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ETL for 6 Weeks?

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

I was reading some blogs yesterday and I stumbled on one that talked about ETL. I had to look it up since I'd never heard that phrase before. Eat To Live, which is a book by Dr Fuhrman. Read some additional info on the internet and read comments on Amazon. Dr F advocates, from what I've gathered so far, eating mostly vegetables and beans. Your protein will come from the veggies since you will be ingesting so much - up to a pound a day. 6 weeks of this way of life and you should drop some serious weight and feel fantastic. Well I've been stuck at a plateau since before Thanksgiving, and I already eat a lot of veggies so I'd only be giving up my daily fish and occasional slice of bread. Okay I'll try it. Mixed up a huge batch of bean, onion, tomatoes stuff that I normally roll in lettuce leaves or tortillas and measured out into containers. This will be my lunch each day for the next week. Then I cooked my regular zucchini, kale, onion, mushroom, tomato stuff and measured into containers too. This will be part of my dinner (with salad). Not sure what I will have for breakfast as I don't want to be at school all day with onion breath. I am desperate to break this plateau and will give it the 6 week commitment that Dr F advocates.

Also started adding in my new exercises for 2014. Jumping jacks today along with pushups (yup, they are back) and some light weights. Still jogging in the basement with a new movie starting today - Waking Ned Devine. So I'm off!
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2014TODAY 1/6/2014 11:10AM

    "Your protein will come from the veggies since you will be ingesting so much - up to a pound a day."
Protein comes also / mostly from eating 1 oz of nuts and from the beans!

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REBEKKAD 1/3/2014 11:01PM

    ETL has been a huge blessing in my life--I'd really pretty much resigned myself to being overweight but was pretty bummed about it. Then my dad had a heart attack--my very fit, apparently very healthy dad--and it was kind of a wake-up call--and I decided to check out this Dr. Fuhrman guy who kept turning up in documentaries we were watching. It took me a few months to work up to starting ETL in earnest, and when I finally did I didn't lose as much as I hoped. Maybe 12 pounds? But even as I loosened up a little bit--like to add in eggs here and there and an occasional dinner out--I kept losing weight. Through a stressful, busy holiday season I gained a little bit, but I'm confident as I head into spring that this way of eating will continue to work its magic. Hang in there! (Oh--and you *are* allowed some grains. I continued to eat oatmeal, which I love--just healthied it up a bit, switching to coconut milk and date sugar and adding fresh ground flax seed)(and yes, I know Fuhrman doesn't recommend coconut milk, but it's a low-calorie choice and I like it). emoticon

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NEWKATHYNOW 1/2/2014 9:49PM

    I just started to reqad his book. I saw him on PBS and was pretty impressed. Looks good so far. I'll have to keep up with your blog posts to see what you think. Good luck!

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RHYMESWITHBABY 1/2/2014 8:21PM

    Good luck with breaking that plateau! I know from experience how difficult that can sometimes be. I would try some kind of mashed white beans for breakfast, or perhaps a lentil porridge, maybe with some sweet spices like you'd use in pumpkin pie or chai tea? (Oatmeal porridge with chai spices is nice, so maybe mashed beans would work?) I agree you don't want to spend the day with onion breath, that's why I'd go for allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, nutmeg, that kind of thing.

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WATERONE 1/2/2014 8:27AM

    Interesting. Looking forward to hearing how you like the program and how it goes for you.

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