Interview with a Nutritarian: Carrie

I first got to know Carrie and follow her health and weight loss progress through Dr. Fuhrman’s Member Center when she joined the first Holiday Challenge back in 2010. Then this past summer I met her in person at Dr. Fuhrman’s Health Getaway on Amelia Island. Carrie’s skin just glowed, and she was the epitome of vibrant health and fitness! One would never have known that just two years prior she was overweight and suffering from multiple ailments. Welcome to Disease Proof, Carrie.

 

What was your life like before discovering Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian eating-style?

I remember being a sick child, always getting colds which forced me to stay home from school a lot, and I wasn’t any healthier as an adolescent or young adult. By the time I turned 35, I was a mess: overweight and suffering from chronic migraines, allergies and anxiety, not to mention that I would get sick anytime I went on an airplane.

The last straw for me was when my migraines got so bad that I was taking prescription medication and over-the-counter painkillers every afternoon and living in fear of the pain. I could not keep up with my husband or friends nor could I make plans for my future because I was so debilitated by headaches. When I asked my doctor about my options, his only suggestion was for me to consider taking an anti-seizure medication that had been shown to help people with migraines; he never said anything about improving my diet. Fortunately, I discovered Dr. Fuhrman before I began taking them.

 

How did you find out about Dr. Fuhrman and Eat to Live?

I had already switched to a vegan diet prior to discovering Dr. Fuhrman because I was concerned about animal welfare. I listened to a podcast by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau who mentioned Dr. Fuhrman and his book. I was intrigued by his nutrition-based approach to health issues so I asked a friend to give me the book for my upcoming birthday. Little did I realize that reading Eat to Live would be the turning point in my life. I felt so inspired by the section on recovering from headaches that I joined the Holiday Challenge 2010 that was about to begin.

Those first 6 weeks were tough. Although I thought I was eating a healthy diet because I was vegan, I still had tons of changes to make. I cut out caffeine, quadrupled my intake of greens and other vegetables, ate more fresh fruits, got rid of salt and cut way back on added sugars. My husband joined me and ended up experiencing his own health transformation, losing 40 pounds and getting off of two blood pressure medications.

 

How do you feel now?

 I feel better now than I have in my entire life. All my unhealthy eating for all those years, and perhaps combined with environmental exposures, resulted in my being diagnosed with thyroid cancer last year; a slow growing cancer that I could’ve had for more than ten years. I don’t know if I would’ve pulled through so easily if it wasn’t for my new eating habits. I came though that experience with flying colors, and the cancer was small and completely removed. My doctors could not believe how quickly I recovered from surgery. My migraines, allergies and anxiety are distant memories, but I will never forget how far I'e come, and I am so grateful to Dr. Fuhrman for giving me my life back.

 

Do you have any success tips to share?

Preparation is an absolute. I know that the time I spend on the front end will benefit me on the back end, so I often wake up early to cook beans, prep vegetables or make a salad dressing. I also make sure to freeze leftovers so I don’t get caught without foods during those inevitable busy times when I don’t have time to cook.

My husband wanted me to share his tip for getting rid of the salt shaker and that is to use balsamic vinegar or fresh lemon juice on meals; it is amazing how the acidity brightens up the flavor of natural foods.

 

In a nutshell, what has nutritarian eating done for you?

My life now revolves around promoting a whole foods, high-nutrient eating style. I am almost finished with a master’s degree in public health nutrition and I write a blog called Carrie on Vegan where I discuss my journey.

While the numbers speak for themselves, they can’t begin to capture the extent of my personal transformation. I feel like I am living my life to the fullest because I have the energy and freedom from pain to do so.

 

 

Before

After

Weight

138

113

Total Cholesterol

224

165

LDL Cholesterol

102

79

Triglycerides

123

47

Migraines

 

gone

Allergies

 

gone

Anxiety

 

gone

 

Thank you for sharing your story with us Carrie, and all the best of continual health to you!

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Annette Chambers - February 1, 2013 1:36 PM

Thank you for sharing your miracle! I remember seeing you this past summer at Dr. Fuhrman’s Health Getaway on Amelia Island. You do look great and you are helping others through your example. Thanks Again!

Helyn - February 1, 2013 3:36 PM

What a terrific success story! Thanks for sharing!

Nutrinurse - February 1, 2013 5:28 PM

Thank you, Emily and Carrie. You two beautiful women gave much some much-needed inspiration this afternoon!

mike rubino - February 1, 2013 5:33 PM

Good story, Keep up the greta work Carrie !

Suzie - February 2, 2013 9:14 AM

Please gd by me! I have chronic migraines and I'm working hard to shift them by sticking to Fuhrman and following Carrie on Vegan - she's so inspiring!

Brett Wilcox - February 3, 2013 11:50 PM

Beautiful story! Thanks for making it happen!

Horsecrazy - February 4, 2013 8:49 PM

It was such a pleasure to meet both Carrie and Emily at the Getaway this past summer. Both just awesome ladies!

John Berkowitz - February 5, 2013 10:59 AM

"I had already switched to a vegan diet"|

This is the cure and the answer to all our probelms. As herbivores, we are designed to consume organic products. I know exactly how she felt with the anxiety and migraines, because I was in the same situation. I had also problem with alcohol, which I used to drink to boost the effect of my painkillers.

I remember how I felt once when I took so many pills and drank too much. I thought I was going to die. That was when I realised that living healthy is not about suffering, but on the contrary. I enjoy my meals, I have a belly but I´m proud to be a vegan.

If you have any doubts about going vegan, I assure you it is very easy (Is It Difficult to Go Vegan in TO?). Consult with your nutritionist or doctor about your choices and let him help you. I appreciate all the effort vegan doctors and nutritionist put into promoting our lifestyle and I´m glad to see people like Carrie deal with their problems, get fit and go on with their lives.

Holly Levine - May 26, 2013 11:21 AM

I switched to vegan in Feb to treat headaches, anxiety, fibromyalgia, allergies, post concussion syndrome. The headaches are decreasing but the anxiety is increasing. Im in it for the long haul because I don't want to go back on 15 prescription medications that did not kill the headaches and the side effects made me numb.I'd rather feel my feelings than be numbed out with drugs and improper food.

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