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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
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Published August 21st 2010 by Nutritional Excellence (first published March 2008)
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Jennifer
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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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Stacia
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.
Lindsey
May 19, 2010 Lindsey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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
Ginger
Aug 07, 2010 Ginger rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone suffering from any disease
Recommended to Ginger by: Ann Isom
Shelves: cooking, health, 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
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
Lyn
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!
Emily
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
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
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
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
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
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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Julie
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
This is a good introduction for anyone, already sick or not yet, searching for a new way to health. The program works!
Noeljensen
Eat for Health is a great title and suggests something that we should all be doing
Dorothy A.
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
Michael Shrader
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).
Jan Schaeffler
I bought the books and I'm glad I did. I refer to them often. I like the author's philosophy of choosing nutrient dense foods being your first choice He recommends one pound of raw vegetables and one pound of steamed vegetables daily. His book allows you to work up to that and gives you a step by step plan. The second book is recipes you can live with. He believes that chronic diseases can be cured with vegetables and fruit from a "farmacy", not using drug from a pharmacy
Carol
Everyone should read this book! His common sense, relatable style is great for anyone with a chronic condition, weight issues, or just serious about being in the best health possible. Many of his principles echo Weight Watchers' philosophy, he just expresses it in a different way. I intend to incorporate his suggestions into my long-term healthy lifestyle choices.
Christinegrabowski
This book (and others by Dr. Fuhrman) is very inspiring and is helping me to make many changes to my family's diet. I purchased this book for my dad to help him improve his health. So far, in 2 weeks, his blood pressure has decrease 16 points, his ankle swelling has disappeared, and his PVCs (heart skipping a beat) has almost disappeared.
Nicole Davis
loved it. I am interested in becoming a nutritionist, and therefore have been reading and educating myself on all things nutrition. I couldn't find any healthful way of life that 100% made sense to me, until coming across this book. This book is Awsome, and really helps you move up levels of nutrition.
Jodi
I really like Dr Fuhrman's approach to eating, not dieting. Unfortunately my body has forced me into seeking out healthy eating. I encourage anyone to read this and really think through what kind of food they are putting into their body and if putting more unprocessed fruits and vegetables sounds doable.
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