Meal Plan Monday: Eat to Live

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I had a nice week off to spend with my family and friends and I hope you did too. During Thanksgiving weekend I read Eat to Live by Dr. Fuhrman. My husband had read/listened to it multiple times and had been trying to incorporate Dr. Fuhrman’s plan for a while. I’m sure it was difficult for him since I had not yet read the book.

Now that I have read the book I’ll be trying to incorporate it into our diet. I’m sure I wont do it perfectly, especially since we have little kids who need to eat a little differently but I can strive toward it. 🙂

If you haven’t read Eat to Live I will say that it is a must read, but you may want to spread it out and not read it all in one weekend because it is a lot to take in. I’ll share more about what I learned another day.

Meal Plan

Breakfast will be a combination of oatmeal, Breakfast Quinoa, fruit, and smoothies. Today’s oatmeal contained oats, chia seeds, ground flax, and cranberries.

Lunches should be a big salad but I usually prefer them stuffed in a pita or leftover soup. My soups and salads will be made up of a variety of beans, celery, carrots, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. My kids will eat plenty of PB and almond butter sandwiches.

Snacks will be veggies and hummus, muffins and yogurt parfaits for the boys, smoothies, and fruit with almond butter.

Dinner will be big salads and hearty soups. I also hope to remake and post the recipe for an incredible Mexican Casserole I made a few weeks ago. It was easy and delicious. I’m not a big cauliflower fan but I’m thinking of trying cauliflower rice I’ve seen on numerous blogs. I’m also craving the flavors in my Enchilada and Taco Soups and I have a big fat avocado that is slowly ripening. I may pair it with Spicy Black Bean Soup.

Most of the meals this week will be quick since they use fresh veggies but I need to make another batch of my Veggie Broth Mix. I got dried mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes to add to the mix like Somer at Vedged Out recommended in the comments. She had made a version and added them with great results. Then Sarah at Gazing In made her version and I just had to expand my base mix and add the mushrooms and tomatoes.

I also plan to make some quinoa this week for a little whole grain variety.

Have you read Eat to Live? If so, do you follow it?

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  1. Need to add that book to my reading list. I made the broth mix with Somer’s additions and it is delicious! Now a must have in my pantry.

  2. My big jar of mix is rapidly disappearing – ah well, I can make more 😉

  3. I’ve been meaning to read it. I try to eat mainly fruits, veggies and grains, with as little dairy as possible. It’s tough with a family that’s not on board. I’m interested in your Mexican dishes. Yum!

  4. Oh Holly! This book is a slippery slope! I LOVED it. I still do a quart of green smoothie a day and a huge salad for one meal. I think that if I ate that way forever though, I’d feel really deprived. I love grains and bread too much. However, I do think his plan is genius, especially for those who have diseases and truly need to lose lots of weight, I’ll swear there isn’t a better way to take off the pounds then his plan. Best of luck!

    • Somer I agree with you! I love my whole grains too! I’m not following Eat to Live to the letter but I’m definitely trying to incorporate his methodology. I love reading new books that inspire me to try harder.

  5. I have read it. I eat a plant-based diet, but I more closely follow the recommendations of Jeff Novick and the Engine 2 diet.

  6. I have read it and I follow it as best I can in the real world 😉 I have been basically eating that way for the past 7 years since I read it. A great read for what to feed your kids is Disease Proof your Child also by Joel Fuhrman.


  7. Such a great book!

  8. I am so excited I found this blog! I have read ETL and Disease Proof Your Child. Dr. Furhman has a book coming out Christmas Eve about reversing Diabetes. This is right on time, my father was just diagnosed with diabetes after going into a diabetic shock. (he did not show early signs of elevated blood sugar) I am also trying to move into a plant centered diet. Glad I found you.

  9. Thank you for stopping by! I’m sorry to hear your father was just diabetes. I hope he will be receptive to your help. I’m excited about the new book, I have some friends with diabetes that I’d like to help but I don’t have a great understanding of the diabetes. I read about it and understand but not well enough.

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