Interview with a Nutritarian: Bonnie

Bonnie suffered from the physical and emotional pain of cystic acne since her teenage years. She tried just about every medication available to relieve the symptoms, but to no avail. Then she made the decision to replace the standard American diet with high-nutrient foods. Today Bonnie’s skin is clear, except for some scarring, and she's now a passionate advocate of nutritarian eating! Welcome to Onlyourhealth, Bonnie.   


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

I was a typical junk food eater. I was always relatively thin but suffered constantly from cystic acne; the kind that hurt when I talked or moved my jaw. I loved white flour products, processed foods, and my biggest love was cheese. Pizza was my food of choice. I probably ate pizza at least three times a week. Unfortunately, acne was the price I paid for eating the standard American diet. 

I'd been seeing dermatologists since I was 16-years-old. I was on countless acne drugs: Benzoyle Peroxide, Tetracycline, Doxycycline, Minocycline, Duac, Erythromycin, Differin, Tazorac, Retin-A, and different birth control pills to stabilize hormones. The next step was to take Accutane, but the side effects scared me so I thought of it as a last resort. 

My doctor always told me that diet had absolutely nothing to do with my acne. I felt depressed, and my relationships and self esteem suffered greatly, because I felt I had no control over it. I became obsessed with desperately trying to find a solution. I didn’t know what I could do to fix it, and it was so frustrating.   I knew in the grand scheme of things it was not a life or death situation, but for a girl in her twenties, it was mortifying. I also dealt with migraine headaches, severe acid reflux, bad allergies (hay fever), asthma, chronic bronchitis, constipation, high cholesterol and borderline high blood pressure.

In 2006 I read Eat To Live and joined Dr. Fuhrman’s Member Center. I thought his eating plan made so much sense. It was such a far cry from what I was used to, and for the first five years I had a hard time getting into it. Because I didn’t have weight to lose or health problems (so I thought), it was easy to keep going back to my old ways of eating. 

In 2011 I started eating nutritatian all the time and didn’t deviate. [My motivation was having my son in February 2011.] I stuck with it, and I’ve been consistently compliant since March 2011. My skin is now completely clear, and I’m on no prescription acne medications!


How do you feel now?

I finally feel in control of my health and my acne. I know what I can do to keep my skin clear and stay healthy. I know that if I eat cheese (the worst!) or sugar and white flour I will break out. Even if I have it just once, I usually end up with a blemish. If I continue eating the standard American diet my skin reverts back to a diseased state. 

I also feel so much better! I never have acid reflux or migraines anymore, and my allergies, asthmas and bronchitis have disappeared. I lowered my cholesterol, and I also lost about 20 pounds in the process. [I never even knew I had weight to lose.] At 5’2” I now weigh about 103 lbs. I’m happy to be passing this healthy lifestyle onto my son.


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

Nutritarian eating has become a passion of mine. I’m not perfect but each day I make small tweaks to keep striving to get better. This lifestyle has helped me feel more in control of my health and less dependent on the corrupt healthcare system in this country. I want nothing to do with Big Pharma or insurance companies. I want to make sure I never have to rely on greedy corporations for my health or the health of my family. This lifestyle has been amazing in terms of how little I am sick and all of the money I no longer spend on the ten different prescriptions I used to be on. I’m hoping to instill the love of this food into my son and my husband.


Congratulations Bonnie on getting your health back and your beautiful smile! 

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Theresa Anderson - February 15, 2012 12:09 PM

Bonnie! What a beautiful girl you are and the precious baby too! Nutritarian eating shows all over your face! lol..
I'm proud of the sweeping changes you have made and the passionate words that now resonate in your heart.
Your story is encouraging.

Katie (Okra) - February 15, 2012 3:15 PM

Thank you for sharing your story! My experience was very similar to yours. I had cystic acne for years, even after taking Accutane (which I deeply regret!). Although it took a while, this way of eating has cleared up my skin 100%. For that and so many other reasons I am so grateful for Dr. Fuhrman. I will also break out if I eat sugar or white flour so it is extra incentive not to!

Your son is precious! I have a 2 year old daughter and she is thriving on this diet. Thanks again for a great interview!

Ginger - February 15, 2012 3:43 PM

I, too, stopped having acne breakouts after adopting this lifestyle

john - February 15, 2012 8:36 PM

Hello Bonnie

At last, you have learned the one most important lesson in life,

What isn it and why do so many people like to ignore it.

The lesson is the NULL HYPOTHESES.

Do not just accept what "other" people like to tell you.

Only accept what others tell you if you cannot DISPROVE it.

What was that Cher did to her face to wipe away blemishes?

Best wishes for the future and a healthy life.


Toria - February 16, 2012 1:44 AM

I enjoyed reading your interview Bonnie and have shown it to my friend who suffers from acne and she found it very inspiring.

CACC - February 16, 2012 12:45 PM

Bonnie, thanks for sharing your inspiration! We've talked on the forum before but I never heard your back story. You and your baby are beautiful!


Linda5sons - February 16, 2012 10:06 PM

Great interview, Bonnie! I like how clearly you show that, given strong enough motivation, this way of life can become the logical choice, instead of impossibly difficult.

Celeste - July 17, 2012 2:41 PM

I know that animal hormones/protein, too much refined/added sugar, and gluten can encourage or worsen acne. But in addition to all those things, I've also read all through the blogasphere about the negative relationship between citrus fruit and vinegar consumption and acne. Has anyone had to eliminate, either temporarily or permanently, additional foods such as citrus fruits or vinegar that are otherwise Eat to Live approved in order to get rid of their acne? If so, how did you make the diet 'delicious'?...I mean these two food groups are the glue that hold this nutritarian eating plan together, i.e. salad dressings, sauces, tasty additions to soups, etc.

Robin - August 4, 2013 2:44 PM

Both my daughters, 18 and 21 are very little cheese and drink zero dairy. They still have terrible acne and we live on the coast in San Diego. So we have little to no smog. They exercise every day and are the perfect weight for their height, actually lighter than most their height. So, thin, exercise, almost vegan, drink tons of delivered sparklettes water all day. Any other ideas?

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