Since Valentine Day is on Sunday, I want to interview a couple, Rick and Lynne, who recently celebrated 40 years of marriage and are committed nutritarians. They plan to enjoy many more wonderful, and now, healthy years together. Welcome to Disease Proof Rick and Lynne!
How did you discover nutritarian eating?
For us it has been a long and gradual process to discover and eventually commit to nutritarian eating. About 15 years ago we gave up eating red meat and pork products, and then eventually gave up consuming chicken due to their growth hormones and antibiotics. Then my sister Laurie and her husband, Darryl, led us the rest of the way to discover Dr. Fuhrman’s high nutrient eating-style.
Since Darryl and Laurie visit us once or twice a year, they help with the grocery shopping and cooking. In the process they have shared healthier food preparation and recipes with us. Laurie and I have swapped recipes for years and now we have healthy ones to share with each other.
What motivated both of you to commit 100%?
We both attended a lecture by Dr. Fuhrman in Clearwater, Florida, and then attended his health “Getaway” this past summer. His lectures were so informative and full of science to back up his eating plan. Plus it was great to spend a whole week eating delicious, healthy food and then return home from a vacation having lost a few pounds rather than gaining! Of course, it was also wonderful to meet other nutritrians and eat meals and socialize with likeminded people for an entire week.
How has eating for health changed your lives?
We didn’t have a lot of weight to lose to begin with; surprisingly, we’ve both lost 17 lbs, and now weigh less than the day we got married! Our cholesterol levels are in a healthy range now, and a recent blood pressure reading for Rick was 105/72 and mine was 113/72. We feel so much better eating this way. Even when we eat a substantial meal, because we choose the healthiest foods possible, we don’t have that heavy feeling of being stuffed and bloated afterwards. We are looking better in our clothes and have been able to wear some things that we haven’t worn in years. Now we’re donating our larger clothes because we know we’ll never need them again!
Has it been beneficial to be on this journey together?
Yes! We offer each other the full support and daily encouragement to eat the healthiest foods possible. We both want to live long and healthy lives and not die early of a preventable disease. Rick and I love each other so much that we want as many years together as we can possibly get! My great grandparents were married for 71 years, and I hope we can meet or exceed that number!
Congratulations Rick and Lynne on celebrating your 40th anniversary! Now that you are both in excellent health, may you continue to celebrate many more!