Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Moms out there! Whether you are called Great Grandma, Grandma, Mom, or Mommy we honor all of you this special day!
I thought it would be inspirational to feature a new mom, Katie, that I met a couple of years ago on Dr. Fuhrman’s Member Center. We eventually became Facebook friends, and then I finally got to meet her in-person last summer at Dr. Fuhrman’s Health Getaway on Amelia Island. I’ve been so impressed how she’s radically changed her eating habits and now enables her young family to eat for the best health possible too. [In fact, she even went on to become a certified nutritional trainer through Dr. Fuhrman’s NET program!] When pictures of her relatively recent, second pregnancy started showing up on Facebook, she glowed with health and vitality! It’s amazing what eating for health can do to a young woman’s life. Welcome to Disease Proof, Katie.
What was your life like before discovering Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian approach?
I ate a very unhealthy diet before learning about Dr. Fuhrman. My favorite foods were things like pizza and chocolate. I was a vegetarian for a few years; but a very unhealthy one. Since I was slim I figured I was healthy enough.
I always had terrible allergies and also struggled with sinus issues. A few years before becoming a nutritarian an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor told me I would need to have surgery to alleviate my severe sinus infections. I also had debilitating migraine headaches. Finally, I also developed severe and painful cystic acne when I was around 18 which continued into adulthood.
How do you feel now?
I feel so much better now it is amazing. I didn't know how bad I felt until I realized how good I could feel. My allergies, sinus issues, migraines and acne all resolved after becoming a nutritarian. And I have more energy and am able to think more clearly now.
Since you weren’t a nutritarian yet during your first pregnancy, did you notice a difference between the two pregnancies, labor and delivery, and postpartum recovery time?
Towards the end of the pregnancy with my first daughter my mom gave me a copy of Dr. Fuhrman’s book, Disease Proof Your Child. It completely changed my perspective on nutrition. Each of my pregnancies were uncomplicated, but I had gained 15 pounds more during my first pregnancy than my second. I also had horrendous heartburn with my first, and just mild heartburn with my second.
With my first, I went two weeks past my estimated due date and had to be induced. The labor was very difficult, and my recovery was rather slow. With my second daughter I went into labor naturally two days after my due date and overall it was a wonderful, drug-free experience. My recovery time seemed to be much easier as well.
Do you have any success tip(s) to share with others; especially to young mothers of small children?
- The most important factor to changing my way of eating was learning as much as I could about the science behind Dr. Fuhrman's recommendations. I spent hours poring over the information in Dr. Fuhrman's books and on his Member Center.
- We keep meals very simple at our house and cook large batches of soups over the weekend so we don't have to cook much during the week. I also like to make green smoothies or micro salads so I can get large amounts of greens in quickly while taking care of my kids.
Katie’s favorite micro salad:
4 cups chopped kale
2 cups mixed greens
2 cups chopped green or purple cabbage
3 medium carrots, chopped into chunks
1 apple, chopped into chunks
Place all ingredients in a food processor (you may have to process each ingredient individually depending on the size of the container) and process to desired consistency. Top with beans and a nut based dressing. Enjoy!
In a nutshell, what has nutritarian eating done for you and your young family?
It has changed me and my family forever. My husband and I will definitely eat this way for the rest of our lives, and we hope our daughters will continue to as well. My 3-year- old loves the food she eats and has been healthy her whole life. She’s never had an ear infection or needed antibiotics. I'm incredibly grateful to Dr. Fuhrman for this life-changing information and to everyone on the Member Center for sharing such personal and inspiring experiences. I'm also very thankful to my mother for giving me Disease Proof Your Child and for providing a wonderful example of what it means to eat to live. I also want to thank my husband for all of his support who, despite his initial hesitation, has fully embraced nutritarian eating.
Katie, you are truly a wonderful role model for all mothers, young and old! Congratulations on radically improving you and your family’s health by choosing the nutritarian diet-style.
Blessings to all mothers today, and keep up the great job of leading your family’s health destiny!