Welcome to the ultimate pocked-sized reference manual for the conscious eater. The Fruit Companion presents a practical approach to sourcing, knowing, and appreciating nature's most sweet and nourishing foods.
Made for the casual eater and fruitarian alike, The Fruit Companion exists to showcase the beauty and vibrance of fruits, educate and inform about the unique qualities of each fruit, inspire confidence in living a sustainable plant-based lifestyle, and assist seekers of health in developing a natural and intuitive relationship with food. Packed with full color photos and practical information on every page, this book will help guide the reader toward making more informed choices about nature's most sweet and nourishing foods.
This book explores the seven main types of edible fruit and how they digest, based on their ratios of sugar, acid, fat, and starch. Also when each fruit is in season, its water content, its most common varieties, if it ripens after harvest or not, and how to tell when it's perfectly ripe. There are also detailed warnings about toxins for the fruits that may contain them. Additional sections include answers to important questions like choosing organic vs conventional, sourcing food, and other resources to follow up with for further study.
To celebrate the release of the book, there will be a launch party at The Dancing Elephant in Lake Worth, FL on Wednesday November 15. Starting at 5pm there will be a meet and greet, followed by live music, seasonal fruit tasting, an author talk, and open discourse.
This show is an open minded and hearted conversation about nutrition, with an emphasis on vegan and fruitarian diets. Multidisciplinary teacher and creator, Seth Bailin, explains:
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Radical Health vol. 5: Best of 2022
24 page zine
published January 2023
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With every choice comes an effect. Observe which choices lead you toward or away from your goals. What will you choose today?
This past September, I embarked on a journey to the Costa Rican jungle to live on nothing but water for 21 days. I had never achieved anything close to that (the longest I'd water fasted previously was three days), but I knew I could do it and went in with confidence. The fast was a successful, transformative, and inspiring learning experience, which I will review in greater detail an upcoming podcast.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was the daily lecture given by Loren Lockman, the owner of the fasting center and coach of the group, because I found the information he taught to be very useful and aligned with the science of Natural Hygiene. I scribbled notes in my notebook as Loren spoke and answered questions, and have since typed and organized those notes for the public.
Please download and read Radical Health vol. 4: Notes from the Tanglewood Fasting Center (PDF, 24 pages), and continue to explore nature's sacred healing art of fasting.
Contents include: fasting basics, food, refeeding, health basics, detox events, emotions, communication, blood, supplements and B12, and permaculture.
Have you ever wanted to decode seemingly complex medical terminology? Because there are thousands of different names for bodily symptoms and those names use greek and latin roots, medical lingo can sound like an entirely different language. But understanding doctor-speak isn't that difficult.
Download the new Radical Health mini-zine 101 common medical root words, and see how this language is created.
Most medical terms that describe symptoms just describe what is happening and in what part of the body. Take for example the term myocarditis. When you break apart the word, you find 'myo' which means muscle. The 'card' means heart (as in cardio) and 'itis' simply means swelling. So myocarditis is swelling of the heart muscle. Dermatitis is swelling and irritation of the dermis (skin), laryngitis is swelling of the larynx, and rhinitis is swelling of the sinuses (like rhino). Easy, right?
This list of 101 root words will also help your understanding of the language of physiology as well, used by physical therapists, chiropractors, sports doctors, and trainers.
Most important to glean from a study of how diseases are labeled, is the fact that diseases generally only describe symptoms, whereas the true key to overcoming the illness is in determining and reversing the root cause of the symptoms. Do not get attached to the disease label given to you by a medical professional. Most symptoms have a similar cause of toxemia (toxic blood), caused by accumulated lifestyle habits, enervating activities, or poisoning, which leads to any number of disease symptoms. Look at the Tree of Toxemia, a visual representation of this idea, adapted from JH Tilden's book Toxemia Explained.
Let me know if you find this mini-dictionary useful or if it would help to see an expanded version some day. Visit the Library for more zines and resources.
Three reasons why I stopped eating animal products.
1. The optimal fuel for humans is fruit and tender vegetables. Fresh fruit is the only food that tastes good in its raw form without cooking or processing it in any way. We humans are attracted to the sweetness because our bodies run off glucose sugars. Fruit contains all micro and macro-nutrients for an active human in the proper proportions and serving sizes. Fruits leave behind a minimal toxic burden, whereas grains and animal products leave behind acids and mucus. Animal products are not needed, except for extreme survival situations. The question "where do you get your protein?" is common but don't worry because all plants contain protein, and more importantly are abundant in amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. The first 50 pages of the book The 80/10/10 Diet explores these questions and claims thoroughly.
2. There is a strong correlation between consumption of animal products and disease. This includes not only processed meats full of chemicals and preservatives, but all animal products, no matter how "clean" or locally produced. When consumed, meat and dairy produce an acidic condition in the body, which then needs to be balanced by leaching alkaline minerals like calcium from the bones. That's right, drinking milk does the opposite of building strong bones, contrary to what corporate interests will have you think. The book The China Study, the largest study on nutrition ever conducted, offers a scientific look into this correlation.
3. Animals are sentient beings that feel pain and emotions just like us. It is not within our rights to kill any animal unless we are being threatened or need to hunt to survive. Would you eat a dog? And would you still eat beef if you had to kill and process the cow yourself every time? If you learned that we don't actually need to eat animals for optimal health, and there was a healthy, natural, and most delicious alternative, would you keep exploiting animals for taste? The film Earthlings offers the best depiction of the relationship humans have to animals that I have ever seen, and you can watch it for free at NationEarth.com
I recommend watching Melanie Joy's presentation on YouTube explaining the philosophy of carnism, the belief system that it is necessary, natural, or normal to eat animals - literally the opposite of veganism.
Veganism doesn't have to be all processed soy and corn oil. Explore the infinite flavors and combinations of living plant based food, also known as fruits and greens. Follow @certified_orgasmic on instagram for mealtime inspiration.
Any one approach to health is not going to magically cure your ailments. A holistic approach is needed when considering how to improve one’s general health and vitality.
What we put into our bodies is as important as what we do with our bodies, and that includes everything: quality sleep, rest, activity, exercise, posture, breath, manifesting a purpose, emotional support, emotional expression, social engagement, connecting with a community, connecting with nature, and more.
Resting the body to promote healing and recharging of energy is vitally important. The modern lifestyle usually requires 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep in a dark, quiet room, to maintain optimal nerve function. If you’re not getting adequate sleep, your nervous system will be pushed to its limits and will not allow proper expulsion of waste (toxins, acids, broken down cellular debris) to take place.
Many diseases of health are triggered and exacerbated by emotional trauma. Awareness and active processing of trauma (generational, childhood, relationships) is necessary on a path of holistic healing.
A positive mental attitude is also vital. One who is grateful and at peace can participate more fully in life. Consistent negative emotions like fear and worry trap the sufferer in a state of fight or flight stress response, exhausting the nervous system and preventing healing from taking place.
Direct environments play large roles in our health. How is your water quality, air quality, amount of radiation exposure, or sunlight exposure?
Keep your mind open to all the ways health can be expressed and achieved, and toxicity avoided. Simple changes in diet can show radical changes in how you think, feel, and act.