Freedom is for everyone!

before and after images of female nutritarian

I’m soon approaching the two year anniversary of committing to Eat to Live, and I’m still amazed at the results of getting my health back. I almost forget now what it was like to survive in an obese body for almost twenty years of my life. I really can’t remember what chronic joint pain or chronic fatigue feels like anymore. When I was obese I had to lie down several times throughout the day to relieve my aching back from the excess weight that I was carrying around. I stayed indoors a lot, even on beautiful days. I gradually didn’t want to be in public, because I was embarrassed of my size and didn’t have “anything pretty to wear.” I never rode a bike or hiked trails. I rarely played ball or outdoor games with my kids. I never ran in races. I stood by the sidelines cheering for others at athletic events. I was a spectator of life; not a participant. I was a prisoner trapped in a foreign body that held me captive. I’d lost myself to obesity and deteriorating health.  

Recently I attended a party on a hot, summer day wearing shorts and a cute, summer t-shirt. Two years ago, I attended all social events on hot sultry days wearing my standard outfit, which I now refer to as my obese uniform; a size 3x pair of black, stretch pants with a black, long sleeved blouse over a black, knit top. Of course it covered up my fat along with causing me to perspire profusely, but little by little my body somehow adjusted to being overheated. My fingers were so puffy and swollen that years ago I quit wearing my wedding ring. I purchased a sterling silver band for ten bucks and put it on my finger instead.

Oh, and I mustn’t forget the constant fatigue and brain fog. I went to bed at night exhausted and woke up the next morning in a fog. My belly was always bloated, I ached all over, and I eventually accepted the general malaise feelings as a part of getting older. On top of being pre-diabetic, I had a heart catherization and was diagnosed with heart disease in 2003 and was racking up new medical bills with each passing birthday. With the combination of shortness of breath when climbing a flight of stairs and my blood pressure at 157/94, I knew that I was living precariously on the brink of danger so on July 10, 2008, I committed to get my health back. 

before and after female nutritarianTo make a long story short, within a year, I lost a hundred pounds and most importantly, I was set free from food addiction that held me captive to all kinds of eating disorders for years. (click here to view my transformation journey) Today I no longer experience lethargy, brain fog, achy joints and back pain, depression, and the emotional turmoil of not feeling well; and I’m off the radar screen for heart disease and diabetes. As an additional perk, I now have cute clothes that I enjoy wearing on hot summer days, and I love to ride my bike, hike trails, enter running races, and be in the great outdoors.



I encourage anyone who is sitting on the fence of indecision to take the plunge and embrace nutritarian eating all the way. Give 100% with both feet in. That doesn’t necessarily mean 100% perfection, especially in the beginning months of toxic withdrawal, but it does mean pressing onward through obstacles, no matter what; no excuses. Don’t ever give up on the dream of getting health back. Freedom is for everyone!    


                                   happy female after running a race      

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Kat - June 15, 2010 8:43 AM

Emily, you are incredibly beautiful. Congratulations on getting your health back.

Cindy - June 15, 2010 9:03 AM

Emily, ditto what Kat says. We only have one life to be on this beautiful world and you worked it til you got your youth and health back and that is priceless. You were a sweet person before looking a little tired, but now you look absolutely just gained back those 20 years of lost youth by losing the weight and feeding your body what it really was craving. Thanks for sharing your inspirational helped me to read this today. :)

Carol Adams - June 15, 2010 9:08 AM

What a great "trip down memory lane!"
Emily, I'm so thrilled you have done all of this...I would never be where I am today if you hadn't!!!!!
And just think of all of the other folks you have inspired!

StephenMarkTurner - June 15, 2010 10:03 AM

Hi Emily

I still think that looks like mother and daughter photos!

Cheers, Steve

laurie mcclain - June 15, 2010 10:54 AM

Emily, your story so closely mimics mine, we could almost be twins! lol

I lost 105 lbs. in 11 months, also starting in late summer of 2008! And I just completed a 10.6-mile hilly walk (division of the Big Sur Marathon) in CA in April, averaging exactly 15 min. miles. I was so thrilled!

I think we've both lost about 20 years from our looks, and probably gained 20 in life spans. Good for you, honey, you look marvelous! Isn't it fun to be able to actually DO things again? I love walking, jogging and weight training, and would certainly ride a bike if I owned one.

Tim - June 15, 2010 11:37 AM

I've got numerous failed attempts under my belt but that post has given me a really good injection of enthusiasm. Thanks—and well done on two years, that's remarkable.

Gary Thomas - June 15, 2010 12:06 PM

I am so blessed to have met you and seen first hand the transformation that took place in your life. You have inspired me and you continue to encourage me. Thank you!

Horsecrazy - June 15, 2010 7:41 PM

Emily - it always makes me happy to see your beautiful smiling face. You continue to be an inspiration to many. I am so thrilled you were able to gain great health and happiness. A blessing for you and your family as well.

Barbara Whitney - June 15, 2010 10:28 PM

What an amazing story, and so well-told. WOW!

MIke Rubino - June 15, 2010 10:55 PM

I only have one word to say, FANTASTIC !!!!

Emily Boller - June 16, 2010 5:58 AM

Acutally, it could be a mother/daughter photo as I think I lost 20 years from my age. I lost weight, disease and age!

The wonderful thing is this way of eating is for life. I could never go back to pizza, lasagna, beef n' noodles, etc. That kind of food is literally repulsive to me now. In fact, the few times that I have eaten that stuff my body violently expelled the contents which permantently cured me of ever desiring it again. Dr. Fuhrman referred to one of my expulsion episodes as getting so healthy and clean that my body now reacts when I go back to SAD. SAD eating is a thing of the past for me. For life! This is true freedom.

Sandi - June 16, 2010 8:51 AM

Emily, you look absolutely beautiful.

Miriam - June 17, 2010 12:25 AM

Wow- Thanks for your inspiring words and inspiring pictures! I love it!

Arlene - June 18, 2010 3:59 AM

Emily you continue to motivate me in my own quest for good health. I can identify with most of what you have said and every time I read your story it reminds me that I too can do this and be free.

Thanks again


Sherri - June 21, 2010 6:28 PM


What a great story! Congrats on your new life!


Jim - June 25, 2010 9:50 PM

Emily, truly inspiring. Congratulations on changing your life.

Did you lose the gray in your hair naturally? I've been eating to live for about 8 months now and added green smoothies to my daily diet. I've noticed that my hair has lost some of the gray and I'm hoping I can lose it all. :)

Lilly - August 1, 2010 9:09 PM

The difference in the energy between the two photos is as amazing as the weight loss. You've transformed from lethargic and sad to spunky and sparkly. Thanks for writing about your journey. I can relate to so much of it. It gives me hope.

Joanne - August 2, 2010 1:23 PM

My thoughts exactly, Lilly! Thanks for sharing your inspiring story, Emily. I've read and reread it several times and it will be a continual source of great inspiration as I begin my new, improved life on Eat To Live.

carole - March 21, 2011 11:02 AM

Wow! you are truely an inspiration to all who read this I know this is the healthy way to eat. thank you for your story

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