Nutritarian food will slim us down because foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans fill us up but not with heavy, calorie-laden foods. Small amounts of animal proteins help too. Drinking smoothies in between meals or eating whole fruits can satisfy hunger between meals and re-energize the body. Stay away from too many grains and do not eat processed foods.
Anything that comes with a long list of unidentifiable ingredients listed on the back label is processed. Lunch meats, packaged and frozen meat products, canned meals (spaghetti, lasagna, etc.) packaged cheese, packaged crackers, snack foods, and packaged soy products are not part of the nutritarian diet. Dr. Fuhrman writes that if it doesn’t look like where it came from (chicken to chicken nuggets or oats to little o-shaped circles) then it is most likely a processed food.
Processed foods are prepared with too much salt or sugar or fat (or all three) which is poison to our bodies. Many of the nutrients that our bodies need to function properly are striped from processed foods. However, all processed foods (like Pirate Booty) are made for taste; not nutrition. We become addicted to the sugars, salts, and fats in these processed foods to the point where we feel sick (weak, dizzy, headaches, lethargy, confused thinking, etc.) without them. For years I experienced a weak, dizzy feeling that could only be relieved with sugar. Now a fruit smoothie gives me the energy I need and my weak, dizzy feelings are gone. Out of all the benefits of a nutritarian diet, permanent relief from that weak and dizzy feeling really sold me on this way of eating.
I hope if it hasn’t happened to you yet, that one day you will see a reflection of yourself and you will be content with what you see. God has wonderfully made you to be the very singular creature you are (Psalm 139:13-18). He is constantly aware of you to the extravagant point that he knows every hair on your head (Matthew 10:30). Humans are his most precious creation on earth (John 3:16), and He wants to be constantly present to you (2 Corinthians 10:5). You can be certain of this because of one thing: that he died for you as Jesus Christ who lived on this earth and whose glorious life is recorded in The New Testament. He gave his own life so that you could live with him eternally (1 John 5:5-12). The fact that the awesome deity of the universe died to be with you should tell you how precious you are and help you to know that you are beautiful in His sight; not next week when you lose five pounds, or next summer when you maybe can wear a swimming suit and go to the beach, or after you somehow put right this horrible wrong you’ve done, but right this very minute, just as you are, the God of the universe is gazing lovingly upon you (1 John 4:7-12).
Tell God that you love Him, that you acknowledge the sin in your life, and that you accept the sacrifice Jesus made for that sin by dying on the cross. He is waiting to hear you (2 Peter 3:9).