Dr. Oz interviews Dr. Fuhrman, Author of the Eat for Health Program about what is toxic hunger.
Dr. Oz interviews Dr. Fuhrman, Author of the Eat for Health Program about what is toxic hunger.
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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As you begin to uncover, excavate, and release physical, emotional, and spiritual debris from your inner and outer being many people often experience what is called a healing crisis. This is time during the healing process when toxins, that have been hidden or buried in your mind, body, and spirit, begin to come to the surface. When this happens you may feel like your life has been hit by utter chaos or confusion. Don’t panic, you may be in the midst of a healing crisis. In a healing crisis, you come face-to-face with your inner demons, expose them, and bring them out of the darkness and into the light. This can feel like an emotional roller coaster, a heavy weight, a physical illness or weakness, negative thoughts and emotions, or utter craziness.
Our inner being and physical bodies can resemble the rooms, closets, and storage space in our home. Because of busyness or other responsibilities we may not give much attention to the conditions of our physical space. When we tidy we’ll put items in drawers or closets without much thought to it. We’ll throw mail and paperwork in baskets or on top of the shelf. We’ll store unused items in the corner or pile them in the garage. Throughout most of the year, in order to keep our home tidy and to create an assemblage of order, we find places to put our stuff until we have time to carefully go through and arrange each item. We may throw a few things away here and there, but sometimes that takes more time and energy than we have. It’s sometimes easier to sweep it under the bed.
Then the day comes that you decide to do a spring-cleaning. It’s time to go through the closets, drawers, boxes, corners, and shelves to alleviate your home of unnecessary objects and clutter. This is a big job and you know it. It could take days, even weeks. As you pull items from here and there, your home begins to resemble one of the homes on “Hoarders.” There is stuff everywhere as you decide what to keep, store, and get rid of.
Within minutes, neatness has turned to disarray as you remove items from there temporary places to do a deep and internal cleaning of your home. For months, maybe even years on the surface, your home appeared tidy and organized, but in reality you had a lot of hidden junk, most of it you didn’t need, wedged into those hidden and unseen places, and now you’re ready to eliminate them. At this very moment your home in this state of crisis and it can be quite overwhelming. You may even wish you had left it all alone, but as you deal with each object, one by one, and as your home becomes clean and organized, you begin to feel free and empowered, as though each item discarded or consciously stored removes an unconscious burden or heaviness.
In the same light, when you begin to clean out or heal your inner and physical being, your mind, body, and spirit are also thrown into a state of uncomfortably, disarray, and confusion. Often during these times, pain in the form of old hurts, fears, memories, buried emotions, and in the case of physical cleansing, toxins (pesticides, chemicals, waste) are released from your bodily tissue and rush into the physical or emotional blood stream.
Although you may be tempted to stop the process and return to your old habits, you need to know that a healing crisis is necessary part of inner and outer restoration. And although it can be quite overwhelming, and even fearful, it is the path to true freedom, spiritual health, and physical healing.
Here are a few tips to help you when in the midst of a healing crisis?
1. Don’t be alarmed. Whenever we begin to clear out our physical or emotional junk, we begin to release toxins that may affect our mental and physical condition. Understanding what is happening can eliminate any fear and keep you progressing toward your goals.
2. If you are experiencing an avalanche of emotional pain or past hurt, use meditation or deep breathing to dissolve any strong toxic feelings. Begin by breathing into the area you feel the tension most or imagine yourself breathing these pains and hurt right out of your body.
3. Take frequent walks while repeating a mantra or sacred word that will take your attention away from any negative thoughts or emotions. A great mantra is the name “Jesus.” God said I will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on me.”
4. Know that this will pass just as quickly as it came. You may have several days of feeling in a major funk, and then wake up feeling lighter and freer as these emotional toxins are being released.
5. Meditate on or read the word of God for encouragement and inspiration. Play spiritual music, sing, and dance before the Lord.
6. Journal your thoughts on paper. Journaling helps to get your thoughts out of your head and allows you to process what’s going on. Turn your writing into a prayer to the Lord and thank Him for his faithfulness and covering you with his blood.
7. Physical toxins are generally released through a fast; therefore, drink plenty of water or diluted fruit juices. The fruit juice will help to dilute the effect of the toxins that are entering the blood stream.
8. If you’re feeling physical symptoms, rest, relax, watch an inspirational movie or do some light exercising like Christian yoga or stretching.
The other side of a healing crisis can be physical health and emotional freedom. Understanding that anytime you begin to work on your inner being or physical health you potentially enter a transitional period where your body or spirit is throwing off the old in an effort to experience physical and emotional well-being. Knowing the signs of a healing crisis can reduce fear and keep you from giving up prematurely and losing all the progress you have made.