of a meat-loving guy who not only lost 50
pounds by going raw, but says he's far happier and healthier than he
eating the Standard American Diet.
He's a great example of what anyone can do by stepping up and embracing
health. When I met him in November of 2010, I realized that his story
of quickly shedding fat by cleaning up his diet could inspire a lot of
people, and that he was definetly qualified to be among the raw food
success stories listed on the site.
This interview is from January of 2011.
Andrew Perlot: Age?
Robert Fulop: I’ll
turn 33 in February 2011.
Andrew Perlot: Where
where do you live currently?
Robert Fulop: I’m
Hungarian, from Transylvania. Currently I live in Milford,
I’m an IT Consultant. I own a computer service company
(www.apluspcct.com) which provides computer repair, networking, web
design, video surveillance and other computer related services to local
businesses and residents.
Transitioning To A Raw
Andrew Perlot: Tell
me about your background and how you ended up eating a raw food
diet. Did you progress gradually from a poor diet toward a healthier
one, or did you make the change to raw all at once? How long have you
been completely raw?
Robert Fulop: I was
a meat/dairy/grain eater all my life for 32 years. I was eating
the traditional cooked-food diet, raw fruits and vegetables were kind
of a ‘side dish’..:) I never heard about the raw food approach before
and I always thought that vegans and vegetarians were ‘weird'. Before I
came to the US (almost 6 years ago) I never met a vegan or raw vegan,
and only met 2 vegetarian people my whole life. Everybody was making
fun of them back home. Eating meat was just so hardwired into our
culture that if you stop eating meat people think that you are sick or
crazy or something…
I was an active kid growing up, we
were playing and running around all
day with the other kids in the neighborhood, bicycling, swimming, etc.
We also walked to the school and back every day a couple of miles,
there was no school bus. During the high school years I played
basketball and I was in great shape,
Before Going Raw
weighing around 165 pounds. During
college I got pretty lazy, and most of the trips we took were to the
bars/club :). I gained a few pounds then and a few more after collage
when I got into body building and started to take protein supplements
to gain ‘mass’.
I was always in pretty good health, except of the usual
colds/acne/bronchitis that was considered ‘regular’ diseases back then.
One unusual disease I got was when I was about 8 in 1986 after the
Chernobyl disaster (nuclear accident/explosion in Ukraine) my head
started to swell up… the doctors said it’s been caused by the nuclear
radiation… they kept me in the hospital for about a week, gave me some
meds and I got better.
Although I consumed a lot of protein and fat back then I think the
reason I stayed relatively healthy is because of the active lifestyle,
clean air, and clean food. Most of our food came either from our garden
or local farms.
After I moved to the US and starting on the SAD diet and less active
lifestyle, however, I started to gain weight and my health was also
declining. I was always tired; I had very low energy, coming down with
flues and fevers every couple of months, digestive problems, and so on.
I felt that I needed a change but I had no idea where to start…
Then I was at a party and I met Ildiko who is a personal trainer in New
York City (www.fitnoxnyc.com) and she started to explain it to me about
how bad meat and dairy and processed foods are for your body and that I
should consider cutting out those foods from my diet. I was devastated.
I just couldn’t believe that foods like meat and
are bad for me,
when I grew up eating those foods. But Ildiko was pretty persuasive and
after she showed me her before/after pictures I was hooked! So I
started to do little changes like cutting down on meat and dairy and
increasing my raw fruit and vegetable intake. In a few short weeks I
started to lose weight and I got so excited I started to do research
online and read books day and night for the next couple of months.
In a few months I was able to cut out meat and dairy from my diet and
also reduced my grain consumption to a minimum. I was losing weight and
I was happier every day! :)
But there was still a lot of confusion in my head as far as the
ultimate healthy lifestyle...
Every website/doctor/health guru was saying different things about
supplements, dairy, superfoods, fruit, etc. but I felt somehow that
there is got to be ONE and ONLY ONE truly healthy lifestyle which is
applicable to all humans so I decided to keep on searching…
And then I found Dr. Doug Graham’s book, ‘The 80/10/10 Diet’
away. I was shocked on how simple and logical the
healthy human diet is (should be…). I also found your website
(raw-food-health.net) and a few others that confirmed the same thing.
was inspired and energized by your story too, and from that point on I
went totally raw vegan and never looked back.
The transition wasn’t easy for me, it took me about 6 months but it was
well worth it! I’ m animal-product free, grain free, stimulant free now
and I feel
great… I’d never go back.
Raw Food Weight Loss
Robert After Going Raw
Andrew Perlot: What do you weigh now, and what did you weigh
before you went raw?
Robert Fulop: I’m
170 pounds now (about 77kg), I was 220 pounds (about 100kg) before
I started to switch to raw foods.
Outside of weight
loss, what improvements, mental or physical, have
you noticed since going raw?
Every aspect of my life is better since going raw!
Perfect digestion, tons of energy, never tired, no body odor AT ALL,
more calm, more focused, a lot happier, just to name a few :).
Eating And Socializing
Andrew Perlot: How
many calories do you eat in an average day? Give people an idea
of what that translates into in terms of food volume.
Robert Fulop: I’d
say between 2000 and 3000 calories depending on my daily activity
level. I probably eat at least 8-10 pounds of fruit/day plus some
veggies/greens. For example in a typical day: 1st meal around 10-11AM:
2-4 pounds of grapes, 2nd meal around 2-3PM: 10-15-20 bananas, 3rd meal
around 5-6PM: 6-10 oranges, 4th meal around 7-8PM large salad or raw
Andrew Perlot: Are
there many/any raw foodists in Romania, or was it a complete
shock to find them when you arrived in the U.S.?
Robert Fulop: I’ve
never heard of the raw foodist lifestyle back there, but that was
a while ago, however I do know a couple of raw foodists in the making
there now my mother and my sister! They bought Dr. Graham’s book, it’s
been already translated to Hungarian so I think the raw food movement
will soon sweep the whole world!!:)
Andrew Perlot: What
drew you to Dr. Graham's ideas about health? What do you find
appealing about them?
Robert Fulop: Its
logic and its simplicity. For me it’s a no brainer now (how come I
couldn’t realize it by myself for 32 years…??:)) that eating raw foods
created by nature is the way to go. We can’t compete with nature, and
we can’t fool our bodies. Nature created us, and nature created foods
for us… and those foods are fruits and vegetables...
Andrew Perlot: I
imagine that it's challenging for any foreigner to integrate
themselves into U.S. culture, but doing so as a raw foodist must be
even more challenging. How have you coped with this?
Robert Fulop: It
was hard at first while transitioning, because everywhere you go the
junk/cooked food temptation is there and also some people are trying to
talk you out of this lifestyle, because they are ‘worried’ you might
not get enough nutrients or something…
But now that I’m pass that phase it’s pretty easy. I just have to make
sure I always have fruit on me if I go somewhere, or have plenty
of fruit before so I don’t crave unhealthy foods.
Lately I brag a lot about my new lifestyle wherever I go… :) People see
that I look and feel good and they see all the fruit I’m eating and I’m
always happy to share my story and recommending ‘The Book’ because
eating healthier will benefit everybody!
Andrew Perlot: What
is the hardest part of being a raw foodist, and what is the
Robert Fulop: The
hardest part for me is the cold weather up here in CT - planning to
move to south Florida soon :)
Also going to parties – there is always a bunch of cooked/junk food,
but little or no raw fruits/veggies…
The most enjoyable is the relief that I finally found the healthy
lifestyle I was looking for, that now I can lead a life that is better
for me and the environment, also the fact that I have much less chance
to getting a degenerative disease and I just love this simplified and
Passions and Goals
Andrew Perlot: What
are your great passions in life? What really gets you excited
Robert Fulop: Just
shortly after I started to switch to raw foods, I discovered Osho.
I read a few of his books and it changed my life forever!
So while I was switching my diet I was also ‘switching’ my mind and
started to walk my path to spiritual awareness…
Andrew Perlot: What
are your goals for the present and future?
Robert Fulop: My
goal is to stay healthy, stay raw, spread the good word about the
healthy raw vegan lifestyle, about Osho too, inspire people, teach
people what I know and just go with the flow.
I’m also planning to move closer to the tropics in a year or two,
probably south Florida or Costa Rica. I’d like to buy a farm/orchard
and grow my own veganic/organic fruits
Robert Fulop: Big
Anything else you'd like to say or tell readers of
Robert Fulop: I’d recommend for everybody to read 80/10/10 and
try the low fat raw
vegan lifestyle! You won’t regret it, you’ll see.
The first thing I get from people after I tell them about my new
lifestyle is ‘I could never do this’, but I said the same thing a year
ago… and here I am, and I know thousands of people all around the world
who live like this, and they all feel great!
I found that connecting with like-minded people helps a lot in
transitioning to/staying raw vegan, so I encourage you to go to forums
like http://www.30bananasaday.com and connect with people!
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