Dads, Give the Gift of Health to You and Your Family this Father's Day!

Six years ago Anthony lost 163 lbs and eradicated food addiction and resulting nutritional diseases from his life. [Click here to read his life changing story]. I thought it would be inspiring to interview Anthony again for this Father’s Day weekend to see how Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian approach has perhaps made him a better father these past several years. Welcome back to Disease Proof, Anthony.     

              

 

What you can do with your sons now that wouldn’t have been possible when you were obese and unhealthy?

I remember very clearly one time at the local county fair, when I was still big, my two-year-old son wanted to go on the train ride. He was so excited. His excitement made me smile and feel so happy inside, and I really wanted to take him on it. However, when I looked at the ride, I immediately realized there was no way that I could possibly fit into one of those train cars with him. I felt helpless and terrible because of it. My wife ended up taking him on the ride while I watched from behind the railing. While watching I thought to myself, “Is this really the kind of Dad that I want to be; watching my son laugh and smile from behind this railing rather than living that joyful experience with him?”  

 

 

  

Thankfully, I don’t have those kinds of problems anymore. I not only fit on amusement park rides with my sons, but I can do all sorts of active and fun things with them now like hiking, exploring, running, playing, skiing, biking, canoeing, and swimming. Most of these activities would’ve been impossible before. Plus, I now have the energy and ambition to want to do them. In fact, I’m often the one encouraging them to get up, get out, and do something with me!

                           

                                     

What has been the happiest moment or memory of being a fit and healthy Dad?

I’m happy about being a positive role model for my sons Evan and Henry.  Sure, we have lots of fun together playing and experiencing things that will become life-long memories, and that’s really great. But I’m most proud that I’m a positive role model for them, leading by example; not just telling them that they can accomplish anything they want in this world, but I’m also showing them as well.

I also love watching them light up when they make healthy choices for themselves; or when our family doctor, who we only see for regular check ups, tells them that we are his “healthy family”. They are really are proud of that fact, and they realize that it’s because of the choices they make for themselves every day.

 

What would you say to any father that might be discouraged with weight gain and poor health this Father’s Day weekend?

Do something about it! You are in control of your health destiny. Your life is the direct result of the choices and decisions that you’ve made, and you have the ability to change it starting today! Dr. Fuhrman teaches what to do; all you have to do is choose to do it and follow through with that decision. Please, don’t make up excuses for yourself. I’ve been there and done that, and it doesn’t help. I’ll admit that it isn’t easy at times, especially in the beginning, but I also know that you can do it. I will also tell you, from my own experience, that taking control of your life and reclaiming your health is worth every ounce of effort you put into it. Be the father that you want to be. Lead by example, and show your children how to live a happy and healthy life.

                   

Congratulations Anthony for earning your health back and for being a positive role model for your family. What a wonderful gift to give to your wife and sons!

 

The following is Anthony’s favorite “go to” recipe:

Anthony’s Hearty Salad

Fill a large bowl part way with leafy greens such as romaine lettuce, mixed greens, or baby greens. Then add a variety of vegetables like chopped carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, and onions; followed by slices of avocado and sliced fruit. (I like pears, apples, mangoes, blueberries, and raisins). Finally, top with an ounce of nuts or seeds, and a generous amount of cooked beans or hummus. The beans or hummus turn the salad into a meal, and with the delicious mixture of flavors one doesn’t even need to add a salad dressing. Enjoy! 

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Marty - June 14, 2013 11:23 AM

great job Anthony you are a true inspiration to all.

Chris - June 14, 2013 12:41 PM

Anthony,

The energy and health that you enjoy now is also an "insurance" plan of its own for the future. When you are healthy, you lessen the chances for chronic problems as you age. Not only are you an example to your kids, so they can learn to care for their bodies, but for others. You are probably influencing many who you will never know or meet, but your example reaches them, and sparks hope.

Chris

Horsecrazy - June 14, 2013 2:06 PM

So happy for you that you not only have your health back - but your whole family glows with great health. Good for you. And for anyone who thinks you can't do this - yes you can - one day at a time! Think about how you want to be feeling when Father's Day comes around again. Do you still want to be overweight and miserable or fit and healthy for yourself and your family? Even if you don't have weight to lose - this way of eating just makes you feel so much better!

WellGirl - June 14, 2013 7:50 PM

Congratulations - you all look great! What a nice girt to share with fathers everywhere. Thank you for sharing your terrific story!

D - June 15, 2013 1:18 AM

I struggle with binge eating. I don't purge in any form and am a 32 year old female, so I know this isn't good. This story is incredible but I'm personally feeling it is "too late" for my metabolism and hormones. I really feel its been too long and too much damage :(
Would love to chat with someone if they want to email me.

Emily Boller - June 15, 2013 4:21 AM

D,

Many have overcome their struggles with binge eating so there is much hope for you to conquer it too . . .and it is not too late!

There are veteran Nutritarians on Dr. Fuhrman's Member Center who would love to help and support you; or for greater accountability and help, Dr. Fuhrman has a Motivational Outreach Program staffed with food addiction counselors who can help you overcome binge eating and get healthy. Here is the link to the outreach program: http://www.drfuhrman.com/ask/motivational_outreach.aspx

All the best to you!

Tyrone - June 16, 2013 3:50 PM

Very brave of Anthony to share this story. It never occurred to me to think that overweight people probably deal with these kinds of hurts daily.

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