Many diets have poor nutritional value and therefore could be contributing to, instead of fighting off, various diseases, Dr. Fuhrman says. His diet plan focuses on foods that are rich in vitamins and nutritional density, keeping the body healthy and protecting against illness.Dr. Fuhrman is becoming quite the satellite radio maven, remember this: Dr. Fuhrman on Howard 100!
Dr. Fuhrman says his diet is successful because people are allowed to eat as much food as they want, as long as they are eating the right foods. "The key is not really to focus on the calories you are eating but [rather] on the quality of the food you eat—then there are mechanisms where the body produces fewer free radicals and the body feels comfortable eating less food," he says. "The symptoms between meals go away and you don't want to eat so many calories."
Avoid (but don't eliminate) animal products and eat lots of leafy greens and vegetables, Dr. Fuhrman says. By following that plan, Dr. Fuhrman says eventually the feelings that are commonly associated with diets—feeling light-headed, weak, foggy and shaky—go away and the weight begins to melt off. "When you eat healthfully, your body gravitates relatively rapidly toward a better weight," he says.
earlier today Dr. Fuhrman appeared on Dr. Oz’s radio show. Have a listen! Here’s a little about the show:
"When I was a skater, I was always reading about nutrition, even as a teenager," says Fuhrman. Although he attended college and earned good grades, figure skating was his primary focus. When it became clear his skating career was over, he started to think about the next phase of his life. He'd graduated from college with an economics and business major and started coaching skating and working in his father's shoe business. Then he decided he wanted to go to medical school, so he took the pre-med program at Columbia.
"It was a gradual thing through my teenage years and early 20s. I had that passion for nutrition," Fuhrman says. "I felt the only way I could really express it and have an effect on society and use nutrition as medical therapy would be to get a medical degree. So I went to medical school with the idea in mind I was going to be a doctor specializing in nutrition."
Dr. Joel Fuhrman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Health Association and serves on the Advisory Panel of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. He is a certified family physician with a nutritional specialty. He is considered a leading expert on nutrition and natural healing. His 2003 best-selling book, Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Plan for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, has gone through 17 printings.
To see Dr. Fuhrman in action, check out his 1973 winning routine.
Howard 100! Thanks to my post about Robin Quivers and her claim about vegans. Lisa G. from Howard 100 News gave me a call and asked to speak with Dr. Fuhrman about eating veggies and beating the heat. Here’s the transcript from today’s newsbreak:
Announcer: Around the world and up your block. This is a Howard 100 Newsbreak.How cool is that? I’m a HUGE Howard Stern fan—which should help explain all my smart-ass remarks—it was doubly cool for me because I’ve got a major crush on Lisa G. Thanks again Lisa! You rock! Oh, and give Artie a shot.
Ralph Howard: I’m Ralph Howard. For Robin Quivers being a vegan is a cool thing. It’s Howard 100 News on your side.
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Lisa: Robin said the recent heat wave in New York City didn’t bother her and agreed with her friend who claimed it’s because she’s now a vegan. Dr. Joel Fuhrman author of Eat To Live and the book Eat For Health says Robin is absolutely right.
Dr. Fuhrman: Any foods like meat and cheese take a long time to digest and digestion is an energy demanding activity that raises body temperature, just like going for a walk or exercising. Also when you eat a diet rich in vegetables, your micronutrient levels are higher. Micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals; they are the non-caloric portion of food and when you have a high level of micronutrients your healthier.
Lisa: But how does that correlate with the outside temperature?
Dr. Fuhrman: Well, when you metabolism is slower you can handle the heat better. When your metabolism is faster it raises body temperature and you have more difficultly in feeling okay when it’s hot out.
Lisa: Dr. Fuhrman claims being thin and eating healthy will make you live longer.
Dr. Fuhrman: We know from studies on animals, like on rats, when they feed them more intermittently, when they calorically restrict them, they can practically double their lifespan and live one and a half times longer, and lower their body temperature and their metabolism goes slower as they age slower.
Lisa: The downside of being a vegan, the winter.
Dr. Fuhrman: Makes you tolerate the cold not as well. So a person eating a more plant-favorable or plant-heavy diet, more vegan diet, is going to have to dress warmer in the wintertime, but is going to tolerate the heat much better.
Lisa: Dr. Fuhrman says metabolism is like a battery. The slower it is, the more energy you save, thus slowing down your aging process. For Howard 100 News, I’m Lisa G.