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  1. deB perry
    April 15, 2010

    This is a great plan…I am totally doing this. ;)

  2. Donna
    April 17, 2010

    This plan sounds great. I just found it today. deB, keep us posted on how it is going please.

  3. tmac12
    April 18, 2010

    I paid over $600 for a weight loss system that pretty much outlined this entire eating plan. (accept my plan had lean meats included)
    This diet plan works and I never felt better. I only found this after wanting to try a vegan diet as a healthy “cleanse”.
    I just wish I came across this website sooner so I could have saved my $$

  4. LindsayH
    April 24, 2010

    Under the LIMITED items, is it one serving of any of those a day, OR can you have one of each?

  5. SusanV (admin)
    April 24, 2010

    It’s one serving of each: starch, nuts, flaxseed, and soymilk. The only one that is required is the flax, but you can have any or all of them in a day.

  6. LindsayH
    April 25, 2010

    OH THANK GOD. I was terrified for a minute. But I am quite determined this time. I have to do this, my health is really suffering.

  7. Sonya
    April 26, 2010

    I’ve been doing this program for 5 days now and have already lost 6 lbs. It was frustrating at first trying to fit in all the food I needed to in only 3 meals a day, but I’m starting to get the hang of it. The most fun I’m having is experimenting with different salad dressings. I’d love to hear suggestions if anyone has some! The Eat to Live book really opened my eyes up and I’m working on changing my child’s diet as well. I thought we were eating healthy by avoiding processed foods, but not healthy enough.

  8. Autumngirl
    April 28, 2010

    Hi,can anyone out there help me?
    I’ve been following this diet for the last ten days. There is so much food to eat that I’m never hungry! I hardly ate any meat before, and now I’ve cut out all processed fats, flours, animal produce, etc, etc.
    Unfortunately, the only result so far is a bloated stomach and not even 1/2lb less.
    Any ideas on what I may be doing wrong? Thanks in advance!

  9. Zoe Whymark
    April 29, 2010

    Does “animal produce” include honey?
    I usually eat 5 meals per day ie morning tea and afternoon tea. In this program, when you say “no between meal snacks” do you mean “only eat 3 meals a day?

  10. Sonya
    April 29, 2010

    Autumngirl-something that has really helped me eat all the food w/o feeling overwhelmingly full is smoothies. For breakfast I do one with a bananna, frozen berries, flax seed, water and a whole bag of prewashed organic spinach. you can’t even taste the spinach and it’s easier to eat a lot of it when it’s ground up. I’ll do a huge salad w/lots of cut up fresh veggies and fruits and 1/2 c beans for lunch and then do the cooked veggies at dinner w/ 1/2 c beans. Or I’ll make a pot of bean and veggie soup and have that. With fruit for desert. I find when I do a huge salad and then have to eat cooked veggies on top of that it’s impossible for me to eat it all.
    Hope that helps!

  11. Autumngirl
    April 30, 2010

    Hi Sonya, thanks for the tip. Apart from the smoothies, my meals are very similar to yours. I thought that all the raw vegetables were to blame for the bloated belly, but I may have been wrong. The last couple of days I’ve been eating the same amount of veggies as before, but chewing them reeeaal sslowww :-)
    It seems to help, so the smoothies may be the perfect solution (not much chewing there)!

  12. chewy
    April 30, 2010

    i follow eat to live 6 week plan too!i love this way of life!my meals are similiar to yours
    L:salad with 1/2 cup of bean
    D:salad,syeamed veg,1/2 cup of beans
    are you eating the 1 cup of starchy veg/grain or not?

  13. Sonya
    May 2, 2010

    I’m not doing the starchy veggie but I will occasionally throw a handful of corn in some black bean cakes and do the grain maybe once a week at most. sometimes I’ll use a whole wheat tomato flavored tortilla to make a “pizza” with broccoli, tofu, tomatoes, mushrooms, pineapple and hot red pepper flakes.

  14. geetha
    May 3, 2010

    Sonya– check out the ingredients in Annie’s goddess dressing– it is tahini based, vegan and really yummy– there are also recipes online on how to make it if you need to adjust the ingredients.


  15. Tammy
    May 5, 2010

    I started following Eat to Live on Monday this week. I at first thought it was only Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner meals however I am a bit confused as it says that you can eat unlimited amounts of the other foods such as raw and steamed vegies. I found that if I didn’t eat a fruit or a veg during the morning or afternoon. I still have a headache due to withdrawl symptoms but so far so good. Am I doing it wrong. This way of eating is sooooooooo much better then the way I was eating even if I have a ‘snack’ of fruit or vegetables.

    • SusanV (admin)
      May 5, 2010

      It sounds like you are doing great! Snacking isn’t “wrong.” Dr. Fuhrman wants you to eat when you are hungry, and if you are truly hungry between meals, then a healthy snack is fine. I’ve compiled a few things he’s said on his website about the subject of snacking in a file here: http://fatfreevegan.com/snacking.htm

  16. Tammy
    May 5, 2010

    Thanks for the info Susan. I know the first day I started the Eat to Live, I felt starved. I think perhaps the snacking may be due to habit and not so much hunger. This way of life is TOTALLY new to me. I am 5’4, 241.6 lbs and I am only 5’4. My body is accustomed to the sugar, caffeine and all the bad stuff.
    I have not ‘cheated’ on anything that is not within his plan. I have prepared about 10 of his recipes through his book. Find it difficult to eat all that food though during one meal.
    I so hope this works as I have tried so many other things without success.

  17. Sonya
    May 6, 2010

    Tammy-My headaches went away after a little over a week.

  18. Jason
    May 6, 2010

    I have been generally eating in accordance with this plan and I have decreased my weight by twelve pounds in two weeks. This is exceptional because of its simplicity, especially for someone already eating a vegan diet. Thanks for the help.

  19. Moretta
    May 7, 2010

    I have had his book for about 2 years now. In that timeframe I choose the raw vegan path and did it for over a year and then fell off the bandwagon.

    I am so eager to try Eat to Live this time around because I can have some steamed veggies. Raw did not sit right with my system.

    As to the 6 week plan, do I follow the unlimited and limited? I only see a limited number of recipes in his book? Where can I get more?


  20. bonner
    May 7, 2010

    question: Can I sub chia seeds for the flaxseeds? I much prefer them and their nutrition profile is even better than flaxseed. I already use them nearly every day.

  21. bonner
    May 7, 2010

    also: I really don’t care for soy milk, but like unsweetened almond milk. Is that an okay substitute?

  22. thubten
    May 8, 2010

    I used to drink almond milk, but switched to rice milk. If I remember, it has less fat and calories. I am not on this food plan, so don’t know much about carbs, fats, etc. as it pertains to the plan so it’s just a suggestion. An uneducated suggestion.

  23. thubten
    May 8, 2010

    Tammy, I too am overweight and addicted to fat and sugary foods. I never go long enough to be hungry, let alone only eat three meals a day. I think if I added up all the food I eat all day and night and condense it into three meals it would be far more than what the ETL program calls for. I think it is very high in fiber and that makes us feel more full so I am going to concentrate on eating the vegetables and nobody says it all has to be done on the first day. It can be gradual, I think. Maybe I’m wrong. I am not a successful dieter! :)

  24. Sarah
    May 8, 2010

    I too have the same question about subbing almond milk for soy milk. I’m starting to make my preparations to start Eat to Live in the next week and I have to be gluten and soy free –so soy milk is out. I looked into rice milk, but all the brands that my Wegmans carries have more calories than almond milk. I do think the almond milk has slightly more fat, but I buy the unsweetened kind of almond milk, so no added sugar, unlike the rice milk that had added sugar.

    • SusanV (admin)
      May 8, 2010

      I’m not Dr. Fuhrman (obviously!) but I think he’d say that almond milk is fine to use in moderation if it’s unsweetened. No “milk” is required on the plan, but he’s said that up to a cup a day is okay to have.

  25. anne
    May 10, 2010

    Does anyone know if the all-fruit Jamba Juice smoothies are okay on ETL? They are basically smushed up frozen fruit with a little fruit juice added – does the little bit of fruit juice kill them? If so, would subbing soy milk or even water for the juice make them okay for ETL? I love fruit for breakfast, but I commute up to 3 hours a day, and it’s really handy to be able to drink my breakfast when I’m running late!

  26. blue
    May 10, 2010

    I have been on the eat to live program for 8 days and haven’t lost anything at all.
    I don’t have a problem with my cholesterol and I’m finding the salt free thing difficult especially at dinner time when most recipes need stock and the family won’t tolerate no salt.
    Does the salt cause weight gain or is that just for the cholesterol and heart health factor?

  27. Kristen
    May 10, 2010

    Being someone who LOVES carbs for breakfast, i.e. oatmeal with raisins, vegan pancakes, toast w/jam… I’m having a hard time finding an Eat To Live approved breakfast that keeps me satisfied.

    Also, are raisins off limits in the ETL diet? I know they’re a dried fruit, however Dr.Furhman uses them in his recipes.

    Finally, it’s so hard having only 1 serving of cooked starchy veggies or whole grain per day. Especially if I have oatmeal for breakfast!How do you avoid the grains without overdoing fruits?

    Anyone have any tips on these three hurdles I need to jump?


  28. Mary
    May 13, 2010

    I have been eating an (imperfect) Eat to Live (meaning I am not 100% compliant) BUT I have gone from a high fat/animal product/”junk” food diet to a nearly Vegan one for about 20 months now and feel absolutely terrific! I have lost 124 pounds – going from 284 to 160 on a 5’7″ frame.

  29. Tammy
    May 13, 2010

    Way to go Mary.
    I have been following things almost to a T….and the first week I lost 6 lbs and this week here, I don’t think the scale has budged at all.
    I hope it starts to move.
    I need to see the numbers move in order to stay motivated.
    I have about 100 lbs to lose.

  30. Autumngirl
    May 15, 2010

    someone after my own heart… :-)
    I also assumed that reducing salt was just for medical reasons (not my case), so I was not too strict at first. Then, seeing my weight didn’t improve I cut it out completely. I just add some celery salt to salads, where I “need” the added taste.
    I must say, it was not the answer either, in about a month I have lost only 2lbs. I hope I’m just in some kind of plateau, and keep trying… (although it can be really frustrating!)
    As for the meals, I often prepare two batches of food (for me and the rest of the family), sometimes this just means separating a portion at a certain stage and cooking it apart as of then.
    Or I make large amounts so that I can freeze some and reheat it a couple of days later so I don’t have to prepare two separate menus everyday.
    Good luck!

  31. Eve Sara
    May 17, 2010

    Regarding the no snacks in between meals- does that include the unlimited food? Is snacking ion carrots etc, allowed?

  32. thubten
    May 20, 2010

    Celery salt is salt flavored with celery. I am starting to experiment with vinegar, like really good balsamic vinegar. It may be expensive, but it lasts forever, gives that salty taste to foods and has no sodium at all.

  33. blue
    May 20, 2010

    Thanks Autumn Girl,
    I think that I’m going to have to separate (my meals) from the family too.
    I’ve been on ETL for 2 1/2 weeks and have now gained 3oog (almost a pound) but I have been sneaking nuts!
    Do you know whether radishes and brussel sprouts are classified as “green leafy” or “starchy?”

    Thubten, I agree nice vinegar helps. I mix flaxseeds, apple cider vinegar and fat free mustard as a dressing.

  34. Autumngirl
    May 23, 2010

    You can find lists of starchy/non-starchy vegs on the internet.
    Here you have a link to a list in the Mayo clinic website (it is meant for diabetes patients, so I would imagine it’s quite accurate): http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes-diet/da00073
    According to it, brussel sprouts and radishes seem to be non-starchy :-)

  35. blue
    May 26, 2010

    Thanks for the mayo clinic link for starchy/non-starchy vegies Autumngirl. That’s comforting information …but also confusing because I’ve read some of Susan V’s recipes for summer squash and she lists them as starchy veg (I’m pretty sure)

  36. SusanV (admin)
    May 26, 2010

    Hi Blue–No, I use summer squash as a non-starchy vegetable. Somewhere around here I have a list of starchy/non-starch veg. according to ETL. If I can find it, I’ll post a link to it.

  37. Janet
    May 26, 2010
  38. SusanV (admin)
    May 26, 2010

    It’s long, but I might as well post it here. This is the list of Starchy and Non-Starchy Vegetables compiled on the Eat-2-Live Yahoo Group.


    carrots (cooked)
    sweet potatoes
    winter squash (butternut, acorn, and other winter varieties)


    bamboo shoots
    beet greens
    bok choy
    broad beans – green beans, wax beans, etc.
    broccoli raab/rapini
    broccoli slaw
    brussels sprouts
    carrots (uncooked)
    chayote (mirliton, chouchou)
    dandelion greens
    green beans
    green peas
    herbs – parsley, cilantro, basil, rosemary, etc.
    Italian beans
    mustard greens
    patty pan squash
    scallion (green onion)
    spaghetti squash
    turnip greens
    water chestnut
    yellow summer squash

  39. Htealthy Librarian
    May 27, 2010

    I love your blog, Susan–and a big thank you to Janet who got me to this particular post. It got me to take a deeper look into Dr. Fuhrman’s wonderful “Eat for Health” book set with “new eyes”.

    Yep, it’s mostly about filling your food “bank account” with vegetables & fruits, with less emphasis on whole grains–even if weight loss isn’t an issue–your “eat in limited quantities” sect. Going for the highest nutritional bang for your buck. ANDI scores/MANDI scores

    From Eat for Health:

    1. Learn to love salads
    2. Greeens are King
    3. Beans & legumes
    3. Juicing & Blending
    4. Cut back on grains (yes, even whole grains)–my big downfall–eat them in smaller quantity

    PS: Loved your Roasted Asparagus Soup!!

    • SusanV (admin)
      May 27, 2010

      Thanks, Healthy Librarian! And thanks to Janet for pointing out your blog to me. I especially love the cartoon because I’ve been guilty of blending up at least one wooden spoon! :)

  40. bassirm
    May 28, 2010

    A big thanks to Susan for introducing eat to live and a huge thanks for this website, generally. I have been trying a few of FFV receipes over the past year with good success. I am extremely opposed to the diet industry, but decided to try the 6 week eat to live plan since it is one of the few diets that is likely to do no harm. I’m on day four and have lost at least 6 pounds. Feel great and definately not hungry. Having a hard time eating everything I am supposed to, in fact. So far so good. Thanks again.

  41. Zach
    May 28, 2010

    I did the Eat to Live 6-week plan, but I extended it for 12 weeks because there was a weight loss challenge in my office that I wanted to win). Over 12 weeks I lost 51 pounds (from 235 to 184). I’m now two days off the “6-week” plan, and even though I’ve steered clear of the animal products since, I haven’t done as well of avoiding fats and sugars. Time to tidy up my eating again. Eat To Live FTW!

  42. Zach
    May 28, 2010

    In response to Kristen’s question, dried fruit is only “off limits” during the 6-week plan. A lot of things in his recipes in the back are off limits on the first 6 weeks. Fuhrman recommends you KISS (keep it simple stupid) by having a breakfast of just fruit – or if you want to be an all-star, blending fruit with some leafy greens for an even healthier smoothie – a lunch of a HUGE salad with some flax seeds and vinegar dressing, and a dinner of some cooked and raw vegetables with fruit for dessert if you choose. This is a simple and relatively cheap way to do things during the 6 weeks, but I doubt anyone does this every day for 6 weeks – we all like variety and that’s what the wonderful recipes on this site are for.

  43. Jill
    May 28, 2010

    First off, Thank you Susan! I was so happy when I found your website after I started ETL 8 days ago. Your recipes have been extremely helpful and inspiring! I was just wondering if anyone else is experiencing symptoms of irritability or quickness to anger? I am loving how I feel in general on the program and have been pleasantly surprised that I am not craving any of the “off-limits” foods. I was already mostly vegan when I started, but cutting out sugar was a big step for me. I have noticed this emotional problem though, maybe I am just not eating enough calories? Any ideas? Thank you!

  44. Rosie
    May 28, 2010

    Are there enough proteins with this diet? Are beans enough?

    Beans give me gas.

    Is there a replacement protein?

  45. plateau8
    May 30, 2010

    I have been following a strict diet similar to ETL, and after reading the link “Why No Snacking on ETL?” I have a new outlook on how “strict” I have not been with my diet. I am 25 years old, 5’2″ and weighing 127lbs.

    But I also was curious as to how I have not lost more weight than I feel I should. Since February, I run 6-8 miles/day and my normal daily intake consists of:

    Breakfast: 1 apple, 1/4 cup raw nuts.
    Snack: raw carrots
    Lunch: 1 cup steamed green beans/peas
    Snack: 1 apple, raw carrots with 1 Tbsp PButter
    Dinner: 2 cups of steamed greens (broccoli, beans)

    I have been eating sugar free popsicles, do you think that could be causing a set back for more weight loss?

    I have only lost a couple inches here and there, toned up more, but have seen any significant weight loss. Does anyone have any advice as to what I can change to get closer to achieving my goal?

    Thank you!

    • SusanV (admin)
      May 30, 2010

      To echo what Maria said, I don’t see any beans (legumes–chickpeas, pinto beans, etc.) in your menu at all. Your body will hold on to every calorie it gets if you don’t eat enough and it thinks you are starving. Be sure to eat at least 1 cup of legumes a day.

  46. Maria S
    May 30, 2010

    plateau8 – Your body is starving. You are BARELY eating to live – let alone eating to run 6-8 miles a day! Your BMI is only 22 which is right in the middle of the normal range – anything more than 20 pounds puts you UNDERweight. Keep in mind that food is not the enemy – BAD food is the enemy. Eat way more of the good stuff and loose the popsicles.

  47. Sarah
    May 30, 2010

    I just finished my first week on E2L and I was down almost 7lbs! Just about 1lb per day! I completely quit caffeine and I cut out the salt as well. Honestly, the caffeine part was the hardest. Even after just one week, I am having less inflammation in my hands and feet and I just feel more energetic. I have been strict about eating less than 1oz of nuts per day and I also have not been eating grains. I limited myself to red skin potatoes 2-3x per week. I still have food cravings and struggle with not snacking because I work a really long day and have an hour commute from work to home. But, I only snack on fruit or veggies. I absolutely love having green smoothies for breakfast…I use 5oz of spinach, 1/2 c pomegrante juice, 1/2 c of almond milk, 1.5 c frozen mixed berries and 1tbsp of ground flaxseed. It really gets my day off to a good start. I encourage people to read the book and to give the 6 week challenge a try!

  48. MissT
    June 2, 2010

    I am really thinking about this plan and I have even bought the book. However, I am still apprehensive because I have very long days. Combine work, college, and a commute, I am up from 5am and I do not get home until 10:30pm. Will 3 meals a day be enough fuel?

  49. Kris
    June 8, 2010

    I just read ETL and am reading the Eat for Health books. I plan to incorporate many of the recommendations, too. I noticed that they are displaying the Andi scores at Whole Foods in the salad bar. They’ve also come up with some new recipes at the deli – without oil. Tonight I bought the raw kale and garlic tahini dressing salad to give a try tomorrow. The sample was delicious!

  50. Little_Lyn
    June 8, 2010

    Hi there. I started this diet a week ago and although i am not overweight at all (5’8″ weighing 8 and a half stone, age 27), i lost a lot of weight quickly when i was 19 being left with loose skin covered in stretch marks. due to this diet i have been able to optimize my exercise routine and reduce the loose skin around my waist. i feel full of energy and havent done in a long time. this is the best health routine i have ever come across as it keeps you eating healthy, and when followed with a fitness routine, keeps you in tip top condition. thank you so much, but can you answer me a question. i do enjoy a few glasses of wine on a saturday night with my fiance, should i stop this altogether or is this ok once a week?? thank you so much, lyn from northern ireland!

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