Stephanie and Carol's Progress Updates

It’s time to check in with Stephanie as she continues the journey to get her health back. I’m also going to include an update on Carol, who committed to Dr. Fuhrman’s high nutrient eating-style this past July. Welcome back to Disease Proof ladies!

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Stephanie hit a weight loss plateau, and is the first to admit that she was “testing her limits.” She learned a valuable lesson: one cannot mix nutrient dense foods and the standard American diet together and get results. She realized that old habits die hard, and that rationalizing poor food choices is unproductive to optimal health.  

Stephanie also realized that she LIKES feeling healthy and has been craving exercise for the first time in her life. She’s been feeling better about herself every month.

“My nursing classes started again in January, and for the first time as an adult, I’m able to fit into a [classroom] desk!  I've started wearing make-up because I’ve started caring about how I look again. I actually find pleasure in taking care of myself now.  This month I smiled at myself in the mirror ... SINCERELY ... I have never been able to look at myself without shame and disgust.”


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Carol is thrilled to be down 88 lbs now since July. Her waist has decreased a total of eight inches so far, and she describes her size 20 pants as “roomy.” She can’t wait to get below 200 lbs next! 

Lately, she’s been noticing that her complexion is smoother from eating lots of high nutrient foods, and someone commented that she looks younger than her actual age. Her favorite smoothie is comprised of blueberries, strawberries, a banana, spinach and a teaspoon of cinnamon.  

Carol says she feels so GOOD, and is excited to be increasing in stamina each month. She’s even started using exercise equipment for workouts a couple times a week! 


Stephanie and Carol, we are cheering for both of you!

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Carol Adams - February 6, 2010 9:32 AM

Yay, Stephanie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cindy - February 6, 2010 12:14 PM

Cheers to you two brave, beautiful, empowered women! I salute you and look forward to learning of your continued progress.

Stephanie in NC - February 6, 2010 1:03 PM

Keep up the great work, ladies! No excuses - you are worth taking care of yourselves!!

jocelyn - February 6, 2010 1:08 PM

What you wrote about Stephanie, "one cannot mix nutrient dense foods and the standard American diet together and get results... rationalizing poor food choices is unproductive to optimal health", really strikes a cord with me. I do that all the time thinking it's ok to sneek in a chocolate, a handful of chips, or piece of buttered toast. Thanks for the reminder Emily.

Girls, looking goooooood!

Lainna - February 6, 2010 1:17 PM

Congratulations Stephanie and Carol. You're both doing fantastic. As you stay the course and remain steadfast with perseverence, you'll reach your goals for health and weight-loss. We're rooting for you!

Jo - February 6, 2010 3:07 PM

YAY to both of you, I've been looking for the updates and glad to see Stephanie and carol are both doing really well.
I love that you are feeling so much better about yourself Stephanie I bet your children can notice a huge difference too! :D

Reading your past updates has pushed and encouraged me to start back on the Eat to Live program.


Vicki Stevens - February 6, 2010 3:39 PM

Way to go, ladies! You're both looking great!

Horsecrazy - February 6, 2010 8:45 PM

Three cheers to both of you!!!!! What great news.

Mel - February 7, 2010 1:20 PM

This is my first time on this web sight. I can relate to Stephanie. I have been stuck in my weight loss but I realize I have been trying to mix regular american diet with the good nutrientional optimium diet suggested by Dr. Fuhrman. I need to stick to what I know is right and best for my body. Good job Stephanie you are encourgement to me.

LaurieInOklahoma - February 7, 2010 1:23 PM

Stephanie and Carol, congratulations on the steps you are taking to achieve wonderful health!!

Stephanie, I am sure that you are totally back on track, and that both you and Carol will be delighted with the results you see.

We are the lucky ones, because we know how to protect and improve our health. I give thanks for that every day.

Congratulations again!


Natalie - February 7, 2010 2:30 PM

Great job! The more I eat healthily, the easier it is to keep going - it's getting started that counts! :-)

Kathleen - February 8, 2010 9:45 AM

I was moved by Stepanie's comment "I have never been able to look at myself without shame and disgust.”
Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do I do it to myself? Like a fly caught in a spider's web, I am tangled in a web of self-loathing, the more I struggle, the more difficult it is for me to pull out of the web and start eating foods that are good for me rather than foods I crave.

I am an addict.

Thank you Stephanie and Carol. You have given me hope.

Julia - February 8, 2010 12:59 PM

Great job! That smoothie is similar to my regular breakfast smoothie but I don't use cinnamon. Sounds good and I'll add some tomorrow. Thanks!

rubyday (suze) - February 9, 2010 11:34 AM

Both of you ladies are an encouragement!
Thank you, Emily, for another well-written, inspirational article.
Thank you, Carol and Stephanie, for sharing with us.

Annamaria - March 23, 2013 4:03 AM

So what happened to Stephanie? I can't find any more posts about her...

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