“Eat to Live” – Week 3

Eat to Live is a book by Dr. Fuhrman. I decided to follow his “nutritarian” guidelines for six weeks.


LionRoaringThe third week was not as good as the second. My emotions were all over the place. I was very irritable at times. The rash on my back flared up again (very itchy) for a couple of days and I began to have symptoms of an ear infection. I haven’t had one of those since we moved from Texas (where I had chronic ear/sinus infections with seasonal changes). Fortunately, the ear thing passed quickly. Toxic hunger returned and seemed to center around the emotional stuff. If I felt anything, I wanted to eat. Toward the end of the week I felt yucky again. On the upside, my face is really soft.

Added a bit of exercise to the mix. It seemed like the added movement increased my detox some. Immediately after the stationary bike I felt nauseous, but felt better a few hours later. I felt really bad by the end of day 16, and the morning of day 17 was even worse. Kind of like the flu I guess, but not quite the same. It subsided for a day or so, and then returned with a vengeance. My intentional movement looked like this:

Day 15: 40 min Stationary Bike
Day 16: 20 min shoveling snow + 48 min walk trudging through snow with the dog
Day 18: 2 mile jog, 10 min stationary bike, 1 mile walk/jog + 40 min shoveling snow + TKD class
Day 19: 45 min stationary bike + teaching TKD class
Day 21: 4 mile jog (w/ some walking) + 30 min training walk with the dog

riceI had a bit of rice one day this week, but mostly I stuck with the fruits and veggies. Later in the week, I didn’t feel like eating as much though, so that probably explains lower energy levels. I read somewhere that when you aren’t hungry, your body is trying to heal. I hope that’s the case. I don’t know what it’s healing, but I guess I’ll keep trying to listen to the cues it’s giving me and hope they are right.

I released a total of 2.6 pounds, with the break down, by day, looking like this:

Day 15: -0.4
Day 16: no change
Day 17: woke really early and didn’t weigh
Day 18: woke early again & forgot to weigh
Day 19: -1
Day 20: didn’t weigh
Day 21: -1.2

As I mentioned in my hormone post, in addition to this dietary changes, we’re fasting from television right now. I can definitely say that it is far easier to hear the Lord without so many food and media distractions. It feels like a very stable place to be right now.

“I will listen [with expectancy] to what God the Lord will say, for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints (those who are in right standing with Him)—but let them not turn again to [self-confident] folly”. – Psalm 85:8 (AMP)


For the first three weeks of the challenge, I’ve released 12.2 pounds. Next week I’ll also measure again.

Onward to week 4!


7 thoughts on ““Eat to Live” – Week 3

  1. Sounds like you are doing great! I love following your progress, it is helping to keep me motivated. It is almost two weeks for me and I’m down 6.5 lbs. I was perfect all week (until last night) and didn’t suffer from too many cravings. I did have a bad headache one day, but other than that I’ve had so much energy! I’ve been working out everyday and feeling so positive about my lifestyle changes. Last night I had an oopsie moment and went out to eat with my family to our favorite Japanese rest and I splurged on fried rice, sushi, and sake. But I’m back on it today, have my menus planned out and I’m going to Whole Foods to stock up on all my food for the week. Excited to start week 3!

    • Wow – Congratulations, Julie!! I am so excited to read about your journey! I’m glad you’re feeling so well. I hope to be in that camp soon. Great job getting back on track. Planning menus and shopping ahead of time will help a great deal! Can’t wait to hear more about how things are going! Keep up the good work! Blessings!

  2. It is soooo great to read about your successes and your challenges. It’s so much to keep up with. I’m claiming you as my inspiration TODAY. Looking forward to more news of your continued success.

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