Eat to Live Follow-up

Revised, 2010

Hi Vegan Girl Next Door,

I’m wondering, it’s Jan 2010 and are you still following the Eat To Live program?  I followed the program a few years ago with great success, however once I fell off, I’ve struggled to get back on the program.  I want to start again and I’m also wondering if you continued to eat the air popcorn.  Is it forbid and did it slow your progress?  Lastly, can you tell me how much weight you lost in the 1st 6 weeks and the 9 weeks which I believe was your goal?

Thanks in advance.

Hey, thanks for following up, Yolanda! I love hearing from readers. I continue to “eat to live” but I’m not following the strict six-week plan as outlined in Dr. Fuhrman’s book, Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss. I am considerably more focused on making healthy choices at each meal, however. For me, improved nutrition is a practice. Much like a yoga practice. It must be done day-in, day-out to experience the benefits. One may not see much benefit on a day-to-day basis, but when looking back over time, you will see gradual improvements. This definitely holds true for my diet. Some changes I have made after reading Eat to Live and completing the six-week plan:

  • I eat at home more often.
  • Since greens are the most nutritionally dense foods, I strive to eat some with every meal (such as kale, spinach, or broccoli). Doesn’t always happen but many days it does. A typical day looks like this: kale in my breakfast smoothie, a mixed greens salad for lunch, and Brussels sprouts for dinner.
  • I strive to eat natural sweets, if any, as opposed to processed/refined sugar. I rarely eat ice cream anymore. (This shocks even me!) It seems I’ve lost interest in sweets for the most part although now and then I will indulge in dessert at a restaurant.
  • I experiment with new fruits and vegetables more often. (My latest discovery: Blackberries are wonderful in smoothies.)

While on the Eat to Live six-week plan (done over 9 weeks) , I lost 6 pounds and one inch from my waist without ever feeling hungry. I never felt like I was dieting. I just felt super healthy.

I continue to read nutrition books to stay on course, such as The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health.

When do I not “eat to live”? Restaurants are my down fall which is why I am eating at home more often.

What I need to work on?

  • Reducing my fat intake. I have a tendency to eat too much. After reading The China Study, I know I need to cut the amount of fat I eat for optimal wellness. Further, eating the right fats are even more important, such as avocados, nuts and seeds and not so much olive oil.
  • Limiting the amount of refined flour I consume. I love wraps! Especially the quick and convenient wraps by SoulVeg. The Eggless Tofu Wrap is my favorite! I have started making my own wraps at home with 100% whole wheat tortillas, so I’m on my way.

Thanks again for asking the question. It helps keep me honest and on track.

P.S. I haven’t had air-popped popcorn in months. It’s so boring. I don’t think it ‘s forbidden. It’s a better snack alternative than junk food after all.