Polyarmour said:Can you quantify any improvements in your health? Has your cycling improved? For example when I dropped meat from my diet my times for various events continued to improve so I was happy that I wasn't causing any harm.
Just to be upfront ... I no longer ride competitively. The first things I noticed was more endurance, and with that came much less muscle fatigue the day after. I feel ready to ride every morning, even after riding hilly rides the day before. In the past, I needed a mellow ride to recover from harder rides. I can rides hills a little better too, stay seated and spin in the same gear I needed to stand in before.
Circulation. Huge improvement. I live in a cold US climate. I've always had poor circulation. Cold hands especially, despite wearing mountaineering mitts. I used to forgo riding in the cold(20-30 degrees F, because of this. This winter... totally different. My hands are now sweating in the mitts, I often have to take them off for short periods. Even after chilling them like that.... they warm right back up. The days I just hike when it snows .... I can't wear the same coats I used to because they're too warm, and I don't need the lined pants anymore either.
During the day.... no more after eating tiredness. No afternoon sleepies. I have better mental clarity and ability to think. I can't quantify that in a number, but it's a big difference. I sleep deeper and longer at night too.
I just feel good all the time, a feeling of well being. The crap of everyday life that used to bother me so quickly, doesn't . I can't say fruit has done all of this , because I've worked really hard to let go of all the crap that no longer serves me before I started eating so much of it. The fruit eating has just accelerated it.
The downsides aren't really anything. Peeing every 2 hours and less sometimes can be inconvenient, as is 4-5 bowel movements a day(completely effortless though) Learning to manage all the fruit in various stages of ripening can be challenging. Grocers are fun ... " hey man ... what are you doin' with all this fruit?" Always fun conversations from it!
All this is just my experience.... I can't say it would work for everyone as it did me. I would think anyone that tried it will improve somehow... you can't predict it. I know the social aspect of eating mostly fruit can be challenging. But, I think even eating lots of cooked carbs would offer some improvement too. I do still eat cooked yams every now and then, cause I dig 'em . We don't have to be super strict about it. It may help more to eat more fruit, but not everyone has the freedom to make such changes in a family, and it can challenge many personal beliefs. . You may find though, a change in you, sparks interest in those around you! Who doesn't want to feel great? The more the merrier.