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Fruit-Powered Magazine: October 2014

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Story by Brian Rossiter - Fruit-Powered


Kicking off the Magazine’s Third Year, Call for Realigned Focus, Dr. SAM’s Healing Ways, Special Dedication

Hello, readers! I hope you’re enjoying every moment for they all are so very precious. Every single second.

This issue launches the third year of Fruit-Powered Magazine‘s serving health seekers, from those exploring dietary choices rich in fruits and vegetables to those transitioning to a raw food diet and seasoned raw fooders alike. I thank all who have shared in this e-magazine! It’s been an honor to publish and is part of my mission and passion!

Young woman buying bananas at a marketSo I can devote some promotional time to growing the Magazine‘s audience like wildfire because I know America is ready for a fruitarian diet after watching Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2, I am scaling back on the number of transformation stories—68 were spotlighted in just two years—I publish each issue to two. But with all these stories will now come Top Tips and a recipe! I’ve also decided to publish a feature, arts or guest story on the third Thursday of each month in lieu of four dedicated yearly Arts Issues. All the other components of the Magazine—including my column and two articles and insightful stories by regular guest writers Don BennettKorey ConstableArnold Kauffman, Dr. David Klein, Anne Osborne and Karen Ranzi—and the light, bright dessert, Fruit-Powered Fun Food Facts, will continue.

Another reason for the Magazine makeover is so I can enjoy more free time for play! Working 80-plus-hour weeks—sometimes even 100 or more hours a week—for well more than a year makes not for good balance. A lesson I’ve learned is that to serve others effectively, we have to tend to ourselves first.

Logo of The Woodstock Fruit FestivalWho would think that in 10 month’s time three of the biggest names in the low-fat raw food world—Doug Graham, Harley “Durianrider” Johnstone and Freelee—would be removed as pioneers from The Woodstock Fruit Festival? When I got into this movement a few years ago, all I saw was love, inspiration and information. It was like nothing I’d ever seen, and I was elated to join the global raw food family!

At some point, though, the fruit-based community has gotten lost in the doings and misdoings of its leaders, and so much energy has been directed at this drama. I’m not saying that weighing these matters wasn’t without merit, but it’s time to put the focus back on serving folks who want to eat healthier to lose weight, triumph over a health challenge such as cancer or diabetes or just feel incredible! All this while saving fellow creatures’ lives and improving the environment, too! I know we can change the world one person at a time!

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I am continuing to change, myself. Four-and-a-half years ago, I began to reverse a decade of ever-worsening chronic pain—back, neck and carpal and cubital tunnel syndromes—by practicing the Egoscue Method. About eight months into practicing the Egoscue Method, the Bates Method came into my field of view. At long last, I’ve freed up just enough time to learn and practice the Bates Method and am ably coached by Nathan Oxenfeld of Integral Eyesight Improvement, whose background in meditation and yoga play a role in his teachings. Day by day, week by week, I’m regaining my vision after wearing glasses or contact lenses for almost 30 years. How extraordinary is it that our bodies can heal from so much!

Dr. Samuel Mielcarski pokes bubbles next to Chris Kendall at The Woodstock Fruit FestivalSpeaking of healing, Dr. Samuel Mielcarski knows quite a bit about this subject. It’s a joy to feature Dr. SAM as the 69th transformation story in the Magazine. Samuel looks at the whole body—and all we should be doing for it—as a complete lifestyle package. Savor his insight, built over a lifetime of chasing the best health possible. Also, enjoy his recipe for Sweet Mango Salsa and, on October 9, Top 5 Tips to recover from an injury or illness.

In his Lessons from the Orchard guest spot, Dr. David Klein focuses on many fruit lovers’ favorite meal, durian. “The magnificence that lies within is out of this world!” he writes in “Durian: the King of Foods.”

This month, in weekly installments, look for:

  • A guest transformation story by Conor McMillan, a.k.a. “Handyman Bananas”
  • A guest feature by Joy King on her experiences as a raw vegan living on the road in an RV
  • Guest stories by world-class regular writers Korey Constable, Arnold Kauffman and Karen Ranzi
  • More articles, Top Tips and Fruit-Powered Fun Food Facts!

Dedication

I dedicate this month’s issue to my dear friend Terry McMenamin. I met Terry at Penn State University in 1998 and consider him to be among most genuine human beings you could ever meet. Terry and his pregnant wife, Masha, were killed in a car crash September 27 while driving home to Maryland after a Nittany Lions home football game. My heart goes out to their families, friends and 4-year-old daughter, who survived.

Terry McMenamin smiles before fireworks in Washington, D.C., on July 4, 2011.
Terry McMenamin smiles before watching fireworks on July 4, 2011, atop the Department of Labor building in Washington, D.C.

Terry came to visit me in Philadelphia in December 2012 during a very special time in my life. He even ate raw food the entire Saturday and Sunday morning we got to spend together! We went to the month’s All-You-Can-Eat Buffet at Arnold’s Way. This was the last time we got to enjoy each other’s company. Terry, you will be missed but never forgotten. You always brightened my spirits.


P.S.: Ally wrote me on Facebook:

Love all the work you do at Fruit-Powered. Really inspiring interviews and content all the time. So cool to see all my friends and fruit family being celebrated and sharing.

Tim told me at Arnold’s Way during the September 20 potluck:

Your website has become a resource.

Clinical Dietitians & Nutrition Consultants wrote me on Facebook:

What a wonderful webpage and Facebook site—full [of] great information and inspiring messages. Thanks for your great contribution to the world.

Go Fruit-Powered to supercharge your life!
Brian

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