Name: Freelee Frugivore
Year of Birth: 1980
Sports: Running, cycling, weight lifting
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests /
passions you have.
I'm a passionate health advocate, athlete, personal trainer, online raw vegan coach, Author of
the popular raw vegan ebook called “Go FRUIT Yourself!”. I love to run and play, travel the
World spreading the vegan and raw vegan message. I'm passionate about a lot of things
particularly about educating people on the consequences of their food choices.
Why did you become vegan?
My health was shocking. I had a systemic candida imbalance, acne, chronic digestive problems
and 20kgs of extra weight. I was also struggling to overcome bulimia after coming from a past
of anorexia and recreational drug-taking. It was TIME, I needed to step up and take control of
my life before I really destroyed myself. Within a short time of going vegan I also learned
about the horrors I had been subjecting animals to through my eating and this also plays a
critical part in why I'm vegan today.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I have always been into fitness. I grew up on a farm where my dad worked my brothers and I
hard. We HAD to be active to survive so keeping fit was instilled from an early age. I was also
a top sprinter, winning every 100 and 200 metre race in my primary school years. I always had
a lot of aggression (unbridled passion) so I started channeling it into kick-boxing from a young
age, incorporating heavy weights in my late teens and going on to date a former Mr Australia
IFBB judge and competitor.
How would you describe your nutrition program?
Radically RAWsome ;-) I eat a high carb raw vegan diet. Which means heavy on the fruit! My
record intake for bananas in one day is 50. I even made a youtube video about it which can be
found on my YT channel > "Freelea". I am all about keeping carb calories high and fat and
protein low and as a result I'm performing better than ever. It's a high energy lifestyle. I haven't
restricted my calories in over 5 years and am leaner than ever. You can find out more
information from my online community at www.30bananasaday.com
How would you describe your training program?
Intuitive, consistent and enjoyable. I have always loved to run but haven't done so
consistently until the last 2 years and it's AWESOME! It has helped me lean up, improved my
digestion, skin quality and self esteem. My goal now is to bring back in regular weights and
yoga sessions with the addition of pole-dancing. I'm working on building an apple arse.
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
I take Vitamin B12. Many people (whether they eat meat or not) have a b12 deficiency that has
not be tested for. Actually according to a large Tufts university study as many as 40% of
Americans have a b12 deficiency. I was deficient as a meat eater and as a vegan so I now take
b12 shots monthly and am happy with the results. I recommend people get their b12 levels
tested, to rule out a b12 deficiency a urinary MMA test, homocysteine and serum b12 test is
necessary. I also have a video I made about b12 on my Youtube channel.
How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
Usually they react with the ever-popular question "BUT where do you get your protein??"
or some people say "Yeh I'm a vegan too, I only eat chicken and fish on the weekend…"
Which obviously is not what vegans do!
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
That you won't get enough protein on a vegan or raw vegan diet. SO many
people have been programmed by the meat and dairy industry (&
government) to worry excessively about their protein intake. Western
cultures are the fattest on Earth and we are only getting fatter, we eat like
pigs and we worry about a condition that only comes about if we are
starving. In 1974 after many clinical studies, the World Health Organization
determined that humans need a minimum of 2.5% of their calories from
protein. Just to be safe, they increased that number to 5% and that's where it
stands today. I recommend a diet of 5-10% of calories from protein a day for
everyone (even bodybuilders). Bodybuilders just need MORE calories which in turn gives their body more protein, not too much, just enough. The ratio of
protein in the diet should not change and this is why many bodybuilders
(who eat loads of protein) experience kidney problems, from excess protein
in the blood.
Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did
you go about it?
Yes plenty of success. Facebook and youtube have become a very effective
way of spreading the vegan message. People all have one thing in common,
they want to look and feel better and they don't want to hurt animals. This is
what I primarily focus on but I still try to hit all angles. I use ﬁt, healthy
photos and videos of myself to inspire others, post updates about animal
abuse, the damage to the environment and make funny but educational
vegan videos. As a result I have received SO many emails from people
saying they are trying vegan or raw vegan. Every individual who goes vegan
= potentially 1000's of animals lives saved.
What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
Enjoying it. Doing something you love.
Fastest running time:
20mins 20seconds in a 5km.
What do you like best about being vegan?
The fact that I can go to sleep every night knowing that my meal didn't lead to an innocent
animal getting a meathook in it's face. That what I'm eating didn't contribute to the extinction of
137 plant and animal species every single day, which equates to 50,000 species per year.
I love how good I feel being a vegan physically, emotionally, spiritually, ethically. I love
knowing that I have cut my chances of diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, obesity to
almost zero and that I am a voice for the voiceless.
What do you like best about being fit?
The feeling of being strong. The fact that nothing really jiggles when I run, that at the drop of a
hat I can sprint my heart out and not have to recover for the next few days with an injury. The
feeling of breathing easy even when I'm pushing it as hard as I can.
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
Avoid being a weekend warrior and destroying yourself once or twice a week. Do something
everyday, even if it's a powerwalk around the block. It's important to build your fitness base
slowly or else you risk injury. If you want to get into running (which I suggest) then get good
quality supportive shoes and start with a walk/jog format. Learn about proper running form.
Start with a thorough warm up walk of 10-15mins then pick a tree in the distance and jog to it
followed by another walk interval. Gradually increase the distance that you jog. This is how I
started and now I can run a marathon distance without stopping.
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
Firstly watch Gary Yourofsky's "Best speech ever" on youtube and then watch "Earthlings",
having the ethical side firmly in place at meal time is paramount. Next up spend time with the
veganbodybuilding community or come and check out my raw vegan and vegan community,
we have over 10,000 members all supporting each other on the vegan and raw vegan lifestyle.
Not feeling like you are alone on this lifestyle is very important. And don't forget to ask your heart what is the right thing to do…
What motivates you in life?
The animals, the planet, my health and appearance. The knowledge that
every person who tells me they have gone vegan equates to thousands of
animals lives saved. Looking around seeing people dropping like ﬂies, dying
unnecessarily of preventable disease also motivates me to speak up and be a
healthy vegan example.
What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
Yes I love the site! I'm always browsing the interviews, forum and pictures for daily
inspiration. Robert Cheeke is a huge inspiration in himself. Please keep doing what you are
Do you have any other thoughts you’d like to share?
Be the change you want to see in the World and remember to say what you mean and mean
what you say because those who matter do not mind and those who mind do not matter.
My website: www.30bananasaday.com
My ebook: www.30bananasaday.com/freeleesebook
My blog: www.freeleetv.com
My youtube channel: Freelea
My Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/freeleeV
My Facebook profile: www.facebook.com/freeleevegan