Not long ago I was introduced to Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat for Health Program and it literally changed my life. I have promoted many nutritional programs in the past, but Dr. Fuhrman’s program that is based on nutritional science is far superior to them all. Through research, Dr. Fuhrman, M.D., found that there are foods we can eat that will actually insulate us from common degenerative diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. He attests that most disease is based on the diet we eat and that the standard western is what is killing us. Eat for Health teaches that the higher the density of micronutrients in our diets, the better our health. These two books are priceless. Book one gives you the why and Book two is the practically application of the eating program, i.e. what to eat and how to eat it. It also includes menus and recipes that help you adopt the program in steps instead of total submersion which is difficult for most people. Throw out every other diet book you have and follow a program that will not only promote weight loss but more importantly, better health. Please CLICK on image of Books to learn more.
I personally have a copy of this DVD and can tell you it is very helpful in seeing how to prepare various recipes and the cooking techniques promoted in the Eat for Health and Eat to Live books. This DVD serves as an introduction to a world of great taste and superior health. Only through making the world s healthiest foods in your own kitchen can you really experience all the pleasure that the Eat to Live diet-style has to offer. Once you understand these basic techniques and principles of high nutrient food preparation, you can take your health to the next level of nutritional excellence. Dr. Fuhrman and his wife, Lisa, take you into the kitchen to demonstrate the techniques and principles behind preparing nutrient dense foods. Learn how to prepare great tasting and high nutrient recipes. By incorporating these recipes into your daily menu, you’ll take your health to the next level of nutritional excellence! Dr. Fuhrman reveals his favorite recipes and general formulas for making: Salad Dressings & Dips, Soups & Stews, Main Dishes, Vegetable Smoothies, Ice Cream & Sorbets. Please CLICK on image of DVD to learn more.
As I stated in a previous posts, a Nutritarian derives 90% of their diet from plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes. But it takes it even a step further because as a Nutritarian your goal is to eat foods with the highest nutrient density. In the Eat for Health Program, foods are measured by an ANDI score. The highest ANDI score a food can get is 1000. Foods with the highest ANDI score are your green leafy vegetables like collard greens and kale. Therefore you want your diet to consists of a lot of these types of vegetables.
By the definition above, you may be thinking that there is not much difference between this type of eating style and Vegetarianism or Veganism. As you know, vegetarians do not eat meat and vegans take it a little further by not eating any animal products like eggs, butter, milk, or cheese. Fuhrman, author of Eat for Health states, “Being a nutritarian differs from being a typical vegetarian because the focus on high-nutrient vegetation improves health dramatically, and one can reduce the level of animal products to a safe level without having to exclude them completely.”
Although the vegan diet is the most similar to the nutritarian there can be some distinct differences. Most importantly is that many vegans, as well as vegetarians, get a large majority of calories from wheat or grain, meaning their diets may consist of lots of breads and pastas. But what we know from the research, is that wheat and grains are not nutrient rich foods. In fact, as the chart above shows, whole wheat pasta receives a micronutrient density score of 19. Therefore a vegetarian or vegan diet that is predominantly grain based will not supply the body with the nutrients needed for optimal health or to ward of disease. According to Fuhrman, “Vegans who live on processed cereal, white flour products, rice, white potatoes, and processed soy products should not be expected to significantly extend their lifespan because their diet cannot be considered nutrient rich.
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We’re all familiar with the most popular diet types like vegetarianism, veganism, and those in-between; however, few people have heard the term nutritarian. I first became familiar with the term nutritarian from a friend who had lost over 50 pounds, reduced his cholesterol from over 200 to 158, and eliminated the need for all blood pressure medication. All this happened within months of becoming a nutritarian. I hate to use the word diet because being a nutritarian is not a diet but a permanent way to eat. It’s not something that you do for a few months and then go back to your old eating habits; instead it’s a way of life that will lead to better health and disease prevention for the rest of your life.iliar with t
So what is a nutritarian and how does it differ from other eating plans. Most diets are based upon eating a certain amount of macronutrients in the form of protein, carbohydrates, and fats. We are told that a healthy diet consists of eating an adequate percentage of these each day. However, Dr. Fuhrman, M.D. and author of Eat for Health declares that eating these standard nutrients don’t promote health, in fact, they prohibit it. Why? Because our body isn’t getting the micronutrients and phyto-chemicals it needs to promote optimal health and fight disease. It’s like putting regular gas in a tank that requires premium. “In the Standard American Diet, less than five percent of the total caloric intake comes from nutrient-rich foods,” stated Fuhrman.
Micronutrients contain the highest number of nutrients available in any food source and most come from plant-based foods. In fact, the higher the micronutrient density of a food, the better the food and the more health benefits to your body. So the key to promoting optimal health is to make the majority of your diet full of these high micronutrient foods and Dr. Fuhrman doesn’t leave that to chance. In his program he actually gives you a chart of the most common foods and then list them in order based upon their nutrient value. With 1000 being the highest value of a food, below I’ve listed a few common foods for comparison:
Mustard Green, cooked 1000
Kale, cooked 1000
Collards, cooked 1000
Cabbage, raw 420
Broccoli, cooked 342
Tomato, diced 162
Chicken Breast 27
Whole Wheat Pasta 19
Peanut Butter 18
Olive Oil 2
As you can see from this partial chart, cooked green leafy vegetables provided the highest number of nutrients per serving, followed by colorful vegetables, and then fruit. Meats, poultry, dairy, and grains (even whole grain) fall at the bottom of the chart.
After giving you the research on the why and how this eating style works, Dr. Fuhrman, M.D. then gives you an easy and progressive program to follow. He asserts that most people can’t just change the way they’ve been eating for years, so instead of promoting a full submersion into the diet, he has you introduce these high nutrient foods several times per day before eating your regular meals. You will find, as I did, that as your body absorbs these high density micronutrients you will begin to lose your cravings for less nutritious foods. When our body is getting what it needs our cravings automatically stop because our nutritional needs are being met.
You can learn all you need about this program through the Eat for Health Books, which contains book one and two. Book one gives you the research and the knowledge to help you change how you eat, think, and understand food. It also includes testimonials and frequently asked questions. Book two contains the practical application which includes menus and recipes that are broken down into four phases. I have been using this program with great success and I’m positive that this will be a life-long change in my life.
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