I've been enjoying home-made soy yogurt! A group of us from the Fuhrman forums are exploring this and having much fun with it. I got this yogurt maker. It's so easy! you just take a quart of unsweetened soy milk, mix in yogurt starter (this or this or 4 oz of unsweetened Whole Soy yogurt), pour into containers, turn on the machine, wait 8-12 hours, put the lids on and refrigerate. It makes creamy tart yogurt, way better than store-bought. I've been having it over strawberries and lettuce/spinach/kale for breakfast. It is also great with frozen (or fresh, when in season) sweet cherries for a dessert. It would probably be great in salad dressings and dips too. I've never been a big fan of the silken tofu for this purpose because it is so flavorless. But the soy yogurt adds a great flavor and creamy texture to foods.
I've been reading up on sugar and refined grains. I guess it's bad for you. You probably knew that. bummer. But isn't it weird how everyone eats it all the time? no, because it's addictive. we're all addicted even after we give it up (I am anyway). No wonder it's so hard to quit it. here's a few articles about it:
http://drhyman.com/blog/2012/04/03/diet-drinks-helpful-or-harmful-to-kick-the-sugar-habit/ (check out the 60 minutes segment linked from there)
I came across this health program run by a evangelical church that looks really good in my opinion. It's called the Daniel plan. It cracks me up that one of the organizers is Dr. Daniel Amen. I laugh every time I see his name. Anyway they seem to cover all the bases, not just what to eat but the psycho/social issues. It looks like a very supportive environment from which to learn from. I think you could follow Dr. Fuhrman's eating program without conflicting much with the recommendations here. There are a lot of good articles on all topics related to healthy lifestyle. I actually tempted to sign up and find out more about the program, if it's free. I am not sure how much religion is involved in the program--I'm not a conservative evangelical myself so I don't know how I'd react to it. But there's only one way to find out, haha.
My interest in sugar led me to read some of Dr. Hyman's work. A lot of his recommendations conflict with Dr. Fuhrman, and his recommendations for supplements seem overboard and expensive to me. But there are some things that suit me, maybe even a little better than Dr. Fuhrman. I plan to stick to Dr. Fuhrman's food recommendations but here are some of Dr. Hyman's recommendations that I may incorporate:
- eat protein with every meal (for me that's beans, greens and soy yogurt).
- limit the sugars and refined grains, including sweet fruits. (these days I'm mainly eating 1 lb of strawberries a day because they are in season and on special at the store)
- eat smaller meals more frequently (what?!)
- don't eat within 3 hours of bed
The third one directly contradicts Dr. Fuhrman's recommendations. Here is what I find appealing about it: 1) I won't get too hungry or too full which physically and psychologically feels better for me; 2) socially, it's easier on me because people are always eating around me and I can snack on healthy things with them; and 3) it keeps the metabolism running higher which aids in weight loss. Dr. Fuhrman would like you to keep your metabolism low to extend your life. He wants you to live in the catabolic stage often for lots of cell repair to do its wonders. I can verify that following Dr. F's recommendations lowered my metabolism because it made me cold all the time. I think I'd prefer running a little warmer (sacrilege!). I think I will try this out as an experiment. Of course, I won't be posting this on the Fuhrman forums, haha.