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Dieting with Dr. Joel Fuhrman I've lost 30lbs in 2+ months~~

Sep 18, 2012 - 6 comments

Nutrion Not Drugs







Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Food Pyramid

Dr. Joel Fuhrman believes that healing through food is the key to a healthy lifestyle. His alternate food pyramid starts with foods high in micro-nutrients as the base. These foods not only contain vitamins and minerals that are essential to helping the body repair itself, they also have immune-boosting phytochemicals.
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Rather than supplementing with vitamins, Dr. Fuhrman believes that nutrient-dense foods, which make up the base of this pyramid, are the most important part of your diet, helping your body thrive naturally.

My favourite Doctor has aired on Dr. Oz Sept. 18, 2012

I've been looking for recipes from this Doctor and finally I've managed to get some on this program.
Good luck with your nutritional goals. This has helped me tremendously.

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by margypops, Sep 18, 2012
I like the sound of that Nighthawk   I have spent a life not having any weight problem in fact somewhat underweight, now this last year I have put on a few pounds, and have a  roll round my midriff, I am up 2 sizes and really feel the need to get it under  control ,I would if Dr Joel's food pyramid would help me ...I have to tell you I dont exercise the way I did either , and am not too motivated to do so .

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by Nighthawk61, Sep 18, 2012
Actually margy, I lost that weight with no exercise because I have a terrible time with my back, i'm trying now to use my Teeter's Inverse Board to stretch my muscles and draw moisture into my vertibrae, helping me to exercise as well as diet. The 30 llbs, way more than you would like to lose, was just by turning the food pyramid upside down and following his advice at the grocery store. Good Luck with whatever you want to do, going forward.

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by Nighthawk61, Sep 18, 2012
G-BOMBS (Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds) are the foods with the most powerful anti-cancer and anti-fat storage effects.  Those dual effects cannot be separated because the foods that protect against fat storage also protect against the growth of any abnormal tissue, such as a tumor.

G - Greens
Leafy greens have the highest nutrient-density of all foods and are an excellent tool for weight loss. Since they contain only about 100 calories per pound, they can be consumed in virtually unlimited quantities. Green vegetables contain anti-cancer compounds (especially the cruciferous family) and substances that protect blood vessels; they also promote healthy vision and reduce diabetes risk. We should follow the example of our closest living relatives – chimpanzees and gorillas – who consume pounds of nutrient-dense green leaves every day.

B - Beans
Beans (plus lentils and other legumes) act as an anti-diabetes and weight-loss food because they are digested slowly, which stabilizes blood sugar, reducing hunger and caloric drive, and helps to prevent food cravings.  Beans are unique foods because of their very high levels of fiber and resistant starch, carbohydrates that are not broken down by digestive enzymes. The fiber and resistant starch in beans reduce the total number of calories absorbed from beans (about a third of the carbohydrate calories contained in beans do not get absorbed). They reduce cholesterol levels, and are converted by healthy gut bacteria into substances that help to prevent colon cancer; eating beans, peas, or lentils at least twice a week has been found to decrease colon cancer risk by 50%. Plus, a recent analysis of 10 scientific studies has shown that the higher your fiber intake, the lower your risk of breast cancer.

O - Onions
Onions, leeks, garlic, shallots, chives, and scallions not only lend great flavor to meals, they have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular and immune systems, as well as anti-diabetic and anti-cancer effects. These vegetables are known for their characteristic (and eye-irritating) organosulfur compounds, which slow tumor growth and kill cancer cells – eating onions and garlic frequently is associated with reduced risk of digestive cancers. These vegetables also contain high concentrations of anti-inflammatory flavonoid antioxidants that contribute to their anti-cancer properties. They are low in calories, have a low glycemic load and also inhibit fat storage hormones.

M - Mushrooms
In one recent Chinese study, women who ate at least 10 grams of fresh mushrooms each day (which equates to about one button mushroom per day) had a 64% decreased risk of breast cancer! All types of mushrooms have anti-cancer properties; plus, mushrooms are unique in that they contain aromatase inhibitors – compounds that can block the production of estrogen. Aromatase inhibitors are thought to be largely responsible for the preventive effects of mushrooms against breast cancer. Even the most commonly eaten mushrooms (white, cremini, and Portobello) have high anti-aromatase activity. Mushrooms contain powerful angiogenesis inhibitors, meaning they prevent new blood vessel growth, which is needed for tumor growth and fat tissue growth. So, in addition to being anti-cancer foods they prevent fat from being stored and promote weight loss.

B - Berries (and Pomegranate)
Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are true superfoods, linked to reduced risk of diabetes, cancers and cognitive decline. Berries’ plentiful antioxidant content helps to reduce blood pressure and inflammation, prevent DNA damage that leads to cancer, and stimulate the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.  Berries are also an excellent food for the brain. Pomegranate has multiple cardiovascular health benefits and contains anti-cancer compounds. Berries are rich in protective polyphenols, do not raise insulin levels, and also have angiogenesis inhibitors, which protect against cancer and reduce body fat.

S - Seeds
Nuts and seeds are healthy fat sources that increase the absorption of nutrients in vegetables, in addition to supplying their own spectrum of micronutrients including plant sterols (which help to reduce cholesterol), minerals, and antioxidants.  Countless studies have demonstrated the cardiovascular benefits of nuts. Several seeds and nuts (flax, hemp, chia, walnuts) are rich in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart and brain health. Seeds and nuts act like a fat sponge in the digestive tract, preventing all their fat calories from being absorbed. Some seeds – sesame and flax in particular – are rich in lignans, plant estrogens that protect against breast cancer. In one fascinating study, women were given flaxseeds daily after being diagnosed with breast cancer; reduced growth and increased death of their tumor cells was found after just 4-5 weeks. Imagine the protection against breast cancer we could achieve if all women ate lignan-rich seeds – plus greens and mushrooms every day!

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by opus88, Sep 19, 2012
great post Nighthawk, where do you find more info on dr. Joel's diet???

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by Nighthawk61, Sep 19, 2012
Hey Opus, Dr. Fuhrman has written a few good books hat I've listed. I don't know now much the information changes throughout these books, I started with the first book. I have to say that the information, should you follow it, given if you check into Dr. Oz and look at the episode (with Fuhrman) on September 18th, will be all you need to get started. He gives a list of highest nutrient value foods, so as long as you print that out and bring it with you, to the grocery store, I think that you can manage without all the rhetoric. He has also finally added 10 recipes or so, that I don't know are available at all, I'd have to look at all of his books to find out.  I know that by looking at the recipes on Dr. Oz. I'm able to gather from context what ingredients are fine to use to replace the unhealthy option, ile. coconut milk vs. dairy milk.  Best of health to you Opus and of course, the family. Liz

I have read the FIRST BOOK EAT TO LIVE which got me hooked,  and the FASTING BOOK because I believe in fasting as I have HepC and my liver needs that break to regenerate itself.  I'd like to acquire the DISEASE PROOF YOUR CHILDREN BOOK, I think it would be interesting and important since my son may have children, yet..

Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Revised Edition by Joel Fuhrman

Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body's Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free

Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right by Joel Fuhrman

Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease by Joel Fuhrman, Neal D. Barnard M.D. (Foreword by)

The End of Diabetes: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes by Joel Fuhrman

Cholesterol Protection for Life by Joel Fuhrman

Eat for Health, Book One The Mind Makeover and Book Two the Body Makeover (Flip Over): Lose Weight, Keep It Off, Look Younger, Live Longer (8/28/2010) by Joel Fuhrman

Eat Right America Food Scoring Guide: The Revolutionary Nutrient Scoring System for Maximum Weight Loss and Lifelong Optimal Health by Joel Fuhrman

Eat to Live Diet: Lose 20 Pounds or More in Six Weeks - Safely by Joel Fuhrman

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by tami8581, Feb 11, 2014
Dr. Fuhrman advocates use of non-dairy milks. These have a large number of chemicals in them. Surely the same chemicals will cause inflammation in the body as they are additives, thickeners, preservatives, artificial flavors, and more.

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