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Day Three: Pound Three

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Well folks,
I think I have finally figured out the secret to weight loss for me. It is contained in the book Eat to Live by Joel Furhman. It involves no tracking (although I guess you could if you wanted to)...It involves no portion control. WHAT??? You are saying? Yes, it's true...in fact he encourages you to eat as much as you possibly can of fruits and veggies. Add to that a cup of beans and a hand full of nuts..and you have the skeleton of the diet. You are supposed to eat one pound of fresh and one pound of raw veggies per day. That is a LOT of food!!

Thus far, in three days, I have lost three pounds. And I'm feeling very strong and positive that I can continue. True: It involves a lot of preparation. True: you have to shop for veggies frequently. Expense is another concern. However since you are not buying dairy, pasta, snacks or really anything much other than beans and freggies...well, it's not bad. My grocery bill --for a cartload of freggies was $100....which is about status quo for my grocery tabs.

I have yet to reap any of the promised benefits of lower BP and lessened pain. That will come later, I guess, with greater weight loss. However, I am experiencing the cleansing of my taste buds. Natural food is tasting better and better and things like soda and processed foods are starting to be disgusting. I haven't really experienced any withdrawal or cravings as he warned I might....however that doesn't surprise me because I was already eating fairly healthfully (although still indulging in some things that according to Fuhrman are no - no's.)

I won't really believe that this diet is the answer until it gets me below 199. I haven't been in one-derland in over two years. I should get there in about another two and a half weeks. We shall see.
Dr. Fuhrman backs everything he says with mountains of scientific research. He doesn't mention or make a big deal about drinking water....but I'm continuing to drink a lot anyway. I've always found that to be helpful. He says "NO" to a lot of things that Spark says "yes" to. According to him there IS such a thing as a "bad" food. There are things that are harmful or at best not helpful.

Once I get past the initial six weeks, the diet eases up a tad and it allows a 10% leeway ...IOW, if you stick to his plan 90% of the time, you will be okay. In that regard, meat or even a sweet would be allowable. But I'm not going to go there....except maybe on a very special occasion like Thanksgiving. I know myself and i Know if you give me an inch, I will take a mile. I also know my body and I know how hard it is for me to lose weight on lenient diet parameters.

So far, I feel good. I feel motivated and excited by the fact that I see my body responding to this method of eating. I hesitate to call it a "diet" because it is a lifestyle change. It's a forever thing. Anyway. The book is called "EAt to LIve" ...his website is: www.drfurhman.com
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  • _LINDA
    So glad you have found something that works for you! I was eating lots of raw fruits and veggies too, right up until I was getting severe diarrhea from the overload of fiber and had to dial it back. Not fun :( But I really prefer them raw for sure. I prefer crunchy rather than soggy :P BP lowering happens with exercise. The results show after your first session, but won't stick until it becomes a regular, daily feature of 30 min or more for three months -but it doesn't have to be intense and it can be broken up into ten min segments throught the day. Just moving around for more of your day rather than sitting, reclining or laying down can help.
    BP was never an issue for me, even at my heaviest, because I always loved to exercise.
    I hope the weight loss continues for you. This has got to be making you feel better! Let me guess, the ice cream was a no no? I know dairy based fat is bad for you and I have strived to make sure its all fat free (Greek yogurt & cottage cheese), but still indulge in cheese and can't stand the reduced fat versions of it.
    2713 days ago
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    Well Dearie, you're letting me know how you're doing and it sounds like you're doing awesome! I'm so happy for you and the more success I see with you, the more I'll be wanting it too. Good luck to you! I seem to have turned into such a pessimist with so many things catching my eye with weight loss and RA and then they all fail with me not being able to stick with it because I don't feel any different with the weight loss and the pain. So I've pretty well given up on everything. I know that Nomorestalling has had such success and I admire that so much but I don't think that she's had RA like you and me. On the Joel Fuhrman site, I read of one person where her RA was put into remission, I think it was. Alot less anyway. It all piques my interest but I have to still see if it can really help you first. So I'm rotting for you Girl!! Hugs, Karen
    2714 days ago
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    I have been eating mostly raw for 4 years and feel great xx i actually lost 65 kilos over all.i
    I was 145 kilos when I came off the cortisone and Got down to 117 kilos on my own .
    when I started Sparkpeople I was 117 Kilos and now am 79.8 kilos . So it really does work ..
    Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2714 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/17/2013 7:52:05 AM
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    Thanks for sharing this. emoticon
    2714 days ago
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