Interview with a Nutritarian: Susan

The most wonderful benefit of nutritarian eating is that it helps all ages and body sizes, from normal weight to morbidly obese get optimal health restored. Susan, a mother of seven, grandmother of 47, and great-grandmother of eight (and two more on the way!) is no exception. To meet her in person is a real treat, because she’s the epitome of youthful vitality even though she’s in her elderly years. Welcome to Onlyourhealth, Susan.


female nutritarianWhat was your life like before discovering Eat to Live?

I'm 77-years-old, and my cholesterol was over 250 in October 2008 so I decided I must do something to bring it down. I was never overweight, but I was starting to have shortness of breath after climbing steps.  One of my son-in-laws was also having difficulty with his cholesterol so in December of that year, he and I started following Eat to LIve. [We had both learned about Eat to Live from my daughter-in-law who forwarded an email from you about the fantastic results you were experiencing from following it.]


How do you feel now?

After just a couple of months following Dr. Fuhrman's recommendations I no longer had the shortness of breath, and I started losing weight.  I am 5' 6" and weighed about 135 lbs when I started so I didn't anticipate that I would lose much weight. However, within five months I was down to 118 lbs. and have stayed about that weight ever since.  I’d never had a pair of jeans before, because I didn't think I would like the way I'd look in them; but after losing the weight from my hips I bought my first pair at the age of 75!


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

I have a smoothie that includes spinach nearly every morning, and at least five days a week I have vegetable soup for one of my meals.  I make large batches of soup and always have at least a half dozen containers of soup in the freezer at all times.


In a nutshell what has nutritarian eating done for you? 

When I had my cholesterol checked this past October it was down to 175.  My HDL was fairly high at 71, and my TC/HDL ratio was 2.5; which is very good.   Previously I had some problems with aches and pains, but they are totally gone now.

 I feel better now than I did ten or even fifteen years ago!

family field day

The picture above is Susan's family (minus ten members plus several new babies that have been born since it was taken.)  What an awesome clan!  We are so happy that she's feeling her best to fully enjoy many more quality years ahead with all of them! 


[Susan's son-in-law, Rod, was interviewed last year on Onlyourhealth.  Click here to read his story.]

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Linda Landrigan - February 24, 2011 10:03 AM

So glad you did it Grandma!! You are an inspiration for the rest of us to get and or stay healthy. Thanks to God for our many blessings.

Cindy - February 24, 2011 11:41 AM

Way to go Susan! I'm going to share your story with my mom, who is 79. You'll be around for many more years to enjoy all those grandbabies!

CJ - February 24, 2011 1:47 PM

Love you story and you look marvelous Susan.

Diana - February 25, 2011 9:48 AM

Enjoyed reading this blog. Would have liked to learn about the exercise which she is doing/not doing.

Susan - February 26, 2011 7:05 AM

I had been an outside walker for about 8 years but over a year ago one of my daughters gave me a Leslie Sansone video which I have been faithfully using. I do the 2 mile walk 4 out of 5 days. That way no matter the weather I am able to do it. Some days I use a Shaker (as seen on tv) to build up my arm strength. Having had two back surgeries and further back/leg pain I do stretching exercises to maintain maximum comfort. If a few days of this combination are missed the results are noticed.

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