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Good for you Laura!

I have had plenty of false starts in the past: Good intentions with lack of follow through (or even a sincere desire to implement changes).

Like a lot of people, I wanted to see great results without having to actually work for it or "deny" myself anything. And often kidded myself that I could "eat whatever I wanted" without penalty. That might have worked somewhat when I was younger--I was overweight but not enough to put me into a tailspin, ten to twenty pounds at most--but since leaving 40 far behind (now 47) I've discovered that each and every bite of food counts, and counts *big* if it is the wrong food. Even just a little bit.

And I likewise discovered that I have a lot of food addictions that result in my needing to leave certain foods alone altogether (particularly dairy, processed grains, and sugar). So when I read E2L and discovered those foods *are* addicting and *grossly* unhealthy, it confirmed something I already knew from personal experience!

The secret to empowerment is making good choices. But it also involves things not directly related to diet or exercise. Things that can make or break your ability to commit to yourself, like support.

When I first began implementing Dr Fuhrman's principles into my own life, I didn't worry about eliminating anything initially... I simply upped the number of fresh, unrefined plant foods (particularly greens & other veggies) into my current way of eating. also I used the Food Tracker to *get real* about the ramifications my food choices were having upon my body. It is so much easier to begin the elimination process when it is in clear black-and-white how very bad for you some things are.

You can do this. You can. You will. Just have faith in yourself and in Dr Fuhrman's formula. He's really on to something magical!

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My name is Laura. I am almost 30 and need to lose about 150 pounds. I have PCOS, and have tried so many other diets. I was inspired by my uncle doing Eat to Live and being able to get off his blood pressure medication for the first time in 25 years. I tried it before but due to lack of planning ended up falling off the wagon. I hope that this time with some slight modifications (my afternoon tea included this time) that I can get through the first 6 weeks and then continue on from there.



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Pat, that's awesome! Congratulations on your success. Looking forward to hearing more from you in the future.

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Hi - I'm Pat. I've been with SP for over 3 years now. Reached goal weight but have chosen to lead a Vegan lifestyle. I'm looking forward to reading through the posts on this team.

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Thanks Mickey, you too!

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Hi Angel, Alli, Mickey, and Dawn!

I'm pretty much just starting out, too. This is the first week of my challenge, but I "started" two weeks earlier... gradually eliminating all the toxic foods from my diet and increasing the amount of whole plant foods I consume.

This is my 21st day applying any of the principles, and my 6th day "pure" ... and I am feeling pretty amazing already! People are already commenting on how good I look. My skin glows and is getting softer/younger, I've lost my gut! and had to go buy a new pair of pants. And I just feel a sense of inner joy and optimism that was not there before. And it is not due to the weight loss, although that's pretty awesome as well.

I love my new healthy way of living! And I've only just begun. Can't wait to see what the future holds.

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Welcome, Dawn, and much good luck to you!

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Hey guys! My name is Dawn, and I just started "eating to live" this past Sunday. I have stuck with it so far, even through the headaches and cravings. I'm down 4 pounds in 3 days and hope they just keep falling off. I have about 150 pounds to lose, so I have a long ways to go. Any advice/words of encouragement/etc. are welcome!!

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Hi all, My name is Mickey and I am just starting and newbie on this healthy eating habits/life style. I am not vegetarian yet. But looking forwards to learning new healthy eating Eat to Live.
Thank you and nice to meet you all.

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Your doing great changing your families diet to a healthy diet. Keep up the great work

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Hi, I'm Allison or Alli. We have recently changed our family diet to a plant based one. I try to juice a couple times a week and am trying new recipes and foods to expand our meal base. I think being a cook who doesn't use recipes and just goes by instinct is the hardest thing for me because my background is for sure one that includes lots of meat in every dish and low on vegetables and fruit.

I'm glad to have found a team with like interests and to help inspire and support me as we make this change.

Oh yeah and I would really like to get down to my goal weight of 125 from a current 195.

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just try your best at this veggie way of eating, any questions just ask.


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Welcome to new members UZA77777 and ANGELDN3! There is a wealth of information here about Eat To Live and lots of support.

UZA, you have inspired me to get back into meditation - thank you!

ANGEL, reading/listening to the book will be the best help for you, but if you need any specific help, there are lots of us here to answer questions. Good luck!

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Good morning all. Cheryl Echevarria from Brentwood, NY. I have seen this a few time on Dr. Oz show and also on the PBS. I am going to at least try this and see what happens for the next six weeks, can you recommend anything to get started.

Thank you. I am getting the book on audible.com since I cannot read normal print due to being legally blind.

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Wow, Uza! You have chosen a wonderful life for yourself. I'm with you.

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Today is Day 1 of my E2L 6-Week Challenge.

For the last two weeks, I have been preparing myself for the challenge by gradually eliminating the least healthy foods from my diet, replacing them with healthier alternatives. And becoming more aware of the composition of the foods I put into my body. And setting myself up for success on the challenge.

As a bonus, I've lost over 10 pounds over the last 2 weeks (without starving myself or eating too few calories, I track them to make certain!) by just doing that much! (and that's while I've continued to have meals/foods in the "bad" categories) So I am very excited about what's going to happen during the far more strict 6-Week Challenge.

This is about making an entire lifestyle change for me, not simply weight loss. My goal is to regain as much of my health as is possible at this juncture, after years of abusing my body with poor food and lifestyle choices, and abusing my spirit with self-critical, fault-finding, perfectionist all-or-nothing mentality that has gotten in the way of joy, health, love, and inner peace throughout my life.

This challenge is about so much more than food. Or weight loss.

It is about healing and eliminating toxicity.

And reclaiming my life, health, and freedom.

Instead of making this all about food, I am listening to things like "Living Without Stress or Fear: Essential Teachings on the True Source of Happiness" by Thich Nhat Hanh, and "Radical Self-acceptance" by Tara Brach, and making it a point to practice mindful walking and breathing whenever it occurs to me to do so.

And getting back in touch with my body. My breath. My muscles and organs.

This is about transforming my entire life. Transitioning out of this Hell that I've subjected myself to for the last several years, in punishment for not living up to my own impossible ideals. Moving beyond the harmful messages instilled during my extremely dysfunctional formative years, and reaching instead for joy, compassion, forgiveness, and being fully alive.

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Hi Everyone, I have been eating mostly vegan for over a year now, after watching the Forks over Knives movie and reading the China Study book...I say mostly vegan since I still typically have fish and cheese pizza once a week...Also, I had been eating a lot of grain foods like bread, cereal, and rice...then I read Eat to Live and Eat for Health recently, and have been mostly following it for 3 weeks now (still fish and pizza once a week, but a lot less grain foods), and have lost around 7 pounds, without much hunger, so I am really liking it...I must say I am a bit skeptical that this can continue...as I always thought you needed to be feel "hungry" to lose weight...Anyway, I hope to get my body fat % down to around 20%...it's now 28.4%...btw, I am a 52 y/o guy, married w/two kids in college (I am the only one in the family who eats this way)...

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When you go from junk/processed food to fruits and veggies its going to be a big shock to your taste buds but you just keep trying new thing and you will get used to the new veggies.

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I have been on SP for years and i started a team for expecting mothers when i became pregnant. I love the community on here now that my team all has there little ones we don't check in that often so i'm looking for another team to get a little motivation from.
My mom has been on this diet or i guess life style for around 9 months and has lost like 80lbs with out exercise, it's amazing. she's gotten me to try some of the recipes that she makes but most of them taste like crap to me so i haven't been able to get on the band wagon yet. Now is the time though, i have to do something to loose some weight and i always said if i could have a guarantee that a plan would work i would stick to it no matter what. now is the time to prove it to myself because I've seen it work first hand.

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Just finished reading ETL book, and made gradual changes as I progressed in my reading. I had already eliminated cow dairy since I am intolerant, but eliminated all other dairy as well after reading the book. I only ate meat once a week before reading the book and considered myself as vegetarian as I could get. My mind just did not want to go any further into veganism. Not sure why. After reading the book though, I realized that a lot of my "vegetarian" eating habits were still pretty bad, as in too much added sugar and too much added salt. I am taking the jump right now and am three days into Eat to Live, following some of the recipes in Dr Fuhrman's book. I would welcome ideas, recipes for including legumes into meals, and of course, encouragement along the way.

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Hi everybody,

I'm Julie and I've been following ETL for about a year or so. I read Joel Fuhrman's Eat for Life a few years ago but it didn't really click until I started doing more research on a whole foods, plant-based diet last year and then read ETL. I am a 90%-er but trying to go 100% for Lent. I enjoy planning a diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals and micronutrients in addition to macronutrients. I also like the Fuhrman fish oil and vitamins, though they are not mandatory. I agree with others who have posted that eating the "wrong" foods makes you feel sluggish and sick. I was on vacation in the States in January and decided to eat a hamburger since I hadn't had one in such a long time. It was delicious BUT I had to lie down on the beach right after eating it because my body was no longer accustomed to processing that kind of food. I guess all the blood went from my brain straight to my digestive tract to try to deal with that big ole hunk of meat! Anyway, the nice thing about ETL is that it isn't super strict, it truly is something you can do for life and it doesn't expect you to do anything you wouldn't want to do anyway along the way to achieving superior health through a nutritarian lifestyle. If everyone just did this diet 80-90% think of how much better the world would be, for our health, the animals and the environment. I think it's the best approach out there.

Good luck to everyone here and eat your G-BOMBS!
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Hi! I'm Eleanor, I'm a student in Detroit and reading ETL. I love this book, as it really speaks to common sense and science. It's very convincing! Giving the ETL lifestyle a shot. This group is great, I'm especially looking forward to sharing recipes!

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Hi, I'm Sadhana - I'm new to SP (two days) and ETL (about two weeks). I've been vegetarian for several years but Dr. Fuhrman just persuaded me to drop all the animal products, so no more cheese :). I've lost 50 lbs. on Weight Watchers online over the last year and learned a lot through tracking, reading their materials and support groups, but this eating plan with no "healthy fats" and "dairy" doesn't fit in that well, plus I could save the monthly fee (& maybe use the $ to join Fuhrman's site).

I'm glad to find support here! What do you tell people who say you need lots of protein to lose weight?

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Hi to my fellow nutritarians. I have been successful on Eat to Live in the past. Bad habits gradually took over. I vow to follow it once again beginning today. It make sense to not let food be your reason for living and when I'm consuming highly adictive, non-nutrional foods I obsess about foods.

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Hello everyone. I have Eat To Live on my Kindle and I have watched Dr. Fuhrman speak and he makes soo much sense. . I am so glad to have found this group!! emoticon

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Hi! My name is Liz Kelly. I've been a Dr Fuhrman fan for a while. I'm not 100%, but I think I fall in his "at least 90%" group. Nothing makes more sense to me than to strive to eat this way. And he's not trying to sell me any vitamins. My kinda guy.

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!


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Hello

My name is Kat and I'm a nutritarian...lol I live in Naples, Florida.

I just found SP a few days ago and this morning I was re examining numbers and stats and became slightly confused. Then I realized that the site's probably geared toward the SAD.

Then I found this group and my spirit soared!

I began ETL a couple of months ago. I've been following it closely, but noticed a few tweaks are needed. This way of eating really challenges me to eat enough food as I am never hungry. One of the things I like best about it is that I feel so sick when I eat the wrong things.

I am challenged in some areas I know certain limits, yet most of the recipes call for those ingredients, so every day poses a new challenge. Additionally I've found I can no longer tolerate soy. That's a problem for me because I truly like it.

I've seen immediate health benefits since I began and now that I am feeling better, I can exercise and make the necessary dietary changes.

Domestically, it is a nightmare. My SO eats the SAD and eats every horrible food imaginable. He is beginning to feel guilty once in a while. That's a step in the right direction!!!

I am looking forward to sharing with all of you.



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Jill,
Amen to that.



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Hi everyone,
My name is Jill. Four years ago my life crashed around me. My beautiful, athletic, boyfriend had a hemorrhagic stroke at age 45 while we were driving up north to ride snowmobiles. I got him to a hospital, but long story short, he died. It wasn't the stroke that killed him, but cancer of the colon, intestines, stomach, and liver. I lost what was my forever partner to what I think was poor food and health choices.

I was already overweight when this all happened. During his stroke treatment, I used to fly back and forth across the country to see him every other weekend. Consequently, I had stopped working out and trying to eat healthy, and packed more weight on. I had an epiphany one day walking up my staircase: if this could happen to him, someone who lifted weights every other day, worked a lot of manual labor, what made me think I wasn't going to suffer a similar fate when I pretty much sat on my butt all day and ate garbage food?

Our big plan was to retire in 10 years and travel the world. With my weight and hip joint problems, during my epiphany I also realized it was more likely I was going to be in a "Hover 'Round" wheelchair at age 56 and not climbing Italian Alps. The thought crossed my mind, "you know what, just kill me now. If I have to work 10 more years, then end up not doing the things I dream about, I don't want to be alive." Yes, rather dramatic, but it was an awful time in my life.

The other thing that crossed my mind was that instead of focusing on my weight for the umpteenth time (and failing), I should focus on what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, the cool places I wanted to go and amazing things I wanted to do. I can't see or do those things when I weigh 243 pounds and eat Cheetos.

I sat down and made 2 bucket lists. The first was the awesome things I've done in my life, like climb Mount Fuji, jump in a hole in the ice at the North Pole. I did this so as to not be discouraged by my miserable situation. It made me feel good, and made me feel like "I want my life back!!!!" The second bucket list has amazing things I want to do before I die. Things like go on an African safari and live in Italy, but also things like run a half marathon. At the time both of those types of things seemed impossible and epic.

So the first time in my life, I focused on what I wanted to do in life, not who I was or what I wanted to be. I started working out with those kinds of goals. I got the world's most amazing trainer, who insisted I could start running again. She was right. I fell so deeply in love with trail running and the resulting endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. I ate whole foods that made me feel good and stop craving garbage.

I lost 80 pounds, but that is not what was important. I changed myself, I had hope for my future, I proved to myself that I could change my world.

Mike died. We had argued about him not going to the doctor for his untreated high blood pressure. The blood pressure caused his stroke. He lost movement in the left side of his body and lost mental function. I had bugged him about eating so much red meat and not enough vegetables. His mom loved feeding him desserts and processed food, even after the stroke, and he loved eating them. I understand she loved him, but we argued about diet. I was dismayed that hospitals feed patients low nutrient food. Twenty months after the stroke, they found out he had stage 4 cancer. I know with all my heart it was due to his diet. He died 9 months later at age 47.

Ive re-doubled my efforts on eating healthy. I had figured out that something in processed food was making me binge eat. I started doing more research on nutrition. I've seen the movies, like Hungry for Change, King Corn. I cannot believe that people in this country not only are not moved by these movies, but they actually can say "I don't want to know". I found Dr. Fuhrman on PBS. I searched for any scientific research that refutes his information and found none.

I was lucky that I was already eating primarily whole foods when decided to become a nutritarian, it is making transition much easier. I've still got a way to go, still fall off the wagon, but I think this is the fuel that is going to get me to where I want to be.

Ive never told anyone except my siblings and trainer all of this before. I know people get tired of me prattling on about nutrition. But I figured you guys would understand.

:) Jill


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Hey all,
Name: Alex
Profession: Dietitian
Favorite Veggies: Broccoli and Bell Peppers

I am currently finishing up my Masters in Public Health at the University of Michigan. My focuses are in Human Nutrition and Health Behavior/Health Education. Nutrition and Wellness became my passion over time as I dealt with weight issues that I have been dealing with for most of my life. Mid-college, I hit rock bottom and decided that I needed to change my habits or I was going to have a sad life. My max weight was 245lbs, I barely ate any fruits and vegetables, and I exercised...never. Over the course of about a year and a half, I lost 70lbs and have been able to keep it off (for the most part) for the past 6 years. As a soon to be nutrition professional, I feel the best thing that I can do is to tell people my story and empathize with their struggles. It's easier to make it through the hard times with people who know where you're coming from (No offense to all of the slim and trim dietitians who have never had any issues out there!)
As I'm sure you all feel, there are always some pesky pounds that I tend to fluctuate around throughout the year, depending on the season and my stress level. Recently, I noticed that my pants were a little tight and that my diet was sub-par. As a nutrition nerd, I just happened to be reading Eat for Life around the same time. While I don't agree with many of Dr. Fuhrman's claims about miraculous benefits, I agree with the general logic that our diets should be mainly fresh fruits and vegetables, a decent amount of legumes and nuts, and a little bit of everything else every once in a while. I decided that it couldn't hurt for me to give the 6-week challenge a try. I'm currently on day 15 or 16 and I'm finally beyond most of the cravings (my favorite foods are still good bread and cheese), I'm 11lbs down, and feeling great! I do have a cheat day on Saturdays but I'm still conscious of portion. In any case, I just thought I'd introduce myself!

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Hi I'm new! My name is Debbie
I love Dr Fuhrman's book "Eat To Live"
Great lifestyle, recipes & better health.
I also like the nutrient-rich weight loss program, which I'm following, slowly.


Be~Happy~!

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I have some recipes on my blog and you could look in the shared recipe section of this team for some recipes. I also check books from the library.

have a great trip.

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Hello.
My sister and I had been flexitarians for approximately 16 years (mainly ovo-lacto vegetarians with fish on a rare occasion).
A few months ago (prior to Thanksgiving because I remember it being a pain in the tushy to cook for her), she became a vegan. She suggested I watch Forks over Knives (I bought the book), and swore by the Eat to Live plan.
She has since lost quite a bit of weight.
I started vegan-hood on January 2nd. I have yet to lose any substantial weight, so I am figuring I must be doing eating badly (Ive been exercising like a crazy person and Ive only lost .8 lbs)
I finally broke down and purchased the book. I just finished reading Chapter One, and do not plan on starting the six week plan until I am done with the book (although I may do the seven day trial next week for I am going on vacation on February 8th)
I just wanted to introduce myself. Im game for any recipes and would really appreciate any input. Hope everyone is doing well.

Namaste.


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Just keep eating those fruits and veggies and you will start feeling better, you are going through the detox stage where your body is is getting rid of all that junk/processed food.

drink lots of water.

Your not alone, we are all here for you. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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Hi!
I just joined the team. Just finished reading Dr. Fuhrman's book and had started the 6 week challenge...I am feeling lousy! All advice and encouragement is not only appreciated but also necessary!!!

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