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Success!!! Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I've been asked what program/lifestyle I've been following to achieve the results I've been getting these last five months.

To start with, it began with a PBS viewing of Dr. Fuhrman's, 3 Steps to Incredible Health, followed up by:

1) immediately putting some of his suggestions into practice, such as "eat the salad first" and "make the salad the main course":

a. Avoiding oil-based dressings or condiments;

b. Gradually reducing portions of meat or dairy served at meal time (or replacing them with beans/legumes or extra vegetables);

c. Replacing refined foods with whole grains;

d. Being cautious with salt.

These were things I did most of the time, without making a religion of it, for a couple of weeks. Then I

2) ordered and read Eat to Live from cover to cover (followed by Eat for Health),

3) watched YouTube videos by Dr. Fuhrman and/or other plant-based medical professionals,

3) read blogs written by people following his program,

4) joined online forums and social networks of people following his program to note their progress.

What I discovered from my interactions and reading is that not only did people experience near miraculous weight loss, but long term maintenance! Commonly accompanied by reversal of health conditions to varying degrees, improvement in mood/outlook, reduced pain and stiffness, Phenomenal Life Changes & Dramatic Overall Improved Quality of Life.

I capitalize those words because that's what stood out to me: Phenomenal Life Changes & Dramatic Overall Improved Quality of Life.

To then discover that medical doctor after medical doctor have been converted to plant-based diets, because of the shocking improvements witnessed in their patients' blood-work results and health after following a "nutritarian lifestyle" gave me further hope.

NOTE: What is a nutritarian according to Dr. Fuhrman? "a way of eating which bases food choices on maximizing the micronutrients per calorie. A Nutritarian diet is designed with food that has powerful disease-protecting and therapeutic effects and delivers a broad array of micronutrients via a wide spectrum of food choices. It is not sufficient to merely avoid fats, consume foods with a low glycemic index, lower the intake of animal products, or eat a diet of mostly raw foods. A truly healthful Nutritarian diet must be micronutrient rich and the micronutrient richness must be adjusted to meet individual needs. The foods with the highest micronutrient per calorie scores are green vegetables, colorful vegetables, and fresh fruits. For optimal health and to combat disease, it is necessary to consume enough of these foods that deliver the highest concentration of nutrients."

4) So on March 2nd, 2013 I made the commitment to a Six Week Challenge of eating 100% according to Dr. Fuhrman's nutritarian guidelines as outlined in Eat to Live--with NO CHEATS or slacking--to see what would happen.

NOTE: I was not on any prescription medications when I began this eating lifestyle. Dr. Fuhrman stresses how dangerous it can be adopting his guidelines without proper medical supervision and frequent bloodwork for anyone on any type of prescription medication. If you are on prescription medications, please consult your doctor before beginning this program (and for sure read the book first!). Do not attempt to self-regulate your meds or wean off of them without your doctor's approval and supervision. Please.

So back to my program: During the two weeks from when I first started incorporating some of the guidelines into my lifestyle, until I started the 100% challenge, I lost 13 pounds (probably mostly toxins and water from all the processed foods and sodium I was no longer eating).

During the 6 Week Challenge, I lost an additional 25 pounds.

In the 11 weeks since then, I have lost yet another 26 pounds.

Bring my total weight loss following Eat to Live thus far to 64 pounds, over a 19 week period.

Most of the loss happened in the first few weeks. It's slowed a lot since then, but it is still steadily going down even now.

But the weight loss isn't all. My energy is up. My skin is improving. My pain is fading. I am feeling ever so much better than five months ago!

For the first time in years, I foresee a future for myself that doesn't involve poor health.

And cute clothes are beginning to beckon me once again....



BTW... I still have quite a bit of weight to lose, but am 100% confident that I will reach my goal weight within the next year.

NOTE: I forgot to mention that in addition to following Dr Fuhrman's guidelines, I developed the habit of walking daily. Initially I just walked for 10-15 minutes a day, then worked up to 30 minutes, then worked on walking further in a shorter amount of time, then taking hills, then working up to 45 minutes, and hour, etc. Occasionally I miss a day, and stay home and stretch instead (as well as stretching a little bit daily). But I do make a point of exercising every day without overdoing or pushing myself to take on so much it demotivates me.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LIVE_AMAZINGLY 7/30/2013 6:45PM

    To lose, on average, 3.368# per week is absolutely fantastic!
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MIRANDACA 7/24/2013 6:18PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you so much for posting this! I'm in the middle of week 3 of my ETL journey. It was very inspirational to read your story!

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LOWLEITHA 7/24/2013 12:36PM

    I can relate! I'm about the same place you are, and about the same weight. I've now been doing E2L since April, I have been at a plateau it seems and starting working out. I feel so much better! Glad to see you've come so far! I'm looking forward to my next small goal of 75lbs lost with great anticipation! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REBIRTHDIVA 7/22/2013 4:33PM

    wow! that is amazing! congratulations on your hard work and success! wow!
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LEANNAW4 7/21/2013 12:28PM

    Wonderful progress! Thanks so much for sharing, and keep up the good work!

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ALAINEBUG 7/21/2013 12:00PM

    I hope you are just overflowing with pride! You are an inspiration to me!

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DS9KIE 7/12/2013 8:57PM

    wow that is so emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WILSONWR 7/12/2013 9:00AM

    You've really spent the time and energy to make yourself healthy! Congratulations!

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REBEKKAD 7/12/2013 12:21AM

    That's wonderful, you've made such great progress!! Thanks for sharing. I too am a little over halfway to my goal after following (more or less) ETL since March (I too started to make some modifications before I started in earnest). emoticon

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DEBSTER48 7/11/2013 10:37PM

    Brilliant! Congratulations!

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A-NEW-PAULA 7/11/2013 9:18PM

I lost 6 lbs last week (my first week of adopting ETL), Like you I think most of it was retained fluid and toxins from all of the processed foods, salt, and sugar in my diet. It is so motivating to here about your continued success and I didn't know the information about improved maintenance!
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BRUCE1963 7/11/2013 9:27AM

  Very nice work...inspirational. I am going down the same ETL path once more. emoticon

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VEGFAERY 7/11/2013 8:50AM

  You have inspired me to follow E2L for six weeks after my 30 day juice fast to see if it will work for me too.

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MICKEYH 7/11/2013 8:45AM

    What a great blog!! You are truly proving this ETL plan works. I am also in my 5th week of this plan and making great progress and getting healthy. When I stated this plan I wasn't sure if I can stick to it. But nothing taste better then healthy feel. I haven't consumed any meat or dairy yet and I my plan still keep going strong. So good to read your blog again. Thanks for sharing wonderful news. You've made my day!!
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FITANDFIFTY2 7/11/2013 1:54AM

    Wonderful and great news! Thank you for sharing your success too! emoticon

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POPSY190 7/11/2013 1:49AM

    This is a excellent blog, showing just what can be achieved once a plant-based approach is adopted. Your before and after photographs tell the tale. emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 7/11/2013 1:20AM

    This is a good report of what can happen when adopting the nutritarian lifestyle. Good on you. You have done very well and you can show great success for your tenacity! Great job. Keep on keeping on.

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