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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 535 pages
  • Publisher: Gift of Health Press; 1st edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097996671X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979966712
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.4 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Heather Walton on July 16, 2008
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I first read Joel Fuhrman, M.D.'s book "Eat To Live" May 2007 after my father died of heart disease. I have always been a vegetarian but I have always been overweight as well. I had 50 extra pounds to lose and my main goal has always been health over looks. I learned from his book that being a Vegan also means no processed foods or animal products of any kind. I love that book and lost those 50 pounds that I had never been able to lose before age 42.

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.
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Joel Fuhrman's two book set, "Eat for Health: Lose Weight, Keep it Off, Look Younger, Live Longer," debunks many of the current trends in dieting while presenting a worthwhile sensible system that will consistently slim one down and successfully build a nutritional body armory that will fend off disease as one ages.

Fuhrman's idea is a simple one. Instead of worrying about macronutritional intake--the three common most caloric components one finds on a food label--protein, fat and carbohydrates--he suggests ingesting foods imbued with the most nutritional value. He explains that foods that are nutrient dense are naturally low in calories and supply your body with "14 different vitamins, 25 different minerals, and more than 10,000 phytochemicals . . . that have profound effect on human cell functions and the immune system."

Adhering to Fuhrman's formula--H = N/C where H equals `health' and N/C represents nutrient per calorie density, will definitely do the trick. You will find a fully nutritioned body becomes a satiated body--(think along the lines of The Volumetrics Eating Plan: Techniques and Recipes for Feeling Full on Fewer Calories where more nutritious low-calorie food fills the stomach leaving less room for animal proteins and fats that consolidate a greater amount of calories in a lesser quantity.)

In practical terms, eating a large salad consisting of different raw vegetables (lettuce, romaine, arugula, spinach, kale, tomato, carrots, celery, onions, etc.) at the start of each meal will not only provide the nutrition a body craves, but also will fill the stomach leaving very little room for whatever else you think you desire.
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If you are plagued with so called age-related illness, let me tell you it has nothing to do with age and everything to do with the STANDARD AMERICAN DIET (SAD). You have the opportunity and ability to regain your health, live out the rest of your years feeling strong, energetic and mentally alert.

Dr. Fuhrman opened my eyes when I read his "Eat to Live" book and I will be forever grateful. In following his advice I shed 70 pounds in 6 months and have kept it off for almost two years If you would like to take control of your health destiny, instead of allowing drug companies to choose your fate, read this book.
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I knew it was time to do something. Middle age and poor eating habits had caught up to me and I was feeling sluggish. None of my clothes fit anymore. My back hurt. I was getting wicked migraine headaches all too often--chalking them up to my 40-something hormones.

I looked at my family history. My mother died in her late 50's. One of my older brothers has had a mild stroke, one of my older sisters had a more serious one. My other brother just had a triple-bypass. If I didn't want my story to go that way, I knew that I'd have to make some changes. It was grow up time.

I researched my options and knew that I didn't want to resort to some fad diet that while delivering on weight loss, was probably no healthier than the way I was eating. What I wanted was to learn to eat healthy, knowing that if I did that, the weight would take care of itself.

Then I came across these books and it just felt right. I made the commitment and got started. At the very beginning, I decided that I would try the foods that Dr. Fuhrman recommended and if I liked them, I'd eat them--and if I didn't like them, I'd eat them. ;O)

Do I like all of the foods that he recommends? Honestly, no. I like most everything, but am not a fan of kale. The stuff is really healthy, though, so I'm trying to work it in to my eating plan in bits. The "peppery" flavor can be a bit overwhelming at times, but by playing around a bit with the quantities of the ingredients in the recipes, I'm learning to adjust.

I was prepared for this to be difficult, but to my surprise, it really hasn't been. Within a few days, my energy level was unbelievable. I have no cravings for junk food--which I find amazing.
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