Eat To Live

Eat To Live Or Live To Eat?

Modern foods (in particular high calorie foods) have become abundant and affordable for very many people. This contrasts with ancient times where eating was for one purpose only (to live) and in response to one cue only (hunger).   Emotional over-eating is a modern problem.   Nowadays, we no longer eat to live. We have become a people who live to eat.   Our eating behaviour has become a cultural phenomenon limited by neither necessity nor scarcity.  From our experience, working with literally thousands of people, the moment we tell them to change what they are eating, chaos takes over.
The purpose of this website is to inform and in many ways, educate the reader as to how they can take responsibility for their bodies and change their current state of health. 
The most challenging of all challenges has been to “convince” people to pay attention to what they put into their mouths, so as to least impact their bodies.  Coupled with this, the additional challenge for most of us is the impact of EATING CLEAN, whcih often dictates how we enjoy our social and family time. 
Eating needs to be a task that one is consciously aware of – sitting down to enjoy a well-cooked, home-made meal should be a celebration of life.  A time spent with loved ones, consciously enjoying the tastes of the food and their company.  Eating any other way is counterproductive to good health.
If you choose not to sacrifice your “luxuries” because of social or lifestyle habits, do so with the understanding that EACH forkful of food you put into your mouth impacts your health.


What Are the Benefits of Eating Clean?

Whether you’re hoping to lose weight or simply improve or sustain your health as you age, eating clean makes up a key component of a healthful lifestyle.  Loading up your diet with whole foods, such as whole grains, veggies, fruits, nuts, and legumes, not only provides nutrients to support healthy cell function but also helps fight chronic disease. Cutting unhealthy foods out of your diet offers benefits because compounds found in unhealthy, processed foods can increase your disease risks.

Feel More Energetic

A healthful diet that properly nourishes your body helps you feel energetic and productive. Several nutrients, including the B-complex vitamins and iron, help your cells access fuel so that they can function properly. Eating clean and green also helps regulate your blood sugar, helping you avoid fatigue-inducing blood sugar spikes, which can occur after you eat processed carbohydrates, such as sweets or refined grains. The Michigan State University Extension recommends jump-starting your energy levels with a breakfast that includes fibre-rich whole grains, which provide energy that lasts you through to lunch.

Improve Cardiovascular Health

Eat clean to support long-term health — a healthful diet helps lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. Fruits and vegetables, for example, come packed with vitamin C, a nutrient that helps maintain the strength of your blood vessels. A diet rich in fruits and veggies lowers coronary heart disease risk and also protects against stroke and high blood pressure. A clean diet rich in healthful fats — the type found in nuts, avocados and olive oil — lowers harmful cholesterol levels, which also fight cardiovascular disease. On the other hand, an unhealthy diet rich in saturated fat increases your blood cholesterol, which threatens your cardiovascular health.

Prevent Cancer

Eat a clean diet, and you’ll also help your system fight cancer growth. “Following a diet rich in processed foods puts you at an increased risk of cancer”, explains the Colorado State University Extension, and saturated fat, processed meat and fried foods all up your cancer risk. On the other hand, a clean diet, rich in fruits and veggies, boosts your intake of phytonutrients and antioxidants, which fight cancer growth. Colorado State highlights cruciferous veggies – a family that includes broccoli and kale – and tomatoes as especially beneficial.

Support Mental Health

A healthful diet not only benefits your physical well-being, but it supports your mental health. Some of the nutrients from your diet — such as vitamin B-6, help make dopamine, a chemical involved in feelings of pleasure. Omega-3 fatty acids also support good mental health, while a deficiency can cause moodiness and depression. Limiting caffeine can also improve mental health — the Norris Cotton Cancer Center notes that it can increase anxiety — and not skipping meals can avoid stress headaches or stomach aches.

Begin the process of taking control of your health, NOW! 

1.Make the changes necessary, by Read/Download the 5-IN-5-OUT PLAN.

2. Read the Eat to Live booklets and their corresponding recipes below – either by downloading to your desktop or viewing the booklets in PageFlip.  It’s easy – just click on the links. The books are in order of reading: marked A to D.

A. You can view our EAT TO LIVE – The DBM Way booklet in Read/Download
B. You can view our EAT TO LIVE – 28-Day Programme booklet in Read/Download.  This booklet will give you a guide to the use of the EAT TO LIVE booklet and recipes.
C. You can view our EAT TO LIVE 10-Day Menu Recipes Read/Download
D. Using the template of the EAT TO LIVE Exchange Recipes, switch the recipes from our 10-day eating plan with recipes from our collection on the listings below this section.  Here are some Exchange recipes you can read in Read/Download

 A compiled PDF version of all these booklets is available at request for a small donation of R250-00.  Request your PDF copy via the Contact Us form on this website: Eat To Live: The DBM Way: Complete Program.  It is 141 pages long.

FINALLY, go to the EAT TO LIVE listings below this information section and you will find PDF downloads of various recipes for swapping out the existing foods in the 15-Day Plan.


The purpose of these pages is not to suggest that you select ONLY these foods to supplement your deficiency, but to show you that if you are eating a healthy balanced diet, eating from the rainbow, and excluding toxic foods, restore your gut-health, then your body will automatically receive the nutrients it needs.  Whilst the list of foods that we recommend you exclude from your diet is currently on our DAILY NUTRITION page – it is vital that in order to gain good health, you begin this exclusion process as soon as possible.

The Whole Food Plant based plate gives a good indication of the The Four Food Groups.  For a balanced diet follow the recommended daily servings as indicated. Use this as a guide to get you started whilst eating the foods you enjoy, until you are familiar and comfortable with the quantities and volumes you need to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

The DBM Food Pyramid gives a good indication of types and volumes foods that we recommend to all DBM Patients/Clients. Please remember, you may only eat the goat cheese and other goat products as indicated on that pyramid, on the advice of your DBM Physician/Practitioner.

Ensure that when selecting fruits and vegetables you Eat from The Rainbow.  Whole grains and legumes form an important part of this natural, balanced lifestyle. 

By eating whole foods, a wide variety of fruit and veggies (eating from the rainbow) you will get all the nutrients your body needs.  To show you how wonderful fruits and veggies are – look at the graphics on the Eat From The Rainbow page and you will clearly see that a wide range of fruit and veggies will more than provide for your needs.


Please be aware that external lists or websites we link to might include fish, meat, soya, or other foods that are restricted on all DBM programs. The links are retained as a requirement of copyright.  The publishing of this list is intended as educational and certain foods that this article might be listed or linked to do not support DBMs philosophies or practices.

At all times, ensure that the foods you select are permitted by your DBM Physician for your health imbalance. Select only NON-GMO sources that are organic and/or sundried.


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Article adapted from Livestrong