Radical changes produce radical results

For years I suffered from binge eating [aka Binge Eating Disorder]; usually after episodes of restrictive, deprivation dieting. I read plenty of self-help books and occasionally went to therapy for it. The standard advice given was not to have a radical, “all-or-nothing” mindset concerning food choices. The reason being perfectionism can lead to binge eating as a coping mechanism for dieting failure and resulting false guilt. I totally agree that perfectionism can produce a false guilt that can lead to eating everything in sight; however, radical changes are absolutely necessary for the food addict to get free!  

cooked vegetablesAnyone prone to binge eating can overcome it by focusing on eating high nutrient foods for optimal health. There’s no false guilt when one is actively nurturing and giving his/her body the best care possible. When ETL is viewed as a restrictive dieting plan, binge eating most definitely will result for those who have been previously entangled in deprivation/bingeing/guilt cycles.

Dr. Fuhrman strongly urges that moderate changes produce little to no results, but radical changes produce radical results. When one experiences radical improvements of health in a relatively short amount of time, it produces momentum; both psychological and physiological.

The standard American diet is radical and dangerous, and its popularity does not make it less destructive; it is slow suicide. Dr. Fuhrman likens making gradual changes with food to making gradual changes with cocaine. For both the food addict and the cocaine addict, merely cutting down just fuels an overwhelming desire to use more. 

berriesA nutritarian diet is sensible, scientific, logical, and produces great results. I encourage anyone struggling with bingeing to view eating a high nutrient diet as a boundary fence of safety and freedom to enjoy optimal health. The eating plan will enable anyone to successfully get through toxic food cravings and see and feel radical results relatively quickly. If one fills up on nutrients, the cravings for junk will eventually disappear. Guaranteed. 

Abstinence, not perfectionism, is the key. Radical changes produce radical results, and radical results will produce motivation for life!



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Elisa Rodriguez - October 25, 2010 10:04 AM

Well said Emily. As a nutrition professional, I was trained with an over-emphasis on all things in "moderation." However in 5 years of teaching moderation, I seldom saw results! I have been fortunate to experience much more substantial and sustainable outcomes with Dr. Fuhrman's ETL guidelines.

Jennifer McCann - October 25, 2010 10:33 AM

I hear what you're saying about making a radical change for the better, but what advice would you give to people who have not eaten healthy foods in so long that making an overnight switch would cause huge gastrointestinal distress? I've had people, especially middle aged or older, refuse to even consider the idea of adding vegetables or beans to their diet, because doing so would make them bloated and sick to their stomachs. Is there a gentler transition plan for people in this situation?

Zoe Van Story - October 25, 2010 11:03 AM

What is the pictured vegetable dish? I would appreciate it if you would post the recipe. Thanks!

Emily Boller - October 25, 2010 12:18 PM

Elisa - Yes, when it comes to addiction and seeing great health results, moderation just doesn't cut it.

Jennifer - That would be a great question for Dr. Fuhrman on Ask the Doctor.

Zoe - That pic is a stock photo - sorry no recipe. But it looks like possibly a steamed stir fry version of greens, red peppers, onions, carrots and possibly some beans and yellow squash? Most any vegetable steamed together with others is scrumptuous, so I'm sure any veggie combo would be a winner!

Stacy - October 25, 2010 2:58 PM

My pet peeve is the "everything in moderation" slogan. I hate it because the people who use it are ALWAYS using it. The phrase itself needs to be used in moderation. If one is thinking this at every meal then junk is not being eaten in moderation.

I do believe in moderation - in moderation. :-) For me it means turkey and pie at Thanksgiving, birthday cake or other treat of their choice on my childrens' birthdays, etc. It is not a daily or even weekly thing.

Molly - October 26, 2010 12:04 AM

If I may interject a comment...
I made the switch overnight – literally. I went from the SAD of fried, greasy, drive-through fast-food to a high-nutrient, low-fat, whole food diet overnight. Yes, I experienced a little physical change, but nothing like what you describe. Mostly, I had some mild flu-like symptoms from the detox of giving up sugar. Yes, there was some gas from the fiber, but so what??? If a little gas is the price for saving my life, I will gladly pay it. I've found over the years that people who complain about gas "pain" are the ones who are unwilling to let the gas OUT! The gas wants to be OUT of your body, not IN it. It will stop hurting if you just let it out. :) I hope that helps – and isn't too frank.

Carrie - October 26, 2010 7:30 PM

Jennifer, have those folks tried the exercises with food that are in Eat for Health? I think they're designed to help people adjust to the new diet in both mind and body.

Stacy, I couldn't agree more about the absurdity of "everything in moderation." With all of the horrible foods available these days, if you're eating a little of everything, you can't possibly be eating moderately.

Leni - October 28, 2010 11:23 AM

So true!!! Moderation...in moderation!!!! It is KEY!!

Anonymous - October 28, 2010 3:50 PM

Would this also work for a person with bulimia?

Another Anonymous - November 2, 2010 9:00 PM

To Anonymous,

While I am not a specialist in eating disorders, I do know quite a bit about bulimia and want to make sure that you get some sort of answer to your question. As you may already be aware, bulimia can damage your heart and lead to to sudden death, so it's not something to take lightly. I would imagine that the Eat for Health plan would be perfect for you - helping you to get on a regular eating plan that is high in nutrients and healing to your body.

If you try Dr. Fuhrman's plan and find that you can't stop the bulimia on your own, I would encourage you to get help from a professional because it is possible to stop with help.

Best of luck to you!

Cindy - November 17, 2010 7:02 PM

Yes, ETL does work with bulimia. I have had this eating disorder since I was 15, I'm 50 now. I began having heart arrythmias about five years ago and that was about the time I learned of Dr. Fuhrman. I began the eating plan and now, a few years later, I no longer have problems with my heart and my uncontrollable cravings are mostly non-existent. In my opinion, this eating plan should be implemented at all eating disorders clinics.

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