Dr. Fuhrman

Eat to Live with Dr. Joel Fuhrman Best-Selling Author and Internationally Recognised Expert on Nutrition

Eat to Live with Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Seven-Time New York Times Best-Selling Author and Internationally Recognised Expert on Nutrition and Natural Healing


Dr. Joel Fuhrman, seven-time New York Times best-selling author and internationally recognised expert on nutrition and natural healing, joins The Orgasmic Lifestyle Podcast hosted by Venus O’Hara, where they discuss nutrition, diets rich in plant-derived nutrients, and longevity. 


Key facts


Key takeaways

What is a Nutritarian Diet?

According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a Nutritarian Diet is rich in plant-derived nutrients, such as phytochemicals and antioxidants. They help slow the aging process and prevent chronic diseases, heart attacks, strokes, and cancers.

A Nutritarian Diet is not about just being rich in nutrients. You have to be moderately calorically restricted to achieve a favourable weight and to be muscular without extra fat.

Disillusions about olive oil

People believe that extra-virgin olive oil is a healthy ingredient in our diet. However, Dr. Fuhrman affirms that one tablespoon of olive oil contains 120 calories, which is a lot. For a professional athlete or a person working intensely and burning many calories, it is admissible. But for most people working desk jobs, it will maintain their extra fat.

Dr. Fuhrman also highlights that olive oil makes you more prone to cancer and extra fat in the body. It activates aromatase, which raises estrogen levels and increases your risk of breast and prostate cancer.

Are cheat meal days good?

Joel thinks that most people are overweight because they’ve developed an addictive relationship with food. The foods that drive them to overeat are the foods that aren’t healthy for them.

Cheat days only reinforce cravings and addictions. It’s like bringing an alcoholic into a bar once a week while they’re trying to be sober.

The best foods to keep us young

According to Dr. Fuhrman, the most protective foods against later life cancer and premature ageing are GBOMB foods. This stands for greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries, and seeds.

How many beans and grains should we eat?

Joel admits that most of us eat less than we should. Most of us eat half a cup of beans and half a cup of grains, whereas we should be eating about one cup of beans and one cup of grains. 

Thoughts on high micronutrient ratios

Joel indicates that we have a high micronutrient per calorie ratio. Still, he says that the key here is to remember that animal protein drives aging. We want to keep the animal protein down, but we still want adequate protein in our diet. Trying to avoid all fat, including avoiding nuts and seeds, is not favourable to your lifespan.

Eat to Live Retreat

Eat to Live Retreat is a program that Dr. Fuhrman and his team developed to help people change their food preferences, resolve food cravings and addictions, and feel in control of their health. The minimum stay is thirty days, but people may stay for two or three months. During the retreat, they work to lose weight while learning how to maintain this loss on their own for when they’re back home.


What’s the book that changed your life?

The book that changed Joel’s life is You don’t have to be sick by Jack Dunn Trop.


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  • “There’s a comparison between eating fat from nuts and seeds, avocados, and olives or eating fat from walnut oil, sesame oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, and olive oil. And we know that when people switch from oil to whole food, their risk of cardiovascular death goes down by 40%. So we’re talking here about even the prevalence studied. So when people switch from oil to nuts and seeds, they get a dramatically reduced risk of heart attacks. So we’re talking here that it’s always the whole food that’s better than the fragmented food. It’s an apple, not apple juice. It’s avocado, not avocado oil. It’s sesame seeds, not sesame seeds oil”.
  • “There’s not one dietary portfolio that will prevent cancer, another dietary portfolio that prevents dementia, or against heart disease. We’re talking about the same ideal longevity-promoting dietary portfolio that contains these greens, different categories of foods that protects against all chronic diseases and all forms of ageing, including macular degeneration and skin premature ageing, and osteoarthritis of your joints”.

  • “Vegetables should be the base of your pyramid, and you can eat some whole grains and fruits and beans and nuts, but we’re trying to eat a lot of bulk in our diets and vegetables. And that includes, you know, vegetables of different colours, squashes, and turnips, carrots, beets, and zucchini”.

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