I've been reading Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live, and it is the plan he presents in his book that I have been basing my diet on lately. And I'm really loving it! He advocates what is called a "nutritarian" diet, or basically eating high-nutrient foods and avoiding low-nutrient ones. High-nutrient foods are whole plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Low-nutrient foods are meat, cheese and other dairy products, animal products, oils and highly-processed foods like white bread, for example.
On the surface, this may seem like a difficult way to eat, and for those of us (myself included) who were raised on hamburgers and sugary breakfast cereals with milk, it can be a challenge at first. But the reality of it is, it is actually quite simple. If it's highly processed, avoid it, and if it's natural, eat it. It can take a little time to get used to, but the more you do it, the easier it gets, and you eventually PREFER to eat this way because you'll be losing weight so easily and feeling amazing!
You may be wondering, isn't this the same thing as a vegetarian or vegan diet? It can be, but not necessarily. You can still eat small amounts of meat and other non-plant foods, as long as you're making 90% of what you eat be plant-based.
When I say "diet," I don't mean a temporary way of restrictive eating to lose weight. What I'm referring to is a different definition of the word, as in the food a person eats every day and for life. And I'm not saying eating meat is "wrong" or anything like that. What I am saying is that the most nutritiously-dense foods on the planet are plants, and that's what I recommend we should eat most of for optimum health. As a disclaimer, I'm not a doctor or dietitian, but I have spent a large part of my life researching and practicing different ways of eating, and so far this has been the best one I've found. Now, my personal daily eating habits are a little different than Dr. Fuhrman's, but the basis of it is the same.
The formula is very simple; fruit for breakfast, salad with beans for lunch, and salad and two cooked veggies for dinner, fruit for dessert. You can also add other things like mushrooms, quinoa and whole grain rice and nuts and seeds, but you'll want to limit these. But that's basically it!
What do you think about the idea of a nutritarian diet?