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Eat for Health: Lose Weight, Keep It Off, Look Younger, Live Longer (2 Volume Set) Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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Dr. Fuhrman's nutritional prescription is a greatly-needed antidote to the US way of eating which has become a leading cause of disease and premature death. Despite all the sophisticated medical technology available today, the sobering truth is that the greatest tools for preventing and reversing disease are your fork and spoon. This way of eating will greatly benefit those in poor health as well as healthy persons desiring optimal wellness and vitality. Further, unlike most weight-loss approaches based on will-power and difficult to sustain, Dr. Fuhrman's approach corrects the underlying causes of excessive hunger and cravings, resulting in permanent, naturally-occurring weight loss. I have had the privilege of personally seeing the tremendous disease reversal that occurs with this way of eating, and whole-heartedly recommend this book. --Tonja R. Nansel, PhD
I love this book. It's hard to believe that Dr. Fuhrman could surpass his earlier book, Eat To Live, but he did. Eat For Health empowers us to make change. It is the only prescription that will ensure that our golden years remain golden and not riddled with disability and disease. Dr, Fuhrman's advice can enable you to achieve the same weight loss seen with gastric bypass surgery WITHOUT the surgery. A must read to exercise your taste buds and rev up your metabolic machinery. --Deanna Cherrone, M.D.
A terrific, non-diet - diet. Dr. Fuhrman explains precisely what you should eat and he makes it delicious. Eat For Health is effective, practical and sensible. --Richard N. Podell, M.D.
About the Author
Joel Fuhrman M.D. is a board-certified family physician, best-selling author and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. As one of the country's leading experts on nutrition and natural healing, Dr. Fuhrman has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows including: ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, Today, Good Morning America, the Discovery Channel, TV Food Network, and The Dr. Oz Show. His own PBS television show, "3 Steps to Incredible Health", began airing nationwide in June 2011.
His best-selling book, Eat to Live, published in 2003 (Little Brown) has gone through over 20 printings and been published in multiple foreign language editions. The revised version was released by Little Brown in January 2011. His recent works include Super Immunity and Disease-Proof Your Child and has had published a total of 7 books on human nutrition to date.
Dr. Fuhrman is actively involved in scientific research in human nutrition. His discoveries on food addiction and human hunger were published in the scientific journal, Nutrition Journal, in November 2011 entitled, The Changing Perception of Hunger on a High Nutrient Density Diet. Dr. Fuhrman is the research director of the Nutritional Research Project - a project of the National Health Association. Dr. Fuhrman is on the board of directors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He is also a member of the Whole Foods Market scientific advisory board. Dr. Fuhrman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1988).
As a former world class figure skater, he placed second in the United States National Pairs Championships in 1973. Dr. Fuhrman has been involved professionally with sports medical committees, advised professional and Olympic athletes, and lectured to athletic trainers and world-class athletes for maximizing performance and preventing injury.
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After a year living the "Eat To Live" plan I read "Eat For Health" twice. The differences are huge. The biggest difference is that Dr. Fuhrman takes us Americans through 4 stages of gradual eating changes by doing some food exercises and stepping down animal products and processed foods. The only foods he asks us to eliminate immediately are all cheese, butter and transfats. I can see why he changed his point-of-view to gradually add vegetables, fruits and beans to our diets because otherwise it can be a shock to our typical way of eating and most people will reject it as they did in his book, "Eat To Live."
I find I need the extreme approach right off the starting line and I have learned to love vegetables and fruits. I feel that his gradual steps to eliminate meat and processed foods and grains was backpedaling from his original book, but on the other hand I fully understand why he did it and that was to reach as many people to change their eating habits as possible and so in this content, it makes perfect sense. Before May 2007 I was a vegan who rarely ate fruits and vegetables thinking cereal and popcorn was healthy, now I thrive on those foods and have kept my weight down to near ideal with no effort at all.
I have always loved reading nutrition books and before Joel Fuhrman, M.D. I thought Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Oz were the best, but now I see that they both focus far too heavily on whole grains, which Dr. Fuhrman says to eat very little of because they are not dense in nutrition. The rule of this plan is to eat foods highest on the nutrient index and avoid foods with little nutritional value all-together.
Here's a list of the foods he says we can eat from his book in unlimited quantities, and these are the only foods I eat myself. This plan is the only book that made perfect sense to me and I knew in my core that this is the only choice I would make for optimal health and wellness.
HIGH-NUTRIENT FOODS THAT CAN BE EATEN
IN UNLIMITED QUANITIES
LEAFY GREEN VEGATABLES
romaine lettuce, leaf lettuces, kale, collards, Swiss chard, cabbage, spinach, bok choy.
SOLID GREEN VEGATABLES
artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, celery, cucumber, peas,
Green peppers, string beans, zucchini.
NON-GREEN, HIGH NUTRIENT VEGATABLES
beets, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, peppers, water chestnuts, cauliflower,
BEANS AND LEGUMES
red kidney beans, pinto beans, soybeans, lentils, black-eyed peas, black beans.
apples, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, grapefruit, grapes, kiwis, mangoes, nectarines,
all melons, oranges, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, strawberries, tangerines.
These books go beyond his first book in rating different foods on their nutrient density. There are pages of food listings with different scores which makes it easier to decide what foods to eat more of and what foods to eat less of. These books are less stringent than his first and suggest moving toward healthier eating in stages and he lists those stages. It made me realize it's not all or nothing, moving toward healthier eating habits is a good thing.
One word of warning: When he says to check with your doctor when following his plan, that's good advice. I had been taking a mild blood pressure medication for years and 3 weeks after drinking some smoothies that were in the recipe section of his book each day, my blood pressure went down to a very low level. I had to stop taking the medication and haven't had to go back on it. That alone paid for the price of these books!
I recently purchased the Eat For Health books and I am so glad that I did not let the negative reviews hinder my decision. THESE TWO BOOKS ARE WONDERFULL and wonderfully practical. The books are easy to read and understand. Dr. Fuhrman offers practical ways to incorporate his suggestions.
The books have something for everyone. If you don't want to give up meat, you don't have to because he shows you how to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you consume while still eating animal products. And if like me, you desire to eat a strictly vegetarian diet, he shows you how to do it. There are a wide range of recipes, vegan and non-vegan recipes for those that desire to eat meat.
Two of the features I like most is the rating of healthy foods and also his helpful mix and match charts for making soups/stews and smoothies. These charts are quick reference and easy to use. For the soups: pick a base (like tomato juice), pick a leafy green (like cabbage), pick an onion family member (like garlic), pick other vegetables, pick a flavor (like bay leaf) and pick a bean (like split peas). Now this is fast food!!!
As I read Dr. Fuhrman's books I can tell that he is really interested in helping the reader live a disease free life. And I love the fact that he writing is not technical and over my head!!!
I am convinced that those people that rate these books poorly, merely want to hold on to their bad eating habits instead of putting forth the effort to eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise!!!
My goal in life is to live disease free and free of the need to take perscription medication. Fortunately, Dr. Fuhrman has shown me just how to make my goal a reality.