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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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    "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!
    1024 days ago
    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
    1027 days ago
    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!
    1028 days ago
    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.
    1028 days ago
    Interesting. Looking forward to hearing how you like the program and how it goes for you.
    1028 days ago
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