A couple who’ve eaten nothing but fruit for more than three years, and haven’t brushed their teeth in two, have opened up about their lifestyle.
39-year-old Tina Stoklosa from Warsaw, Poland, and her 26 year old fiancé Simon Beun, from Izegem, Belgium, travel around the world full-time in search of rare fruit.
Documenting their adventures on their YouTube channel and Instagram page, both of which are called ‘Fit Shortie Eats’, they discuss their lifestyle and allow their fans to follow them on their foraging adventures.
You can watch them searching for durian in a jungle in Malaysia here:
Having been overweight for most of her life, five years ago Tina researched online into cleansing diets and came across fruitarianism which involves eating, only or primarily fruits, in the botanical sense.
Despite previously struggling with conventional diets, Tina found herself quickly losing weight dropping from a UK size 16 to a size eight, and went from weighing 13 stone one pound to eight stone one pound.
However, Tina admits it wasn’t just her physical health which improved, she felt happier and more energetic.
As reported by the Daily Mail, she said:
I engaged in cycles of binge eating and dieting in turn only growing bigger and feeling more helpless with each year. Despite my successful career in interior design I was single at 36.
Whilst researching a green smoothie recipe for the first time – I found a girl online that only ate fruit, and then I found a whole group of people online eating this way and calling themselves fruitarians.
The vast majority of them looked incredibly healthy, and had so much energy they chose to be endurance athletes. I was intrigued, and decided to do a week long pre-Christmas weight loss cleanse on just fruit.’
I felt amazing that week – light, optimistic, even high, I was walking 30cm above the ground – it felt like I was in love with everything. This diet was worth it even just for the mental game.
Convinced by the results, Tina vowed never to go back to ‘normal food’ although admits she struggled for the first two years.
At this point Tina decided to make the big move to Bali, hoping by removing herself from the Western world, she could fully commit to fruitarianism.
While in Bali Tina also found love, meeting Simon after he messaged her asking for more information about the fruitarian diet.
The couple consume between 2,000 and 4,000 calories a day eating only sweet fruit and drinking fresh coconut water.
They claim the benefits of the fruitarian diet are limitless, saying not only does it make them ‘feel high’, but it also cures both depression and other various chronic illnesses.
The benefits are weight loss, you can eat unlimited amount of fruit every day, increased sleep quality, crazy amounts of energy.
Feeling more connected to nature, to yourself and others. Feeling like you are getting younger each day – from a scientific standpoint you are on this diet.
It cures depression, cures so many mental illnesses, relieves anxiety. Cures all chronic digestive issues. There are thousands of personal accounts of people who have cured cancer on this diet.
Tina added she feels the diet challenges social norms and ideas, including the widely accepted concept you should brush your teeth every day.
Although both Tina and Simon consume a lot of sugar through the fruit they eat, they haven’t brushed their teeth in two years, believing the fibre from their diet cleans them naturally.
Tina emphasised you can only do this with fresh fruit though:
When you eat whole fruit the fibre in the fruit cleans out your teeth. I don’t wash my teeth either.
When I went for a check-up after three years, the dentist called two other dentists to show my teeth to them – my teeth were in such good condition she couldn’t believe it.
But please don’t try this with dried fruit – as this sticks to your teeth and makes them rot.
To be honest, their teeth do look good!
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.