Got color?


A while back I was looking through some old picture files and found these two images; both were taken on a hot, July day about a year a part. I really had no idea how pale my skin had become from years of stuffing my body with mashed potatoes, cereal, milk, pasta, dinner rolls, butter, cheese, chicken, beef 'n noodles, pizza, etc. . . . until I saw these pictures. 

About six months into consistently eating high-nutrient foods, I clearly remember the day that I looked “tan” in the dead of winter in Indiana. I was recovering from major surgery in a hospital room; in fact, it was two days post surgery, and I had managed to stand up long enough to capture a glimpse of myself in a mirror. My body felt like it had just been plowed under by a bulldozer, but my skin looked alive, refreshed and glowing! Instead of an expected paleness, it had color! Surprisingly, with each shift of new nurses that were caring for me, the first question was always, “Where did you get your tan?”  

For many of us who live in the northern states, winter can be sort of colorless. Blahh. Leafless trees silhouetted against bleak, gray skies. Dead branches. Dark mornings and evenings. Brown grass peaking through melted, dirty snow. Dreary blahh.  

However, our food and our skin can be beaming with bright color! Not only do those plates of colorful vegetables and fruits nourish our bodies to optimal health and longevity, they add visual beauty to our otherwise, potentially colorless environment. They brighten up our kitchens and dining tables, and our skin even reflects the beauty of those colors. 



How about you? Got color?   



Related post by Dr. Fuhrman: The human mind prefers a healthy carotenoid glow over a suntan



Image credit:  vegetables by Esther Boller

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Emily Boller - January 9, 2012 10:10 AM

I want to emphasize that the "orange glow" didn't happen overnight. I totally abstained from all processed foods and animal & dairy products, and ate high-nutrient foods for every meal for about six months before the "tan" was noticeable.

wendy (healthy girl's kitchen) - January 9, 2012 11:15 AM

I have the same thing going on! It's a riot! A permatan.

Kristie - January 9, 2012 11:29 AM

That is pretty awesome! I feel like I am pale to so it nice to look forward to something else that this lifestyle offers. I started last Thursday and the first couple days were rough but I feel great. I am so excited to be healthy! Thanks for the blogs they are encouraging and since I live in Indiana I totally understand. Emily where do you do most of your shopping?

mgm - January 9, 2012 1:33 PM

Oh, yeah, I've got color. But I'm talking hair color. It's coming back. Not all the grey has turned back to red, but an awful lot of it has. People started asking me last year if I was coloring my hair. Well, I guess the answer is yes, but not the way they think. I'm doing it from the inside out with mad amounts of greens, veggies - and especially parlsey, which has copper in it, and my research tells me copper contributes to hair color. I've kept a few strands for proof for the doubters. It's there plain as day - a white hair turns either strawberry blond (I'll take it!) or my original bright red. You can literally tell when I started bulking up the greens by looking at those strands! Awesome. My eye color changed, too. From green to more of a blue gray color. Not sure why that is, and I miss my green eyes, but not enough to give up the healthy eating, and I had heard of that happening when people 'go green' so I wasn't concerned or surprised.

Nora Manwiller - January 9, 2012 1:38 PM

Yes, I experienced the same thing. It is so nice after decades of being a "pale face." :)

Tammy - January 9, 2012 1:46 PM

Wow! First of all, every time I see your before and after photos I am amazed at the transformation--like you are comparing your photo with an older sister! You look fantastic! I've been 100% nutritarian since January 1st. I haven't had a headache once, and I usually arise with one that just intensifies with the day. I've also been more energetic! And now to think I can look forward to a tan and my gray hair to possibly go away??!! Yahoo! With living in Northeast Ohio and being vitamin D deficient, having a little color will sure be nice!!!

Emily Boller - January 9, 2012 2:17 PM


A resident of Fort Wayne formed a nutritarian facebook & meet-up group for the purpose of sharing shopping bargains, tips, etc. in the Fort Wayne and surrounding areas. They even have a monthly potluck to share favorite recipes. Friend me on facebook and I'll point you to the group.

Also, Dr. Fuhrman will be in Fort Wayne on Saturday, March 10th for an all-day Health Immersion at First Assembly. (tickets can be purchased at We will be organizing more meet-up groups after that event. Many successful nutritarians are now living in northern Indiana so you can have lots of local support.

Becky ward - January 9, 2012 2:38 PM

Does The doctor ever come south for any conferences? I live in Atlanta and would like to hear him speak on the subject of this healthy eating plan. Thanks!

Ginger - January 9, 2012 3:09 PM

I was pale as mashed potatoes. My hair was thinning and wispy. Then my skin turned neon orange--jaundicy. My skin color has evened out, and I look glowingly tan. Not only am I growing hairs, they are thicker. No, really! When I got so sick a few years back, my hair got really bad. Since I wear my hair very long, it is possible to see the difference. The ends are so wispy and fragile, but as you go up the hair to my scalp it gets stronger and thicker. Amazing! Sadly, I'm still greying but hoping that will reverse as well.

Karen - January 9, 2012 3:25 PM

How funny! I was just thinking the same thing this week as I was trying to find a new foundation for my face. That's pretty cool, another great benefit of eating well.

Ragina - January 9, 2012 3:50 PM

I agree you do look much younger in the second photo. Congratulations on all your success. I will also have to add more parsley if it helps with hair color. I hate to have to color my hair and I am too vain to let it go gray already.

Bill - January 9, 2012 3:51 PM

Emily, that is something how our bodies respond to nutrients and the way we feed it. You are absolutely right though, our skin is healthier and more colorful. You have that glow!
I enjoy the rush of natural fuel in my system, there is a specific feel for me and I'm sure for others who eat for nutrition as well.
Thanks for the post.

mgm - January 9, 2012 4:38 PM

For me the trick to get lots of parsley in my diet was to just throw a cup into my morning smoothie most days a week. It's very mild, and if you are putting in things like banana, pineapple or cinnamon - pretty much anything - that's what you taste, not the parsley. Course, I put raw spinach, romaine, sometimes kale in my smoothies, so the green color/taste doesn't bother me, anyway. I drink a salad in the morning, and chew one for lunch : )

Jeff Hurley - January 9, 2012 4:51 PM

Same here. My skin color has returned, complection looks great and hair color coming in dark again. I started this to reverse my Type 2 Diabetes. That took 4 months to accomplish. Now all the other benefits!!! Fantastic!!! I have been eating according to Dr. Fuhrmans recommendations for 6 months now and just can't believe how it has restored me back to the guy I was 20 years ago. It is one thing to no longer be on medications but another to have your very constitution altered in such a dramatic way.

Jennifer B - January 9, 2012 6:35 PM

Yes! I was just sharing about this benefit at a meeting yesterday. I have always been pasty white. I've been told my pinky blue skin was "translucent". But after about 6 months of eating Dr. Fuhrman's way I look tan. Not a deep dark tan, but not orange either. Just a nice fresh color to my skin. All over. I don't know if you've ever tried tanning lotions but getting it all evenly applied was critical. Well, no more. Not to mention that I'm not coating my skin in some chemical to change its color.

I am over a year eating this way now and my skin looks even better than it did at 6 months in. I am dedicated. I ONLY eat ETL food. I eat 2 lbs of greens a day. I eat 4 pieces of fresh fruit a day. I eat brown rice, black rice, sweet potatoes, winter squash, or brown rice cakes for my carbs. I have a green juice made with parsley every morning. I only eat nuts and seeds for my fats (no oils or butter). I do not eat dairy or any refined sugars. I quit eating meat 10 months ago and I have beans most every day.

Louann - January 9, 2012 7:28 PM

This lifestyle is great, but very hard for a Stage 2 Kidney Disease Patient with chronic Kidney Stones. I drink a gallon or more of water every day,no salt,low protein and low oxalates.Foods high in oxalates are greens,spinach,kale,beets,sweet potatoes,peanuts,etc and these are so good for you and I love them but are not supposed to eat them. I do,in moderation.Foods with medium to low oxalates I can include some in my diet,such as beans. I am supposed to get 1/3 of my protein from High Biological value foods,such as meat,fish,poultry,eggs and dairy. I do not eat any refined,processed,pre-packaged foods as they are all high in sodium and I am a Very Good cook so I make everything homemade. I do not eat sugar or white flour, I do eat Olive Oil and Natural Salt Free PB and Greek Yogurt in moderation. I would love to be a Nutritarian but I believe that I cannot on these restrictions,my Nephrologist recommended that I do not follow a vegetarian diet. I am very active,a Dental Assistant by day and a Gym Rat by night! I stay lean and fit,I just was born with very small kidneys that are very low functioning. Any suggestions?

mike crosby - January 9, 2012 10:11 PM

I've got it too. Almost every morning I juice 5 carrots, celery and apple. I add that juice to a blender containing spinach, beets, guava, banana, flax, and ginger.

At first I thought, what the hell's going on. I'm not outside hardly at all, but my skin acts as though I'm out in the summer time.

So not only are we eliminating harmful foods from our body, we're imputing foods that our bodies were designed for.

Annette Chambers - January 9, 2012 10:37 PM

Hey, I was teaching a class and my students accused me of tanning at the tanning salon! I just love it!!

Kathryn - January 10, 2012 6:35 PM

Re: Vitiligo - auto immune disease where melentona cells are being eaten by a prototype the body makes which leaves the skin with white patches

Emily ... can you suggest any particular foods, juices, smoothies or ANYTHING to help with this dis-ease?

Many Thanks,

Sue - February 5, 2012 1:57 AM

You look great. I have just started my nutritarian journy and so far feeling alert, full of energy and have lost 15 kg. I live in Australia and would love to meet some members here. Keep up the good work.

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