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:
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.
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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