Acne Sufferer Healed by Raw Vegan, Fruitarian Diet

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Interview with Ted Carr, by Frederic Patenaude

I met Ted Carr while living in Vancouver. I asked him to share his incredible story of healing acne on a raw vegan diet. He’s one of the only true fruitarians that I know, so I was curious about that part too. 

How did you decide to follow this fruitarian diet? How was the transition?

I decided to eat fruitarian because I wanted to clear my terrible chest, back and face acne. Everything up until the point of trying fruitarianism just hadn’t worked for me. I wouldn’t have tried fruitarianism if going cooked vegan worked. But since being fruitarian, I haven’t been able to eat cooked vegan food without feeling like crap.

My transition to Fruitarianism looked very much like an elimination diet, where I cut out one food at a time. I allowed myself one last meal with each food that I wished to cut out. Sometimes I would relapse and eat that food again, but when I did – it would be to the point of pain… and this pain created a strong negative association with these foods which replaced any and all positive memories I had with those foods. I now associate cooked food with being at a low place in my life, a dark place, a place I never want to visit again.

How did you come across the idea of a fruitarian diet to heal acne?

When I set the intention to heal my back from acne, I had no idea how I’d do it. But once I set the intention, I did a lot of research online and tried a bunch of things. I was relentless in my pursuit, and I just kept scouring the internet for information. It was just a matter of time before I stumbled across the raw vegan/fruitarian crowd.

Have you ever heard of something like this done by anyone else?
I’ve seen other people eliminate their acne with a fruit diet, yes, but not many people talk about it on social media and most people don’t have the best before photos because when your face or body is littered with acne, the last thing you wanna do is take a photo…

Was there a huge difference between a cooked vegan diet and a fruitarian diet for acne?

When I ate a cooked vegan diet, my acne improved because I cut out milk and gluten. But even though it improved, it didn’t totally disappear like it did when I went on a low-fat fruit based diet.

What about an all raw diet with vegetables and a pure fruitarian diet?

Vegetables do not interfere with healing acne, so an all raw diet consisting of vegetables and fruit is fantastic. I find that veggies are easier to digest when juiced, while fruit is best eaten in its, whole natural form. Comparing an all fruit diet vs. a fruit + veg diet will only see a difference in ease of digestion/elimination, but as far as healing the skin goes, they provide the same level of effectiveness.


What’s a typical day of eating for you?

A typical day of eating for me will vary from month to month depending on where I’m living. The one thing I’m always very consistent with is making sure always to eat enough calories from fruit throughout the day. By the time dinner time rolls around, I’m already full or have a bunch of fruit I’m ready to munch on!

My eating usually looks like grazing throughout the day with 6-8 small meals of fruit, usually something juicy like melon, papaya, mango or tomatoes. If I don’t graze, it’s because I had a thick smoothie which can allow me to eat just 2-3 meals a day instead of 6-8.

Do you eat any food besides fruit? If so, how often? What’s the percentage of your calories you get from fruit?

I seldom eat greens and veggies, but I seem to do so under two circumstances: Someone I love makes me a salad, or I’m craving greens. Since the latter rarely happens, I do make myself open to greens when in social gatherings to get on the vibe as my friends & family around me. At the same time, I know I’m probably getting in some different (not better, but different) nutrition than I would be if I were just to keep eating the same standard foods I always eat.

Fruit makes up 99.9% of my calories throughout the year.


What benefits have you experienced compared to a low-fat vegan diet or even a low-fat raw diet with vegetables and some nuts, seeds, etc.?

Fruitarianism just works really well. Across the board it’s better than any other diet – hands down, no argument for me.

I’m always looking forward to my meals. I never feel like crap after a meal. I’m never craving or feeling needy for food, and my skin is always nice. I have no body odor or need for soap or shampoo. I always feel clean, my energy is always top notch, and I know it’s the best thing for the planet and animals.

With nuts and seeds and lots of vegetables, I experienced a lot of gas and indigestion – even stinky poops. With a fruit diet, none of that. Just smooth in and out.

Do you think that a fruitarian diet contains all of the nutrients the human body needs? Do you take any supplements?

If you believe it, a Fruitarian diet comprised of high-quality fruit will contain all of the nutrients the human body need. If you don’t believe it will, it won’t. Placebos are a powerful, underrated thing.

I believe there is no nutrient the human body needs that fruit doesn’t provide.

I don’t take supplements – but again, if you believe they work, then they’ve been proven to work!

What is your fitness routine like and how has the fruitarian diet improved your performance?

Currently, it’s all about strength training. Weightlifting. Heavy lifting. Squats, deadlifts, bench press and pull-ups.

But for the past seven years, I trained exclusively for the triathlon. I swam, biked and ran every day for 1-5 hours a day on average.

The fruit diet keeps my energy where it needs to be: In my muscles! Hardly any energy is spent on digestion since fruit is so easily digested. Also, fruit is very alkaline, so my body is not burdened with being in an acidic state from acid forming foods.

Do you know many other people who live on fruit?

Exclusively on fruit? Not many. Less than three.

People who live primarily on fruit (80-90% of calories coming from fruit) yes I know of hundreds and meeting more every day online.

Any other tips for people who would like to try a fruit-based diet?

Just get inspired and stay inspired. That’s the best thing you can do hands down. Without inspiration, you’re done. With daily inspiration, though, you’re unstoppable. You will find a way to succeed. Stay inspired. YouTube videos work best for this I find.

You moved to Thailand from Vancouver. Why and do you intend on living there permanently?

I live wherever is warm, has great fruit, and has an abundance of friends. Chiang Mai, Thailand was one place I loved living, Hilo, Hawaii another, and Santa Barbara, California another. Great weather, great fruit, great friends.

I probably won’t live in any one place for too long; I have a tendency of moving around to where I feel in pulled to.

Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.


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  1. Bllu says:

    could you please explain better what’s the meaning of “1-5 hours a day on average”?

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