Eat To Live

Canada
February 24, 2007 11:02pm CST
Alright folks, i'm new here, and as you'll see soon enough, i'll post a lot on weight loss and dieting. I recently read Dr. Joel Furhmann's book "Eat To Live" and wanted some peoples opinion of it. If you haven't heard of it, or read into it at all, "Eat To Live" is a lifestyle where you only eat fresh, raw foods, with a minimal amount of Whole Grain (such as half of a whole wheat pita) everyday, for the rest of your life. Dr. Furhmann claims that the diet will not only help you lose weight right down to your ideal body weight, but sustain you at the weight that is perfect for your particular body. In addition to weight loss, the dietary plan can "cure diabetes, heart problems, ciruclation problems, prevent diseases of all types, and make you live longer". No doubt that eliminating all the crap (processed foods + trans-fats) out of your diet would help you lose weight, and eating natural/organic foods has been proven to be very healthy for your body, I don't know that I believe that excluding a lot of what humans were meant to eat (meat, root veggies, etc) will help cure and prevent diseases. He never rwally says where or how he knows that it will do such things, in the book, so i'm sceptical. What do you guys think? Is it a scam or is it a great idea?
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@nicolec (2673)
• United States
25 Feb 07
If you ask me, sounds like a very expensive diet! As others will say, of course getting rid of processed foods is always a plus. My brother's mother-in-law only eats organic food. Her diet consits mostly of hard boiled eggs and raw vegetables. She eats a lot of salad. I'm not sure I have ever seen her eat meat. She's a bit of a conspiracy theorist and thinks that complanies that do process foods are 'out to get ya'. That's another topic all together. But my point being, she's not healthy. She has lots of health problems and most are the natural ones that come with old age. Her husband is a diabetic, so obviously the all natural diet is not curing that. Does it keep it in check, maybe. But not cured. Although I believe organic foods are healthier for you, there really is no escaping some ailments. Where do you get your protien from this diet you are talking about?
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• Canada
25 Feb 07
Protien is supposed to come from beans and lentils, although it does state that to equal the amount of protien in meat you'd have to eat a TON of beans and lentils. He also recommends an all-natural protien supplement strirrd into water. I'm with you, that the diet would be expensive, and I don't really believe it's the answer to all medical problems either.
@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
25 Feb 07
Welcome to myLot! I'm always a bit skeptical of any food plan that follow a very narrow set of guidelines for which foods you're supposed to eat. Biologically speaking, humans are "omnivores," so when someone tells me to eat pineapple and rutabaga for the rest of my life to be healthy, I get suspicious. I agree with you that getting rid of processed foods, trans-fats, and perhaps an excess of sugar, would make a lot of sense. But beyond that, I'd want to see a little more evidence that I'm going to be OK, with so many things cut out of my usual diet.