Rectifying the Consciousness of Eating
Shalom LeKulam (peace/hi to everybody), my name is Tanya Manno, born 6th of Av 5743
(16 July 1983) in Rome, Italy, I'm 26 years old, single,
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fruitarian/appletarian. I'd like to share my story with You.
Many time I've been asked and asked myself: what's Fruitarianism and
how does it feels like being a Fruitarian?
Well, briefly I could answer that for me
Fruitarianism is not just about eating a tot percentage (you choose it) of fresh fruits...
Being a Fruitarian means to reveal Adam's full potential.
human being possesses a seed (chochmah
- knowledge) inside
of him/her and must grow to become finally like a tree bearing fruit.
My Personal Journey into the
Amazing World of Fruit
I have been on a high fruit raw vegan diet for 1 year and half and was
feeling fine but at a certain point I refused seeds, nuts and green
leaf vegetables because they weren't tasting so good anymore but I kept
the spring onion and celery as condiments for my fruitvegetables
salads (zucchini, tomatoes, peppers..). I was doing fine, my health was
superb and never felt greater before. After a while I broke up with
my fiance and suffering was so intense that I fasted for some days.
During this time the desire to go 100% fruitarian arised inside of me
and finally I got rid of onions and celery. That was the first days of
I can say it all happened due to the pain I felt for this broken heart
but later I realized that there was something else going on in the
background.. I just couldn't figure it out that time, I was not yet
Quickly after that I experimented a daytime apple monodiet, which I
still continue to apply nowaday and this sistem definitively "opened
up my eyes", just like Adam and Eve's account in Genesis 3:7.
I studied Chassidic thought and Kabbalah for 9 years but never
realized before that when the Torah (Pentateuch) is talking about
trees and Midrash (compilation of homiletic teachings on the Bible) is
hinting at apples, they are actually meaning every single word of it!
So I took my Jewish books and started to read over with different eyes
and a whole new dimension appeared in front of me, a vision of total
freedom and profound wisdom.
A New Soul in a New Body
With this new diet my body detoxicated even more and all my senses
(physical, mental and spiritual) became more sensible and I have been
able to become more aware of the world inside and outside me. In fact
they are the same dimension; they just appear different to those who
cannot switch their perspective, that cannot loose egocentric grip. And
this is a thing you can solve rectyfing the very act of eating. If we
carefully read Genesis we notice that "sin" happened only after Adam
bite, not from Eve's! The woman shared the fruit with her husband,
while he couldn't resist the temptation to keep it for himself only...
Thus, when we do eat with a selfless intention, when we do eat with
the intention to nourish ouserlves in order to benefit creation and
our fellows human being, we are truly "ripen" (ready) inside and
outside and we can finally take of the fruit of the Etz Chayim
Animals and plants automatically do so because this is the main
"program" running in the background of Creation, as God divinely
designed but we, humans, have the "gift of choice", the power to
choose between life and death (as repeated in Deuteronomy 30:19),
between what's "good" (sharing and caring for all creation) and "bad"
(keeping things for ourselves). There weren't two trees in the Gan
(Garden of Eden); sages say there was just one
tree, and that was the Tree of Life.
It was human consciousness while picking the fruit that splitted in
two, causing a "break" at a very deep level of "existence". The Ish
and his wife (Adam and Eve) then got disconnected from this
"paradisiac dimension" and things got worse and worse until present
We are not so different from our own progenitors after all; everyday
we are sinning just like them, everytime we eat egoistically, for our
own pleasure and forget about others, being in form of a mineral,
vegetable and animal life.
I think the "break" I had with my exboyfriend and the subsequent
abstinence from food somehow re-connected me back to the Edenic
consciousness prior to the fall.
Thou Shall Not Kill
Fruit is karmically-free food par excellence
but still we can
partake of it on a selfish way and this can cause some spiritual and
phisical blockages as well.
Definitely, we should all come to the conclusion that killing another
living being is not fair, especially when, at the present moment in
our history, we could use technology to restore an environment that
allow us to sustain ourselves solely with fresh and delicious fruits
we were designed for.
As I said, during the daytime I eat just apples while at "dinner time"
I use to have a fruitvegetables salad made up of zucchini, tomatoes,
red peppers; sometimes I also add cucumbers and pumpkin.
I do not eat any seeds, roots, nuts or green leaf vegetables. When I
eat just one kind of fruit during the daytime, I found out with time
that I feel more inspired, focused and spiritually lifted rather than
in the night, probably because our "serpentine" brain (digestive
system) doesnt get distracted into "thinking" too much about switching
rhytm to digest different types of fruit.
What I am doing with my life
I currently live in Rome, Italy and I'm a freelance writer. I created
the first Fruitarian Blog
in Italian language where I share my personal experiences plus I
collect and translate many articles on Fruitarianism for all those
people who cannot understand English language and want to know more
about this topic. I enjoy going out in the woods, at the lakes,
mountains and sea. I like being in contact with Nature, walking through
trees and bushes picking some berries :)
I would like to grow a luscious fruit orchard one day.
Usually when people ask me how to go fruitarian, I like to recall an
old talmudic story of a layman who goes to a rabbi and ask if he could
teach him the whole Torah (Pentateuch) in the time that he could
stand on one foot. Rabbi Hillel answered: "That which is hateful to
you, do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole Torah; the rest is
commentary. Go and study it."
The same apply for fruitarianism as well.
So my message is: Go out in the wild, attune yourself with Nature,
read the Living Words of Torah embodied in every single creature all
around you; you'll eventually start eating fruits without noticing you
are a fruit eater, because in truth, you are much more than that.