Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010......Day 222

Day 222 of the Fruit feast. i sprained my neck muscle again last week while doing chins. i believe its because i have increased the intensity of the workout by increasing the number of reps of push ups and keeping the rest period between them the same (2 minutes). i felt something twinge in my neck and was in pain for the next 2 days. Since this has happened twice this month i decided to scale back the workout this week. i increased my rest period to 3 minutes between sets while doing 70 push ups/10 chins with a rest period for 3 sets followed by 60 push ups/10 chins for 3 sets and 2 sets of 25 push ups for a total of 440/60. That has worked well so far and i am still able to increase my reps per set on the push ups. My totals for the month of August will be below my set goals though. These things happen and i just have to roll with it.

i will miss the mango season when it concludes. The mangoes are so delicious right now. Aside from the Durian, the mango is my favorite fruit (i am sure many will agree). The cantaloupes have been very good as well. i love to drink the juice of them with the watermelon. It is second only to my beloved orange juice. A dear sister bought me a durian and a case of oranges and presented them to me last Sabbath. Such wonderful love between the brethren in Christ. Our fellowship in Him is so sweet. i have never had as rich a religious experience as i am having now with my Lord and His people. Christ is the main reason of course but i believe the improvements in my diet He has given me have also been a great aid in this. Its unfortunate that many who profess to be Christian are ignorant (some willfully and others sincerely) of the relationship between what we place in the Living Temple of the Holy Ghost (our body) and our growth in the Spirit. i pray that i will be an example of the Love of Christ so this truth can be made manifest through me and others may receive the same blessing.

Today was a typical meal day for me:

Breakfast: half a 15lb watermelon, 3 large mangoes (all sweet and delicious)

Lunch: 2 large garden tomatoes chopped with one cucumber tossed with guacamole. Spread some sunflower seeds over it.

Dinner: 40oz watermelon-cantaloupe juice.

Spiritual bread: Ezekiel 37, Proverbs 31, Ecclesiates 1-2.

Exercise: 2.5 hrs of basketball.

Grace and peace be multiplied.


Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010...........Day 212

Day 212 of the Fruit Feast. Time goes by very quickly. Sometimes i really believe the earth is turning faster and moving faster around the sun. Well, its been 7 months since i started this recent fruit foray. While i feel like i am settling into more of a routine, i am also going through changes. i am eating nuts and seeds more frequently than earlier this year when i ate none. i am using them mostly in my salads. i seem to really need to drink much fruit juice (i am drinking anywhere from half a gallon to a gallon each day). Life in general is getting less and less complicated for me. My mind is getting more and more clarity. The grace of the Lord Christ is making much, much more tolerant of others than ever in my life. The meaning of living out Christ has become a reality rather than a theory. With all of this, the Bible has become much more precious as my guide of life. While the trials of life continue on, the Lord is using them to cause me to be conformed to the image of Christ.

In the area of physical development, i am also very much encouraged. Last week i did 1760 push ups and 300 chins. i am on pace to break the 8000 push up barrier for the month of December (which was my original plan). i am working on a pace that would get me to a 1000 push up workout in either July or August of next year. i am enjoying playing basketball with my son Joshua and his friends more now than ever in my life. i started playing basketball when i was eight years old in my Long Island neighborhood. As my friends and i grew into our teens it became more than a sport. It was a form of artistic expression. For me, it still is.As teens we all had dreams of playing professional ball so we took it more like perfecting a craft. Now its just plain fun. The other day we were playing with this gentlemen who was complaining that he was feeling old at 34. When i told him my age he quickly changed the subject. Since i have been going to that park with my son over the last 3 years i have had the blessing of meeting many people some of whom i have had opportunity to share Christ with. Only in eternity will the full effect of those planted seeds be revealed.

Our small home church flock is growing in Christ. This past weekend there were two precious souls baptized into Christ. It seems that our fellowship is growing sweeter and sweeter. Only Jesus Christ can make life so consistently sweet and fulfilling for us. May i keep my eyes on Him and serve Him forever.

Grace and peace be multiplied.


Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010.....Day 195

Day 195 of the Fruit Feast. Deuteronomy 20:19 ....for the tree of the field is man's life..

i am finding this Bible truth to be more & more real in my own experience. Both now and in times past whenever Fruit has been the predominant food in my life, my energy level and spiritual clarity reach all-time highs. Such is the case now as i am experiencing power surges in my own person. The question mark for me is, how will my muscles react over the long term? In the past i have noticed (both in my own experience as well as the testimony of others), that Fruit appears to really have benefits in terms of endurance. Endurance athletes seem to reach much higher levels of stamina on a Fruit-based diet. i have not seen many examples for those that do mostly strength/resistance training like i do. In fact i have only seen one example, that is a fellow named Richard Blackman. But even he seemed like a smaller guy to me. It will be interesting to see what i look like when i am doing 8000-10,000 push ups per month. i hope to reach the 8000 point in December of this year. In 2006, i tried to bulk up using heavy amounts of nuts but that did nothing but clog my system as i definitely over did it on the nuts. i was also using weights which i think was unnecessary as i am in love with body weight training. i am using nuts and seeds now but much more sparingly. As i am at the six and one half month point of this particular foray into raw, i like how i feel.

As posted earlier, i realize my downfall has been grains. i need to stay away from them and i have weakness for them. i am not surprised having been raised on them (like most Americans). So far, so good but we will see how i handle the Autumn season which is my weakest time. i am getting noticeably stronger as i continue my push up/chin up regiment. i finished this month with 7930 push ups and 1492 chins. This total is an aberration since July had an extra week. Over the last four weeks it was more like 6400/1300 which is still ahead of my own schedule (i planned on being at 6000/1200 for July). My goal for August is to match July's Four week total and then increase for September. i still weigh in at 200lbs mostly because i am using salt but i am fine with that as my overall fitness level is good in my estimation.

The mangoes are excellent right now and i am trying to obtain them whenever i can. i am hoping the quality lasts into September this year. The melons i planted in my garden are not looking too good, but the sweet peppers look good. The jury is still out on the tomatoes. But i have been able to obtain some locally grown melons and tomatoes recently and they are excellent as well. My salads lately have been just cucumber with tomatoes and seeds. The tomatoes are so good i could just eat them alone. Well, that is the report for this week. i pray all who read this receive a blessing.

Sabbath Peace and Grace to all in Christ.

Have a wonderful Weekend!


Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010....Day 188

Day 188 of the Fruit Feast. The price of mangoes went up dramatically today so i am out of them for now. But i was able to get some delicious watermelon very cheap along with some ready-to-eat bananas. Breakfast and lunch consisted of these and supper was some raw cabbage wraps. Of Christ the bible says,

Psalms 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

What a combination, Mercy & Truth. Some people are very crude and vulgar and use the excuse that they are telling the truth. But in Christ one can speak the truth and not be crude, cold and hard. Truth can be combined with mercy. i pray that combination be developed more fully in my character to the glory of the Father.

i have had a very good week in terms of working out. i played 21 games (Twenty-one!) of full court basketball on Wednesday. i was totally soaked (it was in the 90s) and totally drained afterwards. It felt fantastic! It was just me, my son Joshua and two other 19 year old kids. We played until almost 10pm at night. Like i said it was great. i also did 1630 push ups and 222 chins total for the week. Light on the chins this week as i did not do them in Dallas on Sunday so i missed a day. When i do the push ups, my form is not what would be considered strict. i pump my body up and down so as to maintain the isometric stress (it also feels really good). But today i decided to finish the week with very slow, very strict movements. i did a total of six sets of push ups 15-20 per set, going all the way down until my chest brushed the floor and all the way back up to the locked position and holding it there. i did the same thing with the chins. This way i only did 31 chins and 100 push ups. Great way to finish off the week.

About 8lbs of watermelon, 6 bananas.

Lunch: 10 bananas.

Dinner: 9 cabbage wraps.

Spiritual Bread: Psalms 85-89

Exercise: 100 push ups, 31 chins.

Sabbath Rest and Peace to all in Christ.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010..........Day 178

Day 178 of the Fruit Feast. Its July and i love this time of year because of the fruit that is available. Mangoes are at their season, peaches are starting to appear and there is an abundance of locally grown melons. i have had some nice push up/chin up workouts over the last couple of days. Time always goes by fast and i know it will be autumn very quickly so i want to enjoy each day the summer has to offer. even though troubles and trials are part of our lot here on planet earth there is much to enjoy and be thankful for also. Its been raining very heavily here over the last two days so we have not been able to get outdoors too much. But we needed the rain after about a week of temps in the high 90s. Not that i am complaining about that because i will take that any day over the cold. i think its the fruit but i have definitely come to appreciate tropical weather.  i have been blessed to enjoy all of these.

i am preparing for a trip to Dallas, Texas this week. Going down there to perform a baptism for two precious souls. Also to visit with others i know in the area. i have never been to Texas so this will be all new. Wherever i am and whatever i am doing, i just want Christ to be seen and my heavenly Father to be honored.

Breakfast: 6 large bananas. 2 mangoes.

Lunch: mix of raw sunflower seeds with pistachios. About 7lbs of watermelon.

Dinner: 40oz of watermelon-cantaloupe juice.

Spiritual Bread: Psalms 51-56, Daniel 11

Exercise: (This is for the last 2 days total). 1000 push ups/ 190 chins.

Grace and Peace be multiplied.


Friday, July 9, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010.......Day 174

Day 174 of the Fruit Feast. It is now Friday evening. i have just finished doing our Revelation bible study and its almost midnight. It is quiet. It is the hours of the Sabbath of rest. As i am reflecting on this past week, i see how good my God is to me. i am learning of His Love more and more through the exercise of trials that develop patience. The simplicity of the raw food diet is a metaphor of the simplicity of Life in Christ. Its not complicated. Its not rocket science. It does not require a high IQ. But it does require patience (which is something i do not naturally possess).

Many times during a regular day i am placed in situations/circumstances that develop the Love of Christ through patience. When i am hungry because my system is cleaning itself and i know its not time to eat. i must wait and be patient. When those closest to me are used unwittingly to try me, i must be patient. When bad news comes my way that threatens me, i must be patient. By all of these things and more i realize the Father is causing me to trust more in Christ (through Grace) and developing in me that patience which represents His Love.

1 Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind;
1 Corinthians 13:5 ....... is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

i realize the road for me is very long. But i am so confident in my God that He will finish the work in me. The road to being where i would like to be in the Raw diet requires patience. It is not a quick fix. i am 100% raw, but i really would like to be able to live without salt. Right now, its not happening. But i will continue to move forward. i am thankful that i am 100% raw and that its not a problem in and of itself. i am excited as i continue to see improvements in mental and spiritual clarity. But i realize i have a long road in front of me and i must take one step at a time.....with patience.

Breakfast: 6 bananas, 1 mango, 32oz OJ

Lunch: Guac with raw dehydrated crackers.

Dinner: bowl of watermelon.

Spiritual bread: Psalms 32-38

Exercise: 500 push ups/120 chins (For the week i did 1600 push ups/360 chins, moving forward albeit slowly).

Have a wonderful Weekend!

Sabbath Peace and Rest to those in Christ.

Grace and peace be multiplied.


Friday, July 2, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010.......Day 167

Day 167 of the Fruit Feast. Well, as far as diet is concerned, i am just rolling along at 100% raw. Its very easy to me at this point probably because i have been going at it on and off for more than 6 years. As i was pushing to get rid of salt (and failed again) it seems just eating all raw, whether it be gourmet or not, is very easy now. Of course i am retaining water that i was not retaining when i was salt free, but at this point i am at peace with that. In fact, i am at peace with pretty much everything right now. i know the clarity of mind from the diet is helping me connect with the Holy Spirit on a more intimate basis. i am still having trials in my life, but there is more peace about me now. Jesus said,

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

The peace of Heaven is different from anything the world can offer. Its not just sitting in a quiet place and meditating. Its not just having low blood pressure or being in great physical shape. Its an abiding, supernatural, peace that He gives me that stays with me regardless of what is outside me. Its a love that brings rest to my soul. i am very grateful for this peace and thankful for the Love of Christ that passes knowledge. My goal remains to be filled with the Fullness of Christ and reflect His character while i live on this planet. The clarity of mind and body from this diet is helping me achieve this goal.

i am still eating much of fruit (in fact almost all fruit). But i am also enjoying kelp and other seaweeds on my non-sweet salads as well as nut sauces. i am feeling very strong physically as i am focusing on calistenics (particularly push ups and chin ups) for my workouts. Tonight we are conitnuing our online study of the book of Revelation followed by an all night prayer service which will start around 11:30pm and end at 5am. i am getting so much out of the book of Revelation these days as, like the rest of the Bible, it seems to be talking to me.

Since i have only eaten breakfast at this point, i will post yesterdays meals.

Breakfast: 5 bananas, 64oz watermelon-canteloupe juice.

Lunch: Non-sweet salad with cashew dressing and seaweed wraps with guac.

Dinner: 32oz of watermelon-cantaloupe juice. 4 mangoes.

Spiritual bread: Revelation 8-17

Exercise: for the week i did 1500 push ups, 360 chins, 30 tricep presses, 40 bench dips. Played ball for about 2 hours on 2 different days.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Grace and Peace be multiplied.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010......Day 158

Day 158 of the Fruit Feast. i had a terrible detox last Friday that lasted thru Sabbath. i was feverish and could not sleep at all. i had little appetite, but i felt like drinking alot of juice (which i did). i drank at least a couple of gallons of fruit juices over the weekend. i feel back to 100% today. Thank the Lord it did not stop my workout progress as i have done over a 1000 push ups and 240 chins in the last two days. i went out Monday and played ball with my son in the heat and humidity and that felt fantastic. Today i am back to feeling strong and fit. By God's grace i believe i will reach 6000 push ups in four weeks by the end of this week. There is an extra week in June this year so i am not sure how to handle that. My goal for this month was 5000 push ups and 1000 chins so i will surpass both of those (in fact i already have as of today).

Our garden is growing nicely and i look forward to see how the produce comes out. The electric fence is keeping the deer and rabbits at bay. i am hoping the watermelon comes out as i am really into them at this stage of my raw journey. Melons and juices are at the top of my list right now, but i am also enjoying the mixing of crushed nuts and nut sauces with vegetables. Yesterday i had some crackers made from such a mixture.

i am enjoying the study of the scriptures as we have started studying Revelation again. Its wonderful how the Saviour lets His servants know what will happen before it does. We are living in very interesting times indeed.

Today, i have not yet had dinner, but i will post what i have eaten so far.

Breakfast: 56oz of fruit juice (mango-watermelon-cantaloupe). 4 raw burgers my wife made (shouldn't have eaten that this morning).

Spiritual bread: Read Revelation 1-3, Ephesians 4-20-22, Job 32-33.

Exercise: 600 push ups, 120 chins, 1 hour.

Grace and Peace be multiplied.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010.....Day 150

Day 150 of the Fruit Feast. Today is exactly 5 months of 100% Raw. Last year i did 7 months but the difference this year at this point is the focus is not so much on the salt, but to stay away from the grains. i was thinking i needed to overcome salt as the next step in my journey (now i still think i will have to eventually), but the next item in my progression was the grains. Being raw without them and with the salt seems very easy. i am feeling really good and strong. My mind is very clear. i want to say this though, NOT EVERYBODY SHOULD GIVE UP GRAINS. i don't believe in a one size fits all health program. Everybody is different. i know people that eat grains and have no problems. But for me, they cause mucous and clog my system. So i need to avoid them. The deal for me was that all my life i was raised on them. Stuff like bread, pancakes, muffins, popcorn, rice, pizza dough and so forth are things i ate from as long as i can remember. Even as a vegan i ate those things. When i began my raw journey in 2004, i still used Ezekiel bread and Bulgar wheat because i thought they were raw at the time. It was last year, when, after i failed in my quest to get rid of salt and got a little discouraged that i really noticed it. i began to eat the Bulgar wheat with the avocado and/or boiled plantain. Now, i was focused on the salt but the wheat caused mucous to come up in my nose less than 24 hours after i ate it. Then i ate the popcorn, rice and home made pizza dough figuring to start raw fruitarian again in January (which i was blessed to do).

Of course i could feel my system getting clogged up and i definitely noticed it in my bowels. This year, after i fell off the salt wagon at my wife's surprise party, i didn't eat any grains. i stayed raw. No mucous, no clogging of my system. Yes, i did feel some water retention, but it was not the same thing. Now, i am still believing that eventually the salt will go, but i am not as worried about it right now. i am very glad that the grains are gone. i loved them, but they did not like me. The nuts help me as an excellent substitute. As long as i don't eat them whole (i tend to overdo that) and just use them in recipes (like the Fruit Fusion). i would like to soak them from time to time, but i never think about it in advance. If a person was interested in going raw from eating dairy and flesh foods, i would begin with just vegan. That is no flesh or dairy but i would use the grains along with fruits, vegetables and nuts. Then progress over time to raw vegan. There are those that jump into raw vegan ism almost from day one, but i find these people are rare. Particularly if they are going to do it for several years.  Most people are not like that but instead progress over time. Some take more time than others. This is my seventh year at this and i am just getting to the point of dumping grains (hopefully for good). In some ways, i believe people want to rush into it because either they are that type of personality and/or they desperately want to lose weight. But honestly if we are talking about making permanent changes for the rest of our lives, perhaps some deliberation, patience and thought are appropriate. i seek to avoid comparing myself to others who have gone to raw vegan because, while i can get some tips from others, everyone is not the same.

2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

 i find most of the people (some would say "gurus") seem to imply that everyone is exactly like them and so every one's path must be like theirs. While there are many things similar to all humans, there are just as many things different. Anyways, that is my soapbox for the day.

i am fasting today so i will post what i ate yesterday.

Breakfast: 36oz of fresh OJ. 1/2 a large watermelon.

Lunch: 8 raw cabbage wraps.

Dinner: 48oz watermelon-cantaloupe juice.

Spiritual bread: Job 25-28, Jude

Exercise: 500 push ups, 120 chins...50 minutes. 6 games of full court ball with my son (4 games to 2, hey maybe next time kid).

Grace and peace be multiplied to all.


Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010......Day 146

Day 146 of the Fruit Feast. i am fasting today. i have a brother in Christ that needs some deliverance. i fast and pray for him and i also fast and pray for me. That i may be more partaker of the Divine Nature.

2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

i really do not want to be a fake, hypocritical Christian. i want to be real. i want my experience to be real. i have found that any other way is just a waste of time. i was thinking about this verse recently:

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

This is deep to me. There will be many who have lived thinking they were fine for eternity and they will be disappointed to find out they were not. i wondered why and i came to certain conclusions. Many times we lie to ourselves. Now that is bad enough, but what is worse is, eventually we begin to believe our own lie. Self-deception is a miserable thing. Many have made an art form and a science out of living a lie. Carrying on a facade for so long that one believes the facade is real. i have done this in my past. i am so thankful to the Father and the Lord Christ that thru the Eternal Spirit and well-deserved chastening, i was awakened to my true condition and sent the gift of repentance. Then i thought, "what is the Father's will?" The scriptures provided my answer (as always):

1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
1 Thessalonians 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
1 Thessalonians 4:5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

To be made Holy. To be reverent to the Lord Christ. To be consecrated to be His Disciple....forever. i want this. But i found more......

1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

i thank the Lord for my wife of more than 25 years. i thank the Lord for my 4 children. i thank the Lord for my 2 grandchildren. i thank the Lord for the wonderful health He has given me. But if He were to allow all this to be taken from me (it can all go in a moment), i want to be able to whole-heartedly, honestly, sincerely, give thanks still. Regardless of the situation, circumstance. Whether it tastes sweet or bitter. All praise, honor and glory to the Father of Light and our Lord Christ the Lamb.

i have been eating extremely well this week. i say extremely because i have been enjoying every meal. i was inspired to make up this thing i called the Fruit Fusion. Its a Raw Remnant original. Its a raw fruit crisp with crushed almonds, dates and raisins at the crust (note: i do add salt to my crust and sprinkle alittle on the fruit but some may not do that depending on their diet). Then i make a sauce with blueberries, dates and orange juice. i mix the sauce with sliced strawberries and ripe bananas and pour the whole thing over the crust. Sometimes i make a sweet cashew creme with it. Really good. Since its the warm season here i have really be only wanting melons and/or fresh fruit juice in the morning. i also have been having that in the evening. i am feeling very, very strong. This week i have done 1535 push ups and 372 chins. That's not including some crunches, running a lot of basketball and working in the garden. i feel wonderful. Since i am fasting today, i will report yesterday's meals.

Breakfast: 55oz of watermelon-cantaloupe juice. Ate half a cantaloupe with some watermelon while making it.

Lunch: 2 bananas. half a watermelon. Raw Fruit Fusion.

Dinner: 64oz of watermelon-cantaloupe-orange juice.

Spiritual bread: 1 John 3-5, Job 18-21

Exercise: 205 push ups, 60 chins. 2 hours  basketball. Today i did all the specialty type movements. Clapping push ups, diamond push ups, incline and decline.....etc. i also was doing sets of 5 chins and holding the movement at the top for isometric affect. Nice way to finish a week.

Sabbath rest and peace to all in Christ.

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

Grace and Peace be multiplied.


Friday, June 4, 2010

Friday, June 4, 139.

Day 139 of the Fruit Feast. i have been very active this past 7 days or so. i was especially active getting the final touches of our garden together. i put up an electric fence because around here, the deer will totally clean out a garden. We have so many of them that hang out in our yard, i tell my family we might as well name them like pets. i love animals and i am aware that its man intruding on their habitat that is causing them to be more public than they would like. But at the same time, i didn't put in all the effort and expense of a garden to feed the deer and rabbits. So i put up the fence and planted the garden. i pray all the effort pays off in a nice bounty of food. We planted watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, bell peppers, cucumbers, zucchini,  tomatoes and sweet potatoes (my wife's idea). i was so busy, that i only had time to work out 3 days this week (i usually do four workouts per week). So i had to do some extra push ups today to meet my weekly goal of  1400. Thank the Lord, i was able to do it in a timely manner. i will tell you that gardening with the shoveling, the pulling, the bending and all the movements, is very good exercise. i shoveled out rows and did raised beds. My legs definitely felt it afterwards and its a small garden (20x12). If i did a larger garden it would really be a workout!

This past week i spoke to my dad, my brother and my mom all on the same day. That is a rarity. Even more rare is all were actually pleasant conversations. Its sad that there is so much dysfunctionality in the world. Where so many families have so much anger and frustration. Its the result of the entrance of sin. But one day, i believe, there will be no more of that.

Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Revelation 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Isaiah 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

i am thankful that the signs all show, that day is coming sooner than many think. May we be found in Christ at that time. Amen.

Breakfast: 36oz watermelon-orange-cantaloupe juice. Few pieces of watermelon & cantaloupe while i cut it up.

Dinner: 36oz OJ. One medium size durian (about 6lbs).

Spiritual bread: Esther 3-9

Exercise: 600 push ups, 120 chins. 55 minutes.

Sabbath rest and peace to all in Christ.

Grace and Peace be multiplied.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wednesday, June 3, 2010....Day 137

Day 137 of the Fruit Feast. With this past weekend being Memorial Day in the USA (thanks to all Veterans for their service), i have been quite busy. Doing bible studies, preaching and teaching, working out, gardening and exercising have taken up alot of my time. The Raw diet is still going very well inspite of the salt. i am still 100% raw and still enjoying it. i have not had cravings for the last few weeks at all. i get the slightest of tastes for the grain foods once in awhile but its not any real temptation. The Autumn season is usually when those cravings are the strongest so we will see what happens. i am behind on my weekly push up/chin up schedule because of the various other activities. So far this week i am at 800/180 (after having done 500/120 today). i am planning on about 300/60 per day for the next 2 days to reach 1400/300 for the week. The goal for this month is 5000/1200. i do feel alot stronger now. One of the reasons for my having to play catch up is on Monday i played ball with my son. 8 grueling games of one-on-one full court. i got him this time 5 games to 3. i am really loving these times as we are not only bonding but building memories that will last the rest of our lives. i never really ever had that with my father, as i recall more pain than love. But i am so very thankful that i can have it with my own son. The Love of Christ is a wonderful, life-changing thing.

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

i have been sticking, pretty consistently, to a diet routine that has me either eating melons or drinking juices in the morning (usually at least 36oz but usually more than 40oz). Then eating something more substantial in the afternoon (large non-sweet salads with nut sauces or things like the fruit crisp). Then more juices or melon for dinner. This morning i changed that a bit (and i felt it negatively). My wife is doing a 30 day juice fast for the month of June. She juiced some carrots yesterday and i used the residue mixed with some soaked flax seeds to make some dehydrated crackers. They were so so really but i ate them this morning prior to my melon and juice. My stomach felt it in a negative way. While i was able to recover i really don't want to alter the routine again if i can help it as i knew i sent confused signals to my system.

Breakfast: 6 carrot-flax crackers, 54oz of watermelon-cantaloupe juice, half a cantaloupe.

Lunch: Non-sweet fruit salad with dulse, wakame and guac.

Dinner: 36oz of watermelon-cantaloupe juice, 3 bananas.

Spiritual bread: James 3-5

Exercise: 500 push ups, 120 chins, 2 hours in the garden.

Grace and Peace be multiplied.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010........Day 129

Day 129 of the Fruit Feast. Had a very fattening and delicious dessert today. Not something i would do all the time but it was a good treat. i cut up some strawberries and cantalope put that in a bowl. Then i made some topping with crushed almonds, dates and raisins. Then i topped that with a cashew creme. Really delicious, but definitely not guilt free. It was a nice change of pace though. It was a rainy day today, showers on and off, but it flew by (don't all days?). i have noticed that, in the mornings i really only want juices and/or melons. They seem more gentle on my system after breaking the night fast. My push up regiment is going quite well. For the last two weeks i have had a couple of sessions where i was blessed to knock out 500 along with 120 chins and do it under an hour. The goal for the month of May was 4500 and i have 4800 now with a couple of workouts to go yet. i will break 5300 for this month. The goal for June is 5000 (i am increasing by 500 each month). i want to do 8000 for the month of December but at the rate i am going now, i may get 10,000 for December. We'll see.

i am struggling alittle bit in the chins but i will meet my goal of 1000 for the month (i am on pace for 1200). If i can do another 1200 for June i will be happy. i would like to increase them by 100 per month with the goal of doing 1800 chins in December. Again, we will see. i want to eventually have goals for the squat and pistol as well, but i am still working on the rudiments of the exercises. Seems like i cannot do legs more than twice per week and still be able to walk so my legs need more work. All glory, honor, blessing and power to the Father in Heaven and to the Lamb!

Breakfast: Half a 20lb watermelon.

Lunch: Quarter of the above watermelon, 36oz of cantalope-mango-orange juice.

Dinner: Fruit crisp with cashew creme topping.

Spiritual bread: Hebrews 12-13

Exercise: 500 push ups, 120 chins, 48 minutes.

Grace and Peace be multiplied.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010.......Day 124

Day 124 of the Fruit feast. i have been praying for a deeper knowledge of God's Love. i continue to pray not just for more knowledge of His Love but also for His Love to be more fully manifested in me. In this way i can be used as a consecrated vessel to bring my Heavenly Father and my Lord Christ more glory and honor with the life i live in the flesh.

Matthew 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
 Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

i thought on the part about the Lord sending blessings upon both "evil and good" and "just and unjust". i saw the sun mentioned. i realized that if the earth was to move off of its appointed path just a small amount towards the sun, we would all be burned to death. That if the firmament that the Creator placed to surround the earth did not shield it from the full power of the sun's rays, we would be all burned to death. i thought about how the Creator prepared these things and filled the earth with clean air and keeps the hearts of all wherein is the breath of life beating. Yet, the vast majority of the planet not only give Him no honor or glory, but either literally or figuratively shake their fist at Him. Yet He still keeps their hearts beating. He still provides the fresh air, He still keeps the earth on its appointed path. He is so very patient with the earth, His Love is strong even when the earth has chosen His eternal enemy to rule over them rather than the Creator. i want to live that Love.

John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

i am really feeling pretty wonderful these days. This being the end of the third week of May, i will have done over 4000 push ups and 900 chins. Not to mention the squats, pistols and such for the legs. The push up/chin goal for this month was 4500/1000. But it appears i will surpass 5000/1200. i want to stay on my original schedule and add 500 push ups per month each month. i have not set a chin goal, but i will just allow that to flow on the coattails of the push ups.  The Lord is really energizing me thru the Fruit. While salt is back in my life (again), i am still 100% Raw. i really want to stay that way. i realize its the grains that have really been hindering my growth for a long time. They were friends for a long time, but i know now what they have been doing to me. The mucous, the clogged digestive tract, the lethargy, all due to my great love for grain foods. For some, the grains are still friends and i never want to condemn those who still employ them, but i feel its time for me to move on. Most of all i am reaching higher heights in the Spirit. Growing in Love for Christ and becoming more determined to be His fully consecrated vessel in every area of Life.

Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

24oz of cantalope-oj, half a large watermelon (very sweet and delicious)

Snack: 1 banana

Dinner: Large non-sweet fruit salad with cashew cheese sauce. i made some guac and spread a little on sheets of seaweed then wrapped some of the salad in it. Very good.

Spiritual bread: Ezra 1-4, Hebrews 7-8

Exercise: 500 push ups, 120 chins.......44 minutes. 1 hour of full court one-on-one with my son (beat him 4 games to 3, hey maybe next time i have 1250 push ups and 290 chins this week. i expect to do a small workout and top 1400/300 for the week on Friday. 

Have a wonderful Weekend!

Grace and Peace be multiplied.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010.....Day 121

Day 121 of the Fruit Feast. i have to say, i had a tremendous weekend. Sabbath was so very sweet with the fellowship of all our brothers and sisters in Christ in addition to some guests. We had a picnic in a very nice park and it was a beautiful day for it. We got into the Word of God and the Spirit was among us as witnessed by all present. Then on Sunday we had a surprise 50th birthday party for my wife. It took about a month of planning and we did it about a week and a half after her actual birthday so she would really be surprised. She had no idea and it was worth it all just to see the look on her face when she walked into the kitchen and saw many family and friends yelling "Suprise!". It was totally a wonderful experience. But with all the festivity i fell off the salt wagon.

There was so much delicious vegan and raw gourmet vegan food there. i could not eat of my wife's birthday cake so i ate some of the raw cheesecake a sister was kind enough to make for her and i ate some of the raw cabbage rolls. The cabbage rolls had braggs liquid aminos in them. Of course they were delicious and while i was still 100% raw i still feel like i slipped since i didn't want to use the salt at all. i am not sure how i will proceed at this point but i do know i want to stay 100% raw. That should not be too difficult (well it hasn't been to this point), but i will probably use some salt in salad seasonings and may partake in some raw food called "raw gourmet" by those in the raw food movement. As i was contemplating what happened and its affects, i realized that another thing i had cravings for which also caused me to leave off 100% raw was grains.

All my favorite foods that are not cooked are grain foods. Bulgar wheat, rice, ezekiel bread, unleavened bread for pizza, popcorn....etc. These i still want to forsake in order to stay 100% Raw. i came to the realization last year that whenever i eat the grains, within 24 hours i feel mucous forming in my system. Even though i love them they do not like me. That is the last line of defense for me staying 100% raw and i really want to stay raw. So now that i have fallen off the salt wagon, i am determined to hang on and not fall off the raw wagon completely.

Today, i had my wife's raw italian dressing on my non-sweet salad (which contains salt). i may just be in trouble here but i hope not. Time will certainly tell.

As far as my body, i still feel tremendous with very high energy. Had a great workout today.

Breakfast: 4 mangoes, 32oz Watermelon-mango-cantalope juice.

Lunch: non-sweet fruit salad with raw italian sauce. 36oz cantalope-orange juice.

Dinner: 40oz Watermelon-mango-cantalope juice.

Spiritual bread: 2Chronicles 28-32, Hebrews 1&2

Exercise: 500 push-ups, 120 chins....53 minutes.

Grace and Peace be multiplied.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010.....Day 117

Day 117 of the Fruit Feast. Had a terrific struggle with salt cravings yesterday. It was very bad. So bad that i actually started contemplating ending this thing. But i thank the Lord i didn't. i mean, i was craving stuff like steak and eggs or  a large cheeseburger. The crazy thing was, i have not eaten beef in about 25 years and i never had steak and eggs together in my life! It was really crazy. What i did though was i made a non-sweet salad and instead of the usual i put some raw cashew pieces thru the Champion juicer and made some butter. Then i added lemon juice and celery juice to it. It was good. The problem was i put way too much nuts into it and i nearly got sick. i could not even finish half my salad. i felt like just curling up and calling it a night. But my son wanted me to play some ball so i went out to the park. i felt terrible but the running and jumping somehow helped my system.

Going forward i am not sure how this is going to play out. But i am determined to continue on this fruity path so we move on. Of course, i am feeling extremely fit and energetic. Its just i am a salt addict. My wife saw me struggle and actually wanted me to put some in my salad but i refused. i am glad though that not only didn't i have the salt, at this point, i have not used any seasonings at all. Not that i think seasonings are a bad thing, but i would like to have my taste buds cleansed so that they are not so perverted. i may go to them in the future, but not right now. i mean, i may even go back to salt but i pray not. i really like the way i am feeling right now and i don't want to lose it. Well, we move forward.

Yesterday was a good day other than the salt craving attack. i did 440 push ups and 112 chins in about 40 minutes. Then i laid the law down on my son in basketball beating him 4 games to 1. We play 7 game series and he won the first three series we played this spring. That left him pretty confident and he said i would not win a series all summer. Well, on sunday i won a tough one that went the 7th game in overtime. But yesterday i just was too much for the kid. So now, instead of i won't win at all, he says i won't catch up to him (i need to win one more series and its tied). i warned him that i am not even in shape yet.....(smile). Today was an easy day workout-wise. i was on the road so i did a quick workout. i am over the thousand  push-up plateau for the week but i want to reach 1200. Should easily do it tomorrow by God's grace.

Breakfast: half a watermelon

lunch: 2 mangoes.

Dinner: 1 mango, 40oz of cantaloupe-mango-tangerine juice.

i was sort of eating light today to give my system a rest from yesterday's debacle.

Spiritual bread: 2 Chronicles 20-25

Exercise: 185 push ups, 32 chins.

Grace and Peace be multiplied.


Friday, May 7, 2010

Thursday, May 6, 2010........Day 110

Day 110 of the Fruit Feast. i had a terrible toothache all night and all day today. The pain was so intense i could basically do nothing but lay down and try to hold my face. This caused me to also have a splitting headache. Add this to the fact that my legs were so sore from the prior days workout, i could barely walk. In short, i was in bad shape. Now the first time i got this toothache was about a month or so ago (as reported in my journal). At that time i figured the so-called lo-sugar, no sulphur dried mango i ate combined with the dates were the culprit. But i have had a couple of episodes since then (although none like this)  not having eaten those things and my wife observed that the common theme in all of them was........Durian. i had to admit, each time i had pain in my gums it was after partaking of durian (including the first time). Perhaps its the irradiation they undergo on the way here, perhaps its just detox in my system (i had been eating durian since over a year ago with no ill affects until now), perhaps its a combination of things. But for a little while (a very little while), i will leave the durian alone. This week i had it 3-4 times. i bought five of them at the end of last week. i had eaten four of the delicious fruit and still have one in my freezer. Well, there was some good news in all of this.

My mouth continued to plague me all day into the late afternoon. i had only had some juice in the morning and could not think of eating after that. But about 5pm i started to get hungry so i decided on a non-sweet fruity salad with celery juice. It was about 6pm. By 6:30pm all the mouth pain was completely gone!  i strongly believe it was the celery juice although it could have easily been the tomatoes or the cucumber. i mean the pain began to subside about 15 minutes after i started eating and i felt it going away. i was so glad to finally be pain free that i drank another 4oz glass of celery juice later. The stuff is magical for me.

So that gives me ammunition for the next time i eat Durian. In a previous life, when i was still eating beef i used to get an upset stomach if i ate a large steak or too many hamburgers. The only thing that would relieve me was eating raw celery stalks. Now in a new life i find the celery is still a good medicine for me.

After dinner i was able to crank out 400 push ups and 100 chins in about 45 minutes. i was moving alittle slower and actually felt like vomiting but i pushed forward (no pun intended). Afterwards, i was glad to get in the workout after such a painful day.

Breakfast: 32oz of cantaloupe juice

Lunch: non-sweet fruity salad with celery juice.

Dinner: 4oz of celery juice. 36oz of OJ.

Spiritual bread: 2 timothy

Exercise: 400 push ups, 100 chins. 45 minutes. (Praise the Lord i have done 1400 push  ups this week along with 322 chins and 220 squats, not including split squats and assisted pistols). i really want to up the leg work so that my legs get used to it.

Grace and Peace be multiplied.


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010.....Day 109

Day 109 of the Fruit Feast. Today is my wife's 50th birthday. Marrying her was one of the best things i ever did (besides surrendering my life to Christ, who sent her to me). This December will be our 26th anniversary. i love her so much. i can honestly say, she is more beautiful to me today than she was the day i married her in Harlem, New York in 1984.

Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
Proverbs 31:11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
Proverbs 31:12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
Proverbs 31:25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Proverbs 31:29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

Thus hath the Lord Christ blessed His servant. May He be blessed forever. Amen.

Today was pretty active. i did an intense leg workout. Then i bought fifty bags of manure for the garden that weighed 40lbs apiece. i had to unload them from the van and bring them to the garden. Moving 2000lbs of anything is a good workout even cow 

1/2 Large watermelon.

Lunch: 4 mangoes.

Dinner: Non-sweet fruity salad (ran out of celery today), tossed with a mashed avocado. One 4lb Durian.

Spiritual bread: 2Chronicles 5-7

Exercise: 220 full squats, 75 split squats per leg, 25 assisted pistols per leg.

Grace and peace be multiplied.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tuesday, May 4, 2010.........Day 108

Day 108 of the Fruit Feast. i don't think its a coincidence that i am getting into Fruitarianism at this time of my life. i believe those with the most clarity of thought are at an advantage these days. My thoughts today were with the people of Nashville, Tennessee. At least 22 people died in the flooding. Flooding in Tennessee, bombs in new york city, Oil spills in the gulf coast. Disasters have been happening for thousands of years, but only the willfully ignorant cannot see the increase in both intensity and frequency over the last 20 years. That with the increases of school shootings, families killing each other and (in this "enlightened" age), rampant diseases shows the Bible is right, we are in the last days and what we are seeing is just the beginning of sorrows. To me, the best thing i can do is be a perfect reflection of Jesus Christ.If i can be an example to point others to Him, precious souls can be saved from a lost world.

Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

James 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Recently i have been more into eating in a mono fashion. With the exception of the non-sweet fruit salad, i have noticed that i really only  want one type of fruit at a time. i noticed that even the salad all i really want is the tomatoes. The other stuff are just fillers. i want to celery only because it helps with salt cravings and the avocado with fat cravings. Last year there were times when i could eat up to 3-4 avocados at once. This year i can only eat 1/2 -1 avocado and that would only be like3-4 times per week. The transiion continues and we move forward.

My workouts have started off very well this week. As of today i have done 820 push ups and 222 chins. i need 1125 and 250 for more weekly goals for the month of May so i am well on the way. i added a chin up bar to my bedroom today. i have my "gym" in the basement but if i am only doing upper body, i like to be able to do it in the comfort of my bedroom. So i did 12 sets of both push ups and chins giving myself 2 minutes rest between sets. It worked out very well as i did 420 push ups and 102 chins today. i felt very energetic afterwards and would have done another workout in the evening by i was on the road all afternoon into the evening. So i will do some leg work tomorrow.

Breakfast: 1/3 of a 20lb watermelon

Lunch: Non-sweet fruity salad with celery sauce (no avocado today). It wasn't as good without the avocado. i would have enjoyed it more if i had just eaten the tomatoes and drank some celery juice. i will remember that for next time.

Snack: 5 bananas.

Dinner: 2/3 of a 20lb watermelon.

Spiritual bread: 2 timothy 2, 2 chronicles 1-4

Exercise: 420 push ups, 102 chins 37 minutes.

Grace and Peace be mutliplied to all.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Sunday, May 2, 2010.......Day 106

Day 106 of the Fruit Feast. It was warm and humid today, about 90 degrees. My son Joshua and i hit the park for a nice workout. We really went at it so that when we were done i needed to re-fuel with some OJ. When we went to play ball both of us were pooped. It was great. i noticed that my whole family, as well as people at the park were totally uncomfortable in the heat of the day, but i was very comfortable. i believe its because of the fruit. i drank very little water today (just a few sips at the park between games), but i drank alot of living water in the fruit juices. Its no substittute for the Living Water of Christ, but it sure does keep me strong.

i am excited to be getting some manure for our garden. i am hoping for a good crop of tomatoes especially. We are planning to plant some watermelon, celery, sweet pepper and cucumber also. i am a total novice at gardening and i am bugging one of my dear brethren for advice. He has been so kind and patient to give me help. This man has been keeping a large garden for years and he knows what he is talking about. i am blessed to have such a brother to help me. So i need to get some manure and some lime then hopefully later this week i will plant.

i have to step up my exercise some as i am aiming for at least 4500 push ups and 1000 chins this month. So i need to average about 1125 and 250 per week. i think i did about 4200 push ups for April and probably less than 500 chins because i sprained my ribcage. But i feel much better now and ready for the challenge. i figure if i can increase my push ups by 500 each month, i will be at 8000 by year end. We'll see.

i cannot adequately express the clarity of mind i am experiencing right now. i don't want to lose it again, but rather, by God's Grace, grow into it more fully. As i believe we are living in the last days of earth's history, i feel it my duty to represent Christ in my life to a lost world. i feel that so many hypocrites claiming christianity do more harm than good to the cause of God. If i can live the life of Jesus, maybe some lost souls can be brought to Him in truth and be saved at the last. The Fruitarian diet is really a great tool to aid in this goal and i am extremely thankful that i have been led this way.

Today's fare was good:

Breakfast: 36oz of cantaloupe-mango juice, 3 mangos.

Lunch: 32oz of OJ

Dinner: Large non-sweet fruity salad with avocado and celery juice.

Snack: 2 bananas, 3 mangos, 5 oranges.

Spiritual Bread: 2Chronicles 26-29

Exercise: 400 push ups, 120 chins, 1 hour basketball.

Grace and peace be multiplied.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Thursday, April 29, 2010.....Day 103

Day 103 of the Fruit Feast....Contentment has been my recent theme.......

Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
 1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Being self-employed, my life is always a series of either feast or famine. Last week was mostly famine but i did have fruit and the lack was supplied by the Lord through my brethren. Today my house is overflowing with fruit. i have 3 cases of oranges, 15 cantaloupe, 5 Durian and a host of other stuff including a case of bananas and several cases of mangoes. But i have learned that since all things work together for my good as i am seeking to be conformed to the image of Christ, i can be content whatever my situation. So last week i could rejoice for the scarcity and this week i can rejoice because of the abundance. In all things i can give thanks and rejoice.

Proverbs 15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

Well, this week has indeed been an abundance. i have been able also to close in on 1000 push ups for the week. i have 895 as of the end of today. Friday, my son Joshua and i plan on hitting the park for some calistenics. We usually seek to do at least 200 push ups each so i will surpass the 1000. This means that i have over 4000 for the month of April. Now let's see if i can push it to 4500 for May. A sprained ribcage limited my chin production but i believe i can get 100 for this week (40 so far). i'd like to be knocking out 2000 push ups and 500 chins per week by year end. i don't think that is an unreasonable goal and i believe its quite attainable. This coming Sabbath day will complete 15 weeks of 100% Raw fruit. Its a good start and i praise the Lord for His grace.

Today was a fun sort of day as i spent most of the afternoon shopping for fruit at various places. Over the past year on Fruitarian forays, i have learned about some of the various types of tomatoes. Last year i discovered the Campari tomato. It appears to be a cross between a vine-ripened tomato and a cherry tomato. i find them totally delicious and at times if i am spending hours in my car driving i will carry them at a meal. As i was in this mode yesterday, my lunch was on the go as it were. i went to the spanish market in Roanoke first, then drove down to Greensboro, NC to the Super G Asian market. If i am going to spend over $100 on Fruits at one place i always sample some of the produce to check for freshness and quality. i usually get no issues from the grocers but this particular asian market always gives me funny looks. Nobody says anything to me because they know i am going to spend good money (i spend $153 there yesterday). So i was picking some Roma tomatoes and i ate one. As i was enjoying its goodness a tall Asian man (an employee) was looking at me as if i did something bad. He looked down and saw my cart overflowing with produce and he asked 'Is it good?', i answered 'Very good'. After that he smiled and left me alone. Sometimes i sample the mangoes but i could seem the quality of the ones they had was good so i didn't. i did sample the mini-clementines and they were sweet like candy. i bought large quantities of all of these. i also got a case of honey tangerines as i have been really enjoying their juice this season.
Regarding durians, my local Roanoke asian markets have been telling me that because of the recent political/social upheavals in Thailand, the durian is more scarce and the prices are higher. i just so happen to have a very good friend whom i grew up with from gradeschool who works in the state department. He is always traveling and i spoke to him this week. He told me he was just in Thailand and its not as bad as the media is saying, but that its mostly calm. This was confirmed with the Asian market in Greensboro as the durian was abundant and the price was $1.79/lb which is on the cheaper side in these parts. i have found that that smaller durian are usually much sweeter and of higher flesh quality than the large ones. i saw one very large one there (the largest i ever saw actually), it weighed at least 20lbs. But i ended up getting 5 of them each one weighing around 5llbs. When i got to the cashier she said her country had the best durian. She was from Burma (now i didn't even know they grew it there). The young lady bagging my groceries said her country had the best and she was from Thailand. The lady i buy it from in Roanoke said, her country has the best and she is from Cambodia. i figure southeast Asian my be Durian heaven for sure. If the Lord permits, perhaps one day i will see for myself.

Today's fare was:

Breakfast: 5 bananas, 36oz of fresh OJ.

Lunch: 1 Roma Tomato, One box (approximately 12) of Campari tomatoes, 3 small atafaulo mangoes, a few handfuls of dried organic mango, 1 mini-clementine.

Dinner: 36oz of Mango-Cantaloupe-watermelon juice (Delicious). It was mostly mango, which made the drink rich and gave it a smoothy type of texture. Very filling, delicious and satisfying. i also ate the rest of the dried mango from the afternoon.

Spiritual Bread: 1 Chronicles 17-22

Exercise: 335 push ups in 24 minutes.

Grace and Peace be multiplied.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010....Day 100 of the Fruit Feast

Day 100 of the Fruit Feast.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
 Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

As one who puts implicit trust in the bible as my guide, i really believe these verses with all my heart. Things happen in the time appointed and always for my benefit as i am in Christ. So i have been off the internet for about a week and it has indeed proved to be a blessing. Its seemed to bring an increase of peace. Also, i had to cancel my weekend online bible studies, but i believe that was because there were souls that the Lord had me to minister to over the weekend. They needed one-on-one face to face attention. i would not have been available to help if i had my internet service. My God is all-wise and blessed be His name. The Lord used my brethren to supply my lack of fruit as when i showed up to our little home church flock, one sister had a case of mangoes and another a whole case of valencia oranges (praise our Lord Christ). i didn't cry but i was deeply moved by the Love displayed. Surely, i am extremely blessed. Far more than i deserve and if i can just give back a little it makes me very happy.

i have noticed a pattern that i recall was exactly how it has been in my past forays into fruitarianism. i have been losing approximately one pound per week. As i noticed this, i recalled to mind that this is what happened last year. So i have been 100% Raw Fruit for over 14 weeks, i have lost about 16lbs. Sometimes when i do heavy aerobic work (like playing intense full court basketball), i will lose a few pounds but they will come back as my body has its own balance and rhythm. Strange thing is, at this particular junction, i feel tremendous and am very satisfied with how my body looks but i know its just a snapshot and will continue this trend probably for the next 20 weeks. So i shouldn't get used to it. In fact i expect my close friends to begin to tell me i am getting too skinny when i am at about 20-24 weeks. This has happened before so i will be prepared for it. Not having done 100% Raw Fruit for more than 30 weeks, i am not sure exactly what to expect after that. My perception is that i will lose more and then gain back as my body seeks to level out later in the year. What a wonderful machine Christ has created in the human frame.

Psalms 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

i did have some salt cravings this past weekend, but today they are gone as i have partaken of celery juice. i find the only time i really get cravings now is when i am hungry. As long as i eat enough, i don't get them. But also, i am not able to eat as much at one sitting. i believe my stomach is shrinking so that i cannot handle as much as i did a few months ago. But i also want at third meal now instead of just two. Transition is a constant thing at this stage of my journey, this i expected.

My workouts are getting more intense also. i am getting back to doing 300 push ups regularly. The difference now is that i am giving myself less rest. i do 25-30 and rest one minute then immediately do another set. Its more intense so i am not doing 500 push ups but if feels great. When i rest at 5 minute intervals i can do 500-700 push ups in an hour. But i like the more intense approach because it feels more efficient. i am getting more advancement on my pistol squats by just holding the butt-to-the-floor position (assisted by a belt to the door handle) isometrically. So i will continue to do that until i can do it unassisted. My progress here has been slow due to a couple of knee injuries last year, but its still steady. For this i am grateful. One of the really exciting things about this lifestyle is that i know it only gets better. That's a really nice thought for a 49 year old guy.

Breakfast: 10lbs of watermelon.

Lunch: 32oz watermelon-oj juice. sugarcane. 2 mangoes.

Dinner: Non-sweet fruity salad with avocado sauce. 2 mangoes, 3 dates.

Snack: Bunch of cherry tomatoes.

Spiritual Bread: 2 Thessalonians.

Exercise: 335 push-ups in 25 minutes.

Grace and peace be multiplied.


Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010.....Day 97

Day 97 of the Fruit Feast. i haven't had internet service all week. Even so, i consider that a blessing. Just a sign that i need to stay off-line for a little while. My salt cravings picked up this week. Its been such a long time since i have had them so its alittle surprising but i will just drink more of the celery juice and i know it will be fine. This is the second or third week of at least 1000 pushups which is setting a good tone for me. i have gotten a tremendous blessing from reading the Epistle to the Colossians this week. Such a great description of what is true Christian character and what is not:

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

i have been on melon island a few days this week as that was mostly what i had available. Its been a great blessing as my system is getting cleaner from the juice of the watermelon. i am so very thankful for the abundance of fruit available on the earth and for the powerful healing and nutritional properties they possess. Fruit really is a fountain of youth.

Psalms 103:5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

i probably will not return to the internet until Monday or Tuesday. Until then my friends may the Lord guide you and bless you.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sabbath rest and Peace to those in Christ.

Grace and Peace be multiplied to all.


Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010.......Day 90

Day 90 of the Fruit Feast. Well today marks the completion of my 3rd month of 100% Raw Fruit only. Having done this before there is something very familiar about it all. Yet i am feeling like i am being made new again. i must be honest and say that the abundance of Durian i have had during this last 90 days has helped this process tremendously. i feel so spoiled in that, i haven't had any this week and i miss it. Although i just had some last weekend. This week was a slight challenge in that i not only had no durian, but i am completely out of my valencia oranges. Thank the Lord i had plenty of mangoes and watermelon. In fact, i am pretty much out of fresh fruit right now, but i ate well today. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Actually, a dear sister in Christ has a durian and a box of valencias for me when i arrive to worship with our little flock on  Sabbath afternoon tomorrow.Brothers and sisters in Christ are special to me indeed and i am very blessed to have a few to fellowship with in prayer and encouragement. i have very fine non-christian friends as well, but something about the brethren and sisters in Christ that is sweeter than any durian. 

Psalms 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalms 133:2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
Psalms 133:3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

i was actually feeling alittle tired today, perhaps lazy is more like it. But i took about 5 minutes and knocked out 100 push-ups so i could reach my weekly goal of 1000 (i did 10 extra actually). We move forward in Faith.

Breakfast: half a watermelon, 4 mangos

Lunch: 16oz of coconut-banana smoothie, 5 dates, 1 avocado.

Dinner: half a watermelon.

Spiritual Bread: Philippians 2-4

Exercise: 100 push-ups.

Have a Wonderful and blessed weekend!

Sabbath rest to all in Christ.

Grace and peace be multiplied to all.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010......Day 88

Day 88 of the Fruit Feast. i did something interesting today. i looked at my blog at this point one year ago to see how last year compares to this year. It was interesting. At this point last year i weighed about 186lbs (i am 198lbs this year). i blogged about how i wanted to stay fruitarian permanently, (same as this year). i could not do the level of workouts i do now, i was doing some running, alot of walking (i have not gone for a run yet this year as i am concentrating on my calistenics work) and about 150 push ups 2-3 times per week(as opposed to 200-350+ now). i was doing about 35 chins per workout (as opposed to 100+ now). i reported no heavy cravings but just salt once in awhile (well its different now as i have no cravings). i also noted that last year i started the journey at about 205lbs (i was 213lbs this year on January 17th). So overall i believe my position is stronger this year because i am getting no cravings for anything salty and my body is stronger. i may start some light jogging at some point (2-4 miles) but i need new running shoes. The only area of caution i noted was that it was after my 4th month (120 days) my cravings started getting stronger. Lets see what happens this year.

Since i am planning on staying Fruitarian, i have begun to think about the autumn season. That is my weakest point because of the food i associate with Thanksgiving. For me that would be steamed veggies, bulgar wheat with avocado and/or steamed plaintain, homemade vegan pizza and raw apple pie. i must say goodbye to all but the raw apple pie. Right now it does not seem like a big deal, but thats right now. Its in this area i must really depend on Grace this year. As every year i have been raw this is the area where i usually stray from 100%. i don't want that to happen this year. i suppose i must deal with that bridge when i get to it and not think about it now. But i have made some mental notes. Durian is still in season all the way until November. Navel oranges begin to hit the stores in the fall and i can still get whole watermelons then. If can obtain these fruits in large quantities i should be fine. Of course there are apples also, but apples are not as appealing to me as they once were because i am really feeling oranges, watermelon, mangoes and durian right now. When peaches are in season (usually August-September around here), i love those also. Maybe i am just mentally gearing up for whatever fight it will be because i do not want to fall, not this time. i will pray to be ready and i am ready to fight. i really want this now, i feel it is time.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.


Breakfast: Half a watermelon, 4 mangoes.

Lunch: 5 honey tangerines, half a watermelon., 3 medjool dates

Dinner: 32oz coconut-tangerine juice smoothie, 2 dates, 2 mangoes

Spiritual bread: Ephesians 3-6

Exercise: 360 push-ups, 100 squats, 4 sets of assisted pistols (isometrics).

Grace and Peace be multiplied.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Weekend Review ..........Days 83-86

Weekend Review of Days 83-86 100% Raw Fruitarian. Had a tremendous spiritual weekend. Approximately, once per quarter, we get together on a Friday night and pray all night to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. This is following the Lord's example in the book of Luke:

Luke 6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

If One who was sinless thought it necessary from time to time to pray all night, we who are seeking to be conformed to His Image need to as well. It was a blessing for us and an added blessing for me because of the clarity of thought i am now receiving. We prayed from 9pm to 5am. Then i slept until about 10:30am and we had Sabbath fellowship with our little home church flock from noon and that did not end until 2am! It was all good. So spiritually rich and satisfying. We hiked a little bit on Sabbath evening and just generally were joyful in Christ as we breathed fresh air and took in beautiful scenes of God's handiwork.  i ate very well as i enjoyed my last durian (have to wait to get some more) and delicious atafaulo mangos. Finally the large watermelons are starting to appear in some stores  so i had some of that this weekend also. It was like meeting an old friend. So sweet and juicy.

On the negative side i pulled a muscle in my ribcage. It actually happened early last week. At first i thought it was a gas pain, but as the week wore on the pain increased because i was doing some serious work on the chin up bar (300 chins last week). So i played some basketball on sunday but i could not do more than one set chins before feeling like i was aggravating the injury. So i shelved all exercise for monday and hope to start back with push ups and leg work on Tuesday. i really want to keep up with at least 1000 push-ups per week. i want 300 chins also but that may not happen this week. This is a strange and somewhat frustrating situation, i have tremendous energy and would love to hit the park hard, but my muscle pull is telling me to rest. The dilemma of the raw fruitarian i suppose. Of course the best thing is to avoid injury altogether, which i will seek to do going forward.

Grace and Peace be multiplied.


Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010.........Day 83

Day 83 of the Fruit Feast. Nearly 12 weeks now. i feel better than terrific. i was concerned about the shoulder but that was alleviated with today's workout. It was very funny. My son Joshua and i decided we would go for 150 chins and 300 push ups since i could not do the dips. We planned on doing 100 chins, then moving over to do 200 push ups, then back for 50 chins and then end up with 100 more push ups. Well, we did the 100 chins, then the 200 push ups (the push ups were a challenge because he said he would get them done before me; he didn't). Then we started heading back to the chin up bar and i said 'ok, we need 50 more chins', then he said 'No, YOU need 50 more chins, i'll do some ab exercises' So i went back and could only do 40 more chins, then the 100 push ups (dragging it in at 20 per set the last 60). Great workout. i am hoping to be able to get the muscle-up done this year. It will be (and has been) fun training for it.

Given the recent challenges posed regarding my positions on diet, i decided to go back and re-check my beliefs to make sure where i stood was true. In this regard i am thankful for the challenges because going back and checking to be sure of one's positions is a good thing. i looked up some verses in Genesis first:

Genesis 1:12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
 Genesis 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

i looked up the words 'grass', 'herb', 'seed'. The word 'herb' was especially interesting to me. In the  Hebrew its the word 'ESEB'. Which means to glisten. It also means tender shoot or grass. i found this interesting because its entirely different from the word for grain. Which is the word 'TSEROR' which means 'packed up'. or the word for corn which is the word 'SHEBER' which means 'grain'. These are not found in the garden of Eden. Also, the term 'whose seed is in itself', means 'to be able to reproduce itself'. So Adam did not eat grains that were commonly (and are now) eaten after sin. But things which grow on trees and out of the grass that have 'seed was in itself'. i think of all the obvious fruits that grow on trees but also the fruits that do not. Like the melon family, watermelon, canteloupe, honeydew and many many others. The cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers and many others. Then there are grapes, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, rasberrys and many other berries. Of course, the Bible never does say Adam had to cook anything, thus he ate it raw. Then there was this admonition from the Lord:

Genesis 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

It was an admonition to eat freely of Fruits. i was glad i re-studied it for it confirms to me i am on the right path. Adam was a fruitarian. As i seek to be born again in the Image of Christ, i am led to eat the diet Christ first gave mankind, a fruitarian diet. Now some will ask, 'what about nuts?'. Well, nuts are fruit too because they do grow on trees. But the way Adam would have to eat them and the way we eat them today are two different things. Think about it, Adam would have to pluck the nut from the tree, crack it open and eat it. It is much easier to pluck and eat, say, a cherry. Or a peach, Or even a Durian!
But today, man shells all the nuts and packs them in very large quantities for us. This, in my humble opinion, leads many to overdo it on them. While some people have systems that handle them well, others do not. Especially in the quantity people usually eat them. Also, they are usually roasted which means all the life has been cooked out of them. Adam did not eat them this way and hence, it follows the Creator did not intend for them to be eaten this way. As for me, they clog me up very easily. i have some friends that actually need them in transition, i don't. But that is my system. Everyone is different, but all need take care as to how to handle nuts.

i am glad the Lord led me up this path.

Breakfast:10 valencia oranges, 4 mangos

Lunch: 32oz oj, 1 Durian.

Spiritual bread: 2 Kings 20-22, Genesis 1

Exercise: 300 push ups, 140 chins, 60 1-leg squats per leg. (that makes 1000 push ups and 300 chins for the week). Praise the Lord.

Have a Wonderful Weekend.

Sabbath Rest and peace to all in Christ.


Thursday, April 8, 2010........Day 82

Day 82 of the Fruit Feast. i rested my body today mostly because of the soreness in my left shoulder. There is a bone on the top of my shoulder/collar bone area that is protruding higher on the left side than the right side of my body. My wife noticed it also and i am not sure if its calcium deposits or what. By the end of today the pain was substantially lessened. i should be able to resume fullscale workouts tomorrow. From many years of dealing with various injuries and using various forms of exercise, i have figured out a good rehab for my shoulder that will hopefully allow me to go back to doing full bar dips in a few months. As the pain is in my joint, i have found that isometric exercise is the best form of rehab. The good thing about isometrics is, though it lacks alot of explosive movement, it only takes a few minutes. Just holding certain positions for up to minutes at a time will help. i have found that to be true with my knees and i know it will work with my shoulders too. In fact i was doing some shoulder isometrics today as i walked about the house. i would hold my hands at the top of the doorway and stretch my shoulder area forward, holding the position for a few seconds. It hurt alittle while i did it but felt great afterwards. i also just stretch both my arms upward and hold the stretch for a few seconds. In about a week i plan on doing some partial dips, not dipping down deep but just halfway. i feel all of these will help. i would really hate to have to give up bar dips totally. They are such a tremendous upper body exercise. So i will do this little bit of rehab and see if i can bring them back to my repertoire in late June.

In life we all have varied experiences. If you live long enough you will see some of the same situations many, many times. So that after awhile, many things don't surprise you anymore because you have seen them many times before. But there are some things that, regardless of how long i live, they always astound me. (Please excuse me as i vent a little here).

Over the past year that i have been going Fruitarian, i have had several people approach me about how "unhealthy" my diet is. Usually i ask them a question, "How long were you Fruitarian before you realized it didn't work for you?". In every case, the person had not tried it themselves, but were making a judgement based on either some so-called scientific theory or their own flawed thinking. Two individuals in particular though, stood out to me. One a man and one a woman (a nurse). What they had in common was that, as mentioned above, neither of them had ever tried the lifestyle for themselves. But what really astounds me, is their own personal appearance. The man i met in person, but the woman was on the internet and i saw her on youtube. If i were to ask the gentlemen to jog with me, he probably cound not go more than a couple of blocks. He was overweight and you could tell filled with mucous. Here i am doing hundreds of push ups and chins each week,  running with 18 year old kids and feeling 20 years younger than my 49 years and he stood in front of me and said his way was healthy, but mine wasn't. The woman was worse, when i saw her youtube video, i almost choked on my mango. She looked to stand about 5'4" and was rejoicing that she weighed "only" 205lbs! She relentlessly follows me online emploring me to stop eating all fruit because she is a nurse and she knows better and her church says so also and the expert she idolizes also agrees with her. i mean, WOW. Its amazing how self-deceived and hypocritical we humans can be. Now i have seen this level of hypocrisy many times, but as i stated, i always find it amazing. But as a disciple of Jesus Christ, i need to learn how to deal with such individuals. The bible itself shows it is a difficult:
Proverbs 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
Proverbs 26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

So whether you answer or don't answer they will remain fools. But it shows me that i need to grow in how i handle them:

2 Timothy 2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

Lord i have a long way to go!  Praise the Lord for the Wisdom of His Word.  May i be so fully surrendered to Christ that these things never move me in the future. Amen.

Breakfast: 8 valencia oranges, half a mini watermelon.

Lunch: 5 mangos

Dinner: 2 delicious mangos, 1 durian. Fruitarian Fabulous!

Spiritual Bread: 1 Kings 17-20 (the life of the prophet Elijah is amazing).

Exercise: Faith.

Grace and peace be multiplied.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010.........Day 81

Day 81 of the Fruit Feast. These days i am feeling like its day 81 of the rest of my life. The Living Temple is continuing to cleanse. Today i eliminated 6 times. i am so thankful to the Lord for the wonderful way He has created the body. It will heal itself and clean itself out if we just give it an opportunity to do so. Aside from the water fast, the fruit diet is the best way to accomplish this in my opinion. It was about 90 degrees out when me and my 18 year old went out to the park for calistenics. We did chins, dips and finished with push ups. After that we went to the park and played 2 on 2 with some friends for about 1.5 hours. Great workout. When we started playing ball i noticed a pain in the area where my collarbone connects with my shoulder joint. This happened last year also and i remember it had to do with the dips. i try to dip as deeply as possible to get the most out of the movement, but i think my structure is not aligned properly which is why i experienced the pain. So afterwards i decided i would shelve the dips for awhile and then come back and do partial dips. These don't seem to bring the pain like the very deep ones i do. But i digress..... My son and i did one set after another. One person only resting while the other did his set. We did 100 chins, 20 dips, 200 push ups each in 29 minutes. We have both done more volume many times before but not this intensely with 3 different exercises. i can only describe it as wonderfully brutal. It felt tremendous and very efficient.

i have had to eat more avocados than i would want to this past week. i purchased too many of them and they are all ripening. My family does not eat them fast enough. So i have been making sauce out of them to reduce the affect on my system. Today i had 2.5 of them. From this point on i will be buying much less of them. i have noticed a difference in my system if i eat more than one of them and i cannot do this everyday.  What a difference to when i first went to the raw diet and i could eat 4-5 of them at a sitting! This proves to me that the path of the raw diet is a progressive path. There are those who, unfortunately feel they must push people to eliminate avocados from day one. Its like they treat the poor avocado as something evil. i don't feel this is right. Each system will tell its inhabitant what is right to eliminate and when. My system is now telling me that i don't need them very much. But it has taken 6 years. The idea of progression is a very important idea to remember when one undertakes the raw food diet. i suppose there are fanatics in the raw food world as well as the religious world. Fanaticism (to me) is when person A attempts to push person B at person A's pace. Its when person A thinks all human beings must come along exactly as they did or they are wrong. Sports fanatics are a good example of this. If a person likes for example, the yankees, but another likes the red sox, they will argue who is better (and even get angry to the point of violence) unless one agrees to submit. People also do this with religion as well as in the world of the Raw diet. i find it totally counter-productive to the cause of righteousness. It hinders and hurts many more people than it helps. But i suppose the fanatical types will be with us until the end of time. At which time their restless souls will find permanent rest. In the meantime we must bear with them, pray for them and if possible, avoid them.

i really am desiring more of the sweet and juicy. The valencia oranges are in season now. Sometimes i think i could live on that juice. In fact, i know i could, having done if over a 2 week stretch a time or two. The Virginia and North Caroline watermelons will be here soon too. Totally, heavenly sweet and juicy. What pleasures there are in abundance of juicy Fruit!

Breakfast: 7 mangos

Lunch: 1 mini watermelon, 32oz of OJ

Dinner: Non-sweet fruity salad with avocado sauce.

Spiritual bread: Galatians 1-3

Exercise: 200 push ups, 100 chins, 20 dips. 1.5 hours of basketball.

Grace and Peace be multiplied.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010....Day 79

Day 79 of the Fruit Feast. Surely, this is a permanent thing. i have been having alot of mucous coming out of my nose. i figured it took six months of eating cooked foods to build it up so it will take at least 6 months of raw fruit to get rid of it. i am surprised that after 12 weeks of raw fruit i am still 200lbs. i am expecting a drop in weight of about 25lbs during the course of this year. i believe my body is cleaning out mucous and then it will begin to clean out other things. i feel great though. i am experiencing what i can only describe as an expansion of my mind. The Bible is speaking to me, or rather, the Holy Ghost is speaking to me thru the Bible. i am learning that spiritual Truth is not about any denomination or church.  Denominations may incorporate, they may copyright their names, but nobody has a copyright on the Truth. There is no teacher that can be compared to the Holy Spirit and there is (in my humble opinion) no book on earth like the Bible. Not even close. i find most Bible critics have never fully read it for themselves but take portions here or there and pass judgement. i am not surprised by that, but what i have learned that has surprised me is that most people i know who profess Christianity, very rarely read the bible in depth. They trust their denominations, pastors, reverends or whatever. That is everyone's free choice and i accept that. But as it is written:
 As the Bible says:

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

When a person stands in the judgement they will not be able to blame their pastor, their church or anyone or anything else for their defects of character and the deeds they did in this life. Such a thing appears to be very important to me, too important to leave in anyone else's hands. i have learned that i am the church, me and all those who are saved by Grace thru faith in Christ alone. i need not frequent any building, for my body is His holy Temple.

1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

i have also come to realize, that i need not answer to anyone about what the Holy Spirit teaches me to do. i have to answer to Christ alone. This makes things very simple for me and i like it that way. i seek to live at peace with all people, but i make no apologies for how i believe, nor do i judge another person's beliefs whatever they may be. Each person has to live the truth they are shown for themselves. If a person sees what appears to them to be true and does not follow it, that is between them and the Creator. My business is to live the truth i am shown and to do the will of my Heavenly Father and the Lord Christ.

The clarity of mind the fruitarian lifestyle affords me is bringing me more joy than i can describe with words. Although i wish all could experience this, i also understand each person much travel their own path. Its not my goal to save the planet, but to save souls for Christ. i have learned this can be accomplished more by example than by words.

2 Corinthians 3:2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
2 Corinthians 3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
1 Peter 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

This past weekend i ate Fruitarian Fabulous. Had a pretty good workout on sunday too. My youngest son and i went to the park. We did 200 push ups, 33 bar dips and 60 chins apiece. It was in the mid 80s and sunny. Perfect weather. Then we went to another park and played 4 games of full court basketball with some other kids. It was great exercise. i am so happy that the winter is past. It reminds me of some very beautiful words in the Bible:

Song of Solomon 2:10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Song of Solomon 2:11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
Song of Solomon 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
Song of Solomon 2:13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.


Grace and peace be multiplied.


Friday, April 2, 2010

Friday, April 2, 2010........Day 76

Day 76 of the Fruit Feast. i was away on business this week and just got back yesterday. i ate Fruitarian Fabulous the whole week. i was in Connecticut and you had better believe i found a place that had durian. i brought 2 of them with me on the 9 hour drive there. i stopped at a rest stop and ate one for dinner. Delicious. Since i was away for a week, 2 durian just won;t do so i bought 2 more in Connecticut. i opened it up at my friends house. i was all excited because they were all curious about the fruit. Well, once i opened it and began to share its creamy goodness, my friends didn't exactly share my enthusiasm. They opened all the doors and It was so very funny really. Everyone had their noses turned up and i was in durian heaven just eating away. They told me the next time i came with one i had to eat it outside. Fine with me.

Tomorrow will mark exactly 11 weeks on 100% Raw Fruit. i weigh 200lbs, feel great. Growing spiritually by leaps and bounds. The most exciting part is, its just the very beginning. i have decided that i want to be Fruitarian for life. i will continue counting the days until a year is up for the sake of those also starting this path, but i am committing to it for life. i say this by Faith. Only the God of Heaven knows what lies ahead. But i want this to stay with me by Grace through Faith. The problesm with me (if it is indeed a problem at all), is that i cannot just eat mono all the time. There is so much fruit to eat and i don't want to miss any of it. Today i had a bunch of ripe bananas. i could have stayed on banana island, but the watermelon was calling me. The mangos too and there was this coconut whose water i wanted. Mono will have to wait.

Today i went to the park and did a nice short workout. About 20 minutes of chins, dips, pistols (assisted), tricep presses, core isometric exercises and push ups. i did isometrics more today also. Whenever i do isometrics, i don't count reps because they are not as many. i focus on holding the flexed position. It was 90 degrees outside, the sun was shining brightly, it was tremendous. All praise and honor and blessing and glory to God the Father and Jesus Christ my Lord!

1 mini watermelon, 5 bananas

Lunch: 1 coconut, 4 dates.

Dinner: 6 mangoes, 5 bananas.

32oz of OJ, Sugar Cane.

Spiritual bread: 2 kings 2-6

Exercise: Push ups, chins, pull ups, core exercises, assisted pistols, dips without counting how many.

Have a Wonderful Weekend!!

Sabbath Peace and Rest to all in Christ.

Grace and Peace be multiplied.