Eat to Live. Interesting choice of words. I just finished reading the book “Eat to Live” by Joel Fuhrman and am on day 2 of his plan. Concept is simple: Eat nutrient dense foods in large quantities and you will end up healthier and thinner. I am following his more strict plan that excludes all animal products. I was going to start following the Paleo diet the other week. I lasted 2 days. Shoving as much animal protein as I could down my throat was grossing me out and cannot be good for you long-term. I am eating loads of fruit, veggies, beans, and a small amount of nuts. His concept makes 100% sense, I understood and agreed with everything, it’s just very difficult for most people to accept. We as Americans eat HORRIBLY. Most of us eat for pleasure, not for nutrition.
Did you know that 100 calories of broccoli has 11.1 grams of protein and 100 calories of beef only has 6.5-8. That 100 calories of broccoli is 12.6oz of food whereas the steak is only 1oz! So which do you think will fill you up more? 12oz of food or 1? Don’t believe me? Take a look:
Protein in veggies vs. Protein in meat
Maybe if you aren’t willing to grasp this fully, apply it to your life as much as possible, so that when you do indulge, you really truly are indulging. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. Whether it is a lifestyle you want to embrace or not, at least do yourself the favor and educate yourself.
Dr. Fuhrman explains so many situations where his patients followed his plan and not only lost a large amount of weight, but were able to go off medications related to high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. He says on average, people will lose 20 lbs in one month, 10 the following, and 1.5 per week after that until their body reaches it’s ideal weight. This is not a fad diet. Even though you will lose weight quickly, its a way of life that you must embrace.
I must say, it’s only day 2, but I am feeling great. I have no side effects or cravings. By the time I am hungry, it is time for me to eat again. Here is what my lunch looks like today. It is A LOT of food. Tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, celery, yellow peppers, carrots, sweet potato, and avocado (not eating the entire bag of carrots or container of tomatoes).