Interview with a Nutritarian: Felicia

Felicia didn’t own a scale, and she had stopped going to the doctor because she didn’t want to get on one. Then one day Felicia was visiting her sister and decided to weigh herself. She was shocked to discover that she weighed almost 350 lbs! Thankfully, soon after that she was channel surfing and found the local PBS station broadcasting Dr. Fuhrman’s 3 Steps to Incredible Health, and her life was radically changed! Welcome to Onlyourhealth, Felicia. 

What was your life like before discovering Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian approach? 

I was a “vegetarian”, or so I thought; not realizing the food I was eating contained animal products. I’d been a vegetarian for many years but continued to gain weight. I got to the point where I didn’t even want to tell people that I was a vegetarian because of my weight. Most people think vegetarians are thin and healthy, and I was not.

I didn’t own a scale because I didn’t want to know how much I weighed. I even stopped going to the doctor, because I didn’t want to get on a scale.

I continued going through life ignoring some of the signs indicating I needed to lose weight. For example, I would get out of breath if I walked a certain distance or if I had to climb a flight of stairs. If I sat on the floor, it was difficult to get back up. My daughter would ask me to go to the mall with her, and I wouldn’t go because my back would hurt if I stood or walked around, and I would get tired or start sweating profusely. I was not living my life to the fullest, because my weight was a hindrance. I felt limited in my activities.  

One day I was visiting my sister, and I decided to get on her scale and was shocked to discover that I weighed almost 350 pounds! I thought, “Gee, I’m bigger than a lot of football players!” I decided to go on a diet and lost a few pounds but gained them back and more. That’s when I said to myself, “I have to do something soon, because I refuse to purchase bigger clothes.”

 

How did you find out about it?

One Saturday I was supposed to go to the movies with my daughter and nephew, but I opted not to go. They went on and I stayed at home and watched television instead. I started scanning through the channels and saw Dr. Fuhrman on our local PBS station, and he was talking about his Eat for Health book. It was refreshing to hear a doctor talk about eating our way back to health instead of using medicine to treat chronic illnesses. As a rule I would’ve turned the channel, but for some reason I continued to watch it. I took notes and started on the program the next day. Soon afterwards my daughter gave me Dr. Fuhrman’s book, Eat to Live, and I used that as a guide.

 

How do you feel now?

I feel fantastic! I’ve lost 161 pounds so far (my goal is to lose 30 more pounds). My back no longer hurts, I have energy, and I don’t have vertigo episodes anymore. I feel physically liberated from the chains of obesity.  It has completely changed my life for the better!

 

What success tip(s) to you have to share with others?

  • Make nutritarian eating a lifestyle; not a weight loss program.

  • Be 100% committed.

  • Take it one day at a time. 

     

 

Congratulations Felicia ~ you are a wonderful inspiration! Keep up the great job!

Interview with a Nutritarian: Helyn

I recently came across Helyn’s success story on Dr. Fuhrman’s Member Center, and her excitement for healthy eating is contagious! However, when she was first introduced to Eat to Live by a friend she didn’t think she could ever eat foods without oil and salt. Now, over a year later, she can’t imagine life without eating high-nutrient foods and the benefits of getting her health back! Welcome to Onlyourhealth, Helyn. 

What was your life like before discovering Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian eating-style?

I’ve always had a busy life and finding balance in my diet was insane. I was always searching for answers regarding nutrition. I’d taken a great interest in health and nutrition in my 20s. I read a lot of books and tried many different eating plans. I wasn’t looking for weight loss, per se, but more for health in all these different diets. My “favorite” was the blood type diet because the author said that I should drink coffee!  That’s when I realized that something was seriously amiss. Deep down I knew that coffee was not a healthy substance, that I didn’t feel well when I tried to eliminate it, and that I was addicted to it. How could it possibly be good for me?

After all this study and the many trials and errors I decided that I’d create my own diet, based on the things I'd learned. I settled into a regimen of eliminating red meat, most sugar, all processed foods and wheat. Yes, I still drank coffee!

Obviously my self-prescribed diet wasn’t working, because I had slowly become borderline obese… 183 pounds!  [I’m 5’5”]

 

How did you feel then?

I started experiencing ailments that I never had before, such as bursitis, which can be crippling. I had such pain in my hip that I couldn’t walk for weeks. My mother said to me, “Welcome to old age. Do you want to borrow my cane?” What!? That was last year, and I was 56 at the time. My shoulder hurt, and I was not sleeping soundly. I was tired and felt bloated all the time. My blood pressure was high. At one point it was 190/118, and I was taken to the ER. They told me I needed blood pressure medication. I refused, because I knew that was not the answer.

 

How did you find out about Dr. Fuhrman's nutritarian approach?

I had heard about Eat to Live from a dear friend of mine. She even had me over for lunch to introduce me to “Fuhrman Foods”, but when she told me that she didn’t add oil or salt to anything she ate, I just “knew” I could never do it! I thanked her and went on with the same unsuccessful routine I was holding onto. But after the bout of bursitis, I thought about my friend again and decided that I’d read the book. This was it! I had finally found the answers I’d been searching for condensed into one book. I immediately started Dr. Fuhrman’s Six-Week Plan and lost eight pounds the first week.

 

How do you feel now?

I feel exhilarated! I am pain-free, sleeping soundly, and my skin is smooth. I have a lot more energy now and weighing 40 pounds lighter is such a gift. My hair is growing like a weed, and I no longer have the beginning signs of fungus growing on my toenails; they now look exactly like my fingernails: thin, pink and healthy. That may seem trivial to some, but it’s an example of how eating nutrient-dense foods can affect the body as a whole in positive ways!

Every day is such a blessing. I now enjoy healthy foods, and I’m excited for the future; knowing that I’ll be strong and healthy for the rest of my life.

 

Do you have any success tip(s) to share with others?

  1. If you are drinking coffee, wean yourself off immediately.

  2. Read Eat to Live, and read it thoroughly so you make sure you understand the content.

  3. Follow the Six-Week Plan 100%.

  4. Find others who are becoming, or already are nutritarians. Some cities have meet-up groups. Find  them or create your own.

  5. Join Dr. Fuhrman’s Member Center. It is so worth the small fee to be able to have a support group around you.

  6. Purchase and watch Dr. Fuhrman’s Immersion Excursion DVD set. There is so much vital information in these DVDs. You will know more than most doctors after you watch them. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER and when you really know this information nothing can take you off this path.

  7. After six weeks you’ll be feeling so well that you won’t want to change; however, chances are you won’t be completely rid of some food addictions. To avoid falling for your old SAD (Standard American Diet) foods until your good eating habits have stronger roots I suggest the following:

  • Don’t eat out! This is disaster in the making for a new nutritarian. Even in “health food restaurants” you’ll be fighting with the menu over salt and oil, and the menu will usually win.

  • In the beginning, avoid holiday eating traditions, because you’ll be so tempted to eat all the addicting foods that you grew up with.  Dr. Fuhrman always has a “Holiday Challenge” for us. Accept the challenge and stick to the plan.

  • Create menu plans each week; otherwise, you may not have what you need on hand to make a healthy meal. I make my menu plans on Saturdays, before I do my food shopping so I know what to buy. Then in the middle of the week I replenish my greens.

  • Don’t weigh yourself every day. Once a week is better, and don’t stress about it.

  • Try new recipes and find healthy, new foods that you love. Create NEW traditions for yourself and your family. If you don’t yet have a high-powered blender, this is a must! Invest in a VitaMix to create delicious smoothies. 

 

 

In a nutshell, what has nutritarian eating done for you?

Nutritarian eating has given me the confidence that I’m feeding my body what it needs, and that I’m getting stronger and healthier. Growing old does not have to come with disease and dementia. With this comes a serenity that you can’t put a price on. It’s been one year since I started nutritarian eating, and I’m finally rid of my food addictions and toxic hunger. I can now taste all the natural flavors in my foods, down to the smallest nuances.

I’m now planning on becoming a Nutritional Education Trainer (NET), because I want to help others to achieve the same miracles that I have through this amazing adventure! I will start my studies next month, and I can’t wait!

 

 

BEFORE

AFTER

BP

190/115 (highest)

123/79 (still dropping!)

Weight

183

145 (still losing!)

Triglycerides

168

114 (after 3 months of nutritarian eating-- no recent recording)

 

Congratulations Helyn and keep up the great job! 

 

Interview with a Nutritarian: Marty

Marty is your typical, middle-aged male that knew his health was precarious, but he was living in denial of the seriousness of it. Being a Store Team Leader for a Whole Foods Market he wanted to become a better leader by getting a grasp on healthy eating so he signed up to attend one of Dr. Fuhrman’s week-long Health Immersions for Whole Foods team members. His decision to attend was mostly a professional one for the betterment of his career, but he did have a slightly personal goal to lose some weight in the process also. He wanted to lead by example; not just have a bunch of head knowledge. However, he discovered a shocking surprise at the Health Immersion. Welcome to Onlyourhealth, Marty.

  

What was your life like before attending the Health Immersion?

I was 41-years-old and had reached my highest weight of 286 lbs. (5’9”) last spring.  Even when I was obese I was a happy person; I had a great family, wife, and job, but I was clueless about my health. I played sports all the time, even when I was that heavy. I was on a soft ball team and was embarrassed to be an obese athlete and so out of shape. I clearly recall one game where I was running to first base and suddenly became out of breath. I thought, “What’s happened that I’ve let myself get this out of shape? I can’t believe I’ve let myself go this far.”  

I attributed my declining fitness to working sixty hours a week at a sedentary desk job. I never made any connection to the food that I was putting into my body. My body ached all over, and I was lethargic and thirsty all the time so I’d drink a six-pack of caffeinated soda every day. The caffeine caused sleep deprivation which created a vicious cycle of fatigue and the need for more stimulation to keep me awake during the day.   I started having blurred vision, but associated all the negative symptoms in my life to “old age” creeping up on me. I never liked to go to doctors so I had no idea that my health was rapidly deteriorating. 

 

What happened that changed your life around?

On the first day of the Health Immersion my blood was drawn. A short time later the nurse sat down with me, and looked at me straight in the eyes and asked, “Do you realize that you have diabetes?”

At first I was shocked to hear those words, but then I had an “ah ha” moment. I instantly made the connection: unquenchable thirst, blurred vision, and overwhelming fatigue. My younger brother had been diagnosed with diabetes just a few years earlier and everything made sense to me in that moment. All of a sudden attending the Health Immersion became very personal to me. Then I found out that I had hypertension too. My blood pressure was 156/96 and that was shocking as well! I was also told that due to my  declining health numbers and body fat percentage that I had the biological age equivalent to a 72-year-old! 

The events of that morning were my wake-up call. The denial had ended, and I suddenly had a piqued interest to learn all the information that Dr. Fuhrman was going to be presenting that week. I was no longer there just to learn information to better my profession, but to save my life. I felt like I had just heard the worst news of my life, yet I had won the lottery at the same time! I realized that I had this incredible opportunity in front of me to change and be in control of my future health, and I accepted the challenge!  

 

How do you feel now?

I’m down to 205 lbs. so far, and I feel AMAZING! My fasting blood sugars are between 70 – 80, and my blood pressure averages around 105/70 with absolutely no medications!  My body doesn’t hurt anymore, and I’m no longer tired and thirsty all the time.   I have energy for the first time in years.  The guys on my soft ball team are continually amazed at my progress, and I’m a totally different person because I feel so good now. I no longer have shortness of breath, and people who haven’t seen me in the past six months don’t even recognize me anymore!

 

What success tips do you have to share?

 

  • Don’t be ignorant and in denial of poor health. If you are continually tired, thirsty, and/or have shortness of breath, go to a doctor and get a diagnosis as soon as possible. Don’t put it off. 

  • Knowledge is power. You can change your health destiny. I am the same, happy man that I was before, but now I’m much healthier and in control of my life. If you follow Dr. Fuhrman’s program you can fix your health issues and be off medications. It will save your life!

  • “Good things will come to those who wait”. It took me two months of eating nutritarian foods before I enjoyed them. I fought it. I did not enjoy eating unsalted food, or vegetables, and I did not like giving up sodas. It took two months for my taste buds to change. It was tough, but I discovered that you have to give eating this way a chance. You can’t give up if you want to see results. If you stick with it, and don’t go back to old habits, you will eventually enjoy it! I love eating this way now!

   

Congratulations Marty on winning the lottery of discovering the way to excellent health ~ keep up the great job! You are an inspirational role model to many!

Interview with a Teen Nutritarian: David

David is your typical, 14-year-old teenager that was severely addicted to the standard American diet. In fact, he was resistant to have anything to do with eating for health, even though his parents and siblings had embraced nutritarian eating and radically improved their health and quality of life because of it. However, on Father’s Day weekend this past summer David had a wake-up call; a frightening experience with dangerously high blood pressure and the telltale symptom of a TIA (transient ischemic attack); aka mini stroke. Today, six months later and 27 lbs lighter, he’s a changed person as a result of eating high-nutrient foods. Welcome to Onlyourhealth, David.

 

 

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What was your life like before Father’s Day weekend?

My parents and siblings were nutritarians so there was always plenty of healthy food to eat, but I refused to eat it. At every chance I could get away from home I ate whatever junk food I could find, and without my mom knowing it I bought donuts, candy, and other stuff.  Because I wouldn’t eat “Fuhrman food’ as I called it, my mom didn’t force me to eat it because my dad didn’t think she should; after all, I wasn’t a little kid anymore. My mom wouldn’t prepare junk food so I learned to cook my own meals. I ate frozen pizzas and lasagna, macaroni and cheese, pot pies, and all kids of frozen processed meals. Even with that, there were many foods that she wouldn’t buy for me like processed cereals, milk, cheese, and butter. 

 

How did you feel?

I didn’t feel well most of the time. It was hard for me to move around because I was tired and would get out of breath easily, so I didn’t exercise. I was always thirsty, and I couldn’t breathe through my nose; it was always stuffy.  Plus, because I was tired a lot I just slept whenever I could.      

 

What was your wake-up call?

During a family crisis my mom requested no junk food be brought to our house. However, some thought nutritarian eating was extreme and felt sorry for me so they asked me for a list of my favorite foods anyway.  It was great!  I loved it because I could eat anything I wanted.  A week later, in the middle of the night, the entire right side of my body, including my leg, arm, and jaw was numb and tingly, and I was very scared. I woke my parents up, and my mom took my blood pressure and it was 158 / 108. The next day she contacted Dr. Fuhrman, and according to my symptoms he said that I had experienced a TIA (transient ischemic attack) or mini stroke that happens before a major stroke*. Immediately, on Father’s Day, I became a nutritarian. Within a week my blood pressure came down to a healthy range, but for several weeks I was scared to fall asleep at night, because I was afraid of having a stroke during the night.

* Dr. Fuhrman states that “Thousands of teens have strokes each year and the number is on the rise. According to a recent article in the Journal of Neurology, strokes in children, teens, and young adults are increasing at an alarming rate in the U.S. Strokes in teenagers - like the one that led to the death of Miss Teen Hawaii, Sheryl Wolfe – or Frankie Muniz of “Malcolm in the Middle” who recently suffered a mini-stroke ( transient Ischemic attack) – are not as rare as people think, and the devastating consequences of strokes have caused rehab facilities and nursing homes to cater to this young population. As the American diet gets worse we see these diseases of nutritional ignorance occur at younger and younger ages. National hospital discharge data from 42 states were examined in children, teens and young adults, comparing the rate of stroke in these groups from 1995-1996 to 2007-2008. The rate of strokes in young people was increasing before 1995, but in the ten years since then stroke hospitalization rate increased another 35 percent.”

 

How do you feel now?

I have a lot more energy. I’ve lost 27 lbs so far and my blood pressures are consistently around 113 / 72. I no longer have numbness or tingly feelings, and the best thing is I’m not afraid of falling asleep and having a stroke in the middle of the night.  I’m no longer thirsty all the time, tired, or have shortness of breath, and because of that I like to run, workout at the Y, and lift weights. Plus, I can now breathe through my nose for the first time that I can ever remember; I always had a stuffy nose. According to a blood test in June I was pre-diabetic, and now with nutritarian eating I won’t have to worry about getting diabetes. I just feel better all over, and my mom says that I’m happier and not grumpy anymore.    

 

What would you tell kids who love junk food and hate even the thought of eating healthy?

 

Try nutritarian eating all the way for just one week. Do it cold turkey, 100%; no cheating. After that week is over then re-assess your opinion and see if it changes. I gutted it out mentally for one week, and it was hard, but I knew it would be worth it to feel better and be healthier. Now I’m glad I did. 

I still sometimes like eating junk food when I’m away from home, but I know nutritarian eating is healthier for me, and I always feel better when I stick to it.

 

What are your favorite foods now?

My favorite foods are tomatoes, cucumbers, Honey Crisp apples, green peppers, snap peas, sautéed onions, hummus, and my mom’s Oatmeal/Almond Bars. 

 

Easy Oatmeal/Almond Bars

5-6 ripe bananas

4 cups old fashioned rolled oats

2 cups raisins

2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

2 cups unsalted sunflower seeds

2 cups chopped raw almonds

1 T. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl mash the bananas and then stir in remaining ingredients. Press mixture into the baking pan and bake for 40 min. Let cool. Cut into bars.

 

Congratulations David and keep up the great job!

 

 

image credit:  bottom image by Yaro Photography

Giving Thanks for Freedom from Food Addiction and Resulting Diseases

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the past six months, Kathleen has been working with Randi Carbone, R.N. and Food Addictions Counselor with Dr. Fuhrman’s Motivational Outreach Program to get free from emotional eating and food addiction; and she’s now 55 lbs lighter and counting!   You’ll be inspired by what she has written below to help you successfully navigate the holiday challenges ahead. Welcome to Onlyourhealth Kathleen!

 

Giving Thanks for Freedom from Food Addiction and Resulting Diseases

 

by Kathleen Callahan

 

There is something about the holiday season that seems to make dysfunctional relationships stand out more than they normally would. I imagine at one time or another, most of us have gathered at a holiday table with people we felt were toxic to us. We may have spent months (or even years), learning to build healthy relationships with the important people in our lives, so that holiday gatherings became joyful events, rather than occasions fraught with anxiety and pain.

The phenomenon of the dysfunctional family holiday gathering is well-known. A lesser known, though certainly more pervasive phenomenon is that of the severely dysfunctional relationship that far too many of us have to food, in particular, the Standard American Diet.

Ours is a culture of addiction. We expect food to be our savior. I know I did. For me, food was the perfect friend. This friend never, ever let me down. If I was sad, she was there for me. If I wanted to celebrate, my friend lifted me up and celebrated with me. If I was bored, she filled my time. If life was too painful to contemplate, my friend distracted me and eased my pain. Truly, this felt like the best friend I'd ever had.

The SAD (Standard American Diet) brought me solace, comfort, celebration, and was always present when I was lonely. However, it also brought pain and despair. This relationship caused me to gain an enormous amount of unhealthy weight. It exacerbated a genetic condition I have, causing me to end up with such severe osteoarthritis, that I had to have a total knee replacement at age 47. It chipped away at my self-esteem and self-care. Clearly, the sensible thing to do was to end this unhealthy relationship. But, as with all dysfunctional relationships, ending this one also meant giving up the good parts that I desperately needed. How does one do that?

I suspect that the answer to this question is deeply personal and different for all of us. For me, it took watching my dad slowly die as every one of his body systems fell to the Standard American Diet. I remember sitting in my bed, hugging myself and crying. Not only did I miss him terribly, but I saw my own future, and it mirrored his. My addiction to the Standard American Diet was no less powerful than my dad's, and I was terrified.

Days before my dad's death, he had watched Dr. Fuhrman on PBS and ordered the books and DVDs. He was excited and motivated for the first time in years. He told us he was going to follow this plan and regain his health. He never got the chance to try, as he passed away before the materials ever reached him, but I hold in my heart his excitement and hope. When I came across a posting on Facebook for the Motivational Outreach Program offered by Dr. Fuhrman, I knew I had to do this for my dad.

I have spent thirty years dieting myself up and down the numbers on the scale. I am an intelligent woman who understands the scientific research, but was never able to make it work for me. The reason is that despite all I'd read about diet, obesity, weight loss, and nutrition, I never came across anything on food addiction. The Motivational Outreach Program directly addresses this deadly and little-researched problem.

For six months, I worked with Randi Carbone, a registered nurse who specializes in addiction. She helped me to recognize the dysfunctional relationship I had with food. I came to understand that if you are running with a crowd that causes you trouble, that causes you to make poor decisions, that doesn't respect you and hurts you, it's time to cut those friends loose no matter what positive aspects the relationship brings to you. I had to say goodbye to artery-clogging pizza, to greasy Thai food, to chemical-laden Dunkin' Donuts bagels, and to dysrhythmia-producing Diet Coke. As so often happens when you remove dysfunctional relationships from your life, you open up space to form new healthy connections. I now have gorgeous, fresh, crisp vegetables. I have decadently sweet, juicy fruit. I have happy belly-fulfilling beans, hearty whole grains, and luscious nuts and seeds. My new friends nourish me, and never hurt me the way the SAD did. They bring me fun and joy and comfort without the devastating cost of obesity and disease.

I am 55 pounds lighter than I was when I started the Motivational Outreach Program and still losing. I have a much healthier relationship with food. This Thanksgiving, I will share a healthy nutritarian table with my healthy nutritarian family, and I will give thanks for Randi Carbone, Dr. Fuhrman, and the Motivational Outreach Program.

Embrace your true friends this holiday season, and ask them to support you on your journey to health. Who knows, they might even join you for this year’s Holiday Challenge!  Breaking free from any toxic relationship, especially one that makes you sick and unhappy, is priceless. Please join me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Fuhrman is building a nutritarian army to fight disease!

Eat to Live - book

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Dr. Fuhrman has helped countless individuals make dramatic health recoveries through his unique high-nutrient dietary approach, and as a result they have saved thousands of dollars on medications.  These dramatic success stories - like Anthony, Charlotte, and many more - that were achieved with natural whole foods are newsworthy and critical to consider in our present crisis of expensive and unaffordable health care.

 The number of these remarkable success stories is too overwhelming for the media to ignore.  Everybody needs to be aware that they can recover their health and avoid drug dependency.  Read this press release and share it with others to help spread the word!

Who wants to join Dr. Fuhrman's nutritarian army?

 

Thomas Lost 70 lbs. and Reclaimed His Health - in only Six Months!

2009 has been an exciting year for Thomas. This summer, he reluctantly agreed to take part in a weight-loss contest with a friend, and before he knew it he was on a whirlwind life-changing journey to improved physical, mental, and emotional health!Thomas - April 2009 and November 2009

Thomas recalls his turning point, “On Memorial Day 2009, as I was lounging by my apartment pool with a rum and diet coke in hand, one of my dearest friends Liz suggested that we start a summer diet competition. In my inebriated state, I was happy to please her. As a couple of weeks passed hearing nothing else from her, I was relieved to think she had forgotten. That mirage was not to be. On the evening of June 7, 2009, Liz texted me something along the lines of ‘Alright, I hope you're prepared, because the weight loss starts tomorrow with our first weigh-in.’ This message came through as I had a soft taco shoved in my mouth, which was promptly spit out as the last processed food or animal product I would attempt to ingest to date. That initial June 8, 2009 early morning weigh-in was a disgraceful 223 pounds.”

Thomas had read Dr. Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live in 2005 – he was now ready to put it into practice. He found emotional support in his friend Liz and sister Sarah, and from some new friends on the DrFuhrman.com member center.

Thomas jumped right in, and set a (seemingly) lofty goal for himself:

“I made a flippant prediction at work that I could continue beyond the summer to lose 70 total pounds by Thanksgiving. Two colleagues bet against me (reasonably so)…I was more motivated than ever.”

Thomas quickly found success with Dr. Fuhrman’s plan.

“The weight loss was rapid at first, with me losing 23 pounds in the first month…there were several benchmarks along the way: the drop below 200 lbs, the surprise visit for my parents to see it during Labor Day, the drop below 170 lbs, and most recently the most important personal drop below 150 lbs.”

Needless to say, Thomas won the bets!

Of course, Thomas was thrilled to have dropped all of this extra weight, but the real benefits for him are in the improved state of his health:  Before beginning his new lifestyle, Thomas had mild depression symptoms, which have completely disappeared. He was on steroids and then antibiotics for rosacea, and now takes no medications and has no symptoms. He had early signs of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which have also disappeared. His total cholesterol dropped from 202 to 120, and his blood pressure dropped from 148/90 to 114/77.

The most important lesson Thomas has learned that each of us has control over our own health.

“The most important thing to remember is that heart disease is preventable, many cancers are preventable and treatable with food, and Type II diabetes should be non-existent in our society.”

Thomas expresses his gratitude to Dr. Fuhrman for guiding him on this journey.

“I could not have done it without the book and online personal guidance of Dr. Joel Fuhrman. I have listened to many of Dr. Fuhrman's teleconference recordings and read many of his newsletters, which have all been extraordinarily helpful in supporting me through this journey. This family doctor has literally changed my life and relationship with food. He is truly a one-of-a-kind physician and a Godsend to me.”

Some final thoughts from Thomas…

“I think it is fair to say that this life-changing process for me has been one of the most rewarding of my 32-year life and has helped to erase the four year darkness I had previously endured.  For those of you who aspire for some of the same results in your life, just know that I am living proof that it can be accomplished.”

 

Interview with a Nutritarian: Ronnie

 

 

obese and unhealthy male transforms into fit and healthy athlete

Tell us about yourself and the events that led up to getting your health back?

In 2005 I had open heart bypass surgery, and two years later I had three stents put into an artery.  Soon after being released from the second hospitalization, I was still experiencing chest pain; so I typed “reverse heart disease” into an on-line search engine and discovered the web site of Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD.

At that time I weighed 300 lbs. and couldn’t perform the simplest of tasks without shortness of breath and chest pain. 

I was getting affairs in order for my impending death, including preparing my wife to take over our business.  

  

How did you feel before committing to nutritarian eating?

I was always hungry and I felt lethargic all the time.  My brain seemed to be in a continual cloud of confusion, and every joint in my body ached.

    

What’s happened to your body and how do you feel now?

After a couple weeks of nutritarian eating I had renewed energy and hope.  I gradually lost all aches and pains, and toxic hunger completely disappeared.  Each morning I woke up with vitality for the day.

Over a period of one year, I lost 140 lbs! 

My chest pains have completely ceased.  High blood pressure, high cholesterol and high triglycerides have all been reversed to a healthy range.  With Dr. Fuhrman’s careful oversight through Ask the Doctor on the members’ center of drfuhrman.com, I’ve been able to completely stop all medications.  (Medications for blood pressure, high cholesterol, blood thinners and more.)  As a result I’ve been able to save over $600.00 a month in out-of-pocket pharmaceutical costs!    

Now I can

  • do heavy weight strength training 4 x week
  • do interval cardio training
  • play tennis
  • ride a bike 

These are all activities I couldn’t dream of doing two years ago! 

I’m no longer a patient that needs medications; I’m fit, healthy and well!

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Success tips you’d like to share with others in the journey to health?

I highly recommend joining the members’ center of drfuhrman.com.  I couldn’t have done it without the lifesaving and valuable support from Dr. Fuhrman.  He personally answered every question that I had along the way, and his continual guidance and oversight was always reassuring.

Also, don’t just read Dr. Fuhrman’s books, put them into practice!

 

Ronnie, is there a final thought that you would like to share with anyone who is discouraged or has given up hope?

It’s always the darkest before the dawn.  There is life in all of us if we will make the choice to live it!  Nutritarian eating works!  Don’t live your life always looking in the rearview mirror.  Let the past be just that; the past. 

Our journey to optimal health is always in front of our eyes, and we sit at that intersection every new day.  Go forward to freedom!  Forget past failures and always keep your eyes on the prize of great health and vitality through excellent nutrition. 

 

I asked Ronnie’s wife, Peggy, if she had anything to add. She responded with the following note written directly to Dr. Fuhrman:

Dr. Fuhrman,

I want to add my note of appreciation to you for your hard work and devotion.  I now have a new husband! 

Who can ever know how life can change?  One year ago I was sure that Ronnie would not be with me much longer.  Through his own doing, he was a prime candidate for a stroke or heart attack.  Now, through his dedication and hard work, and the knowledge that you have given to him, he is not only (hopefully) going to live a long life, but he is living it to its fullest!  His commitment to nutritarian eating is an inspiration to all of us.

None of this could have been possible without you.

Peggy 

Interview with a Nutritarian: Rod

image of an obese man who lost weight and then ran his first marathon 

Preface by Emily Boller: Last fall, after a few months into my weight loss journey, friends and complete strangers would ask, “How are you losing so much weight?!”  It was a bit time consuming to explain to each person Dr. Fuhrman’s books, so I decided to schedule a public meeting room at my local library to “tell-everyone-at-once” and be done with the various questions.  Ha. 

That first little meeting room was filled, and many in attendance that day wanted me to schedule another one so they could come back and bring their family and friends.  The rest is history. 

I ended up scheduling a large meeting room in our city’s downtown library, and that room was filled.  I’ve had several “library talks” now, and Fort Wayne, Indiana is a buzz with excited people on their journeys to health!  Rod attended that first meeting, and now he shares his own weight loss story and success tips at the library talks.  Welcome to Onlyourhealth, Rod! 

 

Tell us about yourself and the events that led up to getting your health back?

I had just received the results of my annual physical.  For the fourth straight year, my cholesterol was over 215.  This time it was 231.  The doctor called and wanted me to start Lipitor.  I was not excited about putting a drug into my body that would have negative side effects.  This left me with the question, “What do I do to avoid taking medicine and reduce my cholesterol?”

In addition to having high cholesterol, my doctor told me that I was obese at 215 lbs.  Wow, what a blow to someone who considered himself an athlete and not a couch potato. 

 

How did you hear about the library talk?

One evening while checking my email, I received a message that was forwarded to me from my sister-in-law.  Her neighbor, Emily, had lost a lot of weight and her cholesterol level had dropped drastically without medication. That was when I realized that I had received the answer to my dilemma.

 

How did you feel before starting ETL?

I had low energy, constant bloating, continual cravings for food, and trouble with breathing when I tried to run a couple of miles or sleep at night.  My wife thought I had sleep apnea, and I could not get a new life insurance policy. 

 

How do you feel now?

My energy level is higher than ever and I seldom take a nap!  The bloating is gone, and I no longer have food cravings.  My breathing is fine now when I’m sleeping, and I qualified for the highest level of Life Insurance at the lowest premium rate.  Plus I’m currently training for a marathon, and I just completed a half-marathon in a surprisingly great time!

After approximately eight weeks of nutritarian eating, I returned to the doctor’s office to have my cholesterol rechecked.  My overall cholesterol dropped from 231 to 127; LDL cholesterol dropped from 168 to 82, and my triglycerides dropped from 142 to 56. 

I now weigh 170-175 lbs.

 

Success tips you’d like to share with others in the journey to health:

  • Find someone else that wants to get their health back also so you have support, eating ideas and an exercise partner.
  • Focus on what you can eat and not on what you can’t have to eat. There are so many wonderful food choices with nutritarian eating.
  • Be creative. Learn what foods you can eat, and put together combinations that you like. I make a vegetable soup and chili that I eat for lunch. I even mix together the soups to change the taste or add the leftover vegetables from our evening meals (saves money too.)
  • Start an exercise program or a sport you enjoy.
  • Make a game out of it – I want my cholesterol to go down “this much by this amount of time.”

 

If you could sum up what nutritarian eating has done for you, what would it be?

Not only has the quality of my health and life improved, but nutritarian eating has given me so much freedom! It feels so good to be free!


NOTE:  A year ago Rod was obese, unhealthy and could barely jog.  Now, at the age of 46, he just completed his first marathon in 4 hours and 9 minutes; placing 416th out of 1005 runners.  We are so proud of him!

Go eating for health!