Book Review: EAT TO LIVE ~Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
I wanted to tell you about what I am eating as part of my healing process.
Here is a picture of the Salad I just enjoyed – right down to the last chew.
I was referred to this way of eating by JD Meier at Sources of Insight and Julie at Random Meanderings, because I was asking for help in healing my body and being at PEAK for my 60th birthday. During the period of time 2007 to January 2010, I have read, studied and tried out just about 20 eating and weight loss programs. I have shared my gained insights and knowledge here on Patricias Wisdom.
I purchased the EAT TO LIVE book on my Kindle and began the program on August 24,2009. Six weeks later, I had lost 26 pounds and have never felt better or more energized in my life.
I relaxed the program, because I was missing hot food as the weather began to get colder and blustery. I added split pea soup creamed with silken tofu and some organic/free range chicken to the program.
On November 19th 2009, I got on the train to go to San Francisco. As I got off the train 20 hours later, a double cramp developed behind my right knee that was excruciatingly painful. The more I moved the worse it became. Walking was nearly impossible as was sleeping through the night. I did not gain any weight back on this trip, but was exhausted and overwhelmed by pain by the time I arrived back home.
Now 6 months later the diagnosis is coming clear that I got an infection in my liver from all the ill folks on the train and this triggered the adrenal gland burnout and something just short of fibromyalgia. I was primed and ready for this infection after the long years of care giving for my youngest child and my 90+ mother’s care after she fractured her spine. I was just plain worn out. Exhausted.
I am on my second round of acupuncture for the pain and adrenal support medication. Last week I received a rather amazing print out about my health and although I was not able to sustain the weight loss I was able to hold off diabetes and get some profound internal organ healing success.
I am back on Dr. Fuhrman’s eating plan and have already taken off 5 pounds and just yesterday got the go ahead to get back to gently exercising and working back to my daily 5 mile Lake walk. (I lift weights from my chair when I watch a movie )
The front cover of the book says REVOLUTIONARY and BREAKTHROUGH. My Doctor says that means it is just the newest FAD DIET out there. I have found it to be just the opposite. This is exactly the same way I was advised to eat after my Kidney Stone and Tumor removal surgery in 1971. (Asheville, North Carolina) I ate this way for 8 years until I became pregnant with my first child.
This diet satisfies the whole body and not just the palate and the mind.
I enjoy not counting calories, feeling full and very satisfied because of all the chewing going on!
I do not have to eat like a bird! My GI track is working at optimum and I have less stress and worry.
I am not eating mock food or imitation food or chemical creations. I like this a great deal.
I do not have to give up fruit – as a matter of fact 5 servings of whole fruits are on the daily list.
What am I eating….here is my menu for today:
1 cup organic strawberries
1 cup organic blueberries
2 tablespoons Bear’s Garlic
In ½ cup water
2 cups herbal tea
11 veggie salad
3 tablespoons salsa – dressing
1Tbsp. ground flax seeds
Mid afternoon snack
6 raw walnut halves and a whole apple cut in slices – cannot forget my tea!
Wheat pizza w/veggie
Sticks salad and blueberries
I also take my specialty vitamins and 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar + water for the healing of the adrenal glands and to stop the muscle spasms and pain. (Bear’s Garlic is my spring tonic, not listed in the plan. Apple Cider Vinegar is a reminder from Barbara Swafford of my Aunt’s remedy for muscle cramps also not on the eating plan.)
There is one piece of salmon or halibut a week – usually Sunday dinner, when it is in season.
There are no dairy products on the eating plan, and I am sure this is why the acid reflux medicine is no longer on my pharmacy list.
If I am eating out I just order salad and have the oil and vinegar dressing.
The book is well worth the purchase and I now own a hard copy which is full of underlining and sticky notes so I can refer back to the program and ideas without getting food on my Kindle!!!
For folks who just wish to eat healthier and for a lifetime approach to eating, Dr. Fuhrman has just come out with his Eat for Health series which is both a book on his program and a cookbook (lots of hot food recipes here). I also bought the CD series as a cheerleading tool and that was very helpful also.
My goal is to be the healthiest I have ever been in my life – one step at a time.
I am using Sources of Insight materials as my journal writing guide and Davina’s Symbolic Modeling workouts to keep my thinking sharp and focused on my goals. Talking with Davina keeps me accountable and not so isolated.
I would highly recommend this book and this program and am delighted to see that this group and program is now offering on line assistance and more information.
I feel a bit like Peter Pan, when he looks out into the audience for assistance in reviving Tinkerbelle from her caged and withered situation, “I need everyone to believe….”
I so enjoy your comments and believe that one reason I was open to this syndrome was all the isolation in my life – looking forward to your thoughts and ideas.
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