I noticed some names from UWL as having bought the program and are members of the private Facebook community. Also, a few people have mentioned they either didn't lose or gained weight because the program meals and portions are much heavier than they've already been eating on either Eat to Live or other WFPB programs. Dr. Fuhrman's response to that was people should: "Only eat when hungry, never eat to fullness," and "It's better to eat less and be hungry before the next meal rolls around than to overeat calories at any one meal." If you're overweight and not losing, you're eating too much, even on this program, saying once again his mantra that many people only need 2 meals a day.
Why did I buy this program? Well, getting 20 days of recipes for the price is a lot cheaper than getting only 6 that someone else is selling recipes for, and no special expensive equipment required. Besides the booklet you get entrance into the private Facebook group, and a month's free membership to the Eat to Live web site.
I haven't read it all yet, but was the purchase worth it?
The first 10 or so pages are Dr. Fuhrman explaining who he is, his awards and accomplishments, and a basic, very brief once-over of what the Eat to Live program is. Then comes the standard lists of 15 healthiest foods, a few pages of FAQ's, a few pages about supplements, a page of "affirmations" to get you ready to do the program.
Page 18 lays out the basic rules of the program, followed by the shopping list for the first 5 days. The first menu and recipes finally starts on page 23 (out of 48 pages). Some are very basic, like berry bowls, hummus wraps and smoothies. Others are recipes that have appeared on-line for ages. There are some new recipes, too. I see already maybe 4 or 5 in this first batch I'd like to try. I can make them McDougall-safe by nixing the nuts and skipping things like avocado, and just having oatmeal on days breakfast calls for a smoothie.
The second 5 days is a bit more troublesome. Not only are the recipes more nut-heavy but one contains meat and another has an egg option.
Day 11 through 15 the recipes are looking familiar. A few from earlier on are repeated, recipes from the Eat to Live Cookbook start appearing, and again, lots of nuts and lots of avocado.
The last 5 days repeat many meals from days 5-10, including the meat and optional egg ones. Lotsa nuts and avocados.
I can see why people who were already eating a very healthy diet gained weight following this food plan.
It's not a total waste of money - the Facebook community looks like a lot of nice people, and there are a number of recipes here that are McDougall adaptable. I was hoping for more salad recipes I could use, but with every one requiring a nut based dressing, they're not for me.
I don't know what I was expecting, but this is not a program anyone already eating healthy - McDougall, Engine 2, Esseslstyn, UWL, even Eat to Live itself - should even be looking at.