Disease Proof

Interview with a Nutritarian: Marty

Marty is your typical, middle-aged male that knew his health was precarious, but he was living in denial of the seriousness of it. Being a Store Team Leader for a Whole Foods Market he wanted to become a better leader by getting a grasp on healthy eating so he signed up to attend one of Dr. Fuhrman’s week-long Health Immersions for Whole Foods team members. His decision to attend was mostly a professional one for the betterment of his career, but he did have a slightly personal goal to lose some weight in the process also. He wanted to lead by example; not just have a bunch of head knowledge. However, he discovered a shocking surprise at the Health Immersion. Welcome to Disease Proof, Marty.

  

What was your life like before attending the Health Immersion?

I was 41-years-old and had reached my highest weight of 286 lbs. (5’9”) last spring.  Even when I was obese I was a happy person; I had a great family, wife, and job, but I was clueless about my health. I played sports all the time, even when I was that heavy. I was on a soft ball team and was embarrassed to be an obese athlete and so out of shape. I clearly recall one game where I was running to first base and suddenly became out of breath. I thought, “What’s happened that I’ve let myself get this out of shape? I can’t believe I’ve let myself go this far.”  

I attributed my declining fitness to working sixty hours a week at a sedentary desk job. I never made any connection to the food that I was putting into my body. My body ached all over, and I was lethargic and thirsty all the time so I’d drink a six-pack of caffeinated soda every day. The caffeine caused sleep deprivation which created a vicious cycle of fatigue and the need for more stimulation to keep me awake during the day.   I started having blurred vision, but associated all the negative symptoms in my life to “old age” creeping up on me. I never liked to go to doctors so I had no idea that my health was rapidly deteriorating. 

 

What happened that changed your life around?

On the first day of the Health Immersion my blood was drawn. A short time later the nurse sat down with me, and looked at me straight in the eyes and asked, “Do you realize that you have diabetes?”

At first I was shocked to hear those words, but then I had an “ah ha” moment. I instantly made the connection: unquenchable thirst, blurred vision, and overwhelming fatigue. My younger brother had been diagnosed with diabetes just a few years earlier and everything made sense to me in that moment. All of a sudden attending the Health Immersion became very personal to me. Then I found out that I had hypertension too. My blood pressure was 156/96 and that was shocking as well! I was also told that due to my  declining health numbers and body fat percentage that I had the biological age equivalent to a 72-year-old! 

The events of that morning were my wake-up call. The denial had ended, and I suddenly had a piqued interest to learn all the information that Dr. Fuhrman was going to be presenting that week. I was no longer there just to learn information to better my profession, but to save my life. I felt like I had just heard the worst news of my life, yet I had won the lottery at the same time! I realized that I had this incredible opportunity in front of me to change and be in control of my future health, and I accepted the challenge!  

 

How do you feel now?

I’m down to 205 lbs. so far, and I feel AMAZING! My fasting blood sugars are between 70 – 80, and my blood pressure averages around 105/70 with absolutely no medications!  My body doesn’t hurt anymore, and I’m no longer tired and thirsty all the time.   I have energy for the first time in years.  The guys on my soft ball team are continually amazed at my progress, and I’m a totally different person because I feel so good now. I no longer have shortness of breath, and people who haven’t seen me in the past six months don’t even recognize me anymore!

 

What success tips do you have to share?

 

  • Don’t be ignorant and in denial of poor health. If you are continually tired, thirsty, and/or have shortness of breath, go to a doctor and get a diagnosis as soon as possible. Don’t put it off. 

  • Knowledge is power. You can change your health destiny. I am the same, happy man that I was before, but now I’m much healthier and in control of my life. If you follow Dr. Fuhrman’s program you can fix your health issues and be off medications. It will save your life!

  • “Good things will come to those who wait”. It took me two months of eating nutritarian foods before I enjoyed them. I fought it. I did not enjoy eating unsalted food, or vegetables, and I did not like giving up sodas. It took two months for my taste buds to change. It was tough, but I discovered that you have to give eating this way a chance. You can’t give up if you want to see results. If you stick with it, and don’t go back to old habits, you will eventually enjoy it! I love eating this way now!

   

Congratulations Marty on winning the lottery of discovering the way to excellent health ~ keep up the great job! You are an inspirational role model to many!

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Horsecrazy - February 28, 2013 7:56 AM

Congratulations Marty on getting your health back! We worked our way gradually into the program - to be honest had already started even before we knew about Dr. Fuhrman. Once we found him we knew we had the ultimate eating lifestyle. It is so true that your taste in food can change dramatically, if you just allow yourself the time. I always tell people if my husband could give up salt, they can too! He salted everything, even pizza!

You look like your are glowing with your improved health! Keep it up, I will be cheering for you!

Peter - February 28, 2013 9:50 AM

Wow! That is inspiring. Thanks.

lisa - February 28, 2013 10:40 AM

You look great, Marty! You should be so proud of yourself. You are certainly an inspiration to others.

Meg Worcester - February 28, 2013 11:24 AM

Major congratulations, Marty! Keep up the good work ~ as you have experienced, it pays off big-time!!

Susan - February 28, 2013 12:45 PM

Congratulations and thanks. Your story is just what I needed today to keep me on track!

Diane Kristy - February 28, 2013 1:11 PM

Thanks for a great story. You're a very nice inspiration!

carfree - February 28, 2013 2:58 PM

So did you share this info with your brother as well? I hope he was open to it.

Sharon - February 28, 2013 5:17 PM

What an amazing story! Thank you for sharing. You will change a lot of people's lives through walking the talk and being a living testimonial!

Suzy - February 28, 2013 9:22 PM

You look great, how many more pounds are you supposed to lose?
And thank you for sharing your success tips.

Laura - March 1, 2013 6:26 AM

Well done and very inspiring!

Karen - March 1, 2013 10:37 AM

Wow! Congratulations to you! What helped you stay on track and not give in after you returned home and your old eating habits called out?

Marty - March 1, 2013 6:50 PM

Hi all and thank you for your kind words. So there are a few questions out there so I thought I would answer them.

1. As far as my brother I did share and he has made some changes adn i hope he will continue to make more. It is hard because he is in Texas and I am in California. But we facetime and talk about food.

2. I dont know how much more I will lose. personally I would like to lose 20 lbs more but eating this way will untimately tell me what weight I will become.

3. Staying on track wasn't an easy thing to do because at first I didn't enjoy the food. But I knew it was important enought to not lose focus because my health is way more important than what I put in my mouth. I have told many people it was like knowing the winning numbers for tomorrows lottery and not playing the numbers. I felt I had the numbers now its my time to play. Guess what? I PLAYED THEM AND I WON!!!!

Knowledge is power and once you know that, there is no going back. Tell yourself that your health is very valuable asset and with great health comes many rewards. I have been rewarded and felt amazing. That is why I tell my story. Hopefully it will inspire others to take control of their health, and in turn, they'll be rewarded greatly.

Have a great day everyone and don't hesitate to ask more questions.

Joy Klein - March 3, 2013 8:50 AM

Congratulations! I've started the nutritarian lifestyle twice, and have not made it longer than 10 days. I despise mushrooms & tomatoes but eat all other veggies & fruits. Any tips to stay on track?

Larry - March 3, 2013 9:07 PM

Congratulations! I've started the Nutritarian lifestyle right after I left the Health Immersion in Utah but after about a week or so I wasn’t’ sure what to eat, so what does your day look like. Thanks

Jake Gerlon - March 6, 2013 11:40 AM

Way to go! People like you inspire me!

kathy wall - June 15, 2013 9:43 AM

Congratulations Marty! I have just recently learned of this program and have been implementing the plan but am having trouble as I really like my alcoholic beverages and the accompanying junk food. How did you handle this?

Marty - June 15, 2013 12:13 PM

The best way to handle this is to listen to your body. If you have been eating healthier and went through the withdrawls like I did, then your body will tell you when something isn't right. Our bodies are amazing machine's that run's really well when fueled in the right way. the cravings will go away and you wont need those things. My best suggestion is to cut it out completely for a period of time to allow yourself to feel what it's like without it. Then you can be the judge on how you feel. You can do anything you set your mind to, you just have to commit to it. It will get easier I promise those cravings will go away teh more you eat this way. You will just have to trust me like I had to trust the ones before me.

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