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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.
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    I've been really happy with Dr. Fuhrman's plan--I've lost about 45 pounds since I started and although it was hard at first I found that I don't get hungry like I used to when I eat this way. I hope you find a path that works for you! emoticon
    1947 days ago
    I've done Eat to Live for 12 weeks. Lost about 7 kilograms. Gained them back in the meantime. I think the ideas are very good but I also feel that (alas) I'm a binge eater and the book ETL does not offer me answers to, for example, the psychological and emotional aspects of the binge eating.
    BUT - I still have learned A LOT trying to follow the guidelines. I still eat lots more vegetables and fruit and understand a lot more about nutrition now.
    I think that just finding ways to add more (and more) vegetables (and fruit and nuts and beans) into the diet and have those replace (more and more of) the proccessed foods is important. No matter what book or method we use: just get those nutrients into the body! :)

    PS I find it difficult to make new recipes, so I have not yet tried as many of the ETL recipes as I would have liked to. Those that I tried I find by no means bland! Try the dijon date dressing - will make a bowl of nothing but spinach or lettuce taste great. Have green smoothies - they are sweeeeet!
    2084 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/4/2013 10:59:07 AM
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    I have found that I like Eat to Live with all the fruits and veggies and sometimes a little McDougall eating with some extra starches, like sweet potato are my favorite and I end up eating more than one serving.

    The reason why Fuhrman has you eating more green leafy veggie and not as many starchy veggies and grains is because some people have a hard time losing weight when eating the starchy veggies and grains.

    The big and main point is that your eating alot of fruits and veggies, and not eating junk/ processed/ animal produces
    2097 days ago
    I, personally, like Dr. McDougall's take on it better. I haven't tried Dr. Fuhrman's diet, but I think he is too light on starches for the long haul. He stresses nuts and seeds, I think and they are full of nutrients, but also full of fat. Meat substitutes are not a good way to go because they are full of fat as well. I read Dr. M's book The Starch Solution. I think he makes it all pretty plain in there. I don't like to cook, so I got Dr. M's Quick and Easy Cookbook (may not be exact title). I like to use plenty of onion and garlic, as well as other spices. I hope you find a plan you like and have lots of success.
    2111 days ago
    I've been following Dr. Fuhrman's approach for about 3 weeks and also tracking my intake here on SP. I amazed at how much better I feel both physically and mentally. I have more energy to exercise and my mental clarity seems better. I found that my cravings for empty carbs, cheeses, sweets, and alcohol have disappeared. I never had much of a craving for beef, pork or chicken, so I don't miss those foods. Have I been 100% perfect? No, there have been a few meals where I've eaten foods that were not on the list. Bottom line, I'm eating WAY healthier than before.

    Favorite lunch: chilled organic lentils with chopped campari tomato, red onion, fresh lemon juice, Maldon salt, pepper and sometimes avocado. Today, I expanded this combo into a giant salad by adding chopped romaine, arugula, 1 TBSP sunflower seeds, and 2 TBSP Trader Joe's Cilantro dressing. I've discovered that one cup of cooked lentils at lunch keeps me satisfied for 5-7 hours. Plus, they are SO CHEAP! :-)
    2129 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/20/2013 3:59:57 PM
    Thanks - you're right - I found that garlic, ginger and curry can fix a lot of things. I think I'm just feeling a little hopeless.
    2139 days ago
    I eat a semi-vegan diet and I love all the nuts, beans and other protein rich foods. You just need to add a lot of spices. Almost any receipe can be converted from meat to vegetarian by substituting the meat for meat subs like TVP or just beans.

    Hope you can learn to like the receipes. emoticon
    2140 days ago
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