This past weekend, a friend and I attended Dr. Fuhrman’s Weekend Health Immersion in Princeton, New Jersey. From Friday night through Sunday afternoon, we attended lectures about the role of nutrition in health and disease prevention, workout sessions, and buffets offering a wide variety of highly nutritious and often delicious foods. I came back armed with a deeper understanding of what makes for good long-term health, and I hope to put it all into practice immediately.
The main thrust is to eat a diet low in calories but high in nutrients. The focus is on eating greens, onions, mushrooms, berries, beans, and seeds/nuts. Animal products, if consumed at all, should be extremely limited. The basic daily eating plan looks like this:
- eat 1 pound of raw veggies daily, with a lot of that being green
- eat 1 pound of cooked veggies daily, including some mushrooms and greens
- eat 1 cup of beans daily
- eat some seeds and/or nuts daily (1/2 ounce to 4 ounces, depending on your activity level)
- eat 3-5 fruits daily
- avoid salt, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and refined grains
There’s a whole bunch of research and science backing up the plan, and you can read more about that on Dr. Furhman’s website or in one of his many books. I’m not going to discuss it all here, but the information is out there if you care to learn more. What I’m going to talk about here is implementing the diet, and how it impacts my life.
I already know that this way of eating is powerful because I used this eating plan to drop 30 pounds and get my energy and health back. In the past few months, though, I’ve gone from the occasional compromise to the daily compromise, which lead to gaining back a few pounds and losing the spring in my step. Attending the immersion helped me refocus on my goal of staying healthy and vibrant.
I also already know that this way of eating is not easy. I will compromise, of that I have no doubt. I know that am not going to eliminate my daily cup(s) of coffee–I just brought back several pounds of super-awesome Costa Rican coffee beans, and those are going to be honored and properly consumed! I also have concerns about cutting my salt too low since I have borderline low blood pressure–just two days of salt-free eating caused me to have chest pains, which I take as a warning sign.
That said, I can do a huge daily salad, lots of cooked greens, and a cup of beans. I can avoid the white flour and rice, and I can cut way back on the sugars. I came back from the immersion with a brand new masticating juicer, so I can now also add fresh juiced greens to my day. I can eat those daily nuts and seeds, adding them to my smoothie in place of the isolated protein powders I had been using.
And of course, I can blog about it, sharing my recipes, triumphs, and moments of weakness here with you. I just hope you like reading about kale! If you want to join in the fun, Dr. Fuhrman is running a Holiday Challenge, complete with a free 6-week trial membership to his website, and I encourage you to check it out!