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Happy Spring!: An Update on my Fruitarianism and my Vegan Outreach Program on Tinder

Hello everyone,

Spring has sprung.

Little story for ya. The other day I went outside to absorb my daily dose of sunshine.

I was sitting on a bench by the water. The sun was shining on my face. There were dandelions everywhere suddenly and the grass was green.

There were canadian geese in the water. Shout out to my toronto PEEEPS.

There happened to be a bagel crust under the bench.

This little bird came hopping out, right up to me, or rather right up to the bagel…and pecked and then scurried away. But then all these other little birds came out of the woodwork.

Suddenly it seemed like I was in the middle of an enchanted forest of sorts, and all the animals were coming out of the woods to play, and I was the fairytale princess, snow white.

It was soo beautiful. All the animals. Then some dogs came walking by barking at the other dogs in passing. How cute.

It was a great day.

I was proud to be a vegan, proud to be a fruitarian (wannabe).

Lately, I have been thinking about my vegan fruitarian diet.

It has gotten so much easier.

All the things I used to worry about like negative comments from others and what to do when people invited me to restaurants and how people would take it when I met them…have gotten much better.

People have accepted I’m weird and I have relaxed about the diet.

A big part was finally cutting out all oil thanks to the advice of potato strong and only cooking mcdougal style meals at home for dinner– I basically make the stuff on potato strong‘s website.

Also, I really love my diet now. As opposed to it being a hardship where I miss other foods (like in the beginning), I think eating this way is really cool.

I love being like this weird hippie person with an extreme alternative diet. I love knowing I have the edge–a secret knowledge where I can make myself look and feel really great just by eating tons of fruits and vegetables.

I like feeling like Snow White, eating only liquid sunshine, and communing with my animal friends.

It’s awesome.

I love knowing I never have to think about dieting or starving myself ever again. I love being able to shock people by eating like quadruple the portion size they think is normal.

Also I love being vegan and telling people wherever I go to shape up and change their ways. LOL. Probably not the most attractive part of my personality to my friends, but this is a hobby I really enjoy.

If any of you are following me on Facebook, you may have seen my online dating outreach, where I try to shock people when they ask me about veganism, into converting to veganism.

I like to think of myself as Socrates, HA, whose writings I was immersed in my freshman year at college. Well, good old socrates, if you don’t know the story, he was like this totally weird looking, rags wearing, crazy haired guy who stood around in the agora–or market area in ancient greece–and tried to engage people in conversation. He would start off innocently asking them questions, but all of a sudden, these people would be in a fury and a rage, because socrates would start questioning them in their beliefs and the poor unsuspecting victims would realize their beliefs were totally unfounded and would get caught in a total life crisis because they realized they knew nothing. Then a whole swarm of people would surround him and get in on the argument, and they would all argue till the cows came home….about philosophy.

HA. Doesn’t that sounds entertaining. It is. I recommend the books of PLATO. Anyway,

Socrates called himself the stingray or the Gadfly (loose translation). Basically because his penetrating questioning would stun people like they had been stung by this poisonous fish and they would often get really angry at him.

This led to his death??? People couldn’t handle the truth. And couldn’t handle having their beliefs unsettled.

Sound familiar……? yeahhhh.

Anyway, I like to think of myself as the gadfly. Shocking people into a state of questioning their beliefs and waking people up to the truly shocking reality.

I’ll keep working at it, till I get to Socrates like levels.

What about you guys? Do you like to blatantly upset people with your veganism? I used to be the opposite, but I am beginning to enjoy this. And Happy Spring!

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How Going Vegan Made Me a Kumbaya Singing, Hemp Shoe Wearing Hippie (many hemp shoes on my cool vegan shoes pinterest board these days)

Have you guys ever read the book The Road?

It is one of my favorite books of all time. It is so easy to read. Really, you can’t stop reading it. It is effortless to read because you HAVE to read it. You can’t put it down. And yet it is also extremely deep. It made me think about the meaning of life.

The end of the book is one of the best endings ever. The last paragraph of the book is always coming back to me.

“Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.”

The Road
Cormac McCarthy

Isn’t that beautiful? Of course in the book it is contrasted with the aftermath of nuclear war. When earth and all the beautiful things about life were mostly wiped out. But in the book the guy still remembers what earth used to be like.

Being vegan has made me realize the beauty of nature and of life.

Total hippie speaking, hehe.

No but seriously. I think about how perfect and beautiful animals are. And how perfect ripe fruits are, being fruitarian. And isn’t it great that fruit trees always are short and close to the ground so that humans can reach up and pick the fruit, and experience “banana island” levels of running ability and happiness.

(banana boat shipwreck)

I think about the garden of eden a lot, the peaceable kingdom, noah’s ark a lot– basically nature.

It doesn’t help that I’m living in New York City and haven’t been in nature in a long time.

The other day I thought about that paragraph from The Road again thinking about how I grew up in nature. I remembered sounds from the spring time in my childhood. This ditch in the yard would start running with water. We would dig at it with sticks and move the rocks away till it was a rushing stream. There were ponds in the woods with brown leaves and real frogs on them. Salamanders too. I had a vision of yellow in my mind, and then I remember forsythia. These scraggly brown bushes suddenly bloomed with tiny yellow flowers everywhere. Spring time! All the trees suddenly burst into flowers. You didn’t even remember trees could have flowers on them. There were robins hopping in the grass. I went barefoot everywhere. I remember how cold the ground was. It would get your socks soaking wet and freezing cold. The sky was so blue and the clouds would rush by overhead blown by spring winds.

I’m so happy that being vegan has brought me closer to nature. It reminded me that I should respect animals, and that animals share the same love of life and springtime as I do. It also made me feel more connected to nature by eating only plants and fruit. How cool is that. I think it’s cool. Being nourished by only stuff that grows out of the ground, naturally.

It also gave me a distaste for civilization, lol. Don’t know what to make of that yet. Maybe it means I need to get back in nature for a while.

Have any of you ever read the book The Road ? And I am curious do any of you feel like becoming vegan made you feel a longing for nature and closer to nature? 

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