I recently met Isabel, who’s been a nutritarian since the first Eat to Live book was published in 2003. The following is a brief interview that I had with her:
What was happening in your life at the time you discovered the Eat to Live book?
It was the Christmas season of 2002, and I was terribly depressed. I’m only five feet tall and weighed 203 lbs., which is a lot of extra weight to carry on my frame. My back hurt, I had migraine headaches, acne, and was a couch potato. I was facing holiday work parties, and dreaded dressing up to go anywhere because I didn’t have anything pretty to wear, and didn’t want anyone to see me obese. Plus, I had two young children and I wanted to be healthy for them.
In desperation I was surfing the internet that December and discovered that Dr. Fuhrman’s newest book, Eat to Live was going to be made available to the public in January. After reading positive reviews about it I pre-ordered it. My copy arrived on January 4, 2003.
So then what happened?
I read the book and was impressed by Dr. Fuhrman’s scientific research and knowledge, plus everything made a lot of sense. I started to follow his nutritional guidelines right away and lost 50 lbs. by that summer. However, I didn’t have much support so over time I made wrong choices and gained back 25 lbs.
At that point, I was so discouraged and afraid that I would be fat forever so I decided to join the members’ center on drfuhrman.com for the support that was lacking in my life. That decision changed everything! I learned so much from the other members; things like how important it was to plan ahead to make sure I had healthy foods to eat, and how important it was to establish a routine of food preparation. Because of the ongoing support, I was able to lose a total of 77 lbs. That was four years ago, and I have kept it off all these years
Tell us how your life has changed.
[Big laugh!] Oh my, where do I begin?!
I feel like a new woman!
I have energy now to be active! I can do things that I had absolutely no desire to try before. Now that I feel great, I want to help others feel better so I’m a certified personal trainer, and next week I’m testing for certification in a special exercise program.
I’m not embarrassed to wear a bathing suit in public anymore. When I was obese I wore men’s large water shorts and a tank top. As you can imagine I only waded up to my knees; I never swam.
I can fit comfortably into the seat of an airplane, and I no longer dread going places. In fact, I love to get dressed up now and go out dancing with my husband! When we’re out, people will say, “Hi” to my husband, and look at me like I’m his new girlfriend or something!
What would you like to share to give others hope who are reading this interview?
- Join the members’ center at DrFuhrman.com for support! You need ongoing support.
- Forget the scales and “deadlines.”
- Get into a routine which will support an upward cycle of success.
- Do something to get regular exercise.
- Don’t be afraid to say, “No” at social gatherings. Health and feeling good should come before pleasing others.
- It really DOES work! If anyone is struggling or contemplating, just go for it! Do as much as you can and NEVER give up!
Updated: October 8th 12:51pm - Added Isabel's "tips" at the bottom of the article.