I have recently changed my lifestyle to be more healthy out here on the road. I was tired of being overweight – 230 pounds at my heaviest weight while standing at 5’3″. Along with the weight, I had sleep apnea, Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and blood pressure that was creeping up. I was tired a lot of the time and no longer could run or walk long distances because my feet hurt.
I had tried numerous diets to no avail. Weight loss plans frequently work for the short term, but the lost pounds never stay lost, because I can’t stick to the plan. Now weight loss surgery is becoming popular, but the dangers behind that are well known. Add to that the sedentary nature of driving a truck, and the whole thing seems downright hopeless.
All is not lost
When I came across Dr. Joel Fuhrman‘s books, The End of Diabetes and Eat to Live, I was intrigued but skeptical. I read the books, and surprisingly, the science behind them made sense. Dr. Fuhrman was not concentrating on weight loss, per se; he was writing about getting healthy.
The average American eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) is overweight and undernourished. No wonder the initials spell SAD! We are eating too much, but more importantly, what we are eating does not contain the nutrients our bodies need to be healthy. We have been eating high calorie, low nutrient junk food, resulting in obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
No miracle cure, the plan does involve eating mostly plant food, with green leafy vegetables at the base of the new food pyramid, fruits and beans at the next level, nuts and seeds at the top. Chicken and/or fish can be eaten once or twice a week, but red meat, eggs, and dairy are not recommended. Sugars and processed foods are not allowed.
Dr. Fuhrman has helped his patients not only lose weight but reverse diabetes and heart disease. With his plan of eating, one gets slimmer and healthier.
“But I’ll be hungry!”
No, you won’t be. As Dr. Fuhrman explains, the reason diets fail is that the conventional wisdom, that we are overweight because we simply eat too much, is false. We are eating the wrong things. We are getting our calories from fat, refined carbohydrates, and low-nutrient foods.
He shows how one can eat very filling and satisfying meals that contain a wide variety of nutrients and fiber. The eating plan, which he calls the Life Plan, should be 90 percent unrefined plant foods, while animal foods (mostly fish and chicken) and processed foods, should be no more than 10 percent. Here is a typical day:
Breakfast – Fruit smoothie with greens (spinach, banana, blueberries, almond, soy milk, pomegranate or other unsweetened fruit juice, and ground flax seeds)
Lunch – Bean burgers, fruit, and salsa with raw vegetables (carrots, celery, snow peas, mushrooms)
Dinner – Vegetable stir fry and strawberries or other fresh fruit
If this sounds restrictive, it is; but not half as restrictive as a hospital bed. You can eat a LOT of fresh vegetables and fruit without eating many calories, as a whole head of lettuce is 35 calories. This plan can easily be done on a truck, it just takes some planning and a good cooler. Tips,recipes, and my own progress are to come in later blogs! In the meantime…
Happy, healthy eating!
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, Weight Loss