It’s about time I posted about Eat to Live as it was undoubtedly the proverbial straw. I noticed a friend / colleague from work (Lawrence) eating enormous salads at lunchtime and shedding pounds. He mentioned Eat to Live as a source of inspiration — the correlations between diet and disease discussed in the book are striking. After you read it, you too will likely feel compelled to eat comically large salads.
For me, the main takeaways of Eat to Live are basically this:
- Good food are foods which have a high nutrient / calorie ratio
- Eat mostly vegetables. Do not eat a lot grains (even whole grains), not a lot of oils, almost no processed food. Eat vegetables.
- Minimize almost everything else. Almost no meat, v little dairy (milk, cheese, etc), oils, processed foods, etc.
- Because you do not get to eat many calorie rich foods, you have to eat an enormous amount of vegetables. This is the virtuous circle. To get 30 – 60% of your calories, be prepared to eat 1lb of salad and 1lb of cooked vegetables per day
- Because you have to eat such a large amount of vegetables, you rarely feel hungry. Stretch receptors in your stomach trigger whenever you eat a large volume of food which make you feel satiated. Because of this, you rarely feel hungry on the diet
My recommendation: read the book with a positive attitude and an open mind.