Interview with a Nutritarian: Dorothy

I met Dorothy on the member center of I was thrilled to observe her excitement as she became set free from food addiction and  yo-yo dieting this past year. Although she’s happy to have reached her “dream weight”, like so many others have experienced, she is most excited about the freedom that eating for health has brought to her life . . . for the rest of her life! Welcome to Disease Proof, Dorothy.

                         female nutritian; before and after images

What was your life like before discovering Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian eating-style?
My life was like a miserable rollercoaster ride. I was a chronic yo-yo dieter, and caught in the cycle of deprivation dieting to lose weight; however, I was unable to maintain it as I always fell back into bad habits. At age 20 I required a gallbladder removal as a consequence of following the low carb, Stillman Diet during my high school years.

I was always hungry, and dealt continually with food cravings and binge eating. Dieting to lose weight for an upcoming event, and then sabotaging my efforts became a way of life for me. I started to wonder if I was just going to gain and lose the same 20 lbs forever and maybe it was time to face the reality of being heavier than I liked. However, because my family has a strong cardiac disease history, the fear of getting sick drove me to keep looking for a solution. I prayed that I could find something that made me healthy as well as thinner.


How did you discover Eat to Live?
In November of 2009, at age 53, I searched and found a website called Peer Trainer, and through that site I was introduced to nutritarian eating and Dr. Fuhrman’s teachings. His basic message was eating a lot of high quality nutrients, and the focus was not about, “You can’t have this or that.”

I thought to myself, “Okay, I can make a smoothie and add some kale and spinach.” I remember standing in the supermarket looking for kale and not knowing what it looked like.I started eating green vegetables and making smoothies, and it was like someone flipped a switch and my hunger and cravings vanished. I actually started craving healthy food, and willpower became a non-issue for me. The more I learned online, the more I wanted to know about Dr. Fuhrman’s high nutrient eating style so I bought his books, and the rest is history.


female portrain

How do you feel now?
I feel great! I’ve gone from weighing 172 lbs to 134 lbs; which is below my dream weight of 135, and my total cholesterol has dropped 38 points. I now enjoy exercising regularly and shopping for fashionable clothes; going from size 12’s and 14’s down to 6’s and 8’s. I also like eating high nutrient foods, because my taste buds have changed and I no longer desire salty, processed, and greasy foods. [Plus, as an additional bonus, my daughter who has type 1diabetes, has been eating high nutrient foods right along with me, and has significantly reduced her insulin requirements!] 


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

  • Eat high nutrient foods, and the desire for junk food becomes less and less desirable. 
  • Focus on what you can eat; not on what you can’t eat.  
  • Make delicious, fruit smoothies with berries, a ripe banana, almond milk, spinach, and/or kale. 
  • Establish a support system. I’m a member of Dr. Fuhrman’s Member Center, and being able to communicate with Dr. Fuhrman has been really helpful for me. Additionally, the other members have a lot of practical advice, encouragement, and recipes to share. The member center helps me stay on track.


In a nutshell, what has nutritarian eating done for you?  
It has totally changed my life because I’ve been freed from “Food Jail!” I feel good about myself now that I’m in control of the food that I put into my body. Cooking is now more enjoyable as I’ve discovered new foods and recipes. I also handle stress better, and I longer turn to food for self-medication. As a nurse I know that nutritarian eating will certainly increase my odds of staying healthy for the rest of my life.


Congratulations Dorothy ~ we applaud you! 


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Lisa - August 9, 2010 1:15 PM

Congratulations. As a woman near 50 I am impressed. I was curious how long this took and what kind of exercise did you participate in?

Lilly - August 9, 2010 2:33 PM

You look more like a daughter to that earlier photo, than the same woman. As another woman in her 50s, your story gives me hope that I'll be as vibrant. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story.

Dorothy - August 9, 2010 4:02 PM

Thank you.
@ Lisa - I started in late Nov - Early Dec 2009 and transitioned to fully nutritarian by January. So about 8 months to lose 40 lbs. My core exercise is my treadmill. Walking 30 min at a minimum up to one hour when I am in the mood. I did that about 5-6x a week with a recent addition of walk/jog with a max of 20 min jogging. I also played with some light weights and some stretching but I am not a big exercise person or active in sports. It's really the nutritional plan that made the weight come off. I am now at about 131 lbs and hope to get into the 120s to get my cholesterol further lowered. But the severe need to lose weight is blessedly over;=)
@Lilly - Thanks. Yeah weight can really age us.This is cheaper than plastic surgery too!

Lauren - August 9, 2010 4:34 PM

I am so proud of you, mom! :)

NatureGirl - August 9, 2010 5:06 PM

You look beautiful and 20 years younger and happier! I am on the path now too and I've just much to learn...Blessings!

MIke Rubino - August 9, 2010 6:27 PM

Great stuff. I love reading about these success stories . Lets face it ETL works.Keep up the good work Dorothy.

DD - August 9, 2010 6:45 PM

Congrats! Its always uplifting to hear others stories! I was doing great and feeling great when I started, however, I am 6 weeks pregnant and not doing well. All I want it to eat is high sugar/ deep fried foods. I am really struggling to keep up energy and I know I need to eat better, but I feel sick most of the day and just want junk. Has anyone ever gotten through a pregnancy eating Nutritarian?

Horsecrazy - August 9, 2010 8:24 PM

You look wonderful Dorothy. Nice to see you here and also on the member center. If any of you reading this are struggling to lose weight or just get healthy, I highly recommend this plan and becoming a member of and joining the paid part of the member center. Worth every penny!! The Dr. will actually answer your questions and then there is much help and encouragement from the members. AND.....wonderful recipes.

Vennesa - August 9, 2010 10:35 PM

You look great. From your picture, I would think you were closer to 40. Congratulations for looking and feeling (and being) healthier!

Kristi - August 10, 2010 10:27 AM

Wow! Your transformation is just ... wow! Your skin is just glowing in the second picture. I agree with above posters that you look so much younger. Congratulations on the success of your journey.

Emily Boller - August 10, 2010 12:25 PM


Several on the member center of have gone successfully through pregnacy and delivered healthy babies. Dr. Fuhrman has given helpful suggestions for them on various topics that arise during the different stages. Now especially is important for you to be eating high nutrient foods for the optimal health of you and your developing baby. Please consider joining the member center during this time for additional support not only from Dr. Fuhrman, but from other women "who've been there."

Congratulations on the exciting news ~ all the best to you and baby!

DebbieSLP - August 10, 2010 3:07 PM

@ DD, there are lots of threads about being Nutritarian during pregnancy at the Dr. Fuhrman member forum. The first trimester is so important- eating junk now will only make the cravings and sickness worse, and is not good for your baby or for you. It's normal to feel tired a lot in the first trimester too. Take a look at the topic here, and also on

Carrie - August 10, 2010 10:20 PM

Hi DD, congrats on your pregnancy! I had a baby a year ago. You CAN get through the cravings and the sooner you start eating better the sooner they'll go away. There are things you can eat for the sugar and fat cravings that are healthy. For example, oatmeal with chopped apples and blueberries and walnuts would be great. I ate a lot of oatmeal concoctions when I felt like I had to have carbs to settle my stomach. I also developed a huge aversion to cooked vegetables, so I did weird things like eating romaine hearts whole (I just sat there and munched on them without even chopping them first; my husband thought I had turned into a rabbit!), and I also got a juicer and juiced vegetables so I could just chug them down quickly when I couldn't stand to chew them up and eat them. My favorite juice combo was kale, celery, apple, and a squeeze of lime. Bottom line is, you have to get creative with food. When you have a craving, there is always a healthy substitute if you give it some thought. Best of luck to you! You will feel better soon -- 6 weeks along is tough, very tiring.

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