Will the “Eat to Live Diet” Help You Live?
The Eat to Live diet was a KMB subscribed member request that I thought we could write a post about. Dane hopefully this helps to answer your questions…
What Makes a Diet “Eat to Live”?
Well first of all…I like the name of Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live diet. We can’t forget that in order to live (or live well) you have to eat. The diet is a plant-based diet that is focused around high density amount of nutrients per calories. So the more nutrients you can get out of the fewer calories, the better off you are going to be. Most of these calories he feels comes from plants (fruits and vegetables).
Fuhrman also feels that meats like fish and beef are often contaminated. For instance, he talks about fish containing traces of methylmercury.
What Will I Be Giving Up with the Eat to Live Diet?
With this Eat to Live diet plan there is no counting calories, which I like. There is nothing processed. He suggests that you limit your protein to nuts, seeds, vegetables, and soy and avoid fish, poultry, beef, or any other animal meat.
He also suggests there should be no refined sugars as well.
You get to focus on many natural foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and soy. Fuhrman speaks about the importance of getting a variety of nutrients from multiple sources.
What Else Should I Know?
It is smart that Fuhrman doesn’t look at this as some program that you “get on or off of it”. The idea is that this should become on integral part of your life. I think that is important. While structure can help, I also think it is important that people get time frames and pounds out of their mind. This is about changing the rest of your life. If you think anything different, then you will fall.
There is a 6 week plan to give some structure and help to shed off the addiction of processed foods.
What’s the Skinny?
So what is the summary of this Eat to Live diet review? I appreciate Fuhrman’s concern with processed food and why it leads him to restrict a ton of foods and focus on a plant-based diet. I do get concerned with removing protein and fat fairly heavily. While he does mention concern for contamination in animals, contamination can also happen in fruits and vegetables. Also there are a high quality protein you can find that is grass-fed, cage-free, and “humanely prepared”.