Dr. Fuhrman's Health Getaway; part 1 - the meals

Rancho Bernardo Inn, tucked away in beautiful San Diego County, was the location for Dr. Fuhrman’s Health Getaway that took place on July 11-17. Every detail was perfectly orchestrated to make it an incredible week of learning the latest nutritional discoveries by Dr. Fuhrman, motivational encouragement, special presentations, physical fitness classes, healthy eating, tasting new recipes, health assessments, relaxation, and forming lasting friendships.  Because describing the Getaway is like trying to capture Niagra Falls into a glass jar, I’ll focus on different parts of it over the next few weeks; plus, I’ll include some commentaries from others so you can hear various perspectives also. [Special thanks to Dan Williams, a guest at the Getaway and a phenomenal photographer, for sharing some wonderful images that I'll be posting over the next few weeks.] 

The following were highlights of the week’s meals:

  • The Sunday evening welcome reception was on the San Bernardo patio overlooking beautiful views of the landscapes below; complete with a refreshing California breeze and delicious hors d’oeuvres: Fruit Kabobs, No Meat Balls with Marinara Sauce, Endive stuffed with Tuscan Bean Dip, Cantaloupe Slush, and Coconut Slushy.
  • This was followed by dinner in the San Bernardo Ballroom: French Minted Pea Soup, Pistachio Crusted Tempeh and Shiitake Mushrooms, Wild & Basmati Rice, Fresh Greens with Dr. Fuhrman’s Salad Dressings, Steamed Green Beans, California Creamed Kale, and Poached Pears with Raspberry Sauce. 
  • Every meal for the entire week, including each breakfast, was a lavish celebration of delicious foods and visual beauty.  Breakfasts and lunches were served on the Santiago Courtyard; complete with outdoor fountains, sculptures, flowers, linens, and dinnerware. 
  • The recipes came directly out of Dr. Fuhrman’s book, Eat for Health, or the recipe section of Member Center of DrFuhrman.com. I tasted almost everything, and there wasn’t one recipe that I would not make for my family and/or dinner guests.  Some of my favorites were:
  • California Creamed Kale (I could eat this for every meal for the rest of my life!)
  • Dr. Fuhrman’s Anti Cancer Soup
  • Broccoli Vinaigrette (doesn’t get much better!)
  • Braised Bok Choy (delicious! a must make-again)
  • Roasted Vegetable Pizza
  • Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream (tastes a lot like chocolate/cherry cordials)
  • Broccolini with Tomato Almond Sauce (my favorite of favorites!)
  • Asian Vegetable Stir Fry
  • Eat Your Greens Fruit Smoothie
  • Eggplant Roll Ups (the tops; fascinating combination of flavors)
  • Mixed Berry Freeze (refreshing)
  • Banana Walnut Ice-Cream
  • Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie (to die for ~ in my opinion)
  • Apple Surprise (a wonderful breakfast treat)
  • Apple Carrot Custard Pie (“Wow, this is healthy?!”)tomatoes
  • Many were ecstatic to have dropped several pounds by the end of the week while eating such delicious foods!  As one guest described it, "The food was delicious and so satisfying I was surprised this was good for me. I really CAN eat this way for life."  May we all incorporate such great tasting food into our lifetime journeys of eating for health. – Bon Appetit!   



image credits:  meal settings by Rancho Bernardo Inn; food by Dan Williams of KalareStudios.com

Jana cooks (and blogs) her way through Eat for Health!

Dr. Fuhrman’s most recent book, Eat for Health, includes 128 recipes, and Jana Diedrich is determined to cook each and every one over the course of 28 days!

She is documenting her journey on a blog with photos and commentary on each recipe.

 Eat for Health book

Jana embarked on this journey through nutritarian eating to improve her own health and the health of her husband.  Jana was inspired by the movie Julie and Julia, in which blogger Julie sets out to cook every single recipe in Julia Child’s first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  One big difference though – Jana will be blogging about healthy food!


Jana was ready to get healthy, and she was looking for a challenge.


Here is how she begins, on Day 0…


The Book:
Eat for Health Book 2--first edition, 2008. Author, Dr. Joel Fuhrman M.D. The book that helped us to shed millions of pounds, helped cure diseases, relieved depression, saved untold thousands of lives.

The Contender:
Jana Diedrich. Artist by day (and by night), floundering but hopeful food addict. 44 years old, no children, 1 husband, 3 dogs and looking for a challenge. Risking her marriage (no Julia Child cuisine for him), she has signed herself up for an inspirational and enlightening assignment, hoping to re-direct and commit to this way of life.

28 days, over 128 recipes. One woman and a "pretty ok" kitchen.

The Goals:
1. To help my husband with his severe stomach issues: Gastro Esophageal Reflect Disease a.k.a. GERD and Acid Reflux, and Collagenous colitis. To help him lower his out of control cholesterol, and to help him lose 25 pounds.
2. The Standard American Diet (SAD) just makes me feel depressed and joyless. I want to feel light and happy all of the time! My other goal--to rid myself of my sleep apnea.

How far will it go? Tune in each day for the next 28 days and see... This project starts now!!


You can follow Jana’s culinary adventures at http://janadrjoel.blogspot.com/


Good luck Jana!


Carol is down 77 lbs in less than four months!

before and after pics of an obese female 

Tell us about yourself and the events that led up to making the commitment to get your health back.

My name is Carol and I’m almost 59-years-old; mother to five, and grandmother to three.  I had been a yo-yo dieter for most of my adult life.  I would lose 30 lbs and then soon after gain more back.  Food was always a comfort and escape for me.  I didn’t need to be hungry to eat as long as the food was tasty.

Last summer I had reached a point where being on my feet for more than an hour meant lots of pain and discomfort for the rest of the day and into the next.  My skin felt bruised when touched.  I had to plan activities around how much walking was involved, and I was becoming more and more homebound.


How did you learn about nutritarian eating? 

Emily Boller lives in my hometown and I was inspired by her transformation; however, I thought nutritarian eating would be too hard for me.  In July, I read Eat to Live and believed it was the answer to my health problems.  I finally got desperate enough to attend a library talk that Emily facilitated, which motivated me to make the commitment to change.  Soon afterwards I joined the member center of drfuhrman.com and read Eat for Health.  That book set taught me more valuable information about reversing disease through excellent nutrition and being in control of my health destiny. 

The rest is history . . . .   on July 22, 2009 I weighed 345 lbs and my waist was 55”.  Now, less than four months later, November 15, 2009, I weigh 268 lbs with a 48”waist.  That’s a loss of 77 lbs so far!


How do you feel now?

First of all, the weight is coming off easily!  I feel better now than I have in years.  Being on my feet is no longer a problem, and it doesn’t hurt to be touched anymore.  I sleep better and have lots more energy.

Food always meant comfort to me.  Whether I was hungry or not, I’d eat a lot. Now I eat only when hungry, and I’ve discovered how enjoyable natural foods can taste.  I enjoy life again because food no longer controls me.    


Success tips you’d like to share with others in the journey to health?

  • I purchase bags of dried beans and make a large pot of bean or vegetable soup on the weekend to last the next week.
  • I buy lots of frozen vegetables and fruits to have on hand.
  • I make smoothies and great tasting salads. 
  • I don’t let eating away from home worry me like it used to when I was yo-yo dieting. I make wise choices; no longer feeling defeated like I did for years.


Is there a final thought that you would like to share with anyone who is discouraged or has given up hope?

 Just do it! 

Start however you can. It may sound overwhelming at the beginning, but in all reality, nutritarian eating is the easiest way to lose weight and feel great at the same time. It will change your life!


Congratulations Carol!  We are cheering for you as you continue on the journey of getting your health back! 

Dr. Fuhrman Talks Eat For Health on "Returning to the Body Mind"

Last week, Dr. Fuhrman was on “Returning to the Body Mind” with Dr. Melissa West, an internet radio show focusing on mind over matter and remembering the importance of health as the foundation of personal growth. Dr. Fuhrman explains why he wrote Eat For Health and why it appeals to so many people.

When I wrote Eat For Health I addressed all physiological, social and other myths people perpetuate in their minds that makes them think they can’t eat a healthy diet. I wrote Eat For Health to achieve a higher turnover, meaning for the people who read there will be a higher percentage of people who feel they can actually do it.

And with that, working with gourmet chefs to make it so phenomenal and so gourmet that I can give these Eat For Health books out to corporations, to people who aren’t even interested in health and they can read this and be convinced and feel when they do it they’re going to get results.

You can listen to whole show on “Returning to the Body Mind” on Contact Talk Radio.

Image credit: Contact Talk Radio