Interview with a nutritarian: Theresa

I first met Theresa on the member center of DrFuhrman.com on the day that she announced reaching her 100 lb weight-loss milestone. I was ecstatic when I read it, but what I didn’t know at the time was just how desperate she was to get her health back. Prior to discovering nutritarian eating, three of Theresa’s family members had died within a ten month period of time, and she was ready to do anything to eradicate chronic disease and premature death from her life. Although that was a very sad time for her, it produced a passionate desire to do anything to get well. Welcome to Disease Proof, Theresa.       

before and after female

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

I had always been pudgy and had tried numerous diets over the years: low-fat, Weight Watchers, Atkins, Slim Fast, etc. I would lose some weight and then go right back to eating anything when I couldn’t afford the diet anymore. It seemed like eating “normal” like everyone else caused me to gain weight.

In the summer of 2008 I got married, and that happiest day of my life was also the worst day of my life due to the fact that I was the heaviest that I had ever been. When I looked in the mirror, I couldn't believe what I saw; at 5'2" I weighed 227 lbs. I was horrified.

At age 47, I was on cholesterol medicine and knew that diabetes and heart problems were just around the corner for me. It was an effort to walk a short distance, and even tying my shoes became a challenge. I was having chest pains and afraid that I was getting close to my first heart attack. I became desperate and had given up hope that I would ever get in control of my eating and health.  

 

How did you find out about ETL?

I went to a local health food store, and a store employee, no more than twenty-years-old, had just lost 130 lbs by following Eat to Live.  He briefly explained Dr. Fuhrman’s high nutrient eating style to me, and said that he wasn’t hungry and was healthier than ever before. I wanted to live.... so I ran out and bought the book. I started the following Monday by cleaning out the kitchen cupboards and haven't looked back.

 

How do you feel now?

I’ve lost 102 lbs with 21 more to go to reach my ideal weight of 104 lbs. I’ve gone from size 20 to a size 2.  I now have energy and stamina, and I’m no longer on cholesterol medication; plus, my skin has even become soft and clear.

I now ride a bike, and have a membership at the Y where I swim and walk. I also love exercising on my little rebounder trampoline at home.  My goal is to run a 5 K fundraiser next spring for my sisters and friends who have died of cancer; and I know I will make it!

 

BEFORE

CURRENT

WEIGHT

 227 lbs

 125 lbs

CHOLESTEROL

 227 (Dec. ’08)                

 182 (Dec. ’09)

LDL

 148

 109

HDL

  65

  59

BLOOD PRESSURE

 140 / 90

 112 / 65

WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE

 40 inches

 26.5 inches

 

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

  • "Keep it simple." I have found that keeping this a low key, natural part of my life has been easy. I cook pots of soups and beans once or twice a week so I can grab them on-the-go.
  • Make wonderful salsas and experiment with new spices to replace salt. 
  • Try to make a new dish every week.
  • Follow Dr. Fuhrman’s food pyramid. Eat the favorite foods that you like in the quantities that he prescribes. You will lose weight and feel fantastic!

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

I am making choices that are best for my health and absolutely having an adventure doing it! Nutritarian eating has given me hope and my life back!

 

Congratulations Theresa for earning your health and life back ~ keep up the great work!

 

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Johanna - September 13, 2010 5:22 PM

This is very inspiring.

Theresa, thank you for sharing your experience.

Horsecrazy - September 14, 2010 11:57 AM

So exciting to read your story Theresa! Hopefully, like Emily, you will inspire many others to success!

Stephanie Wallcott - September 14, 2010 1:57 PM

It is good know that still there are places I eat findrxonline that shows us that the health care is the main, they can interchange ideas in his forum and learn a lot of his articles.

Chicago - September 14, 2010 11:32 PM

Theresa,you look Marvelous and engaged...with life! Yesterday when I read this I almost cried in my kale, mushroom, onion, nuts, and eggplant dish. Cried because I realized your before picture resembles so many women I see every day as I go about my activities. America is setting people up to be 100+ pounds overweight. I am touched how you chose life, started, and just never stopped. Cheers to the young worker who took the moment to suggest Fuhrman. Everyday that you live health is a tribute to your loved ones, please know that.

MIke Rubino - September 17, 2010 6:10 PM

Congratulations !! Thats a great story !

Dorothy - September 18, 2010 9:10 PM

Congrats. You look wonderful!

Raj Sharma - September 20, 2010 6:36 PM

Excellent article. Keep smoothies, home-made salsas and cut fruits/vegs in handy containers in the referigerator. Keep grabbing whenever you feel grubby or tempted for chips,candies and other junk goodies. I have been doing it for 25 years and dont regret missing the trash people keep grabbing at fast-food joints.

LaurieInOklahoma - September 21, 2010 11:15 AM

Theresa, you heard about Eat to Live from the health food store employee, and now you are sharing your wonderful success with others.

If each one of us can inspire just two others, this will start to have a real impact!!

So many congratulations to you!!
Enjoy your health transformation. :)

Laurie

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