To help us get started with the New Year, Joel Fuhrman, M.D. made an appearance on The Dr Oz Show to discuss the challenging issues dieters or anyone who wants to make better food choices that enhance health in making and keeping New Year’s resolutions. He offered a number of valuable tips.
So who is Dr. Fuhrman? He is the bestselling author of several books, including Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Revised Edition. A frequent guest on The Dr. Oz Show, he also appears on PBS. His latest book, released in December 2012 is The End of Diabetes: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes. The topic is timely, as diabetes reaches epidemic levels not just in the U.S. but worldwide.
During his segment entitled “5 Diet Disasters and 5 Food Solutions” on The Dr Oz Show, Dr. Fuhrman discussed some mistakes well-intentioned dieters make when trying to lose weight as well as tips for recognizing and overcoming food addictions, which can lead to overeating and self-sabotage. He has never been one to shy away from criticizing diets that are ineffective. Among them, he notes that gluten-free diets are not helpful unless a person truly has a sensitivity to wheat. The reason? The tendency to consume too many of the processed “gluten free” products that the food industry has put out. While these products may be wheat and gluten free, they are often loaded with simple sugars and refined carbohydrates that may lead to overeating. Similarly, high protein diets are not helpful, particularly for diabetics, he notes.
You can see the video segments at the Dr. Oz Web site; direct link here. You’ll also find some recipes including Cashew Dressing and Quick Banana-Oat Breakfast to Go.
So what are some of the solutions he offers? The good news is that Dr. Furhman is not asking people to be restrictive in calories or food, but quite the opposite. Seek out whole, natural, unprocessed plant-based foods that are high in vital nutrients and typically high in fiber and water. Yes, this means abundant vegetables — both cooked and raw — as well as fruits, as well as beans and legumes. These are foods that satisfy and can help you overcome what he has termed over the years as “toxic hunger.” And similarly to overcome such hunger and discover true hunger, we must seek out these highly nutritious foods that satisfy; doing so makes one a nutritarian. He notes that when you no longer eat foods you are craving — typically unhealthy, highly processed foods with too much salt, sugar, etc. — you will go through some literal physical withdrawal symptoms, but these will subside over time.
That is the key, I have found in my own life; focusing on the wonderful plant-based foods that we can eat instead of those ultimately unsatisfying foods we crave and that drive the addictions.
Again, the link to watch all the videos is here. .
Skinny Bliss readers, did you see this episode? Let us know what you think. Do these tips help you?
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