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Can proper nutrition put an end to heart disease? Interview with Dr. Joel Fuhrman.

Can proper nutrition put an end to heart disease? Interview with Dr. Joel Fuhrman.

I had the opportunity of interviewing Dr. Joel Fuhrman recently. In case you don't know, Dr. Fuhrman is an internationally known doctor who specializes in nutrition. He's been featured on Dr. Oz numerous times, he's written 10 books, most of which have been on the New York Times best sellers lists. He's also had a few PBS specials, including one set to air on June 4th.

Dr. Fuhrman is the founder of the Nutritarian "diet" (more like a "lifestyle change") that thousands of people have followed, including myself. As Nutritarians, many people have successfully reversed the effects of heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses. Of course, most of them have lost a significant amount of weight too. His latest book is called The End of Heart Disease and I think it's his best book yet.

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Mostly Vegan... Thriving As A Flexitarian

Mostly Vegan... Thriving As A Flexitarian

I felt great when I was vegan during a challenge a few months back... so much so that I now do it each week. I usually have two days of where I'll eat turkey, chicken or eggs. So why not just go all the way vegan?

I guess, one reason is because I do like eggs. I know scientists go back and forth on whether eggs are good for you or not. Dr. Fuhrman, famed nutritarian, definitely does not think eggs are healthy. Some doctors insist that eggs raise cholesterol. If that's true, why is my LDL one of the best my doctor has seen in people my age group? I wonder if there are studies of cholesterol for those that eat eggs a couple times a week that eat vegan the other days.

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Can You Get Obese When You're Vegan?

Can You Get Obese When You're Vegan?

I did like being vegan when I did a week long challenge a few weeks ago, and I now try to incorporate it 3-4 days a week. I feel great have a lot of energy and have been maintaining my weight.

But there's a common misconception out there, that vegans can't get fat. It's true to a certain degree, but it's also false. It all depends on what foods you are eating.

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I Completed My Weeklong Vegan Challenge! Here's What I Learned!

Last Sunday, I began a seven day challenge of eating only plant based foods... no animal products at all. This was the second time I did such a challenge in two years. Here's what I found out...

I loved the way I felt being vegan!

I had so much energy and my workouts seemed to improve. My strength increased, when I had my body fat check ed the other day and actually gained three pounds of muscle.

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Muscle Growth & Body Fat Percentage As A Vegan

Body BuildingAs you probably remember, I decided to challenge myself to be vegan for a week. This happens to coincide with my body fat percentage getting checked this week. I wanted to prove that muscle gain is possible, even without animal products.

So I went to Southern CT State University for the seven site skin fold test. The technician weighed me and it read 3 pounds higher than last time. I wondered if this was a good or bad sign.

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