Eat To Live Criticism – Is It Justified?
Quack is a pretty strong word and I certainly wouldn’t go there. And I don’t think anyone else should either. But, is criticism of Dr. Joel Fuhrman and his Eat To Live book and diet and weight loss plan justified? Now there’s a good question.
Fuhrman’s “Eat To Live” program for those who want to shed pounds quickly and naturally has gained a lot of devotees since his Eat To Live book hit the New York Times bestseller list some years ago. Almost 90 percent of those who reviewed the book on Amazon.com as of June 2012, rated it with either 4 or 5 stars (5 is the best possible ranking). Nonetheless, everyone has their critics, and Fuhrman is no exception.
I first became familiar with Dr. Fuhrman when my wife, who wanted to drop a few pounds, watched his TV program on the Public Broadcast station in New York City (where we live). She asked me to do the diet with her, since we could give each other encouragement. I agreed, since I also wanted to lose some weight, and we bought Eat To Live and started following Fuhrman’s “nutrient dense” food philosophy. I share my opinion of whether Fuhrman is a quack or not – and if criticism of him is justified – in the following video.
Frequent Criticism of Diet Plans: “I’m always hungry…”
I found a really interesting article in the Huffington Post entitled The Vibrant Vegan Life of an Obesity Survivor by Victoria Moran. It summarizes my experience with Dr. Fuhrman’s program and speaks to the number one criticism of most people who go on almost any diet: “But I’m constantly hungry…”
I was also astounded by how well I could eat when I built my menus around vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, and a few nuts and seeds. I could finally eat enough. Those little half-cup-of-this, three-ounces-of-that proscriptions didn’t apply anymore. I could eat really big salads and regular-sized portions of veggie-burgers and veggie-chili and veggie-tofu-stir-fries over brown rice. The promise of a thousand infomercials, “Eat all you want and lose weight,” had finally been fulfilled, and I didn’t even have to make three easy payments.
I’m not perfect, but what’s wonderful about eating a plant-based diet is, I don’t have to be. French fries have crossed these lips — white flour, too. It’s just that, these days, those are the last foods I want, and when I eat them on the rare occasions that nothing is else available, it’s no big deal. What has happened over the years is that feeling good has become its own addiction. I like it. I want to feel even better. I drink fresh juices (my favorite is celery, kale, apple, and lemon) and make a morning power-smoothie (almond milk, banana, berries, blackstrap molasses, ground flaxseed, and a nutrient-booster called Vega created by vegan triathlete Brendan Brazer) every day.
The Fuhrman diet is a vegan diet, plain and simple. But he is not a vegan zealot, which some people who criticize him seem to think. He even writes in Eat To Live that his program does not have to be “all or nothing.”