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Greens and Beans, baby!

March 25th, 2010 · 12 Comments

Six weeks to health and wellness

Starting on Sunday, March 28, 2010 and for the next six weeks Monique and I are starting our new “Greens and Beans” dietary lifestyle. So far, with sticking to just eating from our Weight Watchers menu items for the past three weeks we have both lost about 7 pounds each.

Coincidently, Wednesday (March 24, 2010) on the radio PRI’s The World did a piece on Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Marco Werman talked with British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver about the healthy food “revolution” he’s trying to start in the US. Download MP3. The interview excerpted below:

“One-third of American children are overweight or obese, putting them at increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other illnesses. The problem is so acute in this country that British Chef Jamie Oliver came all the way over here to do something about it. Oliver’s TV series follows him to the town that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention labeled “Americas Unhealthiest Community, Huntington, West Virginia.” Listen to the entire interview, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Having just finished reading the book “Eat to Live” by Joel Fuhrman, M.D., on the same day, and he has some startling medical breakthrough findings that are quite eye opening.

2% milk is not 2% fat
One of Dr. Fuhrman’s findings, for example is the truth about 2% milk.  Did you know that this milk touted by the industry is actually not just 2% fat. The dairy industry fooled us into thinking that it is only 2% fat because they compare the entire % of fat to the volume of totaling all the liquid in the amount given. However, there are 43 calories from fat in a 1 cup (8 ounce) portion of milk, since 1 cup of milk has 122 calories, it is actually 35% fat from calories. When you compare 100 calories of one food to another, then you get a better picture of true nutritional value.

And with our focus of going back to simpler, whole, and unprocessed foods, it makes sense to make from scratch whole grains, sauces, unadulterated foods from just about everything we are eating these days.

Critics abound
Now some folks have said many negative things about Dr. Fuhrman and his ETL diet plan, attacking his comparison of broccoli versus steak and which one has more protein, is just one of them I found recently.

Fuhrman advocates that on a per calorie basis that broccoli contain more protein than your average steak. After crunching the numbers in a comparison on both from various nutritional data sources, the average seems to be about equal amounts of protein in 100 calories for both, actually broccoli computed to 10 grams protein, and 100 calories of a rib eye steak was 9 grams of protein. The point is, you can fill up on 400 calories of broccoli or vegetables for that matter, before you fill up on 400 calories of steak. By the way, 400 calories of broccoli is about 13 cups, and 400 calories of rib eye steak is 5 ounces. The other point here about the ETL diet is that you will fill up on 100 or 200 calories of vegetables before you would fill up on meat.

We are going to try the ETL 6-week diet plan, and draw our conclusions during and after the timeframe.

The Six-Week Plan
The ETL plan has folks averaging about 20 pounds of weight loss in the first six weeks, then 10 pounds in the next month, and then about 1 ½ pounds per week thereafter.

Fuhrman summarizes his diet by providing “Ten Easy Tips for Living with the Six-Week Plan”

  1. Remember, the salad is the main dish; eat it first at lunch and dinner.
  2. Eat as much fruit as you want, but at least four fresh fruits daily.
  3. Variety is the spice of life, particularly when it comes to greens.
  4. Beware of the starchy vegetable.
  5. Eat beans or legumes every day.
  6. Eliminate animal and dairy products, fish, or fat free dairy twice per week.
  7. Have a tablespoon of ground flaxseed every day.
  8. Consume nuts and seeds in limited amounts, not more than one ounce per day.
  9. Eat many mushrooms all the time.
  10. Keep it simple.

For the next six weeks, I will be posting updates on our progress, in addition to some new recipes that are mostly vegetarian, with an emphasis on whole foods cuisine. If anyone would like to join us on this plan, please do, but I suggest that you get a copy of the book and read it from cover to cover, then join us in this life changing experience.

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Tags: Commentary · Eat To Live · Vegetarian

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 penny aka jeroxie // Mar 25, 2010 at 7:51 am

    I wish I could eat legumes… but baby steps I guess. And yes I am trying to get more healthy too

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  • 3 pegasuslegend // Mar 25, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    awesome and just what I am lookingfor these days so glad to read this one….great info and have been doing almost identical for awhile now, this is a great regimen

  • 4 Ingeborg // Mar 25, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Congratulations on the weight loss, that you and Monique have accomplished. Keep up the excellent work.

  • 5 Michael @ // Mar 25, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    You go, Chef! I’m excited for you, I bet you will feel great as you go along, especially if you get some aerobic excercise in there as well. And hey, I know a great website where you can find some vegetarian inspiration :)!

  • 6 Doc // Mar 26, 2010 at 7:13 am

    I may have to send you my book Chef! Not selling any weight loss diets or gimmicks here, just a culinary survival for the everyday-which is why I probably can’t get a publisher!

  • 7 Jessie // Mar 26, 2010 at 8:58 am

    great plan, I like how it is very healthy and encourages to eat clean foods like fruits, veggies and legumes

  • 8 Luigi // Mar 26, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Greens and Beans…hmmm… I don’t mind at all. I’ve always loved veggies ever since. I hope that everyone will take this into consideration.

  • 9 Aggie // Mar 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Something must be in the air b/c this is how I’ve been eating for the last week. I’ve had 1 piece of salmon since last Friday and beans everyday. Trying to get as many vegetables in each meal. I feel great after just one week! Good luck and congrats on the first 7 lbs! I am loving the Jamie Oliver Revolution!

  • 10 Barbara // Mar 29, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Greens and beans are easy for us Southerners. But leaving out the ham hocks we usually cook them with? Hard! Many thanks for posting your research, and good luck on your six-week plan.

  • 11 Natasha Cardinez // Apr 1, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Good job and good luck! My husband and I went vegetarian for the most part of 2009, and it was not as difficult as I had imagined. We found that, like you mentioned, variety is the key. This lifestyle also exposed us to many new foods and, for me, new ways of cooking and creating recipes.
    I’m rooting for you guys!

  • 12 Beth // Apr 1, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Sounds interesting, and having just moved to Texas I have discovered Central Market or H.E.B. and they have amazing vegetables and fruits (and everything else) and lots of variety!!