Healthy, with a Vengeance!

Hi, I’m Gerald…


So, there I am. Look at me…all of me. Too bad the Sopranos ended. I could have been Gerry Bacala! I’m short, fat, out of shape, and I hardly feeling good about myself. Look at me! I’m a mess. I’m not ashamed to say it. What the hell happened to me? Let me explain.


In December of 2005 I was hired to write for DiseaseProof and that’s exactly how I looked at the time. Hard to believe I was going to be a HEALTH-blogger! When at that time I was eating nothing but pizza, boxed rice, cheese, Chinese food, cookies, bread, candy, butter, and a lot, lot more!

Quite the paradox—to say the least! By day I’m extolling the benefits of the healthiest diet on earth and at night I’m gorging myself on the standard American diet. As someone who prides himself on honesty and integrity, I was hardly living up to my DiseaseProof mantra, but that wasn’t all.

I was also sick and had been for many years. I was plagued by some mysterious illness that landed me in the hospital once or twice a year with agonizing stomach pains. It’d been happening since was thirteen with no end or diagnosis in sight. It was a mystery, and, it was about to get a whole lot worse.

A few weeks after I was hired for DiseaseProof, I again landed in the Emergency Room with severe stomach pains and nausea. There I was, in one of those drafty hospital gowns, hurting, and looking and feeling pathetic. All I could do was sit and absorb the heavy doses of intravenous morphine. I hated it, I hated myself.

My health had hit an all time low, but this time it was different, a diagnosis—AT LAST! A physician’s assistant determined I had gastritis—basically a chronic inflammation of the stomach lining—which wasn’t exactly being helped by my crappy diet. I felt so ashamed. What was I doing with my life?

I’d always eaten healthier than my peers, I was in good shape in college, but there I was being discharged from the ER with a lifetime prescription for Protonix, Zofran, and Sucralfate. The guy who hated taking pills was now being permanently shackled to the pharmacy. I was defeated and depressed.

The depression tore me apart, for over a year I did nothing to improve my health. I stayed fat, took my pills, ate poorly, and didn’t exercise. I kept dragging myself deeper and deeper into my own personal hell. Life sucked! The spunky college kid was gone. I was now…a lump.

But one day I just said ENOUGH! I can’t live like this. Everyday on DiseaseProof I was blogging about healthy eating and living. So why was I killing myself behind the scenes? I couldn’t do it anymore. “Gerry,” I said to myself, “Its time to kick some ass…my ass!”

So, I joined a gym and I started going everyday; running, lifting, and sweating my way to a new me. I also began changing my diet; each day I was inching closer and closer to Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live. Within months I was hell bent on not only losing weight and restoring my health, but going above and beyond the fitness prowess of my college years. Soon, my health and fitness revolution was firing on all cylinders!

Now, many months later, I’m reborn. I’m a total gym rat. I eat tons of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and legumes. I don’t eat any meat or dairy. I cut my hair, shaved my beard, pierced my ear, burned my fat clothes, and changed my look. Just take a look at me now…


That’s the guy I’ve always wanted to be—next to Batman of course—that’s the guy who was frantically trying to claw himself out of the fat-suit I’d eaten myself into. Ultimately that’s the guy who kept pushing me every time I wanted to quit…and stills does today.


At my heaviest I weighed over 240 pounds and as of this morning, I’m a very hunky 178. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s a 62 pound weight-loss! And 12 pounds lighter than my “fit” college weight of 190. Not to mention my flexibility, speed, endurance, stamina, and strength are through the roof. Speaking of strength! All my exercising has definitely helped me pack on some new muscle—pretty cool, right?

In addition to my gym regimen—which includes running, elliptical machines, weightlifting, and lots of abdominal and back work—I’ve also been doing Yoga for over five months now. I LOVE it! Yoga has really helped change my life, both physically and spiritually. Check me out…







Yes, it’s not exactly easy holding yourself in those positions on a brisk and windy November day, especially while your father fumphers with his “new-fangled” digital camera. Yoga pants and a sleeveless shirt do not a warm Gerry make. Speaking of clothes!


Okay, at my worst my pants size was fast approaching a 40 waist. At 5’5 and with a pants length of 30—that’s INSANE! Any fatter and my jeans would’ve been square. But now, I’m swimming in a 33 waist, and, I wear fitted jeans, no more “relaxed-fit” for me!

As for shirts, I used to wear large, but now I fit comfortably into form-fitting medium. Which—and not to toot my own horn—is great because I’ve got a decent build and don’t mind showing it off a bit. Ding, Ding, Ding! Dinner’s ready. Come and get it ladies! Growl!

Clearly, my self esteem is also much improved. Honestly, I feel like I could conquer the world. My smart-alecky wit is super-charged, my natural intensity and grittiness is back, and my zest for life and challenge has been renewed! In fact, this past Thanksgiving I ran my first 5K, that’s 3.1 miles. Here’s a picture of me in the runners pack:


Sorry it’s so tiny, but I’m short—unfortunately a nutrient-dense diet can’t fix that! Now, my goal for the race was to finish around 25 minutes; maybe a little more, maybe a little less. In the end, I completed the course in 27 minutes and 17 seconds and I never stopped once. Mission accomplished!


Honestly, I’m shocked enough that I’m doing Yoga, but running? Running has never been my strength. I’m dense, built like a tank—me run? Please! No, seriously. Its piece of cake! I’m a running machine. On and off the treadmill I run about 12-15 miles every week.

As for my diet, I’m now a card-carrying Eat to Liver. I eat my fruits and veggies. I only consume a little low-contamination fish each month. Hardly eat any salt, sweets, bread, rice, or pasta. I avoid dairy like the plague and eating this way is delicious and I NEVER go hungry.

And the best part of all…I’m still losing weight. I’m not sure where I’ll level off, but I’m eager to find out. Although having to buy new pants every few months is a drag, but as much as I hate shopping. It’s a problem I’m happy to have. In fact, very soon I’ll be a size 32 waist, my smallest ever!

Now, a big part of my learning to Eat to Live comes from doing Eating to Live on the Outside. If you follow the series from start until present, you’ll see my diet sensibilities have changed. I went from a casual healthy-eater to downright anal about it—I can be very intense.

But to be honest, that’s the fun part. Learning to eat greatly has helped me discover lots of healthy restaurants; like Just Salads, The Natural Café, Counter, Down to Earth, and my favorite hotspot, Sacred Chow. Feast your eyes on this…


I told you, I really do eat at the places I review—being a guinea pig is underrated—and that’s why I do it folks. My hope is that in some small way I’m doing my part to inspire all of you to stay healthy and encourage others to Eat to Live!


Granted, Dr. Fuhrman—or Joel as I call him—is my boss. It’s his agenda I’m paid to promote, but I’m no mercenary. Just like all of you, I’ve been exposed to all kinds of diets and gimmicks and as coincidence would have it. Dr. Fuhrman’s approach makes the most sense to me.

Sure, you can take that with a grain of salt and I doubt I’ll ever convince the skeptics, but I’ll tell you something about me. My biggest flaw is I’m honest to a fault—just ask all my ex-girlfriends—I wear my heart on my sleeve. When I say something I mean it. I’m no shill. I’m just me, Gerry.

And Gerry is not afraid to put himself out there. Again, being a guinea pig can be a lot of fun. Now, about a week ago Dr. Fuhrman took my blood and ordered some tests. Sadly, I didn’t think about doing my “success story” beforehand, so we don't have any old results to compare them to, but nevertheless, Dr. Fuhrman suggested I flaunt my cholesterol numbers. Here they are…


Dr. Fuhrman was more than pleased with all of my results, but especially these. And I’ve got to be honest. I am really proud of myself. I’m healthy as a horse, feeling physically fit, and mentally rejuvenated, but as I just explained, I wasn’t always like this. Just ask my friend and mentor Henry Abbott of ESPN TrueHoop fame. Take it away Henry…
Oh man. When I first met Gerry, he was a smart guy. He was a hard-working guy. And he was a friendly guy. But was not what you'd call an "athletic" guy.


But man, things have changed. He's so skinny and buff and all that that it's almost hard to remember that he didn't always go for a run, or to the gym, for fun.
You might remember Henry. He was actually DiseaseProof’s first blogger and he’s the dude who hired me to write for blog. So if you don’t like my stuff you’ve got him to blame. Just kidding Henry! Thanks for your ongoing support and infinite wisdom.

Now, at first I thought it’d be cliché to ask Dr. Fuhrman to comment on my newfound health, but, I slept on it and figured what the hell. So, with out any further ado, here’s Dr. Fuhrman pulling no punches and boy does he let me have it…
Okay, so Henry introduces me to this overweight comedian who is going to write for me. Yeah right, I'm thinking to myself, he'd be more in his element writing for Pizza King or Burger Hut. Reminds me of all those cardiologists and other specialists who say to me, "Yeah, that might work for you, but none of my patients would ever do that."


I'm thinking, just because you don't see the tremendous personal benefits and enhanced enjoyment in life from eating healthy, you assume none of your patients would want to forgo bypass surgery, dialysis and dementia and learn about a great tasting disease-protective, disease-reversing, life extending diet-style.

Yet, I did almost the same thing with Gerry. I figured, about one chance in a hundred I am going to convince this junk-food addicted guy that healthful eating is worth the benefits, I thought to myself. Was I wrong! You can never sum people up and assume anything; they all deserve your best shot.
Let me point out. I actually asked Dr. Fuhrman to be very snarky in his comment. I figured the sappy success story thing was too played out—so this was perfect! This is exactly the kind of tough-talk a guy like me thrives on. Thanks Joel. As I always say, you da’ man!

Alright, its one thing when a friend and a boss tell you you’ve done good, but its something special when it comes from your mother. I mean come on! I’m an Italian guy from Jersey, oh course I’m a mama’s boy! Here’s what my mom had to say about me now…
The first words that come to mind when I look at you now is, happy and confident.
This from the women who used to scold me with a wooden spoon and then seconds later would tearfully apologize for doing it. Love you mom! But seriously, happy and confident? At my most unhealthy I was neither one of those things—far from it in fact. Those words are great to hear and they’re doubly sweet coming from my mom. Thanks mommy.

Don’t worry folks. I won’t close on a sappy note, but I will say this. When you’re feeling down and out, when it feels like life is chewing you up and spitting you out. You got to show teeth. Don’t go quietly. Don’t give in. Don’t let the standard American diet or anything else ruin your life. Don’t be another sad statistic.

Knuckle up! Put your nose to the grindstone and kick some ass. That’s what I did. Whether I’m running a 5k, attempting a difficult Yoga pose, or scanning an unfriendly restaurant menu for SOMETHING Fuhrman-friendly, I know I’ve got what it takes to live healthfully, and so do you! Keep Eating to Live my friends and thanks for letting me share my story.

I’ll be around all day to answer your questions and respond to comments. Please don’t hold back. Anything you want to know, just ask. Oh! And don’t worry. Tomorrow DiseaseProof will be back to normal; with all the news, tips, and smart-alecky remarks you can handle. Peace.
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Monique - December 10, 2007 7:42 AM

You look awesome! Way to go Gerry! Your story is an inspiration.

Gerry Pugliese - December 10, 2007 8:59 AM

Hey Monique-

Thanks for the kind words! I feel all warm and fuzzy.

Peace.
-Gerry

Janna - December 10, 2007 9:24 AM

Great story! Thanks for sharing! You look very fit.

Do I smell a new series? ETL Success Stories? ;)

Gerry Pugliese - December 10, 2007 9:37 AM

Hey Janna-

Thanks so much. I appreciate it...a lot!

Actually DiseaseProof does have a success story category:

http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/cat-success-stories.html

But we do need more!

Peace.
-Gerry

Scott - December 10, 2007 11:00 AM

Gerry, you look jacked! Great job! The turnaround you made gives me hope that the ETL info I give to my loved ones will eventually sink in. Moreover, it has reminded me of the important role exercise plays in my success story.

Gerry Pugliese - December 10, 2007 11:21 AM

Hey Scott-

Thanks. Believe me. Lots of hard work. Lots! I was at the gym at 5 AM this morning. Eep!

I've got loved ones in the same boat, I'm really hoping they come around. I fear I may need to use an Eat to Live baseball bat to help them get the message.

Peace.
-Gerry

Charlotte - December 10, 2007 12:16 PM

How's your gastritis now? Do you still need to take any medication?

Gerry Pugliese - December 10, 2007 12:21 PM

Hey Charlotte-

Great question! I was hoping someone would ask. I haven't taken a pill in well over a year, in fact, I threw all remaining pills away a long time ago. No symptoms at all! I totally distant memory.

My gastritis was no match for a vegetable-based nutrient-dense diet. Grrr!

Peace.
-Gerry

LLouise - December 10, 2007 1:10 PM

Wowza! You look great, Gerry! Best of all you sound great. Very funny stuff in there too. I also love Dr. F.'s no-nonsense, no "let's-make-this-easy" baloney -- he's straight out with it: You gotta DO IT. And you did. Congratulations on getting well and off those awful medications. Isn't working out its own "high"? Once you get into it, it's awesome.
What a great story and transformation. And what happiness nutritional excellence can bring, ha?
(I wish I could get into yoga. I only do 10 minutes of yogic exercises a day. You look like a real yogi there :D)

Gerry Pugliese - December 10, 2007 1:24 PM

Hey LLouise-

Thanks. I like egging on Dr. Fuhrman a bit. In fact, I do identify myself as his hired wise-ass.

Yoga has really become the cherry on top of my fitness sundae. It's a great workout, gives me a wonder sense of peace and spirituality, and, lots of pretty girls take Yoga…hehehe!

Peace.
-Gerry

Michael Natale - December 10, 2007 1:32 PM

Gerry

From a fellow Italian struggling to stay even remotely on the same PLANET as ETL, thanks for posting this and congrats on the success!

Michael

Gerry Pugliese - December 10, 2007 1:41 PM

Hey Michael-

Great comment. For a while I struggled with the typical Jersey-guy image. My extended family still looks at my oddly when I tell them I don't eat cheese, sausage, pizza, and other traditional foods, but, I learned through my journey that I am no less a Jersey-guy because I don't eat meat and pizza.

I'm just me, Gerry. An Italian guy, living in NJ, who does yoga, works out, and doesn't eat meat. Who cares about supposed social labels...you know?

Just be you, and be happy about it!

Peace.
-Gerry

Pete - December 10, 2007 1:44 PM

Gerry you look great. I have been training many years and you have one of the best improved vitality looks I have ever seen. You need to bottle whatever made you change. I could give it to some friends and family. You are a credit to the "Eat To Live" family. All My Best , Pete

Gerry Pugliese - December 10, 2007 1:51 PM

Hey Pete-

Thanks so much! I'm working at it. I still want to drop some more pounds. I've chosen to go super athletic. So, I want to get a six-pack and all that, which is really tough, but I like a challenge.

Well, there were lots of things that made me change. The most obvious is the weight-loss, but as I tell Dr. Fuhrman and my friends and family, I want to live forever. What's better than life! Even when it gets hard, you can't beat it.

In Yoga they say that even when a pose gets hard, find the softness, see where/what you can relax. I believe that applies to life too.

Peace.
-Gerry

Jayson - December 10, 2007 2:00 PM

Awesome Gerry ! Just totally awesome !

Good story ! Thanks for sharing more proof and motivation !

Jayson

Gerry Pugliese - December 10, 2007 2:05 PM

Hey Jayson-

Thanks! Was it better than who shot J.R.? LOL!

Peace.
-Gerry

Jayson - December 10, 2007 2:20 PM

Sure was Gerry ! Sure was !

I am really glad to hear about your story. I remember when first reading this blog you you had a bit more tolerance for going outside the lines. I am really impressed by the transformation and it really shows.

I heartily agree that it is a plus being able to wear the form fitting clothes, it really has its perks :-D

Gerry Pugliese - December 10, 2007 2:27 PM

Hey Jayson-

One of the huge perks and the tight clothes help. Is I am actually confident enough to date again. Although its still a train wreck. LOL! Somethings never change.

Peace.
-Gerry

Kim - December 10, 2007 2:32 PM

Gerry,
Thanks so much for sharing your story.I really needed the hope! I've been struggling with ETL this past week. Breaking all of the old habits and learning how to cook enough new dishes that I don't bore myself and my family to death.
I have one question...what was the most difficult change you made?
kim

Gerry Pugliese - December 10, 2007 2:41 PM

Hey Kim-

Thank you very much! The hardest part? Probably giving up bread. I've said it on the blog before, but, I love bread. For a longtime I was still eating a lot each week. I'd make huge veggie sandwiches. Sure, the veggies were great, but, the bread was spoiling it. So one day, I just started cutting back, little by little and now, I only eat bread as a treat, maybe once or twice a month and only the really crusty hearty stuff.

When I stopped with the regular bread consumption I really did drop a bunch of weight. More proof that refined carbs are junk!

Oh! And sometimes I break down and simply must have some chocolate...mmmmmm...Peanut M&Ms.

Peace.
-Gerry

Karen - December 10, 2007 2:46 PM

Thank you for sharing your inspirational story! Your transformation is spectacular and I bet you are a chick magnet now! I am two weeks into my own transformation and loving it - with great results. Thanks for spurring me on with your fantastic results!

Karen

Gerry Pugliese - December 10, 2007 2:52 PM

Hey Karen-

Thank you, thank you! Chick magnet! I wish. You won't find me on a magazine cover shirtless and oiled up anytime soon. LOL!

Peace.
-Gerry

Jayson - December 10, 2007 3:07 PM

Hey Kim,

My advice for starting this type of lifestyle is eliminating all the unhealthy choices in your house, the hardest part for me was in getting my kids to understand why we were eating differently. It is hard sometimes, but explaining it and talking to them about made the transition easier.

Gerry, got your flax seed oil handy ? lol !

Gerry Pugliese - December 10, 2007 3:12 PM

Hey Jayson-

My goodness. Flax seed! I eat SO much of it. I'm surprised I haven't pooped a flax plant yet. Not to mention sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and walnuts. I actually think I'm becoming part squirrel.

Peace.
-Gerry

younohooo - December 10, 2007 3:40 PM

pretty girls take yoga.....huh????

Gerry Pugliese - December 10, 2007 3:43 PM

Hey Younohooo-

In this country Yoga classes are mostly filled with women and a lot of them are quite nice on the eyes.

Peace.
-Gerry

Mom - December 10, 2007 8:26 PM

Great job Gerry!! I have witnessed your hard work and perseverance and I am so proud of you...you look great!!!!love you..Mom.

Gerry Pugliese - December 10, 2007 9:00 PM

Hey Mom-

Oh geez mom! Embarrassing me in front of my friends. Geez!

LOL! Thank you mommy, love you too.

Yes everyone, that really is my mom.

Peace.
-Gerry

Heidi - December 10, 2007 9:24 PM

HI Gerald,

Congratulations on your success.
About those M&M's, I used to love 'em too, but (I don't know if this is allowed here, but since I know these posts are filtered...thank goodness...)
M&M/Mars are doing disgusting, cruel animal tests in the name of candy. If I wasn't already not eating their stuff, I'd boycott them, now! I just thought you should know. Again, I'm not trying to post inappropriately, I hope this is okay for me to say...
You can see for yourself at MarsCandyKills.com

Take care,

Heidi

isabel - December 10, 2007 10:11 PM

congratulations!! what a great story. your honesty and candid story is just perfect for everyone seeking someone to relate to!

sara - December 10, 2007 10:36 PM

Gerry- I'm impressed with that side plank and tree.

Greenie Grannie - December 11, 2007 3:16 AM

You are awesome! Can you come live with me and teach my children and grandchildren all about E2L? I haven't made a dent.

Wishing you continued success. Waiting anxiously to hear the next chapter in your journey to improved health and weight loss.

Gerry Pugliese - December 11, 2007 7:36 AM

Hey Heidi-

Thank you very much! I had no idea about Mars.

Peace.
-Gerry

Gerry Pugliese - December 11, 2007 7:38 AM

Hey Isabel-

No...THANK YOU! For letting us use your success story on the new site. YOU ROCK!

Oh what the heck, thanks for the kind words. ;)

Peace.
-Gery

Gerry Pugliese - December 11, 2007 7:39 AM

Hey Sara-

Thank you, but you should have seen me in the beginning. My tree looked more like dead wood. LOL.

I can actually do headstand now, the world looks so much better upside down.

Peace.
-Gerry

Gerry Pugliese - December 11, 2007 7:42 AM

Hey Greenie Grannie-

Thanks! You'll appreciate this. Right now I am eating Fuhrman-friendly brownies with lots of spinach in them...SO GOOD!

Peace.
-Gerry

Bob - December 11, 2007 9:18 AM

Gerry,

Congratulations on your success and thanks for sharing your story. I'm curious when did you actually start hitting the gym and when did you start eating ETL? It sounds like you've been blogging here for about 2 years but made the lifestyle changes somewhat more recently.

Jayson - December 11, 2007 10:20 AM

Hey Mom ! Good kid you got there !

You must be beaming with delight !

Good on you Gerry !

Gerry Pugliese - December 11, 2007 11:57 AM

Hey Bob-

To be 100% honest I don't really have the dates pinned down, nor have I really been paying attention to my exact weight-loss. I just kind of made the switch. For example, when I weighed myself yesterday morning, that was the first time in many-many months. But here's a basic time line. Well over a year ago I started casually going to the gym without really changing my diet, but, around a year ago I started going to the gym a lot (A LOT) and shortly after that I started to really button-up my diet, and in the late summer I started doing Yoga.

Dr. Fuhrman was most impressed by my approach. Rather than making a stark switch (almost the way people get on crash diets) I "backed into the diet" and just naturally adjusted my lifestyle.

Does that answer your question?

Peace.
-Gerry

Gerry Pugliese - December 11, 2007 12:00 PM

Hey Jayson-

Yeah, she's thrilled with me. Especially when I bring her my Fuhrman-friendly brownies. LOL!

Peace.
-Gerry

Vic in Chicago - December 11, 2007 6:57 PM

Hey Gerry -

I've enjoyed and admired your writing on diseaseproof.com for some time. But this - your personal story - is the best yet! Wow!!

Congratulations...you are an inspiration to us all. Not only do you talk the talk, but now you walk the walk.

You 'da man!

Vic in Chicago

Gerry Pugliese - December 11, 2007 7:58 PM

Hey Vic in Chicago-

Thank you so much! Oh, I'm not the man, I only play one on TV. LOL!

Peace.
-Gerry

LLouise - December 11, 2007 11:33 PM

Ummm...spinach brownies? You holdin' out on us, Gerry? Eh? You holdin' out? You know what happens to guys who hold out on Fuhrman's Gang?
Pony up that recipe, Gerr... Soon.

Jocelyn - December 12, 2007 2:33 AM

What a great sory Gerry. I love reading about amazing transformations and I bet your mom is so proud of you. Keep posting your progress and let us all see the spunk inside. have a great day and well done!

Gerry Pugliese - December 12, 2007 4:59 AM

Hey Llouise-

Yeah, you're probably right. I should type it up and get it up here.

Peace.
-Gerry

Gerry Pugliese - December 12, 2007 5:01 AM

Hey Jocelyn-

Thank you very much! Don't worry, I've got plenty more surprises up my sleeve. :)

Peace.
-Gerry

anet - December 16, 2007 9:44 PM

wondering, has your change in diet affected any of your significant others? did you get any resistance from them when making a change?

Gerry Pugliese - December 17, 2007 8:28 AM

Hey Anet-

"Significant others?" Well, I got a bunch of insignificant others. LOL! I'm single, but I will tell you this. This past spring I dated a girl for about a month, I called it off because she just loved her standard American diet, she actually brought Drakes Cakes into my home! We'd go out to eat and I'd order something Fuhrman-friendly and she seemed to always get the most vile thing on the menu--lots and lots of cheese!

Her diet was a huge reason why I broke it off, that, and she tried to move in with me after only four weeks of dating. Coo-coo bird!

But I will say this, for me to be in a successful relationship--barring a miracle--the girl has to share a similar lifestyle and diet and exercise is part of it.

Hope that answers your questions.

Peace.
-Gerry

Peter - December 17, 2007 2:37 PM

Gerry,

Congratulations on your great health improvement. I've had great improvements from ETL also. I'm just curious what your before lifestyle change numbers were (cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, etc.) compared to your recent blood test. My total cholesterol went from 161 to 136 with ETL. Also, fasting blood glucose dropped from low 100s to mid 80s and blood pressure dropped from 125/65 to more like 120/60.

Thank you for great work on the blog! I have been reading it every weekday for probably a year now.

Gerry Pugliese - December 17, 2007 2:55 PM

Hey Peter-

Yeah, I mentioned this in the post. I don't have them. At the time of the switch I never had any intention of telling my story on the blog. I'd always seen myself as just the writer and not a "character".

I wish I had some numbers, but sadly just didn't think of it at the time. Sorry.

Peace.
-Gerry

Liz (Nick's Mom) - December 21, 2007 10:34 AM

Hey Gerry - I was truly inspired by your story - I too suffer from ongoing stomach issues and would like to know about your success plan!

Gerry Pugliese - December 21, 2007 12:53 PM

Hey Liz (Ms. Labruna)

Thanks a lot! Next time I visit Nick I'll bring you a copy of Dr. Fuhrman's book, Eat to Live.

Oh! And we got to get Nick doing Yoga, just for comedy purposes of course. :)

Nick is my college roommate everyone and Liz is his mom.

Peace.
-Gerry

David - January 14, 2008 4:31 PM

Hey Gerry, where are those restaurants in NJ? Somewhere close by, in central NJ? Where are you from?

Dave

Gerry Pugliese - January 14, 2008 7:30 PM

Hey David-

Check out the Eating to Live on the Outside series. Here's a bunch that are close by:

Fresh Food Kitchen
Thai Kitchen
Chipotle
Zen Palate
Bonefish Grill

Peace.
-Gerry

Angelina - January 19, 2008 7:36 PM

I just loved reading your story. Awesome! I feel inspired and motivated :)

Gerry Pugliese - January 20, 2008 9:06 AM

Hey Angelina-

Thank you very much!

Peace.
-Gerry

Rae - January 22, 2008 2:20 PM

Congrats! I think you touched upon one of my favorite aspects of Dr. Fuhrman's Eat To Live plan and that is the real sense of empowerment that comes from turning your food into medicine.

Gerry Pugliese - January 22, 2008 2:33 PM

Hey Rae-

Thanks! Yup, its very empowering. Although, I find myself biting my tongue a lot, so not to start arguments with non-Eat to Livers. You know?

Peace.
-Gerry

Kim Aaron - February 29, 2008 10:38 AM

Gerry,

I am a co-worker with your Mom and she intruduced me to your blog. Your sucess story is so un-beleivable to me! How inspriring you are! WOW, I am totally impressed. I wish you the very best for your future. I wish for the world to read your "sucess" story as there are so many people in simular situations. Be happy and stay healthy!

Gerry Pugliese - February 29, 2008 12:23 PM

Hey Kim-

Thanks for the kind words! And good luck dealing with my tyrannosaurus-mom. :)

Peace.
-Gerry

James - March 12, 2008 6:18 PM

Gerry,
Awesome story!! I would be interested to hear what a daily menu looks like for you. Could you share a "day in the life of Gerry eating"?

Thanks.

-James

Gerry Pugliese - March 12, 2008 6:22 PM

Hey James-

Thanks very much!

Yup, daily menu, that's a good idea. No worries, I've already got something in the works...coming soon. ;)

Peace.
-Gerry

sara - March 18, 2008 2:09 PM

wow your story is impressive. My husband needs help. he is very stiff in all of his body. he can't even kneel sitting on his soles as his soles are stiffly angled L and he can't touch his butt to the soles. He cant even fold his hands fully to touch his shoulders! this whole body stiffness causes him back pain and problems. he went to a chiropractor who told him he needs yoga. (and machine gym later, much later) so which yoga is good to flex a stiff body?

Gerry Pugliese - March 18, 2008 2:17 PM

Hey Sara-

Thanks for the kind words.

Sorry, I can't give you any advice here. I'm just a writer, not a health and fitness expert. Try talking to different Yoga teachers.

Peace.
-Gerry

John Br - May 6, 2008 12:52 PM

What a difference in before and after, congrats. Your story is helpful - now that I am getting closer to ideal weight I get more comments on the change (and questions about how I did it). I actually also enjoy what some others think must be "extreme" or as one put it "deprivational," but this also comes with some peer pressure to relax my standards. I am getting pretty good at explaining I eat a lot and don't go hungry, that I don't deny myself but also that my taste buds have improved to now be able to recognize lard as something that seems sick and twisted to eat.

To me, the highlight of your story is that it is FUN and EXCITING to go for health and fitness all the way as a focused behavior...the rewards are registering every day, and not jsut for me, also for my family.

Sincerely,
John

Gerry Pugliese - May 6, 2008 1:20 PM

Hey John BR-

Thanks for the nice words. Its a lot of hard work sometimes, but its fun hard work and its TOTALLY worth it!

Continued success to you too!

Peace.
-Gerry

Tim - November 19, 2008 8:22 AM

Hi Gerry

Well done, the results are excellent.

I've just ordered ETL second hand (surprisingly hard to get hold of in England).

Two questions, have you done a water fast? I've read Dr Fuhrman's book on fasting and it quite literally changed my outlook on medicine and nutrition. If yes, did you do it under supervision? I'm in pretty good health but really want to fast after reading what it does to you but there are no Doctors on the NHS that would ever do it. And I suffer from mild tinnitus which can benefit from water fasting.

Secondly, did you or do you drink alcohol? I come from a culture that drinks quite a lot and to be honest changing food habits is much easier than cutting down or quitting alcohol. In Dr F's fasting book he hardly mentions alcohol. I hope he covers it in ETL.

Tim - November 19, 2008 12:34 PM

Hi Gerry

Thanks so much for taking the time to reply. I've found that really useful.

All the best in continuing this great lifestyle. It's great to see so many people 'get' Dr Fuhrman's approach. I tell everyone I know about it and most people look at me like I'm insane.

Keep up the good work - I've subscribed to the RSS feed.

Best wishes
Tim

Jorge - December 16, 2008 6:32 PM

Dude, great job!

James - December 27, 2008 12:41 AM

Hey Gerry,

Congrats on your weight loss dude, a helluva transformation since high school. Wish I had the willpower to make the kind of changes you have.

Question: I've been doing a little bit of research on all the kinds of diets out there and was wondering from your point of view what makes Dr. F's system the best? Or, does it depend on the particular person as far as which system is best?

I ask because as far as I go, I don't believe I could ever completely give up dairy and meat (cutting down, absolutely. Give up altogether, never).

Thanx, Gerry. Long time no speak.
James

Jennifer - January 1, 2009 10:58 AM

That was an amazing read Gerry!

It is super inspirational! I feel a connection to the "looking back" in time and wondering how did I get where I am today.

My husband and I do not want our children to be overweight and have health issues.

Fortunately, neither of them do, but it is so scary to think that what they consume in their early years can so affect them in their adult life.

Thank you so much for being so honest with your story.

Kindest regards and a Happy and Healthy New Year 2009 to you and your family!

Jennifer

Tim - January 29, 2009 8:01 AM

Hi Gerry,

Do you now experience 'true hunger'? What's it like and how long did it take to set up?

My wife and I are starting ETL full-time in Feb. It's not going to be easy but it will be rewarding.

Well done on your achievements! The results are remarkable.

Thanks a lot.

Chalisa - March 14, 2009 8:56 PM

Hey Gerry,
I hope you still read the blog because I just found it. LOL!
You are totally inspiring and I found your story on the right day. I am a fitness professional who doesn't always practice what she preaches-until now.
I won't give you details, but I hope to submit my before and after pictures to ETL!
Thanks for your awesome story and great work!
Sincerely,
Chalisa

Steve - May 19, 2009 1:13 PM

Hi Gerry: It was very inspiring to read your story. Here is mine; I heard about Eat To Live from a colleague at work. My ever expanding waistline was a cause for concern. I am 5' 10" tall and currently weigh 167 pounds. I went from 180 pounds and barely fitting into my 34 inch waist pants. I have been eating the Fuhrman way for a little over a month and I have never felt better. I have cut out all the nasty stuff from my diet. No sugar , salt, alcohol, bread, pasta, milk, cheese, olive oil, meat, soft drinks or caffeinne. For a person such as myself with a slim build to begin with, the fat loss was swift and remarkable. I can easily fit into my 34 inch waist pants, and will be trying on 32 inchers again soon. I hope to get the weight down to where I was when I was a hard core cyclist between 160-165. I loved your story- very inspiring. I get up each day and go to the blog to see what else can be learned. Thank you for all your help. I am a firm believer that if you dive head long into something, be committed to it, and apply yourself that success is inevitable. I am currently traveling on business in San Jose California- my first trip since being on the plan. I had a stopover at LAX and had to leave a diner at the terminal as there were no Fuhrman approved meals on the menu. I went to the supermarket this morning and bought oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, walnuts, pecans, almonds, bananas and pears. I had a feast for breakfast along with some organic wild berry tea I brought with me- caffeine free of course. The biggest thing I have noticed is that food tastes much better, I no longer snack on chips and chocolate (not missed either), and my energy has returned. Keep in mind I was a steak and potatoes kind of guy with a large helping of beer and a pot of coffee a day. All I'm saying is if a guy like me can do it, so can others.

Best regards from Oakville Canada,
Steve.

Nancy O - July 24, 2009 9:41 AM

Hey Gerry,
Thanks for your story and for this blog. Dr Fuhrman's member website and this blog are my daily inspiration to keep ETL going. I'm 7 weeks into it and have lost about 12 lbs and feel so much better. Acid reflux and heartburn are gone and my cholesterol numbers are going down. LDL was 194 six weeks ago and now is 133. I'm sure I'm on the right track. Thanks for your inspiration and good writing.
Nancy

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