Congratulations Julie ~ Winner of this Year's Holiday Challenge Contest!

On June 26th over 250 guests convened at the beautiful and luxurious Loew’s Coronado Bay Resort near San Diego, California for Dr. Fuhrman’s 7th Annual Health Getaway. It was a week set aside for renewal from the hectic pace of life; combined with informative and life-changing lectures by Dr. Fuhrman; delicious nutritarian foods prepared by world class chefs; and fun activities such as zumba, yoga, power walks, exercise classes led by Dr. Fuhrman, country line dancing, a patriotic dinner with live music, beach fun and games, and a highly entertaining talent show.

For Julie and her husband, Kip, it was the ultimate health getaway. They were this year’s recipients of the all-expense paid trip for two as a result of Julie winning the 2012 Holiday Challenge contest. One evening I asked Julie about her newfound health and was excited to learn about her journey. Welcome to Onlyourhealth, Julie!


How did you discover Dr. Fuhrman? 

One day I was sick and lying on the couch and decided to watch a movie that was on Netflix titled, “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”. (Because that described how I was feeling that day!). The movie inspired me, but I instinctively knew that juice fasting wasn’t a lifestyle that I could sustain long term. Since Dr. Fuhrman was in the movie as a supervising physician, I researched him and discovered his book, Eat to Live. I bought the book that day, because his food pyramid looked logical to me. 


How did you feel then?

At 215 lbs I felt miserable. I suffered from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), chronic sinusitis, debilitating migraine headaches, asthma, allergies, chronic bronchitis, sleep apnea, pneumonia, endometriosis, and loss of energy. Everything combined cause me to be a non-functioning wife and mother many days of the year.


How do you feel now?  

I’ve lost 65 lbs., and all symptoms of my past illnesses are completely gone. I’m able to be a full-time mother, and my children are proud of me now. I’ve also influenced them to eat for health, as well as my husband, parents, and friends, because they’ve all witnessed my health improvements. 


What are your success tips?

  • Keep it simple. Stick to the basics of the program. If necessary, buy bags of lettuce and cut-up vegetables for quick meals.
  • Ignore the critics. Ignore those who aren’t informed but criticize what you are doing anyway ~ realize they just don’t know any better. 
  • Join Dr. Fuhrman’s Member Center. Ask questions, interact, and get support from veteran, successful Nutritarians; ask the doctors questions in Ask the Doctor; listen to the library of teleconference calls, and download favorite recipes from the Recipe Guide.  


Congratulations Julie for winning this year’s Holiday Challenge contest! If anyone is interested in the opportunity to win next year’s contest, stay tuned to the Holiday Challenge kick-off coming up again in November.  It's an exciting adventure you won't want to miss! 



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Kristy - July 9, 2013 11:11 AM

Wow! You look great! Congratulations! : )

Meg Worcester - July 9, 2013 1:30 PM

Congratulations, Julie! YOU LOOK GRRRREAT!!!!! And I love your "tips"! Especially the quick lunch ideas. I just joined our local CSA, with a half-share, and loved tossing it all into Dr. Fuhrman's Summer Harvest Caponata. Even tastier a couple of days later! He has sooooo many delicious recipes, I'll never get to them all, but it's fun to try, anyway!! :) Keep up the good work ~ you're an inspiration to all !!!

Mary Thornton - July 9, 2013 4:41 PM

Awesome!!! and A-mazing! Great job Julie, how long did it take you? congratulations. I'm on my way also. way to go!

Julie Sittner - July 10, 2013 10:49 AM

Thank you all for your encouragement! Mary - I lost 40 pounds relatively quickly. It slowed down when I started adding back in non-nutritive foods. If I could do it all over again - I would start at 100% and stay at 100%. I have gone back to eating 100% nutritarian and I feel so good.

Kerri Norton - July 10, 2013 11:16 AM

Julie, I've watched you go through this amazing transformation, you are such an inspiration. You've taught me to stop and think about what I'm eating, is it real food or not. You look amazing, but best of all, your so much healthier and happier. Enjoying life!

Ann - July 10, 2013 5:59 PM

Congrats! You look beautiful. I have a g-bombs salad, three cut up veggies and an apple I bring to work about four days a week - it's easy and quick to make (precut veggies are a blessing!) and delicious and filling. I never get hungry until I'm home for dinner! You are an inspiration!

Ashley Woodward - July 10, 2013 11:25 PM

I love you Julie! So proud of you and I've been looking in to getting that book to check it out. I hear some of our friends are doing great with this new lifestyle too! You look amazing, and I can imagine what it feels like to get rid of all that baggage. You are a ROCKSTAR!

Ben - July 15, 2013 11:50 PM

Wow, that's amazing. She really deserves it, I'm sort of inspired now. I do want to eat healthier and I haven't really put much effort into it though.

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