Excuses are Irrelevant

before and after pic of couple

Eating for health is a mindset. We make firm choices based upon correct information that’s been proven to restore health to the body.

However, if food choices are determined by our circumstances or fluctuating emotions, we will suffer the consequences of decisions that will never lead to optimal health.  


obese femaleWhen I first started the journey to get my health back, I was obese, unfit and didn’t feel well. It was an effort just to get out of bed in the mornings, let alone enthusiastically eat for health. I knew that if I was ever going to succeed, I had to have something simple and concrete to follow. 

After thoroughly studying Eat to Live, using a small font, I typed out the six week eating plan on page 179. I then printed off three copies, and laminated them at an office supply store. I kept one in my purse, one next to my bed, and one under a magnet on the refrigerator. The plan made all of my decisions. Period.


  • Those first couple of weeks I didn’t feel like eating romaine lettuce, collard greens or brussel sprouts. I followed the plan.
  • I was heavily addicted to salt, creamy cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, and crunchy peanut butter. I followed the plan. 
  • I craved diet cola and diet pudding. I followed the plan.
  • I was addicted to creamy ranch dressing. I followed the plan.
  • My bedtime snack was always a large bowl of cereal and milk. I followed the plan.
  • My son became seriously ill. I followed the plan.
  • Life suddenly became an out-of-control roller coaster. I followed the plan.  
  • He had to be transferred to another hospital in another state. I followed the plan.
  • I had to find my way around in a new city. I followed the plan.
  • I hit rock bottom with sadness and fear of the future. I followed the plan.  
  • The hospital cafeteria food looked comforting and inviting. I followed the plan.
  • The candy in the gift shop called out my name. I followed the plan. 


overweight femaleThree months later, back home, I got on the scales. Even though the picture on the left shows the strain of crisis on my face, I was forty pounds lighter; and more importantly, I was no longer addicted to toxic foods. I now craved fresh greens and fruits. Diet soda, diet desserts and salty foods tasted disgusting to me. I could walk for ½ hour every morning and evening, and feel great. My body was thoroughly refreshed after a good night’s sleep, and brain fog had completely disappeared.

The crisis eventually subsided. My body was well-nourished. I had newfound energy to try recipes. I had a bounce in my step to attempt challenging exercises. I knew I was well on the way to getting my health back. I was free.   



“Success or lack thereof is not based upon circumstances; therefore, excuses are irrelevant.”  Emily Boller

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Carol Adams - March 2, 2010 9:41 AM

Thanks, Emily! So true and so timely! Even though I've still been losing, it has been SMALL amounts. The other day, I finally started facing why I've become more complacent. Yesterday I got back on the STRICTER bandwagon!
What's been going on w/me is, I think, having to acknowledge a loss of "myself". Even though I'm just shy of an 89-lb weight loss and feel better than I have in years; it's still saying good-bye to the "me" I've lived with for so long.
Well...as you so appropriately put it...
(Sidenote: one of the women in the cafeteria at St Joe wants me to bring her some of my blueberry smoothie tomorrow...She is so encouraging and tickled for me!)
(Sidenote #2: I'm wearing a size 18 pants...probably been at least 25 years!!!!!!!!!)
Thanks for another great "word"!

Carol T. - March 2, 2010 10:41 AM

Thank you, Emily! This could not have come at a better time. Sorry to hear about your son. Congratulations on your success -- especially in the face of such stressful circumstances.

I need to just make a plan and stick to it -- and I really needed to hear that the cravings would eventually lessen or go away. I also need to just throw away the remaining tempting food in my house. Unfortunately, we had a birthday party here on the day before I started my *plan*, so the dips and chips and ice cream have been staring at me since. Now I know what I need to do -- so thank you again.

Lisa Coyne - March 2, 2010 11:08 AM

Thank you for sharing your story Emily. Right on!

Anonymous - March 2, 2010 11:11 AM

The laminated cards are a great idea! I've read the book, and the challenges I have with this plan are a) it's 100% very low fat vegan, and b) navigating social eating situations, which are everywhere in our culture. Have to admit though, you look great. I hope your son is OK.

Vikki - March 2, 2010 12:09 PM

What a fabulous inspiration you are! I have done very well on Eat to Live, but I have had some backsliding and then get back on track. You have inspired me to "follow the plan." If you can do it with all you've been through, I know I can! Thank you!

kj - March 2, 2010 12:51 PM

Emily, thanks for the timely reminder. I've been very frustrated lately but you're right - follow the plan!!

You are an inspiration!

Emily Boller - March 2, 2010 1:49 PM


When in a social situation where everyone is eating for disease, follow the plan. Eating for disease is the ABNORMAL way of eating! Our bodies were designed to thrive on high nutrient foods; not the other way around. Smile.

Freedom to all,


(PS My son is doing relatively well now. It's an ongoing, daily challenge, but life never promises to be easy. I am grateful that I started the journey to health beforehand; otherwise, I would have gained another 40 lbs or more through the additional stress, and who knows what condition my own health would be in today!)

CJ - March 2, 2010 4:08 PM

Emily, you still are an amazing person to me and I love your inspirational writings.

earthchick - March 2, 2010 5:24 PM

What a wonderful, inspirational post, Emily. Thank you!

Cathy - March 2, 2010 9:15 PM

Emily, I am so amazed every time I see your before and
after ETL picture. I needed to hear from you today.
I've been compromising and know that that will keep me
straddling the fence. It's a dangerous place to be. Why are
we so afraid to let go of our old ways, especially when we
KNOW what is best for us? You are correct--there is NO excuse.
The conversion would be much easier if it were only myself, and not eight other persons. Does anyone have any helpful suggestions on how to "convert" all ages of kids to a nutrient dense diet w/out turning them off?

ald - March 3, 2010 1:20 AM

I am so frustrated. Every night I tell myself that I will do better the next day and I don't. I end up stopping in the morning and starting my day with a Pepsi. The next thing I know, I am eating a donut that a coworker brought in. Then, lunch comes and off to Taco Bell I go for another Pepsi and other food. I know that this is toxic food, that it is not nourshing for my body, yet I do eat time and time again. I have read ETL, EFH, The China Study, Quantum Wellness, Skinny B_itch etc...but I just haven't been able to stick to it. I may last for three weeks, but that is about it. I have been trying to get back on track and everday is another disappointment when I find myself indulging in sugar, fat and salt. I am so very frustrated with all of this, I just can't seem to make it work. I know that this is not good for my body, yet I continue with the same horrible habits and buy larger clothes.

Betty - March 3, 2010 6:18 AM

Wonderful post!

I have to say, something inside you was/is so strong to
follow the plan under such extreme stress.
I would love a post about where/what was the thought/mindset
"Aha!" moment. If you have posted this in the past, please share it. Thanks.

Jamie - March 3, 2010 9:59 AM

Emily, the typed up laminated copies of the six week plan is brilliant! You wouldn't still have that file that you could send to me to save me from having to retype it would you? My son is 4 months old and after being a nutritarian for most of the pregancy, I have to admit I have fallen off the wagon. But I KNOW it's time to get back on. Thanks for your inspiration!

LaurieInOklahoma - March 3, 2010 10:09 AM

It's all about making healthy eating the most important part of your day. If you've eaten well, you've had a good day.

There are two kinds of food in this world: disease-promoting foods, and health promoting foods.

Most people today continue to eat the disease-promoting foods, probably unaware that many will die from their unhealthy choices, in some not-so-pretty ways. Some will live, but live with disability. All of these are the people you see at parties and restaurants, eating "anything they want".

Choose health!!


Emily Boller - March 3, 2010 11:43 AM

Lisa Fuhrman wrote a great post for Disease Proof (October 1, 2009) titled, "Don't Make Food a War Zone." It may be helpful to you. http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/healthy-parenting-dont-make-food-a-war-zone.html

You mentioned that you have "read" all of the above books, but do you have a specific plan that you are committed to following? Make a plan. Stick to it, no matter what. No excuses. Decide in your mind that no cirumstance or emotion will deter you from the plan.

From what you wrote above, you are severely addicted and need to make getting free a top prioritiy in your life right now ~ above everything else. Addiction is a progressive, downward spiral, and will only get worse with each day of ongoing compromise.

Are you a member of the member center of DrFuhrman.com? I highly recommend the ongoing, personal support of Dr. Fuhrman and other members. Make getting free a top priority in your life before it's too late.

Between the documentation of my transformation journey on my web site (www.emilyboller.com "transformation") and the thread titled, "journey of transformation" on the member center of drfuhrman.com you can read plenty of my "motivations." Smile. I also have a son with type I diabetes, and living day-in-and-day-out with that disease is highly motivating to NEVER get type 2 diabetes! Ever. Diabetes is a nasty disease. Understatement.

Freedom to all ~


ald - March 3, 2010 10:25 PM

Thanks Emily, I have tried ETL plan, but just couldn't do it. I really enjoy and miss eating horrible foods when I try to eat clean. I know they are not good for me, but for some reason, I am not able to beat my bad eating habits. I really admire you for having the ability to take charge and continue to live well. So, I continue to be frustrated at my ability to stick with it. Thanks so much for all your beautiful posts.

Emily Boller - March 4, 2010 10:55 AM


It's time for you visit to a local kidney dialysis center, and visually see what is in involved in the kidney dialysis process. I'm serious. (Eating for disease will eventually lead to the development of type 2 diabetes, which will eventually lead to complications such as kidney failure that will require possible dialysis.) I don't know you personally, but I care for you; I care for everyone in your same situation.

Make the changes while you have the opportunity to prevent further damage to your organs. Make it a top priority in your life. Put everything else on hold so that you can completely focus on getting your health back. Tell your family and friends how seriously your health will be affected if you don't change, and solicit their help and support.

Cheering for you. Cheering for everyone to freedom!

ald - March 5, 2010 12:12 AM

Thank you Emily, you are always an inspiration. This weekend I am going to take a serious inventory of myself and try to get myself together to be able to do this. Funny thing is that in all other facets of my life (family, career, etc...) I do fantastic and over achieve. My health and making good food choices is the one thing that I have not been able to be successful at! It truly is so frustrating, I am not sure what the road block is. Thank you again, appreciate all your very kind words and concern.

Mike - March 5, 2010 8:15 AM


Thanks for the inspiration. I've been struggling with being on/off the program. You're right. I am no longer going to let circumstances or stress dictate my eating habits.


Natalie - March 5, 2010 3:50 PM

Dear ald,

Good on you for not giving up and deciding to trying again. I have found myself using the same rationalisations as you - I just can't do it, it's too hard, I love the bad food etc etc. And berating myself for being successful in all other areas of my life except for looking after myself! Crazy isn't it? It IS hard to stick to the plan when your body and mind thinks it wants the bad food you've been giving it, but, you can do it for just one day at a time, even just one meal at a time, and the cravings WILL go away. Be kind to yourself and get back on the plan if you slip up, just keep going! I've found another essential thing is to be super organised. If you plan ahead what you will eat, always carry healthy snacks with you to help you avoid making poor choices while out, that can help. Don't forget, you are strong, and you can change your life for the better. Even if you can make a commitment for just one week - you will feel amazing, your cravings will dramatically lessen, and you will want to continue - good luck and take care :)

Emily - thank you for your continuing inspiration and support. Your words are often just what I need to help me keep going

Nat - March 5, 2010 10:14 PM

Thanks for sharing such an inspiring story! I think we have all made excuses and it's really true that if you just stick to your guns you start craving health food!! Congrats, you look amazing......

ald - March 6, 2010 1:44 AM

Thank you so much Natalie for taking the time to respond to my comment. I think you are right, I need to take this one meal at a time. That's what I will do, just try to get through one meal and look at that as a success. I get so very frustrated with the fact that I know what I need to do, I just don't do it!!! I sabatoge my own self! Thanks again Natalie for your encouraging words.

blubel - March 14, 2010 1:50 AM

thanks for this post Emily, I enjoy your blog posts on here and needed to read this today.

Christine - April 4, 2010 3:49 PM

Thank you, Emily for sharing your story. I really need to hear, ...."I followed the plan"....I have an excuse for just about everything to avoid eating right. I appreciate your fortitude! Best wishes to you in continued Eating Right.

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