22 May

Becoming a Nutritarian

Not Your Typical Diet

A typical diet usually contain a list of rules and regulations to restrict calories for weight loss. This is a problem, because when the focus is weight loss alone, results are rarely permanent. The focus of becoming a nutritarian is on nutrition and eating healthfully, which is an undisputed, yet often overlooked critical ingredient to any dietary success. Here, there is no carbohydrate, protein or calorie counting, portion-size measuring or weighing involved. In fact, you will eat as much food as you want, and still over time you will become healthier and will be satisfied with fewer calories.

A properly nourished body will automatically seek its ideal weight, without having to fight the scale or count calories. The fundamentals of this eating style are to increase high-nutrient foods in your diet and to ‘crowd out’ unhealthful low-nutrient foods. What does it mean to crowd-out? It means that as you eat more delicious, high-nutrient foods, you will be reducing your desire for fatty, processed and unhealthful products. When you change the foods you eat to better meet your nutrient needs, you feel better and it eventually becomes your preferred way of eating. To accomplish this, you will be presented with scientific, logical information that explains the connection between food and your weight and health. If you need to lose weight, this information will help you shed pounds naturally and easily, merely as a side effect of eating so healthfully.

Are you excited to be a nutritarian?

What is a Nutritarian? When you learn and practice this eating style, you can proudly call yourself a Nutritarian. A Nutritarian is someone who strives to consume and learns to prefer foods that are nutritious. Quite simply, a Nutritarian:

• Eats mainly high-nutrient, natural plant foods: vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds.

• Eats few, if any, animal products (one or two servings per week at most) and chooses healthier options in this food group.

• Eats almost no foods that are completely empty of nutrients or toxic for the body such as: sugar, sweeteners, white flour, processed foods and fast foods.

The Nutritarian way to health, longevity and weight loss focuses on healthy foods such as green vegetables, other colorful vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds. A Nutritarian is someone who learns to trust the amazing power of the body. If given half a chance, the body will heal itself—with the right food as the catalyst. When you learn how to become a Nutritarian, you will arm yourself with the biochemical sustenance that your body needs to be at its ideal weight and to live a healthy, empowered life. Finally, a Nutritarian lifestyle is an attitude, a mindset, a method that can be followed for a lifetime. As you begin your journey as a Nutritarian, you will be empowered to take control of your own health and life.

(From Nutritarian Handbook)

07 Oct

The Nutritarian Way

The Nutritarian Way

The Nutritarian Diet is governed by what is known as The Health Equation which was produce by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. He developed the calculation which states that:

Health=Nutrients/Calorie (H=N/C)

This type of diet doesn’t just focus on the consumption of healthy provisions such fruits, vegetables and organic fare or abstaining from unhealthy food like those that are high in fat and sodium or processed equivalents. Instead it puts emphasis on maximizing the amount of micronutrients per calorie.

When one eats high amounts of low-nutrient food, certain chemicals in the body are triggered and they are responsible for the development of chronic diseases. They are also the cause of withdrawal symptoms that prompts one to overeat, which eventually causes him to develop food addiction. However, this chain of events is stopped by eating nutrient-rich food.

The amount of each person’s micronutrient consumption is adjusted to the needs of the individual. Being aware of the quantity of micronutrients per calorie density is important in meal planning to maximize weight loss and effectively prevent diseases.

One’s Nutritarian diet is suggested to be made up mostly of food with the highest concentration of nutrients. The pyramid below gives a better idea of how much of each food type should be consumed. The base consists of low calorie and nutrient-rich food while the top consists of high-calorie and nutrient-sparse substances.

nutritarianpyramid

Image source: https://www.drfuhrman.com/

Still wondering what a Nutritarian diet looks like? Here are six guidelines of the diet that will give you a better idea of what it’s like to be a Nutritarian.

  • Eat a large salad every day as your main dish.
  • Consume at least half a cup of beans every day.
  • Have one large serving of steamed green vegetables a day.
  • Females should eat at least 1 ounce of nuts and seeds a day and males at least 1.5 ounces.
  • Mushrooms and onions should be eaten every day.
  • Eat three fresh fruits a day.

Opting to become a Nutritarian will definitely require patience and enough discipline to give up some of your favorite meals, but in return it also offers a wide range of benefits. Maybe you’re still deciding whether this is the diet for you or perhaps you think you’re ready for the Nutritarian shift, whatever the case; weigh the pro and cons and give the diet a good amount of thought before embarking on it.

 Choosing the Nutritarian diet has been said to be the end of dieting, do you think this will be the case for you?

Dr. Fuhrman’s website offers recipes and more information regarding this diet. You may visit it at https://www.drfuhrman.com/

Contributor/Writer:  Kristianne Untal