Stephanie's One Month Progress Update

Stephanie began the journey to get her health back on November 1, 2009.  After one month of nutritarian eating she has lost 16 lbs and has energy and stamina for the first time in her life!  To learn more about Stephanie, including her starting medical stats, click here. 

                                                                                         before and after pic of female

How do you feel after one month of nutritarian eating? I feel like a completely different person!  I have energy and stamina that I’ve never had before in my life.  When I began, I had severe swelling in my lower legs, ankles and feet.  Now I have no swelling and all the inflammation in my body is gone. I  can stand without pain, and I can move around easier. 

My whole demeanor has also changed.  Relatives and close friends notice a big difference.  They say there was this “darkness” about me that is now completely gone.  I’ve had so many people ask me what I am doing.  


What has been your greatest success so far?  I’ve been learning to talk myself through the rough times when I want to eat for emotional reasons.  I tell myself that what I’m feeling is toxic hunger and will pass soon.  My faith has given me strength and courage to persevere through those times.   


Do you have any thoughts or success tips to share?  Yes!  Give yourself permission to be in control of your outcome.  Your success with nutritarian eating truly depends not only on the choices you make, but the choices you don't make.  One day this past month I was in situation where I felt that I did not have any other choice but to eat the standard American food that was offered to me.  I ate the food and felt lousy afterwards.  Dr. Fuhrman reminded me that I had blamed the situation and not myself, and that really put things in focus for me.  Nutritarian eating has to be a conscious choice every day. 

Cravings do go away and emotional eating can be stopped.  I just want to go out and shout to everyone that they need to make this change in their own life!   

before and current picture of female

  Beginning Now
Weight: 398 lbs. 382 lbs.
Blood Pressure: 140/110 138/82
Waist: 58" 54"


Congratulations Stephanie! Keep up the great work and we look forward to following your monthly progress as you get your health back! 

To be continued . . . . . . .

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Carol Adams - December 5, 2009 4:28 PM

Stephanie, I'm so proud of you!!! Keep it up!!!

Kinzie - December 5, 2009 4:37 PM

Keep up the good work! For more motivation, check out my boyfriend's lipid panel after only 30 days of a plant-based diet:

CJ - December 5, 2009 5:09 PM

Good job Stephanie!

Just wait, more great things are yet to come and will be exciting to say the least!

With you on this journey,


Ruth - December 5, 2009 7:21 PM

An impressive start!

ks - December 5, 2009 9:32 PM

Stephanie, way to go!!! I didn't even need to read the post, I could just look at the picture and see how much better you must be feeling. The drop in your diastolic BP is also very impressive. You are an inspiration, keep up the awesome work. Please keep us updated on your journey. Thanks for being willing to share this with the rest of us.

kate - December 6, 2009 3:12 AM

Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Stephanie. It is inspiring and helps keep us motivated and accountable for our nutritional choices.

Shoshanah - December 6, 2009 9:14 AM

Congratulations Stephanie! Fantastic first month!
We are all here supporting you ... and we will be here supporting you along the way .....

And you have inspired me to pick myself up and address my own diet and exercise habits, which I have become lax in over the last 5 - 10 years, as work life has taken over .... Thank you!

Stephanie - December 6, 2009 9:42 AM

Congratulations on your first month of success, Stephanie! I know it will be followed with many more!

Thank you for sharing this with us! You inspire us all!

isabel - December 6, 2009 10:56 AM

Awesome Stephanie! I'm so proud of you.

Keep up the good work

rubyday - December 7, 2009 12:42 PM

Stephanie!! I can really tell a difference already. You do look lighter and happier ... your friends/family members are right.
Your story gave me great encouragement today. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

Stephanie - December 7, 2009 2:59 PM

Thank you so very much, everyone! Keep up the good work yourselves!!

aunt cia - December 10, 2009 6:43 AM

Good going, Stephanie! You inspire me to keep on in my own journey of wise food choices and healthy living.

Lisa Marqueling (Suze's Friend) - December 29, 2009 2:38 PM


You are going to be one HOT nurse if you keep it up! (wink!).....

If you ever need local support, I only live a couple minutes away from you. And I'm definitely going to find you in the Spring.. we have all these new trails to walk!

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