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I moved from the City 3 years ago to the Off Grid Jungle (life update)

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If someone told me, say, 5 years ago, that in 2019 I would live off-grid in the jungle with a man from Sweden, I would’ve laughed out loud. I wouldn’t have believed it. But you know what? It happened. And 3 and a half years later we are living our dream. I will not sugarcoat this though, the off-grid lifestyle can be tough, and in the past, I’ve been close to quitting. Monsoonal rains, cyclone winds, the isolation, insects, living disagreements, unreliable internet. There are undeniable challenges.

So, you are probably thinking - then why the heck are you living like that?

Well, there are many reasons. I lived in the city for 20 years and I know most of you do too. City-life is pushed as the most desirable lifestyle and as a result more than half the world's population now lives in cities or towns. Sure, it’s fast-paced, exciting, stimulating and convenient for some things, however, it comes at a price.  This high-stress environment is also a place of immense spiritual burnout. The instant gratification lifestyle leaves us highly vulnerable and with an unhealthy dependency on an unstable system.

The expansion of Urbanization is also obliterating important ecosystems. It’s turning densely forested areas rich with wildlife into dry polluted concrete jungles. Not only do I value my health and want to eat the highest quality food but I see a problem spending the rest of my life dependent on others for my food. Over 4 billion people are reliant on an unsustainable environmentally destructive system that is heading for collapse. Cities are bursting at the seams. The food forest we are growing is an investment in our future, not only ours but also the human species, non-human animals and the planet. 

As individuals, we must start planning for the future.

You’ve probably never thought about this, but, what you would do if there was no food on the shelves or water in the taps? How would you flush your toilet? How would you shower? What would you do if your country was suddenly at war? History shows us that cities are the worst place to be if war breaks out. It's important to think about this at least once in your life. I’m not saying it will happen and I hope it doesn’t, however, it is possible. These are some real possibilities as the climate changes as we chop more and more forest down for animal agriculture and urbanization.  

Every year we plant more fruits and vegetables and every year we harvest more fruit and save more money. We become healthier as we live the most ecological animal-friendly lifestyle possible. Eventually, we would have paid back the initial cost of the land through the savings we make from eating from the land. Although most people don’t like to admit it, fruit is, and always will be, the healthiest, most nutritious food on the planet for humans. And, after destroying my health for years, my priority is to be my healthiest. 

Depending on the time of the year we now eat most our calories from our food forest. We are growing huge bunches of bananas, some weighing as much as a child. These organic homegrown bunches are natural; no fertilizers, no chemicals. A bunch like this can last us weeks and save up to $100, that’s including driving to the supermarket to purchase organic.  We have to pick them a little earlier to avoid fruit fly stings. We always leave some fruit on for the insects and animals to encourage a healthy ecosystem.

The human species originated in a warm tropical climate in the equatorial regions of the world. This is the environment where tropical fruits grow all year round. When the fruit isn't dropping we freeze fruits for times of scarcity. You may think, well I don’t live in a tropical place so I couldn’t do this. That isn’t true. As stated, the tropics suits your frugivore genetics best, however, you can still create your own little food forest paradise on as little as 1/2 acre of land in a colder climate. You can then store and preserve fruits for times of lack. Obviously some countries are harder than others but there are regions throughout America where this can be done.

You may think, well lucky you for having this abundance. No. Luck has nothing to do with it. Hard work, consistent focus, and education do. There are many reasons I prioritized living in the tropics. Growing my own food was a major one but also because I educated myself and discovered we are frugivores.

It’s so important humans eat an abundance of fruit every day and I will cover this more on my new channel: the frugivore. 

So, yeh, we are frugivores, which means we are members of a family of animals physiologically designed to get most of our calories from fruit. There are many important vitamins and minerals contained within fruits, many we don’t know about, some we do. One of utmost importance is vitamin C which is crucial for normal physiological function in our human body’s.

Like other frugivorous primates, humans cannot synthesize vitamin C so it is crucial we get plenty of vitamin C from our food. And, unsurprisingly, the best and highest source of vitamin C for humans is fruit. Science now recognises the importance of increasing vitamin C intake. Recent research has shown that based on the literature the RDA for vitamin C should be more than doubled to 200 mg a day. That means a lot of westerners, for instance, are Vitamin C deficient or on the borderline. This deficiency can be lead to serious health problems. 

Vitamin C deficiency is connected with anaemia, infections, bleeding gums, scurvy, poor wound healing, capillary haemorrhage, atherosclerotic plaques and neurotic disturbances. If you have a concern about collagen production and slowing down ageing then optimal vitamin C is crucial. Some of you might be like: "well, I have a healthy high carb whole food cooked vegan diet: with rice, pasta, oats, almond milk, tahini, seitan, tofu and cooked veggies. I have my one banana a day and a small salad." Well, the grains don’t contain any Vitamin C, nor do tofu, seitan, tahini and depending on how you cook your veggies you could lose up to 100% of Vitamin C. Why? Because Vitamin C is a heat-sensitive vitamin, meaning it is often destroyed during cooking. So again this points towards the importance of eating raw fruits and vegetables for optimal vitamin C intake. Most westerners get very little raw foods and particularly fruits in their diets. We often see reduced bioavailability of in stress, alcohol intake, smoking, fever, viral illnesses, usage of antibiotics, painkillers, exposure to petroleum products or carbon monoxide, heavy metals toxicity and so on. 

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Freelee responds to Dietitian Abbey Sharp's review of Ellen Fisher's baby's diet

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In today's video Freelee critiques one of Meat and Dairy-sponsored Dietitian Abbey Sharp’s reviews; Dietitian reviews Ellen Fisher – her baby’s Vegan diet.

Freelee compares micronutrient, vitamin and mineral status of Abbey Sharp’s meat-heavy baby's diet to Ellen Fisher’s “unnatural vegan” fruit-based baby diet. Here is Ellen Fisher’s “What I feed my vegan baby in Hawaii” video featuring her son Sandy.

Freelee’s first video on Abbey Sharp’s baby's diet is on her new frugivore channel called “Abbey Sharp shows you how to endanger your baby”:

Freelee's Initial video on Abbey Sharp "The Wolfe in Sheep's Clothing": Freelee banana girl VS Abbey Sharp

Freelee has now made two videos in response to Abbey's videos and both times Abbey has removed two of the videos in question. This is a great result and Abbey is obviously 'feeling the heat' up in Abbey's Kitchen. The following are screenshots of the now removed videos. 

Abbey Sharp meat and dairy sponsored dietitian

Abbey Sharp removed this video

Okay, onto the video. As usual Abbey starts the video by paying useless lip service to veganism. This is one of her tactics to disarm her vegan and plant-based audience and make them more receptive to her message. Abbey firstly comments on Ellen’s son Sandy having only juice for his first meal. She says "I don't like the lack of fibre". Freelee agrees with Abbey and her statement “fibre is important our diets." Correct. Fibre is important for many reasons, however, Abbey critiquing Ellen Fisher on her son's fibre intake is very hypocritical.

Due to it being a trending term, Abbey Sharp posts a lot about #babyledweaning and shares her son's plates on her Instagram page. If we take a look at her baby led weaning plates we see many examples like the meaty plate Freelee shows in the video loaded with fibre-less constipating animal products. Baby E is clearly much better off drinking some fibre-less juice rather than a plate full of high fat fibre-less lamb, chicken and cheese.

Abbey Sharp's baby diet

After 'assessing' his food intake for the day, Abbey works out Sandy's nutritional status and confirms he is meeting all his nutritional needs. Yet, Abbey then goes onto directly contradict herself and say “but his diet is far from balanced”. This is coming from the woman who restricts her baby's fruit intake (refer to first video here.) Even though his nutrition is adequate Abbey recommends Sandy eats a bunch of hard-to-digest foods throughout the video. She fails to mention Sandy is still getting most of his calories and subsequent nutrition from breast milk. In the video he acquires most of his solid calories from Avocado which is said to be the ideal complimentary transitional food for babies: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti...

Below is evidence of Abbey limiting her baby's fruit intake. 

Abbey Sharp restricting son's fruit intake

In Abbey Sharp's own #BLW (baby led weaning) she restricts her sons fruit even though he displays a clear preference for fruit. As Freelee explains, this is not okay. Abbey is restricting a clear health food while other mothers are trying to encourage more fruit in their child's diet. Abbey Sharp is behaving like her son is going to develop some wild sugar addiction if she allows him to eat all the fruit he cares for. Ludicrous. Not that we need science to confirm to us that fruit is an important food for babies... but here it is - science shows that insufficient consumption of fruits and vegetables in childhood increases the risk of future chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6491117/

Abbey Sharp Baby E baby led weaning

Abbey Sharp claims it's important to encourage healthy eating habits in the prevention of eating disorders yet she restricts clear health foods in her own son's diet.

Abbey is drastically increasing her son's risk of developing an unhealthy relationship with food. Science shows healthy eating habits are formed during infancy. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2678872/

Abbey brings up b12 and the possibility of Ellen Fisher's son Sandy being  deficient. She broaches the topic as if b12 deficiency is just a “vegan thing" when it is not. b12 deficiency is a widespread problem due to modern animal agriculture destroying the top soil. The Framingham study for instance demonstrated that nearly 40% of the US population had a low level of b12 regardless of diet. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1...

Freelee speaks in more detail about b12 in her video. The lack of absorption of this vitamin is a huge problem. And the picture looks even worse when we take into account Japan and parts of Europe that have safe minimums double that of the USA and Canada. So that could mean a heck of a lot more people walking around deficient in b12 and yes the majority are meat eaters, not vegans.  

Although Abbey already stated that Ellen Fisher’s son Sandy was meeting his needs she goes onto show concern about him getting enough iron. In her own baby led weaning Abbey often feeds her son cheese and continues to feed him dairy abundantly to this day, even 4 times in one day. Research shows that infants eating products made from cows milk that contain casein have a 30% increase in intestinal bleeds and therefore significant iron loss in stools. https://www.fasebj.org/doi/abs/10.109...

Below is Baby E's food intake for one day. 

Dietitian Abbey Sharp's son's day is filled with dangerous dairy

And on a side note it is estimated that about 70% of iron in breast milk is absorbed- compared to cow-derived infant formula where absorption is typically less than 12%

Excess iron is a problem:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29070544

Sandy doesn't exhibit any Iron deficiency symptoms:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2528681/

Next up is Vitamin D. So it’s quite strange Abbey brought up Vitamin D and didn’t even mention the sun or the fact that the whole family is tanned as fuck and living in Hawaii. Maybe Vitamin D would be a valid concern for baby E and Abbey living in Canada but not Sandy living in Hawaii. Vitamin D is called the “Sunshine vitamin” for a reason, because that’s where it comes from. A vitamin D supplement is not a replacement for the suns rays and some studies show you may be risking your health more by taking them.

A study on infants showed a minimum of 30 minutes weekly afternoon sunlight exposure, between 10 am and 3 pm, over 40% body area for at least 16 weeks, was estimated requirement to achieve sufficient vitamin D levels (>20 ng/mL) by 6 months of age. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28031546

And yes Vitamin D toxicity in infants is a thing: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti...

Abbey moves on to express an unjustified concern about Ellen Fisher's son's protein levels. As Freelee states in her other video, Abbey’s protein obsession is not justified by science or by nature. Too much protein however, is a problem. Freelee calculated how much protein Abbey’s 11 month old baby was getting with just one of his single flesh-filled dinners and it amassed to a whopping 54 grams of protein. Even the US nutrition guidelines for infants state that a 7-12 month old infant needs just 11 grams of protein a day so Baby E in just one meal is getting around 5 times that amount and from disease-promoting animal protein. Sandy on the other hand is getting it all from healthy plant sources and still about double what is recommended. The extremely high intake of protein that Abbey is feeding her baby is risking his long term health. And as a Dietitian pushing others to "eat more protein" when it is clearly unnecessary is just plain irresponsible. And potentially dangerous. This protein fear-mongering has to stop. 

Here is a simple break down from the video Freelee made:

Abbey Sharp vs Ellen Fisher

So as you can see Sandy (as a plant based vegan baby) is actually in a far better position health-wise than Dietitian Abbey’s meat, dairy, and egg-eating baby. It’s just a myth that vegan babies have to be more concerned than non-vegans, in most cases the opposite is actually true because we are simply not physiologically designed to thrive on animals and their by products. If infants get enough calories from breast milk and whole plant foods then they naturally thrive. Eat as abundantly from animal products and we see serious illness initiate in omnivorous babies.

So, no Abbey, a plant based vegan diet is NOT restrictive. What is restrictive though is limiting yours infants fruit intake and force-feeding them a disease-promoting diet heavy in animal products. That’s restrictive, and even worse, very dangerous. Please start educating yourself on optimal human nutrition and stop fear-mongering and misleading the public about a plant based vegan diet.

For the rest of the break down you can watch Freelee the Banana girl's video here.

A suitable hashtag: #savebabye

Abbey Sharp feeding baby

Learn more about Freelee the Banana Girl here. Freelee is a 13 year high fruit vegan who overcame serious health issues and lost 40lbs following a Raw Till 4 lifestyle. For a truly healthy transformational lifestyle check out her Raw Till 4 Weight Loss bundle.

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my naked lucnhbox. bodyhair is Natural fuckboi repellent

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Although it's seldom, i still feel the pressure to conform in society, to shave my legs and underarms, to paint my face and look a certain way to others. This western self-obsession is a powerful dis-ease to shake. Some days i strut confidently, other days i pick at my insecurities, but everyday i move forward with strong purpose. I sometimes see that look of disgust from certain others at my hairy armpits and legs but i always remind myself - that person is NOT part of my tribe. Would i really want to spend my valuable time with someone who feels that way? About body hair? A person who thinks i'm disgusting as my natural self? Heck no! They can go fuck themselves. Free women remember, your body hair is a gift, it's protective and part of your being, but maybe best of all it's also a powerful natural fuckboi repellent.

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My naked lunchbox. How to not give a fuck what others think

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Never stop climbing higher in life. Never let anyone hold you back. Not family, friends, partners, ex-partners, strangers... No one. Some people will find you too extreme, too passionate, too spicy, too...you. Some people will hate the way you think, speak, feel, look; those are not your people.

Fuck them.

Stop chasing fake acceptance and adoration from others, and proudly strut to the beat of your own drum. Have the ovaries to stand up and rebel against the system, no matter whose toes you stand on. Be bold and unapologetically you. Your tribe will answer.

Learn how to not give a fuck in my new ebook My Naked Lunchbox. Take a read and change your life forever. 

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The raw till 4 diet. My food doesn't scream or bleed. I am Vegan.

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Just looking into the canopy thinking back. 🌿many of you don't know this but i grew up on a farm until i was 16. I always felt closer to animals than humans. I spent many happy hours with pet chickens. I loved them, cuddled them, they were my friends. One day however, it was time for my friends, to become my meal. No! I felt like my heart was being ripped out. Why did it have to be like this?? There must be another option??...not today. Dad made me watch as he killed them. It was part of ‘living off the land’. Was he a terrible person for doing so? No, he did the right thing, he showed me the gruesome reality of my meal.

The chickens didn’t die immediately and made painful blood gurgling sounds as they desperately tried to cling to life. It was devastating to see my friends killed that day, i remember that moment like it was yesterday. In fact, no one in the family liked the “process” so we put the blinders back on and paid for plastic-wrapped chicken from the supermarket. This is just one of the reasons i eat the way i do today. I now largely live off the land but these days my food gives itself freely to me. No trauma. No screaming. No bleeding. No suffering for my meals.

I give you amazing vegan lunchbox recipes in my new ebook My Naked Lunchbox. Take a read and change your life forever. 

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