Disease Proof

Interview with a Nutritarian: Chris

Sometimes it takes the responsibility of being a parent to wake-up to the realization that we want to “be there” for our kids; not just when they are little, but when they’re grown up too. Chris was incredibly wise, because he took the necessary steps while his daughters were young to be the healthiest dad that he could possibly be for them. What a gift he’s giving to his young family! Welcome to Disease Proof, Chris.  

     

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

As someone who always worked out or competed in sports I never had to think about what I ate.  As I got older and other things got in the way of exercising, I would gain weight fast, because I ate like I was working out.  I always thought I was eating healthy because I'd make sure I ate some kind of animal protein with dinner.  It wasn’t until the birth of my second child that I realized I’m going to be in my 60's when they are in there 20's.  I remember not being able to put my socks on in the morning by bringing my knee straight up; I had to turn it to the side because my belly was so big.  I also remember thinking, “How am I going to carry my two daughters up the stairs when they want me to carry them?”   I didn't want to be that kind of dad.  I wanted to be the athletic dad that could do anything with them, even at a later stage in life.
 
 

How did you feel then?

Being on a high protein diet continually, I experienced toxic hunger really bad and called it “hypoglycemia".  I'd get moody if I didn't eat every two hours. My days centered around eating five meals a day.  I also suffered from adult acne and would catch a few colds every year; and it was no fun looking at myself in the mirror when trying on clothes. It was difficult for me to be out of shape while playing with my one-year-old, especially since I was in such great shape when I was younger. 

 

How did you find out about Eat to Live?

After the birth of my second daughter, I adopted a whole food, plant-based diet after reading The China Study, and I was going to raise my two girls vegan as well.  My parents and in-laws thought it was a crazy idea, because they were afraid their granddaughters weren't going to grow up to their fullest potential; so I set out to prove them wrong.  I first discovered Disease Proof Your Child, and then found Eat to LiveEat to Live made the most sense to me of all the plant based books that I had read so it was the lifestyle that I wanted to adopt for my whole family.

                                

How do you feel now?

It's crazy to think that I now weigh the same or less than I did in high school!  My energy levels have never been better.  I no longer have crazy mood swings or adult acne.  I’ve lost 7 inches around my waist and it’s fun to shop for clothes again.  Sometimes I find myself looking for clothes on the rack next to high school kids. 

I started competing n running races again and have won twice in my age division while pushing a double stroller! I’ve also received a "Super Preferred" status from my life insurance carrier.  It’s fun to say that I’m 43-years-old and in the best shape of my life; and my life insurance company just confirmed it.

  

 

Before

Now

Height

5’11

5’11

Weight

190 lbs

154 lbs

Hemoglobin A1C

5.5

5.3

Triglycerides

164

82

Cholesterol

212

145

HDL

68

70

LDL

111

58

LDL / HDL ratio

1.64

0.84

 

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

 

  • Discover the “WHY”. You need to find out "WHY" you are doing this.  Mine was for my two girls ~ I wanted to be that active, healthy father for them while they were growing up and beyond.  If you have a deep emotional commitment to your "WHY" you can achieve anything. 

 

  • Choose the highest scoring, nutrient dense foods. Always find places where you can sneak in the most nutrient dense foods like using cooked collard greens instead of tortillas.

 

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

It has made me make conscience decisions about everything I put into my mouth.  If one eats for health, the weight takes care of itself.  I love not having weight issues now or ever again, and I can live life to the fullest.  Plus now I’m competing in running races again and showing my girls how fun it can be.  When my girls are older, I will be able play sports with them instead of just watching, and I know that I’ll never have to worry about having a heart attack.  I’m also eating all the anti-cancer foods to protect myself from ever getting cancer.  I know that I will live a long and active life, thanks to my nutritarian diet.

 

Congratulations Chris on achieving your goal of being the healthiest dad that you can possibly be! 

 

Trackbacks (0) Links to blogs that reference this article Trackback URL
http://www.diseaseproof.com/admin/trackback/270162
Comments (9) Read through and enter the discussion with the form at the end
mike rubino - February 2, 2012 8:32 AM

Good going Chris !

Jen - February 2, 2012 10:11 AM

Thanks for this post. It is very motivational to hear his story. He is very much like me and I am struggling with some weight and not feeling optimal. I want to "live more easily" and this is the push I needed! Luckily I don't have medical issues but just not where I want to be. Anyone would say I am just fine but the extra weight is taking its toll on my life and self esteem. And that affects my children!

Way to go!!

mike crosby - February 2, 2012 10:39 AM

Geez Chris, I could be your twin.

My reason too was getting out of bed one morning and having my second child there.

My numbers are almost like yours except I'm one inch taller.

I remember somewhere hearing one should be a one's high school weight. Not sure if it's true or not, but if so, for me that would be 145. By today's standards, that seems awfully low, but as long as I eat a whole plant food diet, I'll let that dictate my weight.

Stacey Stokes - February 2, 2012 11:41 AM

Thanks for this post. I get so much out of reading the experiences of people who were ill and very overweight, but this story applies more to my situation. I don't have dramatic changes, mine are subtler (sometimes not sure they're even real or due to ETL) & really appreciate your sharing how Eating to Live has affected you.

Romney - February 2, 2012 1:50 PM

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Way to go and what an awesome example you are- to your kids and to all the people that read this and have met you!!

Chris - February 2, 2012 11:37 PM

Thanks everyone for your kind words. The one thing that I can tell you is be "all in" Committ yourself to be 100% nutritarian and the results will come. Where people fail is when they question the diet and use 80% from this diet and 10% from this other doctor's diet and so on. Join the member center where there are lots of people there to help you get the results.

Stan Starsky - February 3, 2012 11:20 AM

Really great and inspirational story...Congratulations. It is amazing just how much an affect your diet can have on your whole life.

rw - February 6, 2012 4:32 PM

I notice you are a cyclist. I was wondering what sort of foods you add in to the ETL style diet in order to have enough calories for cycling? I bonked pretty bad last summer and realized I couldn't do 30-50 mile rides and only eat 1400-1600 calories of mostly veggies. I've been eating a lot of quinoa and bread for fuel, but am not sure if it is the right approach. It's sort of inspired by an nytimes article about what scott jurek eats. Interested in hearing about others opinions.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/13/sports/13runner.html

rw - February 6, 2012 4:33 PM

also, if I may ask... how long did it take you to go from 190 to 154?

Dr. Fuhrman's Executive Offices
4 Walter E. Foran Blvd.
Suite 408
Flemington, NJ 08822