A Young Adult Kicks the Junk Food Habit

Ruth is a newlywed with a full-time job and active lifestyle who has successfully learned to embrace the nutritarian diet-style 100%. Even though she was raised on the typical standard American diet of “home cooked meals” and fast food, and was addicted to junk food, she’s been a Nutritarian for a couple of years now and loves it. Welcome to Disease Proof, Ruth.

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

I grew up in a home where the evening meal usually consisted of a main entrée such as spaghetti, lasagna, meatloaf, roast beef, fried chicken, stir fry, or pizza; and bread, butter and milk were staples at every meal. And on busy nights we ate plenty of fast food as well. Breakfast was usually a bowl of processed cereal and milk, and lunch was a deli meat sandwich, chicken nuggets, pizza pockets, or macaroni and cheese. We always had sweets available to eat so I loved cookies, ice cream and chocolates of all kinds.

When I could drive, I had a part-time job at a coffee shop that sold baked goods. At closing, employees could take home the day’s leftovers that didn’t sell: yeast rolls, cinnamon rolls, scones, cookies, etc., and consequently I became addicted to coffee drinks and sweets; in fact, by my late teen years I didn’t eat much else. However, I was tired and sick all the time. I had colds continually and took over-the-counter meds to treat the symptoms. 


How did you find out about Dr. Fuhrman? 

My mom had lost a lot of weight by following his nutritarian diet-style and felt so much better, which inspired me. She gave me a copy of Eat for Health, and after reading it, I applied some of the information. Over time, as I learned more, I eventually committed 100%; both feet in.


How do you feel now?

I have so much more energy now, and I never get sick. I haven’t had a sick day from work since fully committing to eating this way. My skin is clear, and I’ve noticed that I don’t have bad breath or body odor anymore, and I’m also thirty pounds less than what I weighed in high school. The energy I now have enables me to keep up with a full-time job and active lifestyle. 


What are your success tips?


  • No matter how busy life gets I always make time for shopping and food prep. I spend less than an hour a week cleaning and cutting up all the vegetables. This is a time saver when I’m in a hurry and need to pack my lunch, assemble a salad, or make dinner.

  • I drink a green smoothie in the mornings after my workout and before I leave for work. It energizes me, and I feel so good to start the day.


Congratulations Ruth for taking the necessary steps to kick the junk food habit and live in the best health that’s possible!


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Tammy K. - August 16, 2013 12:58 PM

Way to go! Congratulations on taking charge of your life while still young!!

LaurieInSarasota - August 16, 2013 1:15 PM

Ruth, congratulations on all that you have done to transform your health.
You are already enjoying so many benefits --- and you get to keep them for the rest of your life!

Congratulations again.


Dena - August 16, 2013 4:32 PM

You are so lucky to have a smart mom and
to get off the S.A.D. food roller coaster!
Congratulations! You look beautiful!

Horsecrazy - August 16, 2013 8:47 PM

Ruth, thanks for sharing your story with us. I have followed along with your mom's progress from start to present day. I am so glad you were able to start this at a young age so you will live a long and healthy life.

John - August 17, 2013 5:46 AM

Thank you, Emily!

Katie - August 17, 2013 10:23 AM

What an wonderful story Ruth, congratulations! You are absolutely glowing with health. I also used to be addicted to coffee drinks and baked goods. I'm sure you are a huge inspiration to your friends and coworkers.

SYLVIA ROSARIO - August 19, 2013 11:21 AM

So inspirational and motivating. Good job!

Joyce - August 19, 2013 7:46 PM

It's so inspiring to continually see these stories & the before & after pics...there must be something to all this nutritarian-stuff-Haaa. I know there is, just kidding.

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