One question that comes up from time to time about Eat to Live is the notion that eating this way is too difficult--that the bar is set too high. Sometimes people are intimidated.
Before starting Eat to Live, here are some things to consider:
- This is not an all or nothing plan, but you have to thoroughly understand what constitutes an ideal diet and how to make it taste great.
- Nobody is perfect. However taste is learned phenomenon; we like what we get used to eating. Only by eating some of my great-tasting healthy recipes for a while can you really know how much you will like it.
- Most people after the first six months actually like the taste of this way of eating at least as much or more compared to their old diet. Many people prefer the flavor because the ability of the taste buds to detect the subtle flavors in natural foods is enhanced when you lose food addictions and salt tolerance which deadens the taste buds.
- If you become a real student of my work, become a member at DrFuhrman.com, read the books, newsletters, listen to the teleconferences and ask me questions in the forum, I guarantee that you will make significant changes in your life, and it will come naturally without feeling like you are following some diet. It will just naturally become the way you prefer to eat, same as it does for other Eat to Livers.
The other day I sat back and thought about it. Why do I eat the way I do? So what if I die younger, why not just enjoy all the great (fake) food our high-tech, modern world has to offer? Why not eat cheeseburgers, fries, soda and ice cream for lunch and take my chances with an earlier death? At least I will enjoy the time I am alive.
Certainly eating healthfully is only an option; it is your choice. Each individual has the right to care for their own body as they choose and some may appropriately continue to follow risky behaviors using the rationale that they would rather enjoy life more and live less healthfully or for a shorter time. The fallacy with this way of thinking is the belief that people, who smoke, drink, take drugs, or eat dangerous foods are enjoying life more. I don't believe that's true. In fact, they enjoy life less. You might feel a temporary feeling of pleasure or satisfaction, but toxic habits and rich, disease causing foods over time inhibit your ability to get as much pleasure from eating. Your taste is lessened, the smoking or the drinking loses it thrill, but now you are stuck with feeling uncomfortable if you don't continue the habit.
The habit now controls you and you (the real you) is no longer in total control of your life. You live to feed your addiction, otherwise you feel too poorly. Get up in the morning and take a drug to get going, you need that caffeine hit and that sugar buzz or you can't concentrate, then you need a few antacids to deal with your sour stomach, a stool softener, a little mouthwash for your bad breath and you are on your way.
Pass the age of fifty and it doesn't get better; it gets worse. Now your bad habits really take their toll on the body and you age rapidly. In you go to the doctor's office every few months for more drugs, as if you didn't have enough toxic filth in your body already. You don't just live shorter, your next twenty years, if you live that long, are filled with hell as your health spirals downward out of your control. Into hospital emergency rooms, seeing cardiologists and other specialists for invasive testing, angioplasties, maybe some surgeries, a gallbladder removal, a pneumonia, maybe a few procedures to break up kidney stones, it keeps going and boy is it fun, I know.
Before I get too carried away, let's get back to the question. I noticed that I actually enjoy eating the healthy diet, I really do. And I am quite sure that I enjoy the taste and pleasure from eating more than a person does who lives on unhealthy food. I would eat this way anyway, even if there was a slight decrease in the pleasure of eating, but after years of eating this way, I prefer the taste. The fact that it is healthy too is certainly the largest attraction, but health destroying foods are not an attraction for me anymore. I enjoy the healthy stuff just as much, so I might as well stay healthy and not play Russian roulette with my life. Anyway, I am not in jail I have complete freedom to eat anything I want and if I occasionally want to eat something unhealthy I will and do. But what happened over the years is I desire this less and less because over time I found I did not feel well after doing so and the taste was not as pleasurable as I thought it would be compared to other stuff that is healthy or healthier and still made to taste great.
I may not eat perfectly all the time, but I have balanced pleasure with health in my diet so that I am not sacrificing one to have the other. The objective is to have both comfortably married. So this just happens to be the way I prefer to eat. But, I eat this way for lots of reasons.
- I enjoy this way of eating, it tastes great and I like to eat lots of food.
- I want total control of my health and want complete assurance I will not suddenly have a heart attack or a stroke.
- I enjoy living too much. I love sports, travel, entertainment, exercise, my work, and my family and I want to maintain my youthful vigor and enjoyment of life
- I feel well eating this way and do not like the way I feel, the way I sleep, the way my bowels work, my digestion or my mental energy when I do not eat this way.
- I want to live longer and without medical interference, pain and unnecessary suffering in my later years
So, I say to you again. You have very little to lose and a huge potential for gain. Join my member site and put just a little time into learning the details of the program you may find that you are making permanent changes that result in permanent benefits for your long-term health. Focus on learning more and more over the next three to six months and let me know what happens to you. I would like the opportunity to see if we could make this work for you and I would really be fascinated to know if your attitude changes.