By Rebecca Drew
THIS FRUITARIAN woman who has been following a fruit-only diet for FIVE-YEARS feels “high” from fruit after relocating to Bali to discover the most exotic fruits where she met her toyboy fiancé – and the couple say they haven’t needed to brush their teeth in two years and would never go back to “normal” food.
Interior architect, Tina Stoklosa (39) originally from Warsaw, Poland, first discovered the fruitarian diet when she was looking for a pre-Christmas cleanse online in December 2013. Tina tried the cleanse for a week and the positive effects were instant, she found she had more energy and was so happy she “felt high” and looked younger already.
After this, she decided to become a fruitarian for life but slipped up many times living at home, tempted by meals out and the delicious cooked food at Christmas and used food emotionally to deal with her feelings, both positive and negative.
Two years later, Tina decided to move to Bali to discover the most exotic fruits in the world and fully commit to her fruitarian lifestyle without distractions from the Western world. She found that she soon lost weight, going from 13st 1lb to 8st 1lb, and a UK size 16 to 8, despite struggling with conventional dieting back home.
Whilst there, she started her Instagram page where she met her fiancé, Simon Beun (26) from Izegem, Belgium, who messaged her after discovering the fruitarian diet himself. Six months later they met up in Bali and fell in love.
Although the pair hunt out the most exotic fruits South East Asia has to offer, whilst home in Europe, it would be normal for them to eat 30 bananas in one day.
Simon and Tina eat between 2,000 and 4,000 calories a day – all from sweet fruits and quench their thirst with fresh coconut water. They treat themselves to a meal out at a raw vegan restaurant twice a year.
“I have been overweight most on my adult life. Engaged in cycles of binge eating and dieting in turn only growing bigger and feeling more helpless with each year. Despite my successful career in interior design I was single at 36,” said Tina.
“Whilst researching a green smoothie recipe for the first time – I found a girl online that only ate fruit, and then I found a whole group of people online eating this way and calling themselves fruitarians.
“The vast majority of them looked incredibly healthy, and had so much energy they chose to be endurance athletes. I was intrigued, and decided to do a week long pre-Christmas weight loss cleanse on just fruit.
“I felt amazing that week – light, optimistic, even high, I was walking 30cm above the ground – it felt like I was in love with everything. This diet was worth it even just for the mental game.
“I decided to never go back to ‘normal’ food. Easier said than done, first two-years I caved into cooked food hundreds of times
“Since I was a pre-teen and until I was 36, my sole focus in life was getting thinner, the aggressiveness of my pursuit sharpened by the fact that the more I dieted – the more overweight I became.
“I engaged in periods of overeating, purging and restricting for over two decades, stuck in this evil cycle, none the wiser with each rodeo. Eventually I reached over 13-stone which is five-stone heavier than I am now.
“Not that it matters now – now that the weight is gone for good, I never even think about weight related stuff, which is why I talk about it so seldom. What’s interesting, now that my body has reached its ideal weight, my weight hasn’t changed the slightest in three-years.
“With little to no exercise I am able to eat as much as my boyfriend – a twenty-six-year-old male – and not gain any weight. Perks of the fruitarian lifestyle? Certainly. Weight maintenance is just so easy on fruit.”
Previously vegan, Simon found the transition to a fruitarian diet an easy one.
“When I was in my last year of college, I decided to run my first marathon. To get inspired and improve my results I was watching other athletes on YouTube. One day I discovered Michal Arnstein, a famous fruitarian athlete, who in his video opened up the truck of his car which was full of watermelon and bananas; ‘This is what I’m gonna run this ultra-marathon on’ – he said,” explained Simon.
“This got me intrigued as he looked amazing, was extremely energetic and always finished the hardest endurance runs in the world in the top three. I was open to all sorts of experiments with my diet health and athleticism, so I went fruitarian overnight.
“I felt amazing and my running improved so much I never looked back!”
For Tina and Simon, the benefits of the fruit diet are limitless, and they even claim that it can cure cancer, depression and chronic illness. Despite their high sugar diet, Tina has not brushed her teeth for two years now as the fibre cleans them and says her nashers are in perfect condition.
“The benefits are weight loss, you can eat unlimited amount of fruit every day, increased sleep quality, crazy amounts of energy. Feeling more connected to nature, to yourself and others. Feeling like you are getting younger each day – from a scientific standpoint you are on this diet,” said Tina.
“It cures depression, cures so many mental illnesses, relieves anxiety. Cures all chronic digestive issues. There are thousands of personal accounts of people who have cured cancer on this diet.
“Huge savings on health insurance, medical care drugs, alcohol, cooking equipment and ingredients, cosmetics – once you introduce minimalism into your diet it spreads onto other areas of your life.
“The diet challenges everything we believe about food and our culture which is centred around cooking food – so once you’ve broken down that taboo you feel liberated to challenge other ideas that you thought are fixed in our society.
“When you eat whole fruit the fibre in the fruit cleans out your teeth. I don’t wash my teeth either. When I went for a check-up after three years, the dentist called two other dentists to show my teeth to them – my teeth were in such good condition she couldn’t believe it.
“But please don’t try this with dried fruit – as this sticks to your teeth and makes them rot.”
Tina and Simon share their fruity adventures in South East Asia on their YouTube channel, Fit Shortie Eats, as they hunt down the most exotic fruits to try – finally they shared their advice to others interested in this lifestyle.
“A very important part of this is getting our favourite fruit of the moment and the best quality fruit at every meal,” said Tina.
“You cannot do this diet on apples if you hate apples, you cannot do it on average quality fruit either as you will not get enough calories or nutrients to feel satisfied.
“As a general rule tropical fruits are the sweetest and tastiest which is what encouraged our fruit-based travel to the tropics. We travel from one region to the other following the fruit seasons, so far choosing to stay within South East Asia.
“Sometimes we spend the larger part of the day hunting for fruit. Some we buy with the locals some we forage in the jungle ourselves. There is nothing more exciting than this for us. What we noticed is that the higher the quality of the fruit the better, the more ecstatic we feel.
“When I eat average fruit, I feel average. When I eat amazing fruit, I look in the mirror and think ‘who is this amazing person looking back at me?’
“If I could just ask you to make one change – eat fruit as your breakfast, you will already feel better. Once you get the hang of it, substitute lunch for just fruit too.
“If you have serious illnesses to cure or are overweight, consider a fruit-only diet for 30 days and watch the unbelievable results.
“At the very least don’t consume animals – it is consuming flesh that is the root cause of all disease in this world, everything about our anatomy screams that we are frugivores, which is why people are getting so sick consuming animals.
“Focus on eating your favourite and top quality fruit every time. Give yourself a couple of years to transition fully to raw vegan, it’s not going to be easy but it’s so worth it.
“Once you go raw vegan, considering living in the tropics at least part time, and go to fruit festivals, you don’t want to be a loner we want to support you within our fruity loving tribe.”