There is more to healthy eating and living long at or near your ideal weight than nutrition alone.
Clearly, it takes other things besides what we've talked about so far to live a long time. It takes an attitude of optimism. It takes happiness in life. It takes a little bit of luck to have no major tragedies happen to you in life, not have a lot of long-term stresses that last for years and years and wear you down, and have good social relationships and interaction with other people, and things that make you feel fulfilled and make you feel of value in life. Those are all important issues which help enable you to achieve a longer life.
Nutritionally speaking, I'm just giving a rough summary here of some criteria that makes the nutrient rich or "nutritarian" body of knowledge I teach, a complete and overall body of knowledge that says that disease is not the inevitable consequence of age. It’s not natural to have to be physicians who medicate ourselves for all kinds of problems that arrive in life.
As you go to get more medical care, you realize that populations who have more money and more access to medical care don’t live a lot longer than populations who have little or no access to medical care. In fact, the opposite is true. As populations who have spent less money on medical care, take less drugs and less medical care done to them, they generally have a longer life with less morbidity and higher mortality.
So we have multi billion-dollar industries, like the diet industry, the industry of depressed people which thinks that (you know, the psychologists, the social workers, the psychiatrists, the drug companies) where everybody is thinking that the depression is caused by hormonal deficiencies, imbalances and drugs. And nobody really looks at the lack of things in the natural environment that affects brain function.
The Critics way in…
So what we’re talking about is living free of heart disease for example not having heart attacks at all, not having high blood pressure at all, avoiding cancer and all of the major causes of death, and at the same time supporting ourselves in a manner so our bodies cannot age quickly and we can enjoy our later years. And the critics of Eat to Live the Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustainable Weight Loss, don’t really know it well enough because if they knew it well enough they could really critique it intelligently. Most critiques are based on just misinformation, misinterpretation. They don’t know what I’m teaching sufficiently.
For example, not enough of this or that, like not enough fat. Oh, how could they critic that there’s not enough fat? I don’t recommend a diet low in fat or high in fat. I recommend the fat intake to be adjusted to a particular individual’s needs for fat. And that could range from, let’s say, 15% of fat to 40% of calories of fat, whatever that persons needs for fat would be. A person who’s very overweight obviously needs less fat and shouldn’t be eating much fat. It should be low. A person who’s a world-class athlete might need more fat in their diet to meet their caloric need. I’m not fat-phobic and I recognize the need for healthy fats.
But certainly here, I’m talking about people eating less fat that’s low in nutrients. It has to be the fat that’s rich in nutrients, fat, like nuts and seeds and avocados and not empty calorie fat. We’re trying to remove empty calorie nutrients because we recognize that low calorie or empty calorie nutrients leads to a buildup of metabolic waste products because we can’t process calories without a nutrient load, without producing the buildup of waste products.
So having not enough of this or not enough of that is not a really good critique of a healthy diet to begin with., because we’re trying to design a diet so that is exactly enough of what a person needs based on looking at the person, ascertaining a way to make sure they get everything they need, and testing if we’re not sure they’re getting everything they need.
So clearly, we need carbohydrate, but the carbohydrate we take in should be nutrient rich carbohydrate. And we need protein, too. We need enough, not too much, but again, the protein we take in should be nutrient rich protein, especially beans and green vegetables and seeds and nuts which are rich in protein, but actually high in nutrients simultaneously, and reducing the dependence on animal products which are essentially nutrient poor proteins to a degree. It’s also toxic protein. It’s better to take the nutrients needed and metabolize it without producing toxins especially if you consume too much of it.
So we have to be able to understand this to help other people understand. I think if people knew more about about the nutrient rich way to eat, with more clarity, they’re wouldn be so angry at times that it calls into question many of the old fragmented diet, nutritional paradigms that well magazines. Where they’re coming from, the dietician for example, let’s say, who works for Vogue Magazine is going to be angry when she looks at this information because they think they know everything already and it shakes them up.
They have something new to learn. They really don’t know everything about nutrition which has gone to a whole new level and context these days. And so, they have to try to twist it, distort it, knock it or misunderstand it to make media. And clearly, this is a body of knowledge that I think that was well put together so that people could feel secure. At least we’re trying to address all those various parameters that make people get into trouble.
So putting the nutrient rich "nutritarian" body of knowledge together is the purpose of this website, and why I am so excited to have you, guys, as members so you can really understand nutrient rich nutrition. I feel fully expressed to have people understand the full body of knowledge and deal with all the misconceptions.
Dr. Fuhrman is a New York Times best-selling author, nutritional researcher and board certified family physician specializing in nutritional medicine. Learn more by visiting his informative website at DrFuhrman.com.
John Allen Mollenhauer is the founder of nutrientrich.com a Nutritional Education Trainer, and leading authority on Performance Lifestyle, which teaches people how to live a healthy lifestyle successfully and develop Your Lifestyle to better achieve your goals.