Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman How to have more energy, be more alert, look more fit and protect your career!

Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman How to have more energy, be more alert, look more fit and protect your career!
By Jeffrey Brooks, CPA, CFP, MBA for Jbrooks Wealth Advisors, PC, a Professional CPA and CFP Firm 602-687-9900 x101

My biggest concern is that one of these days I will not be healthy enough to do what I love to do which is to help clients improve their financial well being!
Up until I was 35 years of age I had trouble gaining weight. My wife and I would by cheese cakes and our weight did not go up. I was at 128 pounds. Recently, I had a decision to make: do I go up to the next clothes size and do I continue to gain weight? I had jumped up to 166 pounds. This doesn’t sound that many people as a lot of weight but my bone structure is medium to low.
According to the book “Eat To Live” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, the average man at 5’8” should weigh 140 pounds. His formula is 100 pounds for the first 5 feet and then 5 pounds for each inch of height. Fuhrman concludes that an even better method is that the fat around the waist should not exceed ½ inch.
Number one is always our health. I recently noticed that I was becoming more fatigued and was having more stress. Little things annoyed me more than in the past. What was happening is that I was eating too much carbohydrates and sugars and drinking too much coffee.
The basic concept is centered on the idea of nutrient density that is expressed by the formula Health=Nutrients/Calories. Fuhrman says that our health is directly related to this ratio.
In his book Fuhrman provides two plans for weight loss.
1. An aggressive six-week vegetarian plan for dieters who want to lose weight quickly. I was not interested in doing this because I felt that I could not stay with this plan.
2. A more moderate plan that allows the intake of limited amounts of animal products. I have modified his plan for what works for me.
3. For example for breakfast instead of eating 2 cups of cereal, I eat ¼ cup with walnuts and flax seed and almond milk. Instead of eating out of a big bowl, I use a coffee cup. I was surprised but it works! I eat a coffee cup of fruit which includes blue berries, strawberries, and peaches. I then eat a helping of Romaine Lettuce. This meal is extremely filling. Occasionally I will have an egg.
4. The key is to make leafy lettuce like romaine lettuce and fruit as the center of the meal. Nuts can be added to the salads. I minimize meat, poultry and fish. Lettuce is the center of at least two meals per day.

If dieters feel they must have some animal products on the plan they are permitted to have one serve of lean fish such as flounder, sole, or tilapia once per week and one egg white omelet per week.
There is no requirement to count calories or portions, however, it would be very difficult for dieters to achieve a high calorie intake so long as they follow the recommended guidelines.
Foods to Include:
Raw vegetables in unlimited amounts. Again, Fuhrman advises dieters to regard salads as the main dish. Cooked green vegetables, eggplants, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes.
 Beans, bean sprouts and tofu – 1 cup daily at least and more if desired
 Fruits – at least 4 serves daily
 Starchy vegetables such as potatoes and corn as well as whole grains are limited to one cup daily.
 Raw nuts – 1 oz maximum per day
 Avocado – 2 oz maximum per day
 Ground flax seed – 1 tablespoon per day
 When oils are included in meal plans the maximum amount recommended is one teaspoon per day.
Dieters are advised to aim for an intake of at least 1 pound of raw vegetables and one pound of steamed vegetables daily.
Foods to Avoid
All refined carbohydrates are to be avoided including…
 bread
 pasta
 white rice
 fruit juice
 sugar

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