too much refined sugar has nothing in common with the feeling of satisfaction that comes from fresh fruit.

So there we were. In a blissful state of Durian ecstasy. On a cliff, on an island in the Gulf of Thailand, looking out at the sunset, satisfied that the King of Fruit had blessed us with his presence. An obsession was born.


Read more: Why You Should Go Traveling Sooner Rather Than Later

The Way of the Fruitful Traveler
The Way of The Fruitful Traveler
by Mikkel Gisle Johnsen – 148 pages

Learn how to travel the world for fruit, sunshine and health – while carrying no more than 5 kg in your backpack!

This book will cover topics like:

  • Planning and preparing for a trip to the tropics
  • What to pack in order to travel light (ultralight packing list included)
  • How to travel with little or no money
  • How to source, transport, store and eat the best fruit on the planet
  • How to travel with or without a bicycle
  • How to make your dreams come true and create the life you always wanted.
  • How to stay safe and healthy while traveling
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HOW I STAY PERPETUALLY MOTIVATED TO LIVE HEALTHFULLY



How I Stay Perpetually Motivated To Live Healthfully


By Mikkel Gisle Johnsen


Health is wealth they say, but how do we stay motivated to keep doing what is best for us? How do we maintain a good diet and an overall healthy lifestyle when there are so many pitfalls along the way?

Sure, we can run off willpower and mental fortitude for quite a while, but in the long run it’s not enough. We need something that will motivate us perpetually. Something that will reinforce itself with or without our efforts.

In today’s article I’m going to let you in on my secret to success. It’s nothing magical, but it works – I can guarantee you that much!

Read on to learn how I stay motivated all day every day!


Avoid What Doesn’t Work

The first thing we need to realize is that nothing works except that which does. In other words – you might have to do a fair bit of experimentation before you find that which works. I could try to convince you to try what I believe is the optimal way, but ultimately you have to figure it out for yourself.

I don’t believe that there is more than one way to be optimally healthy. Physiologically speaking, we all function the same way – with only minor variations between individuals. We all need the same nutrients and the same conditions in order to be healthy.
Read our article: “Is it human food?” to learn more about what foods are species specific to humans!

We might be able to get by on something that’s not ideal, but getting by is not what we’re after here. We’re after optimal health!

What is optimal health then? It is possible to measure this to some degree, but ultimately it comes down to how you feel. Not only on a day to day basis but also long term. This is rather subjective, I know – but that’s OK for today, because I want you to tune into how you feel rather than what the numbers and stats might say.

Avoiding what doesn’t work means that if you’re not feeling your best – something is not right. Finding out exactly what isn’t right, is not always going to be easy of course. Over time though, if you are willing to experiment and be honest about the results you’re getting, you’ll usually start to see a pattern emerge. By identifying what doesn’t give you the results you desire, you’ve taken a huge step towards being perpetually motivated to stay healthy. It’s really a game of “connecting the dots”.


Let the Results Guide You

Over the course of the last six years of my life, I’ve been following a high carbohydrate, low fat, 100% vegan – mostly raw vegan, fruit based diet and cultivating health on all levels. I’ve learned a thing or two about the difference between feeling OK, feeling GOOD and feeling ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

I’ve certainly done a fair bit of experimenting too. I’ve tried eating more fat (15 – 25 % of calories) and less fat (5 – 10% of calories). I’ve tried late nights and early nights, enough sleep and not enough sleep. I’ve eaten cooked foods and raw foods. Sweet fruits and acid fruits. Unripe fruits and ripe fruits. I’ve lived in the tropics and in Norway. I’ve experimented with eating cooked starchy foods daily and I’ve done long periods of 100% raw fruit only. There have been times when I’ve eaten lots of greens for extended periods, and other times where I’ve gone for years without any at all. I’ve had pizza, tea, salt, pepper, beer and potato chips on several occasions! You get my point – I’m not afraid to do whatever I want, whenever I feel like it!

Here’s the thing though – I invariably find myself coming back to what WORKS! This is not because of any dogma or idea about what I should be doing, but rather a preference for feeling good! If I want to partake in some substance or activity that’s not ideal from a health perspective, I go ahead! Sooner or later though, I grow tired of the negative aspects of it, or I miss that amazing feeling too much to continue!

In other words – results motivate me more than anything else! We could all use a little inspiration and education here and there, whether it be from a YouTube video or a book, but ultimately it comes down to results.

When you start waking up in the morning feeling fresh and ready to attack the day with vigor, you never want to go back to feeling lousy again! When you feel energized and happy throughout the day, able to work on your goals and achieve them too, you’re naturally motivated to continue whatever you’re doing! There’s no need for outside motivation when you are internally motivated because you’re doing something that works!


A Leap of Faith

Maybe it takes a leap of faith to begin with, because no matter how much someone tells you about something, you’ll never be fully motivated until you actually experience it yourself.

So whatever it is – whether that be getting as much sleep as your body asks for, eating a fully raw vegan diet based around tropical fruits or a just a minor detail like keeping your fat intake below 10% of total calories – TRY IT! Actually do it! Keep it up for a few days, weeks or months even. You can never expect to truly know whether or not something works if you only do it fifty percent. So go all in! That’s what I do, and it keeps me super motivated all day, every day!

I often tell my health coaching clients about how I don’t look at anything I do as “slip ups” or “failures” – I simply do whatever I want! There’s no guilt involved, because it’s my choice. However, when the results are in, two hours after that pizza, two weeks into that stressful habit or the day after a late night – I’m right back in the saddle and I can’t wait to feel great again. That doesn’t mean I won’t do it again of course, because now I can calculate the “cost” of a bad habit and I might just be OK with it for the time being. Ultimately though, health feels better than anything else and it remains my number one priority over time.

No idea will ever motivate you as strongly and as thoroughly as results will. There’s only one way to get them though – you’ve got to try! Healthy living is the easiest thing there ever was, especially once you’ve tasted it.

Go for it and see for yourself!

The Little Banana Book
The Little Banana Book
by Mikkel Gisle Johnsen – 58 pages

All you need to know about bananas in order to successfully eat a fruit based diet anywhere in the world!

This book will cover topics like:

  • Why bananas are so great for you
  • How to tell a good banana from a bad one
  • How to buy bananas in bulk at your local store
  • The best ways to eat your bananas – smoothie recipes included
  • Proper banana management – ensuring a consistent supply of ripe fruit
  • How to control the ripening process at home
  • Banana nutrition 101
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WHY YOU SHOULD TRAVEL SOONER RATHER THAN LATER



Why You Should Go Traveling Sooner Rather Than Later


By Mikkel Gisle Johnsen


Are you longing for distant shores? Are you curious about foreign lands, exotic cultures and new languages? After almost a decade of traveling the world, both as a slow traveler migrating from one place to another, and as a backpacker moving relatively quickly between destinations, I’ve come to realize that traveling is one of the most powerful experiences you can have on this earth. Traveling will teach you more about life, the world and yourself than anything else I can think of!

But here’s the thing – you have to go now! If you’re excited about something, you’ve got to act on it! Waiting for too long will not only be a frustrating affair that puts a damper on everything else going on in your life at the time – but it will take away some of that spontaneous, excited energy that’s so important if you want to get the most out of your journey! Today I want to teach you exactly how to make traveling a reality, in the near future!


The Why

This one is simple. Traveling should not be equated with the idea of a «holiday». It’s not about predictability, safety, rest and relaxation – in fact it’s about the exact opposite! Traveling, at least in the sense that I’m talking about here today, is all about embracing the unknown. It’s about trying something new. Challenging the status quo in your own life. Jumping without a safety net!

In other words, the more unpredictable and potentially difficult your journey will be, the better! What you will (likely) find during your travels is that A – you are more powerful, capable and resourceful than you previously thought, B – That the world «out there» is less threatening and foreign than you thought it would be and that people are actually to some degree the same everywhere, and C – that the spontaneous, unplanned, kinda risky (in a good way) and somewhat random life that you will experience during traveling is exactly what makes the whole thing so awesome in the first place!

This is why waiting is such a bummer! When you wait, you do two things: Firstly, you let your excitement mellow out. This is no good! That excitement is what it’s all about in this life! Act on it! Now! Secondly, you end up «planning the joy out of your trip». As we’ve already established, most of the joy of traveling comes from the unknown. If you spend ages waiting for your trip, saving up lots of money and planning every step of the way, you’ll lose that spark. That spontaneity. And you rob yourself of the opportunity to get good at problem solving and dealing with challenges underway! So just do it!

The How

This one is even simpler. I just said it actually. Just do it! Literally. Just put your hands in front of your eyes and sing «lalala» while you ignore all the obstacles in your way! Seriously! If you want to go, you have GOT to go! It’s that simple.

Listen, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t do any planning whatsoever – unless you’re keen on going completely «wanderer style» of course. A little bit of planning goes a long way. To learn more about the planning process, what and how to pack, booking tickets and all that stuff, be sure to check out my eBook The Way of The Fruitful Traveler where I go in to these topics in depth – specifically geared at long term, lightweight, tropical travel.

To put a scope on it, I’d say that waiting more than three to six months to go traveling, if that excitement is buzzing right now, is unacceptable. Sell some of your stuff, make money any way you can, conserve money to the best of your ability, spin the globe and find your first destination. Then book that ticket! One way! I see no reason why you couldn’t make it happen within the month even, if you really wanted to!

Just remember this: You don’t have to see exactly how everything is going to work out now. In fact, it’s impossible to know this. I guarantee you that anyone who ever did or made something awesome did not know how to do it when they first started out – they just did it, and learned along the way!

So during your planning stages, pay no attention to the calculations that say you will run out of money after exactly two months on the road, because the variables are too many to say this with any kind of certainty – and when you do run out of money, because you invariably will, realize that money is not the only way to get what you need! There are endless opportunities to exchange your energy (in the form of work, entertainment, things etc.) for either more money or better yet – whatever you need at that time.

According to Bashar, the definition of abundance is “The ability to do what you need to do when you need to do it”. It can come in any way, shape or form and money is not always the path of least resistance between you and what you needf! Trust that you’ll be able to find solutions to challenges that arise during your trip and forget about sorting it all out beforehand!

The When

This Why and the How was simple, but this one is the simplest one of them all: You should travel whenever you’re excited about traveling! If that’s right now, then guess what? You should go traveling now!

Take the first step right now, which is to decide that you will travel. Once that’s out of the way determine how long of a preparation period you want to have – and remember to keep this below six months at the very most, ideally at three months maximum. Start talking about it to the people around you too! This helps solidify the idea in your own mind that you are indeed going traveling! Then all you have to do is decide on where to go, how long to travel for (I highly recommend keeping this open ended, more on this in my eBook) and start preparing for the adventure of your life! Remember though, that the adventure starts right now! Do enjoy the “launch process”. I know I always do!

So there you have it! Don’t torture yourself with waiting for months and years before you do what you’re excited about! Your life is happening right now, and there’s no reason to wait! By acting on your highest excitement, in the present moment, you are reconnecting with your true identity as a happy, powerful and blissful being. Remember – happiness is simply your natural state, and it will surface as soon as you stop doing what you don’t want, and start doing what you do want!

If traveling is what excites you right now, then for Your own sake – GO!



Want more tips on traveling?
Check out our article on why you should most definitely leave during winter!




The Way of the Fruitful Traveler
The Way of The Fruitful Traveler
by Mikkel Gisle Johnsen – 148 pages

Learn how to travel the world for fruit, sunshine and health – while carrying no more than 5 kg in your backpack!

This book will cover topics like:

  • Planning and preparing for a trip to the tropics
  • What to pack in order to travel light (ultralight packing list included)
  • How to travel with little or no money
  • How to source, transport, store and eat the best fruit on the planet
  • How to travel with or without a bicycle
  • How to make your dreams come true and create the life you always wanted.
  • How to stay safe and healthy while traveling
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