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3/26/13 10:20 A

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Yes, I read Super Immunity and enjoyed it. It has a lot of the same information as Eat for Health and Eat to Live but with a focus on immunity and less attention to weight loss. I enjoyed it, especially the information about protecting yourself against flus and colds, which I successfuly put into practice this flu season.

I haven't seen many posts in the forums about the results people are getting with the ETL approach, so I thought I would post some information here. I have been following a low-fat, plant-based nutritarian diet for about a year now. I have lost about 10 pounds and have significantly lowered my LDL and triglycerides (they went from 152 to 132). I had lost more weight, but I broke my ankle and wasn't able to do much cardio for a while, so I am working my way back to a healthier BMI. My blood sugar and pressure have remained stable, which is fine as they were already in the normal range. My HDL is a bit low at 49 but since my LDL is 116, I guess it's fine. The ratio is now 3.9 which is just under the 4.0 considered to be "good". I think with more time in the lifestyle, my numbers will improve further. I feel great, full of energy, am rarely sick and enjoy a variety of foods because I follow the 90/10 approach to the diet. I like being able to enjoy my favorite foods like wine and dark chocolate in moderation and try out new, super-healthy recipies. I cook a lot of recipes from the Everyday Happy Herbivore cookbook. My sister also significantly improved her weight and health following this lifestyle. Anybody else have any similar successes to report? Has anyone reached a plateau and found a way to successfully break through it? Has anyone veered off course and gotten back on track? Do any of you follow a different approach, super-strict 100% vegan or 80/20? 70/30? I'd be interested in any information you have to share (and also any strategies for making tasty cappuccino without real milk; I like soy but not in my coffee!) :-).

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3/17/13 10:14 P

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I read it (some time ago). It works. I also got off track and gained a little back. I'm in the process of getting back on track. Anyone read his new book, Super Immunity?

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3/17/13 9:36 P

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You know, none us are perfect. I think Fuhrman's approach is a work in process. I too, went into it really gung-ho, and promptly lost 50 pounds in four months. Then, suddenly it was winter. No salads. No green smoothies. Cook and bake for Thanksgiving. Make upwards of 300 cookies, cupcakes and fudge for our local fire department every Christmas. Ah yes; Christmas. Dog ate rat poison and nearly died. Cold and bleak January and February with very little work for my husband. Gained back 20 pounds. But guess what? I found my mojo again. Guess what? Right back on Eat to Live. So there was a setback. GET BACK. Don't any one of you on this ETL journey let someone (even on here) mess with your head. Allow me to tell you, when you are ready, you will get back. I read my copy of ETL over and over. One time reading it one night is a joke. It is a teaching book, and re-reading it, highlighting and making marginal notes means you are really learning it. I still hear Fuhrman say new things each time I see him on Dr. Oz. Lets get back to the business of supporting each other on here that choose to walk in this man's wisdom.

God put Dr. Furhman in my path for this very reason. Time to heal and lose all this weight.

Dr. Joel Fuhrman is 100 years ahead of his time.


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3/11/13 7:31 A

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I very much agree with Lisa's post.

I have not seen all that many questions on this forum by people who 'have not read the book'.
I also don't really get the purpose of your post, UZA. I see it as criticism of others who are just doing their best, really, to find their own way.

Also, it's possible to read the book and STILL miss bits of information. I feel that this forum is MEANT as a place to ask questions. Nothing wrong with it.
If you feel the person should 'just read the book' you could simply skip those posts.

Keep it simple.


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3/11/13 5:02 A

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Playing devil's advocate for a minute... I have read the book and understand the science behind the diet. I also strictly adhered to the diet for the 6 week plan. I would love nothing more than to follow ETL forever but for some reason I don't. To discover that reason I likely need to do some soul searching. Eating is very complex and just knowing the reasons why something is healthy is not enough to make everyone do it.

I would ask how long have you followed ETL? When I first read the book I was all gung ho and found the plan rather easy. That spirit waned with time. I still love ETL but I found that I was not ready or able to let go of SAD eating forever. This was a difficult realization for me. It lead to more feelings of failure which are never productive. I agree that addictive substances need to go and need to go permanently but that is easier said than done. If it was easy to get rid of them, they wouldn't be addictive.

I guess I am just saying that reading the book isn't always enough or at least isn't enough in the long term for some people. I understand wanting to have a foot in both worlds. I understand the struggle with letting SAD go. I also understand how hard it is to be surrounded by addictive food all the time. Eventually the temptation gets too strong or the will gets weak. I guess I am just asking for compassion on behalf of myself and everyone who has tried this way of life and failed. The human creature is not always rational.

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3/10/13 8:03 P

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3/10/13 6:15 P

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Amen, also!

Earnie - Monteagle, TN
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I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding. -John O'Donohue

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3/10/13 5:56 P

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Amen !

Choose wisely what we do with our bodies ! #
We are Making good food choices , and tracking on Nutrition page keeps us healthy! #
Thank God for our blessings!#


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3/10/13 5:48 P

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Please do not misunderstand the point of this post. My motives are benevolent, not critical.

The thing is, I belong to multiple E2L forums and as I read things people post to these groups, I am repeatedly *struck by the impression* that some people attempting the nutritarian lifestyle have never taken the time to read what Dr. Fuhrman has to say. Adopting this lifestyle by incorporating a lot of rules into their lives that they don't really understand the logic (or science) behind makes it *very difficult* for them to stick to it or to understand the "big deal" about continuing to eat addictive substances.

And as a result, they ask a lot of questions that the book makes abundantly clear. Or they try to keep one foot in each world (the world of health and world of SAD) then blame the "diet" for not working! Or they act defensive and resentful when they get the very advice they were asking for in the first place.

The book is not expensive, is readily available at most local libraries, and is a quick read. I read it in one night.

If you have not actually read it yet, I strongly, *strongly* urge you to do so. It will help you understand what the nutritarian lifestyle is all about.

Reclaiming my health (and life) the nutritarian way....


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