Stephanie and Carol's Progress Updates

It’s time to check in with Stephanie as she continues the journey to get her health back. I’m also going to include an update on Carol, who committed to Dr. Fuhrman’s high nutrient eating-style this past July. Welcome back to Disease Proof ladies!

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Stephanie hit a weight loss plateau, and is the first to admit that she was “testing her limits.” She learned a valuable lesson: one cannot mix nutrient dense foods and the standard American diet together and get results. She realized that old habits die hard, and that rationalizing poor food choices is unproductive to optimal health.  

Stephanie also realized that she LIKES feeling healthy and has been craving exercise for the first time in her life. She’s been feeling better about herself every month.

“My nursing classes started again in January, and for the first time as an adult, I’m able to fit into a [classroom] desk!  I've started wearing make-up because I’ve started caring about how I look again. I actually find pleasure in taking care of myself now.  This month I smiled at myself in the mirror ... SINCERELY ... I have never been able to look at myself without shame and disgust.”

   

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Carol is thrilled to be down 88 lbs now since July. Her waist has decreased a total of eight inches so far, and she describes her size 20 pants as “roomy.” She can’t wait to get below 200 lbs next! 

Lately, she’s been noticing that her complexion is smoother from eating lots of high nutrient foods, and someone commented that she looks younger than her actual age. Her favorite smoothie is comprised of blueberries, strawberries, a banana, spinach and a teaspoon of cinnamon.  

Carol says she feels so GOOD, and is excited to be increasing in stamina each month. She’s even started using exercise equipment for workouts a couple times a week! 

 

Stephanie and Carol, we are cheering for both of you!

Stephanie's Two Month Progress Update

Stephanie began the journey to get her health back by following Dr. Fuhrman’s high nutrient diet-style on November 1, 2009. Now, two months later she is down twenty-seven pounds, has lost 6 inches off her waist, and is continuing to have more energy and stamina. If you are new to Disease Proof, click on the following links to read previous posts: Introducing Stephanie and Stephanie’s One Month Progress Update.

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Stephanie, how do you feel now after two months of nutritarian eating?

I feel completely different as my energy and stamina are increasing everyday. I am also gaining confidence; therefore making it easier for me to be in public.

 

Have your cravings for eating between meals subsided?

YES!  Because I’ve learned to recognize true hunger, I know when I really need to eat and when I can hold off a while longer. Plus I’m now able to smell aromas that I've never smelled before!

 

How has the Member Center of DrFuhrman.com helped you?

The Member Center has been invaluable to me!  I make it a priority to be on the Member Center at least once a day to post my struggles and victories, and to encourage others.  I feel totally at ease there because I know the members are people who have experienced the same things I am going through. They have showered me with their friendship, encouragement, affirmation, and accountability; and given me hope for where I can end up! Plus, it’s been so encouraging to ask Dr. Fuhrman questions anytime, and he answers each one personally.  His straightforward answers have been so helpful to me. I appreciate his honesty and how he has helped me put my priorities in their right place. Hands down, I wouldn’t have made it through the past two months without the Member Center of DrFuhrman.com!

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Have your children noticed a difference in you?

My 7-year-old said, “You look amazing! You are nicer and don’t yell as much.”

My 9-year-old said, “Your clothes are getting too big for you and things are fitting differently.” 

My 4-year-old said, “Your tummy isn’t as fat and your legs are getting ‘phinner.’ You are acting more better with us. I want to eat this way because it is ‘helffy!’”

My 7-year-old daughter, who is overweight, told me that she wants to copy everything that I do. All of my children are getting involved in planning meals, shopping and cooking with me. They are all super excited because we were given a gift to purchase a Vita Mix, and they can hardly contain themselves!

 

Do you have any success tip(s) that have helped you make it through the many temptations of the standard American diet; especially the last month of being inundated with holiday gatherings?

It has helped me to remember that much of the stuff I "think" I want to eat is really, really bad for me; and if I eat it, I’ll most likely end up back in the same place where I started. I NEVER want to be there again in my life.  I have also posted on the Member Center whenever I've had urges or cravings to eat unhealthy food (instead of eating it.) I’ve established this habit and it has been a tremendous tool to help me succeed.

 

  November 1 January 1
Weight 398 lbs 371 lbs
Waist 58" 52"
BP 140/100 138/84

 

Way to go Stephanie ~ keep up the great work!