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Eat To Live

I am reading Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman. I am curious if others have read this book and what they think.

Fri. Feb 9, 11:31am

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Ni, I have not read that book, but it has an excellent title. How are YOU finding it?

Saturday, February 10, 2007, 11:18 AM

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I have read it. It's an eye opener, especially in the light of that recent study on the link between meat consumption & cancer. I tried to follow his diet for a while found that it didn't really work for me. He recommends eating huge amount of vegetables and minimizing meat consumption. I just cannot eat that much, and the vegetables alone just did not satisfy me.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007, 3:46 PM

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The science is starting to break Joel's way- there have been a bunch of new studies pointing to links between excessive saturated fat and processed food consumption. Now this is a grey area, but I think most people would agree that fruits and veggies are good for you. The question is how much you need, what the mix is.

He has actually started to write a series of articles for Peertrainer, and we will have the first one up shortly. If there are any specific questions you have for him, we will ask.


Wednesday, November 07, 2007, 4:14 PM

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There is a new article written by Joel Fuhrman, addressed to the PEERtrainer community. It is linked to on the right side of the community page and also below. Enjoy and let us know what you think.



Wednesday, November 07, 2007, 5:29 PM

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Question for Dr Joel Fuhrman about Olive Oil

I've read Eat To Live and thought he made some excellent points. I tried the diet 2 months after joining PeerTrainer, but only lasted 2 days. It is very hard to wean ones self from meat and diary cold turkey after a lifetime of eating it everyday. However, I've been dieting now for about 8 months (7 months on PeerTrainer) and have cut back on my meat and diary substantially, and think that I might do better this time around attempting the diet (lifestyle change!)

However, I'm curious about the comment in the above article on PT

"And take a look at Olive Oil. At 120 calories per tablespoon, the nutrient density score is very low. Omitting Olive Oil from your healthy salad may be the first step in incorporating nutrient density into your life."

I thought Olive Oil was a necessary fat. The body and brain need fat to survive. What does Dr. Fuhrman have to say about this??


Wednesday, November 07, 2007, 6:28 PM

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We will forward this comment to him and see what he says!


Wednesday, November 07, 2007, 6:32 PM

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LOL from that list: Boston. Yes, I would like to eat Boston. I imagine myself as Godzilla, breaking the tops off buildings and stuffing them in my mouth. It must be the minerals that makes it so nutrient-dense! Concrete is full of calcium. :-)

Okay, I know it means lettuce. But it was just such a weird mental image I had to share.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007, 7:47 PM

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I read the book approx 3 months ago and while I have not totally eliminated most meats and dairy and cannot make myself eat 2 pounds of veggies per day; I adopted many of his principles the best I could and immediately lost the last 5 pounds. His book is an eye opener indeed.

As far as olive oil, I think he advises getting your fats from nuts, seeds, flaxseed, fish oil ,etc.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007, 8:36 PM

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I'm in the same boat as the last poster. I read his book almost a year ago and while I still eat WAY too much meat, I adopted the principles and lost 20 pounds. His approached changed my eating so much that it does not matter if you follow it to a T. If you read the book it will change your eating permanently, no matter how much you make permanent.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007, 8:39 PM

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Just before reading this post, I was looking up the nutritional info for raw spinach for my spinach salad, and was blown away at how nutritional spinach is! I was thinking 'man, I need to eat more of this stuff!' Right afterwards, I looked at this link and am interested in eating more nutrient dense foods.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007, 11:27 PM

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yep, it's a kind of iceberg lettuce, red leaf leattuce, boston lettuce. :)

Thursday, November 08, 2007, 10:26 PM

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As a life-long vegetarian I was excited about Dr. Furhman's book "Eat to Live." He cites excellent research linking a plant-based diet with hugely lower rates of disease such as heart, cancer, etc. However....I found the diet very hard. Yes, I know you can eat as much vegetables, beans as you want. However, the whole no salt, no pasta thing kinda did me in. I ended up deciding to significantly reduce simple carbs in my diet, limit dairy and fats in general and maintain a vegetarian diet with emphasis on low-fat. This has worked for me to lose 20 pounds with calorie counting. OK, but do I believe his diet would work if adhered to strictly? Do I believe it would reverse and prevent a huge amount of America's diabesity epidemic related problems? Absolutely.

Thursday, November 08, 2007, 10:55 PM

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I am so with the PP. I read his book and found it fascinating and important. As a vegetarian, I figured I could follow his diet without too much of a problem. But I missed dairy terribly and couldn't bring myself to eat such huge quantities of salad. I still do think it's an important book -- and one I should probably reread.

One thing about the new article: he does not say how he defines nutrient density to give those scores. Which nutrients is he looking at?

Friday, November 09, 2007, 6:41 AM

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he defines nutrient density as all vitamins and minerals in the food

Friday, November 09, 2007, 11:21 AM

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from his website:

Nutrient Data from Nutritionist Pro software for each food item was obtained for the amount of that food that would provide a 1000 calorie serving. We included the following nutrients in the evaluation: Calcium, Carotenoids: Beta Carotene, Alpha Carotene, Lutein & Zeaxanthin, Lycopene, Fiber, Folate, Glucosinolates, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Selenium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, plus ORAC score X 2 (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity is a method of measuring the antioxidant or radical scavenging capacity of foods).

Friday, November 09, 2007, 2:53 PM

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Try the McDougall's vegetarian, very similar to Eat to Live but less heavy on the veggies and allows more carbs...I do a variation between them 'cause I had the same problem with getting in that many veggies a day. I aim for it but never quite achieve it!

Friday, November 09, 2007, 5:32 PM

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