Those who follow nutritarianism do so with the goal of changing their lifestyle. Nutarianism isn’t a quick fix for those who want to lose a few pounds and it’s not a fad diet that directs you to drink meal replacement shakes instead of eating an actual meal. Below we touch on the very basics of Nutarianism; Nutarianism is best explained by Dr. Joel Fuhrman in his books Eat To Live and The End of Dieting, and since we here are Lionesses are not medical experts, we do suggest that you read one of Dr. Fuhrman’s books, as well as check with your physician before beginning any kind of drastic lifestyle change.
Diet and Nutrition
A key to Nutritarianism is to not starve yourself. Below are the suggested diet guidelines to fill your body with the vitamins and minerals.
- All day, every day you can eat as much of the following as you’d like: any type of raw veggie, any cooked green veggie, any cooked non-green veggie that is considered “nutrient-rich,” as well as beans (sprouts) and legumes, tofu, and fresh fruits.
- The following foods are those that you should limit and the amount you should max out at: no more than 1 cup of whole grains AND cooked starchy veggies, 1 ounce of raw, unsalted seeds AND nuts, 2 ounces of avocado, and 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds. (max 1 tbsp.)
- This final list is of foods which you should completely avoid: meat, dairy, or animal products, fruit or cocktail juice, oils and added salt.
Short Term Versus Long Term
As we mentioned above, this should be thought of as more of a lifestyle chance than a crash diet. However, many people aren’t able to stick to this type of lifestyle and turn to Nutarianism as more of a long-term diet (because anyone on this plan is bound to lose weight). Those who already eat a mostly plant diet may have an easier time transitioning to Nutarianism, compared to others. However, it is important to make sure to take daily supplements to nourish your body with the vitamins and minerals that you’re missing.
Nutritarianism and Your Skin
You may remember learning in grade school that the skin is the largest organ of the body; this fact may have given way to the once-popular saying “you are what you eat.” Believe it or not, there is loads of research that back up the saying! In fact, researchers have found that the skin’s condition is affected by both external factors (e.g., exposure to UVA/B rays, environmental toxins, etc.) and internal factors (e.g., varying amounts of nutrients, chemicals, and toxins, hormone imbalances, etc.). Many people transition to Nutritarianism for its superior amounts of vitamins and nutrients which are believed to improve one’s overall skin. In addition to skin that looks and feels younger, those who follow Nutritarianism find relief from adult acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Of course, you shouldn’t expect Nutritarianism, alone, to cure such skin conditions, as they can be caused and triggered by a number of things. However, following a Nutritarianism based diet and a healthy, physician approved skincare regime, it is very likely that you’ll experience positive results.