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#92 Postby Gorilla » Sun Sep 02, 2007 2:07 pm

Interview With Stephen Arlin, Raw-Food Bodybuilder, author of Raw Power!
Interviewed by: Fred Patenaude

-Stephen, you have a new book out entitled "Raw Power!", which is said to be the only book about building strength and muscles naturally. What is the general idea behind the book?

"Raw Power!" is about how to have the exact body that you've always desired - a beautifully fit, strong, healthy, and vibrant body. Now, most of your magazine readers already know that a raw-food diet is the natural way to eat, but some people have difficulty with building strength & gaining healthy weight. This book is designed to help the reader reach the next level, to surpass the negativity, and to build a body filled with super-strength and energy! This book is about attaining a level of health that is our absolute birthright -- Paradise Health. It is about: eating a 100% natural diet, true natural body-building, and total fitness. The only way to build your body naturally is through eating naturally.

-So you think it's possible to get stronger on a raw food diet?

(Laughing) Why don't we ask a gorilla that question! A gorilla has the strength equivalent to benchpressing 4,000 pounds -- that's 40 times stronger than the average man. What does the gorilla eat? 100% raw plant foods. It's just common sense -- all the largest and strongest mammals on Earth are 100% raw plant eaters -- the gorilla, the elephant, the hippopotamus, the giraffe, the rhinoceros, the horse, the bull, the buffalo, and so on, are all 100% raw plant eaters!

-Are you personally stronger now than when you were a cooked-food eater?

Yes, much more so. It's not even remotely comparable. When I went all-raw, I unleashed an inner-strength that I never knew I had. I have been into weight-lifting since I was 14; I wish I would have known about the power of raw foods back then! In addition to the massive strength increase, I find that I need little or no rest between sets of exercises now. Went I first went all-raw, I went through a mild detoxification and I shed 51 unwanted, unhealthy pounds (238 to 187 -- I'm 6'2") and have since then gained back 30 pounds of healthy, solid muscle through the unique training work-outs and 100% raw-plant-food diet outlined in "Raw Power!"

-Does the raw-food eater have an advantage over the cooked-food eater in terms
of building muscles?

An immeasurable advantage. Building a body with cooked-food nutrition is similar to blowing up a balloon; sooner or later the balloon will deflate. Muscles "blown up" with cooked food and other unnatural substances will eventually atrophy and "deflate." Most fitness experts and body-builders atrophy and wear down pre-maturely. Muscles built on raw-food nutrition last much longer, because they are naturally built. I compare building your body with cooked food to building a brick wall without any mortar. There's no foundation there.

-Does your book appeal to the body-builders only?

Raw Power! appeals to anyone with a desire to better themselves mentally and physically. All the other books on diet and fitness, or diet and body-building, are wrong. Cooked food does not build a body; cooked food destroys a body in the long-run. "Raw Power!" appeals to everybody, whether you want to look like a raw version of Arnold Schwarzeneggar or you just want a slim, muscular body capable of endless energy and stamina.

-Is The Raw-Food Diet for everyone?

Every [other] living organism on planet Earth [apart from humans] is a 100% raw-food eater; not 99%, not 70%, not 50% -- 100%! There are trillions of organisms and creatures on this planet that are thriving and living virtually disease-free eating 100% raw foods. There is only one organism that tampers with its food -- the human organism. Trillions to one! Those are staggering odds. That would make the likelihood that we should be eating cooked food about 100,000 times more improbable than winning the lottery. You don't want to bet against those kind of odds.

-Why do most raw fooders seem to have problems keeping up their strength and weight?

Well, first and foremost, a lot of people that get into the raw-food diet in the first place seem to come from a life of sickness and hypochondriacal behavior. So, with that type of mentality, it's only natural that they fail at achieving their goal health and physique. People must conclusively decide that they want to gain strength and weight and make it their number one priority. People want a quick fix, they want to gain weight and muscle now, today, yesterday! There is no magic pill...only a magic process. The power of mind is incredible. If you truly know in your mind that you can accomplish a goal, you can do it; if you think you can't build strength and muscle, then you can't.

-What is your current diet like?

I currently eat, by weight, about 70% raw, organic fruit, 25% raw, organic, green-leafy vegetables, and 5% raw, organic nuts and sunflower seeds. Note that I'm using the botanical definition of a fruit which is: A fruit is something that contains the seeds within itself for regeneration of the plant. Avocado, tomato, cucumber, squash, pepper, etc. are all botanical fruits.

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#93 Postby Shesfit » Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:10 am

Oh, those photos are dreamy! :wink:

I had a fruit-fest at the market. The fresh figs, melons, peaches, apples, plums, blueberries, tomatoes ... I was in heaven! I am just so content now!

Veganitaliana: Thanks for pointing out the passion fruit in the photos. I will look for some this week. I love papaya, too, but trying to fill up on as much local produce as I can.

Gorilla: That interview about 'Raw Power' is exciting. I have yet to read that book but it will be a must-read for me as I start building a raw food body for competition.

Thanks again!

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#94 Postby Odidnetne » Tue Sep 04, 2007 5:00 pm

Zack wrote:I am going to cry when watermelon goes out of season, will anyone lend a shoulder?


Only if you lend me yours after you're done crying on my shoulder.
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#95 Postby Hero » Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:55 pm

raw power is a good book.

although i would like to see more pictures of steve

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#96 Postby Gorilla » Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:30 am

That's great Shesfit!

I agree Hero - there are a couple of photos on the web - he's a big guy :)

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#97 Postby Gorilla » Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:35 am

I have found this advice extremely useful!

Nutrition program for living on fruits 100% all day long
General Rules:

1. Monodiet: Never mix different types of fruits.
2. Keep a time difference of about 90 minutes to 2 hours before eating a different fruit type, if you still feel appetite after eating one type of fruit then eat a bit more of the same one until you feel satisfied, then wait about 90 minutes, at least, for the next type of fruit.
3. Eat only when you feel hungry or strong appetite and eat any quantity you want until you feel satisfied.
4. Dried fruits and seeds: eat a small quantity of dried fruits at any time…stop eating them when you are still craving for more…this is valid for dried fruits only, for the fresh ones you can eat any quantity you like.
5. If you are on a 100% fruitarian diet you do not need to drink bottle water…all the water you need for your body is already in the fruits and your body absorbs it in the best way possible, extra water does not bring any well being to the body. If you are on a fasting exercise you must drink water. If you are doing strong physical exercise and you sweat a lot, then drink natural fruit juices or eat fruits with plenty of liquids (Orange, melon, pineapple, coconut, etc.)
6. For people who are in a transition period from other nutrition programs to 100% fruitarian: you may also do weekly exercise of fasting for 24 hours or 36 hours, one time every week.
7. Eat any type of fruit you like at any time, however the following program will give you a guideline for the best fruits according to the time of the day you eat them, if you follow this program 100%, your health will be at the top…for all your life…and it can be very long…you do not have to eat all those fruits in one day!!!! The following time arrangement for different fruits is a guideline for the best effect in nutrition, the boundaries of time are references only…however every person is unique and the needs of the body at any time are unique as well, so just choose what you like at any moment but keep in mind that the following program really does work!!!!


Beginning of morning:

6 AM - 9 AM

* Juice of 3 to 5 lemons, or more…(right after waking up)
* Melons (all types). Eat the melon or make melon juice as much as you want
* Dried grapes

Your body will clean very well in the morning and you will have a bright and clear brain to think well! Develop the habit of melon juice as your "coffee" in the morning…and you will say "thank you" to yourself later…



During the morning:

9 AM - 12 PM

Best recommended fruits:

* Apples (all kinds)
* Pineapple
* Figs (green/violet)
* Pears
* Grapes (green/violet)
* Plums (yellow)
* Lima
* Kiwi
* Cucumber


Beginning of afternoon:

12 PM - 3 PM

Best recommended fruits:

* Oranges, Tangerines
* Peaches (all kinds)
* Apricots
* Papaya

You will stay happy and light all day long with a strong capacity to enjoy your time and lots of energy to work!



Afternoon:

3 PM - 6 PM

Best recommended fruits:

* Mango
* Cherry
* Strawberry
* Plums (red)
* Persimmon
* Pomegranate
* Water melon
* Tomato


Late afternoon:

6 PM - 9 PM

Best recommended fruits:

* Grapes (violet), eat many of them…
* Blackberries
* Raspberry


Evening:

9 PM - 12 AM

Best recommended fruits:

* Mango
* Cherry
* Strawberry
* Plums (red)
* Persimmon
* Pomegranate
* Water-melon
* Tomato

If you have to develop some physical activity in the evening you can eat well nourishing fruits as the ones above. Same list as for the afternoon time.


At any time you feel to like eating them:

You may eat these fruits at any time of the day, just follow the general rules of allowing for some time between different fruits.

* Banana
* Coconut
* Olives (without chemicals…)
* Avocado (only if ripen and tasty)
* Brazil Nuts (it has complete protein)
* Chestnuts (RAW)…
* Cashew (RAW)
* Nuts, hazelnuts, almonds, pine nut
* Lemon juice, of course…


Before going to bed:

12 AM - 3 AM

You should not eat anything from midnight until 3 AM…only passion fruit and lemon juice or simple water. If you have to stay awake for any reason do not eat or drink anything else…you will feel good and stay healthy…

* Passion fruit (4 to 6)… you will sleep like an angel…
* Water if necessary and very little quantity
* Breath more fresh air (walk outside)
* Lemon juice

The passion fruit really helps to sleep good…try it and see for yourself.



Notes:

Peanuts and cashews come to the market roasted... but after being heat processed they are "cooked food"…

(From http://www.fruitarian.com)
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Re: Gorilla returns to raw fruit

#98 Postby Gorilla » Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:21 am

see posts below
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#99 Postby Warrior » Tue Sep 02, 2008 1:37 pm

Hey gorillia, I was just wondering where you buy your fruit from. Do you buy it in supermarkets like sainsburys or do you go to farmers markets, fruit stalls etc?

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#100 Postby GregX999 » Tue Sep 02, 2008 3:30 pm

Hey Gorilla,

I just read through this thread for the first time. Have you stayed 100% raw since your last post back in 2007? What happened as far as your health, body composition, exercise habits, etc.?

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#101 Postby Fallen_Horse » Tue Sep 02, 2008 3:39 pm

GregX999 wrote:Hey Gorilla,

I just read through this thread for the first time. Have you stayed 100% raw since your last post back in 2007? What happened as far as your health, body composition, exercise habits, etc.?

Greg


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#102 Postby Gorilla » Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:12 am

Warrior wrote:Hey gorillia, I was just wondering where you buy your fruit from. Do you buy it in supermarkets like sainsburys or do you go to farmers markets, fruit stalls etc?


Supermarkets and local grocer's :)

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#103 Postby Gorilla » Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:32 am

GregX999 wrote:Hey Gorilla,

I just read through this thread for the first time. Have you stayed 100% raw since your last post back in 2007? What happened as far as your health, body composition, exercise habits, etc.?

Greg


no - i've been watching durianrider's videos and that is a good indication of the lifestyle that I was striving for. This conflicted with the lifestyle that I created through the career decisions I made. as he says, fruit from supermakets is expensive ...
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Re: Gorilla returns to raw fruit

#104 Postby Warrior » Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:59 am

If you return to a raw fruit diet you could try the diet I use which is what i call 'Conservative Fruitarianism'. Its basically an unstrict version of a fruitarian diet which includes a Multivitamin and mineral, fresh fruit and nuts. heres what My diet looks like:

6 Bananas, 3 apples, 3 oranges, 1 mango, 500g grapes and 90g almonds

I spread that between about 3-4 meals. the total calories are 2088. 55.5 grams of fat. 410.5 grams carbs. 57.7 grams fiber. 38.4 grams protein. The carb,protein,fat ratio is 71%/6%/22%.

I get the RDA of every Vitamin and mineral except Calcium which is 51% of the RDA.

Its far from perfect But the only arguable deficiencies are Calcium and Protein.

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#105 Postby I'm Your Man » Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:25 pm

wow I hope you get better soon. I was looking at your older posts back when you were eating only fruits and so much positivity emanates from your words, photos, etc.
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