Interview with a Nutritarian: Anthony

Anthony was only 33-years-old when he was denied a life insurance policy due to obesity and poor health. In desperation he had to do something so he scoured the internet and discovered Eat to Live. Today, Anthony is 163 lbs lighter, has his health restored, and has more energy than he could’ve ever imagined. Most importantly, he doesn’t feel like he’s given up anything; he’s truly been set free from toxic food addiction!  Welcome to Onlyourhealth, Anthony! 

before and after male

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

I thought my life was fine; not great, but certainly not too bad either. I describe my prior life as being “functionally obese.” I was relatively active, usually happy and able to do almost anything I wanted.  I’ve been snowboarding, skateboarding, bicycling, and hiking for the past 20 years and was pretty good at those things.  However, there were some things I couldn’t do:

  • go on rides with my son at amusement parks
  • wear a seat belt on an airplane without an extension
  • ride in small cars
  • sit in plastic outdoor chairs,
  • climb a ladder (unless it was extra heavy duty)
  • weigh myself on a "normal" bathroom scale
  • participate in anything that had a weight restriction

I also had frequent migraine headaches, and when I had a headache I couldn't do anything except lie very still.

Health wise, I was in bad shape. Doctors had been telling me to lose weight and watch my blood pressure for as long as I can remember, and I eventually stopped listening. I accepted obesity as a part of who I am, because it is common in my family.  We all looked the same and had similar health concerns so it was easy to accept my condition as unavoidable.

I did occasionally get depressed in the evenings after finishing the better part of a decadent pint of ice cream.  I distinctly remember my beautiful and physically fit wife consoling me through some of those tough times.  The problem was neither one of us knew what to do about it. I hit my lowest when I was denied a twenty-year term life insurance policy at age 33. The thought of not making it to age 53 hit hard, especially coming from a life insurance company.  Logic told me that insurance companies have the data to predict life expectancy and want monthly premiums, so the fact that they didn't want my business was not good. I had to do something.

How did you find out about ETL?

Luckily I discovered Eat To Live while scouring the internet for weight loss information. I needed something that made sense to me, and I bought it immediately after reading the description and reviews. I couldn’t wait to start reading it!  [After finishing the book I was surprised to find out that Dr. Fuhrman's practice is about eleven miles from my house.  I'm still looking forward to the day that I bump into him and introduce myself as one of his success stories!]


before and after male skateboardingHow do you feel now?

Now I feel great!  I wake up every morning ready to take on the day.  I can do all of the things I enjoy in life, now better than ever.  I can out run my kids and all of their friends.  I’m always in a good mood and calm. I have more energy today than I could’ve ever imagined, and I never get tired during the day.  I also never get sick or feel depressed.  My self confidence is higher than it has ever been, and I’m truly proud to be me!  [read more . . .]




Medical stats
  before after
weight  360 lbs  197 lbs
height   6' 4"    6' 4"
blood pressure

 140/90  (with medication)

 115/71  (without medication)
cholesterol  214  128
HDL  38  50
LDL  143  67
triglycerides  166  55
AST [liver function]  55  29
ALT [liver function]  71  23
GGT [liver function]  78  31


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

The first tip is to not worry if you slip-up once in awhile.  The most important thing is to keep moving in the right direction.  Think of slip-ups like speed bumps; they don't stop you from trying to get where you are going, they just slow you down a little.  As long as you stay on course and keep moving in the right direction, it will get easier and you will hit fewer speed bumps, and eventually you’ll be exactly where you want to be.

Another tip is to never allow junk food to displace healthy food.  If you do slip-up, and eat something unhealthy, make sure to also eat some healthy food as well. 


before and after male portrainIn a nutshell, what has nutritarian eating done for you?

Nutritarian eating has given me a new life!  I actually feel like a new and improved version of myself.  I am better in every way!  Some things are also much easier for me now.  I fit comfortably into airplane seats.  I buy regular size clothes from regular stores.  I don't worry about weight limits on chairs, ladders or anything else.  I enjoy snowboarding, skateboarding, biking, and hiking more than ever, and I've now added running to my list of favorite activities.

I truly enjoy eating the most nutritious foods available. I love knowing that by doing so I am ensuring my own health, and setting a great example for my family and friends.  Becoming a nutritarian has added so much to my life that I never even think about the things I used to eat and drink.  People sometimes ask how I could give up this or that.  The truth is I don't feel like I have given up anything!  What I have gained is so great that it could never compare with the temporary feeling of putting junk into my body.

Congratulations Anthony ~ we celebrate with you and applaud your life-saving accomplishment of earning health back!


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maryellen - July 6, 2010 8:09 AM

Way to go! Congrats on your new life!

Amy - July 6, 2010 12:00 PM

Congratulations Anthony! You look fantastic.

Margaret - July 6, 2010 12:02 PM

Awesome!! What an inspiration!

Laura Ross - July 6, 2010 2:30 PM

Congratulations on getting healthy, but I have a request--please grow your awesome beard again!

Ginger - July 6, 2010 2:31 PM


Susan Barney - July 7, 2010 2:34 AM

Congratulations! Thanks for being an inspiration!

Cindy - July 7, 2010 10:30 AM

Anthony, you look fantastic! Congratulations. Emily, please keep these encouraging testimonials coming. They keep me inspired. Thanks!

Emily Boller - July 7, 2010 11:32 AM

Yes, inspirational stories really do motivate all of us to continue to live in optimal health for life! I enjoy getting to know each interviewee - everyone has inspired me!

Earning health back is a treasured privilege that we've each been given. We have much to be thankful for.

bon - July 7, 2010 1:48 PM

there is a difference in your eyes that says it all.

Patricia - July 7, 2010 5:39 PM

Awesome article and great success story.

Did you ever plateau on ETL? I see that you had some moments of lapse, but did your weight get stuck? I am having trouble with losing then about every 10 pounds my body just stops and I have to drop something else or add more exercise in - which then causes other problem...???

I certainly enjoy eating this way and have recommended ETL to lots of people....I just wish my results were better.

I think too that the raw nuts are bothering me?

Kristen - July 7, 2010 9:29 PM

It was great to read how he kept getting better and better at the eating plan, but I am finding just the opposite. My stomach is now stretched out from eating such large amounts of fruits, vegetables and beans that I can eat a lot. So now when I go to the movies and cheat I have a medium sized popcorn and M&Ms, where I used to have the kids deal. When I was eating the standard American diet my stomach could not ever have handled a medium popcorn, much less a huge bag of M&Ms. I am the same weight, but now when I cheat I REALLY cheat because more fits in my stomach. And that is a lot of saturated fat and salt and sugar in just one cheat.

I have tried eating before I cheat, but everything tastes better on an empty stomach so that is not really working...

I guess the answer is to finally get off all bad food and not cheat at all, and I am trying to work towards that.

Emily Boller - July 8, 2010 10:28 AM


You are overeating. You should be eating enough to satisfy hunger, but never full and definitely never stuffed. A distended stomach is not health promoting. It takes re-training to learn to eat for health. Please listen to Dr. Fuhrman's teleconference, "Curtailing Overeating." (It's in the teleconference library on the member center of

'Unlimited' fruits and vegetables never means to eat to the point of a distended belly. That is disease promoting. Dr. Fuhrman says you should never know you have a stomach - in other words - you should never be able to feel stuffed. The teleconference is a great tool for re-training!

All the best of optimal health to you and everyone.


Anthony - July 8, 2010 2:26 PM

Thank you all for the very kind feedback and comments!! I'm really happy to hear that my story can help to inspire others. The interviews and success stories are some of my favorite reads on as well. They are all so motivating and inspiring!

Not sure I'll bring the beard back, but thank you Laura for noticing how awesome it was! I shaved it the day I lost 100 pounds, thinking that I no longer needed it to hide my 2nd and 3rd chins, so I'm happy it's gone.

I personally never really plateaued.... Once I started I lost a consistent ~8 pounds a month for 20 months, and then the weight loss stopped. I've been within 8 pounds of that since August 2007. If your experience is different, the only thing I can say is to continue making permanent changes, and stick with it. It is SO worth it!

Emily, thank you again for including me in the interview series and for all of the excellent information you provide for all of us!



Keith & Cindy - January 16, 2011 12:02 AM

You look great Anthony! What a handsome fella you are! Way to go! I'm so glad you found Dr. Fuhrman's informaion on the internet. My husband & I have been eating a plant based diet for several years now. We have completley lost our desire to eat unhealthy food & don't suffer from food cravings anymore. I'm so glad you made the change to a healthier lifestyle now before your health became any worse. You've made yourself heart attack proof, cancer proof, & the list goes on & on..... So happy for you & your family!

Paul - June 14, 2013 1:06 PM

Thanks for sharing the story Anthony - an encouragement to another guy around the same age with a young family who has eased up a little and needs to step up and lose that 20 lbs to get below 200.

WellGirl - June 17, 2013 6:35 AM

Great story. Just curious, did you ever go back to the insurance company?

If you did, I bet you got a great reaction from them! (it's your personal business, of course)

Thanks for sharing.

Sue - August 4, 2013 1:04 PM

Anthony, what a great ETL history! Thanks for sharing your success tips! Congratulations!

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