The Eat to Live Dojo

From the September 2004 edition of Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Times:

Adopting the Eating to Live diet and lifestyle might seem daunting at first. But don’t let the challenge of eliminating your bad habits discourage you. Many people achieve remarkable success after an initial period of failure.

With coaching and support, even those who have multiple food and other addictions, difficult lives, and initial trouble achieving success can eventually succeed. They move up the ladder and earn what I call the “belts” of accomplishment. The point is to move forward one step at a time and never give up.

Here are some things you might experience at the various levels.

White Belt
You still eat inappropriate amounts of food, eat when not really hungry, and are physically and emotionally addicted to rich food. You feel withdrawal symptoms (weak, headachy, and lightheaded) after eating meals containing only whole, unrefined plant foods. You continue to use “comfort” foods to relieve stress, loneliness, and boredom. You still like the taste of processed foods, sweets, fatty food, cheese, and meat better than natural plant foods, and prefer foods that are salted.

Orange Belt

You now only eat three meals a day and snack only occasionally. You rarely experience hunger as a mouth and throat sensation, but you do not overeat. You no longer get weak and headachy within a few hours after eating. You enjoy many healthful recipes, salads, and fruits, but still like the taste of coffee, cheese, meat, and pastries and find it difficult to resist them when offered. You’ve lost some weight, but put some back on during a vacation, family visit, or business trip, and you resume healthful eating after setbacks.

Blue Belt

You frequently feel hunger as a mouth and throat sensation and rarely overeat. After dinner, you do not think of food until the following morning. You enjoy the taste and pleasure of healthful eating, but still enjoy and eat unhealthful foods occasionally. When you eat animal products or grains, you choose healthier kinds (such as whole grains, unsalted, low-saturated fat).You are attempting to make further changes to achieve superior health.

Black Belt

Most often, you eat only when truly hungry. You experience hunger as a mouth and throat sensation on a daily basis. You have no emotional attraction to “comfort” foods. You get much pleasure from eating—and prefer the taste of—healthful foods. Your taste is now highly sensitive, and you dislike added salt and strong spices. You feel ill after eating unhealthful foods, such as animal products and unhealthful desserts, which you eat only on special occasions (fewer than a few times a month).
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lorie - August 31, 2006 7:34 PM

How much fat and protein is appropriate for a healthy diet?. I am so confused by all the new raw food diets like 8-1-1 who advocate less than 10% of carlories be from fat and less than 10% be from protein Is that really healthy?

Kirsten - September 1, 2006 9:04 AM

Thanks for these distinctions--I'll have to save this for future reference. It's interesting to think of my progress with the diet-style this way and see how far I've come (and how far I have to go). While I think I am doing pretty well adjusting my life to eating better, I still haven't yet experience the mouth/throat hunger sensation.

Elijah Lynn - September 3, 2006 2:31 AM

The percentage of calories you consume from fat depends on your body type, physical activity metabolism and other factors. I have seen Dr. Fuhrman recomend anywhere from as little as 10% to as high as 50% of calories should come from fat.

If you are overweight you are already on a high fat diet but you don't want all of you rfat intake to be from toxic fat and you want 10% to come from healthy, nutrient rich fat.

Sincerely, Elijah Lynn
Member of Dr. Fuhrman's member center

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