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Name: Freelee Frugivore
Year of Birth: 1980
Height: 5'5.1/2”
Weight: 50kgs/110lbs
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 doing!

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