Nutritional science that will convince even hardcore skeptics.
So one of the books that got me hooked into a plant-based diet (along with Diet For A New America by John Robbins) was Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman. The science in this book is mind blowing! I read Eat To Live back when it was first released in 2000 or so and have struggled to live up to its eating plan since. Not easily, mind you. I was seven years vegetarian (lacto-ovo) and then fell off the wagon for about a year and a half of juicy ribs, bacon, pork chops, and Chinese boneless red ribs…Dunno WHAT it is about pork that makes me weak!
Recently I noticed that Dr. Fuhrman (or Fuhrbie as my Dos Veganos partner has dubbed him!) has been getting a lot of attention through the Whole Foods health program and the PBS TV special, 3 Steps to Incredible Health. It’s great to see the media taking to Fuhrman and his nutrition plan. Also, I’ve noticed quite a few people in my own circle friends that have been been working to make some diet/health changes and have been mentioning Dr. Fuhrman. Vindication for me for those years in the beginning when I was being criticized for my diet change and even had heated, ongoing debates with a co-worker who was following the Atkins Diet. (We all see where THAT disasterous fad has gone!)
What I like about Furhman’s research is that it doesn’t advocate no meat or dairy. What it does is relegate the meat and dairy (as well as process foods and oils) to a mere 10 per cent of one’s intake.
The Eat to Live plan in a nutshell?
- Eat one large salad a day.
- Eat one serving of cooked beans every day.
- Eat one serving of cook greens every day.
- Eat 3 servings of fruit every day.
- Switch to whole grains.
This is really standard information for the average health nut. But for those that don’t particularly want to venture into Veganville it’s profound. If the average American made just these changes and still continued eating meat and dairy they would at least be getting the health benefits of eating raw/cooked veggies, beans, and fruits daily. They’d probably be eating less meat and dairy just because they’d feel FULL after eating food that truly feeds them. And probably would begin noticing how different it feels after you’ve gorged on fruits, veggies, and whole grains vs. McRibs, fries, and Coke.
For those of you who haven’t come across Dr. Fuhrman here’s an early video of some of his first recorded lectures:
And finally, here’s a Fuhrman created food pyramid from the Eat Right America site:
So check out the book if you want. I’m curious though. Anybody else wanna share what sources they use for inspiration or what book/documentary/article/person made them switch?