Eat to Live -Weight Loss and Improved Health

Eat to Live the Right Diet for Me

I found a diet that I used to meet my weight loss goals and improve my health. It was hard when I started but the rewards were worthwhile. I have been on numerous diets in my life partially due to being on Prednisone medication which makes you gain weight. I stay within a 10-15 pound number but that is a clothes size, so it is frustrating.

There are more available diets in the world than any one person could possibly write about let alone explain all the intricacies for each particular one. They all boil down to one thing, input VS output. If you burn more calories than you eat then you will lose weight and if you eat more calories than you burn you will gain. Simple math, but it’s not so simple when you crave chocolate or some special meal. We all want the silver bullet to lose weight.

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Vegetables and Fruits

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Eat To Live

I have been successful with weight loss in the past year because of a book I bought called Eat to Live, by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. The book starts out giving a lot of information about the American diet and how people can be overfed yet malnourished and a lot of other general information. The book focuses on the quality of food we eat and the healthy diet to help prevent disease but allow weight loss. The diet is aimed at weight and disease prevention

The chapter discussing weight loss begins with listing some typical diet problems.

  • We’re eating foods with too few nutrients.
  • A large amount of animal products in your diet correlates with a vast amount of diseases.
  • Unrefined plant food offers the best protection against disease

There is a six week plan to follow, then, you incorporate the same new principles for the rest of your life in a practical and sensible way. The second phase, called the Life Plan, allows you flexibility in your diet choices. There is both a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian plan.

Dr. Fuhrman claims that the 6 week diet if followed precisely will make your body undergo a remarkable transformation where you will lose weight and have a miraculous self-healing ability. As your weight drops, so will your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides. It is not unusual for someone to lose a pound a day over the first 10-14 days. Initially much of this will be water weight.

You may eat raw vegetables in unlimited quantities which includes salads. Raw foods have a faster transit time through the digestive tract and result in a lower glucose response and encourage more weight loss. The goal is to eat a pound of raw vegetables a day, such as lettuce, snow peas, sweet red peppers, raw peas, tomatoes, cucumbers and sprouts. The entire pound is less than 100 calories

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What To Eat

You can eat as much as you want of steamed or cooked green vegetables. Again eating 1 pound is the goal. You are to eat as much as you can, as the more you eat, the more you lose. The vegetables include string beans, broccoli, artichokes, kale collards, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, okra, Swiss chard, turnip greens, escarole, beet greens, spinach, dandelion greens, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, peppers and water chestnuts. Onions add nice flavor to food also.

Legumes are among the world’s most perfect foods. They stabilize blood sugar and blunt your desire for sweets. Eat one cup daily at lunch and you can flavor and spice them in different ways. Among the choices are chickpeas, back-eyed peas, black beans, cowpeas, beans cannelloni beans, pigeon peas and white beans. You can eat more if you choose.

Eat at least 4 fruits a day but no fruit juice except a very small quantity for salad dressing. You can shred or cut up apples or oranges and add to your salads. Dried fruits are off limits. All other fruits may be eaten.

Limit high starch grains and vegetables to one cup a day. The vegetables being referred to are a small ear of corn, a small white or sweet potato, brown rice or sweet potatoes. Instead use butternut or acorn squash, turnips, parsnips, rutabagas, cooked carrots, all rather than starch grains. Refined starchy grains should mostly be avoided. If you want bread a thin whole wheat pita would be a good choice.

Eliminate animal and dairy products for the six week plan. You can use lean fish up to twice a week or an egg white, like Egg Beaters.

Have a tablespoon of flax seed a day so you will receive omega-3 fat especially if you don’t use fish. Another source you can have is Edamame, frozen green soybeans.

Consume up to an ounce of nuts or seeds a day. Pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts and others may be high in fat but they offer protection against disease.

Eat lots of mushrooms all the time. Mushrooms make a great chewy replacement for meat and there is a big variety from which to choose. Mushrooms contain powerful phytochemicals and have been linked to decreased risk of chronic disease and cancer.

Keep it simple. A sample day might look like this:

Breakfast: strawberries (fresh or frozen), orange, grapefruit or maybe an ounce of nuts.

Lunch: Salad-stuffed pita with Tasty Hummus Spread, a fruit.

Dinner: Salad with lemon and shredded pear, steamed Swiss chard and zucchini cooked with onions, mushrooms and stewed tomatoes, acorn squash surprise and 1 or 2 fresh fruits

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What the Diet Did for Me

You don’t have to prepare anything special. It can be a whole grain pita stuffed with vegetables, lettuce and tomato with fruit. For this Life Plan diet to be successful 90% of what you eat should be unrefined food.

You can have 100 calories of low-nutrient food per day.

2.5 teaspoons of olive oil

Half a bagel

Half a cup of pasta

One small cookie

2 ounces of broiled chicken or turkey breast

1.5 ounces of red meat

One thin slice of cheese

One cup of 1% or skim milk

If you fall off the wagon, you just get up and start again. There are several soup recipes in this book which make a decent dinner. You can eat Tofu also. Remember to exercise even if it is just a good walk.

I started a walking program as I knew exercise had to be part of the equation to health.

I found the craving for sweets left after in 2 or 3 days. I lost about 3 pounds a week, and then went onto the maintenance plan. Then I ate more fish and chicken but stuck to the vegetables and fruits. The great part about it was even though it is a tough diet change, I easily reached my goal weight, my lupus arthritis went into remission and I was able to stop taking Methotrexate, a chemotherapy drug.

The Eat to Live Diet was right for me and I was able to stick to the diet and I also learned to cook differently instead of just falling back into old habits.

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby

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Comments 40 comments

hubranger profile image

hubranger 6 years ago from Yorkshire, UK

Good sensible info there. Sounds very similar to a method I used, glad to see you ended much healthier from it:)

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV


When my daughter was stll living here she made mashed turnips with onion salt and they tasted a lot like mashed potatoes.

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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Sound diet is the key.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Hubranger, Tom and Sandy, Thanks so much for comments.

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Michael Jay 6 years ago

Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful hub, Pamela! I hope I could also find the perfect diet for me.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Michael jay, Thank you for your comment.

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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

You've got a terrific handle on a very complicated subject! Nicely done!

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anglnwu 6 years ago

Very informative hub. I know what prednisone can do. I had to take that once to fight an allergy and it made me sicker than before though it cured my rash. I'm glad the diet is working for you--it sounds like a good diet where you can eat most of everything and not feel deprived.

Pam, if you can do me a favor--one of my hub, the one on chinese medicine made it to top 10 finalist. If you can find the time, please vote for me. Thanks a million.

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for your great and helpful advice.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Carolina, Anginwu and Hello, Thanks so much for your comments.

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marcofratelli 6 years ago from Australia

Awesome hub. I like chickpeas in the form of hommus - a great dip.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Marcofratelli, I like it also. Thanks for your comment.

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MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Sounds like quite an easy diet to follow, thanks Pamela.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

MPG, Thanks for your comment.

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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

Excellent information! CONGRATULATIONS on the remission of lupus arthritis!

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skyfire 6 years ago

Awesome info there pamela, i need to find one good diet for myself now. keep writing :)

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Sage Williams 6 years ago

A remarkable hub with some very powerful information. I start with juicing in the morning, if you only saw the greens that go into my morning drink.

That soup looks delicious and the book, "Eat to Live, by Joel Fuhrman, M.D" is probably worth looking into.

Great job once again, Pam


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I'm reading so many diets this morning! Yours sounds good.

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Roberta99 6 years ago

Cannot imagine dieting sounding good, but this one does.

Fruits always helps. Lots of good suggestions.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you all for your encouraging comments. I really appreciate them.

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Sounds like something worthwhile and not at all complicated.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

BPOP, Thanks for your comment. Simple is always better.

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Lucky621 6 years ago from The Sunshine State

Excellent! A friend also recommended this book to me - after reading this I think I will give it a try!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Lucky, Thank you so much for your comment.

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TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

Pam, great Hub! I'm going to check out this book. We could all stand to loose a few lbs.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Jack, Thanks for your comment. I learned a lot from the book and hope you will like it.

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Amber Allen 6 years ago

Hi Pamela

This is a really great hub. Do you think the diet is the reason for the improvement in your health?


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Amber, Yes, I think it has had an impact on the lupus especially. I was off the diet for a while around my birthday and some family events and I definitely started feeling worse, so now I am back on the diet.

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rocknrodeogirl 6 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

That sounds very healthy!! Once I decide to "go back" to food, I'll have to get this book. Thanks for the info! ;)

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Rocknrodeogirl, Thanks for your comment.

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mdlawyer 6 years ago

Excellent on nutritional information. Kudos!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

mdlawyer, Thank your so much for your comment.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

dnkrishnan, Thank you for your comment.

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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

I heard of this book long time ago, but I wasn't ill back then so maybe I'll give it a try. Cutting out dairy and meat is hard though. Thanks for the info.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

izetti, I have gotten used to no dairy except for cheese. I really miss it. The book has helped me and I have made several of the soups. Thanks for your comments.

Marini 4 years ago

Are egg whites ok on this diet?

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Marini, Yes, egg white would be fine.

roxysurfboard 2 years ago from canada

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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

Roxy, Thanks for your comments.

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