Tell us about yourself and the events that led up to making the commitment to get your health back.
My name is Carol and I’m almost 59-years-old; mother to five, and grandmother to three. I had been a yo-yo dieter for most of my adult life. I would lose 30 lbs and then soon after gain more back. Food was always a comfort and escape for me. I didn’t need to be hungry to eat as long as the food was tasty.
Last summer I had reached a point where being on my feet for more than an hour meant lots of pain and discomfort for the rest of the day and into the next. My skin felt bruised when touched. I had to plan activities around how much walking was involved, and I was becoming more and more homebound.
How did you learn about nutritarian eating?
Emily Boller lives in my hometown and I was inspired by her transformation; however, I thought nutritarian eating would be too hard for me. In July, I read Eat to Live and believed it was the answer to my health problems. I finally got desperate enough to attend a library talk that Emily facilitated, which motivated me to make the commitment to change. Soon afterwards I joined the member center of drfuhrman.com and read Eat for Health. That book set taught me more valuable information about reversing disease through excellent nutrition and being in control of my health destiny.
The rest is history . . . . on July 22, 2009 I weighed 345 lbs and my waist was 55”. Now, less than four months later, November 15, 2009, I weigh 268 lbs with a 48”waist. That’s a loss of 77 lbs so far!
How do you feel now?
First of all, the weight is coming off easily! I feel better now than I have in years. Being on my feet is no longer a problem, and it doesn’t hurt to be touched anymore. I sleep better and have lots more energy.
Food always meant comfort to me. Whether I was hungry or not, I’d eat a lot. Now I eat only when hungry, and I’ve discovered how enjoyable natural foods can taste. I enjoy life again because food no longer controls me.
Success tips you’d like to share with others in the journey to health?
- I purchase bags of dried beans and make a large pot of bean or vegetable soup on the weekend to last the next week.
- I buy lots of frozen vegetables and fruits to have on hand.
- I make smoothies and great tasting salads.
- I don’t let eating away from home worry me like it used to when I was yo-yo dieting. I make wise choices; no longer feeling defeated like I did for years.
Is there a final thought that you would like to share with anyone who is discouraged or has given up hope?
Just do it!
Start however you can. It may sound overwhelming at the beginning, but in all reality, nutritarian eating is the easiest way to lose weight and feel great at the same time. It will change your life!
Congratulations Carol! We are cheering for you as you continue on the journey of getting your health back!