If you’ve been following my Tweets or Facebook updates lately, you’ll know that I’ve had my nose buried in to fantastic books over the past month or so – Eat to Live and Super Immunity. Both were fabulously written, easy to understand, and while they confirmed and supported everything I’ve already been doing, they were still loaded with new insights, better explanations, and wonderful motivation. Both books were written by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.
I received an e-blast from Dr. Furhman’s crew last night, and I couldn’t hep but realize that what you’re about to read is perhaps the very best summary of healthy eating that I’ve ever come across. I don’t know anyone that explains it any better. Dr. Furhman has coined the term Nutritarian and I’d like to share it with you today. Below is the e-blast in its wonderfully simple entirety. For more information, follow the link at the bottom to learn more.
What is a nutritarian?
The secret to a long life and disease reversal is to eat a diet lower in calories but higher in nutrients. It is all about nutrient bang per caloric buck. This is illustrated by my health equation. Your health expectancy is predicted by your nutrient intake divided by your intake of calories or H = N / C.
This simple mathematical formula forms the foundation of nutritional science and nutritional healing. For you to be in excellent health your diet must be nutrient-rich (micronutrients) and you must not overeat on calories (macronutrients). When your body’s cells have adequate micronutrient density and diversity, the body’s ability to self-repair and resist disease is heightened. The uniqueness of my approach also centers on the concept that micronutrient adequacy also suppresses the desire to overeat, naturally reducing your caloric drive.
An important consideration in understanding this formula has to do with micronutrient diversity, not just the absolute number of micronutrients. Micronutrient adequacy (numerator) means we achieve enough of all beneficial nutrients, not merely higher amounts of a select few, while other micronutrient needs go unfulfilled. So focus on the nutritional quality of what you eat, but also on the proper spectrum of foods that supply the full symphonic orchestra of human requirements. This means that certain foods such as onions, seeds, mushrooms, berries, beans and tomatoes aid in achieving micronutrient quality.
The key of this high-nutrient approach is this: You achieve superior health and permanent weight control by eating more nutrient-rich foods and fewer high-calorie, low-nutrient foods. It works because the more high-nutrient food you consume, the less low-nutrient food you desire. Since the desire for these unhealthful foods will naturally diminish, what you need to do is focus on learning how to enjoy eating more high-nutrient food.
Are you a nutritarian ?