Wow, is it really the end of this week? I don’t know how that is possible! I can’t believe that less than five days ago, I had never met Dr. Fuhrman or any of the fantastic people here or had any of the experiences that I have had this week. It truly has been an experience of a lifetime. This has to be my most prized photo so far:
Alan and I both owe Dr. Fuhrman a debt of gratitude for helping us and giving us a sense of control for our health destinies. Not only that, but there is so much admiration of how he has put together a program with the only parameters being disease prevention and longevity without being influenced by corporate America or any other distractions or pressures. He is so obviously devoted to science and rational, common sense.
Every day has started with exercise and breakfast and then lectures. My favorite presentation so far has been on “Maximizing Human Performance and Longevity” where Dr. Fuhrman presented data on how we can have the highest quality of life for the maximum quantity of time. He pointed out that 100 years ago, the average American was only sick about 3-6 months at the end of life whereas Americans now spend the last 10 years of their life sick. In this same lecture, he discussed the research on the inclusion of nuts and seeds in a vegan diet and how the results show that is the most favorable scenario as opposed to vegan diets that do not include nuts and seeds.
Without going into all the details, I’ve learned so, so much from these lectures and it’s going to take me a few days or weeks to comprehend it all. I’m happy that I’m already nearly two years into this program, but there are some definite changes I will be making and I’ll be sure to share those with you.
We’ve been having more excellent, “nutritarian” food at every meal. Here are some of my favorites from the past two days:
Besides the information-rich lectures from Dr. Fuhrman with the latest nutritional research and having delicious, healthy food available for three meals a day, the best part of this trip by far has been meeting other people interested in the program. Since we as vegans or near-vegans so often stick out in our society for the choices we make, the feeling of being part of a community and surrounded by friends has been priceless and is similar to what I felt when I attended Vida Vegan Con in August of 2011.
I’ll be doing more posts when I get home about my experience here. At this point at the end of the week, I’m starting to feel saturated with information and like I haven’t been able to process everything. Fortunately, the last days of the Getaway consist of mainly cooking demos and Q&As with Dr. Fuhrman and spending time with the new friends we’ve made.
I don’t want to take away from our Healthy Vegan Friday blog party that happened this week, but this is a slightly abbreviated post on that front. I wasn’t able to spend time reading your entries, but my co-hosts Shelby and Gabby are on top of it and you should check out their favorite entries.
The top three for this week included:
- Raw Brownies and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from Emily @ Triumph Wellness
- Easy Quinoa Pizza Crust and Vegan Pizza from Rachel @ Almonds & Avocados
- Vegan Goat Cheese from Kristina @ Spabettie