Tuesday, April 05, 2011
My Breakfast most days
An interjection into the Q & A session. While working the Just 10, I also ran into Eat to Live (all touted by Dr. Oz too). Eat to live is more than the 6 week - total vegan - no oil, very little starch challenge. It's a way of life that breaks you away from addition to sweets, salt, and empty carbs. It encourages whole foods which ramp up your energy level and in the long run may prevent disease and add years to your life.
Here's the 6 week challenge in a nut shell:
UNLIMITED (eat as much as you want):
all raw vegetables, including raw carrots (goal: 1 lb. daily)
cooked green vegetables (goal 1 lb. daily)
beans, legumes, bean sprouts, or *tofu (minimum 1 cup daily in total of these)
fresh fruit (at least 4 daily).
eggplant, mushrooms, peppers, onions, tomato and other non-starchy vegetables, cooked and raw (unlimited)
*Beans should be eaten daily; tofu should be eaten less frequently.
LIMITED (not more than one serving):
cooked starchy vegetables OR whole grains–Maximum 1 cup per day (butternut or acorn squash, corn, sweet potato, brown rice, cooked carrots, whole grain breads*, whole grain cereals*)
raw nuts and seeds (1 oz. or 28.5 grams a day) or 2 ounces avocado
ground flaxseed (1 tablespoon a day)
soymilk, low-sugar preferred–Maximum 1 cup a day
*avoid breads and cereals as much as possible
between meal snacks
fruit juice, dried fruits
NUTS and RAW SEEDS, (this does not mean ground flax seeds), are optional for obese or overweight persons while they follow this weight loss plan. People who have difficulty losing weight may also eliminate the starchy vegetable/grain.
This from www.fatfreevegan.com
Go to Dr. Fuhrman’s website
But, to really understand it all, you must read the book !
A typical day looks like this:
Breakfast: Smoothies. a banana, frozen berries, flax seed, water and prewashed organic spinach/kale. you can’t even taste the spinach and it’s easier to eat a lot of it when it’s ground up.
Lunch: huge salad w/lots of cut up fresh veggies and fruits and 1/2 c beans
Dinner: cooked veggies at dinner w/ 1/2 c beans (sometimes 1/2 c. tofu). Or make a pot of bean and veggie soup and have that. With fresh fruit for desert.
No sugar, salt, LOTS of water (I admit, I still allow myself coffee in the morning, but no more caffeine after that).
I'll admit, I love eating this way. I have 3 vegan grown kids and have weaned myself off large amounts of meat over the years. I do believe animals are not fed/raised/killed in the best possible manner, BUT the biggest factor is ME. I have naturally high cholesterol, some family history of heart disease, and breast cancer. this way of eating provides me a much better chance at a disease free life without living on medications whose benefits may or may not out weigh their side effects for long term use.
Is this easy? Not always! Dinner with a friend last night for example. We went to the farmers market to buy veggies. "She said I don't want to sabotage your diet." But there they were, huge, fresh, succulent scallops. I acquiesced.
Do I feel WAY more energized off snooze inducing white carbs? YES! No oil you ask, what about those "good oils"? You make those choices. After the 6 week challenge, Dr. Fuhrman says eat 90% on plan 10% flexible.
and if you're wondering, there is an Eat to Live team on Sparks.