I recently read Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live and found it a Godsend as well. Not only because it makes perfect sense (unrefined plat food offers optimal health and healing)but also because Fuhrman breaks down all the fad diets out there and puts an end to all the CONFUSION! Today is day 7 on his six week plan (which I haven't even been following perfectly because of small amounts of oil and salt added to grilled veggies)and I have already lost 10 lbs. However, I do have some questions:
1. I'm regular after eating breakfast and lunch but have no movement after dinner. Is this normal? Should'nt I be elimintating after every meal? Honestly, I haven't been regular, especially without coffee, in a long time so I don't even know. Any thoughts on how I could remedy this? Is laxative tea (smooth move) ok?
*Dinner is where I've been cheating with the small amounts of oil and salt on cooked veggies. I have since cut out the oil but still no change. I make sure to eat a piece of fruit after dinner (usually grapefruit) but still no movement until after I eat my fruit breakfast the next morning.
2. What about B12? Do you take suppliments or is it ok to eat fortified foods/milk alternatives? Which ones?
3. How long does it take for the fatigue associated with food addictions etc. to go away? The fact that I have energy at all without coffe or tea says a lot but I still find myself tired a lot of the time. When will the energy really kick in?
I have more questions so if anyone is out there with EXPERIENCED guidance to offer regarding Eat to Live or other nutritional plans that eliminate refined and processed foods and limit consumption of dairy and meat PLEASE feel free to tell more as it relates to the above questions, loose skin, inches lost, exercise and muscle tone, acne, or anything else you can think of. THANK YOU!!!
Eat To Live by Fuhrman is an excellent book.
One of the best on Nutritional Science in existence.
Regular bowel movements really mean once per day, so I don't think you have anything to be concerned about on that score.
You have to give sufficient time for any nutrients to be assimilated and the waste to be discarded, but it also depends on the quantity of food eaten.
The B12 question?
B12 is available via plants but the amount needed is infinitesimal in comparison to other nutrients.
B12 is measured in micrograms (millionths of a gram) or nanograms (billionths of a gram). One milligram of B12 will last you over two years, and healthy individuals usually carry around a five year supply.
The problem is usually in digestion/absorption of B12 rather than a deficiency.................... http://www.roylretreat.com/articles/b12.html
Further compounding this malabsorption is the putrefaction and fermentation of foods within the alimentary canal caused by combining a protein food with a starch food at the same meal.
Fatigue may take several weeks to go away. You cannot expect Nature to perform miracles overnight. Watch how fast a wound heals or a broken bone mends !!
The energy will begin to kick-in after this point. Much depends on your lifestyle as well: adequate sleep and rest with a graduated exercise plan also increase energy levels, not just nutrition.
Look at the bigger picture rather than the individual parts.
You are more than likely to be Vitamin D deficient, so I would have a 25OHD blood test to determine your levels and procure regular sunlight-exposure, or supplement with high quality Vitamin D3 of at least 5000ius per day depending on your D3 status. This has a huge bearing on energy levels, muscular tone and so on.
I myself started eating a (mostly) raw food diet starting about 3 weeks ago. The only meats I ate were wild fish or grain fed beef. So I'll share what I've experienced thus far. I'm a 26 years old btw.
The first week my digestive system reacted and I had excess gas from not being used to digesting so many sugars and enzymes. I also began breaking out from all the detoxifying I'd been doing.
Starting week 2 I began to feel more energy, a greater clarity of mind, and my skin was looking better, but still had room for improvement. I kept to a basically vegan diet for this entire week, with the exception of 1 or 2 wild salmon filets.
Week 3, I began to cheat more, I remember eating some msg ridden chinese food one night, and the less guilt ridden deli sandwich a couple days later. I did stay in the habit of eating mostly raw though.
I'm beginning week 4. I feel better, my digestive system is working almost perfectly, and I'm normally bursting with energy.
So what would I do differently?
The first week I would have cut my intake by about 25% to avoid excess gas. I would also have drank more water to help take more burden off my skin during detox. I still feel like I'm detoxing but to a far lesser extent since I'm gradually getting healthier.
Wow that seemed long winded. Good luck!
I also wanted to tell you that your metabolism is probably slowing down because of massively lowering your caloric intake, this may be why you are not eliminating with every meal (just a theory). You are also not getting much fat, which is usually why you have to go the the bathroom after you eat greasy food (natural laxative).
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