Disease Proof

Interview with a Nutritarian: Candee

Candee was first introduced to Eat to Live at one of my library talks in Fort Wayne, Indiana; but like many successful nutritarians it took her awhile to fully commit to following the eating plan. However, once she made the commitment, she took off running at full speed! She lost fifty pounds and now feels like she has her life back! Welcome to Disease Proof, Candee.

        Candee before and after

What was your life like before discovering Eat to Live?

I have always struggled with my weight, and I’m a lifetime member of two other weight loss programs.  In my thirties I was thin and worked out after work everyday, and I ran 3 or 4 miles several times a week. At that time I didn't have a husband or kids. In my forties the weight started creeping on and I did lose most of it on the Atkins Diet; only to gain it right back and then some. I struggled with sugar, and over the last ten years I quit trying to get healthy and had pretty much stayed at the same (overweight) weight. I felt like hiding and didn't want to participate in physical activities, because it was too much effort and I was always tired.

I bought Eat to Live as soon as you told me about it, and read it while on vacation. I had good intentions to start following it as soon as I got home, but the commitment wasn’t a solid one. However, I did start drinking blueberry / spinach smoothies. 


How do you feel now?

I feel like I have my life back!  I no longer have sugar cravings, and I have lots of energy and confidence now. I feel like the real me is here again because I’m not embarrassed by how I look anymore; plus I’m not afraid to try new activities again. This past summer while on vacation we climbed Sleeping Bear Dunes in northern Michigan. The summer before I would have been waiting in the car!  I also had to go horseback riding with my daughter on Mackinaw Island because my husband is allergic to horses, and I was able to successfully do it! 


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


  • Make the decision to do it. 

  • Change the way you think. It’s about getting healthy; not just losing weight.   

  • Eat to Live gives a good plan to follow. I planned out what I would eat everyday and it has never been a problem for me. I eat oatmeal and fruit for breakfast. I always make a big pot of bean or vegetable soup to eat for lunch, and salad or raw veggies and a hot vegetable dish and nuts/seeds for supper.  I try lots of new recipes, and it has really helped me to have a handful of favorites that I know also fit the eating plan. 


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

I’ve lost 50 pounds, and went from size 16 down to a size 6; plus, my cholesterol dropped 60 points! I no longer have acid reflux disease, of which I had taken medication for 20 years. I’m still taking blood pressure medication, but I’m hopeful that I’ll be off of that entirely this year. I’ll turn 57 this month and I feel like I’m no longer getting older; I’m getting better!!


Congratulations Candee and keep up the great job!

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MIke Rubino - February 9, 2011 8:25 AM

Great story.Keep up the good work Candee.

Ginger - February 9, 2011 9:27 AM

This is fantastic news. Good for you!

Mia Z - February 9, 2011 10:41 AM

I sooooo agree with this: "Change the way you think. It’s about getting healthy; not just losing weight."

wendy (healthy girls kitchen) - February 9, 2011 11:30 AM

What a wonderful success story. And I totally agree--success requires changing the way that you think. To your comment about changing from "It's about losing weight" to "It's about being healthy" I would add that we need to learn to think how a thin person thinks and give up the way of thinking that overweight people often share.

For example, "I ate that cookie and it wasn't on my plan, I might as well eat the whole bag" (heavy thinking) to "I ate that cookie, it wasn't the best choice but it doesn't make me a failure, when I eat again, I am going to make great food choices" (thin thinking).

jeff - February 9, 2011 7:10 PM

Great job Candee, I'm extremely proud of you.

Karen Harris - February 9, 2011 9:14 PM

Thank you for sharing your story! It is inspiring to those of us who are still on the road to better health!

Barb - February 9, 2011 9:27 PM

What a transformation! I wouldn't have known the two pictures are of the same woman! I am so encouraged by Candee's story. I am near her age and struggle with sugar cravings, as well as feeling "deprived" if I don't have treats. I have a stricture of the urethra and can tell that what I eat makes a difference. My abdomen is also always bloated. I want to get well and am thankful for all the wonderful information, encouragement, and recipes on this website. Thank you, Dr. Fuhrman, for the work you do that helps thousands of people.

Denise Walden - February 10, 2011 11:05 AM

Ok...... I am starting this today.. I am tired and worn out and stressed out and over weight..... I have ONE question! I love to make smoothies.... I will eat fruit and veggies if I can put them in a smoothie.... Right now I have blueberries, 1 cup pineapple and 1/2 Mexican Grapefruit. It is wonderful....... Is that acceptable? I will drink a lot of smoothies through out the day to get the veggies and the fruit into my diet... I will do the steamed veggies also but really wanted to know about the smoothies..... Any help out there?

Emily Boller - February 10, 2011 2:21 PM


Congratulations on starting the journey to eat for health! That's great!

It's easy to overeat on fruit in smoothies, and it's also easy to overeat with just smoothies. Learn to also enjoy eating a variety of vegetables (both raw and cooked); and daily include onions, cooked mushrooms, colorful beans, freshly ground flax seed, raw/unsalted nuts and seeds. Eat only when truly hungry, no snacking between meals, and stop BEFORE full.

You'll be surprised and amazed how quickly the weight will drop off, cravings for junk food will subside, and energy will emerge! Keep track of your progress - it's exciting to watch!

All the best to you!

Dorothy Pollock - February 10, 2011 8:52 PM

Congratulations! It's so empowering to take control of your health!

Danielle - February 13, 2011 4:04 PM

Thanks for sharing your story. Thanks for being honest about not committing fully at first. I was off and on for about a year and half until I finally decided to really do it, because, you know what, it just was not easy for me to fully change at first. I think your story is completely encouraging for those struggling to really overhaul their entire mindset and food choices. It takes work, but you can get there, and when you do, you will be successful.
Thanks again!

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