The one thing that completely changed my life!

By Mads Tobias S. Gisle Johnsen

I want to start out talking a bit about myself.

Between ages 6-20, I ate an extremely limited diet. About 70% of what I ate was plain bread, and the rest of it was pretty much just garbage. Chocolate spread, Doritos, and a little bit of ground meat on pizza. I didn’t even start eating cheese until I was about 16.

I might have had a glass of apple juice twice a week, and some tomato sauce on my pizzas, but other than that there were NO fruits and vegetables. I’m serious. Not a bite of an apple or a leaf of spinach for over 10 years. I can’t believe I survived…

Here’s what turned everything upside-down for me in a matter of months!

The key ingredient

Over the years, I’ve come to realize there is only one thing that truly can change how you live your life. Be it changing your diet, quit smoking, start exercising or spend more time with your family.

It’s pretty simple… inspiration. It doesn’t matter how much you learn about a subject, or hear someone tell you about how good it is for you. You need to be inspired, motivated and energized to make the change in your life.

What made changed my life? Two things in particular. Youtube and getting psyched up about health talking to my brother Mikkel. I started watching tons of Youtube videos from The Life Regenerator (aka. Dan the Man).

I’d been told my entire life that I should eat more fresh fruits and vegetable, but I never wanted to eat any until I started personally being inspired by people like Dan the Man. Why? Mainly because it made me think of fruits and vegetables as cool! This new shift in viewpoint totally changed everything for me, and I started chomping on every fruit and vegetable I could get a hold of. Within months I was pretty much raw vegan.

I didn’t even read the 80/10/10 diet until a few years into changing the way I ate, which then served to further inspire me about my healthy food choices.

Inspiration 101

Practically speaking, there is no one answer for all of us. What inspires us can be anything! We always hear of people who only stop smoking when they get diagnosed with a lung disease. What made them suddenly change? They were inspired to make a change in their life because of the will to keep on living healthfully.

We need these “catalysts” to actually make change. As long as we keep thinking “Oh, I should start exercising…” but don’t really want to, we’re invariably going to end up quitting the exercise regime after a short while, simply because willpower only lasts so long. Inspiration is more long term.

If there is something you want to change in your life, you need to seek out every avenue of inspiration. Youtube videos are an epic source, as you get to look up to people who you dig. I thought Dan the Man was awesome, and that’s why I started thinking fruits and vegetables was awesome. See?

I hope me and Mikkel inspire some of you guys as well! In fact, our Patreon is a great place to get inspired, as we do Q and A’s, live streams and talk with you guys through the timeline there!

So, if you want to start exercising, start watching exercise videos, follow people on Youtube who you resonate with, and I pretty much guarantee that you will soon want to be able to do what they can do.

The reason this stuff works is probably because of the way we’re hard wired to look up to those who do things successfully. We look up to our older siblings, parents, teachers (the good ones), and try to emulate what they do. Not because we think we should, but because we’re inspired to do the same things they do because we think they’re cool!

What if I never get motivated?

We’ve all been there… Feeling like we should be doing something or even thinking we want to do something, but it just never happens. We might even start a project only to stop halfway.

The truth is that most of the time, the answer is simply to let go of your desire to do the things you feel like you should do. It’s NOT worth your time and energy to keep thinking and fretting about doing something you don’t actually want to do!

That said, if there is something you truly believe you would benefit from, like changing your diet, it might be worth investing some energy into consciously blasting your mind with inspiring content.

Mikkel wrote an article on “The Four Attributes of Successful People” which is pretty awesome.

Watch Youtube videos. Talk with people who are doing the things you want to do successfully. Listen to podcasts about the topic you’re interested in. It’s all about getting deep into it.

If I can go from nearly gagging on a piece of apple, to eating 100% fruit in a few months… I’d say pretty much anything is possible with the right amount of inspiration-juice!

Want more inspiration?
Check out our article on Three Factors That Will Make You Want to Exercise

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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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!

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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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 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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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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5 Reasons Why Fruit is Fast Food

People often complain that they simply don’t have the time to eat healthy. They rely on fast food for their calories, and they eat on the go. In their world, eating healthfully means spending a lot of time buying special ingredients, learning new recipes and preparing foods for hours. There’s another way though! Fruit! Fruit is not only the best food for us nutritionally, but it’s also nature’s original fast food! Here’s 5 reasons why fruit is in fact, the fastest food on the planet! Continue Reading →


Humans Are Tropical Animals – Isn’t It Obvious?

In the great discussion on evolution in general, there’s one factor that I’d like to elaborate on just a bit. A lot of people seem to think that the human animal is so adaptable and flexible in it’s ways, that it has indeed adapted to living almost anywhere on the globe.

«Just look at the Inuits!» they say, «or the whole of Europe for that matter. We’ve evolved to live in these climates.». But here’s the thing – we haven’t! What we’ve done is adapt the environment around us to suit our needs and preferences, not the other way around. In a way, we never left the tropical environment at all, we took it with us wherever we went!

Where do we come from?

tropfor Even though there’s still a lot of pieces missing from the great puzzle of human evolution, there seems to be a general consensus that modern humans, and their ancestors, originated in the tropical regions of equatorial Africa. The area today known as Ethiopia is often touted as the birthplace of man.

For millions of years “we” evolved in these tropical regions, as fruit eating primates. The question is – what happened when we left «home» and headed out on our grand adventure to explore the far reaches of this earth?

Going North

As we went north, we had to deal with colder temperatures and harsh weather. Normally, environmental pressure stimulates evolution by allowing those that happen to have an beneficial adaptation to the new environment proliferate, while everyone else essentially dies out. But with us, something interesting occurred – at least in the sense of adapting to the cold. Because of our intelligence, we used tools like fire, clothing and shelter to adapt the environment to our liking. We didn’t have to grow hardier and more cold tolerant over hundreds of thousands of years, even millions, in order to survive the northern cold – we simply moved wherever we wanted to and used tools to be able to do so.

Sure, there has been some adaptations taking place over the last 100 000 years to allow for living in a non tropical climate. Skin color is an example. As we moved away from the equatorial sun, our skin grew lighter to absorb more of the sunlight. The further north you go, the whiter skin the population will have. There has probably been some slight adaptations to the cold as well, but still to this day – no human can survive the winter in Norway without the help of clothes, heating and a house!

Our Houses are Tropical Year Round

Just like greenhouses are kept hot for the plants to thrive, we build our houses to support optimal conditions for human health. If we take clothing, that helps us tolerate cold to some degree, out of the equation, most people would agree that the ideal range is somewhere between 24 and 27 degrees Celsius for a naked body. Interestingly enough, this is pretty much the exact range of temperatures that exist in the tropical rain forests that we spent most of our evolutionary past in.

As we moved out of the forest, and into the open grasslands, and from there on to conquer the world, we simply brought our favorite conditions with us at all times, by making clothes, fires and houses!

Isn’t it absolutely obvious? We fill our houses with tropical and subtropical plants, we turn on the heating when it get’s cold, we insulate the walls to keep the heat in and we walk around in clothes that maintain our body temperature just where we like it. We are tropical animals, living in the «all the wrong places»!

How To Thrive Outside The Tropics

tropsun Now, one thing is survival, but thriving is another thing altogether. Can we truly ever thrive while living outside our natural habitat in the tropics? Can our tools truly save us? It’s a question to ponder for sure. I can’t say that I’ve made up my mind completely, but I’m skeptical. There’s more to this equation than just temperature. There’s the tropical day/night cycle of 12 hours/12 hours. There’s the fact that we are frugivores and our optimal food grows in the tropics and subtropics – not in temperate climates. There’s the problems associated with wearing clothing and breathing indoor air. There’s the lack of adequate sun exposure both in terms of our hormones, but also vitamin D.

I’m sure there are more reasons why, physically speaking, we compromise our health by moving far away from the tropics – but there’s more to life than physical health! We are cultural animals too! We’ve grown fond of the northern seasons, the cold winds and the beautiful landscapes. We’ve got our friends and family here. We have grown roots. We can’t just all move back to the tropics can we? Well, if we want to we can, but most people won’t, not even me – at least not permanently.

So how do we proceed from here? We enjoy what we’ve got and where we are, while striving to mimic the conditions optimal for our health. We can optimize the temperature in our houses at all times to avoid being too hot or too cold. We can do our best to have fresh air inside our homes as much of the time as possible. We can be conscious of how much sunlight we’re getting. We can base our diet around imported, tropical fruits. We can manipulate the lighting in our home as evening approaches. We can optimize our bedroom for perfect sleep. There are countless ways we can improve and optimize the conditions around us to provide our body with exactly what it needs, when it needs it.

We will probably never be able to achieve optimal health while living in a temperate climate, but we can get pretty close – as long as we remember that we are indeed tropical animals and that the model to follow is the tropical one.

The further north (or south from the equator) you go, the harder it will be to provide those ideal conditions, and it might even be near impossible during the deepest of winter. I highly recommend spending at least this part of the year somewhere closer to our ancestral home in the tropics in order to provide your body with that much needed sunlight and fresh fruit.

In the end it’s a personal choice; to what degree you choose to honor your physical body and provide it with the best conditions for optimal health. That being said, just knowing that we are indeed a tropical animal, makes a big difference in your chances of success wherever you are because that awareness will allow you to tailor your environment to suit your needs – wherever you are!

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 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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Is It Human Food?

Let’s observe nature for a moment. Every single animal on the planet seem to do perfectly fine when it comes to determining what food is best for them. They know nothing about carbohydrates, protein or fat. They have no idea what their blood type is. They have never counted a calorie in their life. Yet – they all seem to be doing fine, eating their natural diet and keeping their ideal weight, effortlessly, as long as there is enough of their preferred food available to them. How come we humans have such a hard time deciding what foods we should eat for optimal health, when to eat it and ultimately how much of it?

Keeping it simple

First of all, let’s take a big step back. Let’s forget about everything we (think) we know about nutrition. As we’ve already established, all animals on the planet are able to determine what to eat without having laboratories and science books to help them, so we shouldn’t have to rely on that.

Secondly, let’s recognize that just because humans did something in the past, doesn’t mean that it’s ideal. There have been times, especially over the last few hundred thousand years of human evolution, that we have had to modify and adapt our environment with tools in order to survive when the conditions around us were no longer conducive to us as a species. Due to our intelligence, we found ways to do that. That’s well and good, but I’m not looking to determine human food culture, but rather the diet to which our bodies are biologically adapted to eating. In other words, what foods are natural for the body as it is today, because surely, our body couldn’t possibly have evolved to need something without having a corresponding desire or instinct to seek it out in the environment, could it? I don’t see how that would make sense. Our natural, biologically appropriate diet must correspond with our natural instincts, inclinations and abilities – before tools and processing come into play. Otherwise, what would you have done before you invented the tool?

Let’s keep it simple then. How do I know if it’s human food or not?

Let’s find some food

Biriba The first thing to consider is how well we are able to source and ultimately ingest a given food by looking at our natural abilities.

What kind of body do we have? Anatomically speaking, what kind of food are we best adapted to acquiring and consuming? Can we catch an animal with our bare hands and rip their flesh apart with our teeth? Can we dig up roots and eat away at them? Can we gather enough seeds and grains to sustain ourselves without modern agriculture? How about the fruit hanging off the tree?

I think it’s safe to say that anatomically speaking, we are in the biological category of “frugivorous primate”, and we certainly have no specifications for meat eating whatsoever. Our eyes easily spot colors like yellow, red, orange etc. amongst the green foliage. The fruit “hides” from us by staying green until it’s ripe and ready. Our nose is definitely not a carnivores nose able to smell prey from far away. We enjoy fruity smells. This is evident by looking at the perfume industry, there’s no smell called “dead carcass”. Our teeth cannot bite through leather (skin) can they? They are grinding teeth for plant foods that require chewing, like fruits and tender vegetables. We are great climbers, with large Latissimus Dorsi muscles to pull ourselves up on branches. We have opposing thumbs that are great at grabbing and peeling fruit. Imagine a lion peeling a fruit.

There are endless more examples – let’s face it, if you were hungry and had to get your food yourself, without using tools and with the least amount of energy spent, catching an animal, digging up roots or collecting seeds isn’t going to work very well. Picking delicious fruits off a tree though… which brings me to my next point, which is…

Does it appeal to your senses?

Animals have evolved to be naturally attracted to the food they eat. Why do you feel attracted to your own species but not others? It’s a natural instinct. Your biological need to reproduce corresponds perfectly to your desire to do so. It’s the same with food. Our nutritional needs corresponds with our natural desire to eat certain foods, and those nutritional needs were there before we started cooking and processing otherwise inedible foods in order to make them edible, tasty and nutritious. Therefore the first real step in determining whether something is human food or not is to find out if it appeals to your senses – in its raw, natural state.

Does it look attractive to you? When you look at a cow in the pasture, do you instinctively feel like running up to it and taking a bite into its side? Of course not! How about raw grass? Not very appetizing. What about a mango though? Yellow. Fresh. Contrasting the green leaves around it, screaming “Here I am, eat me!” from a hundred meters away! Carnivores don’t see color very well, but they sure smell and hear better than we do. We’re frugivores, we need to spot colors like yellow easily, which is why police and construction workers wear yellow pullovers when they want to be easily spotted in the road. It’s not a coincidence. Fruit trees rely on a symbiotic relationship with those that eat the fruit and spread it’s seeds. It’s part of their reproductive strategy. The very fact that we find fruit good looking shows us that we are that symbiotic partner. We evolved together with fruit. Fruit looks attractive to the eye.

How does it smell? Every child loves the smell of the fish market or the butchers shop right? Nope. They don’t. They hate it! Dead animals smell bad to our nose. Because we’re not carnivores. We prefer fresh and fruity smells. How about a potato? Most vegetables have no smell to us and they don’t appeal to our nose. Fruit has a wide array of wonderful aromas that we enjoy as humans. We also enjoy the smell of flowers, which is essentially the precursor to a fruit. Think pineapple, mango, jackfruit, peaches and strawberries – fruit is attractive to our sense of smell.

Ultimately, how does it taste? Raw meat is not a common food for humans – at least not by itself, without any condiments or side dishes to mask the taste. Can you imagine eating raw meat with blood, bones, fur, feces, brains, eyes, intestines and all? What about starchy vegetables? Roots, grains and other starchy foods are not only hard for us to actually chew, eat and ultimately digest, but they are more or less tasteless to us. Starch has no taste. We have sugar sensors on our tongue that enjoy eating sweet things. What’s sweet in nature? Fruit! If it’s bitter it usually means it’s toxic, while sour means unripe! We are sweet seekers by nature, and fruit fits the bill. Out of all the various foods out there – fruit is the only food that 100% appeals to our sense of taste in its raw, natural state.

Can you eat it by itself?

Animals don’t make sandwiches or salads. They eat their food as it is, by itself without mixing it with anything else. They find the natural taste of the food appealing.

If you can’t stand the taste of something on its own, don’t you think that’s a pretty clear sign that it’s not human food? If something tastes bad or bland and boring to an animal, there’s no way they would eat it. All animals are motivated by mainly three things – seeking of pleasure, avoidance of pain and conservation of energy. Food is sought out purely based on pleasure. Pleasure is nature’s way of saying “this activity is worth doing”. The only reason we eat bland and boring foods now and then is because we think we should because of some theoretical nutritional idea. Most of the time though, we cover up the taste of the food we eat by mixing it with other foods and/or covering up the taste with condiments, sauces, spices and dressings.

There’s no need to cover up a ripe mango though, that stuff is delicious by itself! Fruit is appealing to us as it is, without any preparation done to it. Sure, kitchen arts can be fun and they are a part of our cultural heritage so cutting, blending and mixing foods together can still be OK, like a fruit salad for example – but the point is can you eat it by itself and enjoy it fully? If the answer is “no” because it’s simply too boring or too disgusting, it’s not proper food for us. If it’s “hell yes that stuff is SO good” then chances are – it’s human food!

Can you eat a full meal of it?

Some animals graze while others eat large meals. I believe that if I was hungry, looking for food, and I came upon a fruiting tree I would eat until satiety. I would certainly not eat only a little bit and then continue my quest for food, that would waste both energy and go against my natural urge to seek pleasure until that point where food no longer seems interesting – also known as satiety, satisfaction or fullness.

If you can only enjoy a little bit of a certain food, because it quickly becomes too intense or too difficult to eat, chances are it’s not human food. Some people say things like “I could eat grass” or “I could see myself eating a raw potato” or even “I love me some raw meat”. If you think about it though, cows don’t eat only a little bit of grass and lions don’t nibble on raw meat – they eat a LOT of it. I don’t think any human would enjoy a full meal of grass, raw potatoes OR raw meat, and not only that but let’s say you managed to get through it anyway – I’ve got three questions for you: 1. Did you enjoy that immensely? Because surely, if it’s our natural food we would absolutely relish it. 2. Would you do it again in a few hours, and then again tomorrow? And last but not least – 3. Are you satiated? Is it digesting fine? Are you filled with satisfaction?

Surely, our natural food must be delicious enough to eat a full meal of it, by itself and feel great all the way from ingestion to digestion. A meal of mangoes is something anyone can imagine I think. There’s absolutely no reason to be repulsed by the idea of eating a meal of bananas. A full meal of fruit is something anyone could do, and enjoy it too!

Would you feed it to a child?

Last but not least – would you feed it to a child? Surely, apart from mothers milk, all young animals eat the same as their parents. They obviously eat less food total, but the quality and type of food is more or less the same.

We can all learn to “like” something by repeated exposure. No one likes smoking the first time, or the second or third – but at a certain point people start actually enjoying it. The brain has made a positive connection to the process. It’s the same with food. Some people claim to love eating the weirdest things. Foods that may or may not pass the first three tests for you (is it appealing in its raw natural state? Can you eat it and enjoy it by itself? Can you eat a full meal of it?), but would you feed it to a child though? A child is pretty much the same as an adult in terms of digestive system, physiology, anatomy – except for the fact that it’s developing and is therefore way more sensitive. Sensitivity is good though. Just like a non-smoker is sensitive to that first draw, sensitivity is truly a show of health.

So would you feed wine to a baby? What about bitter herbs? Tobacco? Coffee? Strong peppers? Garlic? Maybe some deep fried chicken? Of course – many people today actually do feed their babies almost anything under the sun, a great tragedy indeed, but that’s the sad truth. The problem is of course that they also feed themselves the same substances and that’s a tragedy almost as great actually.

Without dwelling on the negative note, just remember next time you wonder whether or not something is truly human food, ask yourself if you would feed it to a baby, and if the answer is something like “of course I can’t give raw onion to a baby” then ask yourself why exactly then is it OK to feed it to yourself?

Fruits are excellent for babies – and grownups alike! It’s easy to digest. It’s non irritating. It’s sweet (remember human breast milk is very sweet). Bananas are generally touted as one of the absolute best things to feed a baby during the weaning period! And it just so happens that bananas are great for us adults as well! Human food is good for all ages!


So there you have it, the ultimate test to figure out what to eat. It’s actually very simple. Human food is that which is appealing to our sight, touch, smell and taste – in its natural, unprocessed, raw state. Human food is the food we can easily enjoy eating a full meal of, by itself, without covering up the taste whatsoever by mixing or dressing it in any way. Human food is nontoxic and can be eaten by everybody.

Fruit fits this description so perfectly that it’s almost too obvious. It’s often a case of “can’t see the forest for the trees” when people try to “figure out” human nutrition. Scientific, as well as cultural biases, make it difficult for most people to find this truth, and that’s understandable. We’ve strayed far from our natural diet through our evolutionary history while trying to survive in less than ideal climates and environments. Today though, fruit is more or less available year round to all people around the globe, and we may for the first time in a while, start moving towards a return to our biologically appropriate diet predominated by sweet, tropical fruits. Practically speaking I have found no strong contraindications to the inclusion of some raw, tender green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds – and to a lesser degree conservatively cooked roots and tubers. Still, there’s absolutely no doubt as to what the ideal is. The only food to truly fulfill man’s nutritional needs to perfection, pass all the criteria as to what constitutes “human food” and satisfy our desire for good eating, better than any other “food item” – FRUIT comes out as the clear winner!

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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A high volume diet

One of the first things people notice when they get exposed to the raw fruit diet, is the high volume of food eaten in a day. I clearly remember one day back in 2010, while I was still eating a pretty standard vegetarian diet, talking to a friend of mine who was eating a raw vegan diet. When he told me he routinely had eight or more bananas for breakfast – I was utterly shocked! Eight bananas for breakfast? That’s insane! I could not imagine eating that many bananas in one day, let alone for breakfast! Let’s delve into the three main reasons why raw fooders get to eat more!


Fruit is higher in water content than most other foods! This is a good thing! After oxygen, water is the most urgent nutritional need we have. By eating processed, cooked and dry foods we become dehydrated, and as a result we must drink lots of water to make up for it. Food is supposed to provide us with water as part of the package! Raw foods are rich in water. Even carnivores will lap up the blood of their prey before anything else! By removing the water from our food by various means of processing, we are making the food less nutritious.

Since fruit is so water rich, it has less calories per bite than we are used to on our highly concentrated, refined diets, and therefore we have to learn to eat more food once we start a raw vegan diet. This is great though, isn’t it? Most people only get to eat a couple dozen bites in a single meal. On a fruit diet you’ll get to eat three times as much food, for the same calories – it’s a beautiful thing!


Fruits, like most plant foods, are higher in fiber than the standard, processed fare. There’s absolutely zero fiber in animal products, it’s exclusive to the plant kingdom. Highly processed foods are also lacking in this vital nutrient. I say “nutrient”, even though strictly speaking, we don’t absorb the fiber into our bodies, but it plays a role in our digestion. Fiber comes in two types, soluble and insoluble – fruit has a perfect balance of both.

The insoluble fiber gives bulk to the food moving through your system and as they said in the old days – it “sweeps” through your colon and keeps things moving! There is a serious lack of fiber in the standard western diet, something which is evident in the fact that one out of three people in America for example, experience serious constipation. The rest of the population is probably just somewhat backed up. Healthy populations all have something in common – a high fiber diet!

The soluble fiber in fruit “keeps things together”. It holds on to some water and ensures that sugars and other nutrients are absorbed slowly and steadily while the intestinal content moves along nicely.

All that fiber fills you up too! Just like with the water content, high fiber diets are more satisfying by filling you up quicker, with less calories.

As you can see, fiber is another reason why a plant based diet is higher in volume than the average diet high in animal products and processed foods.


The third main reason why a fruit based diet is so high in volume has to do with carbohydrates. Three nutrients, known as the “Macronutrients”, supply us with our fuel/energy – they are carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We measure their energetic value in “calories”, a unit of measurement!

Now, carbohydrates and proteins pack 4 calories per gram, whereas fat packs a whopping 9 calories per gram! In other words, if you’re getting most of your calories from carbohydrates, you will have to eat more than twice the amount of food you would if you were relying on fat, just to be able to meet your caloric needs.

Most fruits average around 90% of their calories from carbohydrates in the form of simple sugars that are easy to digest and absorb, and the remaining 10% from fat and protein. Some fruits are higher in fat, like Avocado for example, and these are best enjoyed in moderation due to the high fat content. Personally, I’ve found that this moderates itself however, as when I’m hungry I want something that will satisfy my want for sugar (immediate fuel). Fat takes too long to digest and won’t supply me with any readily available calories until later, hence the “sweet tooth” at the end of a fatty Christmas dinner – you ate a bunch of calories, but you didn’t satisfy your need for immediate fuel – Sugar! Eat enough sweet fruits so you’ll never experience the common cravings that people report when eating a low carbohydrate diet.

Some people may argue that fat is a better fuel since you need to eat less food, but consider all the micronutrients like minerals and vitamins! By eating calorie dilute foods like fruits, we’re forced to eat more volume, and this means we are ultimately getting more of the various other nutrients that come along with those calories. Calorie for calorie, fruit comes out as the most nutritious and appropriate food for the human species.

more2The enjoyment of eating

Eating is supposed to be enjoyable. Fruit not only satisfies your natural desire for sweetness, but it also hydrates you and fills your stomach up so that you feel satiated. Imagine a waterless, fiberless, highly processed product like olive oil or coconut oil, at 100% fat a 100 grams of it would pack 900 calories! Do you think you would be satisfied after eating 100 grams of food? No way! Eating fruit means we can eat as much as we want, without ever worrying about eating “too much”, because our body will now be able to naturally gauge how much to eat at a meal. Filling up our stomach is one of the main factors in satiation.

As you start out on the raw vegan diet, your stomach is small since it’s used to the highly concentrated foods and small portions of the standard diet. For the first few weeks it may take a little bit of “training” to get your stomach to expand to it’s natural, original size. Remember, all through our evolutionary history, we’ve subsisted on a high fiber diet, your stomach is longing for that stretch – to finally be able to fill up on good stuff without the guilt and discomfort that usually accompanies a large meal.

If you find that breakfast simply don’t hold you until lunch, or even an hour, you know that you must increase your ability to eat a larger volume, in order to eat the necessary calories. You can’t expect to be able to run off 100 calories for breakfast when your usual meal is 600 or more! When you’re full, simply push yourself 1% further. It shouldn’t be uncomfortable, just slightly beyond your present limit. Just like with exercise, if you push too hard, the benefits are lost. Push gently, and see the adaption happen over time. Give it a few weeks to a couple of months and you’ll be more than capable of eating enough fruit to succeed and thrive on a fruit based, raw vegan diet!

Some people think eating this way means you’ll have to “eat all day”, but this is certainly not the case. I’ll easily eat my 2.5 kg of mangoes for lunch in about 15-20 minutes! Most people are so caught up in their portion control, calorie restriction mindset that they unconsciously fiddle around with the food on their plate for ages – putting down the fork between bites, taking miniature mouthfuls – all in an effort to make it last longer. On a natural, raw food diet you can truly get down to business when you’re eating and fully enjoy your food just like nature intended, no restriction needed.

So there you go, the three main reasons raw fooders eat more than everybody else! It’s been 5 years for me on a mostly raw food diet and I’m never looking back! The level of satisfaction, enjoyment, health and pleasure involved in the process of eating as much fruit as I care for, knowing that the nutrition is right on point AND it tastes amazing, is just too good to give up.

Next time you’re hungry – give fruit a chance!

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
  • learn more button


What is Health?

health2 The word “health” comes from the same root word as “whole” and “holy. Health is being whole. Healing means to become whole again, to be once again restored to completeness, integrity and soundness. It’s a powerful word, often misunderstood, that in its fullness indicates the perfection of nature and the integrity of a system.

Life is Health and Health is Life. The ancient self-organizing process we call life is mysterious but easily observed. It is always working towards optimization and perfection. When you get a cut, it is healed. You are made whole again. So the body is self-healing. There is no need for any outside help, it is simply a matter of meeting the needs of the body and it will naturally strive for health. Health is the normal state of the body.

Supplying the needs of the body is effortless when we just allow the body itself to take care of it by motivating us in the direction of its need. We get thirsty when there is a need for water. We will not forget to breathe, it simply happens. We will neither forget to eat, because there is a hunger that only the appropriate food will satisfy. When we learn to listen to the body’s signals and respond to them, health is the natural outcome. Also remember that all healthful activities are pleasurable, so we can even enjoy it!

Living Healthy in a Unhealthy World

Due to our intelligence, we humans have been able to survive in environments that were not ideal for us, and we have been for a long time. This means we have created the conditions for our survival when they otherwise weren’t present. This could be things like eating meat because there was not enough fruit around and making houses, fires and clothing to protect us from the cold as we moved out of our natural climate, the tropics. This was of course great in many ways, and we are indeed here today because of it, but what now?

Today, we are living in a world of our own making to a large degree, and it is not all to our benefit, at least in terms of our health and wellbeing. We have created drugs, artificially stimulating, heavily processed foods and poisons like coffee, alcohol, tea and cigarettes. We have created polluted environments and we are suffering as a result. Essentially, the influences, forces and substances that we are subjected to are not conducive to optimal health and it’s about time we moved forward, not back, to a healthy way of living and provided our bodies with what it needs, not from a cultural perspective, but from a physiological, anatomical and biochemical perspective. Just because humans have been doing something for a long time does not mean that it is the best alternative. Still, it’s a balancing act of allowing the transition to happen naturally, without suppressing our cultural needs completely.

Cooking our food for example, allowed us to eat otherwise inedible foods to survive in a harsh environment, but what if we could start thriving instead of just surviving? What if we observed nature and our own bodies (which are one and the same) and actually provided what is needed and avoided what is damaging? Instead of putting on clothes and living inside houses to cope with a cold climate, we could realize that the very need for a tool, like clothing, indicates to us that we are outside our biological niche. The need for cooking to prepare our foods doesn’t make sense. All animals eat a diet that is ideally suited for their bodies, and they also eat it raw as it appears in nature! Surely, there must be a diet that is optimal for us too! There is! We are tropical animals, we are frugivorous animals just like our primate cousins the Bonobo and Chimpanzee. We thrive on a diet of raw fruits and tender vegetables. The raw food diet isn’t a new thing; it’s the most ancient of all diets! We have no way of truly determining our need for, say, iron, protein and calcium, because we do not have a natural way to relate to those things. We relate to banana! We relate to mango, cherimoya, fig and durian! We relate to leaves, stalks, nuts, seeds and various other substances that are foods to us. By getting in touch with our true needs, we can start to provide the conditions for ideal health creation and reach our full potential as human beings, by first paying attention to the often overlooked, human animal.

The Elements of Health

There are an infinite number of factors coming together to create life as we know it. Here are some of the most obvious aspects we need to pay attention to.


We have an urgent need for oxygen in our bodies and we have no way of storing it, that’s why we got to breathe continually. AIR2JPGThere are also electrical properties to air and there is a lot of science indicating that negative ions are indeed an important component of “good air”.

Toxic air is air with poisonous gases and/or small particles in it. Things like cigarette smoke, car fumes and dust filled indoor air are toxic to us, which means the body needs expend energy in eliminating the waste.

Deficient air is air without its oxygen and/or negative ions. If we stay inside a small space for a long time, we use up the oxygen and the air becomes deficient.

The best air is typically ocean air, forest air and mountain air. The worst air is typically city air and indoor air. We need fresh, clean air for optimal health.


water2 We are composed of about 70% water and it is one of the principal needs of the body on a daily basis. For optimal hydration we want to provide most of the water in the form of food. If our foods leave us dehydrated we must question that food as optimal. Fruits and vegetables are typically 60 – 90 % water.

The body uses water for various purposes, some of which are nutrient and waste transportation and temperature regulation.

Depending on our activity level and current climate our water needs will vary. Higher activity level and/or warmer climate mean higher metabolism and/or more sweating, which in turn means we must replenish the water lost. In a healthy body, drinking according to thirst will suffice.

The best water is clean and natural spring water as it appears in nature with no contamination whatsoever. Even in the most pristine environments, the water is not necessarily always clean. As an alternative to spring water, maybe even more reliable, is rural rain water or distilled water.

The most important factor is to drink clean water and avoid water that contains chemical pollutants like for example chlorine, fluoride, agricultural poisons, human waste and parasitic microbes.


fOOD2 We eat to build, maintain and fuel or bodies. Our anatomy, physiology and biology dictate a diet where most of our calories come from sweet, tropical fruits. We are frugivores by definition. We are not carnivores like lions are, we are not herbivores like cows are, we are omnivores only by culture, but not by physiology. A fruit based diet is the optimal diet for human health. Does this mean that the ideal would be to live as a strict fruitarian? Maybe! Greens, vegetables, insects, nuts and seeds all fall in the grey zone of the human dietary niche and depending on circumstances may or may not be needed.

There are no animals in nature that cook their food. We have to ask ourselves if cooking improves the nutritional value of the food. Sure, if we are in an environment without our natural food, fruit, we could survive by cooking foods that are otherwise not edible. Cooking is a destructive process however, not a constructive one. We damage nutrients and create toxins when we set fire to our food. How can this possibly be beneficial for us today? A raw food diet is the answer. All of nature consumes a raw food diet and has been since the dawn of time. The raw food diet is the most ancient of all diet plans.

As it turns out, a raw vegan diet based around ripe fruit with the possible addition of some tender vegetables is the optimal diet. The modern definition of this style of eating would be a High Carb Low Fat Raw Vegan Diet (HCLF) or more specifically 811rv which stands for 80/10/10 raw vegan, referring to the ratio between carbohydrates/protein/fat where carbohydrates in the form of simple sugars predominate.

There’s a whole range of nutrients necessary for the optimal functioning of the body, some discovered, some not. We can never “outsmart” nature and provide better nourishment by isolating individual nutrients and trying to meet our nutritional needs by micromanaging our diet. It must be a whole food approach where everything comes in the perfect balance as nature intended. The ideal diet must therefore be a diet of whole foods where all the nutrients come together in concert.

To sum it up, our food should be eaten raw, fresh, ripe and whole for optimum nutrition. We are tropical, frugivorous animals and fruits and vegetables are our specie specific diet. For ideal digestion and health, one type of food at the time, eaten when hungry until satisfied will do. Seasonal eating is the norm in nature. Simplicity at the meal, variety over time.


Sleep is a physiological state where the body goes into a state of altered consciousness where incoming stimuli and physical activity is reduced to allow for a heightened state of recuperation, rebuilding, reorganization and rest. It is very complex in nature and not simply a state of deep relaxation. Quite on the contrary, some functions of the brain and body are more active during sleep than when awake.

Without going into exactly what sleep is and how it works, let’s look briefly at our need for sleep and the role it plays in a healthy lifestyle.

If we were living in our natural environment, the tropics, without electricity (lights), we would most certainly go to bed as soon as it gets dark. Our natural sleep hormone, melatonin, is stimulated by the darkness and we grow sleepy eyed and eventually fall asleep. Depending on our activity level the day before, and our overall health and diet, our sleep needs may vary. We may wake up after only 8 hours and feel refreshed, or it might take as much as 12 hours to fully Sleep2recuperate from the day’s activities. The tropical night lasts for about 12 hours, 10 if you exclude the twilight.

Science has proved time and time again that 8 hours is an absolute minimum amount of sleep for optimal brain and body functioning. On average though, most people need between 9 and 11 hours of sleep per night, and this fits perfectly with the tropical rhythm that we are hormonally hardwired to.

Sleep is easily down prioritized due to it being an “unproductive” state that doesn’t go well with our overworked, business orientated society. But as any intelligent human would realize, it’s far from being unproductive. Without it we would not be able to perform anything at all! Sleep is essential to optimal health, so go to bed and sleep enough!


The sun is the original source of energy from the Earth’s perspective. We consume our fuel in the form of carbohydrates and fats mainly – which is the suns energy stored by plants. We literally eat sunlight.

But we also need sunshine on our skin, primarily for two reasons. One of them is Vitamin D, which is produced by the body after exposure of the suns UV radiation directly on our skin. If we are too far away from the tropics, there’s a period of the year where the sun is at too low of an angle to stimulate adequate Vitamin D production, this is a problem which is best solved by relocating to the tropics, at least for some months during deep winter. Enjoy sunshine in moderation.

The second benefit of sunbathing is that the sun rays actually cleans our skin. In the same way as hospitals use UV to sterilize equipment, an important part of natural hygiene is to expose our naked skin to the sun in order to stay clean. Not only that, but it actually penetrates into our bodies and plays a part in keeping our Sun2bloodstream clean and pure.

Last but not least, the sun plays an important role in our circadian rhythm, biological clock and hormonal health. We are diurnal animals ideally suited to live in the tropics where the day/night cycle is very steady at around 12/12 hours. Our cousin primates all “go to bed” at dusk and falls asleep naturally under the influence of the hormone melatonin which is stimulated by darkness. Then they sleep for about 9-11 hours before they wake up as the first light of morning appears. Sunlight in our eyes (indirectly) stimulates production of serotonin which gives us that good “all is well” feeling that we love. Sunlight is essential to optimal health.


movement2 Health without fitness is not possible. The body thrives when it’s being used. Animals in a state of nature have to be active in order to find their food, move from place to place etc.

Children move a lot, they are indeed exceptional in that regard. However, adults are also designed to enjoy movement, but when we are bogged down by excess weight, pain and disease it’s no wonder we don’t feel like being active. When the other factors of health are in place, like clean eating and enough sleep and rest, moving around becomes a natural joy, not a chore.

In our weight loss obsessed society, there tends to be a bit too much focus on movement and exercise. Pushing yourself beyond your ability to recover is never a good thing. Exercising when tired is always a bad idea, and even though the stimulation that results from it might fool you into thinking that it actually gave you energy, plain logic says the opposite is true. However, the body has a large potential for athletic fitness and the limits of “how much” are up to each and every one of us to define for ourselves.

As long as it is fun, enjoyable and we are able to recover fully; movement is one of the best things about being healthy. Let’s play!


Rest2 Rest is a relative term. If you’re out running, slowing down to a walk will be resting. If you’re walking, standing would be a decrease in activity level and an increase in rest. Sometimes the body prefers to sit down, or even lay down, to rest. It all depends on the situation.

It’s important that we listen to our bodies and respond appropriately when it’s demanding rest. Pushing ourselves beyond our ability to recover is never good, and ultimately leads to chronic disease. At times we require more rest, and it’s important to allow for that. Animals in nature never feel guilty for resting. Rest as much as you need. No apology!

How much rest? As much as you need…

PS! Sleep is of course very restful, but it is classified separately because it is in fact a necessary physiological state in itself, where several activities are going on inside the body, not because we are resting but because we are sleeping, there is a difference.


Community2 Humans are social animals, and we thrive as part of a larger community of human beings. We also rely on each other for providing things like food and protection. On a smaller scale we enjoy the community of our family and close friends.

The various relationships we have with other human beings throughout our lives enrich our experience and provide us with valuable “nutrients” like communication, physical touch, safety and more.

No matter how you look at it, humans seem to be healthiest and happiest when they are around other human beings. This doesn’t mean that we don’t need solitude, because we certainly do, but the knowledge that people are close by is still valuable. On average we need some time alone, some time with our close friends and family and some time with the greater community. As always, balance is the key.


Purpose2 Having a purpose in our daily life is important. It’s not so much about “the purpose of life” as it is about working towards worthwhile goals and being engaged in rewarding projects on a daily basis.

In nature, animals mostly engage in activities relating to food and sex. This is also a big part of being human, but because of our advanced intelligence we can also enjoy what I call The World of Ideas. We can think about tomorrow, we can plan, we can reminisce, we can enjoy pondering on abstract concepts and we can build whole universes with our minds. This means that in order to be happy, we need not only nourish our body, but also our mind. This is done by cultivating projects and ideas that enrich our lives. It’s about working towards something that we envision. It’s about doing something we love to do.

The idea that work only means what you do in order to earn money, is obsolete. Work means whatever you choose to do on a regular basis that has no immediate reward other than your conceptual enjoyment of it.

Life simply is, you must give it purpose.

Comfortable temperature:

thermometer2 As tropical animals we thrive in temperatures that range from 22 degrees Celsius to about 30 degrees Celsius.

Clothing is not optimal as it impedes the natural functioning of the skin and blocks out sunlight and fresh air from contact with our whole body. We must ask ourselves why we need clothing in the first place. It’s obviously because we are not in our natural climate zone. Over the years clothing has also become a cultural element, and in our transition towards a more natural way of living, we should use loose fitting, minimal clothing only and live in places that are conducive to that. Living inside houses and buildings is another thing we do to compensate for the fact that we are not in our ideal climate and temperature. The inside air is never as clean and oxygen rich as outside air.

Just like everything else, we want the temperature to be “just right”. The tropics is the only place where we can (potentially) enjoy year round comfortable temperatures.

Barefoot on the earth:

barefeet2 We have long existed, as every other animal, barefoot directly on the earth. However, as we moved out of our natural environment in the tropics, there was a need for more protection against rough surfaces and/or cold. To deal with this we created shoes. Shoes, and clothing in general, greatly impede the natural movement of the body and are a great obstacle to natural cleanliness.

The earth is negatively charged, the atmosphere is positive. When we stand with bare feet, in contact with the earth surface, we are literally grounded electrically. Just like how you need to have an earth connection for your electrical equipment, your body needs one as well. When you are grounded, you literally “bathing” in the electrical charge of the earth and are thus protected from damaging electromagnetic fields and other radiation. Without going into the science of it too much, it just makes plain sense: The body is a bioelectrical unit, we’ve evolved having our feet in direct contact with the Earth, which is also a bioelectrical unit and we’re born naked = We need to be barefoot for optimal health!

Freedom from poisoning:

When the body has to deal with toxins from food, air, water or the environment it has to expend energy in eliminating them. In an effort to conserve energy and health we want to minimize the exposure to all things toxic and damaging to the body. One of the most efficient ways to do this is to eliminate cooked food from the diet. There’s always a certain amount of toxins that the body must deal with, and that’s fine. It’s just a matter of minimizing damage while optimizing conditions.

Freedom from stress:

Stress is a natural part of life, but if we are unable to recover from the stress on a daily basis it becomes chronic stress. Again, the key is to conserve the energy for what is beneficial and avoid what is too costly in terms of energy expenditure.

And then there’s so many other things:

Hearing birds and insects, emotional stability, quiet surrounding, entertainment, human touch, reproduction, smelling flowers, music, individual freedom and much more!

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.

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