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Savouring every bite vs. Stuffing in the calories?!

Started this discussion. Last reply by kate Sep 15, 2011. 4 Replies

Do you ever feel it's a mission chowing all those calories? In my experience I require 4500cal of fruit per day. That is one heck of a lot of eating, even if it's bananas or smoothies, and it is time…Continue

Whats wrong with other vegetables?

Started this discussion. Last reply by kerry Sep 22, 2010. 15 Replies

Hi,From a pure Health (not ethical) aspect - I'd like to know what is wrong with eating vegetables other than leafy greens? I know about potatoes and rice (or grains in general) as well as legumes,…Continue

811 = Yellow skin??

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cédric Sep 25, 2010. 4 Replies

Hi,A few people have told me that I look a bit yellow since going mostly 811RV - is this possible?Is it possibly just the carotene/colour in Mandarins and Papayas which have been almost my staple…Continue

Why do I find 811 so difficult?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bjorn Leistner Aug 3, 2010. 55 Replies

WHY WHY WHY is it SO difficult to let go of cooked food? I know LFRV is the healthiest, I know it is the most ethical, I want to be LFRV so bad, but it is so damn difficult!Any extended periods…Continue


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I am a Mechanical Engineer driven by spiritual beliefs, determined to make a difference in this beautiful world of ours. I love karate - been at it 11 years. I have done a course in Reiki.
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At 1:38am on October 12, 2012, Holi said…

Hi Bjorn,

Thank you so much for all the info! Thats funny we used to have the chainstore Woolworths here, but they went bankrupt. It was an everything shop - penny sweets to clothes to films, but not fruit!
I'm coming from the UK, to visit a friend there, at the end of this month or start of November. Will be booking soon. I've never been to South Africa before, I'm looking forward to it. It's so cold and rainy here now, cant wait to get into the sunshine! It would be good of you to help me! How do you get the big quantities of fruits? Do you drive? and Is 100% your goal? theres a fun challenge each month set up by Freelee to go 100% for one month, maybe its worth a try.... fruit just feels so fantastic! Holi :)

At 12:11am on October 1, 2012, Holi said…

Hey Bjorn, Im thinking about visiting Johannesburg soon. Do you have any tips on where to get ripe and cheap fruits? Any info would be gratefully received! thanks, Holi

At 4:28pm on August 31, 2012, Katerina said…

That sounds fantastic, I'm actually staring Freelees new 30day vgan challenge tomorrow...fingers crosses** Question, how do you are there ways to live effectively on this diet with a college student budget**??

At 9:03pm on July 15, 2011, Cheynana said…


Hope it's filled with fruity goodness!

At 9:02pm on July 15, 2011, Cheynana said…

Hi Bjorn,


Thanks so much for the message! I haven't been up to the Jhb produce market but I definitely will, sounds far more economical than buying from supermarkets all the time.


I would love to meet up with you guys! Would be so great to meet some like-minded people since most of the time I feel like I'm an alien :P


All the best,


At 11:44pm on June 29, 2011, One144k said…
Thanks for the info man. I also appreciated the veggie burgers at Steers :-), been vegetarian since 2001.

I get what you're saying about religion, and I respect that. I'm an engineer like you and I also prefer things that are logical. As I said, 7th Day Adventism, as I know it, is unlike any other. So, if you ever change your mind and you need some logical answers for spiritual truth just keep the name of this book in your mind: "The Great Controversy" by Ellen White. It is a history book, basically. In there is detailed the unbiased history of the Christian church from the time of Christ to where we are now. It makes perfect sense. Janus and Julie might have a copy for you.

Anyway, as I said, when I get back to JHB, I'll definitely look you up.
At 5:46pm on June 27, 2011, One144k said…

The Humanure manual is awesome. It really gave me a different look at soil and waste treatment. In the book the author also mentions some alternative grey-water systems whereby one can recycle the water used for bathing, dish-washing and clothes-washing for irrigating vegetation.

Yes I am Seventh-day Adventist. If it were not for my religion I would probably have fallen into the High fat lifestyle:-) There are some great truths that I have found in this religion, it is unlike any other. It fits in very well with the lifestyle - even the country-living aspect. If you like I can share some material with you that you might enjoy.

At 5:40pm on June 27, 2011, One144k said…

Hey. I studied at Tuks too. Finished last year. Small world.

Have I found it easier to build muscle? Not particularly. But it's not because of the diet. It's because, just like you, for a long time I've been struggling to get enough calories. The menu that I told you about the other day, well, it lasted for about 2 weeks. But last week Sunday I ran out of ripe bananas. The unripe bananas gave me serious heartburn. Throughout my journey as 100% I've never been able to maintain a stable supply of bananas for more than 1-2 weeks. Then I starve or I eat fats. I still am unable to get enough calories in a day from other fruits.

For a while I've been thinking about including some cooked starches into my diet mainly to ensure that I don't starve myself, that I get enough carbs in a day. Also, to get rid of the label "100% Raw Vegan." I once turned down a mission trip to Swaziland to build churches because I thought "Where am I going to get enough fruit."

So yesterday, having no ripe bananas (Grootvlei is so cold, fruit just doesn't seem to get ripe), I made myself some rice - about 720 calories worth. I'm no longer 100% raw vegan, but I think I've made a good decision for my long term health and for life in general. I'm still going to maintain 811. I'm still going to eat as much fruit as I care for - perhaps on some days I'll be 100%, so long as there is a good supply of fruit.

Anyway, thanks for reading.

At 7:29pm on June 24, 2011, One144k said…
I share your sentiments about the eco-villiage. I've been reading some about composting, soil, farm-living etc. It's my intention of doing the same. Though, I must say, it would be nice to be close to wildlife. I'm thinking about becoming a game ranger in a nature conservation park :-D
At 7:28pm on June 24, 2011, One144k said…
I've been doing mostly fruits and greens for around 10 months now. In the past 10 months I've had vegetables less than 5 times. Nuts, only once. I eat avocado on and off. Some weeks I have 3, other weeks I have none.

I've started weight lifting, I'm in the third week now, and it has increased the amount of food I eat in a day. I'm now on 3200 on non-training days and 3500-4000 on training days. I eat 5 meals a day on training days (800 cal per meal) and 4 meals on non-training days. Before I started training I was eating around 2500.

Breakfast at 7: 8 bananas (blended, sometimes with greens)
Brunch at 10: 8 bananas (not blended cause I don't have a blender at work)
Lunch at 1: 16 oranges (cut in quarters and juiced in my mouth) +some lettuce and cherry tomatoes sometimes
Supper at 4: 8 bananas (at work, not blended)
Training 6.30-7.30.
Post-workout at 7.40: 4-8 bananas (blended, sometimes with greens)

Be very grateful for the fruit that you have available at such good price. That's really awesome!

Organic bananas from Woolworths come from Umbhaba Estates. I know this because I saw an Umbhaba Estates sticker on one of the bananas I bought in a 1.2 kg organic bananas box from Woolworths. So you might be able to get it cheaper from the market.

Dates, I don't know where organic dates come from, but you can get 5kg box of jumbo medjools (not certified organic) for R260 from the Karsten Farms agent in Fordsburg, (close to the Oriental plaza).


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