Becoming Nutritarian — Week 2

Week 2 Becoming nutritarian weight loss journal Dr Furhman Eat to Live 6 week plan Dr Greger How not to Die Diet no oil reverse diabetesSo, you’ve made it past the first week, congrats!

You’ve lost a lot of weight in the first week (I lost 7!), now you’re invested in the program.  Your tastes are changing and you are continuing to discover new ways to make the 6 week plan’s guidelines taste good to you.

Here’s how I made it through week two and not only survived but thrived!  (You can find out my weight loss for the week at the end of the post!)

Day 8: Invested

After officially weighing in 7 pounds lighter, today I was walking on air (and feeling lighter than air)!  All the salt-induced bloat has been washed out of me during the first week and today all my clothes hang better and feel less constricting.  And even though I had mostly leftovers today, I wasn’t a disgruntled eater like I had been in the first week.  I was eating and understanding how what I was putting in my mouth was affecting everything from my mood to my mind to my health.

Today I started to re-read the beginning chapters of “Eat to Live” that I had read back when I was pregnant.  These chapters are horrifying and scary to read.  Dr. Fuhrman lays out (with relentless citations) exactly how and why America has become ground zero for over-eating, obesity and eating-related illnesses.  Tip: Stay motivated during week 2 by re-reading these chilling chapters: “Digging Our Graves with Forks and Knives” and “Overfed, Yet Malnourished.” 

Once you are educated about how you used to eat was destroying your health (in addition to your waistline) you can never go back to mindlessly munching away on chips and cookies while you watch a late-night marathon of “Millionaire Matchmaker” (okay this may be turning into a bit of a guilty-pleasure confessional!).

Here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast: 1 cup rolled oats with 1 cup soy milk, 1 tbsp ground flaxseed and 1/4 cup blueberries

Lunch: Kitchen-sink salad (huge bowl of spinach, arugula, 1/2 Hass avocado, sliced apples, onions, mushrooms, grape tomatoes and pepita seeds); leftover Thai Peanut Curry; 2 Clementine oranges

Dinner: Huge salad (similar to kitchen-sink style above); left over veggies sauteed in veggie stock, liquid Aminos and sesame seeds. Note: I couldn’t finish the leftover “stir fry,” it just became too unpalatable for me (maybe I had it in the fridge too long?) so I barely had a few bites.  Caution: When you water (or veggie broth) saute it’s can be a challenge to keep your veggies crisp!  My advice is always take them off the heat before you think they are actually done–crispy is always yummier than soggy–it’s a fine line!

Day 9: Just When You Think You’re the Sh*@…

Yup, after all my preaching and scaring myself yesterday, today was a surprisingly hard day for me.  After finally feeling good and accomplishing so much, I wanted to “cheat” on the diet so, so badly.  I wasn’t craving anything specifically, I just wanted to cheat.

I was tired of having to think so much about my food (How can I season this to taste good without salt?  How can I dress this salad so I can eat the whole thing?).  I knew that my mind was at that critical point: I had already proved I could do this diet, faithfully, this is where I’d usually quit.  In the past six months since the baby was born, I would have a week where I ate healthy and lost weight.  Then I would backslide and take weeks to get back on track.

To fight off these self-destructive thoughts I told myself something along these lines:  “In the past year you’ve eaten everything you ever wanted to eat.  It’s really that simple.  Every home-cooked meal, every restaurant, every cupcake, every cookie, every pizza, everything I wanted.  And you are going to eat these things again.  Right now, it’s about getting your body back in balance so you can treat yourself and be in good health, instead of continually treating yourself and being fat and unhealthy.”

Of course what I told myself was a lie.  I really don’t ever want to eat cake, chips, burgers again or at least for a long, long while.  My hope is that at the end of these 6 weeks and after so many pounds lost, I won’t want to–shhhh! I don’t fully know this yet!

Word of advice: Your subconscious (your ego) makes you fear change, it lies to you and makes justifications for the way you are.  It makes you think that how you are now is perfect or the best it’s going to get.  It makes us fear change and think it’s not good for us.  It makes sense, right: self-preservation. 

I came across this image online and I’d like to edit it to include: That little voice inside your head that tells you to cheat on your diet IS A LIAR!  Ignore the need to cheat.  Tell someone you love (I spilled my beans to my husband) and stick to the plan–the desire to cheat means it’s working!

Here’s what I ate:

Breakfast: banana with 1 1/2 tbsp of raw creamy almond butter (made cute little banana sandwiches that interested my son enough for him to eat a few–haha! I got him to eat fiber!)

Lunch: huge kitchen-sink salad with kale and mushroom saute.  2 oranges

Dinner:  (This was the tough meal where, all of the sudden, I wanted to cheat!)  Salad with romain lettuce, cucumber, apple slices, grape tomatoes, red peppers, raw cashews and sesame ginger no-oil dressing from Whole Foods.  For my cooked veggies I had baby bok Choy and sugar snap pea “stir fry” with tofu (sauteed in veggie broth).

Dessert: Fruit freezer (banana with frozen strawberries, peaches and pineapple with 1 cup soy milk and 1 tbsp. ground flax seeds)

Day 10: Bringing Out My Inner (Skinny) Top Chef

I love beautiful food.  I’m an eat-with-my-eyes-first kinda gal!  Today I made a freaking delicious salad that also happened to be beautiful to look at!  It made me happy and made me feel like “I could do this for life!”

Yes, vegetables with vinegar can be beautiful and miraculously delicious!  Then I spruced up my tried-and-true go-to dessert: the fruit-freezer with my son’s bright and snappy Ikea bowls and garnished with little mandarin segments.  The whole family enjoyed this “Eat to Live” version of frozen yogurt–I am not a slave to you anymore Yogurtland!

I also did something smart today and made steel-cut oatmeal instead of the mom-friendlier rolled oats.  The steel cut oats took longer to make but I went large and made a whole week’s worth at once.  Now all I have to manage to do in the morning is portion out 1 cup and heat in the microwave.  Add fruit and breakfast is served!  Tip: Make as many things as you can in advance, the less you have to think about what you’re going to eat the better! 

Here’ what I Ate:

Breakfast: 1 cup steel cut oats with 2/3 cup blueberries (sauced)

Lunch: Mexican salad with romaine, arugula, 3/4 cup black beans, tomatoes, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 cup pico de gallo salsa and a touch of rice vinegar.

Dessert: (after lunch) fruit freezer with strawberries, peaches, banana, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, and 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed

Dinner:  Asian-inspired salad with spinach, arugula, edamame, pistachios, apples, cucumber, red pepper, red onion, and rice vinegar for dressing  (seriously my favorite salad yet!) with left-over kale and mushroom saute. 1 apple.

Day 11: Beans, Beans (Well, You Know the Rest!)

Remembering how Dr. Fuhrman recommends at least 1 cup of beans daily on his 6 week plan, I decided to earn extra-(bean)-credit and make red lentils.  I had made these a few months back when I noticed them at Trader Joe’s.  Back then I made them with lots of olive oil and salt, this time I made them with low-sodium veggie stock and dill.  The result was hearty and took a little getting used to.

I’m just going to come on out and say it: this diet makes you have more gas.  It’s only natural when you’re consuming 40 or more grams of fiber per day.  Well, the lentils stepped my tooting up a notch (or three!).

Be patient with yourself, your body is going to take time to learn how to process all this extra (and extra-good-for-you) fiber in the next few weeks!  Dr. Fuhrman promises!  And any man recommended by Dr. Oz just can’t be a liar (at least that’s what my mom would say)!

What I Ate:

Breakfast: 1 cup steel cut oats and 1 apple

Lunch: Big ol’ salad and Red lentils with low-sodium veggie stock, carrots, red pepper and seasoned with dill and garlic! Yum!

Dinner: Salad with balsamic vinegar apples, pistachios, spinach, arugula, tomatoes, avocado.  Stir fry with kale, mushrooms and tofu; seasoned with minced onions, garlic powder and sauteed in veggie stock.

Dessert: “Fruit freezer” with strawberries, pineapple, fresh banana, and 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds (ate out of the blender with dad and Kysen this time–fun to enjoy a healthy treat together, felt like we were at an old-timey malt shop with three long, striped straws!)

Day 12: If There’s One Thing to Remember It’s…

THE SALAD IS THE MAIN COURSE!  If you saw Dr. Fuhrman’s PBS special, like I did, this became ingrained in your head.  And, if there’s one thing to take away from this whole 6 week plan, it is just that: eat a TON of salad.

When the Dr. says to make your salad huge, I obey!  I have a special melamine soup bowl that I got from the Asian market that I’m assuming is meant to serve a family of 7 their noodle soup dinner.  This mega-bowl is my salad bowl.  And I try to cram my salad with enough fresh, raw foods as I can to meet the 1 pound daily requirement.

Yesterday I tried balsamic vinegar on my salad (instead of the rice vinegar I’ve been into) and now I am hooked!  Balsamic is my new vinegar of choice and it goes perfectly with the fresh strawberries I picked up at Sprouts yesterday!

I woke up feeling tighter all around, not as loose and flabby!  I’m feeling good and my energy is up.  All the added nutrients have also done a number on my skin (Aunt Flo visited me this week and not a single breakout to be had!)!  I’m looking younger and moving younger and I have more energy to play with my three-year-old.  Things are good!

What I Ate:

Breakfast: 1 banana with 1 1/2 tbsp. raw creamy almond butter

Lunch: Salad (see picture above) with spring baby mixed lettuces, strawberries, raw pistachios, cucumbers, carrots, red onion, grape tomatoes, and 1/2 Hass avocado with balsamic vinegar.  Leftover red lentils with carrots, red peppers and dill (see above).  Fruit freezer.

Dinner: Trader Joe’s has a new salad blend with organic kale and spinach.  The kale looks like it’s of the “baby” variety because it doesn’t have the thick ribs like in Trader Joe’s Organic Tuscan Kale.  You can eat it as a salad or saute it.  I decided to saute it with some mushrooms and tofu (of course in veggie stock).  This was my favorite meal of the week!  I can’t believe it, but I’m becoming something of a kale-slut.  I crave the deep, rich flavor with every meal now–unbelievable!

Day 13: Traveling with Temptation

It’s not like I went all that far (we’re talking 40 minutes away) but on the Eat to Live plan you have to be prepared when you leave the safety of your own kitchen!  We were going to spend time with family and we were leaving in the afternoon.  I knew we would most likely be eating dinner away from home, so I doubled up my lunch menu and packed it for my dinner.  Boy, am I glad I did this because what was ordered for dinner: none other than my old friend pizza!

I was proud of myself for not “cheating” with a slice and I also thought to myself, after all the pizza-eaters had finished, that life just keeps on going.  Eating the pizza would not have miraculously changed my life for the better!  After that meal we all moved on–pizza-eaters and salad-eaters alike.  I felt good about what I was doing (and, probably more importantly, not doing).

TIP: If you’re going to be away from home (especially visiting family) bring your own Eat to Live approved food.  If you have to eat out, order a salad (with no meat or cheese) with vinegar on the side.  Then ask for steamed veggies with no butter or oil.  If they have a nice vegan-friendly bean soup add a cup of that too!  Most restaurants can meet these requests.

What I Ate:

Breakfast: 1banana with 1 1/2 tbsp. raw creamy almond butter

Lunch: Strawberry and balsamic salad (see above) and a “Green” Stir Fry (Saute): edamame, sugar snap peas, mushrooms, 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed and baby bok choy.  Sauteed in veggie stock (I steamed the sugar snap peas in their bag and waited until the rest of the ingredients were cooked before I added them in–this kept them crispy).  5 mandarin oranges!

Dinner: repeat of lunch menu with 2 more mandarin oranges for dessert

Personal Note: I really amazed myself tonight!  After my dinner I played So You Think You Can Dance with my husband’s 8-year-old niece for 40 minutes straight!  Normally, I would never have the energy to do something like that and especially right after finishing my meal–no cramps whatsoever!  I really see a difference with my energy now!  This is GET-UP-AND-GO food!

Day 14: Subway is Not My Friend

After my successful display of willpower last night, I woke up feeling pretty good about myself!  I can’t wait for tomorrow’s weigh in to see how much I’ve lost this week!

I was feeling so good about my power to “just say no” that I decided I could “handle” going to Subway with my husband and son who were in the mood for sandwiches for dinner.  Surprisingly, this was way harder for me than sitting around watching my whole family scarf down pizza and calamari last night.

Maybe it was the smell of the bread?  Or the fact that Subway is supposed to be the “healthy alternative” but I still couldn’t eat there.  I thought about ordering a salad, but with only red wine vinegar as a viable dressing option I felt like I was better off waiting for my balsamic at home.  I persevered and went home and made something hearty for dinner (see below).  Tip: Don’t keep pushing your luck with your willpower, doing this plan is tough enough as it is!

What I Ate:

Breakfast: 1 cup steel-cut oats, 1 cup almond milk, 1 tbsp. flaxseed

Lunch: Jumbo salad with spinach, arugula, mushrooms, red onion, cucumber, raw pistachios, grape tomatoes, and strawberries.  Dressed with balsamic.   Kale sauteed in veggie broth with red pepper, carrots, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes–this was YUM!  The sun-dried tomatoes made it perfect!  Tofu sauteed in veggie stock.  This was a nice lunch!

Dinner:  Romain lettuce, red onion, cucumber, raw pistachios, grape tomatoes, and apple slices with “Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar.”  Red lentils with kale and chopped spinach, red peppers, and minced onion.  Banana.

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Weight Lost for Week #2: -1.8 lbs // Body Fat % Lost for Week #2: -.7%

TOTAL Weight Lost so far: -8.8 lbs // TOTAL Body Fat % Lost so far: -2.2%

And stay tuned, I will be updating my Eat to Live journal every Monday until I have finished the 6 week plan!

Check out what I ate and how much I lost for Week #3!

Check out what I ate and how much I lost for Week #4!

Check out what I ate and how much I lost for Week #5!

Check out what I ate and how much I lost for Week #6!

Check out what I ate and how much I lost for Week #1!


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  1. rita powell

    I have heard of this diet from one of my friends. she said her sister lost a bunch of weight on it and her husband did too. The food you made looks great with lots n lots of vegetables. this diet is a sure thing to work and i can imagine it is hard to adhere to.

    I only had my son who is now 11 and the baby weight came right off. all of my friends who had 2 or 3 kids says it is a much harder thing to lose with the additional kids. you should be back to your pre baby body soon.

    keep up the fantastic work! I enjoy reading your updates

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  2. Erica

    thank you soo much for posting all of this and your round two meals that you’ve been doing. I am a young mother of two boys under two and a picky eater husband in the Army so my life is very busy and this is a complete life saver and inspiration for me. ive been trying to go completely vegan since having my son in October but with moving and being alone alot its been a struggle. your blog makes everything much more simple for me and when i dont have time to plan for myself i know i can just jump on here and go to one of your weeks and copy them! Just now starting the aggressive Eat to Live plan and im very excited to see results and have energy to keep up with my boys! Thank you so much again.

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    1. Kristen

      Wow Erica! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know that this has been helping you–it makes me feel SO AWESOME!!! I know it is really hard to essentially make an extra meal at every meal time. In the beginning it would take me like 2 hours to do, it is so worth it though. Nothing tastes as good as feeling, light and healthy 🙂 I was just about to post a new recipe when I saw your comment, be sure to check it out, straight from Dr. Fuhrman’s “Eat to Live” book in the recipe section: Portobello Red Pepper Pitas–hands down my new favorite nutritarian meal and it’s fast (once you make a batch of the spread). Thank you again!!!

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  3. Scott Boyer

    I hope this blog is still maintained.
    My wife and I are on Day 9.
    I was the one so gung ho to do this, but am hating it now. Everything tastes bitter to me. We’ve tried making a few recipes from Dr. Fuhrman’s book and I find them mostly horrid.
    The good thing is that after 9 days, I’m down 12.6 lbs. and my blood sugar is now down in the normal range (113). And that’s great, because with the pre-diabetes and gerd, I was seriously worried about a heart-attack.
    Maybe my tastebuds are trying to change, but my brain is in the way. I don’t know, but I’m very frustrated.
    Yesterday I started reading your blog out-loud to my wife and she remarked on how many salads you had and how big they were. So today for lunch, we had Arugula and romaine, and cherry tomatoes (hate them) and some sunflower seeds and sesame seeds, and on the side we had a concoction of “enchilada beans” from the recipe book. I could only eat a few bites before I felt not only full, but kind of disgusted at the sight of food. I sat there for the better part of 2 hours, waiting for the courage to finish what I could. I felt like a child being forced to eat brussel sprouts. I choked down more of both but it was unpleasant.
    Any advice?

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    1. Kristen

      Hi Scott! I’m so glad you stumbled upon the blog!! Oh boy, everything you’re experiencing I’ve been there too!! Nutritional excellence is not easy–remind yourself that! Think of it as you have to re-teach your taste buds and your brain to enjoy eating real food. Most the food we used to eat was masked by lots of salt and sugar and sauces that all heighten your taste experience–but it’s an artificial high and it takes a bigger hit every time to get your old high. If you haven’t already, read “The End of Dieting” by Dr. Fuhrman, where he goes into more depth about food addiction and knowing the difference between real hunger and toxic hunger. Your brain is going to fight you every single inch of the way. Your ego is seriously at play right now–your ego wants you to believe that the way you ate before was just fine and you don’t need to change. The ego is all about self-preservation, but it sounds like your “self” before you started the plan was experiencing a lot of health concerns. The “you” you are only 9 days later is vastly more healthy–you’re health achievements in such a short time are astounding! Remember your brain and taste buds are lairs! They got you into this mess to begin with. Eating what your love or even like will get you back to a bad place and will take years off of your life. I’m sorry to say that these first 6 weeks are going to be a real struggle. It seems like you’re at a point that nothing tastes good, this is my advice: do not eat if you are not hungry. If you can’t finish that salad, don’t force yourself. Then the next time you sit down to a salad, you might feel truly hungry. If you have extra pounds on your body, whatever fat your body needs it will get from your fat stores. If you read on to my later weeks, I would sometimes skip meals altogether if I wasn’t hungry. Also, keep experimenting with recipes until you find things you like. In the end, you have to keep going! YOU CAN DO THIS!!! I told myself that I’ve eaten everything I’ve ever wanted to, I can man up for 6 weeks. You are SO lucky to have your wife supporting you through this. When I first started my husband was not on board, now he eats like me about 90% of the time because it works. Your taste buds will change and your mind too, don’t give up! Journaling about it really helped me. Keep talking to your wife when you’re feeling frustrated. Please do not hesitate to reach out at any time along the way!! I know everyone can succeed with this way of life, I’ve lost over 50 pounds on my journey and I’m getting closer to my ideal weight. Don’t give up till you reach that magic number! -Kristen

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      1. Scott Boyer

        I appreciate your lengthy reply. Lengthy actually helps. It was very comforting.
        I agree. Tastebuds are liars.
        It’s really interesting how I can see all the proof that this stuff works:
        Blood sugar down to 112 this AM.
        No more Gerd.
        Anxiety drastically reduced.
        Incredible sleep!!
        No more constipation (sorry, it has to be said)
        Sharper focus.
        And yet, this nagging in my head says that when my 6 weeks is up I’m heading to get a Chile Rellano Burrito. And that is my fear…. that whatever I lose will ALL come back.

        Coincidentally, we started watching “Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead 2” last night, and the focus of that movie is keeping it off.
        Anyway, thank you so much for your reply, and I will stay tuned here.
        Cheers, Scott

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  4. Elizabeth Agusti

    My hubby found you while looking for Dr. Furhman´s diet. Thank you for the wonderful recipes and support!! We are on day 5! I´ve lost 4 pounds already, and feeling good! We also love olive oil and salt!!! ugh!!, but we are making it, thanks to the aid of the flavorful apple vinegar and lemon. It is helping us this first week! And i am already seeing results. I am sleeping better and in a better mood! Thanks again!!

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    1. Kristen

      Thank so much for the info on how you found the site–that really helps me figure out where to put my time! You are doing AWESOME!!! Yes, the salt (in particular) is hardest, surprisingly not cooking with olive oil was easier than I thought it would be! So happy for you and your hubby!!! Please check back in through your journey!

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  5. Breanne Puglia

    I have done this 6 weeks cleanse about 3 years ago and I felt so great and I lost a lot of weight. I am back up to my weight again though 🙁 I never read this blog when I have done it, so I will start again and tell myself that this is a way of living. I feel I am addicted to carbs and sugar, so this will be hard again. I just have to keep reading all the great stories and follow the recipes. I think I was just getting bored of trying to maintain what I have lost, so this will offer more options for me so I won’t eat the same thing everyday. Thank you so doing this blog!

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  6. Shenade Finnestad

    Hello. My husband and I just started this diet a day ago. Did you experience bloating with this at first? I have quite a bit of bloating and gas. I have always eaten extremely healthy but I have PCOS and other hormone issues that make it extremely difficult for me to lose weight. I have managed to lose 90+ lbs doing strict dieting but they both eventually stopped working. I have kept it off with exercising and a healthy diet and no cheating. My liver enzymes are quite elevated and that is making me very exhausted and almost impossible to shed any weight despite being a perfect eater and consistent with exercise. So this diet is my last resort. I was eating protein, starch and other wholesome healthy veggies before with higher fat meats twice a week. Before this I was on a high protein higher fat low carb diet and I lost over 30 lbs. feeling no energy even on my current eating plan, I was astonished to see after 1 day so far how much more energy I have with taking out the meat and adding in beans and even more veggies then I already eat. I added fruit back into my diet which I took out to help with weightloss and for the simple fact my body does not do wel with fruit (high sugar spikes and crashes).

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    1. Kristen

      Hi Shenade!

      So happy you discovered Dr. Furhman and this blog!

      Huge congratulations to you and your husband for starting the 6 week program! Yes, I had a ton of bloating going on in the first week! If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you read my 6 week journal this has been very helpful for people who are just starting out!

      If there was one benefit to being a nutritarian that I would highlight above all the rest it’s the energy! That is what has kept me coming back to this way of eating time and time again.

      If you want to tame your fruit a bit eat it with some seeds or a bit of nut butter. I add flaxseed or hemp seed to my green smoothies and you can have apples or bananas dipped in flax, hemp or drizzled with raw almond butter!

      I advise you to concentrate on doing the 6 week program without strenuous exercise. Walking is perfect. After the 6 weeks are over you can go back to your workouts as normal. I lost just over 21 pounds on the 6 week program and I did no workouts or walking. Right now focus on learning to thrive without oil and salt and eating more of the good stuff: fruits and veggies!

      I also highly recommend some further reading on diet and exercise: The Well Path: Lose 20 Pounds, Reverse the Aging Process, Change Your Life“>The Well Path. Check with your local library and give it a read. She talks about dry brushing, “activity” over strenuous exercise and reducing stress. She has a section on nutrition that I just replace with Dr. Fuhrman’s protocol.

      Focus on eating as much as you can of these 6 Nutritarian Superfoods!

      I promise, if you do the 6 week program faithfully you’re going to see a lifestyle that works to optimize your body!

      Reach out to me along your way!

      xo, Kristen

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