To Fuhrman or not to Fuhrman that is the Question
Sunday, June 09, 2013
After watching Forks or Knives, the documentary, I have really been impressed with what I've seen from a low fat vegan diet. I mean the recipes that you see in both Forks Over Knives cookbooks as well as the two Rip Esselstyn books (Engine 2 Diet and My Beef With Meat) look really good. But my first experience with low fat vegan diets was that of" eat to live" by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. I even went to one of his life events in New Jersey a few years ago. I will say that his recipes just don't speak to me as much as the others I've seen.
The focus is on leafy greens, non-starchy nongreen vegetables and beans. I need some more grains in there! I have seen some absolutely awesome results from his diet but it just seems so bland and boring. And I mean, I know that a diet is not supposed to be all sparkles and unicorns – it really just looks so bland and boring. I had actually moved on to John McDougalls books as well as the above-mentioned forks and knives, and really only considered going back to Fuhrman's crash diet after seeing him on the Dr. Oz show.
I have a couple of trips overseas scheduled in both September and November and really wanted to get a significant chunk of weight off because it makes traveling so much easier between plane seats and even your energy level – so this is the only reason I was even considering going back to eat to live.
Has anyone used the "eat to live" diet and if so, what was your impression and what interesting recipes that were full of flavor did you find and use? I would love to hear your answers.