If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’ve discovered that I’m sort of a groupie for plant-based diet advocates. Even though I haven’t fully mastered this way of living, I love learning from those who have. You’ve also probably noticed that I’m a big Dr. Joel Fuhrman fan. Well, this past Thursday night I had the extreme pleasure of getting to hear him speak, and getting to meet him!
Back in August I purchased tickets to a TEDx event about an hour away from me. I’m a huge fan of TED talks, but Dr. Fuhrman was going to be one of the speakers, so I knew I had to be there. That event was this past Friday, and totally epic! They’ll be another post on that later. About a week ago, I got a notification from a healthy eating Meetup group that Dr. Fuhrman would be speaking the night before on the subject of nutrition and cancer. Two hours of Fuhrman? Yes please! I couldn’t believe my luck!
So, Thursday I made the trip to a beautiful old schoolhouse where he’d be giving his talk. I was one of the first people to arrive, so I got to sit in the front row. It was a small crowd, and it was all very relaxed and wonderful. He gave a ton of amazing information on the link between cancer and diet. I tried to take notes, but he covered a lot, so I would refer to his website, or his books, for the sources of the information. Some of the information he shared…
- Taking calcium channel blockers (used to treat high blood pressure) doubles your risk of breast cancer.
- Eating just a small amount of mushrooms every day will decrease the risk of breast cancer by 64%!
- One glass of wine a day increases the risk of breast cancer by 10%
- A person who has a higher intake of tomatoes has a 50% lower chance of developing prostate cancer
- 20 gram increase in daily legume intake will lower the risk of all cause mortality by 7 to 8%
These are just a small handful of the takeaways I had from this lecture. I also got the opportunity to meet some people who have been living his plan for a while, and showing some amazing results. I even got to see a friend of mine who is feeling better than ever, and has healed her body eating this way.
Before I left, my friend asked if I was willing to give this way of eating a try to see if it would help me with my weight and food cravings. I’ve been wanting to do it for a while, I’ve talked about it here a lot, but I haven’t given it my all, and I feel like it is time. I want to heal myself. I want to prevent disease, and I want to get my kids on their healthiest path as well. If you’re interested in learning more about Dr. Fuhrman, and his “nutritarian” way of life, then check him out at the links below!
Amazon’s Joel Fuhrman Page