The fruitarian diet is a specific vegetarian diet incorporating only fruits, although many fruitarians incorporate nuts, seeds, and sometimes vegetables. Do not attempt to change overnight from a regular or vegetarian diet to one only with fruits. The transition can take anywhere from 2 months to 2 years. Set up small weekly and monthly goals until you have become a fruitarian. This is a huge lifestyle change, and you should not jump into it. Instead, allow your body and mind to adjust to the change slowly.
Most people find it easiest to begin by transitioning to a fruit breakfast. Then, eat fruit for breakfast and lunch, and have a regular cooked meal for dinner. Increase your fruit consumption depending on the reactions of your body. Then begin having fruit days once or twice per week, and eat some cooked food on the other days. You can also transition by first becoming a vegetarian, then a vegan, then to raw food, and finally to a fruit diet.
Be aware that many fruitarians long for “regular” food, especially during the transition period. When you are still transitioning, eat these items when you crave them. Eat plenty of them, to satisfy the cravings. Eventually, you will reach a point where cooked food does not seem necessary, and you will have to drink water with cooked food in order to regain your fluid balance. You may also find that after eating only fruits for a week or two, cooked meals give you headaches and make you tired. Once you are on a completely fruitarian diet you should not need to drink extra water, because fruits have plenty of water. If you are thirsty, drink water or natural fruit juices.
Those who follow the fruitarian diet are well aware of how their body responds to different types of food. Listen to your body. Some fruitarians eat nuts, seeds, and vegetables, but then discover that fruits are easier to digest than these foods. According to fruitarians, the fruits purify the body, reducing desires for “ordinary” foods and increasing your energy.
All types of fruit can be eaten when you become a fruitarian. Many fruitarians choose to eat only fruits and vegetables that can be harvested without killing the plant. For example, they will eat apples and tomatoes, but not potatoes or carrots. Try to eat only organic fruits, because those that are not organic are often treated with unnatural chemicals. Eat only when you are hungry, and eat enough until you feel satisfied. A juicer and a fruit dehydrator can aid you in eating only raw fruits. Dried fruits can also be eaten in small quantities, and make an excellent snack when you’re away from home. Do not live on only a few types of fruits; understand the nutrients in different fruits, and plan a balanced diet accordingly.
Fruits contain a lot of fiber and water, and are low in calories, causing many people to lose weight as they transition to a fruitarian diet. Because fruit can be high in sugar, you should not become a fruitarian if you are diabetic. Many fruitarian diets lack B12, which are found in dairy products, eggs, and meat; you may need to take a multivitamin if you decide to become a fruitarian.