Barb is one of those committed and steadfast nutritarians who always has an encouraging word to share with others on the member center of DrFuhrman.com. Not only did she shed disease promoting habits and pounds, but she also gained a whole new way of celebrating life to the fullest. Welcome to Disease Proof, Barb!
What was your life like before discovering Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian eating-style?
I was forty-five, career focused, and pursuing very few of the activities of my youth. I suffered from daily indigestion, skipped and irregular heartbeats, hip pain, bleeding gums, heavy and painful periods, seasonal allergies, bad breath, constipation, hemorrhoids, back and shoulder pains, and nose bleeds in the winter. Both my mother and grandmother had heart attacks in their sixties and seventies so I figured that I would too since I seemed to have their same, weak heart symptoms; namely, mitral valve prolapse, and irregular/skipped beats.
How did you find out about ETL?
I became a vegan and noticed health improvements so my curiosity led me to search the web, and that’s when I discovered the health benefits of a mostly vegan, whole foods diet. After reading several books from various doctors, I decided Dr. Fuhrman's plan was the most scientifically sound so I decided to follow it.
How do you feel now?
I feel no pain, no tiredness, no irregular heartbeats, none of the above symptoms that plagued me for years. In other words, I feel great! I’ve recorded how my health has improved on my blog.
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Do you have any success tip(s) to share with others?
At first, Dr. Fuhrman's eating-style seemed too extreme for me. However, even with adopting a gradual approach, I noticed many health improvements (especially after cutting out dairy and meat) that it encouraged me to keep going and learn more. The noticeable changes inspired me to take the next step which created an upward spiral of success for me. Then I discovered Dr. Fuhrman's delicious salad dressings, dips, soups, and smoothies, and now I think this is the best-tasting food in the world! I find it easy to eat nutrient dense foods.
At first I did struggle with social issues, because I felt so different at restaurants and parties when I took my own food. Now I don't care what other people think, and it turns out they don't care either! Recently, I was at a meeting at my church and cookies were being served to everyone, and I was given carrots and celery. It was hilarious. I recommend persevering through the social issues as people are much more accommodating than imagined.
In a nutshell, what has nutritarian eating done for you?
I am no longer focused on my career, but living my life to the fullest. I'm pursuing all kinds of physical activities that I thought I was too old for ten years ago: mountain biking, road biking, kayaking, hockey, body power, boot camp, workouts at my gym; plus, I’m actively involved in community service. My future will be completely different since I won’t have to save for expensive health insurance associated with the degenerative diseases that most people suffer from in their older years. This changes my financial situation for the better and I can cut back on my workload substantially, which is revolutionary for me! Nutritarian eating has literally changed my life!
Congratulations Barb on getting your health and life back!