Reaction To My Dad On the Dr. Oz Show!

The Dr. Oz ShowToday I was truly inspired by what people can do if they put their minds to it.  I was lucky enough to snag a seat in the audience of a taping of the Dr. Oz show, which featured my dad as a guest.  My dad was energetic and aroused the audience nimbly with his discerning nutritional advice.  However, what really touched me were the guests who came on the show to describe their success stories. To witness what this advice can actually do for people when they apply it and stick to the program was incredibly inspiring.  I think my dad can agree that these success stories are the most thrilling aspect of his career.  I can see why- the thankfulness, happiness, and renewed sense of hope for a better life was so apparent in each guest that I couldn’t help but feel grateful myself for the healing powers of natural, nutrient-dense plant foods and what they can do for people.

Each of the success stories on the show didn’t starve themselves, count calories, reduce portion sizes, or cut fat.  They made a lifestyle change with vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds as the stars of their diets. Over a period of weeks, they got used to eating these foods and began enjoying them without cravings for the junk foods on their old diets.  Our taste buds adapt, as my dad likes to say, and they found nutrient-rich recipes that they enjoyed the best.  The positive energy was flowing freely with each and every smile of the guests as they discussed how eating foods like three bean chili, eggplant roll-ups, and chickpea “popcorn,” helped them drop the pounds like it’s hot and bikini season is coming up.

Being extremely overweight or obese cannot be a walk in a rosy park.   While I cannot personally rock a transformation story like Emily Boller (she was one of the guests on the show!), anyone can see that going from obese to slim must be nothing short of life changing. One of the success stories featured on the show had lost over 200 pounds, another 91 pounds.  Seriously, what an achievement! 

Given that the American public continues to get larger and our weight problems are not going to disappear unless we make drastic lifestyle changes, this show was a ray of light amid the formidable storm that is the obesity epidemic.  It really is a force to be reckoned with- if trends continue, 83 percent of men and 72 percent of women are projected to be overweight or obese by 2020. These numbers come from Mark Huffman, an assistant professor of preventive medicine and cardiology at Northwestern University who presented them at the annual scientific meeting of the American Heart Association.1 Even he was shocked by the numbers. 

All we need is the knowledge about healthy eating and the will to give it a shot.  I think this Dr. Oz episode has the power to inspire viewers to make the right changes.  Seeing people who have already had success at losing a lot of weight and have kept that weight off is empowering. They are a testament that people can achieve ideal health via a nutritarian diet and the delicious, hearty meals that go along with it.  The show aired this past Monday June 4th at 4:00 pm. For those of you who had the chance to watch it, were you inspired too? Are there any of you reading this whom have had the life changing experience of going from very overweight or obese to slim and fit? I love to hear about your experiences in the comments section to share with other readers as well as myself.



1. Huffman, Mark. Cardiovascular Health Behavior and Health Factor Changes (1988-2008) and Projections to 2020: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES)


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Renee - June 6, 2012 1:20 PM

Seeing Dr. Fuhrman on the Dr. Oz show on Monday was very inspiring for me and probably a "life changer", trying not to sound too over dramatic but seriously. I have spent a LOT of time on the internet since Monday reading a LOT about the program. I have seen several other posts of "Nutritarians" upset that this lifestyle was presented as a "7-day crash diet" but in all honesty, thats what tuned me in and the result of me watching that show will be lifelong. I bought the book Eat to Live, am in the process of reading it and will begin my program on Monday, June 11th. I want to be educated and informed before I start. I am soooooo tired of lose weight quick schemes, yo-yo diets, counting points, drinking shakes and eating bars - I want a lifestyle change that works and I hope and pray that I have FINALLY found it. I have approx 60 pounds to lose but I would stay my current weight for the rest of my life if I knew that I was healthy. My goal is to get off of my high cholesterol meds and my high blood pressure meds, not need them EVER again and be there for all of my gorgeous grandchildren!! :)

Peter Brunovskis - June 6, 2012 2:07 PM

Six months ago, I was the biggest meat-eater on earth. I couldn't imagine a meal being a meal without meat. For the last 5 months, I've switched to a plant-based diet and regular exercise. My weight has gone from 260 to 217, my total cholesterol from 291 to 156 and my triglycerides from 291 to 156.

The best part about all this is that I'm eating even more than I did before! No portion control whatsoever. And I've discovered a whole new delicious world of food. Awesome salads, stir-frys and green smoothies in the morning. And I don't miss meat, nor do I crave it anymore.

Peter B.

Liane Waselus - June 6, 2012 2:38 PM

I'd just like to say that even those who aren't significantly overweight can benefit from Dr. Fuhrman's eating plan. Four months ago I weighed 186 pounds on a 5'4" frame (female). Most of my weight was in that dreaded belly fat. I adopted Dr. Fuhrman's delicious eating plan and have steadily lost weight so that today I weigh 173 pounds and will keep going till all the fat has "given up." I'd like to encourage anyone that's even a little overweight to adopt Dr. Fuhrman's plan, for the sake of their health and added energy. In my case, even getting rid of a few pounds around the middle has made it so much easier to do things such as gardening, because I no longer grunt and groan to bend down to pull a weed or prune something. I know it will only get easier, and my garden hasn't looked this good in years. Go for it!

Dian Noland - June 6, 2012 3:32 PM

I don't have cable so I drove to my daughter's house to watch Dr. Fuhrmann on the show and we watched it together. The changes in the women who have changed their ways of eating to Dr. Fuhrmann's are nothing short of fantastic and amazing. The woman who was on last, who looked 30 years younger, was truly a miracle! All of them were, but she must have been truly an inspiration to many who have given up on ever being slim and healthy. I was inspired by Dr. Fuhrmann two months ago and have lost 20 pounds, feel worlds better and have not been hungry for a moment on this diet. The weight has just fallen off without any effort on my part, except for shopping at Farmer's Markets, my produce stand and careful and selective shopping at the grocery store. Meals seem to be SO much easier to prepare too. I did not know vegetarian cooking and preparation could be so easy. I'm really sold on this diet for life. I'm hoping to get off my medications or at least cut them way back very soon!

Bernice - June 6, 2012 4:13 PM

I loved seeing Dr. Fuhrman on the Dr. Oz show. My husband watched with me and we're sold on the benefits adopting the nutritarian diet. We're already vegetarian, but we need to increase the amount of leafy greens, beans, nuts, and seeds we eat and cut out dairy. We each need to lose 10 pounds.

My parents need to lose weight too, and they told me a fit friend their age recommended they read Eat to Live. My goal is to get healthy for my own benefit but also to persuade them how much better they will feel when they go nutritarian. Thanks for the inspiration!

Tia - June 6, 2012 4:17 PM

What I find amazing is the number of people who think they are just a little overweight when really they are obese. I was shocked when I looked up my BMI!

I agree with Liane, anyone and everyone will benefit from this type of lifestyle change. I try to think of "diet" not as some weight-loss regimen, but what the word really means - that which you eat. In addition, many people only equate "exercise" with going to the gym for some painful, drudgery of a workout. Instead, I think of being active. Many activities burn calories, not just "working out". Make a plant based diet and regular activity your lifestyle and your health will naturally improve!!

Personally I got a step further than the 90/10 diet and eliminate meat and dairy. There really isn't anything in there we need.

In the words of Rip Esselstyn ("Engine #2 Diet")....."Real Meat Eat Veggies!!!"

Dr Estelle Fletcher, Board Certified FP - June 6, 2012 5:21 PM

(You have permission to use my comments)

Dr Fuhrmann's appearance on Dr Oz show June 6 demonstrates again why he is such a great source of information about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. When he makes a statement, he backs it up with scientific evidence, medical explanation, and/or years of experience with actual patients. Every time I see him speak, I think, "this man has good credibility, he makes sense and he backs up his statements with good evidence."
For example, when Dr Oz asked about losing weight in just one week he said " many people lose as much as 10 pounds in the first week, although some of that is water weight." That sounds realistic to me. However, because it is realistic, it is believable. Some speaksrs make claims that just aren't realistic for most people or they zre selling some "magic" pill or formula. Dr Fuhrman is offering good information and real food. Good job!

I do have one question. How did you get time on commmercial TV without promoting a specific product or company? Did you act as your own sponsor?

Fred Macciocchi - June 6, 2012 6:30 PM

Hi Talia,
My wife and I recorded the show. Both of us were inspired by your dad's book Eat to Live and embarked on the lifestyle change on October 1, 2011. I weigh 180lbs. and have been measured at 14% body fat. My weight on Oct. 1, 2011 was 216lbs. My wife has dropped from 139lbs. to 114lbs. in the same time frame. She is under her high school weight of 117lbs. I was able to stop taking Lipitor after 25 years when a doctor told me I would need to take it for the rest of my life. It also caused background muscle pain which stopped 2 days after stopping the drug. I've tried to get the catholic church pastor to print something about Eat to Live in the weekly bulletin but he has no interest in doing so. This is information the church should provide that can have a physical and spiritual benefit for parish members. I wish you and your family all the best in the future and thanks again for providing accurate information that has helped my wife and I understand nutrition and its' benefits.
Fred Macciocchi Sr.

linda5sons - June 6, 2012 9:50 PM

It's wonderful to see that people's lives are being changed by Dr. Fuhrman's appearance on the Dr. Oz show! Regaining one's health is an amazing adventure, whether the issue is obesity, heart disease, autoimmune disease or other problems. My life is totally different than it was two years ago, when I stopped being sick and started healing by applying Dr. Fuhrman's advice to my food world.

I would like to encourage you to consider joining Dr. Fuhrman's website, Aside from the plethora of recipes, articles, teleconferences and advice you'll find on the site, the Member Center provides an opportunity for Nutritarians to support each other and exchange ideas, world-wide.

Hawar - June 7, 2012 11:23 AM

For anyone who didn't get to watch it, here are the links to all the parts. The recipes are below the videos.

Here is part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

The recipes are below each video. Be sure to especially look at part 3, some yummy treats!!!

carfree - June 7, 2012 4:12 PM

Dian Noland- in response to your comment, the third woman on the show was Emily Boller, one of the writers of this blog. She can so easily talk the talk because she has walked the walk. She definitely knows what she's talking about, and we all appreciate her enthusiasm!

Also, Hawar, thanks for the links. I didn't watch the show because I don't really care for Dr. Oz, (too commercial), but was glad to see it after all. Thanks!

Mary - June 7, 2012 4:32 PM

I thought the segment on Dr. Oz was so motivating and inspiring!
I have tried ETL a few times before, but always "backslid" into my old bad habits. Reading these testimonials has made me believe that I truly can change my way of eating for good! I started the plan again as of May 30th, and have lost about 5 pounds. I don't have a huge amount of weight to lose, but I don't want to have to take medications when I get older. I also hardly had withdrawal symptoms this time around! For me, it's a process, and it takes time, but I am willing to be patient with lifestyle changes, instead of giving in to the temptations around me! Hopefully, I'll be able to see you again at the next Weekend Immersion and share my success story!

Kathi - June 8, 2012 6:41 PM

Thanks for the links, Hawar! I don't have access to television, so wasn't able to view it live. I've done well on ETL several times; I just need to stick with it!

Tara HIgle - June 9, 2012 1:35 PM

I bought your book and it has a lot of soy and nuts in the recipes and I am allergic to soy and nuts. I drink Rice milk and eat rice cheese. I would like to know what I could eat to replace these foods in you recipes and in my diet as well. MY ALLERGIES ARE. Soy, Apples, Eggs, Milk and nuts.

Thanks you I want to do this right and want to loose weight and become healthy. I hope to get an answer soon so I can start to do this program ASAP.

Sheri - June 9, 2012 1:39 PM

I just came home from the doctor's office with my two daughters. My 8 yr. old weighed 100 and my 5 yr. old weighed 76. I am aso obese but lost 425 pounds with a gastric bypass 10 yrs. ago. I've gained back 50. we never eat fast food, sodas, or processed meats. My kids don't get sweets unless they go to a birthday party or event hosted by others. We need to do something and i don't know where to begin. I thought I'd been doing alright with the restrictions we have. We play tennis every day, too. All helpful advice is welcome.

Lisa Plunkett - June 11, 2012 12:54 PM

My triglycerides are high and actually went up 1 pt after 3 months of dieting! My HDL actually went down 2 pts also! I did lose 14 pounds, but it just seemed so difficult, and with 30+ to go, seemed impossible. My doctor has put me on Lovaza, which even with my insurance is still expensive. I was a little discouraged to say the least. My father gave me the Eat to Live book two weeks ago, and I was in the process of reading it, and thinking there was more I could do and not have to be on meds the rest of my life. After watching Dr. Furhman on Dr. Oz, my husband and I have started today! We are so encouraged by Dr. Furhman! Thank you so much!!!

Etta Ketchum - June 11, 2012 6:12 PM

The ladies were radiant and the food trays showed both eating styles and brillant colors and variety. All in all, a great presentation, Dr. Fuhrman and the Ladies.

Etta Ketchum - June 11, 2012

Josie - June 13, 2012 10:11 AM

I am very thankful that I watched that episode. I think now that my recent routine of recording Dr Oz daily and watching it in the evening....was all meant to lead me to find this diet.
I have watched the show over and over again and researched the diet on the internet.
If you would have told me last week that I would be feeling this way after only 3 days on the program I would have not believed it.I am so excited I am telling everybody.
My mood,my all so much better. The weirdest thing I noticed this morning and was a happy surprise...which I did not that I walked right by a container full of Tim Bits(little donut balls)and had absolutely no desire for even one. It does not feel like I am missing out on anything. I am excited about the foods I eat and about life again. I can actually visualize a skinny me in the future.
In recent weeks and months I have become so discouraged and feeling sicker than I ever have in my life....with my weight gain and health problems. Thanks to Dr Fuhrman and the ladies on the show for inspiring me and lifting me out of where I was.........

dwest - June 14, 2012 5:26 AM

I caught this episode of Dr. Oz the day before my 55th birthday. What a gift! I bought the book (2003 edition)and am so excited to begin my second day on the plan. I really appreciate Dr. Fuhrman's straight forward information that is backed by scientific research. Thank you for enlightening and teaching how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Marty Schumacher - June 14, 2012 10:21 PM

Yes I was absolutely inspired! I love Dr. Fuhrman's advice. I read about his "new" book to be out in 2002. I got it as soon as it was out. I also loved that he mentioned Overeaters anonymous because I am a member. That does not mean I am successful at eating only what is best for me. But 4 weeks ago a friend and I embarked on the 6 weeks plan to break the cravings. She is doing fantastic and I am floundering. I eat over many and anything!
However each day I start again and will continue until I get this down and am off salt and junk!!
Thanks Talia. Beautiful tribute to your Dad!!! I quote him constantly!:)

Kathy Bushbaum - May 29, 2013 1:41 PM

I would like to try the Dr. Fuhrman 7 day crash diet but am allergic to legumes (beans and soy ect) which seem to be a major part of the diet. I can't eat peanuts but sunflower seeds, almonds are ok. What are some substitutes that I can use to replace the beans?

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