Interview with a Nutritarian: Anthony B.

This past December, Anthony, a recent high school graduate, was 67 lbs heavier than he is today. He was given a copy of Eat to Live and the rest is history! You will be inspired by this young man’s passion and determination to get his health and life back. Welcome to Disease Proof, Anthony.

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

My life was not how I wanted it to be at all. I was obese and felt horrible, and I couldn’t participate in any physical activities. My emotions were thrown off, I had no self-esteem, I had no confidence, and I was mad that I had let myself get so big. I was eating fast food at least five days a week, and I didn’t have a clue what was good or bad food. It was extremely hard for me to accept the fact that I was fat, because I was thin until age 14. Then I started to get the nickname, “Pudgy,” and I hated it so much. Although I had zero self-confidence, high school wasn't too bad because I had an outgoing personality. However, I discovered that peers view fat people differently.

The last month of my senior year we had a Government project where we had to take pictures, and I was stunned when I saw images of myself. At 6’1” I weighed 263 lbs and had a triple chin. I was so heartbroken and disgusted that I joined a gym and tried to lose weight. During the month of June [2010], I started dieting and worked out five days a week, and only lost 6-7 pounds . . . so I quit. 

 

How did you find out about Eat to Live?

This past December 17th, my aunt gave a copy of Eat to Live to me and I committed to follow it. I’ve lost 67 lbs so far, and recently I began sessions with a plant-based wellness coach, and I’m continuing to lose weight. 



How do you feel now?

I’m loving life and have a 360 degree attitude change! I feel amazing; it literally feels like a completely different life!  

Beginning weight: 267 lbs

Current weight: 196 lbs

Beginning shirt size: 2XL (tight)

Current shirt size: XL (roomy!)



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

 

  • Do it for yourself. Do it for your family. That’s all the inspiration you need. Don’t do it for the people who judge you. 

  • Don't be afraid to go to a gym, because everyone there is doing the same thing.

  • I like Dr. Fuhrman’s words, "If a motor is running at full speed compared to a motor running at half-speed, the engine running at half-speed will last longer." Basically, if your metabolism is slow, and you are healthy, you will live longer!

  • Have a support system. I am so thankful for the support of my father, mother, brothers, and aunts; all of them have made the journey so much easier and I couldn’t have done it without them.

     

 

In a nutshell, what has Eat to Live done for you? 

It has completely changed my life!

 

Congratulations Anthony ~ we are so proud of you for choosing to eat for health at such a young age! Keep up the great job!

 

Food addiction is no joke

Emily Boller obeseMany of us have come out of, or are in the process of, coming out of years of severe food addictions that have consumed our every waking thought and action.

My food addiction got so bad that there were times I couldn't even enter the kitchen to prepare a meal for my family . . . without eating from the moment I started the food prep to the moment the meal was cleaned up afterwards. I could’ve been miserably stuffed, but if a quarter of a pan of lasagna remained, I ate it.

Unfortunately, my children never developed the habit of doing dishes after meals, because I wanted to be alone in the kitchen to devour their uneaten food left on plates (I have five kids), and crusty, greasy leftovers in pans, etc.
 

Denial is the cloak of addiction.  There's got to be a shift of one's mindset to accept the fact that food addiction is serious stuff; just as powerful and destructive as alcohol addiction or drug addiction.  Food addiction and resulting eating disorders and poor health are also destroying relationships, breaking up marriages, draining finances, and ruining homes ~ every bit as much.

 

Our society recognizes the seriousness of alcohol and drug addiction, but food addiction is a joke. Addictive foods and overeating are downplayed and promoted everywhere: by the government, the school systems, the entertainment industry, the medical industry, and even at places that should be sanctuaries of refuge such as houses of worship; therefore, we don't take it seriously. If everybody is participating in it, it must be okay, right?  Wrong.  Right along with "Say No to Drugs," "No Smoking," "Alcohol Prohibited," and "Mothers Against Meth," should be "Say No to Overeating," and "Citizens Against SAD!"
 

The truth is, we cannot, we dare not, mess with food addiction.  Period.  Abstinence and sobriety are just as critical to the food addict as they are to the alcoholic and drug addict. We must accept this fact; if we don't, we are undone. There's really no choice in the matter if we want to get completely free and get our health and lives back.

Making baby steps of change may work for some, but for the majority of us who’ve been entangled for years, we need to throw internal wrestling and debate out the window and just follow Dr. Fuhrman’s basic high-nutrient eating plan that’s outlined on p. 179 of Eat to Live. It’s been successfully proven over and over again to be the way out of the food addiction wilderness. 

Food addiction is no joke; it ruins lives. 

Let's all follow the path of freedom and become everything that we were meant to be!

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Previous posts related to this topic:  Are you a food addict?  It's time for a revolution!  Lubrication, I like that word  and  Why?

 

All images presented are before and after pictures of Emily Boller; 2008 & 2010.

 

Freedom is for everyone!

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I’m soon approaching the two year anniversary of committing to Eat to Live, and I’m still amazed at the results of getting my health back. I almost forget now what it was like to survive in an obese body for almost twenty years of my life. I really can’t remember what chronic joint pain or chronic fatigue feels like anymore. When I was obese I had to lie down several times throughout the day to relieve my aching back from the excess weight that I was carrying around. I stayed indoors a lot, even on beautiful days. I gradually didn’t want to be in public, because I was embarrassed of my size and didn’t have “anything pretty to wear.” I never rode a bike or hiked trails. I rarely played ball or outdoor games with my kids. I never ran in races. I stood by the sidelines cheering for others at athletic events. I was a spectator of life; not a participant. I was a prisoner trapped in a foreign body that held me captive. I’d lost myself to obesity and deteriorating health.  

Recently I attended a party on a hot, summer day wearing shorts and a cute, summer t-shirt. Two years ago, I attended all social events on hot sultry days wearing my standard outfit, which I now refer to as my obese uniform; a size 3x pair of black, stretch pants with a black, long sleeved blouse over a black, knit top. Of course it covered up my fat along with causing me to perspire profusely, but little by little my body somehow adjusted to being overheated. My fingers were so puffy and swollen that years ago I quit wearing my wedding ring. I purchased a sterling silver band for ten bucks and put it on my finger instead.

Oh, and I mustn’t forget the constant fatigue and brain fog. I went to bed at night exhausted and woke up the next morning in a fog. My belly was always bloated, I ached all over, and I eventually accepted the general malaise feelings as a part of getting older. On top of being pre-diabetic, I had a heart catherization and was diagnosed with heart disease in 2003 and was racking up new medical bills with each passing birthday. With the combination of shortness of breath when climbing a flight of stairs and my blood pressure at 157/94, I knew that I was living precariously on the brink of danger so on July 10, 2008, I committed to get my health back. 

before and after female nutritarianTo make a long story short, within a year, I lost a hundred pounds and most importantly, I was set free from food addiction that held me captive to all kinds of eating disorders for years. (click here to view my transformation journey) Today I no longer experience lethargy, brain fog, achy joints and back pain, depression, and the emotional turmoil of not feeling well; and I’m off the radar screen for heart disease and diabetes. As an additional perk, I now have cute clothes that I enjoy wearing on hot summer days, and I love to ride my bike, hike trails, enter running races, and be in the great outdoors.

 

 

I encourage anyone who is sitting on the fence of indecision to take the plunge and embrace nutritarian eating all the way. Give 100% with both feet in. That doesn’t necessarily mean 100% perfection, especially in the beginning months of toxic withdrawal, but it does mean pressing onward through obstacles, no matter what; no excuses. Don’t ever give up on the dream of getting health back. Freedom is for everyone!    

                                     

                                   happy female after running a race      

What kind of glasses do you wear?

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For the better part of two years now I’ve been actively involved in interacting with, and observing the victories and struggles of many who have started Eat to Live. I’ve discovered a common thread among those who succeed at getting their health back and those who repeatedly live in cycles of defeat.

It is my observation that gender, age, education, social or financial status, career choice, and even support from others or lack thereof, don’t necessarily determine one’s success or failure. In a nutshell, the commonalities of those who succeed and those who repeatedly fail boils down to what kind of “glasses” the two groups wear. In other words, their perspectives determine the outcome.   

Those who succeed have a mindset from day one onward to do whatever it takes to live in the best, optimal health possible. They are focused on assimilating Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritional information so that they can learn how to take excellent care of their body. They view the opportunity to earn health back as a privilege, and that perspective gives them a tremendous amount of pleasure and satisfaction with the nutritarian eating-style. They thoroughly enjoy eating for health. Even with therapeutic fasting for a couple of days or a long stretch throughout the night, they view it as a means to optimal health; giving the body complete digestive rest to clean toxins and repair damaged cells. As they become healthier with each passing day, they feel great! This “feel good” attitude fuels ongoing success for life.

Conversely, those who repeatedly fail have a mindset from day one onward of dieting. Their finish line is merely a number on the scale.  Typically, they view Eat to Live as just another diet book to lose weight and their focus is on restrictive deprivation. Dieting mentality invites “cheating”, and with continuous cheating taste buds never change and one never gets free from toxic food addiction. It also requires continual mental and emotional exertion, and yields much frustration; resulting in repeated failed attempts, lack of confidence, false guilt and consequent binge eating. This state of being holds one captive in continual poor health for life. 

One’s perspective determines the outcome. 

What kind of glasses do you wear?

 

image credits: somewhereinchicago.blogspot.com; family-eye-care.thrivesmart.com

My Recent Interview with Dr. Fuhrman

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Dr. Fuhrman, tell us about your earlier years as a world class figure skater and member of the United States World Figure Skating Team. How did you get involved in skating and where did your hours of training and practice take you?

pairs ice skating competitionBeing a member of the World Figure Skating Team required a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication. We trained seven days a week and most practices at the ice rink began at 3am. Then I attended school all day and trained more after school; lifting weights, running and acrobatics.

When I was nineteen, my younger sister and I place second in pairs at the 1973 US National Championships. Soon afterwards, while ranked # 1 in the nation, at the peak of my competitive career, I sustained a heel injury that resulted in a prolonged hospitalization. I was on crutches for about a year. [It took about ten years for the injury to completely heal.] This was a huge setback for me at this high level of competition, which had no room for error. Even though I hadn’t fully recovered or got my strength and stamina back, my sister and I placed fourth in the Nationals in 1976; however, only the top three places went on to compete in the Olympics that year. I then quit competitive skating, because in those days you had to remain an amateur to compete in the major international and Olympic events, and I was already 23. As I look back, the hardest years of my life, tougher than medical school and residency, were juggling skating practices and competitions with being academically successful in high school and college. 

           

How did you become interested in nutrition, and what sparked your desire to pursue a career in nutritional research and medicine; specifically as a family physician?

Being a competitive skater, I was always seeking ways to improve my athletic performance, which nutrition was obviously a big part of it. My dad had some health issues, and through proper nutrition, his health was restored. We had many books on nutrition and health at home, so there was always plenty of information for me to read and contemplate. My dad was in the shoe business, so along with naturally enjoying being a professional skater and coach, it was the natural and expected progression of things for me to take over the family business. I graduated from NYU (1975) as an economics and business major; however, I had a deep passion inside of me that people needed to know critical nutritional information that I had studied and incorporated into my own life. I pondered going back to school for medicine. 

At my sister’s college graduation party, I was talking to a friend of hers named Lisa (who is now my wife) about my interest in nutrition and health, and my desire to be a nutritionally-oriented physician to offer a different option from conventional drug-based medicine. She said, “You can’t turn your back on your dreams.” Soon we started dating. I thought I might be too old already, and was also concerned about not having taken any pre-med requisites in college. Lisa encouraged me not to just talk about it, but to just do whatever it takes if I was so passionate about it. I took the plunge. My father sold the family business and retired, and I registered in the post-graduate, pre-med program at Columbia University. Then I attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. I chose my residency in family practice because I wanted the freedom to be able to care for people of all ages with the broadest umbrella of practice.

   

When did you start writing books and developing an on-line presence?

I was working about 80 hours a week seeing patients, and worked late into the night to write my first book, Fasting and Eating for Health, in 1995. Then I was able to reduce my patient load somewhat to write Eat to Live, published in 2003; followed by launching my web site, DrFuhrman.com, in 2004. I saw both writing books and the web site as an opportunity to extend my medical practice and get my message out so that many could have the opportunity to recover their health. Unlike television, radio and magazines, the internet is unhindered by advertisers’ interests controlling the information stream. Because of this freedom, pharmaceutical funding, food manufacturers, political agendas, and the status quo can’t silence the message. I can inform the public with up-to-date research and information that’s not predetermined by these biased agendas. Of course, lots of crazy, worthless and harmful information is on the net as well, but certainly more information is out there today.

 

Tell us about the member center of DrFuhrman.com. 

After Eat to Live came out, I began receiving hundreds of e-mailed questions a day. People wanted more help and information. There arose a tremendous need for ongoing support, and to get specific questions answered by me. There was just no way I could maintain a busy medical practice plus answer emails and correspondence that I was being deluged with. The member center and the “Ask the Doctor” forum enabled me to answer people in an open forum for all to learn from and touch more lives in a personal way; again, extending my unique perspective on health and healing to a wider number of people.

 

What is the biggest frustration that you’ve encountered with proponents of the standard American diet and the dieting industry in general?

Due to all the contrary and biased messages circulating out there, the public gets sub-optimal results and become confused and disillusioned with conventional dieting. The conflicting information makes it difficult for those who truly want to be healthy and achieve dramatic enhancement of healthy life expectancy. So many lose faith and trust, become discouraged, and eventually give up altogether.  

 

What’s been the most rewarding part of your career as a nutritional researcher, physician and author?

I get to see what mainstream doctors don’t get to see. I get to witness lives turned around and people get well without the debilitating side effects of surgeries and drugs. I get to see people who were suffering terribly under traditional drug-centered medical care get their health and their lives back and the thrill of that victory for them.

 

From your vantage point of working closely with literally thousands of patients, what is the common denominator that enables someone to successfully overcome food addiction and get health back?

Those who are most successful have a dedication to learn the information thoroughly. In other words, they study and work to really understand the science and the logic behind my recommendations.  

  

In a nutshell, if there is one statement that you would like to share with the Disease Proof reader, what would it be?

Nutritional science can be such a blessing in our lives. It enables us to have a better quality of life; we can win the war against cancer, heart disease, dementia, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. And, it gives us more pleasure from eating and from life. The body of science, my discoveries, and my years of experience applying this science to medical conditions gives remarkable results. I work hard to present comprehensive information with no predetermined biases or agendas. My research and information is based on science; untainted by political, economic, ethical or social acceptability, or prior pre-determined opinion. Not that some of those issues are unimportant, but it's also important for people to be able to trust that their source of nutritional information is untainted and accurate.   

 

Thank you, Dr. Fuhrman for diligently working to discover and make applicable your findings and the latest research in nutritional science.  

                   Dr. Fuhrman and family

 

 

Excuses are Irrelevant

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Eating for health is a mindset. We make firm choices based upon correct information that’s been proven to restore health to the body.

However, if food choices are determined by our circumstances or fluctuating emotions, we will suffer the consequences of decisions that will never lead to optimal health.  

 

obese femaleWhen I first started the journey to get my health back, I was obese, unfit and didn’t feel well. It was an effort just to get out of bed in the mornings, let alone enthusiastically eat for health. I knew that if I was ever going to succeed, I had to have something simple and concrete to follow. 

After thoroughly studying Eat to Live, using a small font, I typed out the six week eating plan on page 179. I then printed off three copies, and laminated them at an office supply store. I kept one in my purse, one next to my bed, and one under a magnet on the refrigerator. The plan made all of my decisions. Period.

 

  • Those first couple of weeks I didn’t feel like eating romaine lettuce, collard greens or brussel sprouts. I followed the plan.
  • I was heavily addicted to salt, creamy cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, and crunchy peanut butter. I followed the plan. 
  • I craved diet cola and diet pudding. I followed the plan.
  • I was addicted to creamy ranch dressing. I followed the plan.
  • My bedtime snack was always a large bowl of cereal and milk. I followed the plan.
  • My son became seriously ill. I followed the plan.
  • Life suddenly became an out-of-control roller coaster. I followed the plan.  
  • He had to be transferred to another hospital in another state. I followed the plan.
  • I had to find my way around in a new city. I followed the plan.
  • I hit rock bottom with sadness and fear of the future. I followed the plan.  
  • The hospital cafeteria food looked comforting and inviting. I followed the plan.
  • The candy in the gift shop called out my name. I followed the plan. 

 

overweight femaleThree months later, back home, I got on the scales. Even though the picture on the left shows the strain of crisis on my face, I was forty pounds lighter; and more importantly, I was no longer addicted to toxic foods. I now craved fresh greens and fruits. Diet soda, diet desserts and salty foods tasted disgusting to me. I could walk for ½ hour every morning and evening, and feel great. My body was thoroughly refreshed after a good night’s sleep, and brain fog had completely disappeared.

The crisis eventually subsided. My body was well-nourished. I had newfound energy to try recipes. I had a bounce in my step to attempt challenging exercises. I knew I was well on the way to getting my health back. I was free.   

       

 

“Success or lack thereof is not based upon circumstances; therefore, excuses are irrelevant.”  Emily Boller

Dr. Fuhrman is building a nutritarian army to fight disease!

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(Full Article)

Dr. Fuhrman has helped countless individuals make dramatic health recoveries through his unique high-nutrient dietary approach, and as a result they have saved thousands of dollars on medications.  These dramatic success stories - like Anthony, Charlotte, and many more - that were achieved with natural whole foods are newsworthy and critical to consider in our present crisis of expensive and unaffordable health care.

 The number of these remarkable success stories is too overwhelming for the media to ignore.  Everybody needs to be aware that they can recover their health and avoid drug dependency.  Read this press release and share it with others to help spread the word!

Who wants to join Dr. Fuhrman's nutritarian army?

 

Carol is down 77 lbs in less than four months!

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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! 

Eat to Live is featured in this week's People Magazine!

 Alanis Morissette lost weight in a healthy, natural way following my Eat to Live program.

Alanis - thin, healthy, jogging

Alanis Morissette was plagued by eating disorders as a teenager, feeling shameful about gaining weight and going to extreme measures to lose it. On her last tour in 2008, she fell into some unhealthy habits - late-night trips to restaurants and high-calorie drinks, and the weight piled on… 

The turning point came when she read Eat to Live, which she calls her “redefining moment” – she equates food with fuel, not “fat” or “thin.” She attributes her successful, healthy weight loss, as well as her ability to choose the right foods to the Eat to Live program.

I wish Alanis continued success on her nutritarian journey, and I’m cheering her on as she trains for her first marathon!

 View the entire article here.

Amy Drops 30 Pounds and Her Headaches

 

Using Dr. Fuhrman’s plan, Mike learned a lot about diet and improved his blood work. Jodi experienced how superior nutrition could clear up her chronic skin rashes. Now check out Amy. She read Eat to Live in a hurry and 30 pounds fell off.

I read Eat to Live in two days, and started the diet mid–week. I even returned groceries that are not recommended on the program and bought healthy foods choices.As the book claims, I began to lose weight quickly. My headache symptoms became worse as my body went through a major detoxication, just as Dr. Fuhrman claims in the book.

After two weeks I started getting relief from the headaches. I have discovered that if I include gluten in my diet, the headaches return. I am so happy I found the source of my problems! I am now trying to live a well balanced life–style of walking and eating right. Even though I have not been completely strict with following the program, I still have been able to maintain a 30 pound weight loss…continue reading.

For more success stories, visit DrFuhrman.com.