Hello! I hope you’re liking these posts from Dr. Fuhrman’s Getaway. I love sharing this experience with you and it’s great for me to re-cap it here so I can better recall everything that I’m learning.
I must say first that my overall experience so far is one of complete and total gratitude that I am even here. It is admittedly a big investment to pay for a vacation such as this one and I have my husband Alan to thank for that. Also, being here just reminds me of how so, so grateful I am to Dr. Fuhrman for his brilliance and that I am privy to the type of information that he is putting out. At this point two years ago, I was suffering from such chronic migraines and on a road to even worse health that I don’t know where I would be now had I not discovered his program (you can read more on my background and see some of my before and after pictures here).
Monday was the first real day of the Getaway and, boy, did it start out bright and early. The beach was gorgeous early morning:
Dr. Fuhrman did a brief pep talk before leading the pack:
It was a good thing I wasn’t there to look at the view, because it took every ounce of my stamina to keep up with his pace! I actually had to slow jog to keep up with him as he trudged through the soft sand (not the hard sand, mind you). Have you ever seen a line of baby quail racing as fast as their legs can carry them to keep up with their parents? That’s what I picture our group looked like as Dr. Fuhrman strided in front of us (in this case, Dr. Fuhrman would have been the Papa Quail with no Mama Quail as Mrs. Fuhrman was not on the walk, ha ha). I think I sweat more than I have in years on this walk. At one point, I was able to (breathlessly) ask him a question about my PCOS diagnosis and he gave me some reassurance that I am doing all the right things to manage it.
After all that, I had quite the appetite for our nutritarian breakfast:
In addition to the oatmeal and fruit pictured, I also had a bowl of an apple hot dish that was incredible, made with raisins and cinnamon and topped with homemade hemp milk:
I also tried some green smoothie that last week I would have said wasn’t sweet enough, but my taste buds already seem to be adapting to less sugar in my diet.
Dr. Fuhrman gave two incredible lectures yesterday before lunch that were filled with the basics of his program and then more advanced information about how eating the right foods can fight disease better than drugs or conventional medicine. My favorite statements of the morning were that “we are created by our food choices” and that “It can’t be reinforced or repeated enough that a low body fat percentage is the goal, not a low dietary fat percentage.” So for those of you who think that Dr. Fuhrman’s program is about eating low fat, nope, that’s just not the case. The idea is to eat whole food, healthy fat sources in quantities adequate enough to maintain an ideal weight and to increase the absorption of phytonutrients.
Believe it or not, I was equally hungry for lunch. I had a huge green salad with vegetables, beans, salad dressing and pistachios (top photo) and a second plate of fruit, beans, beets, more nuts, green smoothie and a peach freeze:
At dinner, I got to sit with the lovely Vicky from Sweet & Healthy Living; she’s an incredible blogger and we had fun getting to know each other better (sorry for the dark picture, I’m so used to photographing food that I’m not very good at using the settings for people!):
Dinner was equally delicious. I’ll let the photos do the talking:
After dinner, we were then treated to about two hours of “success stories” featuring truly remarkable stories of people whose lives have been saved by following Dr. Fuhrman’s approach:
I am hoping that next year I might have the nerve to stand up and share my story. I was almost brought to tears several times by the hope and inspiration felt in that room last night. I’m not a religious person and I realize that my devotion to Dr. Fuhrman borders on fanatical, but the difference for me is science. Every one of his claims is backed by scientific evidence and, for now, those results just can’t be disputed. Amen to that!
Note: I’ve been handing out my cards like a maniac at the event, so if you are a new reader…welcome! Please explore the site and e-mail me if you have any questions (carrieonvegan @ gmail.com with no spaces).
Also, I know I promised daily blog posts this entire week, but I have decided to go easy on myself and take a day off tomorrow. No worries, I’ll catch you up on everything in my next post. After all, I am supposed to be on vacation, right?
Note: this post was also submitted to What I Ate Wednesdays.