So I have a confession to make… just an itty-bitty, tiny one. Sigh.. Ok here goes.. The FruitMonster, yours truly, has been a bit more of a Cookie Monster than a fruitmonster lately. Gasp!? Cookies? Don’t those have milk and egg in them? Yep, yep, they do… well they did… *BURP*. So yes, I am here to admit that I haven’t been the on the strictest of vegan diets over the past month and a half. Since arriving in Australia I have been in a bit of a ‘vacation mode’, excited about being in a new country, and trying all sorts of new foods. I hardly feel guilty about having a five-star soufflet at the Sydney Opera House watching boats come across the harbor while the sun set, certain moments in life require a little ‘loosening up’, and that was certainly one of them, but not all of my sins have unfolded so elegantly…
I've Come Undone, For Finger Buns
I really just need to be straight-up honest with myself. There sure as heck is no real excuse for restof my dessert laden antics, I’ve just been outright misbehaving. Ok so maybe I needed to try a few danishes and finger buns when I initially discovered the wonder of Australian bakeries (fresh breads and treats made daily are a regular indulgence here), I’d say that was an experience worth having, but I’d draw the line there. Everything else has been purely ‘off track’ indulgence. I use the phrase ‘off-track’ because there is a certain momentum that needs to be built up to eat a fruitmonster diet. When you first begin to cut out all the sweet treats, the salty-crunchies and the fatty platters, there is a period of heightened temptation that seizes you. Something occurs in the pathways of your brain that drive you back towards those sugary, salty, greasy junk foods, it attacks you in strange ways and inopportune times and you need to be ready to repel those temptations. Such temptations are your food addictions haunting you, calling you back into a cycle of unhealthy behavior that breeds disease and malaise. To a certain degree, this is outdated evolutionary programming within your brain driving you to sieze naturally scare, but completely necessary components of your diet with great voracity. However it also needs to be accepted for what it really connects to: a lack of discipline, greedy behavior and straight up stupidity (and a bit of victimization by food companies!).
Getting Back ‘On-Track’
But the great part about this ‘off track’ concept is that it implies there is an ‘on track’ component. This ‘on track’ phase is entered once you push through the initial phases of temptation, when your brain actually begins to build new habits and connect in radically different pathways. It takes a few weeks of wrestling with urges to chow down an obnoxiously big bag of chips or endlessly stuff your face with fistfuls of brownies (both things I’ve been known to do!), but if you can let those (sometime very intense, remember you’re addicted!) desires pass, something really amazing begins to happen within your mind and body. A new connection is forged between what you perceive to ‘taste good’ and what makes you ‘feel good’. For most of us, stuck in the more traditional way of eating, the two are not synonymous. For a fruitmonster, an amazing harmony comes into play. Instead of identifying craving with junk, you begin to genuinely crave things the delicious fruits and greens you were meant to consume. When I’m ‘on track’, my mouth will water for a liter of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, my mind will wander into a daydream of mango-munching-mayhem. In this mode a bunch of bananas beats out a bag of chips without question and a brownie wouldn’t touch my lips over a fresh bunch of grapes. It really is amazing when you find yourself operating in this mode, when you connect with a deeply engrained part of your ancestry, wherein a symbiosis between body and mind is re-activated and what ‘tastes good’ is ‘good for you’.
Dude, You’re Crazy!
811 - The Optimal 'Diet'!
Most people will look at fruitmonster.com and the recipes and diet I adhere to on this page and conclude ‘yeah, thats great for you, but I could never do that’ or’that’s just plain freaking crazy dude’ (or perhaps the ‘you ain’t eat no meat boy!?! but thats for another rant, another day). If that echoes your thoughts, listen up, because this post is meant for you. In fact this very sentence is being written for you – you CAN eat this way and you will LOVE it if you do it right. How your mind works will change, what you believe is the ‘normal’ way to eat will undergo a complete paradigm shift into a radically ‘new’ place which actually isn’t ‘new’ at all, but connected to your fruitmonstering ancestors. The ones who came across a mango tree and pillaged their way to the pit without pity or found a bush of blackberries and pounded their stomach full of berry-bounty. This is the way you were meant to eat and the level on which your mind and body connect when you do, is absolutely profound. It is something you have to experience to understand. (interested? check out the 80/10/10 Diet Book on this page)
And I’m ready to get back to that fruit inspired level of vibration. That leafy-green loving land of lusting and longing for apples, oranges, pears and pineapples.
But if you can recall as I said a few paragraphs ago, I have not been doing so hot in that category! I may still be drinking juices and slamming smoothies, but I’ve also been sneaking cookies and munching pastries. I’ve been wrestling with my own food addictions and shamefully, failing miserably. Looking back, I was certainly not prepared for the frequency of Australian ‘tea’ gatherings, which are more of a ‘lets all eat desserts for breakfast’ and then wash it down with tea type of events, nor was I ready for the wave of eating excuses I made due to arriving in a new and exciting place.
So Your Point Is?
So here’s the deal. My main point. The reason I’ve clamored for your attention with links and RSS feeds. Many of you may not have heard about the FruitMonster Munch Report (and others of you may be painfully aware and wish I would stop it ). Using my twitter account, I have, in the past, been posting what I eat, which shows up on my facebook page as well as on the right-hand side of any given page of fruitmonster.com. This twitter feed was originally meant to be a ‘eye opener’ to what a frugivore might eat in a given day, to inspire people to eat more healthily and to spread recipe ideas. It was never meant to be all-inclusive and I certainly did not post any of my ‘slip ups’ or ‘complete and total melt/munch-downs’. If I ate a carton of crackers or devoured a mound of muffins, it would have, in the past, surely not show up in the Munch Report.
That was at least, until today.
Yes, starting today, I am going to be ‘tweeting-all-of-what-I’m-eating’, not just the pretty, nice, fruitmonster-recipe-type meals. There are two primary reasons for this text-message driving intrusion into your cellular device:
First and foremost, this will provide people who are curious about my fruitmonstering diet some open, honest insight into the challenges the lifestyle entails and the creative solutions I develop in the face of them. If I am grabbing lunch with friends or colleagues or heading out to dinner on a date with my beautiful fiance Teddi, you can count on the low-down dining details. I’ve come across some misconceptions from friends and family that being a fruitmonster means you skip out on such things. This is completely not true! What a terribly lonely and sad way to live that would be! Cooking/eating together is a fundamental point of interaction within society, an expression of culture and conduit to conversation! Being a fruitmonster doesn’t lead me to boycott a family meal, to stay home on Friday night or to pass-over an eat-out-invite from friends! Instead, such events mean making an adventure out of ordering and they create a great opportunity to talk about fruitmonster.com !
Secondly, this will provide me with some serious accountability to the FruitMonster.com community. I sincerely and passionately believe in the amazing health benefits that underly the low fat, high carb, fuit and leafy green centered fruitmonster lifestyle and I am striving to be the bestest-fruitiest-monster I can be in order to inspire you into better health. If I eat four bags of chips, it makes a greasy-guilty appearance on the twitter page, if I eat ten cookies, it heads to the twitter page with contrite-crumb-covered fingers. This isn’t some sort of masochistic monkhood I am imposing upon myself nor is it meant to turn my twitter feed into a confessional booth. It is instead an opportunity to take my commitment to health and to this webpage to the next level, which, in the end, benefits those who matter most, all of you. (Remember, this website is about inspiring you!)
So here goes: I, the FruitMonster, do hereby solemnly swear to twitter all foodstuff eaten, gobbled, devoured, gorged, grazed, munched, nibbled, pecked at or dined upon, no matter how sinful, strange or (hopefully) fruity. Should at any time I wish not to post what I am eating, I will declare that I have gone ‘on vacation’, an event which is not to occur regularly (and thereby defeat the entire purpose).
Dear fruitopia, what I’ve I gotten myself into??
Enjoy the new Munch Report… it could get interesting!