December 2006 - Issue: 9

WHAT'S COOKING is a monthly bulletin to keep you informed about the healing power of food, great new recipes, individual success stories, and the latest from Dr. Fuhrman guiding you on the path to optimal health.

Dr. Fuhrman's Tip of the Month
Tips for the upcoming holidays:

With the advent of the upcoming holidays, there is much excitement and joy running around, yet there is some concern too. For people who follow a nutrient dense diet, like the one Dr. Fuhrman recommends in Eat to Live , the question is what to do when confronted over and over again with holiday fare, such as cookies brought into the office, holiday meals at parties and what to serve to guests we invite into our own homes.

It is important to remember we only have been given one body in this life, and we do not get a new one after we have damaged this one. Most of us did not start our life eating predominantly nutrient-rich foods. For us, we are lucky that to a degree the human organism is forgiving and miraculously self-healing and self repairing. However, it can only take so much nutritional stress, and it is foolish to ignore the nutritional sensibility taught to us by Dr. Fuhrman. The more healthy days, weeks, months and years you put together the more money in the bank you have to give you a healthy life expectancy.

Lastly, we know that healthy food can taste delicious too. Why not use the holiday period as an opportunity to introduce others to how delicious healthy foods can be. When dealing with family and friends, take the time to make the most delicious and beautifully prepared healthy food. This is chance to have others lose the notion that healthy food doesnít taste good.

Dr. Fuhrman does not say that you must eat a diet comprised of 100 percent natural plant foods to achieve great health and a long disease-free life. He also does not say you canít eat any whole grains, maple syrup or salt to be healthy and live a long life either. He does say that these foods should be limited to small amounts as a percent of total calories. There is a big difference between having a glass of wine at a dinner party and drinking a bottle of whiskey. So, I hope you and your love ones have a healthy and happy holiday and can stay on your healthy eating program in spite of some imperfections.

Many people, who have not even heard of Dr. Fuhrman, are striving to Eat To Live. They are trying to do the best they can to navigate the best food choices for their health in our unhealthy food environment. We all may have some different degrees of expertise and accomplishments here, but more and more people are striving for more healthful choices and are looking for direction and encouragement.

It is also important to distinguish between those who are eating a nutrient dense diet because they want the best quality of health they can achieve versus those who have some type of illness that they are trying to recover from or recently recovered from.

If you have had or presently still have a chronic illness, you should be extremely careful through the holidays. Their simply is no reason the holiday season should contribute to a health crisis in your life. Celebrate the fact that you know what you know and that you are in control of hour health destiny. Eat To Live. If it becomes hard for you to stick to Dr. Fuhrmanís advice reach out to your family or friends to help you stick with your program. Keep in mind that most heart attacks and strokes occur during the holiday season and right after heavy holiday meals. Just as we donít want to serve alcoholic beverages to alcoholics, we donít want to be an accomplice to someoneís food related death. Ask yourself, which is more important, your health or the brief enjoyment of a mouthful of junk food. Eat a good healthy meal before you go to a party and make sure you bring enjoyable food you can eat wherever you go.

If you have always enjoyed great health and are a health enthusiast, it is likely easier for you to avoid making bad holiday choices. It is typically the sickly individuals with the worst health that feel forced into the Eat to Live way of life that feel they are missing something during the holidays. A really healthy person, comfortable emotionally and intellectually with their lifestyle will not be too concerned. They may or may not have a little low nutrient food at a holiday gathering, but they wonít go overboard. They already like healthy food more, but be careful, you donít have any idea all the salt or all the fat added in some dishes prepared by others, and you may not recognize how uncomfortable that food will make you feel later. Your body is likely at a greater level of health and after eating unhealthy foods; your body may react badly to them. Be careful, it is not worth the suffering you may feel when you get home; whether it is a headache, stomachache, diarrhea or the need to drink lots of water all night or feel very tired the next day.

If you are having people at your house, this is a great opportunity for you to introduce your favorite high nutrient recipes to your friends and family. Be proud of your healthy lifestyle, and your guests will be introduced to a way of life that may improve their health as well. What better gift to give the people you care about this holiday season!

December Menu

Healthy Holiday Dinner Menu

Holiday Pecan Berrygreens Salad

Golden Austrian Cauliflower Cream Soup

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

Healthy Gingerbread Cake

Dr. Fuhrman's Online Members Support Center offers hundreds of delicious, nutrient-dense recipes and menu ideas. Member Benefits
Food for Thought

If youíre not familiar with the pomegranate, it is a red fruit with a tough outer layer; only the juice and the seeds inside are edible. Pomegranate juice is available year round, but you can purchase fresh pomegranates in most grocery stores from September through January.

The pomegranate is a nutrient dense food source rich in phytochemical compounds. Pomegranates contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, potent antioxidants offering protection against heart disease and cancer. A glass of pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries, and cranberries.

Additional benefits of Pomegranates:
  • Potent anti-cancer and immune supporting effects.
  • Inhibits abnormal platelet aggregation that could cause heart attacks, strokes and embolic disease.
  • Lowers cholesterol and other cardiac risk factors.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Shown to promote reversal of atherosclerotic plaque in human studies.
  • May have benefits to relieve or protect against depression and osteoporosis.
Read more about pomegranates here.

Dr. Fuhrman recommends that all patients who have heart disease, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure as well as those who are looking to prevent these ailments incorporate the powerful components of pomegranates into their diet.

Dr. Fuhrmanís LDL Protect uses the highest grade and potency of pomegranate extract available combined with plant sterols to deliver dramatic cholesterol lowering results.

Recipe of the Month

The Holiday Pecan Berrygreens Salad will add a festive look to your special holiday meal. It's loaded with veggies and fruit to give it a powerful nutrient-dense punch. The addition of antioxidant-rich pomegranate seeds not only makes the salad look prettier, but you'll gain the benefit of extra vitamin C and potassium. Don't be intimidated by the pomegranate. Since they are in season right now, it's a good time to use them. Have fun and enjoy your holidays!

How to Seed a Pomegranate
  1. Cut the crown (protruding blossom end) off the pomegranate, removing with it some of the pale-yellow pith. Take care not to pierce the seeds within.
  2. Lightly score the skin in quarters from stem to crown end. Immerse the scored fruit in a large bowl of cool water and soak for 5 minutes.
  3. Holding the fruit under water, break sections apart with your fingers, separating the seeds from membrane. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl. Discard skin and membranes.
  4. Drain the seeds and dry on paper towels use immediately or store in a ziplock baggie for up to two days.


Hey Folks,

I had to write to do my part to spread the word. I am now 49 years old and started trying to change my life on 11/2/06. So, this Thursday will be six weeks.

When I started, I was on 150mg./day of Toprol/XL, and 25mg/day of Dyazide for blood pressure, and it was still running like 140/90+. I weighed around 225 at 5'8", and as a result, I had been diagnosed a year ago with Type II Diabetes, due to an A1C of 10.5, if I recall correctly. Since I had been diagnosed, I had kept a low-carb diet and was being successful at keeping my blood sugar under control, but only barely. Any carb splurge and I would hit the 170's and above.

The first thing that I noticed, within a few days of "total immersion", was that the pain that I felt in the joints in my hands, particularly when playing my guitar, went away. I began feeling somehow lighter almost immediately. With the better part of a week to go, I'm now at 202 lbs. I've been completely off my blood pressure meds. I just checked it after a 2 mile walk on my treadmill, (3 mph and 3% incline), and it was 119/82. I am just thrilled, and my blood sugar has been right in the 105 range every time that I've checked it since starting to eat this way. Even though I eat plenty of fruit (not bananas yet, but everything else pretty much), and a cup of rolled oats every morning with blueberries.

I had an experience that I'm wondering if it was unique. At about the four week mark, I was forced to work closely with someone who was suffering from a cold. Now, for as long as I can remember, I've gotten one cold a year. Each time, it's pretty miserable for about a week. Real soreness in the nasal passages and bronchi. Anyway, after the third day of working with this guy, I felt it start to come on, and I resigned myself to what was coming. To my amazement, I hardly felt the symptoms at all. In fact, it didn't really even slow me down, and I really only had noticeable symptoms for 3 days.

I have so much more energy than I've ever had in my adult life, and my singing voice has also improved noticeably. I am so grateful to Dr. Fuhrman for his intellectual honesty, exhaustive research and altruistic spirit. He is the first doctor that I've paid money to without an ounce of resentment. He deserves to get rich from his efforts in helping all of us to help ourselves.

God Bless you Dr. Fuhrman.
Jeff M.

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What's Cooking at Dr. Fuhrman's?

Give the Gift of Health this Holiday Season!!

Dr. Fuhrman's The Greatest Diet on Earth II - Eat To Live 2006 is now available on DVD!

Dr. Fuhrman's latest DVD includes topics such as:
  • How to Take Control of Your Own Health Destiny
  • The Pitfalls of the Typical American Diet
  • How We Have Become A Nation of Food Addicts
  • The Causes of Disease
  • How to Get Started Eating To Live!
Also included on this DVD:
  • Audience Questions and Answers
  • Medical professionals who support Dr. Fuhrman's Eat To Live program
  • Patients Success Stories, including Heather Mills McCartney
There is still time to take advantage of Dr. Fuhrman's holiday special which combines the Greatest Diet on Earth II DVD plus Eat To Live (signed paperback) for the low price of $29.95*!!
Visit to order today or call
*Offer Expires 12/31/2006. ETL books signed by Dr. Fuhrman, 'To Your Good Health', or custom inscription available for additional $5 fee. Gift wrap also available.
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PLUS . . . coming soon to rare, never before seen online footage of world-class figure skaters, brother and sister pair team: Joel & Gale Fuhrman.
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December's Member Teleconference:

Sharing Holiday Recipes
Date: Monday, December 18, 2006
Time: 9:00 pm EDT
(SeeDr. Fuhrman's Online Member Center for details)

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