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Old 02-20-2013, 07:35 AM   #1
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Anyone subscribing to the "Eat to Live" lifestyle?

I realize now that this eating lifestyle popularized by Dr Joel Fuhrman has been around for a while but it just came to my attention as I picked up a copy of his book recently at the library. My mom always used to say you should eat to live not live to eat so my interest was peaked when I saw the book title. I'm just in the second chapter of the book and it is making me reevaluate my eating style. Eating more fruits and many more green leafy vegetables. Not sure I could totally give up all animal protein, ie meats, fish and dairy. Looking to dramatically cut those down while upping my fruits and vegetables. Has anyone gone fully over to this eating lifestyle? So confusing out there, something is good for you then later its bad for you then good again or part is good etc etc. (Commedienne Lewis Black does a great skit on this by the way). Moderation and variety have been the mainstays for me but curious what others have thought about "Eat to Live" .
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I have moved more toward an "eat to live" lifestyle but it is nothing like what he proposes. I now eat more fat and animal protean. And far less grain.
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I read his book and believe there is a lot to what he says. Recent research seems to confirm that heart disease is preventable in most cases by eating a plant based diet. He is a little more flexible than some in that he does say it is OK to have some limited animal products in your diet, but very small quantities. I haven't switched over 100% but eat mostly fruit, vegetables, salads, beans, nuts, whole grains. It sounds bland but you would be amazed on the tasty dishes you can come up with. And except for nuts, whole grains, and some starchy vegetables there are no limits on how much you can eat so you never feel like you're starving. I've seen the pounds drop off with little effort and although my vital blood test numbers were already in the normal range except for glucose (borderline high), I have seen improvement in all the numbers (i.e. blood pressure, LDL/HDL, glucose, and triglycerides).
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...(snip)... Moderation and variety have been the mainstays for me but curious what others have thought about "Eat to Live" .
Maybe I've indirectly absorbed some of these Dr. X's thoughts out there. But I think just "moderation and variety" are my mainstays. We try for a decent "Mediterranean style" diet. Plus plenty of daily exercise.
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I started Dr Furhman's program in the Spring of 1997, and had all my health numbers change in a good way - lost 25 pounds in 2 months, cholesterol way down, blood pressure down. I felt a lot better too - physically, emotionally, mentally. Trying to do his lifestyle is a mainstay in my FIRE plans; I'm trying to stay healthy to enjoy FIRE, and also to keep the medical expenses down.

The challenge for me is to continue his program when everything around me screams to eat things not on the plan. I am not perfect. I must admit I go have some Mexican food from time to time, but I am still way better than I was in my "Heart Attack Waiting to Happen" days before 1997.

If someone has any interest at all, recommend that they do the plan 100% for six weeks. I think they will be amazed at the results. Then, they can better decide how they want to eat. I'm truly glad I tried it.
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I meant I started East to Live in 2007, not 1997! Sorry.
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I read his book and believe there is a lot to what he says. Recent research seems to confirm that heart disease is preventable in most cases by eating a plant based diet. He is a little more flexible than some in that he does say it is OK to have some limited animal products in your diet, but very small quantities. I haven't switched over 100% but eat mostly fruit, vegetables, salads, beans, nuts, whole grains. It sounds bland but you would be amazed on the tasty dishes you can come up with. And except for nuts, whole grains, and some starchy vegetables there are no limits on how much you can eat so you never feel like you're starving. I've seen the pounds drop off with little effort and although my vital blood test numbers were already in the normal range except for glucose (borderline high), I have seen improvement in all the numbers (i.e. blood pressure, LDL/HDL, glucose, and triglycerides).
Thanks. That's why I was asking. It seemed to be good ideas and I'm looking for something that will help with weight control as long as I cannot exercise rigorously anymore due to an injury
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I started Dr Furhman's program in the Spring of 1997, and had all my health numbers change in a good way - lost 25 pounds in 2 months, cholesterol way down, blood pressure down. I felt a lot better too - physically, emotionally, mentally. Trying to do his lifestyle is a mainstay in my FIRE plans; I'm trying to stay healthy to enjoy FIRE, and also to keep the medical expenses down.

The challenge for me is to continue his program when everything around me screams to eat things not on the plan. I am not perfect. I must admit I go have some Mexican food from time to time, but I am still way better than I was in my "Heart Attack Waiting to Happen" days before 1997.

If someone has any interest at all, recommend that they do the plan 100% for six weeks. I think they will be amazed at the results. Then, they can better decide how they want to eat. I'm truly glad I tried it.
Glad to hear you have had good results. I might need to go out on the open market to get HI and I would like to make sure my numbers are as good as they can get. Plus, maybe it just is time for a change!
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I have moved more toward an "eat to live" lifestyle but it is nothing like what he proposes. I now eat more fat and animal protean. And far less grain.
Yeah, I'm not sure I can go full tilt but , but I know just increasing my fruits and vegetables a great deal will be helpful.
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"Eat to live" sounds like a slogan to live by, not a diet per se.

I naturally gravitate toward fruits, vegetables and whole/less-processed foods. But I also have a terrible sweet tooth, which I'm trying to control/defy. I think once I stop craving sweet stuff, I'll naturally "eat healthy" without having to over-analyze my meals in other ways.

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I am vegetarian and love fruits as well veggies. There is an amazing variety of spices from all over the world, if you find it bland. I try to avoid processed foods and go easy on sugar. But never have to control portion sizes and I really enjoy my food. So you can say I live to eat So far it has served me well.
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After reading Fuhrman's book last summer, i got all inspired and followed the advice faithfully...until we went to FL for a week. Took another month to get back into it, then we went to New England for a couple weeks. Vacation mode apparently makes me weak.

Now, i follow it about 80% of the time. There has been some weight loss and i feel better about the choices i am making. At home, cooking, i pretty much stick to vegan. When we eat out, i feel entitled to cheat....and, i do. (even a burger now and again). Call me semi-committed.

I loaned the book to a friend who has a passion for studying nutrition since suffering two heart attacks and a brain bleed. He thought it rubbish.

Best thing i took away (and stuck with) is cutting out almost all processed stuff at home. First i typed ALL, then remembered the bag of Fritos. When i put my hand in it, a bunch of them jumped into it and my hand jumped to my mouth.

Accepting responsibility for my poor choices should be a new goal.
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I have moved more toward an "eat to live" lifestyle but it is nothing like what he proposes. I now eat more fat and animal protean. And far less grain.
Yes, I eat the same way that Donheff does. Eliminating fat and protein from your diet is a very bad idea.......ideally, around 50-60% of the calories you consume should come from healthy fats. Check out some of the Paleo websites (Chris Kresser, Marks Daily Apple, etc) for more info. on this way of eating.
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Eliminating fat and protein from your diet is a very bad idea.......
What makes you think the Eat to Live diet eliminates fats and protein? The emphasis is on eating high nutrient foods. The right mix of nuts, seeds, beans, fruits, and vegetables will give you all the fats and proteins you need in addition to all the other beneficial nutrients that come with them.
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The surgeon that implanted my new hip gave me the book saying he edorses it and lives by it. He is in fabulous physical shape. I have upped my intake of veggies and fruit, but not gone full tilt with the book's recommendations. I had my annual physical today and maybe when I meet with my Doc in two weeks to go over the results, I'll have more incentive to move up a notch with the program. Giving up Mexican food will be tough, for sure!
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According to DW, this also applies to anything you eat while standing up.
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I went on this diet faithfully for three months. Felt better with more energy and less stomach distress. I still try to follow the regimen but not as strictly. Some of the issues/weaknesses I had:
1. While I could tolerate soy milk I could never finish it before it expired.
2. Missed dairy products. Fake cheese is tasteless.
3. Eating out was nearly impossible. You could have Thai food with tofu but how about the sauce?
4. Hard to follow while DW ate regular food - pizza and burgers etc.
5. Meat substitutes are tasteless also, and it is still processed.
6. It is expensive, especially if DW has different meals.

I know it is an annoying info-mercial, but I really like the NutriBullet to increase fruit and vegetables. You make a shake out of half leafy vegetables (I like spinach and kale), half fruit (banana, strawberry, peach), small amount of seed (flax, sunflower, almond), and buzz with water or juice to liquify. That is my daily lunch and I love it.
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Instead of soy milk try almond vanilla.

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I went on this diet faithfully for three months. Felt better with more energy and less stomach distress. I still try to follow the regimen but not as strictly. Some of the issues/weaknesses I had:
1. While I could tolerate soy milk I could never finish it before it expired.
2. Missed dairy products. Fake cheese is tasteless.
3. Eating out was nearly impossible. You could have Thai food with tofu but how about the sauce?
4. Hard to follow while DW ate regular food - pizza and burgers etc.
5. Meat substitutes are tasteless also, and it is still processed.
6. It is expensive, especially if DW has different meals.

I know it is an annoying info-mercial, but I really like the NutriBullet to increase fruit and vegetables. You make a shake out of half leafy vegetables (I like spinach and kale), half fruit (banana, strawberry, peach), small amount of seed (flax, sunflower, almond), and buzz with water or juice to liquify. That is my daily lunch and I love it.
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