I first read Jessica’s story on the Member Center of DrFuhrman.com. I was thrilled to read it, because many of us wait until we are well into our middle age years or beyond to consider getting our health back. She sought the path early on as a young mother in her twenties, and is not only setting a great example for her family, but is now a role model for many others. Welcome to Disease Proof, Jessica.
Tell about yourself and the events that led up to getting your health back.
I am a 26-year-old mother of one, military wife and homemaker. Since childhood, I’ve always had an issue with my weight, self-image, nutrition, and energy levels. I was always fatigued, and regularly woke up more exhausted than when I went to bed the night before. Over time my allergies grew worse, and asthma induced by activity dominated my desire to exercise. I felt like a shell of a person.
In my early twenties I had a laundry list of prescription meds for everything: depression, migraine headaches, allergies (including 2 allergy shots/week and an inhaler); and a medication to wake me up in the morning and one to put me to sleep at night. I had the resume of a hypochondriac, only I wasn't one. Western medicine just kept throwing meds my way instead of looking at causes for the ailments. Doctors had me believing that, "These things just happen" for no apparent reason. They wanted me to take meds for the rest of my life.
After I had my son, the extra weight really hurt so I began seeking a different path. In my search, I thankfully discovered Eat to Live. The book was my inspiration, and helped guide me to lose 43 lbs in five months. [158 lbs to 115 lbs] I am now off all meds except for one allergy medication, which is being used less frequently. I have no migraines, acne, depression, and best of all the sleep disorder has completely vanished!
How did you feel before starting ETL?
I felt empty. I was disgusted at myself for being so unhealthy at my young age. My life was out-of-control and I felt helpless. One minute I would have the strength to eat healthy, and the next minute I would cave in and eat junk food. The food addiction set me up for a ritualistic "try and fail" dance that chipped away at my self-worth.
How do you feel now?
I’m jubilant now that I’m in control of my life! I’m in the driver’s seat instead of being the hijacked victim of food cravings. I can feel the difference immediately when I eat something that is full of nutrients, like romaine lettuce or a green smoothie. My skin even glows instead of being plagued with blemishes. I also go out more, because I don’t have to try on fifty different outfits; looking fat in all of them.
Becoming a nutritarian has changed me from being sad, angry, and wishing I were somebody else to loving myself. I feel alive. I’m in tune with my body now, and I feel like I’ve been born into a whole new life that’s full of possibilities!
Do you have any success tip(s) to share?
Yes, read Eat To Live, and then take the six-week challenge to see how much your toxic addictions have been running (and ruining) your life. In fact, keep learning and read all of Dr. Fuhrman’s books and articles. You will never regret it!