5 Simple Rules For Super Immunity!

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Dr Joel Fuhrman

Dr. Joel Fuhrman.

Disease Proof Your Child

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One thing about Dr. Fuhrman’s books that some find tough, is to eat the way he recommends is overwhelming and difficult.  I see it differently however. As a “glass half full” kinda gal, I see small things I can add and incorporate into my families diet, while not stressing about the things we should eliminate and avoid.

What I love about Dr. Fuhrman’s philosophy is his focus on micronutrients.  Most of the world is fixated on the proper macronutrients you should be eating (how much fat, carbs, protein). Dr. Fuhrman focuses on the micronutrients you should be eating.  Dr. Fuhrman created a scale to determine the nutrient density of a food.(calories divided by the amount of nutrients in a food).  From these calculations,  he determined the foods with the highest micronutrient density as follows:

  • Greens to be highest!!  (Mustard Greens, Collard Greens, Turnip Greens, Kale, watercress, Brussels sprouts, spinach, etc.)
  • Berries and fruits to be the second highest in nutrients.
  • Beans and nuts to be third.

Dr. Fuhrman teaches, this simple hierarchy of healthy food should be the base of our daily eating patterns. Rather than seeming too hard to follow, this list actually gives me guidance. I worry less about what my kids shouldn’t be eating, and more about what they should be eating.Super Immunity

Dr. Fuhrman has a new book called Super Immunity, The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free,and I couldn’t  be more excited!  This book has loads of research and real life stories of people who have overcome disease and illness through a superior, highly nutritious diet.

Dr. Fuhrman has 5 simple rules for a powerful immune system. They include:

  1. Eat a raw green salad everyday
  2. Eat a serving of cooked greens with mushrooms and onions daily.
  3. Make sure you take sufficient Vitamin D to assure adequacy.
  4. Exercise regularly
  5. Avoid all processed foods.

I love this book! Today’s generation is getting sicker and sicker!  If more people ate a diet higher in vital nutrients we would have less sick days, need less drugs, and spend less money on health care!

This book includes advice, recipes, a list of the top 30 super foods, and a two week meal plan.  The first recipe I want to make in this book are these:

Go Berry Breakfast Bars

serves 8

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries, thawed
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/8 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dates
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon goji berries
  • 1 tablespoon raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mash peeled banana in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly  Lightly wipe an 8X8 inch baking pan with a small amount of olive oil.  Spread mixture in pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool on wire rack and cut into bars. Refrigerate any leftover bars.

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86 Comments

With a world of sluggish, sick, irritable kids this sounds like a great plan to turn lives around for the better- looks like a great read!

Fabulous now to get my kids to like onions and mushrooms. It is true though. We spend all this
Money on health care when a few simple changes can reap huge rewards.

My baby is not eating solid foods yet, but when he does, I want to be knowledgeable about what’s best to feed him! Sounds like a wonderful book!

Wow, this sounds like a great book. I like to eat healthy and try my best to give my child the best foods possible. I would love to read this book! I will look into his other books too!
Ana

Having spent the weekend with massive colds for the entire family this is very timely! Avoiding ALL processed foods is tough but we’re getting better at it:)

Thanks for this great post…sounds like a great book and I would love to read it! Great steps to optimum health for our kids and ourselves…plus I wish people wouldn’t get overwhelmed by the big picture when every little step is a step in the right direction!

Mary: I have never found goji berries! I would probably leave them out. It only had 1 tablespoon anyway. Or, I’d add 1 tablespoon of a different berry.

My 1 yr. old was born with a serious heart defect so I am determined to keep him as healthy as possible! Having a child with heart problems made me realize that what I feed him now will foster heathly eating and living habits for him long term and this will make a huge impact on his health for the rest of his life! I was so excited to find this blog and this book would be a great to have!

I would love to have a chance to read this book also they do not have it in our library i have read disease proof your child and eat for live and they both have changed my life i am a mother of 4 children and im greatful for the for the info to save my family !

We are currently reviewing and shifting the way we eat. And as parents of 2 it is sometimes hard to know what is actually good and what is not.
I would love to win the book.

Thank you.

My son will eat greens in smoothies if they have enough fruit and we give them fun names :-). He hates cooked greens though, but he’ll eat a raw salad right out of our CSA box with a little olive oil and balsamic, so overall I am pretty lucky!

Slowly making changes in my family to eat better! After two years the gold fish and ritz crackers have been replaced with fruit 🙂

While my son seemed to inherit my husband’s good immune system, I am sick constantly! The doctors keep telling me that it is because my son is young and in daycare–he brings the germs home, but I am the one that gets sick from them. I’m not totally sure I buy that, but I will do just about anything to boost my immunity at this point!

I am so glad to have read this post. I would love to win a copy of this book. boosting immunity has been a major quest for me. I am super excited about these books!

Sounds like a good read. We are working to make adjustments to our diet in our household, so this book would probably go a long way in helping us know what direction to take. Thanks for posting about it!

sounds like an awesome book! I like your approach as well and strive to do that for our family! I actually have all the ingredients for the recipe you posted (all but the juice) so I may try it w/ orange/apple juice instead. Looks yummy!

I eat most of the things on his list. Does the Dr. give advice as to how to get my picky 2-year old to eat her veggies, let alone the leafy green kind???

This book looks so so good! Having a book filled with inspiration for healthy eating and real life stories that i can learn from, woot!

This book sounds like the perfect companion to our family’s journey of eating healthier and adding more greens to our diets.

This books sounds very interesting. We are already a low processed food, low refined sugar family, but I would love to know more about making the next steps. Thanks

I would love to win this book and thus also have it in our local HMN library!

I’m the only one in my family that will eat mushrooms though, and not really willingly… but maybe if I had some recipes. I’m intrigued by the fact
that mushrooms are on the menu daily
I do also love the idea of adding IN healthy things. It works much better for me to think that way then to get overwhelmed and do nothing.

Thanks!
Jessica

Amy I would love the book! As a pharmacist in the hospital setting I am exposed to all kinds of things that can make people sick. I truly believe that a strong immune system is our best defense and that eating the right foods makes a big difference. I am going to make those breakfast bars this weekend! Thank you so much for this website — I have used so many of your ideas.

I love Dr Furhman! I use his Eat to Live book all the time. We rarely use anything processed anymore – and lots of fruits & veg at our house now. (thanks to our CSA!) I would love to win the new book. 🙂

I love your idea of using what you can incorporate and not letting the other stuff stress you out. The way I ate was important to me before, but now that I have a baby, it’s especially important! No need to enter me in the giveaway.

love the recipe for the bars! Would love to win this book. Just heard about Dr Furhman a couple weeks ago when a friend sent me a small amount of his bone and joint supplements that she still had form her own supply, after finding out I have a break in my leg that isn’t healing. Glad to have learned about him and this giveaway for his book. It would greatly benefit my grandchildren!
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