I recently re-read Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book Eat To Live. He talks about how it is important to have most of what you eat consist of plant food. I think this diet is much more approachable for the average American who is not ready to become vegan. The motto is similar to Michael Pollan who states, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants,” only he gives a little more detail on exactly what and how to eat.
Animal (including fish, eggs and dairy) and processed foods are taxing on the body and acidic. They are also very high in saturated fat and calories as well as low in vitamins and minerals. These foods do not make ideal diet or health foods. In his book he suggests limited animal food consumption to 2 to 3 times per week, and recommends fish over dairy. This is because his idea is based upon the idea of weight loss. Dairy contains a large amount of saturated fat which immediately goes to the waist line (even low fat dairy), whereas fish at least contains amounts of Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids. Please note that I am not promoting the eating of fish because I am vegan, but just simply giving the facts stated in the book. Dr. Joel Fuhrman states that if animal food can be avoided at all this is best to maintain proper weight and ideal health.
Fruits and vegetables bring alkalinity to the body and they contain vitamins, minerals and most importantly phytonutrients which help our cells fight against diseases.
What about protein? That’s what most people ask…well there a few points to be made here. First off, after you’re done growing and if you’re not highly active you don’t need that much protein at all. Second, green leafy vegetables are 50% protein and and beans are also a great source of protein. Third, you do not need to combine different foods in order to make a complete protein. The body can store amino acids (building blocks of protein) in it’s cells until there is a complete protein.
The idea behind the diet is that you need not restrict calories if you are eating 90% plant food and most of that 90% is fruits and vegetables. You will lose weight and feel healthier.