This isn't a fad diet book. It's a book that examines the American diet and exposes it to the truth it really is Now here is the downside to the diet: 1. It's extreme compared to the American diet so unless you are very motivated to change, the diet will prove to be foreign and challenging. Since no one really eats like this, it's hard to find healthy options when you go out to restaurants. It can get expensive. Also, most of your grocery items will be produce. Lots of produce!!! That can be costly. Recipes are provided in his book but most are not quick and easy.
You can become a member on his website to access more recipes but there is a small fee and his website is gimmicky. This isn't a diet you go on for a few weeks. This book will re-educate you in terms of what is healthy for our bodies. I'd also recommend the McDougall diet easier to follow and many recipes are free on his website. Now for the horrible news. This diet goes against the grain so much, I feel it sets many people up for failure.
It is almost like a fade diet because its so extreme and hard to maintain. The diet itself is perfect. You can feel a real difference to your health. However the world in that we live in makes it so hard to eat like this. For months I had nothing but greens, beans, greens, fruit, nuts and more greens. Although I changed my taste buds to actually enjoy this food, the second I ate a cookie or a slice of pizza I was like an addict who hadn't had heroine is years. I would lose controll so much.
I'd go on binges and eat horrible. I lost sight of so many things. When making a choice between a turkey sandwich or a cheeseburger, I'd opt for the cheeseburger because in retrospect, both items do not follow his diet and deemed equally unhealthy. I followed or rather tried to follow this "diet" for over a year and I would yo-yo from gaining and loosing 10 pounds.
I simply couldn't stick to it. So why the five stars? It really is the ultimate way to eat. If you are suffering from health issues, it will most likely cure them. If you're a cancer or surviving cancer patient, it will have unbelievable amounts of benefits. I still try and follow it with the ultimate goal of eating like this full time in the future. It will take time though. View all 7 comments. Life changing for me.
You can tell me a million times to eat my fruit not drink it but if you tell me exactly what happens in my body suddenly I think "Oh! I don't want to do that" and I don Life changing for me. I don't want to do that" and I don't want to drink juice anymore. He also debunks a lot of the fad diets out there. If you're LDS, you might think, "gee a lot of this sounds familiar. Wonderful motivator, wonderful education tool and even though I didn't intend to use this as a weightloss tool, I lost 15 pounds this summer! View 1 comment. Aug 25, Kate Merriman rated it it was amazing Shelves: pivotal-reads , antidote , vim.
This is NOT about a diet. Which is what all the diet books say, I know, I know. I believe this truly is the exception, focusing on nutritional excellence, disease prevention, and backed by serious research. If you ever had a suspicion that there was something really wrong with a calorie portion pack of cookies getting a "thumbs up" from your weight loss group leader, or felt kind of freaked out that a doctor was recommending several months of protein shakes laden with fake sweetener, then thi This is NOT about a diet.
If you ever had a suspicion that there was something really wrong with a calorie portion pack of cookies getting a "thumbs up" from your weight loss group leader, or felt kind of freaked out that a doctor was recommending several months of protein shakes laden with fake sweetener, then this dose of reality will be an enormous relief and sanity saver.
I call Dr. Fuhrman a "nutritional bad-ass" because he doesn't construct a plan in order that the largest number of people would be able to adhere to it; rather he constructs a plan that will give you maximum nutrition - even when that is not the easiest thing to adhere to. That said, he describes what to expect taste buds that alter to prefer the healthier choices, detox symptoms that resolve damage if you ride them out and, again, backs it up with completely solid evidence.
I admire how he doesn't fear big pharma or the FDA but just speaks truth. It resonated with me completely when he called the Standard American Diet "perverted" - it is! And there's not a single reason to not grab optimal health. It is subversive and awesome. View all 3 comments. Mar 24, Sarah rated it it was amazing. Make sure to see the update below. I know, I know, only a three? Nothing personal to the author, it was a ton of good info and I will never think of what I eat the same way again. I've been practicing it this week, but have yet to get on the scale.
I think I have definitely lost weight though. I'm just not a non-fiction lover to be bluntly honest I agree there is good info, just not what I jump excited at. In fact, I will do it for you right now. Eat Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, and beans. Stay away from animal products, dairy, and refined flours and sweets. You may have a very limited amount of whole grains. You will see dramatic weightloss and your health will significantly improve as those banned for the most part foods are what give you cancer, heart-disease You can eat as much of the fruits and vegetables as you want, pretty much, only limiting starchy vegetables.
There you have it. Anyway, I have been trying it for a week and am surprisingly stuffed all the time. We'll get on the scale tomorrow to see. About double the most I have ever been able to lose in one week of hard effort. Woo hoo!! I'm a believer! Jul 07, Elias rated it it was amazing Shelves: medicine. The book gives a solid foundation in nutrition and foods and helps you understand why you're making the food choices you are. Requires a major lifestyle change for most people, but with serious payoffs -- I lost 50 lbs, went down pant sizes around 6 inches , normalized blood pressure and cholesterol, and became "normal" weight according to BMI standards for the first time since I entered high school.
View 2 comments. May 10, Miranda M. This is a wonderful guide for anyone interested in eating healthy by sticking to a diet full of vegetables and fruits. It is not just a diet book, but a lesson in nutrition. The best part about the book, though, is all of the recipes and ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your everyday. Everything from ice cream made from only fruits and nuts to purees of lentils and vegetables to use as a veggie dip. Here are the basics of the nutritarian diet: Very limited meats including fish or me This is a wonderful guide for anyone interested in eating healthy by sticking to a diet full of vegetables and fruits.
Here are the basics of the nutritarian diet: Very limited meats including fish or meat products including eggs or dairy. You do have 10 percent of leeway each day for to spare calories for things like oil, sweets, and the occasional dairy product, but if you want to lose weight "just say no" The bulk of your diet is vegetables, particularly green ones.
At least. So while you don't starve in the fact that you don't cut calories so to lose weight, you are eating a heck of a lot of fruits and vegetables so you stay full. And you are still going to lose a lot of weight, an estimated lbs per week, until your body is the size it is suppose to be. And in exchange, you get a great amount of nutrients so your body and mind are able to function at peak performance. More information: A nutritarian is a person who has a preference for foods that are high in micronutrients. Nutritarians eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, onions, mushrooms, beans, and berries, and particularly consume leafy greens, which are the most nutrient-dense foods.
Joel Fuhrman. In other words: the more nutrients you consume per calorie, the healthier you will be. Source: Wikipedia Nov 07, Jesse Aaron Barnhart rated it did not like it. Listen, I've read a lot of diet books in my day because I'm a lazy fat guy who has a "health blog" as a side project so I have to review some of these diet books. If you want to lose weight and be really healthy--read this book, it has a chance of changing your life. However, the moment you step into the world of Joel Fuhrman realize you're stepping into a infomercial.
I mean, yes, his book is full of valid research and tips that are extremely useful to get you to lose weight full of testimonial Listen, I've read a lot of diet books in my day because I'm a lazy fat guy who has a "health blog" as a side project so I have to review some of these diet books. I mean, yes, his book is full of valid research and tips that are extremely useful to get you to lose weight full of testimonials on how to live a healthy life style, but as he's trying to save your life you can sort of tell he's look'n to make a buck, too.
The health and diet industry is huge with a lot of money to be made, believe me I blog about it. Joe Fuhrman is one of these guys, but don't get me wrong, I do think his diet is the most intense and most probably successful diet you'll ever see--it's just extremely intense and requires some intestinal fortitude to walk away from the world of food and gluttony as you know it, and live a mostly fruit and vegetable based diet that extremely limits meat and cheese--yes, this will be tough my fellow Americans.
I also want to mention that this book should be listed under "Horror" because every bit of research is about how you're going to die of cancer, heart disease, or some other disease because you eat a modern western diet. This is one of those books that you don't want to read because it might be true, and then you read it, but you don't want to try it because it might be true, and then you try it, but you still don't want it to be true because if it were true, you'd have to change your lifestyle, and after you changed, you know that you'd never want to go back to your previous bad eating habits because you'd feel fabulous, lose a ton of weight and be disease free for life - if it's true.
Most of the premises in t This is one of those books that you don't want to read because it might be true, and then you read it, but you don't want to try it because it might be true, and then you try it, but you still don't want it to be true because if it were true, you'd have to change your lifestyle, and after you changed, you know that you'd never want to go back to your previous bad eating habits because you'd feel fabulous, lose a ton of weight and be disease free for life - if it's true.
Most of the premises in the book rang true to me with things I've learned in college about diet and nutrition, and much of it is in line with the Word of Wisdom health code that the LDS church follows. I don't think I'm ready to be quite so strict, especially with animal products, but I definitely do feel more equipped to make healthful choices. Granted, we need to get back to eating more fruits and vegetables, but I wonder how practical this diet is and how likely people will stick to it.
I'm also not a fan of how Fuhrman nearly promises that this one-size-fits-all diet will miraculously get rid of all medications a person is one and eradicate as varied diseases and ailments as asthma, cancer, diabetes, and IBS. He insults people who don't want to get on the diet as being lazy and suicidal. There is so much repetition in this book, you could easy have cut out half and not missed a thing. There are also recipes in this book. Some look decent, some look weird Fuhrman's Anti-Cancer soup made me roll my eyes and some are so basic, I wonder why bother.
Making a milkshake or a salad, for instance. I did like his advice to eat more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods and animal products isn't bad. I also like how Fuhrman emphasizes that this is a lifestyle change, not just something you adopt to quickly lose pounds and then get back to your regular eating pattern. So my 2 stars goes for these two items.
But honestly, I can't recommend this book. It's too repetitive, too insulting, too rigid, and not flexible enough for people of different health. Do not spend money on this; use common sense. If you want to lose weight, get back to the basics and cut out the processed food. View all 37 comments. Feb 24, Alisa rated it it was amazing. This book changed my life in a big way. I read it 6 months ago or so and was astonished to read about real nutrition and how it is different than what the government recommends we should eat.
In fact, it is very nearly opposite. In all honesty though, I was skeptical but decided to give the 6 week plan a try. Basically you change your food intake to include plant based whole foods and remove all animal products and processed food. It was difficult and I fought intense cravings, but he claims it This book changed my life in a big way. It was difficult and I fought intense cravings, but he claims it works and so I kept going. In the first week I lost 8 lbs and have continued to lose steadily and am now 25lbs down. All without exercise! Besides having lost weight, I have TONS more energy, my skin looks healthier, I no longer experience guilt with eating, and I don't have cravings.
I am in total control and it feels awesome. Jul 23, Alanna rated it it was amazing. I'm only giving this four stars until I can try it for myself and see. If I like it, I'll up it to 5 stars later. Basically, Fuhrman's theory is that we should be eating mostly vegetables, fruits, beans, and nuts. Everything else dairy and meat, oils and fats is mostly not very good for us. A little bit is okay, but not much, whereas it's nearly impossible to overeat fresh produce. He recommends a six week period of only eating the good stuff in order to cure your body of the addictions we have I'm only giving this four stars until I can try it for myself and see.
He recommends a six week period of only eating the good stuff in order to cure your body of the addictions we have to the bad stuff. According to Fuhrman, if you stick to this diet, you're more likely to avoid most of the major diseases Americans with all their obesity are so susceptible to: heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and more.
Since ALL of these run in my family, I figure it couldn't hurt to be pro-active about trying to avoid all these and instill good eating habits in my children so they can avoid these problems, too. This diet is pretty extreme, so I won't go around recommending it to everyone. But I do recommend reading the book and seeing what you think of his ideas yourself!
Craig and I will be trying it starting on Sunday-- wish us luck! I lost 17 lbs during the 6 week plan, and then on the slightly less strict plan, continued on to lose at least 10 more. And my husband lost even more than I did. It was so lovely being my skinny self again! Unfortunately, now I'm pregnant and packing it all back on again, but after the baby comes, I'll be re-reading this book and recommitting for sure!
May 05, Elisa rated it really liked it. Eat To Live took everything I have learned about nutrition and put it all together. It was great. I do have a couple of problems with it, but I am still following the basic program outlined, just with a few tweaks. Problem number 1: Nothing is said in this book about food combining. I don't agree with eating fruit with other foods besides greens.
Solution: Just eat the fruit first thing in the morning by itself, or a few hours after eating a meal.
Problem number 2: I don't agree with the sug Eat To Live took everything I have learned about nutrition and put it all together. Problem number 2: I don't agree with the suggested soy intake. Soy in Tofu is highly processed, and most soy out there is genetically engineered. And I walk through all those streets within your dotted lines constantly and usually alone or at night. Super convenient location and easy to get around to the rest of the city.
Fantastic bars and restaurants. Great architecture. And a lot of fucking history; maybe read about it some time. All that said, the residents of the Tenderloin are overjoyed that people like you are avoiding our hidden gem. I had no problem going back to visit my favorite TL spots after I moved to the Mission. Beautiful drag bars around the TL, and Lahore Karahi, yum.
And, really, once the people who hang out on the streets know that you live in the neighborhood, they will greet you daily, and watch out for you. A fave of mine was the Flava Flav lookalike! I wish I knew his name. He used to stop traffic for me. You know him. He wears the clock around his neck, and gold fronts.
Plus, TL is super close to Chinatown and the theater district. The worst thing that ever happened to me in the TL was the day I rounded the corner and saw that someone had committed suicide by laying his head beneath the tire of the 19 Polk. What a great article. I moved here many moons ago Maybe 79 I dated now husband a guy born and raised in The City his father borned and raised in City All his friends were native so it was especially fun to go places then and cab drivers to Waiter were amazed that the table was all natives except for me. The City they grew up in was small and family orientated.
Everyone knew each other famlies. It was three degrees at most of seperation. Music was the thing for them. My husband saw every major musican and most for free. We own rentals in the city which is a story in it self but our tenants in the past were 35 and up and would stay for 20 years. Now all tenants are rich 20 somethings… and move yearly. Welcome to the City. Thanks for your insight. Hide your maps, ask locals for directions, they never lie. Shit changes.
Tip your bartenders.
PS: Flip flops are for the beach not street. I moved to the city 2 years ago. I came from Germany with my family and stayed a couple of weeks in Noe Valley like you mentioned it. Some of them less, some more. Anyway, great write up! The more activity that is going on, such as concerts, movies, dining out, etc. Be street smart, keep your eyes open, and use some common sense and you will be fine. I moved to SF from Ohio a year and a half ago.
Walnut Creek? Again, I agree with every word you said. I tell everyone back home about the dog-friendliness of SF. Damned rent. I met my other half at How Weird festival almost 3 years ago. Lots of peeps here looking for love, in my experience. I think guys definitely have an advantage here for there are a lot of available, beautiful women in the Bay area waiting for right guy.
Generally speaking, the bar is the wrong place to look for a mate, in any city. Moved to LA for 6 months and made 1 meaningful friendship with my neighbor. So I moved back to SF. Just found the general vibe there extremely superficial. All about image…. Flying Lotus is from L. A…i dont know where you lived in L. The San Francisco Giants sell out almost every game and have the best attendance in baseball.
The niners have one of the best followings in sports, as do the Raiders. Maybe in your circle. This article could easily be describing Chicago. Although Chicago is a bit colder and surrounded by nothing cool, its 10x cheaper. As a native San Franciscan born and raised and now having passed the half century mark my advise is…. No other place like San Francisco.
On the map of the Tenderloin…I would extend that dotted line south of Market street, and have it go from 7th st to 5th st, and down to Howard. People in SF are scared of Oakland and will not go there unless they have to. And if you live in Oakland like I do, and tell someone in SF you live there, they look at you with a since of pity. The rest of the city is no more dangerous than any other large city in the US. Social life in SF is weird. One other thing…if cultural and ethnic diversity is important you you, you will not like San Francisco. I lived in the Mission while in the city.
Oh, and you forgot to mention that if you call it Frisco or San Fran we will set you straight. And not in a polite way. Jason, I love that this is getting so much traction around SF.. The humanity! Just kidding, that is my one way commute into NYC on the daily. Same coming home. Funny you mentioned the 3 hour time difference for sports broadcasts and not being able to adjust to it.
And I always think how late the east coasters have to stay up to watch the game. Close, but no cigar. I was born and raised here 50 years ago and am living in the Sunset in the house I grew up in. I work from home so I see things others miss. I lived in the Mission for 6 years and that was long before there was anything called a hipster around. Spot on about the neighborhoods. They define the people who live there because the people who moved there wanted to be around their own people.
You always had to go to the Mission to get Mexican food. Food, you missed something. The farther west you go the food gets cheaper, the people are hipper without dressing funny and only idiots shop at Whole Foods. While we have lots of techies, they still need other stuff to live here than Tech. This article is a great start to getting to know SF. My favorite comment so far is from John Weatherman 43 years ought to buy you some knowledge. Obviously judging by the comments people feel pretty strongly about San Francisco one way or another. Last year I lived in San Francisco for 6 months in the Castro….
Wow — what a complete change of scenery and culture. After actually meeting people and getting my social circle I began to see the city open up for me. The Castro is a seriously cool place and was not mentioned much in the article. The gay community is one of the top things that set San Francisco apart in my opinion. My fav things about San Francisco: The bridges….
A city that is apx. Nightlife in the Castro, gay or not. The Ferry Building and the most delicious seafood ever besides Japan. But hey…. The Presidio…. The food and drinks at Absinthe. The diversity and culture. I could go on, and on, and on. BTW — always have a jacket and learn to dress warm. Wool is your friend — and so are scarves. Appreciate those gorgeous sunny days when the fogs burns off and you get to run around the city without a jacket while walking your dog. The best piece of advice I can give to new transplants is to chill out and develop a bit of aloofness.
There is so much going on in this city that you have to make an effort not to let it become overwhelming. And soon you realize. Pingback: Quora. Too many financial assholes from the East Coast and SoCal already. As a native, remember when you move here where you come from. Being an SF native, hearing people say they are from San Francisco, with a thick Bostonian accent gets on out nerves. Also, its The City or San Francisco. But that is it. End of story. Great piece! Extremes section should include political extremes. Beyond SF should include going past the hills in the summer to escape the cold and sit pool side in comfort!!
People here take their liberal politics WAY too personally. Love this post!! I completely agree with pretty much everything written here. Also important to note, BART shuts down at midnight. That blows and would be blasphemous in NY. Favorite tip: Half of the buses require you to step down into the steps to get the back door to open. I spent 3 years across from Pac Bell and would move back in a heartbeat. Some of these opinions are accurate and make me smile, but who cares what this resident thinks?
Move there. Do it. Stop worrying. Two tips; we love sfcityguides. We have learned so much and had a blast doing it. Reblogged this on Alexander's blog and commented: Complete truth about SF. Dating here could use some work. As a guy, I found a lot of cool women, but way too many were stuck up for no good reason. And women, please stop dressing like boys! Jeans and sweatshirts are not hot, at all. Standards here for dressing and looking nice are loooowwwww,,, I think warmer weather would help, but one can still look good without a sundress. Going to the wrong places? Walk down the street — look around!
And I should have added that men have similar responsibilities to look presentable and stylish. Everyone — step it up! After 15 years here, all I can say is that I wish there were a better place for high tech than Bay Area, San Francisco specifically. Your football day starts at breakfast and ends just after dinner. You can catch every game without having to stay up past 11pm. This is a great thread. I used to live in SF for 4 years for med school. Met plenty of Stanford grads that are swell people. There may be a couple hot chicks in the Marina but is that really SF?
I liked Oakland way better when I first moved to the Bay Area because it was more real, more raw, and had more character. I moved out of SF in and am in residency in Texas. Racer 5 is really the shit in the East Bay, though. Palo Alto and Mountain View are not really that far away!
I love living down here. Great post. I moved here from New York. If you love galleries, design studios, high fashion, and amazing shows be aware that SF which has good art and Opra has a fairly small and closed scene of cultural arts. Fantastic post! I went to school in Boston and recently left San Francisco after 3 years of living there. I literally burst out laughing when I saw the bike poster. I guess we get lumped in with Haight. Also, very true about the 3-hour time difference. I lived in China for 3 years, but I found the 3 hour time difference between the east and west coast much more difficult to mangage all my family is on the east coast and the company I was working for is based in NY.
Loved every second of your post! Look forward to subscribing and reading more! Great article. I quibble with 1 thing. PBR is not the official drink of the city, not even remotely. Fernet is! If you have a car and your residence only offers street parking, budget for at least 1 parking ticket per month. But if you think you can just get around on a bike, you better have monster leg muscles, because these hills are intense. People smoke weed all over the place all the time. For such a tolerant city, expressing strongly conservative points of view in the wrong venue could temporarily damage you socially or professionally.
You will find people who agree with you no matter how unusual your opinion is. And it only takes a few people here to make a difference or create change. Be Yourself. Be Grateful. You live in the most beautiful city in the richest nation on Earth. It is no coincidence that it is also a city of refugees. Some people who come here are running from something.
Some people who come here are seeking something. Some people were born here and have uniquely valuable insight because of it. Everyone around you is lucky and blessed. You are lucky and blessed. Welcome home. After every single hard, weird, confusing, and unexpected day you will ever have here… Welcome Home. This was great!
I just moved to San Jose from Philly six months ago. Another point about living here is that random people will start conversations with you. People are much more guarded and unlikely to engage with strangers on the East Coast. Good article. Mostly true!! An important fun fact the 38 line is the mostly widely used bus line out of all the bus lines in the US due to all the different 38 buses that are always in route.
Welcome to the most beautiful city by the bay. Really Fun article. That flip phone picture is from 7 years ago when Ritual still let you plug in laptops. When people had flip phones. Way before Jason moved to SF. And before I moved from SF to Irvine because the tech change the worldness made me need to go to school and read paper books again.
Emirates airlines has direct flights now to SF. Having just moved back to SF from Boston, I can honestly say the cost of living is not that distinct. I shop only locally Sunset, Chinatown, Cole Hardware… too. Forgot a few things: Bart is a fast, efficient, and clean mode of transportation.
Hunting for parking spaces is a sport. You will parallel park like a pro in no time. Bring your own bags when you shop. Learn which bins are for recycling, compost, and garbage. Be prepared to walk a lot. Watch out for bushman. Most of these are pretty true. Love the Divisadero being the fog line thing. But I take exception to the sports matters way less thing. Look at the 49ers, and especially the Giants…people go absolutely insane over the Niners and Giants here, myself included with the giants.
So if you're not a hill that does that, you're NOT in Pacific Heights, though you may well be paying twice as much as you should because your realtor fooled you into thinking that you were. You can find 20 people who will tell you you are — but that's because they're not from here — and the real estate agents started pulling this crapola aboutt 20 years ago…and they just keep moving the line further and further south. Real estate agents have also, in the last 10 years or so, invented "central" Richmond and Sunset. Agents came up with "Central" because it sounded better than "outer" and again, they wanted to find a way to get more dough.
No one ever called it "Dogpatch" until about 7 years ago because no one would admit to living there. But cities change, and someone found out that back in the last s, that area was called "Dogpatch" — voila. And don't ever use "Tenderknob" — it's just too ridiculous for words. You want to speak like a moron, move to San Diego — we have far too many fools trying to sound cool and hip and "San Fran. Trust me, the various parts of the City were all named long ago. Their names are just fine — it gets more than a little irritating to have every year old who moves here decide that it's somehow their right and necessity to rename our neighborhoods, our city, as though they didn't exist before their arrival.
If you want bagels the way you know them — MOVE. We have sun, wine, sourdough, cable cars, amazing views.
You want something else, leave and let someone who knows what they have here take your place. SF Giants have sold out the last home games and will sell out every game next year and for the forseeable future. Candlestick has never not been sold out for a 49ers regular season game as far as I know. Sorry to go on a vendetta….
Quibbles: 1. Yerba Buena. Not Buena Yerba. Going to the Tenderloin at night is not a death sentence. Head down to the Embarcadero on game day and then tell me if you still think watching sports matters a lot less. But I feel like figuring them out on your own kind of earns you your stripes. So welcome to the city by the bay! Give or take a few years in either direction, your love affair with the city will last for about fifteen years. Actually, the tech industry is one of the reasons I am leaving the city. SF used to be more creative and much more affordable.
But it has become so self absorbed and unaffordable that it is losing its flavor and culture very quickly. Your writing is spot on. After reading this, sf sounds like an expensive, socially detached, techy, albeit less lazy Portland. Most of this is pretty spot-on — though, somewhat generalized. I find this incredibly confusing.
And that pretty much lasts year-round with quite a bit of rain between January and April. I mean, how many places in the world have winter gear jackets, flannel, scarves, coats, gloves, etc.
That definitely puts it all in perspective. For me, at least. But I hear you, when I moved from New York, during my visits, I had nothing but stellar, sunny, warm weather to lure me to the siren of SF. I chalk it up to one serious dose of bait and switch. Big mistake. Anyways, thanks for the cheeky recap on SF. Hey, some people like having the excuse to wear jackets and scarves all year round. My fashion is a little different. But, as long as you can stand the weather in your chosen outfit, then you can wear pretty much the same thing all year long.
Racial diversity is very different here. In the US, blacks are In San Francisco, blacks are 6. As a half-Asian, this makes a very big difference. But my Asian friends consider me to be white. Oakland is San Francisco is not fit. The rest of the country is fat. There are no real seasons here. The temperature stays within a narrow band, slightly colder than comfortable.
A handy heuristic for calculating MUNI trip times is just to think of each transfer as adding an hour. There are a variety of reasons why I bike everywhere. Or chained with a weak lock. Or with any lights or quick-release parts. Because any and all of those will be stolen. Coincidentally, there are a whole lot of doctors in San Francisco. The black population is actually a lot less than 6.
There is ONE shop where I can go to buy black haircare products. The black and Latino population in SF has decreased considerably and continues to decrease as the rents have increased. The Latino population that has long called the Mission home is being forced out as the hipsters and techies move in. For some people this may be a good thing. I spend most of my time surrounded by Asian-Americans, so I feel out of place where there are no Asians. I got that from the Census web site. As for diversity, San Francisco is absolutely more diverse than much of the country.
Also, there is a lot of sexual diversity, which has nothing to do with race. To me, racial diversity means an actual smorgasbord of ethnic groups with their unique perspectives, and not just white Americans and black Americans. Oh wait, maybe it is kinda my fault. I tutor kids after school as a sort of hobby. All of the parents who sign up are Asian, and so far, at least 10 of the kids have gone to Lowell. Uhm decade is there a reason you turned more than a bit smarmy in your last 2 comments? Something hit you out of the blue and you had to get it off your chest?
Just curious, what do your white friends consider you? I was never Black enough or Asian enough! In particular, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, political ideology, and socioeconomic background. I consider those to be more interesting than the tired white-black story, though I am sorry that Gemma has such a hard time buying shampoo. Also, I grew up with racial quotas.
My year was the last group of freshmen for which Lowell discriminated against Asians. At the same time, the University of California was forced to drop racial quotas. The East Asians whom I know have a range of skin tones. I have a good job and hard work has afforded me great opportunities. Decade, I was willing to engage with you after your first response. But, your racism is showing in your second and third.
The fact that you can happily sit around and say that has a lot to do with the racial equality a lot of blacks fought and died for for decades. You know what they say about making assumptions. If you can, kudos to you, but many, many Americans cannot. While you sit there and generalize and stereotype, this high-achieving, good-grade-getting, hard-working, put-myself-though-school black person has been working toward racial and ethnic equality.
I am glad that my Asian friends do not come at me the way you do with latent racism and ignorance. But, based on your posts, I can see I and my organization still have a lot of work to do. I agree, we have a lot to work on, individually and as a society.
So far I have not had any problems with my milk supply. Besides helping people to achieve At a dosage of approximately mg of Bauhinia purpurea leave and unripe pod extract, it was determined that the kidneys of the rats could be protected. Regrettably, our human desire for sweets is typically satisfied by the consumption of products containing sugar, such as candy bars and ice cream—not fresh fruit. Losing weight under Dr. Cheap beer at night clubs was Miller. I tried this and found that I increased the amount of protein by maybe a third to half — due to the fact that plant based protein has less calories.
Maybe I need to do more than you, because right now, without consulting Wikipedia, I can name only George Washington Carver. The Black History thing is not my invention. I got it from Yvette Clarke via the Huffington Post. For example, on the Scopes Monkey Trial and its consequences, it insists on teaching the four great champions of creationism Who? I think it reinforces the idea of African-Americans as grunt-work people, which is wrong.
But, you know, even though Barack Obama is the first black president, he is not a proper African-American.
I mean, his father was the ambassador from Kenya, and his family was not involved in the fight for equality over the centuries, actually. In many ways, this country sucks. It seems silly to have to mention this, but I have overheard the most ignorant and bigoted things spewing forth from some newcomers over the years. Be mindful of what you say. I do think some new transplants will appreciate your article. As this article is about San Francisco and I suspect many people will read your helpful article, I feel obligated as a gay man, living in San Francisco, to assure that you first gain a good appreciation for the diversity of this city, if you have not already you collectively should, and second write competently about the gay community.
I have two additional recommendations: 1. Perhaps you should re-evaluate your comments on the less fortunate people living in the city or anywhere else for that matter. You have an interest in building businesses. It is important to care when leading and building businesses. RonB beat me to it and he wrote it much better and thank you Ron for reminding readers to not only respect diversity but to learn and grow from it. It would be a rewarding experience for all. One thousand percent agree. Many lesbians in San Francisco, for example, dress in certain styles that they find attractive, and could give a flying shit what you think of it.
Did you ever think of that?? Hmm… you should. I only felt unsafe in San Francisco when out-of-towners would come in on the weekends and hassle my queer friends and me. Really vile things, sometimes very frightening, were said. We used to walk to the police station on 17th and Valencia when we were being hassled, and just stand there until the jerks went away.
Btw, so sad about the anti-public nudity legislation. I used to enjoy the outdoor gay cafe in the Castro. As a Bay Area nativewho moved away 25 years ago, it always strikes me when I visit how incredibly full of themselves San Franciscans can be. Usually these great people are the ones that did not go to the best schools or the most educated, ironically enough.
What you are is a high-income, heteronormative, white male. How dare you write this offensive, white-male-privileged, classist, racist, sexist mound of bullshit. We all must recognize that if we are to reach the limit of the human life span, we must not overeat on high-calorie food. Eating empty-calorie food makes it impossible to achieve optimal health and maximize our genetic potential. An important corollary to the principle of limiting high-calorie food is that the only way for a human being to safely achieve the benefits of caloric restriction while ensuring that the diet is nutritionally adequate is to avoid as much as possible those foods that are nutrient-poor.
Indeed, this is the crucial consideration in deciding what to eat. To grasp why this works, let us look at how the brain controls our dietary drive. A complicated system of chemoreceptors in the nerves lining the digestive tract carefully monitor the calorie and nutrient density of every mouthful and send such information to the hypothalamus in the brain, which controls dietary drive.
There are also stretch receptors in the stomach to signal satiety by detecting the volume of food eaten, not the weight of the food. If you are not filled up with nutrients and fiber, the brain will send out signals telling you to eat more food, or overeat. In fact, if you consume sufficient nutrients and fiber, you will become biochemically filled nutrients and mechanically filled fiber , and your desire to consume calories will be blunted or turned down.
One key factor that determines whether you will be overweight is your failure to consume sufficient fiber and nutrients. This has been illustrated in scientific studies. How does this work in practice? Next, we give them a whole orange and a whole apple prior to dinner. The result would be that the participants would reduce their caloric intake, on the average, by the amount of calories in the fruit.
Now, instead of giving them two fruits, give them the same amount of calories from fruit juice. What will happen? They will eat the same amount of food as they did when they had nothing at the beginning of their meal. In other words, the juice did not reduce the calories consumed in the meal—instead, the juice became additional calories.
This has been shown to occur with beer, soft drinks, and other sources of liquid calories. Liquid calories, without the fiber present in the whole food, have little effect in blunting our caloric drive. Studies show that fruit juice and other sweet beverages lead to obesity in children as well. Too much fiber and too many nutrients are removed during juicing, and many of the remaining nutrients are lost through processing, heat, and storage time.
If you are not overweight, drinking freshly prepared juice is acceptable as long as it does not serve as a substitute for eating those fresh fruits and vegetables. There is no substitute for natural whole foods. There is a tendency for many of us to want to believe in magic. People want to believe that in spite of our indiscretions and excesses, we can still maintain optimal health by taking a pill, powder, or other potion. However, this is a false hope, a hope that has been silenced by too much scientific evidence. There is no magic. There is no miracle weight-loss pill.
There is only the natural world of law and order, of cause and effect. If you want optimal health and longevity, you must engage the cause. And if you want to lose fat weight safely, you must eat a diet of predominantly unrefined foods that are nutrient-and fiber-rich. Your body weight may be affected slightly by genetics, but that effect is not strong. Furthermore, I am convinced that inheriting a slow metabolic rate with a tendency to gain weight is not a flaw or defect but rather a genetic gift that can be taken advantage of.
How is this possible? A slower metabolism is associated with a longer life span in all species of animals. It can be speculated that if one lived sixty thousand or just a few hundred years ago, a slower metabolic rate might have increased our survival opportunity, since getting sufficient calories was difficult. For example, the majority of Pilgrims who arrived on our shores on the Mayflower died that first winter. They could not make or find enough food to eat, so only those with the genetic gift of a slow metabolic rate survived.
As you can see, it is not always bad to have a slow metabolic rate. It can be good. However, if correct food choices are made to maintain a normal weight, the individual with a slower metabolism may age more slowly. Our body is like a machine. If we constantly run the machinery at high speed, it will wear out faster. Since animals with slower metabolic rates live longer, eating more calories, which drives up our metabolic rate, will cause us only to age faster. Contrary to what you may have heard and read in the past, our goal should be the opposite: to eat less, only as much as we need to maintain a slim and muscular weight, and no more, so as to keep our metabolic rate relatively slow.
So stop worrying about your slower metabolic rate. A slower metabolic rate from dieting is not the primary cause of your weight problem. Keep these three important points in mind:. Resting metabolic rates do decline slightly during periods of lower caloric intake, but not enough to significantly inhibit weight loss. Resting metabolic rates return to normal soon after caloric intake is no longer restricted.
The lowered metabolic rate does not stay low permanently and make future dieting more difficult. These fluctuations in weight are primarily from going on and getting off diets. Those with a genetic tendency to be overweight may actually have the genetic potential to outlive the rest of us. The key to their successful longevity lies in their choosing a nutrient-rich, fiber-rich, lower-calorie diet, as well as getting adequate physical activity. By adjusting the nutrient-per-calorie density of your diet to your metabolic rate, you can use your slow metabolism to your advantage.
When you can maintain a normal weight in spite of a slow metabolism, you will be able to achieve significant longevity. Science and the development of modern refrigeration and transportation methods have given us access to high-quality, nutrient-dense food. Using the foods available to us today, we can devise diets and menus with better nutrient density and nutrient diversity than ever before possible. This book gives you the information and the motivation you need to take advantage of this opportunity to improve your health and maximize your chances for a disease-free life.
You have a clear choice. You can live longer and healthier than ever before, or you can do what most modern populations do: eat to create disease and a premature death. Since you are reading this book, you have opted to live longer and healthier. I had been heavy since childhood. It would be easy to blame my problems on heredity, since there is a history of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes on both sides of my family.
Through the years I tried many diets with only minimal and never lasting success. I reached a top weight of pounds on a five-foot four-inch frame and had resigned myself to forever being a plus-size woman. I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes along with hypertension and high cholesterol after suffering a stroke at age fifty-six. To control all these ills, I was prescribed medications that I was expected to take for life. About a year after the stroke, I was diagnosed with a serious form of tachycardia that required immediate medical attention. I ended up with two heart stents because of a 95 percent blockage and more prescriptions.
I avoided seeing doctors, because although they lectured me about my weight, the only solution they offered was a calorie-restricted version of the standard American diet on which I was always hungry and miserable. My husband, Clarence, searched the Internet for ways to help me become healthier and found Dr.
Fuhrman and his book Eat to Live, which claimed dramatic results through dietary changes. I quickly shed pounds, and my lab test results improved. Although my diabetes was controlled to the satisfaction of my doctors, Dr. Fuhrman said the first priority was to get rid of it completely through nutritional excellence. No physician I had seen had ever mentioned this as a possibility.
Now, about a year and a half later, I am no longer diabetic and have had no further heart problems. My fasting blood sugar averages 79 without treatment. Since July 29, , my total cholesterol has dropped from to , my triglycerides are down from to 73, and my LDL cholesterol has gone from to My current weight is around , slightly less than half my maximum. As hard as it is to imagine, the last time I was this weight, I was under age twelve. Less measurable, but important, benefits are that I no longer snore, have more energy, and have increased resistance to colds and flus that previously wore me down.
There are many things I can do more easily now versus before when I was so overweight. I owe all these positive changes to Dr. I still have a hearty appetite, but my relationship to food is far less addictive. The Eat to Live program takes time and effort, but for me the results have been well worth it. In other words, you must eat a diet rich in nutrients and fiber, with a very low percentage of foods that are not nutrient-and fiber-dense. It is the same formula that will enable your body to achieve slimness. To help you learn how to apply this formula to your life, you first need to understand why you must follow it, exploring the relationships between diet, health, and disease.
To do so, you need to take a look at the reality of how most people eat and what they gain or lose from such eating practices. Even though we have many unique human traits, we are genetically closely related to the great apes and other primates. Primates are the only animals on the face of the earth that can taste sweet and see color.
We were designed by nature to see, grasp, eat, and enjoy the flavor of colorful, sweet fruits. Fruit is an essential part of our diets. It is an indispensable requirement for us to maintain a high level of health. Fruit consumption has been shown in numerous studies to offer our strongest protection against certain cancers, especially oral and esophageal, lung, prostate, pancreatic, and colorectal cancer. Fresh fruit offers us powerful health-giving benefits.
Researchers have discovered substances in fruit that have unique effects on preventing aging and deterioration of the brain. Some fruits, especially blueberries, are rich in anthocyanins and other compounds having anti-aging effects. Studies continue to provide evidence that more than any other food, fruit is associated with lowered mortality from all cancers combined.
Eating fruit is vital to your health, well-being, and long life. Regrettably, our human desire for sweets is typically satisfied by the consumption of products containing sugar, such as candy bars and ice cream—not fresh fruit. The U. Department of Agriculture USDA estimates that the typical American now consumes an unbelievable thirty teaspoons of added sugar a day.
As we shall see, we need to satisfy our sweet tooth with fresh, natural fruits and other plant substances that supply us not just with carbohydrates for energy but also with the full complement of indispensable substances that prevent illness. Unlike the fruits found in nature—which have a full ensemble of nutrients—processed carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, and cake are deficient in fiber, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals, all of which have been lost in processing.
In a six-year study of 65, women, those with diets high in refined carbohydrates from white bread, white rice, and pasta had two and a half times the incidence of Type II diabetes, compared with those who ate high-fiber foods such as whole wheat bread and brown rice. These findings were replicated in a study of 43, men. Diabetes is no trivial problem; it is the seventh leading cause of death by disease in America, and its incidence is growing.
Walter Willett, M. The fiber and the majority of minerals have been removed, so such foods are absorbed too rapidly, resulting in a sharp glucose surge into the bloodstream. The pancreas is then forced to pump out insulin faster to keep up. Excess body fat also causes us to require more insulin from the pancreas. Over time, it is the excessive demand for insulin placed on the pancreas from both refined foods and increased body fat that leads to diabetes.
Refined carbohydrates, white flour, sweets, and even fruit juices, because they enter the bloodstream so quickly, can also raise triglycerides, increasing the risk of heart attack in susceptible individuals. Every time you eat such processed foods, you exclude from your diet not only the essential nutrients that we are aware of but hundreds of other undiscovered phytonutrients that are crucial for normal human function. When the nutrient-rich outer cover is removed from whole wheat to make it into white flour, the most nutritious part of the food is lost. The outer portion of the wheat kernel contains trace minerals, phytoestrogens, lignans, phytic acid, indoles, phenolic compounds, and other phytochemicals, as well as almost all the vitamin E in the food.
True whole grain foods, which are associated with longer life, are vastly different from the processed foods that make up the bulk of calories in the modern American diet MAD. Medical investigations clearly show the dangers of consuming the quantity of processed foods that we do. And because these refined grains lack the fiber and nutrient density to satisfy our appetite, they also cause obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and significantly increased cancer risk.
One nine-year study involving 34, women between the ages of fifty-five and sixty-nine showed a two-thirds increase in the risk of death from heart disease in those eating refined grains. Summarizing fifteen epidemiological studies, researchers concluded that diets containing refined grains and refined sweets were consistently linked to stomach and colon cancer, and at least fifteen breast cancer studies connect low-fiber diets with increased risks. Eating a diet that contains a significant quantity of sugar and refined flour does not just cause weight gain, it also leads to an earlier death.
If you want to lose weight, the most important foods to avoid are processed foods: condiments, candy, snacks, and baked goods; fat-free has nothing to do with it. Almost all weight-loss authorities agree on this—you must cut out the refined carbohydrates, including bagels, pasta, and bread. As far as the human body is concerned, low-fiber carbohydrates such as pasta are almost as damaging as white sugar.
Pasta is not health food—it is hurt food. I love pasta. Do I have to give it up? Pasta can sometimes be used in small quantities in a recipe that includes lots of green vegetables, onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Whole grain pastas and bean pastas, found in health-food stores, are better choices than those made from white flour. The point to remember is that all refined grains must be placed in that limited category—foods that should constitute only a small percentage of our total caloric intake.
What about bagels? No; in most cases, it is primarily white flour. It is hard to tell sometimes. Ninety-nine percent of pastas, breads, cookies, pretzels, and other grain products are made from white flour. Sometimes a little whole wheat or caramel color is added and the product is called whole wheat to make you think it is the real thing.