Disease Proof

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Moms out there!  Whether you are called Great Grandma, Grandma, Mom, or Mommy we honor all of you this special day! 

I thought it would be inspirational to feature a new mom, Katie, that I met a couple of years ago on Dr. Fuhrman’s Member Center.  We eventually became Facebook friends, and then I finally got to meet her in-person last summer at Dr. Fuhrman’s Health Getaway on Amelia Island.  I’ve been so impressed how she’s radically changed her eating habits and now enables her young family to eat for the best health possible too.  [In fact, she even went on to become a certified nutritional trainer through Dr. Fuhrman’s NET program!] When pictures of her relatively recent, second pregnancy started showing up on Facebook, she glowed with health and vitality!  It’s amazing what eating for health can do to a young woman’s life.  Welcome to Disease Proof, Katie.

Katie - before and after

What was your life like before discovering Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian approach?
I ate a very unhealthy diet before learning about Dr. Fuhrman. My favorite foods were things like pizza and chocolate. I was a vegetarian for a few years; but a very unhealthy one. Since I was slim I figured I was healthy enough.

I always had terrible allergies and also struggled with sinus issues. A few years before becoming a nutritarian an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor told me I would need to have surgery to alleviate my severe sinus infections. I also had debilitating migraine headaches. Finally, I also developed severe and painful cystic acne when I was around 18 which continued into adulthood.
 

How do you feel now?
I feel so much better now it is amazing. I didn't know how bad I felt until I realized how good I could feel. My allergies, sinus issues, migraines and acne all resolved after becoming a nutritarian.  And I have more energy and am able to think more clearly now.


Since you weren’t a nutritarian yet during your first pregnancy, did you notice a difference between the two pregnancies, labor and delivery, and postpartum recovery time?

Towards the end of the pregnancy with my first daughter my mom gave me a copy of Dr. Fuhrman’s book, Disease Proof Your Child.  It completely changed my perspective on nutrition.  Each of my pregnancies were uncomplicated, but I had gained 15 pounds more during my first pregnancy than my second.  I also had horrendous heartburn with my first, and just mild heartburn with my second.

With my first, I went two weeks past my estimated due date and had to be induced.  The labor was very difficult, and my recovery was rather slow.  With my second daughter I went into labor naturally two days after my due date and overall it was a wonderful, drug-free experience.  My recovery time seemed to be much easier as well.  


Do you have any success tip(s) to share with others; especially to young mothers of small children?Smoothie

  • The most important factor to changing my way of eating was learning as much as I could about the science behind Dr. Fuhrman's recommendations. I spent hours poring over the information in Dr. Fuhrman's books and on his Member Center.
  • We keep meals very simple at our house and cook large batches of soups over the weekend so we don't have to cook much during the week. I also like to make green smoothies or micro salads so I can get large amounts of greens in quickly while taking care of my kids.

 

 

 

Katie’s favorite micro salad: 

4 cups chopped kale

2 cups mixed greens

2 cups chopped green or purple cabbage

3 medium carrots, chopped into chunks

1 apple, chopped into chunks

Place all ingredients in a food processor (you may have to process each ingredient individually depending on the size of the container) and process to desired consistency. Top with beans and a nut based dressing.  Enjoy!           

In a nutshell, what has nutritarian eating done for you and your young family?

It has changed me and my family forever. My husband and I will definitely eat this way for the rest of our lives, and we hope our daughters will continue to as well. My 3-year- old loves the food she eats and has been healthy her whole life. She’s never had an ear infection or needed antibiotics. I'm incredibly grateful to Dr. Fuhrman for this life-changing information and to everyone on the Member Center for sharing such personal and inspiring experiences. I'm also very thankful to my mother for giving me Disease Proof Your Child and for providing a wonderful example of what it means to eat to live.  I also want to thank my husband for all of his support who, despite his initial hesitation, has fully embraced nutritarian eating.

  Katie's family

Katie, you are truly a wonderful role model for all mothers, young and old!  Congratulations on radically improving you and your family’s health by choosing the nutritarian diet-style.

 

Blessings to all mothers today, and keep up the great job of leading your family’s health destiny!  

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Mberkovitz - May 12, 2013 7:38 AM

Health looks gorgeous on your family!

Cara LaRose - May 12, 2013 8:16 AM

Very nice message here from a successful mom who has started early with her children! I have been a nutritarian for 5 years + and have managed to get my 3 children on to varying degrees of this healthy food program. One (my daughter) is 100% nutritarian at 21 and has experienced some wonderful improvements in her health and my son Eric (age 25) is well on his way to completely embracing the life style that he has just begun He says he feels a lot better! A great start . Thank you so much Dr. Fuhrman! Love, Cara

Jodi - May 12, 2013 5:58 PM

Great story and so great to see a young mother take this on and teach her children to live real wholesome food. Could change their lives and health forever! Best wishes!
Jodi

Carrie - May 12, 2013 6:58 PM

As Emily said in the interview, you are a wonderful role model, Katie!!! I was also lucky enough to meet you last summer and you are an inspiration. I didn't realize that you also suffered from migraines that were resolved as part of Eat to Live. I had them, too, so I can identify with you on that. Big hugs to you and your gorgeous family.

Ann - May 12, 2013 7:15 PM

I don't have kids, so this is a question more for friends than for me - I don't know if you've thought about this, but what will you do about school lunches and birthday parties and that kind of thing when they are older? I admit, when I talk about the nutritarian diet (and veganism, which I do) people with kids ask about that, and I am stumped!!! By the way, you look beautiful, and your family looks so happy and healthy! You all are a walking inspiration for a nutritarian family.

Margaret Fletcher - May 13, 2013 2:35 AM

I have been mostly vegan for most of my life, sometimes eating very healthily and sometimes not so much at all.

Last December I got Campylobacter which triggered reactive arthritis in multiple joints - jaw, spine, left elbow, both wrists and hands, pelvis, right knee, right foot. It was extremely painful and debilitating. I could not walk at all. I had prednisone injections and was given NSAIDs, immunosuppressant, and then chemo-therapeutic drugs. I stuck rigidly to a wholefood vegan diet but could not get much improvements even after 4 months. Then I decided I would no longer take the drugs and started juicing vegetables and fruits and had some improvement. I ordered Dr Furhman's "Fasting and Eating for Health, and was so thrilled to read the research and solid information, and started a water fast immediately. I am only a few days into it but already have big improvements, can walk without pain, open my mouth wider etc.

I love Dr Furhman's straight talking and I can't wait until my next rheumatology appointment when I'm sure I will have normal inflammatory markers.

I am totally inspired by Dr Furhman's books and by this experience.

MelissaT - May 13, 2013 6:36 AM

I would love to know more pregnancy eating tips. I started eating nutritarian 6 months before I became pregnant. But the first tirmester knocked me off the wagon. Eating beans, tofu, and leafy greens terribly upset my stomach. I lived off of toast and rice to settle my morning sickness. I started eating meat again because I was so shaky from lack of protein.

I still haven't eaten much dairy (good riddance! I don't miss feeling congested all the time). Now that I'm nearly halfway through the pregnancy, I'm getting back to a better way of eating. I can now do about 10 greens/fruits per day. But I find that if I don't eat meat, I feel very shaky. I certainly welcome any suggestions for better pregnancy eating!

Emily Boller - May 13, 2013 9:11 AM

Ann,

Dr. Fuhrman's wife, Lisa, was interviewed for Mother's Day 2011. (Together they have been in the process of raising four children; three are over 18-years-old now). You may find some of Lisa's tips helpful, and I'm sure Katie will have some to add too!

Click on the following link to read Lisa's interview:

http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/healthy-parenting-interview-with-lisa-fuhrman.html

Felicia - May 13, 2013 10:36 AM

Excellent story and I love to read about parents literally sowing healthy seeds into the lives of their children. Great job!

Alexandre Veljanovski - May 13, 2013 7:38 PM

Great blog post Emily! Katie, you have a beautiful family! :-)

Katie - May 13, 2013 9:16 PM

Thank you so much for all of the kind comments everyone. I was so honored to be interviewed by Emily who has inspired me so much.

Carrie, Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I was very happy to meet you last summer as well. Your story is so inspirational and I am a huge fan of your blog. Migraines are terrible and I'm so happy to be free from them now.

Ann, That is a good question! Usually when we attend birthday parties we bring my daughter something like a Lara Bar to eat while the other kids have cake. Since she is so young and SAD food is so foreign to her she has always been happy with her treat. I'm sure outings like that will get much harder as my children get older though. I like the approach the Fuhrman's have taken with this and I plan to do something similar. Lisa Fuhrman's interview Emily posted above in the comments was really great.

MelissaT, Congratulations on your pregnancy! The first trimester was rough on me too. I did as well as I could under the circumstances and I definitely sympathize. I'm afraid I can't give any suggestions to the shakiness you have experienced as I never had that happen. Towards the end of my pregnancy I did have to focus on making sure I consumed enough calories though and ate a lot more nuts/seeds and nut butters than normal. It sounds like you are doing well though with eating more fruits and vegetables. Best of luck to you!

Jerry - May 14, 2013 9:56 AM

Eating healthy is easy, it's just a mind set....but so many people are lazy & blame other factors for not taking the time to look after themselves....a shame as the rewards from the effort are 10 fold! Just look at the pictures above.
Help your body & it will help you...

Ronald Scott - July 12, 2013 9:06 AM

I had 4 stents from 2004 put in and just have a heart Cath done this month July of 2013 and my Dr told me I should take Crestor to make sure the Cholesterol was under control or for safety sake. I have been on mostly fruits and Vegetables for over 8 months and lost 25 pounts. I am 5' 10 and weigh 170 now. My heart cath came out with not new problems since 2004 so why would my Dr put me on Crestor or simistation. I am 71 this month. Ron

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