Inspiration for the New Year


This year is coming to a close in less than forty-eight hours.  For those of you who have been waiting for the infamous Times Square ball to drop to commit to getting your health back, the most exciting adventure of your life is about to begin! 

If you commit 100% to nutritarian eating as taught by Dr. Fuhrman in his books, newsletters, lectures, teleconferences, and articles, you will eventually live in freedom from toxic food addiction and get your health and life back.  Guaranteed. 

You must become a serious student and give it your all as if your very life depended on getting an ‘A’ in Overcoming Food Addiction; because without a doubt, it does!  (Note: 100% commitment does not mean that you will never stumble along the way.  However, it does mean that when slip-ups happen, you'll get up quickly, dust the dirt off, and keep running towards the goal of optimal health.) 

Excess weight will drop off, and medical stats will improve significantly as a by-product of replacing artificial and toxic substances with excellent nutrition.   

In 2010, don’t settle for anything less.

Go for it!  You can do it!


I wrote the following on July 9, 2008; the day before committing to nutritarian eating:

I feel sluggish most of the time with a cloud of malaise overshadowing my energy, even after a good night’s rest.  The bones and joints in my feet hurt.  My knees ache.  My feet, hands, and face are puffy. I’m bloated and my belly is extended.  I could pass for looking eight or nine months pregnant.  My lower back gets stiff and hurts after I sit for any length of time. I never have a break from this burden of obesity unless I lie down.  I carry it around day in and day out.  It is with me wherever I go.  The slow spiral into this dark abyss has arrived ever so slowly.  I am now bound and gagged in its prison cell.  Stuck.  It’s time to climb out and feel the sunshine on my face, and breathe fresh air again.  It’s time to live again. 



The following was written one year later; July 9, 2009:

Soon after a professional photo shoot (below) to document the one year anniversary of beginning my transformation, I celebrated by going on a bike ride.  Not using the best of caution, I zoomed down a hill on a gravel road.  My front tire lost control in the loose stones, and you can imagine what happened next. I ended up in another photo shoot, in a hospital radiation lab, lying flat on my back under an x-ray machine.  Although I was in excruciating pain and feeling miserable, I leapt with joy on the inside when I overheard the technician instruct his assistant to reposition my body because I was thin(Thankfully, I had no broken bones or serious injuries.)

"Thin." That’s spelled, "T-h-i-n." 

That four letter word was music to this woman's ears; the perfect ending to an adventuresome year of transformation!    

                                        after shot in photo studio

                     "What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"    -Vincent  van Gogh


One year of nutritarian eating:

  July 2008 July 2009
Weight 226 lbs. 138 lbs.
BP 150/80 110/68
Waist 50" 31"
BMI 35 21
  pre-diabetic A1C 5.3
LDL 126 87
HDL 47 56
Triglycerides 203 68



Let's hear from you.  Are you committing to nutritarian eating in 2010?  Dr. Fuhrman recommends making your intentions known to at least four people.  Here's a great place to start!


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Tina Brandenburg - December 30, 2009 10:48 AM


I want to congratulate you on your transformation and to let you know what a strong influence you are to help me make the changes in my lifestyle and work towards curing my diabetis.

Happy New Year,
May God's blessings be with you and your family in 2010.


Cathy - December 30, 2009 11:40 AM

OK, I'm taking the plunge. I bought Dr. Fuhrman's book, "Eat to Live." After reading the introduction and first chapter I feel hope.

Hope; I haven't felt that in years. I am currently 270 and pre-diabetic, I feel pain in my joints (especially my feet and back), I have no energy, I don't like physical exercise very much because it hurts and I am so out of shape that I can't do the things I really enjoy, I enjoy eating but feel miserable later, I've had stomach trouble and digestive trouble and consitpation/loose bowel trouble.

This past summer I had a conversation with a friend at work who also struggles with weight issues. I told her that I finally reached the conclusion that I will never be at the "ideal weight" set forth in our society because I'm genetically predisposed to obesity. I told her I'll always be overweight and the best I can hope for is to exercise and be healthy. YIKES! How can an obese person be healthy on any level? I had completely lost all hope of a healthy life or ever feeling good about myself and my body.

Then I reconnected with an old friend who had already gone through her transformation. She shared many things with me about her experience, but the thing that came to me was HOPE. There is HOPE for me. There is HOPE that I can be healthy in the truest sense of the word, AND physically fit, AND live a healty, active life the way God intended. No need to be miserable and sick for the rest of my days here on this earth.

Since beginning the book I have spoken to quite a few women I know who struggle as I do. I have shared what little I know, and they seem excited about it too. They are also interested in (and excited about) having each other for accountability, encouragement, and support. 2 of them, and possibly a third, will be coming with me to the January 2, 2010 Kickoff Event @ First Assembly.

Now I am excited, for the first time in my adulthood, about starting a new chapter in my life. I am excited to read and learn about this new lifestyle. I am excited to go down this road with a spring in my step. I am excited to think that just by eating the way God intended I can be thinner than I have since junior high school! I am excited to consider the possibilities and ramifications of what being healthy will mean for my family in all areas of our lives.

To get to my ideal weight (in Dr. Fuhrman's book), I will have to lose exactly one half of my current weight. I cannot imagine how good that will feel! I can't even imagine what size clothes I will be wearing when I get there. But I am excited and HOPE-full. Thank you, Lord, for bringing me to this adventure through old and new friends, and for HOPE.

Laurie - December 30, 2009 12:02 PM

Oh, that is just so inspiring, good for you!!! I have a very similar story - I weighed 260 in the summer of 2008 and now weigh 154 at 5'7". It's a whole new world, isn't it, girlfriend! ;)

Cindy - December 30, 2009 2:01 PM

Emily, thanks for ongoing inspiration. I have not reached my weight goal, but just knowing you're doing the right thing for your body feels great. Being able to throw away fat clothes feels great. Having something to wear without feeling like a stuffed sausage feels great.

I am optimistic for our lives, for our families, and for a change in our national health (reduction in obesity) in 2010!

Shelley - December 30, 2009 4:44 PM

Hi Emily,
Thank you for posting your experience with changing your life.

My journey is starting today. I had planned to wait until January 1st but after reading Eat to Live I'm too impatient to wait. I have a long road ahead of me. I am 5'7" and weigh 304 pounds so I'm really looking to lose about half my current body weight. As I say to my husband, my goal is to 'lose a supermodel' and unveil the healthful gal I know is buried somewhere in my current form.

I'm just getting started. I'm excited and nervous and very thankful for the members' area to help me stay on track.

Wishing you health and happiness in 2010. Be well!

Emily Boller - December 30, 2009 9:24 PM

Congratulations to all - for those who are starting the journey to get health back to those who have already started and lost weight and see significant improvements in health! (hats off to Laurie - over 100lbs - yeah!)

To be free from food addiction, lose excess weight (no longer obese!), and be healthy again . . . . there are just no words to adequately describe it.

You will never regret getting health back . . . for life.

gurjeet - December 31, 2009 12:18 AM

Today is Dec 30th 2009, I am short (5'3") and fat (160 pounds)! Not much done about my height, but today will be the last day that i will be fat. At the age of 39, my journey will start in the AM, and i shell keep everyone up dated on the lack of lard in my body to come!

Jo - December 31, 2009 12:33 AM

You have been such an inspiration.
Thanks for the timely message.
Jan. 1 is my re-committment date.

John Espino - December 31, 2009 3:49 AM


I am 41, diabetic, and at 5'11 I am just over 300 pounds....I am happily married with 3 boys, 11, 8, and 5.

This past May I had a heart attack which finally woke me up, or did it?

I am taking the plunge on Jan 1st for the next 45 days, and then for lent, I am planning to do an extended complete water fast.

Thanks for your transparency and for sharing your story.

I hope to join you in similiar feelings next December....

God Bless,


Emily Boller - December 31, 2009 11:47 AM

gurjeet, Jo, and John,

Cheers to all of you! MANY nutritarians are now completely free from food addiction and are no longer obese - it CAN be done. Success is possible for each of you.

John, Dr. Fuhrman recommends getting most all the weight off first by eating nutrient dense foods as taught in his books Eat to Live and Eat for Health before embarking on a water fast. I encourage you to read his book, "Fasting and Eating for Health" before fasting.

Fasting is health-promoting if done correctly BUT can be detrimental to optimal health if done incorrectly. He has great instruction about it in his fasting book. Remember, weight will drop off as a result of achieving superior health.

Next Wed., Jan. 6, I'll be posting Ronnie's story on Disease Proof. Ronnie was obese, had by-pass surgery, and then 2 years later had stents put into arteries, and was still not healthy. Today, after one year of nutritarian eating, he's thin and the epitome of optimal health and physical fitness . . .AND no longer requires medications! Stay tuned . . . .

Lynne (Horsecrazy) - December 31, 2009 3:05 PM

Emily, as always you continue to be such an inspiration to many folks. Who knows how many lives, along with your own, that you have saved! I wish I lived close enough to attend your events. Happy New Year to you my friend!

Susan - January 1, 2010 3:33 PM


Your success has inspired so many people. Your renewed energy and joy is palpable.

I know you also host information seminars to help as many people as possible change the way they look at food.


Eileen Hutson - January 3, 2010 5:00 PM

I have a list of what to eat on my stove. I started in December and I am shooting for a 32" waist. I have lost 1" off a 40" waist so far. This is a great article. You look so healthy and happy. Eileen

Sue Succop - January 8, 2010 8:53 PM

My husband and I began the Eat to Live Plan on Jan 1. The recipes are delicious and I have already lost 5 pounds.

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