Becoming Nutritarian — Week 6

Week 6 Becoming nutritarian weight loss journal Dr Furhman Eat to Live 6 week plan Dr Greger How not to Die Diet no oil no added salt reverse diabetesDay 36: Pleasantly Surprised

Last week was a test: would I be able to keep with the “Eat to Live” plan when I wasn’t in the security of my own home?  I think that the modest weight loss I achieved during week 5 shows that it can be done!  Just over one pound of weight loss may not sound stellar but the most notable change came in the form of my body fat percentage.  For week five I lost 1.4% of my body fat, that is double the loss from week four where I lost only .7% of my body fat.  It’s funny that on the weeks where I don’t lose as much weight I lose more body fat and vice versa.

What I Ate:

Breakfast: Sliced banana with 2 tbsp. raw creamy almond butter

Lunch: skipped

Dinner: Baby Romain salad with grape tomatoes, raw pistachios, 1/2 Hass avocado, sliced cucumber, and sliced apples, dressed with balsamic vinegar.  Broccolini (a seriously delicious relative of broccoli that I found at Costco in a huge bag) sauteed in low-sodium veggie stock and garlic powder.  Leftover pink lentils sauteed with veggie stock, garlic, kale and 1 can of Trader Joe’s diced fire-roasted tomatoes and chilies.

Dessert: Frozen pineapple and strawberries with fresh banana, almond milk and 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed

Day 37: (Almost) Back to Normal

I started the day making a big pot of my (new) favorite kind of oatmeal: steel cut.  I make a big pot so I don’t have to slave over the stove every morning (cause steel cut oats take waaaay longer than their rolled oats cousins!).  Dr. Fuhrman only allows for 1 cup of carbs (other than beans–his preferred carbs) per day.  I’ve decided that I prefer my carbs in the morning!  Being out of town last week threw me off my oatmeal-eating routine and it is nice to be back!

Although I don’t intend on quitting the “6 Week” plan when my time is over, I do want to give this week my absolute best effort to see just how much weight can come off on Dr. Fuhrman’s plan!

What I Ate:

Breakfast: 1 cup steel cut oats (cooked in water) with 1/2 cup fresh blueberries and 1 tbsp. chia seeds

Lunch: Baby Romain and spinach salad with cucumbers, grape tomatoes, red onion, green cabbage, and diced jalapenos, dressed with balsamic vinegar.  Broccolini sauteed with veggie stock and powdered garlic.  Leftover pink lentil stew (see Day 36 above).

Dinner:  Ate at a Korean restaurant: I got bee bim bop (not in the hot stone pot cause there is more oil in that version) which is a mixture of cooked carrots, spinach, mushrooms and tofu (I asked for no egg), 1 tbsp. Korean hot sauce and 1/2 cup white rice.

The only bar (that I’ve found) that works on the “Eat to Live” plan.  Photo credit: http://www.fashionablybombed.com

Day 38: Best “Eat to Live”-Friendly Bar

LaraBar is the only bar I’ve found to date that abides by Dr. Furhman’s dietary recommendations.  I discovered it last week when I was traveling out of town at a Whole Foods in Bellevue, Washington.  I got to try the Key Lime and Lemon flavors last week, the Cherry Pie bar has only 3 simple ingredients: dates, almonds and cherries–that’s it!  With 1 full serving of fruit, 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein it’s a minimally-processed bar that truly tastes like the real thing but with none of the guilt!  The only way these bars could be any better would be if they were organic–I’m assuming this will be the natural next step in the company’s maturation!

Dr. Fuhrman can’t seem to say more great things about dates and I was surprised to see how potassium-rich these dried fruits actually are!  Just remember on the 6 week plan, you can only eat 1 ounce of dried fruits and 1 ounce of raw nuts per day, so if you have a 1.8 oz LaraBar be mindful not to eat many nuts/seeds/dried fruits.

What I Ate:

Breakfast: 1 cup steel cut oatmeal, 1 cup un-sweetend almond milk 1/2 cup blueberries with 1 tbsp. chia seeds

Lunch: skipped, had an “Cherry Pie” LARA BAR

Dinner: Salad with mixed baby greens, tofu with baby greens blend

Day 39: Sneak Peek

I decided to step on the scale today, two days premature.  I was shocked to see that I had already lost over 3 pounds!  I am now up to 18 pounds total weight loss for the 6 weeks.  Dr. Fuhrman claims that you will loose 20 or more pounds if you follow the 6 week plan.  I can totally make it if I stay strong!  It’s so amazing to me how fast these 6 weeks have gone!  I can’t explain how proud of myself I am, but I just feel so much better too! 

What I Ate:

Breakfast: 1 cup steel cut oatmeal, 1 cup un-sweetend almond milk 1/2 cup blueberries with 1 tbsp. raw hemp seeds

Lunch: skipped, had an “Apple Pie” LARA BAR

Dinner: Salad with mixed baby greens, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, strawberries, pistachios, avocados, and cucumbers with balsamic vinegar.  Tofu, mushroom and kale sauteed in veggie broth with minced onions and garlic powder

Day 40 — What I Ate

Breakfast: 1 cup steel cut oatmeal, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1/2 cup blueberries

Lunch: Mixed baby greens and spinach salad with 1/2 avocado, grape tomatoes, red onion, Crimini mushrooms, red pepper, cabbage and raw sunflower seeds, dressed with balsamic vinegar.  Leftover tofu, mushroom and kale saute with veggie broth, minced onion and garlic powder

Dinner: Mixed baby greens salad with grape tomatoes, red onion, red peppers and pistachio nuts, dressed with balsamic vinegar.  Split pink lentil soup with veggie broth, minced onions, garlic, carrots, celery, tomatoes and dill.

Day 41: Getting Faster

Making a huge fresh salad two times a day, which requires lots of chopping, mincing and knife skills can be rather time-consuming.  In beginning I ended up with quite a few cuts, scrapes and burns from this new deal of cooking every single day!  Dinner preparation used to take me quite a while.

I’m happy to report that I have this down to a science.  The key is to start your salad first so your hot dish won’t get cold while you are chopping your onions and grape tomatoes for your salad.  Also, making big pots of soups and stews saves you times during the hectic dinner race (when I have to feed an infant, toddler and husband three different meals)!

What I Ate:

Breakfast: 1 cup steel cut oatmeal, 1 cup unsweetend almond milk 1/2 cup blueberries with 1 tbsp. flaxseeds

Lunch:  Desperate times “salad,” yup, I didn’t make it to the grocery store in time for lunch so I had to use any and all raw foods I had left in the fridge, since Dr. Furhman defines a salad as any “raw” vegetables.  I made my balsamic vinegar salad with chopped carrots, apples, edamame beans, grape tomatoes and red onions.  Leftover pink lentil soup with kale, carrots and celery.

Dinner:  Finally got to the store so I had a decent dinner-time salad!  Tofu with minced onions, veggie stock, chopped mushrooms and baby kale.

Day 42 — What I Ate

Breakfast: 1 large banana

Lunch: Mixed baby greens with 1/2 avocado, grape tomatoes, strawberries, Crimini mushrooms, carrots and pistachio nuts dressed with balsamic vinegar.  Leftover pink lentil soup with kale, carrots and celery.  2 blood oranges

Dinner:  Mixed baby greens salad with sliced strawberries, grape tomatoes, pepita seeds, cucumbers, red onions and carrots, dressed with balsamic vinegar.  Leftover tofu with kale saute (see day 41, dinner above).

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Weight Loss for Week #6: -6.8 lbs. // Total Body Fat lost for Week #6: +1.0%

TOTAL POUNDS LOST FOR 6 WEEK EAT TO LIVE PLAN: -21.2 lbs. // -3.2 % Body Fat

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Comments

    1. Kasey

      Hey! I’m not sure if you’ll see this comment, but I just read all 6 weeks of your entries. In the beginning, when you said you felt fear and anger and all of these other emotions for having to try and make your food taste better etc is exactly what sabotaged my first day. I wish I would have held out like you! I felt dread on my first day because it was so much more prep than I’d ever done before, and my mind kept telling me it was too much work. Then I read your little rid bit on the ego and self preservation and it all made sense. I now know I can do this, and I want to thank you so much for these posts. (I’m 18, 207 lbs, and ready to kill these 6 weeks!)

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  1. rita powell

    you should be so very proud of yourself! reading what you can eat I can see just how difficult this way of eating can be. I admire your hard work and self control and you deserve those many pounds lost!

    Will there be any before and after pictures to come, wink, wink (please)!

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  2. Arden

    Whew! I am so happy to have found your website! Thank you so much for posting your 6 week journey. I have started mine today and I know that I can reference to you whenever I am in the least bit of doubt of myself. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE your meal ideas. Can’t say it enough….THANK YOU!!!!

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    1. Kristen

      Hi Arden! So happy you found us!! I have a lot more Nutritarian-friendly recipes to post–so stay tuned!! And I wish you great success on your ETL journey!!

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    1. Kristen

      Hi Julie! My starting weight was 230.2 lbs.! This was the first time I did the 6 weeks and I lost 21.2 lbs., got down to 209. The second time I did the plan I got down to 192.6. I am 6’2″, so I was looking good at 192! My ideal weight, however, is 176 lbs., so I still have a ways to go! I hope you give Eat to Live a try it has forever changed my relationship with food for the better!

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      1. Amber

        I have read your journey and just want to say it’s amazing! I’m a mom of four very small children and really want to change my lifestyle. I’m very over weight as I never take care of myself and have never loss my gain from my pregnancys. Being raise in the south, we have always eaten pretty much anything and everything. My mother and father are both in very poor health and watching them struggle at such a young age makes me want a different life for my kids. I am wanting to try this new life style for my whole family. My kids and husband eat fairly healthy, very rarely eating junk or processed foods. I was wondering if you the 6 week plan would be safe for a brestfeeding mom? Also are there any tips on how to switch my family over? My kids are 6, 4, and 2. The baby is still BF. Thank you for your time and sharing your amazing journey!!!!

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        1. Kristen

          Hi Amber!! I’m SO happy you found the blog and that you are inspired to start a nutritarian lifestyle! YES! You can breastfeed on this diet! My daughter was 6 months old when I started and it didn’t affect a thing! In fact, it will be extra-extra healthy for your little one! So I have some thoughts for you: Start by doing the 6 week plan either by yourself or with your hubby. I don’t advise changing the kids over yet. This needs to be a time that you focus on regaining your own health first and then you can work on tweaking theirs–kinda like the oxygen masks in an airplane! When you do this for 6 weeks at 100% commitment you are going to go through some tough times. You don’t want to deal with the kids being cranky over their diet changes while you are about yours! Next, tell your family and have them help keep you accountable! In fact, please email me through the contact page on the site so I can reach out to you weekly and help you along! As a mother of young kids, I know how hard it is!! I want you to feel great again, and I know this works!! If you haven’t already, subscribe to our weekly emails so you can get my free eBook, The 7 Day Salad Cleanse, this is a great way to prep yourself for the 6 week Eat to Live plan! Also, watch this Dr. Fuhrman video on YouTube today! It is the perfect introduction to why doing this is SO important! Contact me soon so we can get you going!! xo Kristen

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  3. kel8705

    Love your blog! I’ve been mostly plant-based for almost 4 years after reading The China Study and Whole by Dr. Colin T. Campbell, but I still struggle with cutting out all the processed foods (mostly chips, breads, and crackers), as well as the oil, so your website is a perfect, and very lovely inspiration to cut out the junk! I’ve read Eat to Live, Disease Proof Your Child, and am currently reading Super Immunity by Dr. Furhman, I love to read, and I try to read at least two books on nutrition each year to keep me motivated ;-). Thanks so much for sharing your journey!

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    1. Kristen

      Hi kel8705! So glad you found the blog and are enjoying the content! Yes, tell me about it, chips, breads, and processed foods are hard to quit–especially since they are so darn convenient! I will say that after the 6 week plan, Dr. Fuhrman advises for a 90/10 maintenance plan, where you get 90% of your calories from high-nutrient, plant-based foods and the other 10% from processed foods or animal products, if you wish. A slice or two of whole wheat bread is even allowed. This year I actually made a contract with myself to stop eating fried foods, refined sugar, and refined wheat, because I am not yet at my ideal weight. Chips are my absolute downfall so abstaining is my best bet, on month two now 🙂 Hope you stop by again soon 🙂

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      1. Dana

        Omg we must be related ! I am so addicted to chips and that is what messes me up every time I loose a few pounds , it’s like I self sabbatoge !! I quit smoking a year and a half ago and have gained around 25 pounds and I am plant based !! I know how to do this I just need motivation . Congrats on all your weight loss !

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        1. Kristen

          Hi Dana!

          Lol! Chips, chips–they trigger me and I totally end up overeating for the rest of the day!

          If you are already plant-based, you should totally do the 6 week program to lose that weight! You can contact me at any time, wishing you the best!!

          xo, Kristen

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  4. Dylan

    I’m going to be starting the six-week plan on January 4, 2016, the day after I return from vacation.

    It’s great to read up on the experiences of others who have done this, and I’m excited.

    Did your flatulence ever get better? Body adjust to the amount of fiber? That’s my main question.

    I’m a mental health counselor, and REALLY concerned about needing to let one rip during someone’s session! LOL

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    1. Kristen

      Lol!!! I love it!! Welcome Dylan!! Yes, my flatulence got much much better as the bacteria in my gut changed over time! If you’re concerned about work hours you might want to do your heavier raw veggie lifting for dinner instead of lunch. So, have a green smoothie or fruit and seeds for breakfast, a pita with cooked veggies and hummus or a tofu “stir fry” for lunch and then have a mega huge salad for your main course for dinner followed by a bean & veggie soup. I think that would minimize the effects of more fiber during work hours!

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  5. Bunny

    Hi, Kristen! I’ve had the Eat to Live book for a couple of years and have started his plan several times. If I follow the recipes in the book, many of them require so many ingredients… it seems like I have to have a lot of specialty foods on hand. I read your 6-week food journal, and I think I could follow that quite easily, as it is more “realistic”.

    I am encouraged by your stick-to-it attitude, despite your family initially eating different foods. My partner eats horribly. He hates most vegetables, especially greens, beans (except chili con carne), and mushrooms. No G-BOMBS for him! 🙂 He loves burgers, chips, caramels, ice cream, pizza, cheddar cheese slices, etc. I’ve been staying more to the Dr. Fuhrman / Dr. McDougall way of eating. If I have any meat, I am eating it “mindlessly,” as I did for years. If I think about it… I can’t do it! I’ve reached the point –after re-watching Forks Over Knives, et al.– that I don’t WANT to eat meat. I have started to eat Nutrarian again and I feel amazing!!! Tomorrow, I restock the refrigerator for the New Year and a new commitment to HEALTH. Thank you for your inspiration. Your website info is going to be so helpful.

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    1. Kristen

      Hi Bunny!! So happy to meet you and hear your story! I agree, health excellence is a hard choice to make in the face of family who are not thinking about food the same way. But it can be done, and my hubby and mother-in-law both have adopted parts of the nutritarian lifestyle because they have seen that it works! We become living examples that there is a better way to think about food. I kind of think of it like the first non-smokers back in the 1950s when everyone was “doing it.” America is a fast-food, and junk-food based society and there are a lot of people and businesses that have a vested interest in people not eating for their health. That’s why these foods and restaurants have commercials, to convince us against our better judgment. I’m so excited to hear you restocked your fridge and are ready to go!!! I will be posting about the Eat to Live fridge next week and I’m so excited to share!! xo, Kristen

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  6. sandra

    Hi Kristen,
    Thank you for sharing your very inspiring story. I am curious how you handled cooking for your family while also being on this diet. I have two kids and a husband who would definitely not want to eat most of this food so making separate meals for them seems like it would be time consuming and tempting. How did you manage that?

    Thanks again!
    Sandra

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    1. Kristen

      Hi Sandra! Thank you so much for taking the time to post a comment and I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed my Nutritarian journal!

      It was hard, I’m not going to lie! You have to decided that regaining your health is worth the extra effort! In the beginning my husband did not eat on the plan with me, so dinners were the hardest with three separate menus.

      With a little organization you can do it! Your nutritarian eating has to be planned out first. That means making a big pot of soup on the weekend and chopping your salad veggies and keeping them read-to-go! I make lots of recipes that store well in the fridge. Really, if you cook and prep one day on the weekend you can make it happen!

      It’s going to be extra work but you are going to love how you feel on this plan–I promise! Make sure to like MMTM on Facebook where I post daily inspiration and helpful articles!

      xo, Kristen

      I am going to be posting about my prepping tips in the next two weeks, be sure to check back!

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  7. Paulina

    Hi Kristen,
    I am on my day 3 Nutritarian Lifestyle and I found your blog as I feel like I need some support and ideas for good recipes. I do however drink some coffee in am with Ezekiel bread and little peanut butter and honey and if I have sauted veggies I use little coconut oil. Tonight, I did have little steak too, so not as drastic as what you did. I would like to lose 20 lb and keep it off.. Your blog is such an inspiration.. thank you, Paulina

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    1. Kristen

      Hi Paulina!

      Oh, I’m so happy you have begun your health journey and you’re finding the blog helpful!

      I’m a big advocate of making the changes you can live with. I think you’re fine beginning where you can, I would only advise that you strive to eat 1 pound of raw veggies (like salad) daily. That is going to keep you full and help you lose weight faster. Eat the salad first then follow it up with whatever you like–it’s almost like the other food rewards you for eating the salad!

      You can absolutely do it and I hope you check back in with your progress along the way!

      XO, Kristen

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    1. Kristen

      Hi Kaitlin!

      I usually do Trader Joe’s organic Low Sodium broth, but it depends on what’s the best value! Sometimes at Costco (usually around the holidays) they will have bulk buys on low sodium veggie stock so I will get that too!

      I hope to start making my own because it is so freakin’ easy–I really have no excuse!

      Thanks so much for the awesome question!

      xo, Kristen

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  8. Hannah

    Hi Kristen,

    Just looking through your 6 weeks. Looks awesome! I’ve been paleo for ages and not seeing the results I want, I just crave sugar all the time and eat a bunch of fruit which is great – if you aren’t already eating meat eggs and “healthy” fats like oil and nuts at every turn! Just a question with your oats in the morning. Is that 1 cup cooked or one cup raw before cooking? Also how long do you go between meals. I feel like a banana wouldn’t sustain me for 5 hours. I have two kiddies as well and am pretty active, I do weights 3-4 times a week, walk every day and hill sprints twice per week. Your weight loss is so inspiring. That’s about as much as I want to lose total.

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    1. Kristen

      Hi Hannah!

      So happy you found the site and have been finding the 6 week journal helpful!

      First off, I did not work out at all during the 6 week plan! With the amount of working out you are doing you will need to modify the plan. When Is tarted exercising after the first 6 weeks, I would increase my whole grains to 2 cups if it was for an hour or very vigorous, then on non-workout days I would go back down to 1 cup whole grains.

      When I had oatmeal during this journal, it would have likely been 1 cup uncooked if old fashioned oats and 1 cup cooked if steel cut (because I batch cooked steel cut oats).

      I highly recommend not working out during your first week on the plan. This is going to be your week with the most weight loss and you should concentrate on getting the lifestyle under control–it’s also nice to give your body a rest–that’s when I always see the most physical changes! Definitely monitor your avocado and nut intake on the plan, do not eat more than the recommended 1 ounce raw nuts and 2 ounce avocado daily–especially since it sounds like you are very close to your ideal weight! Also, monitor salt, don’t add any to your cooking and watch sodium content!

      Take a look at my Eat to Live Food Prep article for a free printable weekly meal prep schedule (especially helpful when you have kiddos) and after you’re done with your 6 weeks grab the monthly monitor here, to help deal with cheats and slip ups!

      I wish you all the success in the world and I am here for you if you need anything! Just message me through the “contact” page via email or Facebook!

      xo, Kristen

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  9. Sarah (appifanie)

    Thank you so much for doing this! I tried E2L for like…a day once before and the no salt thing was so hard. Not that I even use THAT much salt, but like…if I sit down to a bowl of steamed broccoli, I want to salt it. But I have made oil free baked fries without salt by dressing them with lemon juice and spices, so the vinegar thing makes sense. I’m going to start the plan tomorrow and give it my all! (Except for 1 cup coffee with a tsp. of sugar and some soy creamer, because I have migraines, and if I quit coffee my brain will explode.)

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    1. Kristen

      Hi Sarah!

      I’m so happy to hear that you are going to give the 6 week Eat to Live plan another try!

      I don’t know if you’ve read his books yet, but Dr. Fuhrman has a specific plan especially for migraine sufferers that might be helpful for you!

      Yes, no salt is the absolute hardest thing to get used to on this lifestyle! But, if you stick to the plan your taste buds do change and you begin to taste the subtleties of natural salts in your food!

      I am here if you need anything at all!

      xo, Kristen

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  10. Randy

    The small percentage of body fat loss is very disappointing. Based on the calculations you must have lost mostly muscle mass.

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    1. Kristen

      Hi Randy!

      The body fat percentages were based on my digital scale, my muscle mass did not change (as I did not workout throughout the 6 weeks). The only true way to know true body fat or muscle mass percentages would be with a more clinical measurement like water submersion or full body analysis but I wasn’t willing to shell out that kind of money.

      I used body fat percentage as a guide to have something more to monitor than just weight–I would certainly take it with a grain of salt as at-home scales are not terribly accurate beyond measuring your weight.

      xo, Kristen

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  11. PW

    Kristen,
    When did you start this diet, and have you stayed on the diet?
    I have tried Day off diet and ‘Paleo’ or South Beach, and I’m hoping this one will work.
    I have 40 pounds to lose to be in the ‘healthy’ range.

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    1. Kristen

      Hi PW!

      Congratulations on starting Eat to Live!

      I started my journey on January 28th, 2013 (six months after my youngest was born)! This post was when I was ramping up to start, and you can read my whole 6 week journey here!

      So, I’ve been at this for well over 3 years and I promise you, if you work it (that means do it faithfully!) then it works! Does that mean I have never fallen off track? Oh, I definitely have, you can read about that here. But I always return to this way of eating, not only because it sheds pounds, but because of how I feel.

      You have to do the first 6 week faithfully–that means no cheating. The 6 weeks cleans and restores your body and has you running on all cylinders. After that you need to eat according to your goals, and give this a read where I discuss this more.

      I had done South Beach before this, back in 2005, but it wasn’t for me. I like to eat a lot of food and that’s why this works for me! I’m not into portion control. If you are feeling hungry that means you have to eat a large salad first before you start on your “hot dish.” Also, during this process you are going to get cravings to cheat–that’s your ego at work that loves you just the way you are and doesn’t want you to change, it’s also toxic hunger at work.

      After the 2nd week your body should be in the groove! YOU CAN DO THIS!!

      My #1 advise is to do weekly food prep! You can read all about Eat to Live food prep here and print out the free weekly schedule!

      So glad you found the site and congrats on changing your health for the better!

      xo, Kristen

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  12. Nellie

    Do you think starting this diet would ne okay for someone who isn’t necessarily overweight but instead just needs to lose a few pounds to feel happy and confident with ones self? I’m 4’11 and probably weigh about 51.3kg but I’m really not happy with my stomach, as it is massive, and my thighs; it only seems to be these areas that gain all the weight. I’ve just finished 1st year at uni and whilst I have been plant-based my whole life I don’t really have mych control over what I eat and can easily devour a whole pan pf rice and tub of raw nuts/fruit.

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    1. Kristen

      Hi Nellie!

      Absolutely this lifestyle would be beneficial for anyone–overweight or not! In fact, doing it for health instead of weight loss is the right way to approach it! By getting healthy on the inside the weight loss is just a natural by-product!

      I struggle with binge-eating myself and I really recommend you give this a read: http://mymommatoldme.com/how-to-stop-a-holiday-binge/ Great strategies for understanding why you binge, how to minimize it or recover after you do!

      Wishing you the best success on the Eat to Live plan!

      xo, Kristen

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  13. Nancy

    I’ve been tring to do this diet for 3 weeks and have lost only about 2 pounds. I am sad and frustrated. I have about 20-40 pounds to lose (depending on if you go by his idea of thin or normal people ;}). I don’t get it. I wasn’t eating that badly prior to this, no junk food or soft drinks or things like that, so dont’ know if that’s the reason? Can you help me??

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    1. Kristen

      Hi Nancy!

      So, yes, if you are closer to your ideal weight, the weight doesn’t come off as quickly. When I did these first 6 weeks I was 60 pounds from my ideal weight, and I had not been eating healthfully at all.

      There are so many factors that can contribute to the scale not moving. Things like if you have dieted in the past year and regained the weight, age (over 35 hormones start to affect weight loss pace), stress, and a big one is also sleep.

      I always encourage readers to wait till all 6 weeks are complete–every body loses differently. I lost a lot up front and then a bit more at the very end. If weighing yourself if causing you stress, do not weigh in till the end of your 6 weeks.

      Focus on getting GBOMBS in every meal, especially onions, mushrooms and greens (you can read how they attack your fat cells here).

      I know how frustrating it is when you feel like your health excellence should be translating to the scale–it will come. Try to make peace with it might take longer than you want, but you will get where you want to be!

      Whatever you do: DO NOT QUIT ON YOURSELF! You may not be seeing your weight change but I guarantee your health is changing for the absolute better!

      Wishing you the best on your health journey, Nancy! You’ve got this!!

      xo, Kristen

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  14. Rick Bill

    Hi,
    I am on day 6 of the six week plan and am doing just fine, (my bride prepares all of my meals for me, love that girl), and have a question.

    I discovered early on that eating the salad was a chore so I am just having her toss all of the ingredients for the entire meal into a blender and chopping the meal into a “smoothie” that I can slurp down.

    This seems to fill me up and I am losing weight…..just want to make sure that I am not making a big mistake.

    Best to all,

    Fatty Arbuckle

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    1. Kristen

      Hi Rick!

      Congratulations on your health journey and recent weight loss!

      Absolutely you can do that–Dr. Fuhrman calls them “blended salads.” I really should try it out myself–although I grown to really enjoy salads!

      No, you’re not making a mistake at all! Just keep trucking and stop in to let us know how it’s going!

      xo, Kristen

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  15. Sherri

    Hi there 🙂 Love your blog… just found it…. curious… do you know if the 1 c. allowance/daily for whole grains is dry or cooked? Thanks!

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    1. Kristen

      Hi Sherri!

      So nice to meet you!

      On page 216 of Eat to Live it lists it as “cooked starchy vegetables or whole grains.”

      Wishing you the very best!

      xo, Kristen

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  16. Dana

    Hi loved reading your posts! I was wondering about the Lara bars. Can these be eaten daily? If you have these do you lessen the fruit you eat throughout the day? Are there any soup recipes for the first 6 weeks? How did u make it through the weekends and having a social life doing this plan???

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  17. Nan Wasik

    Kristen,

    I just finished day 4 of ETL lifestyle. Im so glad I came across your blog. I am still having a bit of the detoxing symptoms and this prompted me to seek out more reading material on it. It’s good to know how I am feeling is pretty much the norm. I had anxiety the first 2 days and thus mood swings. Anxiety much much better already. Still a bit moody but headaches are still there. This I am not used to so hope they go away in the next couple of days. I do have to say though that I already have more energy. 😊. I started this journey as my spouse and are are both pre-diabetic now (I am overweight, my spouse is not – goes to show you junky foods affect everyone on the inside even if the outside isn’t showing it). I want both of us to enjoy our early retirement coming up in 3 years and for many years after. Although I am following the plan 100%, my spouse is a bit slower to convert. However, my spouse eating veggies is a great start so I will take it! Thank you for the recipes as even though I have always enjoyed any raw foods, I am a boring cook. After reading your blog, I have decided to start journaling myself so I can look back at times for self inspiration.

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    1. Kristen | Hello Nutritarian Post author

      So wonderful to meet you, Nan!

      Huge congratulations to you and your hubby for starting Dr. Fuhrman’s lifestyle! Yes, detoxing is real and symptoms can come and go throughout your first few months. It’s amazing how soon the energy comes isn’t it? It’s like you body finally has the nutrients it needs and is celebrating!

      I’m so excited for you both to start your early retirement in excellent health! My father, 74, was diagnosed as pre-diabetic back in October 2016 and has already reversed it with Eat to Live! So you can do it too!!

      I just got back from a week-long Culinary Getaway with Dr. Fuhrman in Newport Beach and I heard so many amazing and inspiring healing stories from so many participants! You are in the right place and if you win each day and stack those days up, one-by-one, you are going to feel better than you have in years!

      Be sure to reach out during your journey and I LOVE the journaling idea so much–really does help keep you motivated!

      xo, Kristen

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  18. betty

    Hi Kristen, thank you so much for all the AMAZING content and information! Quick question: Did you drink coffee during these six weeks? Do you think a cup a day with one or tablespoons of a non-dairy creamer (unsweetened) would halt any weight loss? I have read ETL and I know Dr. Fuhrman doesn’t love coffee, but I think he says one cup a day is okay. Wondering if you drank it during your weight loss period?

    Again, thank you!!

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    1. Kristen | Hello Nutritarian Post author

      Hi Betty!

      I did not drink coffee on the 6 week plan–but I never have been a coffee-drinker! I just got back from a getaway with Dr. Fuhrman and this question was asked and he urged the attendees to stop drinking coffee because it’s a stimulant that can also affect taste and sleeping patterns. However, my mom is on what she calls a “modified-Fuhrman” diet (she has a cup of black coffee and yogurt daily) and she has still seen weight loss, just not as quickly>

      Do what you can to start off, it’s waaaay more important to focus on eating lots of greens, beans, seeds, berries, onions and mushrooms! If you’re getting all your veggies in a little coffee won’t slow you down too much!

      xo, Kristen

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