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au1972

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Posted: 03 Oct 2012, 09:15
I just started the Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live Diet. I have lost 6 pounds in 2 days. I changed to this diet after reading his book Eat to Live and listening to him on Dr. Oz. Hopefully this will help me lose the weight I need to lose and make me a healthier person.
I would love to have some diet buddies where we could encourge each other and help one another stay on track. Let me know about your successes and what challenges you are facing.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 03 Oct 2012, 09:27
Wow, that's great. I too have read the book and really think it is one of the only things that Dr. Oz has endorsed that I agree with!
I have always been on the verge of being vegetarian, but cut out dairy after reading this book. I have noticed some nice changes since doing that. I am enjoying eating tons of veggies! I just got my lab report back from my doctor and my cholesterol numbers are excellent. While I have lost close to 80 lbs, I did most of that prior to reading the book. However, the book provided me with excellent information that will help me with the last 15-20 lbs. and will help me keep it off. I plan on maintaining a 90% vegan diet with the occasional fish/chicken/turkey. ( I just can't give up sushi, and occasionally I will eat chicken or turkey when dining out). Good luck to you. I really enjoyed the book and have asked all my family members to read it!
au1972

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Posted: 03 Oct 2012, 10:09
Ncnole, that is great. I have around 65 pounds to lose. I have lost 25 pounds this year doing Atkins. After a while I just can't eat all the meat and dairy. I think that is why the Eat to Live Diet sounded so appealing. I am doing the 6 week plan now and then I will do the 90% Eat to Live plan also. I just need to hear more stories like your to know that I can follow through with this and lose the weight.
My nemesis is sweets. Hopefully this will curb the sweet tooth. I would be interested in learning how you lost your 80lbs. That is a wonderful accomplishment.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 03 Oct 2012, 15:21
It's been a long haul. Started January 2011 with little motivation. I lost a few pounds here and there and gained some motivation. I bought a bodymedia fit which kept me 100% motivated. (It calculates calories burned). I kept my calories under 1500. Then added exercise in June 2011. Counted calories, eliminated sweets for the sake of calories. I allow for a treat each night but I make sure it has some nutritional value (usually banana "shake" with fiber one bar). I read Eat to Live in March and started eating more veggies and cutting out most animal products. The weight loss has slowed down since June (started new job which involves less walking around). I have changed up my exercise along the way and try to vary my diet. I'm glad I have my bodymedia fit to let me know exactly how many calories I am burning or not burning at this point. I decided to cut my calories down to 1300-1400 since I am burning about 400 calories less per day (with the weight loss and decreased activity). I do some cardio and weight training - about 40 minutes of cardio/day and 20 of weights. I do cardio daily, but weights 4x week. I'm still trying to find a balance between my new job, exercise, diet and continued desire to lose 15-20 lbs. I can not eat any less b/c I have been hungry lately, so I am going to have to work on moving more during the day. I love sweets too, but I know my trigger foods and do not buy them. If I don't buy them, then I can't eat them. I learned how to bake my favorites and try to make them lower calorie.

Maintenance will be the scary part... But I think I can live with eating mostly veggies for the rest of my life and that should help keep the calories down. Just need to work on moving more!
au1972

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Posted: 03 Oct 2012, 17:11
Doing something worth while is never easy and it seems like you are almost there. Quick question....do you know of a salad dressing that you can buy at the store that is Eat to Live compliant?
NCNOLE

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Posted: 03 Oct 2012, 17:54
Honestly, I've just been using vinegar! I use balsamic vinegar and have gotten used to it. I use store bought, but also have gone to a speciality olive oil/vinegar shop in my town and bought flavored vinegars and just use them. They have ginger flavored, fig flavored, raspberry.... I'm not sure where you could find such a thing, but it has helped me save a lot of calories! But has cost me some $$$!
bankhouse

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Posted: 04 Oct 2012, 09:01
god i really want to try this diet its the first iv heard of it sounds great.
au1972

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Posted: 04 Oct 2012, 09:10
Give it a try bankhouse. You never know it could be the right one for you. It is really a lifestyle just putting the best foods (fruits and vegetables)in your body. So far it has been easy. Just make up some of the soups from the recipes for lunch and eat large salads for dinner and fruit for breakfast and give it a try. I lost another 2 lbs this morning. I know a lot of that is water weight and additional weight I put on last week when we were in New York but i will take 2 lbs anyday.
au1972

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Posted: 04 Oct 2012, 09:16
NCNOLE,
I am trying some of the flavored vinegars. One of my favorite is the Pear infused white balsamic vinegar. I remember several years back a friend and made flavored infused vinegars. We just put the herbs we had from our gardens and depending on the flavors we would add garlic, rosemary, basil, thyme etc. We just let them sit for over a week to infuse the flavors and strain them and they were pretty good. I have never tried using fruits but i may give that a try and see how they turn out. When you purchase these at speciality stores they can be quite expensive. Dr. Fuhrman also sells these but I may try my own first....
Trudae

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Posted: 04 Oct 2012, 11:55
Do you need to be concerned with carb and protein intake on this diet?
NCNOLE

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Posted: 04 Oct 2012, 12:28
Not really. It promotes mostly fruits and veggies. Avoiding animal products most of the time.

I will say that I have never been a big meat eater, so this works for me. I probably only eat about 50 grams of protein per day (mostly from vegetables, soy, and grains). I just had labs drawn last week and my blood protein levels were good. Dr. Furhman suggests that protein from plants is better absorbed, so it is likely that you don't need as much. Basically, he suggests eating tons of veggies so that you get lots of vitamins/minerals and fiber to help reduce risk of disease (cancer, heart disease).
Trudae

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Posted: 05 Oct 2012, 07:14
Thank you NCNOLE. I have been following this way of eating for three months now. Meat is down to 10%, no red and lots of fruits and veggies. I have eliminated dairy and am allergic to wheat,so no bread.

I feel better and know it's the best way for my health but I am not losing any weight. I had great success on a low carb, higher protein diet....which is what prompted my question. I have about 50 more pounds to lose. I hear so many success stories with the Furhman diet and am a little frustrated at no loss after 3 months.
au1972

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Posted: 05 Oct 2012, 08:44
Good Morning Trudae, Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live program sounds like it would be perfect for you because he does encourage cutting out meat, dairy and bread. Just this week I have lost 9 lbs. But I know that can't continue but it sure helps give you the motivation to keep going.
At one point in his book he is telling you to eat 1 lb of cooked green vegetables and one lb of raw vegetables but then he says not to eat if your not hungry. So I am confused on that point but otherwise it is a very easy program to follow. I have honestly felt the bloating in my stomach go down this week. I have about 60+ lbs to go but hopefully this will be the one if I can just stay committed....Good luck to you...
Trudae

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Posted: 05 Oct 2012, 09:44
Morning to you au1972!
I am really encouraged now! Would you consider sharing with me an example of what you eat on a typical day? 9 lbs. That's awesome!
au1972

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Posted: 05 Oct 2012, 14:04
I usually eat 1/2 cup oatmeal I have soaked in almond milk overnight and add blueberries, strawberries any fruits you like. For lunch I eat soup (one of Dr. Fuhrman's recipes)for dinner a large salad with homemade balsamic dressings. It has really been easy. Go to Dr. Fuhrman.com and he has recipes that you might want to try. Just whatever you like....His book is full of information and I would suggest reading that before I started on the plan.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 05 Oct 2012, 16:34
I have something similar for breakfast (1/4 cup oats w/ 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup applesauce, 1 tablespoon PB2, cinnamon - soaked for 4 hours, then frozen and thawed).
I eat more throughout the day though!! I wake up at 5am and workout, so I am hungry earlier. Also work 10 hour days, so I have to snack at work.
I do a large salad with lunch and dinner, then at least 2 other veggies. Mostly fresh from the farmer's market, but will be switching to frozen when the market closes in a couple weeks Sad I've learned how to cook a lot of veggies and they help fill you up without adding too many calories.
Sometimes I will have a veggie sandwich - on flatbread or tortilla (peppers, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes w/ vinegar and garlic powder, oregano and maybe mustard). I am always trying new vegan dishes that I find online. I will occasionally eat tofu/tempeh but IMO those are still processed foods, but it does make it easier to modify favorite recipes (chicken salad, taco salad without the meats).
Zucchini and eggplant are some of my staples for dinner - if I am super hungry I will eat a ton of these!
I usually end my day with a shake made from bananas and PB2 and almond milk. Sometimes I will throw in a cookie made from scratch w/o dairy or eggs or maybe a fiber one bar (even though they do have dairy in them).
au1972

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Posted: 06 Oct 2012, 10:50
I would love to have some of your cookie recipes.
casper101

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Posted: 10 Oct 2012, 18:23
where do you get this book? can you find it in book stores..and great stories to you all..keep up the great work.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 10 Oct 2012, 18:25
You can find it at Barnes and Noble or Amazon. I have it on my nook, but wish I had bought the actual book because it has recipes and I would have liked to highlight sections (I was able to do that on the nook, but it's not the same).
lenakh

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Posted: 10 Oct 2012, 18:31
After reading this post I bought the book (on Amazon) and read it. I've been eating close to the recommendations in the book for 3 days now and I'm feeling pretty good about it!
I didn't completely cut off the animal product. I still drink coffee with milk in the morning, I'll eat an occasional egg, add meat to soups, and yesterday I had crab for dinner.
However, I started to eat tons of veggies and fruit, my fiber intake went from 20-30 g/day to 50-70! I feel a little bloated (which I hope will go away as the body gets used to all the fiber), but also very full. Even after just 3 days the constant hunger went away.
I'll still eat a stake if we bbq (maybe 1-2 times each month), and I'll eat whatever if we're invited over for a dinner at friends house, but I'm filling good about this new way of eating, and I'll try to stick to it in my everyday life Smile
~Lena

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