THE ONE THING THAT COMPLETELY CHANGED MY LIFE!



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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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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DON’T MAKE NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS



Why I Don’t Do New Years Resolutions And Why You Shouldn’t Either


By Mikkel Gisle Johnsen


The final days of 2016 are upon us, and it’s a great time to look forward and set the direction for the year to come. Many of us choose to do this by making ambitious new years resolutions. Unfortunately, as most of us have learned, we rarely end up sticking to them. Personally, I never make new years resolutions – and there are some very specific reasons why! In this month’s article, I’d like to share those reasons with you and tell you all about what I do instead – in order to make my life as productive, fulfilling and satisfying as possible for the year to come! Continue Reading →

EATING A FRUIT BASED VEGAN DIET AROUND OTHERS



3 Tips For Eating a Fruit Based Vegan Diet Around Others
      – Without Making It a Big Deal!

For a lot of people, the greatest challenge of eating vegan and especially a fruit based diet, is dealing with the social aspects of it. Eating is such a central part of our social structure and it’s usually all about sharing the food, which makes it a little bit more difficult for someone who’s dietary preferences fall outside the norm. Whether it be a family gathering, dinner with a friend or lunchtime at work – here are three powerful tips on how to deal with these situations like a pro!


Tip #1: Bring Your Own Food!

It’s usually best to bring your own food, rather than relying on your host being able to cater for your exact wants and needs. If you’re eating exclusively fruit, chances are that even if they did have fruit on hand it wouldn’t be ripe and there wouldn’t be nearly enough of it to satisfy you calorically. Save yourself, and the host, a whole lot of awkwardness and just bring your own food! No big deal!

If you’re eating some cooked foods in addition to the fruit, things get easier, but not a whole lot. Most people will probably be able to serve you up some potatoes, but there’s always a risk of them being drenched in oil, and there’s probably not enough potatoes for your carb strong appetite anyway!

In the end it boils down to this: If you have any preferences whatsoever when it comes to what you put into your body, chances are you’ll be better off bringing your own food. First of all you save yourself the stress involved in having to ask for special food and try to explain the details of it to someone who does not understand why you are so particular about it. Secondly, you save the host form having to worry about it at all.

Social EatingThe downside of bringing your own is that it becomes the center of attention once everyone notices that you have your own, personal plate – full of fruit! But if you think about it, being served special food would probably draw even more attention. Just bring your own food and stay relaxed about it. If people ask, give them simple answers like “I just prefer to eat fruit” or “The mangoes are just too good this year” – no need to defend yourself.

Remember that if you want to be in control of your health, you also have to be in control when it comes to what you eat. If you constantly have to leave it up to others to provide what you need, you’re at the mercy of the circumstances, and let’s face it – most circumstances these days aren’t in favor of optimal health!


Tip #2: Mind Your Own Business!

Eating is very personal. It’s kind of like sex, religion and politics – everyone has their preferences and that’s the way it is. Just like how you’re hoping that everybody else will respect your choices in terms of diet – you also have to respect theirs. This means that even though someone around the table might be eating something you don’t, that’s their choice. This is often difficult, especially in the case of animal products, since vegans are very passionately against animal exploitation, but in the name of compassion, respect and empathy – core ethics of veganism – we shouldn’t attack out fellow human beings for doing what they believe (knowingly or unknowingly) is right. Doing this will only lead to isolation and loss of health. Community is an essential part of a healthy and happy lifestyle.

An important strategy in this regard is to answer diet related questions at the table, in a positive way rather than a negative. What I mean by that is that if someone asks why you’re eating only fruit, tell them why fruit is awesome, rather than why cooked food and animal products are less ideal. If you tell them why eating meat is bad for you, you’re essentially criticizing what they are doing – right when they are doing it! This will usually prompt them to start defending themselves and their choices, and before you know it you’re in the middle of an intense debate. Leave the “educational and informative” comments for later and focus on the main reason why you’re there in the first place; to connect with friends and family in an effort to transcend the differences and enjoy each others company!


Tip #3: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Whenever you do something that’s different from what everyone else is doing, it’s bound to draw attention. In the best case scenario this might be nothing more than a friendly question about what you’re eating, but sometimes it might even be a case of loud ridicule. Here’s the thing though – how people react to things, is a reflection of them, not you! If someone ridicules you for being different, it’s because they are insecure about themselves and they don’t know how to react to the situation. My best advice is to let it slide. Most of the time, it’s just a quick remark, maybe a direct question. Responding in a sharp and defensive way will only prolong the situation and make it worse. Stay cool!

Jackfruit Consumption Another thing to realize is that you are strange – at least in their eyes! Compared with most people, eating a fruit based, or even a standard vegan diet, is very different. I’m sure most of us, including myself, didn’t grow up as vegans, and I clearly remember, back in the day, thinking that vegans were a little weird. The first time I heard from a friend of mine, who was a raw vegan, that he ate 8 bananas for breakfast I was shocked! So cut people some slack and let them react. If they are part of your family or inner circle of friends, they will quickly get used to it. Before you know it, no one’s going to lift as much as an eyebrow, let alone their voice, next time you bring out your bowl of peaches.


There’s More To Life Than Just Food

Don’t get me wrong, food is a big deal, but let’s face it – if the diet we eat makes it impossible for us to socialize and enjoy the other aspects of a happy life, it’s not worth it! Find your compromise! Yes, you have to endure a little bit of social awkwardness if you wish to eat healthfully in an unhealthy world, but get over it 🙂 As a matter of fact, you’ll get used to it! When questions invariably arise, use the opportunity to show people how happy you are about what you’re eating and how awesome you feel doing it! Enjoy the best of both worlds by eating your food, and still enjoy the company of your fellow human beings and the glorious “pleasures of the table”.

Don’t forget to bring a little extra to share – you never know when some of those other, unrealized frugivores, might suddenly get a craving for some of that sweet and juicy deliciousness on your plate!

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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