A couple claim to have cured themselves of a series of illnesses thanks to taking on a fruitarian diet.
Ali Reza Khorasany, 28, and Daniella Siira, 22, are both wellness consultants living on a raw vegan fruit-based diet.
Ali used to suffer with constipation, excess wind, bloating, fat, acne, dark circles, dehydration and fatigue, while Daniella had eating disorders, anxiety and digestive issues.
After meeting on Instagram in 2017 they have gone on to live their fruitarian life and claim they could feel the benefits after just two weeks.
Ali and Daniella, who live between Europe and Asia, believe it is the optimal human diet while air, water and sunshine help with welbeing.
In Asia, they find that the quality of fruit is much higher and they enjoy exotic fruits such as durian which isn’t available in Europe. When at home, the pair get sustenance from ripe bananas and dates.
Ali said: ‘A raw vegan fruit-based diet is a high carb diet in which you consume predominantly raw living fresh whole fruit with some tender leafy greens, nuts and seeds in relatively smaller quantities.
He has been on a fruit-only diet for four years, believing it to be superior to an ordinary vegan diet.
Previously he was a body builder and although he has lost a lot of muscle, he says he feels healthier than ever before.
He said: ‘Before, I was bodybuilding full time, seven days a week eating processed foods, and a lot of meat, dairy and eggs. I felt constipated, gassy, bloated, dehydrated, foggy and ugly from all the skin problems and body odour.’
Eating 98% fruit and the rest juices and salads, Ali and Daniella say it works for them but might not be for everyone.
Daniella said: ‘We do not preach nor do we have the proof, the evidence or science and research everyone wants from us to show this is a very healthy way to live. All we can hope is that people try, experiment and see for themselves.
‘We depend on spotty ripe bananas and dates for a staple caloric source when home.
‘Just like the way normal people eat pasta, potatoes, rice and corn as a staple. We also do have access, thanks to technology and trade, to imported fruits so always have a lot around from Spain, Portugal and Turkey as well as some exotics, albeit extremely expensive.’
Daniella also understands that it’s a different way to live.
She said: ‘It takes practice to be able to eat this way in today’s world.
‘I had issues with anorexia, binge eating, over-exercising, digestive issues, and anxiety before. Through the change of diet, my whole being has changed and improved.’
She explained that as fruit contains a lot of water and cooked meals are denser, they need to eat a lot of the stuff for energy.
How healthy are fruitarian diets?
Fruitarian diets have been heavily criticised and go against what the NHS recommends.
While eating fruits and vegetables should be part of your five-a-day, it is medically unsound to rely solely on fruits.
The NHS recommends a well-balanced diet which includes oily fish, pulses, dairy or dairy alternatives, starchy foods like rice, pasta and potatoes, in addition to five portions of fruit and vegetables each day.
‘It may seem absolutely insane and not sustainable. But it is when we change, adapt and try it out for ourselves and we realise the simplicity and sustainability of it all.
‘The process of changing one’s diet should be taken step by step, so the body, mind and spirit can adapt.
‘I have fruits to thank for so much it makes my heart full of gratitude thinking about it.’
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