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Why I am tending toward Fuhrman's eating plan. And who is Fuhrman anyway?

Monday, September 30, 2013

Fuhrman is a doctor. His plan is eating lots of vegetables with nuts and seeds and things like dates and raisins for sweetness.

I think what I like is that you can eat big portions---veggies.
He allows everything . But the 'bad' things he limits to a couple times a week in small portions.
Like grains, meats, dairy.

He says 2 lbs of vegetables a day! Half raw and half cooked.

All that sounds drastic and weird, I know. I am not quite sure why I am drawn to this. I used to believe eat just about anything in moderation. But that has not worked for me. I still crave things like bread, muffins, cookies, cheese, beef.

When I eat what he suggests my cravings go way down. I am not now craving breads or baked goods.

I hope I can break my cravings for cheese and dairy things. I eat way too much of them. Just a little does not satisfy me, especially later in the day.

What convinced me was his CD of his Book 1. It gives the reasons for his way of eating. I listened to it in the car. Then I had also bought his Book 2 as a book. It is recipes and lists of foods.

I did WW for many years. The first 2 or 3 years it was fine for me. I lost 89 lbs in under a year. I kept it off for maybe 6 years. Then I gained and lost 60 lbs with WW again. But!! then I had lots of life problems and depression. I gained a ton of weight an gave up any control of foods. That lasted a good 20 years! I almost had things under control and then my husband had his stroke. It took me a good 5 years to get things under control again--including retiring. So now I am trying Fuhrman's way. There is a team on SP called Eat to Live which is a book by Fuhrman.

I like his 2 books: Eat for Health. It is an easier way(easier than Eat to Live) to work into his method. Rather than in 6 weeks--you do according to your own time schedule. I can see it taking me 4 years! to get around to eating more like he suggests.

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    I'm another convert to Fuhrman's ETL as of a few months ago. I feel so much better on it. I follow the modified plan because I like a little meat or fish once or twice a week and occasional yogurt. I loved cheese. Never thought I could give it up, but after a couple months, I didn't miss it. I found that I needed to stick pretty closely to the plan at first. If I ate something not on it, it was too easy to slip back into old eating habits. After a few months, it's easier, and I don't miss the things I thought I couldn't give up. Different things work for different people, but ETL has been good for me.

    Good luck on your Spark Journey!
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    Sounds like it works for you!
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    We are all individuals. With different likes & dislikes & cravings etc. I hope this works well for you. It sounds like a good plan.
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    I eat all fruits and veggies, juice. I don't do meat. Eating clean unprocessed foods is working for me.
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    We all need to search for what works for us. There is no one size fits all diet and exercise plan.
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    My friend told me about him, Is he also the one who wrote the Sugar Solution?

    I think with a family it's pretty hard to get them to eat that much fruit and veggies. But I would be interested in trying some good recipes besides raw stuff.

    I know some of these diets give us grains too, but I would like to know some other good carb recipes, that someone tried.
    1450 days ago
    I too think we just have to find and do whatever works for us.
    I hope this works well for you. Thanks for sharing.
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    If you can, watch the documentary Forks Over Knives. It made it all VERY clear for me. If you have Netflix, you can watch it there. I'll be starting ETL 6 week plan tomorrow so we can keep each other on track:)
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    I have his book Eat for Health I believe I will have to check.
    I eat a lot of veggies probably way more than he suggests. The right veggies can be eaten limitless. I love soups so I get those done on cold days. I have also gone back to the basics but also being gluten, soy and nut free so my food is limited anyway and it is working for me.
    Chris you are doing great and always busy doing and helping on sparkpeople. Keep up the good work and it will pay off.
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    Thanks for sharing. I hope this continues to work for you. I agree with some of the others that you have to find what works for you and that at different times in our life, we need to change it up some. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    I think we each need to find what works for us. Just don't give up on your journey.
    1450 days ago
    I tried the Fuhrman recipe you posted here for cauliflower and pea soup. Delicious! I will look into more of his recipes; even my skeptical husband liked this soup!

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    I think we each have to explore and find what works best for us. I also think that what works at one point in our lives, WW for example, might not work at a different time. I hope that you continue to enjoy this program. Only thing I would wonder, since he limits dairy, is if you are getting enough calcium. Have you had a bone density scan recently.

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    Hi Chris , I think you have done wonderfully well in the past .. It is hard to avoid foods that are not good for you in this changing world .. There are far to many packaged and processed foods around.
    In our busy lives as care givers it is much easier to buy something than to make it ..
    This is why I have chosen to go back to basics and use real food as fuel for my body ..

    I have been eating raw or slightly cooked for a number of years now and it is working for me ...
    I don't follow any particular food plan .. Just choose to eat what suits me. I avoid dairy and saturated fats .. I never fry anything ..
    I either juice or eat my fruit and veggies raw or slightly cooked .. My microwave is one of my tools and the juicer is the other ..
    My page and my food tracker is open if you wish to see how and what I eat ..I also make sure I balance my daily meals .. 30% fat 20% protein and 50% carbs ..
    Or as close to that as possible .. Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon
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    1450 days ago
    sounds like you have been successful more than one time, good luck to you on this new adventure!
    1450 days ago
    sounds very interesting! Good luck! Thanks for sharing too!
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