Why?

  • Why take time to thoroughly study Eat to Live and Eat for Health?
  • Why read Dr. Fuhrman’s newsletters?
  • Why listen to his teleconferences?
  • Why ask Dr. Fuhrman medical or weight loss questions when they arise?
  • Why post struggles/victories and receive encouragement from others?
  • Why seek extra help through the withdrawal phase?
  • Why persevere through the toxic cravings?
  • Why learn true hunger signals?
  • Why get up and keep going when a slip-up happens?
  • Why stock a cooler with high nutrient foods when away from home?
  • Why learn to make delicious bean soups, smoothies and homemade ice-creams?
  • Why go to the gym in January when it’s below zero and dark outside?
  • Why ask family and friends for their support?
  • Why eat differently than 99.9% of the rest of the population?
  • Why put forth the effort to earn health back?
  • Why even bother when one can take meds for just about anything?

Sleeping Bear Dunes, one of the largest sand dunes in the world; located on the northwestern shore of Lake Michigan. Many from the Midwest make their annual trek up its steep slopes to see the breathtaking views from the various summits. I’m no exception. It’s become a part of my summer tradition since childhood. 

However, as food addiction and resulting malnutrition took over, I felt like the ‘real’ me became trapped in a body that I no longer recognized. I became a stranger to myself and climbing the dunes was a thing of the past. I became a lawn chair spectator of others from the distant island of captivity. Obesity and poor health robbed me of so much, and truly, only in hindsight, do I now realize how much I missed for twenty years of my life and my family’s life. Unfortunately, the food addict and his/her family adjust to the many handicaps of poor health, and both parties become accustomed to the negative changes. 

female on sand duneLast week, not only did I make the 3.5 hour round-trip hike up and down sandy dunes out to Lake Michigan and back, but it was exhilarating and I did it with much ease!  [The picture on the left was taken at the bottom of the final descent.]  I was finally a participant in my family’s life at Sleeping Bear, and someday I hope to be an active participant in my future grandchildren’s life also, if/when that time comes.  I refuse to be found sitting on a lawn chair by myself at the parking lot . . . . .

  • testing blood sugars and adjusting food and/or medications accordingly
  • out-of-breath due to physical exertion
  • fatigued from sleep apnea and the non-stop burden of carrying around excess weight
  • nursing achy joints, feet, and chronic back pain
  • experiencing muscle weakness from heart meds
  • living in constant fear of an impending heart attack
  • depressed and feeling hopeless due to all of the above

 

So why do the things that have successfully proven to get many out of food addiction and restore health? 

As I was leaping down the final descent, a Dad and Mom with four children were attempting to climb up. Both parents were morbidly obese and the late morning sun was starting to pelt down on them. They looked exhausted and their energetic children were ready to explore the great outdoors. It was in that moment that I realized once again, the reason why I’m committed to doing those things that Dr. Fuhrman recommends to live in optimal health!        

Tell us your reasons for choosing optimal health

 

 

image credits: personal.umich.edu; tripadvisor.co.uk

More Holiday Baking

I live in northeastern Indiana, and as I’m writing this post the ground and evergreen trees are covered with a blanket of beautiful, sparkling snow.  I took the pictures below from my front door.  (Note the cross country ski trails on the right ~ that’s the fancy footwork of my teenage daughter.)  Hopefully, it will continue to be a white Christmas!                    pictures of snow covered landscapes

As you are baking for holiday gatherings, the following recipes from the Member Center of DrFuhrman.com, including Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Times Newsletters, may be of interest to you.  After the gifts are unwrapped, the company is gone, and you have a moment to relax, I encourage you to browse through the many wonderful recipes on the Member Center.

A holiday treat does not have to be junk food or damage the health of your loved ones.  -Dr. Fuhrman

 Enjoy making health promoting memories with your family and friends!

 

Cashew Cookies

1 cup raw cashew butter or 2 cups raw cashews

1 cup oats

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/3 cup date sugar

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp. vanilla

Unsweetened strawberry jam

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Blend oats (and raw cashews if you are using them) in a food processor or VitaMix until it’s the consistency of flour.  Pour blended ingredients into a large bowl and stir in all the remaining ingredients except the jam.  Mix thoroughly.  Drop by teaspoonfuls on a cookie sheet.  With your fingertip, form a small well in the center of each cookie.  Place a small amount of jam in each well.  Bake for 15 minutes.  (makes approximately 2 dozen)

 

Chocolate Oat Clusters

2 cups unsweetened applesauce

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup date sugar

2/3 cup raw walnuts, ground

2/3 cup whole wheat flour

1 ¼ teaspoons arrowroot powder

4 Tablespoons Dr. Fuhrman’s Cocoa Powder or other natural cocoa powder

¾ cup oats

8 dates, pitted and coarsely chopped

¾ cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Blend applesauce, vanilla and date sugar in blender until creamy.  In a large bowl, combine the flour, arrowroot powder, ground nuts, and cocoa powder.  Add the blended wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.  Stir in oats, chopped dates and chopped nuts.  Bake for 10 minutes.  (makes approximately 4 dozen)  These cookies freeze well.  For a chocolate-coconut cookie, add 3 tablespoons of unsweetened, shredded coconut.  

 

Sweet Beet Carrot Bars

2 cups whole grain flour

1 cup beets (raw, peeled and shredded)

1 large carrot (peeled and shredded)

3 teaspoons baking soda

½ cup date sugar

2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 cup pineapple (blended)

1 banana (mashed)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup currants

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix flour and baking soda in bowl.  In a larger bowl, beat date sugar, blended pineapple, mashed banana, and applesauce together.  Stir in the vanilla and then add the flour mixture along with the chopped walnuts, shredded carrots and beets.  Mix well.  Spread in a non-stick baking pan.  Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool and cut into squares.  

 

                    Christmas candles

At our house, when the fresh pine boughs are placed around the centerpiece of candles and fresh fruit, that means Christmas is just around the corner.  All of my children will be home by lunchtime tomorrow so I'm making a big pot of their favorite vegetable soup to welcome them all home!  

 

What health promoting foods and/or memories are you creating with your loved ones this Christmas?