Congratulations Julie ~ Winner of this Year's Holiday Challenge Contest!

On June 26th over 250 guests convened at the beautiful and luxurious Loew’s Coronado Bay Resort near San Diego, California for Dr. Fuhrman’s 7th Annual Health Getaway. It was a week set aside for renewal from the hectic pace of life; combined with informative and life-changing lectures by Dr. Fuhrman; delicious nutritarian foods prepared by world class chefs; and fun activities such as zumba, yoga, power walks, exercise classes led by Dr. Fuhrman, country line dancing, a patriotic dinner with live music, beach fun and games, and a highly entertaining talent show.

For Julie and her husband, Kip, it was the ultimate health getaway. They were this year’s recipients of the all-expense paid trip for two as a result of Julie winning the 2012 Holiday Challenge contest. One evening I asked Julie about her newfound health and was excited to learn about her journey. Welcome to Disease Proof, Julie!

 

How did you discover Dr. Fuhrman? 

One day I was sick and lying on the couch and decided to watch a movie that was on Netflix titled, “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”. (Because that described how I was feeling that day!). The movie inspired me, but I instinctively knew that juice fasting wasn’t a lifestyle that I could sustain long term. Since Dr. Fuhrman was in the movie as a supervising physician, I researched him and discovered his book, Eat to Live. I bought the book that day, because his food pyramid looked logical to me. 

 

How did you feel then?

At 215 lbs I felt miserable. I suffered from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), chronic sinusitis, debilitating migraine headaches, asthma, allergies, chronic bronchitis, sleep apnea, pneumonia, endometriosis, and loss of energy. Everything combined cause me to be a non-functioning wife and mother many days of the year.

 

How do you feel now?  

I’ve lost 65 lbs., and all symptoms of my past illnesses are completely gone. I’m able to be a full-time mother, and my children are proud of me now. I’ve also influenced them to eat for health, as well as my husband, parents, and friends, because they’ve all witnessed my health improvements. 

                  

What are your success tips?

  • Keep it simple. Stick to the basics of the program. If necessary, buy bags of lettuce and cut-up vegetables for quick meals.
  • Ignore the critics. Ignore those who aren’t informed but criticize what you are doing anyway ~ realize they just don’t know any better. 
  • Join Dr. Fuhrman’s Member Center. Ask questions, interact, and get support from veteran, successful Nutritarians; ask the doctors questions in Ask the Doctor; listen to the library of teleconference calls, and download favorite recipes from the Recipe Guide.  

 

Congratulations Julie for winning this year’s Holiday Challenge contest! If anyone is interested in the opportunity to win next year’s contest, stay tuned to the Holiday Challenge kick-off coming up again in November.  It's an exciting adventure you won't want to miss! 

 

 

Interview with a Nutritarian: Carolyn

Carolyn was never obese, but she still suffered from middle-age weight gain, sluggishness, and declining health issues. It doesn’t matter whether one has fifteen or one hundred and fifty pounds of unhealthy weight to lose, everyone feels vibrant and well when a lifestyle of eating nutrient-rich foods has been embraced! Welcome to Disease Proof, Carolyn.

 

 

 

What was your life like before discovering nutritarian eating?

I was slender as a teenager, but as I moved into my 40s, I was always about 20 pounds overweight; size 12 at my worst. I felt sluggish, although I exercised often. I ate the Standard American Diet and excelled at making lasagna, bread, cakes, and cookies for my family and friends. I relied on caffeine too much and was drinking 5-6 cups of coffee a day. Plus I drank 2 cups of caffeinated tea with sweetened condensed milk; a habit that I picked up from five years of living in Sri Lanka. I had allergies, frequent headaches, and the beginning twinges of arthritis.

 

How did you find out about Eat to Live?

During Easter dinner in 2007, I asked my sister-in-law how she had so much success staying trim and fit. She told me about Dr. Fuhrman and how she’d make fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies using a Vitamix blender. I purchased Eat to Live and started following the 6-week eating plan, and continued my exercise program at the gym. Within 4 months my total cholesterol dropped from over 200 to 155, and I slimmed down to a size 8. I bought a Vitamix at the Indiana State Fair that summer and started using it every day for smoothies/blended salads, soups, and frozen desserts.

I had difficulty at first giving up coffee, but weaned myself off over time and gave up meat. I stuck to the plan, and by avoiding all sugar over the holiday season in 2009, I dropped to 128 pounds. (I'm 5'4".) After that success, stress increased at work and my weight crept back up to 135 pounds. I was generally eating nutritarian foods, but eating too much. 

I attended Dr. Fuhrman's Health Getaway in San Diego in 2010, and after listening to the lectures, I decided to give up dairy products; especially cheese so that my weight and cholesterol would return to lower levels. However, I wasn’t able to put this resolution into effect until 2011, because it was an extremely stressful time at work. I lost my job in September 2010 due to restructuring and outsourcing, but was lucky to find a new job within a few months. I moved to another state at the end of December 2010.

 

 

How do you feel now?

I no longer have allergies, headaches, or arthritis, and I have a lot of energy to do my daily activities. Plus, my husband and I get up at 5 o’clock every morning to work out at the gym before we go to work. 

I live in the “Midwest Land of Meat”, hot dish casseroles, and bar cookies; but I’ve become almost a vegan, avoid processed foods, caffeinated teas, and all milk products. The sweetened condensed milk that I used to love in black tea now hurts my stomach. In January 2011 my total cholesterol was 210, HDL was 101, and LDL 99. This past month my total cholesterol was 170, HDL 89, and LDL 73. When I started I weighed 145 lbs, and I now weigh 130 lbs and wear a size 6. 

 

What success tips do you have to share with others?

  • My typical daily diet is a blended salad for breakfast; a very large mixed salad with beans, nut based dressing, and fruit for lunch; and cooked greens or cruciferous vegetables, and a nutritarian entrée or bean patty for dinner. 

  • Experiment with cooking and eating different vegetables to acquire new tastes and preferences. Increase vegetable intake by putting a bean patty, stew, or casserole over cooked kale or other green vegetable instead of rice or potatoes. 

  • I prefer to use spices and flavors from other parts of the world (India, Thailand, Vietnam) to keep meals interesting. 

  • I try to locate vegan restaurants and/or health food stores in a city ahead of time on the internet if I have to travel for a conference or vacation. I recently went to San Diego for a week long conference, and I brought along a small bullet-type blender in my checked luggage so I could continue making blended salads for breakfast in our hotel room. I went to the grocery store and bought fruits, vegetables, and soy milk as well as a disposable, foam cooler to keep them fresh, and was reasonably successful.

  • Although my husband and I are isolated from other people who follow Dr. Fuhrman’s recommendations, we have found friends who prefer to eat healthy. I maintain my resolution to keep the nutritarian lifestyle by listening to Dr. Fuhrman’s podcasts, follow the discussion threads on the Member Center, and read the blogs on Disease Proof.

     

 

Keep up the great job Carolyn!

Happy New Year!

fireworksI hope all of you Disease Proof readers have a happy and healthy New Year.  Hopefully with the opportunities good health will bring, this could be the best year of your life. 

Congratulations to everyone out there following our Six Week Holiday Challenge.  I am very excited from the wonderful stories and successes sent our way.

Please continue to send us your health success stories and comments on Facebook.com/drfuhrman.  We want to hear from you.  We want to hear about how this holiday season was different for you, how our challenge changed your health, your viewpoint, or your family or holiday traditions.  We will be publishing many of the comments here in a future post for others to read.  Let us know if you do not want your real name used if we post your stories.    

And, keep working toward the contest, because the winning success story will get an all-expense paid trip for two to our 5th Annual Getaway in Park City June 26 – July 2, 2011.  This will be the most fun Getaway ever!

Remember working towards and earning excellent health brings the opportunity to achieve more success and happiness in your life. Wishing you freedom from addictions and other disease-causing influences, and relishing in the healthiest years of your life.

 

image credit: flickr by berriehol

Dr. Fuhrman's Health Getaway; part 3 - the activities

This is the last post in a series describing Dr. Fuhrman’s 2010 Health Getaway that took place in beautiful southern California this summer. Although the meals were phenomenal and the presentations life-changing, I had no idea how much FUN a group could have together over the course of a week! Thanks to Dr. Fuhrman's warm and enthusiastic staff, and the many wonderful guests who attended, every activity was a delight; ending with the infamous Fuhrman Idol Talent Show on the final night.

exercise class, hiking, and yoga session

After the welcome reception and dinner on Sunday evening, emcee Sarah Taylor hosted a “get to know you” mixer. In a short amount of time, everyone knew a little bit about each other that broke the ice for ongoing conversations for the rest of the week. With daily fitness classes, yoga sessions with Deborah Morin (John Mackey’s wife), health assessments, power walks and tennis lessons with Dr. Fuhrman; plus, the resort’s saline spa pool, golf course, and miles of hiking paths; no one was in want for something to do!  In addition, there were two, off-site excursions: scenic hiking at the Mission Trails Regional Park ~ 5,800 acres of rugged hills, valleys and open areas; and sightseeing at Balboa Park, which also houses the San Diego Zoo. Of course there was the Eat for Health trivia game night, which is now a popular, yearly tradition at the getaways. The teams were highly competitive and much lighthearted laughter erupted in the midst of it all.  

The week came to a close with the culmination of the Fuhrman Idol Talent Show on Friday night. I had no idea what to expect until I entered the room and saw the panel of judges; true to their TV personalities, including Simon Cowell (played by Lisa Fuhrman.)  Dr. Fuhrman was Ryan Seacrest, the host of the show, and the contestants were a hoot! 

talent show contestants

There was everything: a flute solo, a hula hoop act, a basketball spinning act, a boy’s talented tap dance, a jingle about vegetables sung by two ladies with vegetables pinned on them, the children’s adorable skit about healthy and unhealthy foods, and a charming song by Margie who won the hearts of everyone with her creative version of "American Pie" . . . Fuhrmanized. 

It was quite the night of energetic celebration ~ a perfect ending to a perfect week.

images of the people from Dr. Fuhrman's Health Getaway

Hugs were shared. Emails exchanged. Total strangers . . . gathered together in southern California for a week became friends for life. What a fulfilling and healthy getaway!

“I loved everything about attending my first Getaway, but what I appreciate the most is the enthusiasm that I brought home with me. In fact, I believe my excitement encouraged my husband to read Eat to Live and start incorporating the principles! Seeing Dr. Fuhrman in action truly showed me the benefits of a nutritarian lifestyle. He went nonstop for the entire week!”  -Lois

 

“The Getaway was the perfect combination of the best, life changing information, and the greatest vacation in a luxurious setting with gourmet meals.”  -Sandi

 

special thanks to the following guests who contributed pictures: talent show images by Dan Williams of Kalarestudio.com; exercise, hiking, and images of the guests by Wendy Jaehnig; image of Emily Boller and Martha, courtesy of Martha and Stanley

Dr. Fuhrman's Health Getaway; part 1 - the meals

Rancho Bernardo Inn, tucked away in beautiful San Diego County, was the location for Dr. Fuhrman’s Health Getaway that took place on July 11-17. Every detail was perfectly orchestrated to make it an incredible week of learning the latest nutritional discoveries by Dr. Fuhrman, motivational encouragement, special presentations, physical fitness classes, healthy eating, tasting new recipes, health assessments, relaxation, and forming lasting friendships.  Because describing the Getaway is like trying to capture Niagra Falls into a glass jar, I’ll focus on different parts of it over the next few weeks; plus, I’ll include some commentaries from others so you can hear various perspectives also. [Special thanks to Dan Williams, a guest at the Getaway and a phenomenal photographer, for sharing some wonderful images that I'll be posting over the next few weeks.] 

The following were highlights of the week’s meals:

  • The Sunday evening welcome reception was on the San Bernardo patio overlooking beautiful views of the landscapes below; complete with a refreshing California breeze and delicious hors d’oeuvres: Fruit Kabobs, No Meat Balls with Marinara Sauce, Endive stuffed with Tuscan Bean Dip, Cantaloupe Slush, and Coconut Slushy.
  • This was followed by dinner in the San Bernardo Ballroom: French Minted Pea Soup, Pistachio Crusted Tempeh and Shiitake Mushrooms, Wild & Basmati Rice, Fresh Greens with Dr. Fuhrman’s Salad Dressings, Steamed Green Beans, California Creamed Kale, and Poached Pears with Raspberry Sauce. 
  • Every meal for the entire week, including each breakfast, was a lavish celebration of delicious foods and visual beauty.  Breakfasts and lunches were served on the Santiago Courtyard; complete with outdoor fountains, sculptures, flowers, linens, and dinnerware. 
  • The recipes came directly out of Dr. Fuhrman’s book, Eat for Health, or the recipe section of Member Center of DrFuhrman.com. I tasted almost everything, and there wasn’t one recipe that I would not make for my family and/or dinner guests.  Some of my favorites were:
  • California Creamed Kale (I could eat this for every meal for the rest of my life!)
  • Dr. Fuhrman’s Anti Cancer Soup
  • Broccoli Vinaigrette (doesn’t get much better!)
  • Braised Bok Choy (delicious! a must make-again)
  • Roasted Vegetable Pizza
  • Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream (tastes a lot like chocolate/cherry cordials)
  • Broccolini with Tomato Almond Sauce (my favorite of favorites!)
  • Asian Vegetable Stir Fry
  • Eat Your Greens Fruit Smoothie
  • Eggplant Roll Ups (the tops; fascinating combination of flavors)
  • Mixed Berry Freeze (refreshing)
  • Banana Walnut Ice-Cream
  • Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie (to die for ~ in my opinion)
  • Apple Surprise (a wonderful breakfast treat)
  • Apple Carrot Custard Pie (“Wow, this is healthy?!”)tomatoes
  • Many were ecstatic to have dropped several pounds by the end of the week while eating such delicious foods!  As one guest described it, "The food was delicious and so satisfying I was surprised this was good for me. I really CAN eat this way for life."  May we all incorporate such great tasting food into our lifetime journeys of eating for health. – Bon Appetit!   

                 

 

image credits:  meal settings by Rancho Bernardo Inn; food by Dan Williams of KalareStudios.com