Disease Proof

Interview with a Nutritarian: Nancy

I met Nancy on Dr. Fuhrman’s Member Center this past year, and she’s now a totally different person than she was just nine months ago. Her enthusiasm for living life to the fullest is contagious! However, just last summer she felt like she had no life. It’s amazing what nine months of nutritarian eating can do to a person! Welcome to Disease Proof, Nancy.      

               

What was your life like before discovering Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian approach?

What life?? I had no life!

I barely left the house, and I had removed myself from all social functions, because I was just too ashamed of the way I looked and felt. I felt physically uncomfortable all the time; whether I was sitting in a chair, or the car, or lying in bed, my body felt awful. My feet would hurt even if I walked just a little bit. I ached from head to toe, and I was exhausted most of the time and had very little energy to do normal every day tasks. My life was on hold.  I'm not even sure how much I weighed, because I didn't have the courage to actually get on the scales when I started following Eat to Live. I waited about a week before I actually weighed myself, and I was 195.5 lbs, so I'm pretty sure I was close to 200 lbs when I started . . . and I’m only 5'2"!

Prior to following Eat to Live my weight had gone up and down most of my adult life. I was a typical yo-yo dieter; never able to maintain an optimal weight because every "diet" always came to an end. I needed an absolute, complete lifestyle change; a way of living, not some diet fad that would be tossed aside once I reached my goal weight.

 

How did you find out about it?

I’d decided to start a healthy diet in July 2012, but I knew that I needed something different than what I’d tried in the past. Previously, I had gone vegan in an attempt to regain health and reduce my weight, but that never lasted longer than a few weeks at a time. I instinctively felt that I didn’t have a complete picture of truly healthy eating. I searched online for some help and stumbled across Dr. Fuhrman's website. I devoured everything I could and purchased the books Eat to Live and Eat for Health. The knowledge I gained from reading those books, and joining the member center, was invaluable and were the missing pieces for me.

 

How do you feel now?

My life has totally changed! I’ve lost 75.5 pounds and reached my goal of 120 pounds in just nine months. I weigh less than I did in high school, and I feel absolutely wonderful! Aches and pains are gone, energy has greatly increased, and my social life is back to normal. I have a completely new wardrobe and feel good in my skin now. This is not just about vanity; it is so much more than that. I can sit on the floor and play with my grandkids and not even know I have a body. I’m at peace with the knowledge that I’m doing what's best for my health, and I feel free!

 

What are your success tips?

  • I dived into the program 100% and did not deviate from it. I followed everything to the letter, and I was determined that this would be the way I would eat for the rest of my life.

  • I completely changed my relationship with food. Initially, I stayed away from restaurants (too much temptation), and if I did eat out, I brought my own dressings with me.

  • I participated in Dr. Fuhrman’s Member Center which helped me tremendously! Reading about others’ successes and failures in the discussion forums has been extremely helpful. There were times that I needed a kick in the pants to help get me out of temptation and reading the remorse that others felt when they had "fallen off the wagon" was the impetus I needed to keep going. And of course, reading about others who had been successful convinced me that this can be done.  Receiving encouragement from the Member Center is a tool which will be useful indefinitely. I am now acutely aware that one food indiscretion has the potential to send me back into unhealthful eating, and I will use every tool I can to prevent that from happening.

 

Congratulations Nancy for making that decision to dive-in 100% for the rest of your life!

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Holly Levine - May 21, 2013 5:12 PM

Nancy I enjoyed reading your story. I got rid of 90 pounds and love that the food cravings are gone. I used to be a yo-yo dieter. I enjoy the salads and dressings the most!

Tammy K. - May 21, 2013 8:58 PM

Great job---both of you!!!

Kathleen - May 21, 2013 9:52 PM

Congratulations! You have been an inspiration to me! We started about the same time and I have managed to lose 55lbs and am envious that you have lost so much more than I but I will persevere. I am sure that my age and that I have to take prednisone is part of what is holding me back. Just keep to the plan and never look back!

Kathleen

Dawn Acero - May 21, 2013 10:37 PM

Nancy, Congratulations on feeling better and becoming the healthy, energized woman you wish to be. I am on day two of this life change. I have much hope, and your story helped me today! Thank you for sharing.

Rebecca - May 21, 2013 11:01 PM

What a wonderful story Nancy - thank you for sharing and encouraging us all to be healthy!

Numa - May 22, 2013 4:14 AM

Congratulations, Nancy.
What an inspiration you are.

Karin - May 22, 2013 8:22 AM

Dear Nancy
thank you for telling us your success story. As a member of the drfuhrman.com forum I have got the possibility to read posts. They helped me a lot when I was thinking of the long journey I have in front of me to reach my goal (which got shorter in the meantime. Karin

Dorothy - May 22, 2013 2:51 PM

I was totally buying it until you said Grandkids!?!
You look too young to have Grandkids ;=)

Congratulations you look fabulous. More importantly, you feel fabulous.

Rita Dichtel - May 22, 2013 4:53 PM

Your story is impressive. I may need to print it out and read it - to inspire me to get started. I am about 150 lb and 5' 2 1/2 inches but I do not feel good physically and I have extra fat on me that is not good for my health. I don't really want to have to feel even worse before I make the change. And I think going in 100% probably is the way to go - because the cravings won't end otherwise. Sometimes I can tell I don't want to eat certain foods because I know I won't feel satisfied and I might even feel ill after eating them. I have to keep remembering this - so I avoid those foods. Thank you for sharing and I will do some more exploring of this healthy way to eat.

Teresa - May 23, 2013 6:23 AM

Many, many congratulations Nancy. You look absolutely fabulous - but I guess more importantly - you feel great and are brimming with new found confidence. I went on my own health journey nearly 2 years ago now and lost 52 pounds. I am pleased to say I have kept it all off and eat only the healthy way. My husband and kids have benefited too - as a family, we all look great and have far fewer ailments. Thanks for sharing your story.

Diane - May 23, 2013 2:01 PM

What a lovely success story! I have tried to dive into the Eat to Live plan without much success as I find that I need specific menu and shopping routines and fall back into my old ways if I'm the least bit tired or run out of food. Is there a chance you could post a "typical" daily menu? What exactly do you eat, and how do you prepare for your days' food? I would much appreciate it! Thank you for any help you can give.
Again, congratulations to you for a wonderful transformation!

www.evenly.org - May 24, 2013 12:59 AM

Thanks for sharing this wonderful facts on such a issue.

Malin - May 25, 2013 2:22 PM

Nancy, wow, congratulations on your commitment and success. Your comment that you dived in 100% and didn't deviate is just what I needed to hear. That has to be much easier than going back and forth between Eat to Live and the Standard American Diet which does nothing but beat me down. Thanks for your story!

Ren - May 25, 2013 11:34 PM

Reading about Nancy's success and achievements, can't help but make me feel motivated a bit more to eat more healthier. I feel inspired.

Ann - May 26, 2013 11:00 AM

Nancy,
You look so beautiful! You are an inspiration! I could never stick to a vegan diet before, until I tried Dr. Fuhrman's version. The low fat vegan diet created tremendous cravings and I couldn't last over a few months on that either time I tried, but Dr. Fuhrman's version is totally filling and delicious! I recently completed a nine day cruise and stuck to his plan throughout!!! (weeeellll maybe a little more wine that week than he recommends, lol)...

Holly Levine - May 26, 2013 11:16 AM

Diane I have been doing this for 4 months and am finally getting into a routine with the shopping and meal prep. Planning! It helps me to read what others do. Working on getting into a routine. Breakfast is oatmeal or quinoa with fruit and nuts or a smoothie from Dr. Furhmans recipes. Lunch is salad with raw vegs and beans I cook from dried form (saves money)nut-based dressing and fruit. Dinner is a bean-based and sweet potato and high nutrition scale green like kale. and nuts and fruit. For supper I like to make the entrees from the recipes. I read five of his books that are quite helpful. good luck and persevere!

Ash - May 26, 2013 1:51 PM

Nancy's results are inspiring. I recently began my own greens and beans routine based on Dr. Fuhrman's book. Quite frankly, after 45 days, my weight loss is satisfactory but I still struggle daily with motivation and recipes. Will this ever change? I know it is a personal matter and that it "depends." I just wish I could find something to make this transition easier.

PaulB - May 27, 2013 8:41 PM

Inspirational. Thank you to Emily and Nancy for sharing Nancy's success!

Emily Boller - May 29, 2013 7:46 AM

Ash,

Dr. Fuhrman created the member center years ago for the very reason you described above: daily motivation and support.

There are discussion forums with various categories like recipe sharing, cooking tips, daily motivation, and the momentum of shared victories. There is also a recipe guide with well over 1700 recipes; everything from salads, soups, entrees, and desserts.

This ongoing support was crucial in my own weight loss (five years ago) and still continues to be an invaluable support system for me. It's a priceless investment into one's optimal health.

Click on the "Member Center" tab on the home page of www.drfuhrman.com

All the best to you!

Nancy - May 29, 2013 12:48 PM

Thank you all for the congratulations...and I am glad I can be an inspiration to others!

Kathleen - As I have written previously, YOU are an inspiration to ME. You stuck with it even though you have had some pretty stubborn plateaus. Well done!

Dawn - Thank you. Even though you are just starting out, I want to encourage you that the rewards so outweigh any temptation or difficulties along the way. Keep at it and soon you will be looking back from a victorious position. I am so blessed to be where I am today.

Dorothy - Haha...thanks :)

Rita - The following is a response to a private message sent to me:

"Yes, 100% was the only way I could have succeeded. I would never naturally chose an apple over a chocolate bar or lentils and greens instead of pasta and cheese. If I continued to eat those unhealthy foods, I could never create a desire for the healthy ones. I had to remove those unhealthy foods entirely. I couldn't have a little taste of forbidden food here and there as that would only cause me to continually desire them. The only way to get rid of the cravings and actually enjoy eating the ETL way was to remove SAD food completely."

Teresa - Congratulation to YOU on keeping that weight off! I approach this time as well with a little fear and trembling. I know how diligent I must remain in order to keep the weight off.

Diane - Copied from my response to another private message sent to me:

"When first starting out, I kept myself away from all temptation. That means no eating out, getting rid of all the foods in the house that would be a snare to me and making sure I had the proper ETL foods there when I needed them. I would pick ONE soup recipe and make enough for a weeks worth and freeze individual portions so I could just pop them in the microwave. Sometimes I would make a batch of wild or brown rice and sprinkle some in my premade soup (cooked rice can also be also). I would also spend a little time (maybe twice a week) processing salads with a mixture of broccoli, romaine, arugula, kale, cauliflower, carrots, beets etc. This I would keep in the fridge in a large bowl and just spoon out what I needed for each meal. I would also make enough dressing for about a week (Dijon Date is my favorite). So really, if you spend one day making your cooked foods for freezing and make the dressing along with your salads on the same day, you don't need to be preparing food every single day. It is so much easier when you are able to just grab what you need out of the freezer or fridge rather than having to cook and cut everything for every meal.

I also add nuts to my salads and soups. I find that I don't enjoy my food nearly as much unless I have the added fats from the nuts. I've always liked fatty food, so this helps to satisfy me!

As far as the six week plan goes, I concentrate on getting my GBOMBS (Greens [leafy], Beans [lentils, black beans, chickpeas etc.], Onions, Mushrooms [cooked], Berries, Seeds/nuts).

What I try to have every day:

1 cup beans
leafy greens
1 tbs ground flax seed
onions
mushrooms
berries
seeds/nuts
and a variety of other veggies and fruit

There have been times when I just ate Brussels sprouts and beans for dinner or an entire container of blueberries or raspberries for breakfast. You don't have to be making elaborate dishes. You can basically make a soup base out of carrot and celery juice and then just add every veggie know to man and cook up an incredibly healthy soup/stew. You can do the same thing with your raw food choices. Just throw a bunch of raw veggies into a bowl and add dressing and a few raisins and nuts and there's your meal.

I do make smoothies fairly often. A little pomegranate juice, strawberries, blueberries, red grapes, frozen unsweetened pineapple, ground flax, two cooked mushrooms (you don't taste them in the smoothie) and about 4 oz. of kale. There you have an entire meal while also getting your greens in for the day.

Reading these board every day is also very helpful to me. It helps me get refocused if my mind starts to wander into thoughts about unhealthy food. I absolutely despised being overweight and never want to go back there again. That is all the motivation I need to keep me on track. I also want to be healthy and I knew that I was headed for disease if I didn't change my eating habits. I ate horribly before...every bad unhealthy food item found its way into my mouth in amounts that were incredible. I knew I was killing myself and it had to stop.

I don't know how much weight you have to lose, but just think of how you will feel 10 months from now if you just stuck with it! And compare that to how you feel now. Everyone is different, but for me, I hated going anywhere or being seen by anyone. I was just so ashamed of how I looked. Now I feel like a "normal" person and am free from all that other stuff. I go in my closet and can throw on anything and look fine. Before, I spent forever trying to cover up my fat and dress in ways that were not binding and uncomfortable. No more of that!!

You can do this. Is it easy - no. But it is so worth every little sacrifice and denial. If I can do it, so can you. There is nothing special about me... I just got fed up and determined that I could not go on in that miserable state."

Holly Levine - May 29, 2013 1:28 PM

Ash it took about six weeks for my taste buds to come back to life after many years of sea salt addictive use. The foods are delicious and I'm worth the time it takes to prepare the recipes. Physically I feel better and all the effort is worth it 95 Lbs gone and no cravings after active food addiction since age 8.I just had comprehensive blood tests at my internists office and all normal! I'm excited to join the Member Center.

Theresa - May 29, 2013 10:11 PM

So inspiring! Thank you for sharing your story. I also have read your posts on the forum and appreciate what you and Emily emphasize all the time-we really have to abstain from unhealthy foods and stay on the ETL way of eating! I just so appreciate your reminder. It really isn't about moderation. Practice moderation if you want moderate health! Blessings :)

GaryD - May 30, 2013 2:32 AM

Nancy first of all congratulations on a wonderful success. You look amazing and well done for doing this 100% and not deviating at all. I think when someone puts their mind to it you can achieve outstanding results just like you have. It is amazing how when we loose weight all the aches and pains go makes for a happier living.

Nancy - May 30, 2013 12:32 PM

Ash,

Just like Emily mentioned... utilize the member center as much as you can. You don't even have to post - just read. I'm a very independent type and I normally manage many difficult situations on my own, but joining and using the member center really, really, REALLY helped me. There is a lot of inspiration there. Brainwash yourself by re-reading Dr. Fuhrmans's books and listening to the teleconferences. It will pump you up. Remind yourself about your goals. Remind yourself that you want to be healthy. Sometimes we forget how miserable we were and lose sight of what our motivating factor was in the first place. Write it down. Then when temptation comes or the excitement wanes, you'll have something written in your own words that can hit you like a ton of bricks and get you right back on track mentally. Like I wrote previously, the sacrifices and self denial is SO worth it in the end.

Holly Levine - June 1, 2013 2:16 PM

Nancy, thank you for your posts 5/29. Good timesaving tips and encouragement.

Jennifer @ jenniferskitchen.com - June 4, 2013 8:28 AM

Congratulations to you Nancy! What an encouraging testimony.

I'm so glad you mentioned a lifestyle change rather than a diet - this is key. And as you have discovered, the lifestyle can be immensely satisfying and enjoyable!!

Thank you for sharing your story :)

Barry - June 4, 2013 2:20 PM

Great story Nancy and congratulations on your success.I asked my family physician recently during a typical 6 month bloodwork checkup this question.How many of your patients are willing to make a sizeable lifestyle change as opposed to taking the easy way out and just accept being on statins,blood pressure medications,and diabetic control medications.He smirked as he looked in my direction and said his professional input & recommendations can only go so far.The person has to change their ways or eventually deal with the consequences.People actually leave his office and go right back to their Standard American Diet(SAD)ways that put them on all these drugs in the 1st place. Not this guy!!! Not too long ago,my Doctor said to me "What ever it is your doing,keep doing it because it's working out great.Keep up the good work" This is when I explained to him what Dr Fuhrman's methodology was all about.

Holly Levine - June 5, 2013 10:19 PM

Barry - thank you for your post. Great your Dr. is supportive. Mine is too!

Shelly - June 6, 2013 10:28 AM

Nancy - thank you for sharing your amazing success story. I am at the spot you were in when you first started Eat of Live. I am waiting for my books to come in the mail now and I am eager to start.

Nancy - June 6, 2013 12:06 PM


Shelly - I am so excited for you. In a few months time, if you stick to the plan, your entire life will change! The outcome will be amazing. I'm rooting for you!

Barry - Nice to have a Dr. like that. I made an appointment to see my GP towards the end of this month (haven't been for a couple of years). He is very fit and big into health, so I think he'll be excited to see what has transpired.

Judy - June 12, 2013 8:39 AM

Truly great work nancy!!!! Its hard to believe in your story but yes your work can turn out to be an inspiration for such persons…

Froggie - June 12, 2013 3:59 PM

Great work Nancy! You give me hope! I am just starting Dr. Fuhrman's plan and already I am energized and ready to make what happen to you....happen to me! Thank you for sharing your success story and if there are little tricks you learnt along the way when times got challenging, share them please :))

Nancy - June 13, 2013 6:35 PM

Thanks Froggie. So glad you're feeling better so early on in the program and.... what happened to me can definetly happen to you! Just stick with it....the rewards are amazing.

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