Disease Proof

Greetings from Emily Boller

I was obese for nearly twenty years, and by the time I was in my late 40's I had experienced heart disease, hypertension, pre-diabetes, hopelessness and depression, achy joints, lower back pain, “brain fog,” and loss of energy from chronic malnutrition and carrying around the extra weight.

Due to being chubby I was put on my first, nutrient restrictive diet at age six by well-meaning, but totally misguided adults.  I gradually developed anorexia that required hospitalization at the age of 17. Eventually I ballooned to 238 lbs., and attempted almost every diet imaginable on the market.  I ended up in the vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting; psychological and physiological deprivation followed by binge eating episodes and more weight gain.

Back in 2002, I read Eat to Live for the first time, but put it away because I incorrectly assumed that a lifestyle of eating mostly high nutrient, plant based foods would be totally impossible to achieve in our culture.  However, after a few years of mounting medical bills, including a heart catheterization and various other medical incidents, I made the decision to get my health back, and committed to the nutritarian way of eating on July 10, 2008.

before and after images of Emily BollerAlmost ten months later the majority of 100 lbs was shed, and today I no longer have heart disease, pre-diabetes, hypertension, achy joints, lower back pain, organic depression, brain fog, or chronic lethargy. I documented the entire journey; including pictures, medical stats and how I was feeling from month to month.  To view it click here.

Because my body is now well nourished from eating nutrient rich foods, the intense cravings that compelled me to eat high fat, processed foods are now completely gone. I have literally been set free from toxic food addiction and the resulting eating disorders that developed that controlled my every waking moment for as long as I can remember.


I'm a former food addict that understands the utter despair and all-consuming pain and confusion of eating disorders. I understand a broken heart from loss of personhood and dignity due to anorexia, yo-yo dieting and obesity. I understand what it means to be so discouraged and hopeless that the desire to live fades; and I understand what it feels like to be completely free from toxic food addictions through embracing the nutritarian lifestyle while living in this junk food culture.  It is my sincerest desire to inspire, encourage and walk alongside those who want to successfully live in the same freedom.


 All the best of optimal health to everyone!

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Hanlie - August 10, 2009 3:16 AM

I am so glad you joined the team, Emily! I am still going through my transformation and I love connecting with people who've been there. You are an inspiration, and one of these days I will sit down and read your full story!

Elaine K. - August 10, 2009 9:19 AM

I want to join the team!
I am convinced of the wisdom of Eating to Live as Dr.
Fuhrman presents it but I have been unable to convince
anyone around me to join me in this endeavor. I am
apparently a person who needs tangible support. Your
blog makes me feel like I have it. I have 25 pounds
to lose just to get out of the red alert danger zone
and then probably another 25 to have a really healthy
body. Today I make my start. Thank you for offering
this life preserver.

Carol Adams - August 10, 2009 9:27 AM

You go, girl!!! We love you and your family...what you will be writing will bless so many!!!!!

Jennifer Cochran - August 10, 2009 9:34 AM

Emily, I am very interested how you handled (I am assuming you have to some extent)transforming the diet of your five children. I have an almost 2yr old who has "texture issues." This makes eating a variety of foods, especially vegtables challenging. I wonder if you have any advise, stories, techniques that worked well for you??? Thanks!

Peggy Alberda - August 10, 2009 10:00 AM

Thank you for being such an inspiration to all of us and for sharing your true story. I have been eating for health and life for the past few weeks, I have been enjoying different bean burger recipes that I throw in my panini grill. I keep in on the counter and grill vegetables as well as bean burgers. Are you encouraging people to share recipes on this blog as well as questions and comments? I would be interested in a recipe exchange.

Beth Busch - August 10, 2009 2:15 PM

Emily, I have found your website very interesting and encouraging. I took a friend to the library in July to hear you (and others) share. I was especially appreciative of your desire to see others enjoy the good health and healings that you have experienced. I hope you do not let anything discourage you & the truth that you have. You are doing a great job and your efforts (along with your enthusiasm) are helping me and others. Thank you for your time and effort.

aunt cia - August 10, 2009 5:29 PM

Hi Emily...I am once again going to say how much you have inspired me. I've been wondering: do you hold ETL meetings in your area? If so (I'm assuming so from your writings), how far into your lifestyle change did this begin and how did you go about starting this? I have a desire to meet with interested friends and neighbors to discuss health and nutrition and need some tips. Anyone else care to help me out as well?
BTW, I did not find the commas distracting. I'm thinking that maybe the person who is commenting on them could find it in her heart to overlook extra commas?
Thanks for posting. It is of great value to the open minded (as opposed to those of our number who can't seem to get past the FACT that scientific reports and real life stories are equally informational and that there is room in this blog for both) Americans who will read this and change...making the revolution in health (among other things) we so badly need!

Emily Boller - August 10, 2009 6:59 PM

Hi Everyone ~

I'll respond to the questions about recipe sharing and picky eaters (ie ~ children who have been raised on chicken nuggets, pizza, chips, and donuts)in a seperate post on down the road.

However, I do want to take a moment to explain my "library meetings" for those who would be interested in starting similar gatherings in your own communities.

I had been working out in the mornings at the Y for over three years, but to no avail as far as weight loss goes. All of a sudden, I was shedding pounds relatively rapidly, and many were asking the infamous question, "HOW are you losing weight???" It became such a common, everyday question that I really didn't want to explain while trying to work out, especially since everyone was unfamiliar with the books, Eat to Live and Eat for Health. (It was wasn't just the Y folks . . . clerks at the grocery store, complete strangers, and friends.)

Finally, I decided to schedule a meeting room at my local library (which, by the way, in most communities library meeting rooms are free to the public.)

The rest is history.

That little room was filled, and many wanted me to host another one to invite their friends and family. So I scheduled a larger room at a larger library in our city, and called it "Eat to Live Success Tips."

To make a long story short, each time the room has been filled; and now those who attended the earlier library talks are sharing their own stories and success tips!

Momentum begets momentum.

Now I have so many Eat to Live friends in my city that it's fun to get together, share a common interest, and eat healthfully with others!

I encourage everyone to consider hosting a "library talk" in your own community. You will never regret having the local comraderie on your journey of eating healthfully!

Emily Boller

CJ - August 10, 2009 9:56 PM

Hello Emily,

Perhaps your story isn't scientific fact, but it is a fact the scientific information you used to regain your health and your life works!

I value your posts, you should be proud. The information you provide has helped me scale tall buildings in a single bound!

peter bircsak - August 10, 2009 10:12 PM

Emily, Keep up the good work. Your comments are appreciated. You have a lot of enthusiasm , a lot of energy and most important a lot of passion. Its those things along with the good science that drive the show and good results. I look forward to your future comments.

Claudia - August 11, 2009 1:45 PM

Emily, I absoloutely love the before and after image of you that appears at the top of this blog article. I smile every time I see it.

Anyway...I just thought I should point out, for those that don't know, that this is a picture of the new Emily, reacting to an image of the old Emily.

Emily, I feel badly about the negative, and hateful spam that you've had to put up with lately. I find the comments about you being self-absorbed to be particularly bizarre. Its like the pot calling the kettle black. I am convinced that this level of negativity cannot possibly be coming from multiple sources. In your heart, I'm sure you realize that the nutritarian community is not a mean-spirited bunch. Rather, we support each other, celebrate the success of others, and feel inspired when we hear a story of triumph. (I think the diet-style tends to make us positive, happier people). It is not the norm for a person to be only interested in their own success, and not be interested, inspired by, or happy for anyone else. This is the sort of person that I would define as self-absorbed.

Please continue to celebrate and share your experience of life as a nutritarian. You definitely have a way with words. Don't listen to any of the spam about you being a poor writer, because it is ridiculous. You are a fantastic writer, so please don't doubt that for a moment!! Dr. Fuhrman is, of course, an exceptional writer himself, and he has made it clear that he thinks highly of your writing ability and skill as well.

aunt cia - August 11, 2009 3:16 PM

I agree with the thoughts on the "eating for health" mentality that were written in the previous post. I think that we react negatively sometimes when a subject hits a sore spot or we don't want to change. I recently had a friend "raked over the coals" for her EFH lifestyle by a fellow parishioner in her congregation. She was accused of having food as her 'god' and not giving consideration to the hostess' feelings when my friend brings her own food along when invited away for a meal. Thankfully, she and her hubby are thoroughly convinced of this healthy way, having experienced many positive "side effects" in the 4 months they've been on ETL. As I thought of the accusation that was brought to my friend, I concluded that the person giving it is clearly not knowledgeable on the subject and was acting out of "pain". I guess we need to be prepared for some of that as we live and move among those who are set in their SAD ways and don't care to be reminded (even when we say nothing to them but are simply good examples) of their need to change. I've experienced that personally thru various family members who do not wish to know or change. It's sad, but true. We can't let it get us down and maybe in some strange way, that kind of reaction can tell us we're doing a good thing, even tho it may not feel that way.

Emily Boller - August 11, 2009 7:38 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind comments. They truly are like "apples of gold in settings of silver," in a sometimes ugly and chaotic world.

Hey, I signed up for a 4 mile "race" in late September through the downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. The race planners are calling it, "Fort 4 Fitness", and it's limited to 5,000 participants. Currently over 4,500 have registered. It's all in hopes of getting our city more fit ~ yeah!

Again, momentum begets momentum. One by one a city can change. One by one a nation can change.

Let's all be the change we wish to see in the world! (Ghandi)

Cheers to all!


Suze (rubyday) - August 13, 2009 2:54 PM

I so love reading your articles. They are both heartfelt and inspiring.
Your style of writing is not for everyone but you always have something worthwhile to share and I enjoy the fresh perspective that you bring to this blog!
Continue on, Emily. I look forward to reading more.

tinabru - August 27, 2009 6:30 AM

You are an incredible inspiration. I am 50 and need to lose about 50 pounds to be comfortable with myself. You are incredible, I love reading your stuff, love your website. Thank you for sharing your success to help inspire my own.

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