Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Eat To Live Diet

This blog is dedicated to sharing the dietary principles explained in the best selling books Eat To Live and Eat For Health by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.

The blog includes articles on health, nutrition, diet and exercise, as well as video clips featuring Dr. Joel Fuhrman.

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Confessions of a Junk Food Veggie - How I Got Started on the Road to Healthy Eating

At the age of 21 I decided, for ethical reasons, to become a vegetarian. As my knowledge of nutrition was sorely lacking, my diet consisted primarily of my four favorite food groups. These were, pizza, fries, ice cream and coke.

Needless to say, a few years later I developed hemorrhoids.

The problem persisted for many years as I searched in vain for a solution.

I tried a number of different over the counter medications and creams, but nothing helped long term.

For those familiar with the different hemorroid healing modalities, I even underwent rubberband therapy. But the decrease in pain was short lived.

One doctor told me that some people are born with blue eyes, others with big noses and some with an inclination for hemorroids.

I felt there was nothing I could do. Diet certainly didn't play a role.

Eventually the pain became so unbearable I decided to undergo surgery.

Fortunately for me, shortly before I underwent an operation, I met Amram Abuhasera, a dietician and natural healer.

When I told Amram of my intention to operate, he was furious.

He slammed the palm of his hand on the table and shouted at me "don't you dare operate!"

Amram explained to me how an operation would only provide temporary relief from the hemorroids. Surgery dealt with the symptoms of the problem and not the cause. This meant the pain was sure to recur.

Amram said he would put me on a diet. If I stuck to his dietary recommendations my body would heal itself, he assured me.

I was so taken by Amram's passion and sincerity, I decided on the spot, to cancel my surgery and follow his nutritional advice.

Amram explained to me the difference betwen a "healing diet" and a "maintenance diet." He drew a circle for me and explained what I was to eat every day, dividing my meals into grains, cooked vegetables and lentils.

I was so desperate for relief, I followed Amram's advice religiously.

Sure enough, after several weeks the hemorroids receeded and I was back to my old self. Once I felt better, I transitioned to the maintenance diet.

This experience had a profound impact upon me. It convinced me of the healing power of foods.

I learned from Amram which foods were harmful and which were healing; which were cleansing and which were nourishing.

Thus began my journey towards eating a whole foods diet.

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1 comment:

  1. My husband has bad hemmorhoids and they want to do surgery. He is on Eat to Live diet one year and watched strict. What can we do???