For fruitarian and endurance athlete Michael Arnstein, his 15-mile commute to work isn’t by car, bus or train.
Instead, he runs to the office, jogging through residential neighborhoods and eventually New York’s Central Park, pausing only to enjoy fruit along the way.
Before his run, he may enjoy a breakfast of approximately 15 oranges. By the end of the day, he’s consumed about 6,000 calories, having eaten “nothing but raw fruits and vegetables, primarily fruits.”
Thanks to his raw food lifestyle, Arnstein says he feels “almost superhuman,” benefiting from everything from improved running time to better vision.
Turning to raw foods when nothing else worked
“I tried all the things in the vitamin shops,” says Arnstein in an interview with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta. “I’ve tried all the supplements and I’ve tried protein diets, I’ve tried everything.” He adds that eating nothing but raw foods and vegetables “has absolutely transformed [me] as a person.”
With four refrigerators in his house and shopping trips at warehouses, he says, “I eat a lot, as most animals in nature do.” Yet his healthful choices and exercise regimen keep his weight in check. He prides himself on the fact that he has a mere 3-5% of body fat and that he had the seventh fastest 100-mile time ever as an American.
Additional benefits of eating raw
Arnstein, known as “The Fruitarian” on his YouTube channel, also says he’s experiencing a host of other health benefits from his raw food diet including:
He says his eyesight “remarkably improved” when he started a raw food diet, noting that everything was significantly sharper.
Arnstein says he never has dry skin, nor does he have that annoying eye crust that most people have upon waking up.
“I’m alive, I’m vibrant,” he says. Raw foods not only have given him mental clarity but have helped his marathon times improve.
Improved immune system
He says, “I don’t get sick, I don’t get injured.” He explains that, even after running distances of up to 100 miles, his body does not break down.
Arnstein urges everyone to try a raw food diet, if only for just two weeks. In that time frame, perhaps even less, he’s confident that people will experience the benefits of what he calls a “common sense” diet.