A pair of super strict vegans have revealed they refuse to eat sugar or salt and subsist almost entirely on a fruit and nut diet.
Allee and Hendry Gurung, both 29, are very raw vegans and their consumption consists mainly of raw and exotic fruits like durians and mangoes, as well as vegetables and nuts.
The couple claim their strict diet has been beneficial for their skin and they have also lost body fat after cutting oil and sugar from their diet.
The couple say they feel ‘revitalized, connected and energized’ when they switched to a high-raw vegan diet and only eat cooked foods such as potatoes, rice and pasta only once a day or once every few days.
They have regular blood checks to ensure they are getting enough nutrients.
After battling digestive issues, Allee decided to go vegan seven years ago before switching to a whole, high-raw vegan diet in 2017, along with Hendry.
On a typical day, the couple will eat fruit for breakfast, a large plate of exotic fruit for lunch, either a starchy cooked meal, or high-density fruit such as durian for dinner, nuts and seeds for snacks and smoothies and water.
Allee, a yoga teacher from New York in the United States, said: “We know it’s not for everyone, but we’re not trying to impose our lifestyle on anyone, we only show how we eat.
“I was really struggling with skin and digestion issues and nothing I did seemed to work.
“I used many different treatments before finally deciding to go vegan, then high-raw vegan in 2017.
“We always talk about how good we felt when we switched to a high-raw vegan diet.
“We don’t feel like we’re missing anything because we’re always listening to our bodies.”
After going vegan, the couple quickly took it a step further and cut out all artificial oils and sugars, while reducing their salt intake.
“Oil is super dense,” Allee said.
“People sometimes eat small amounts but cover them with dense oil, which creates an overeating effect.”
Growing up in Nepal, Hendry says he was surrounded by food and plants.
“Food is a big part of culture, and fruit has really powerful energy,” he said.
“There is really a vibrancy around plants and fruits, and there is so much variety.
“Plants and humans have a linked relationship.”
Allee and Hendry say they still eat cooked foods like “sprouted curry burgers” and “zucchini and yellow mung bean fritters,” but the majority of their diet consists of “high-density” fruit.
“We tend to eat more starches like potatoes and rice in the evening and fruits, smoothies and nuts throughout the day,” Hendry said.
“You can eat much larger proportions of fruit and it doesn’t fill up as much due to the low calorie count.
“If you want to get used to eating lots of fruit, you need to eat high-density fruits like durian and mango.
“It allows your body to get used to more calories from just fruit.
“We know our diet needs checks and we have regular blood tests and work done to make sure we have enough good nutrients to keep our bodies in check.
“So many people eat more protein than they need.
“Protein is in everything. You don’t need as much as you think.
“We typically eat around 30-40g of protein a day.”
The couple work as yoga teachers and combine their teaching with their lifestyle.
They wake up before sunrise and practice yoga, before eating a portion of fruit to start the day.
In between classes on movement, breathing and stillness throughout the day, they eat nuts and seeds, such as “activated almonds”, as well as fresh smoothies.
For lunch, they often have large fruit plates consisting of mangoes, durians, watermelons and pitayas – the fruit of a cactus.
Allee and Hendry say they like to spend as much time as possible outdoors, to “connect” with the earth.
After preparing cooked meals like an “enchilada casserole” or a “thyme potato pie”, the couple will make sure to have eaten their last meal of the day before sunset.
Their message to anyone who wants to incorporate more fruit into their diet is to “eat pome fruit” and “try lots of different fruits to see what works because there is so much variety.”