Interview with a Nutritarian: Bill

It’s always fun to watch the rippling effect of those who get their health restored. This past January my story inspired Gary to get his health back. Then Gary’s co-worker, Bill, noticed Gary’s dramatic changes and was motivated. Now, almost 100 lbs lighter, Bill is so excited to be healthy and feeling great for the first time in his life! Welcome to Disease Proof, Bill. 

nutritarian male - before and after pic

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

My life was out of control, but I didn’t know it. The mirror was a lie for me, because I was living in denial. I had high blood pressure, and I was on meds for various things but thought, “Hey, I’m getting older and this comes with age.”  Food was an addiction and I was addicted! I ate all day and no food was off limits. I hate to think how many calories I ate and how many of them were empty calories.

 

obese maleHow did you feel then?

I felt like garbage after eating a meal. At 268 lbs I couldn’t run or participate in activities that I wanted to do. I was slowing down to a crawl, and my future didn’t look hopeful. The really sad part is that I didn’t see myself as obese, and I didn’t realize that being tired all the time was due to poor nutrition and the excess weight that I was carrying around.  It was a downward spiral that desperately needed to be stopped.

 

How did you find out about Eat to Live?

I was beginning to lose weight through eating better foods and exercising when a co-worker introduced me to nutritarian eating. He was eating more than I was and losing more weight! I was beating myself up in the gym and closely monitoring everything I ate while he was eating big meals of raw veggies, beans, fruits, and nuts. I decided to start eating high nutrient foods also and my body responded in the first few days! I was hooked!

 

How do you feel now?

I feel like for the first time in my life I have energy! I now weigh 172 lbs and I’m alert and function at a higher level than ever before. I enjoy life now! I eat foods that make me feel good and give me the nutrition that my body has needed all along. My stomach is never upset and I love the way that food tastes these days.

 

  Before Current
Weight  268 lbs  172 lbs
BP 178 / 92 126 / 62
Cholesterol  229  171
Waist  48"  36"
Body Mass Index  36  25
 Fasting blood sugar 101  95

 

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

Go all the way and get yourself clean from processed foods. Do the six week challenge religiously! It works so well the first week, and each week gets better and better. By the end of my six weeks I wanted to stay on the program forever. Do this for yourself and for your family; it’s so worth it!  It’s hard for me to think that anyone could read Eat to Live or Eat for Health and not want to begin the program.

 

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

It has saved me from leaving this planet early and has made me a better person with more confidence and a renewed zest for life. I want to eat foods that feed my body and allow me to function at the highest level possible. This way of eating fits into my lifestyle and is sustainable for the rest of my life!

 

 

Congratulations Bill and keep up the great job!

 

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Dorothy - December 27, 2010 10:27 AM

Congratulations and continued great health in 2011 and forever ;=)

Ocean Waller - December 27, 2010 11:21 AM

Wow Bill! You did a great job! Dr Fuhrman is the man! Anyone who listens to him will achieve improved health and weight loss.

Bookworm bev - December 27, 2010 11:26 AM

What a wonderful transformation! Thank you for sharing and for being an inspiration.

kathryn - December 27, 2010 3:39 PM

Hi Bill,
Congratulations & well done :-)
You've inspired me to start the program, again, on Jan 1st.
I give in to emotional eating before the first week is over.
I've printed out your story and its on the fridge!

One question:
Your waist measurements, as noted above, 42" to 36" just don't seem accurate. I would have thought that the before measurement would be higher? Almost 100 pounds and only 6" off the waist?

Regards,
Kathryn

Bill - December 27, 2010 9:14 PM

Kathryn,

Good call, my waist was 48" when I started, I must have made a typo with that. :-)

Don't cave the first week though. Keep going for you and you'll see results. Every week gets better. Commit to doing it all the way!

You can do it!
Bill

Julia - December 28, 2010 12:01 AM

I am so happy about this! I have always been shocked that the medicine needed for the diseases we created.....was always here and provided by God! Our food....and I'm not politically correct....it's God for sure that made what heals us in body and soul. Merry Christmas!

Karen - December 28, 2010 9:15 PM

Great job Bill! Did you follow Eat to Live or Eat for Health? If it was Eat for Health, did you start with week one and progress through the book, or skip through? Thanks

Bill - December 29, 2010 12:35 PM

Karen, I read and followed Eat To Live. I went through the six week program and simply stayed on it, making a few changes suggested in the book. I have read and even re-read ETL to gather more info and a better understanding of the entire concepts in the book. I hope this helps and I encourage you in your journey. I seem to learn something new every week from the website and emails, along with the book.

rachael hirschman - December 29, 2010 10:41 PM

Bill! You look great! I love you and you now inspire me through your weight loss as you did in the classroom 17 years ago. Great job!

Vennesa - December 30, 2010 12:30 PM

Great job Bill. Congratulations!
I too noticed how much more energy I have now that I'm eating right. You just don't realize how rotten you felt until you start eating well and feel the difference.

Bill - January 2, 2011 1:25 PM

Vennesa,

Isn't the extra energy just the best! After I've eaten, I wait and the energy comes on with no stomach going crazy and all that. I enjoy the eating with not bothering with calories and worrying about numbers, ect...

Keep working and stay with it, you're worth the gains and the way you feel everyday. Finally, your body will sop losing when you have arrived at your ideal weight. It's a beautiful thing.

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