Interview with a nutritarian: Elisa

 

portrait of nutritarian, ElisaWhen I first met Elisa, a registered dietitian and Project Director for the newly launched Nutrition Research Project, I thought she was the epitome of vibrant health, physical fitness and radiant beauty. I had absolutely no idea that just a couple of years prior, she had suffered such debilitating symptoms from a variety of illnesses that she could no longer work or enjoy normal activities. At the young age of twenty-seven, it seemed like her life was almost over, until she met Dr. Fuhrman. Welcome to Disease Proof, Elisa. 

 

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

 I was a healthy active kid and adolescent; however, in my late teens and early twenties I developed multiple health issues. Over time, my symptoms accumulated in the following order:

  • exercise-induced asthma
  • environmental allergies
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • chilblains (sores on my fingers and toes accompanied by terrible swelling, pain, arthritis)
  • hip problems preventing me from running for 8 years
  • daily debilitating headaches and migraines with a 5 day hospitalization
  • terrible neck pain, mouth ulcers, sore throats, and chronic infections
  • an episode of “mono” (missed work for 1 month at the start of my career)
  • body aches, muscle/joint pain
  • debilitating fatigue, thinning hair, and a very poor quality of life   
  • After 6 years, I received confirmation that I was dealing with a connective tissue disease, which was probably “mild lupus.” I was given no other options and placed on the standard medications. At that point, I had already been on over thirty prescription medications and thirty nutritional supplements.

 

How did you feel then?

I was absolutely miserable and barely making it through my workdays. Eventually, at the age of twenty-seven I was forced to stop working altogether. When I researched Lupus online, I found no treatment options other than medications; which gave me little hope. The medication I was taking thinned my once-thick hair. It also made me lose my appetite, my appreciation for life, and the ability to do the simplest of tasks. My parents and my new husband were my champions. They bought groceries, cleaned the house and washed my clothes. I rarely went anywhere because if I did, I felt so awful afterward it wasn’t worth the effort. I had transformed from a young, healthy and active individual into a sick, suffering existence that I was unwilling to accept. Despite what I was told, I knew that I did not want to be on medications for the rest of my life, and I vowed that eventually I would run again.

 

How did you find out about Dr. Fuhrman? 

A year after my diagnosis in 2008, a family friend shared their patient experience about seeing Dr. Fuhrman with my mother. I was literally typing his name into the search engine as my mother spelled his name over the phone. I immediately ordered his books from the local library, and shortly after that I made an appointment to see him.

 

Elisa joggingHow do you feel now?

With each passing month I feel more and more like my former, productive self. I am thrilled to have my life back! I’m off all medications except Allegra as needed (which I plan to get off completely.) My energy levels are much improved and my overall pain has dramatically decreased. I exercise most days of the week, and I’m up to running 4 miles for the first time in 8 years. I’m now working full-time for the first time in 1.5 years, and I have a renewed appreciation for being pain and inflammation free. I still get run down at times and experience mild symptoms occasionally, but overall my quality of life has improved substantially. For the first time in a long time, I feel like I can have a normal life again. Best of all, I have great faith that I will continue to improve over time and become healthier with each passing year. I have regained control of my health destiny and am deeply thankful to Dr. Fuhrman, his family, and his entire staff for all of their sacrifice and dedication through the years.  [To read more details click here.]

 

before

now

sedimentation rate  (inflammatory marker)

   25

   2

ssDNA  (lupus marker)

 130

 66

total cholesterol

 198

 119

 

Do you have any success tip(s) to share with others?

Start making beneficial changes TODAY. Don’t make excuses, and don’t waste time. The sooner you begin to educate and empower yourself by putting high nutrient eating into practice, the sooner you will see sustainable results.

 

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

It has ended my suffering, restored my health, and enriched my life both personally and professionally.

Elisa jogging

Go for it Elisa ~ we are celebrating with you and continually cheering for you!

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Dorothy Pollock - November 9, 2010 9:45 AM

Fantastic story! So glad you are feeling healthy again;=)

Dorothy

Sarah Taylor - November 9, 2010 11:19 AM

I, too, thought Elisa had always been one of those perfectly healthy people when I met her at the Getaway! Interesting how we make assumptions, only to find out that even healthy young people have often suffered at some point with their health too. Go Elisa!

ginny - November 9, 2010 12:35 PM

A Truely inspiring story and a testiment to this style of eating.

LaurieInOklahoma - November 9, 2010 12:36 PM

Elisa, it's so fortunate that you learned of Dr. Fuhrman and his work! How I wish that all of today's doctors would teach this material; then more and more people would benefit.

Congratulations on all you have done to transform your health. Yours is an inspiring story.

Laurie

MIke Rubino - November 9, 2010 6:55 PM

I really like this story and wish Elisa contiued success.

Jodi O'Neill - November 10, 2010 4:55 PM

A great success story that will inspire others. Congratulations! Jodi

berry lee - November 14, 2010 11:50 AM

I combine a healthy diet with saving money !
Ever so often I go to the all you can eat place but usually eat canned fish, slaw, beans, eggs, whole wheat bread, oatmeal, cherios, ect.
(Oh that is homemade slaw and dried beans and skim milk with the cereal and smart balance on my toast, and apples and grapes ground up n the blender)

Patricia - March 12, 2011 5:39 PM

Does Elisa have an e-mail to communicate with her..thanks

Emily Boller - March 13, 2011 1:03 PM

In her interview there is a "click here" to read more of her story. I believe on her web site is contact information to get in touch with her.

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