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Hundreds of medical doctors utilize Dr. Fuhrman s Eat For Health system in their medical practice. It is because all diets fail, for vast majority, in the long-run, unless there is an adequate understanding of nutrient density of food and how low-nutrient-eating leads to food cravings, food addictions and fuels overeating behavior. Dr. Fuhrman s Eat For Health is a medical ...more
Paperback, 535 pages
Published August 21st 2010 by Nutritional Excellence (first published March 2008)
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Jennifer
Aug 11, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nutrition, recipes
Like Eat to Live but more staged. Allows folks who don't have the audacity to jump right in to the E2L eating style, to slowly phase it in. Don't get me wrong, even Phase 1 (of 4) is still way lots more fruits and veggies than most people are used to.

The first book talks about the WHY of E2L. This is good stuff and it nevers hurts to reiterate why you're investing so much time, energy, and $$ to overhaul your diet. But I think the science is harder in the initial E2L book. The 2nd book is a comp
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Julie
May 12, 2008 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This book is worth the read. I've implemented many of his ideas in my own life and they work. I can even get my kids to eat kale, squash, broccoli, zucchini, lentils etc. all in the form of "chocolate pudding." While eating for health I've definitely gained a new perspective on food and eating that has changed my life forever.

A warning though: if you try the recipes and are used to salt they will taste bland. Over the course of 7 months my tastes have gradually changed so I have a hard time eat
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Lyn
Jun 10, 2010 Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Fuhrman's latest book and it is great. This one is perfect for anyone, thin or not thin, that wishes to be healthy and eat great. So many myths about food are busted. It makes sense and it works. Now if you are morbidly obese or have serious chronic diseases you want to beat, I recommend Fuhrman's earlier book, Eat for Life, as nothing beats his six-week plan there. If in doubt, read both!
Lindsey
May 19, 2010 Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in getting healthy
I loved these books. They just made so much sense to me. The whole point of Dr. Fuhrman's program is that you want to eat foods that are high on the nutrient density scale. Nutrient density is figured by amount of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) per calorie. So you eat foods which give you the most bang for your nutritional buck.
His scale has really saved me some time, and it helps me cut right to the chase when shopping for produce - I go right for the greens! They are at the very top of
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Cynthia Vogel
Sep 12, 2013 Cynthia Vogel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A revolutionary book that I will come back to again and again. I have tried everything to lose weight and really was eating what would be considered a healthy diet. But I could not lose weight ...no matter how much I exercised or cut back. Once I applied the principles in this book I rapidly lost 18 pounds and am still losing. That without hunger or denying myself OR counting calories and "tracking." I have seen improvements in hot flashes, anxiety attacks, pain levels and other benefits as well ...more
Greg
Jul 26, 2013 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book once before. Eat for Health and Dr. Fuhrman's other book, Eat to Live present a persuasive case for living a vegan or near vegan diet. I am not persuaded really by his arguments that humans don't need more than 60g of protein even if they are an athlete (paraphrasing here), but I do agree with him that higher vegetable and fruit intake will help one to feel healthy and more satiated if they are trying to lose weight or are dealing with heart disease. Eat for Health approaches di ...more
Christina
Sep 16, 2011 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I only read volume one, and am eagerly awaiting the second. Making the small changes in my diet suggested by Dr. Fuhrman were not difficult for me, as I am in good physical condition and practice a vegan lifestyle, mostly. I did not monitor my sodium, nor did I realize it could cause stroke later in life. Very small changes now can magnify in health costs and benefits over time. Another point I learned was hunger is in your throat, while I always thought I was hungry in my stomach. Vegetables, b ...more
Todd Thompson
Jun 18, 2015 Todd Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good follow-up to Dr Fuhrman's landmark contribution to nutrition as a means of healing human disease, Eat To Live. The doctor gives sound advice on the why's and how's of turning your health and appetites around.
Ginger
Aug 07, 2010 Ginger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone suffering from any disease
Recommended to Ginger by: Ann Isom
Shelves: health, cooking, science
Once again Dr. Fuhrman produced a very readable piece of advice on diet and disease. I'm a testament to the truthfulness of his message. Veggies and fruit are the fountain of youth and God's gift of natural healing. To hear an MD touting this message is somewhat of an anomaly. This book is different than his book Eat for Life, because it focuses more on the science behind his claims instead of comparing and contrasting different diet approaches. Also there are tons of tasty recipes to try in EFH ...more
Kaycie
Mar 30, 2009 Kaycie is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I am already on board with what Dr. Fuhrman is saying, so I intend to rate this book based on the recipes. After all, this way of eating is so dependent on whether folks can follow his guidance. I have tried in the past (after reading his other books and independent research), but have not stayed with the eating style. It isn't that I don't enjoy healthy food; actually, I prefer it. Rather, I find it difficult to make time to prepare healthful meals (I work 80 hours/week).

I am going to begin wit
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Toby
Jan 19, 2010 Toby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A comprehensive guide to eating for health. The title says it all. This is not about vegetarian-only, vegan-only , or meat-only diets. This about simple common sense that we've known for years. Vegetables are the best form of food on the planet. Does that mean if you eat meat, then you should be crucified. Absolutely not! But, make the majority of your diet focused on vegetables and nutrient-dense foods will help you live a long healthy life.
Sasha
In some ways, when you've read one Fuhrman book you've read them all. This has a little bit more of a focus of gradually transitioning into eating in this style, and how to eat in this style for the rest of your life. What I got out of it that was new could have been summarized in one page or less--primarily that we are trying to have 1/2+ lb raw veggies and 1/2+ lb raw veggies or fruits once per day respectively, generally before our regular meals. There's also detailed meal plans and recipes, ...more
Stacia
Mar 03, 2014 Stacia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
A simplified version of Eat to Live that offers an easier 'phase-in' plan for implementation. Four weeks of meal plans (what sold the book to me), along with plenty of good recipes.

If you want more of the scientific info behind the Eat to Live plan, read Eat to Live. If you want a more reader-friendly, user-friendly version of the plan, pick up this one.
Alex
Feb 28, 2016 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
My mom loaned me this book a long time ago, but I just now got around to reading it. (Sorry, Mom!)

I definitely believe there is a strong correlation between what you eat and how you feel, and I love reading books about health and nutrition. I may not always agree with everything a book says, but I always find at least something new to incorporate into my life.

This book in particular has a lot of information I've already heard, but the parts about learning to tell when you're truly hungry were
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Emily
Jul 22, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2013
This has a lot of the same information as "Eat to Live" but more user friendly and more ideas on how to ease into this way of eating. It is definitely motivating to read about what "bad" and "good" foods do to your body. I am a firm believer in disease prevention and food as medicine. Dr. Fuhrman's basic premise is to focus your diet on the most nutrient dense foods (the most amount of nutrients per calories). These best foods in order are vegetables (especially greens), fruits, beans/legumes, n ...more
David Glad
My takeaways were scary health effects of consuming fish three times a week due to trace amounts of mercury that will build in body (takes years to detox), talking point to folks on milk not having the perceived health benefits (exercise needed to prevent osteoporosis), and maybe I will try to go cold turkey away from coffee. Although typically high fat in nature, seems nuts can deserve mention after all if you are athletic as my current state. (Had been mainly flax seed from time to time and lo ...more
Greg
Jul 26, 2013 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book once before. Eat for Health and Dr. Fuhrman's other book, Eat to Live present a persuasive case for living a vegan or near vegan diet. I am not persuaded really by his arguments that humans don't need more than 60g of protein even if they are an athlete (paraphrasing here), but I do agree with him that higher vegetable and fruit intake will help one to feel healthy and more satiated if they are trying to lose weight or are dealing with heart disease. Eat for Health approaches di ...more
Mabeo
Aug 29, 2010 Mabeo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an ongoing read for me and it builds off of Fuhrman's first book Eat to Live with a more phased approach built in. It really gives you a good sense of what "nutrient dense food" really means. A lot of diets focus on lean protein and that's always been hard for me as I like meat less and less. This book focuses on vegetables and I am shocked at how the more I eat them the more I want them. It literally changes what your body craves which I did not think was possible. I thought this would ...more
Roxanne Nichols
May 23, 2009 Roxanne Nichols rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
for me, i've finally found a resource that supports our bioligical disposition for vegetation. i jumped into phase 4 (since already being a vegan) May 1 and my body has never felt better. i sleep amazingly, no stomach upsets, i have a better attitude, i have great energy during the day.

it is just mind-boggling how much toxic food that we consume without considering what the heck is in it. we are so culturally shakled to tradition and convenience. i'm glad to be out of it.

NOTE TO FUTURE READERS:
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Carol Appleton
Jan 21, 2013 Carol Appleton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my very favorite health/nutrition book sets! The first book shares Dr. Fuhrman's perspective on food and nutrition (a previous Olympic athlete). He ranks foods on a scale that he created (the Mandi scale) which scores foods based on nutrition and recommends eating the highest-scoring items. For example, kale is ranked the highest and soda (or POP for my northern family and friends) is one of the lowest.

The second book is a "how to" get off the Standard American Diet (SAD diet as he calls
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LaDawn
Mar 11, 2013 LaDawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diet-nutrition, 2013
Very similar to his first book, but this one advocates a more realistic approach; no single food is forbidden, so you don't have to feel like you will be deprived in following the plan, but that's a trick, really, because once you start eating this way, you will lose the desire to eat a lot of the foods you once considered a necessity of life!

I lost thirty pounds when I first started his original eat to live plan. I kept all but five off for over 6 years. When various stresses entered my life, I
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Katherine
Feb 08, 2016 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this guy! His best known book, Eat to Live, completely changed the way I think about food and nutrition, and this book was a great supplement to aid in the practical application of the author's "nutritarian" principles.
Julie
Oct 31, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been slowly starting to eat this way for a while now without knowing about Dr. Fuhrman. I definitely need to make more changes, though.
Ann Samford
Eat more leafy greens. 1 pound or more a day. Have been nearly vegan now about 3 months now and feel encouraged to figure out salads
Gayle
Oct 28, 2014 Gayle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good introduction for anyone, already sick or not yet, searching for a new way to health. The program works!
Cailean
May 24, 2016 Cailean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love love love Dr Fuhrman and his Eat to Live book - I was hoping for new information in this (library had it as one big book) but found mostly a reiteration of his Eat to Live book with a workbook format in some ways, tasks to strive for, and a lot of recipes in the back. If you had to choose between this and his original book Eat to Live, I would definitely go for Eat to Live. However, if you're really itching to read anything and everything he's written, then you will probably enjoy this.
Noeljensen
Nov 09, 2014 Noeljensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eat for Health is a great title and suggests something that we should all be doing
Dorothy A.
May 04, 2013 Dorothy A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book and feel that Dr. Fuhrman has the right idea. We need to eat more foods that are in their natural state and less processed foods. He has many testimonials and even tells people who don't feel they can give up what they love, then don't. Just add more nutrient dense foods to your diet every day. Before your regular meals. Eat more fruits and veggies. Fresh. It is well worth your time to read this book and decide for yourself if you can start to make these change ...more
Sandra
Mar 21, 2016 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gives you a month of menus with some recipes. Good to read after Eat to Live. I am reading all of Dr. Fuhrman books. If you want to live a healthy life, or reverse an illness, then you need to read this book!
Michael Shrader
Dec 19, 2011 Michael Shrader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Fuhrman makes a lot of intersting points in this book. All make sense and are obviouls once you think about them. Overall there is likely nothing new here, but it is presented in a logical way that I think will work for most people. I have started to ease in to his suggested way of eating and thinking about food. Eating healthy is not as painful as it may sound to some people. The books are pricey but I heartily recommend them to anyone interested in good health (and weight loss).
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“As your level of micronutrients increases—by consuming greater amounts of high-nutrient foods—your appetite will naturally decrease. The result is that you will become healthier and will look and feel young well into your later years.” 1 likes
“All of our actions and decisions are governed by our core beliefs. Our core beliefs define the limits of what we will and will not do. You may need to change your core beliefs in order to get healthy. At this point, you know that eating more vegetables has health benefits, but you may not really feel that this life-saving information will give you control of your health destiny, save you from suffering with pain, and add many quality years to your life. Your subconscious mind hasn’t accepted it yet. For many people, the partial knowledge that they have acquired is in conflict with their core beliefs. They are unable to accept it, so their awareness of it dims and, with it, the ability to make the changes.” 0 likes
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