Interview with a Nutritarian: Esther

 

 

Esther Boller is one cool chica. As a lover of fashion myself, I knew I had to get to know this rising star in the art and fashion world who also happens to be a model nutritarian. While just 17-years-old, Esther has already proven that she has the talent to compete with the best and brightest in fashion and film. Esther recently won a National Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her Masking Tape Dress - made completely out of masking tape!  Winning this award is no small feat. It is a prestigious award dating back to 1923 and has been previously granted to artistic greats such as Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.

Esther continues to increase exposure in the fashion and modeling industry and this spring she was the cover girl model winner for Mode Republic. In addition to all of these achievements, she also won the Scholastic National American Vision Award for her short film, “Dreams are Sails”. Over 200,000 students entered the various Scholastics competitions, and she traveled to New York City in June to accept her awards at a national ceremony in Carnegie Hall.

Wow! So while I’m completely impressed by her skills in the world of aesthetics, I’m equally impressed by her healthy eating habits. After speaking with her on the phone, I learned that she’s been committed to following the nutritarian lifestyle since December 2011 and has never felt better. Let’s get to know this inspiring girl better. Welcome to Disease Proof, Esther!  

 

 

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

While always a pretty healthy eater and ate better than most teenagers, I was far from perfect. I loved fruits and vegetables, but I also ate pizza, breads, cookies and sweets regularly. I’ve always had a sweet tooth and this meant plenty of sugar in my diet. In August 2011 I began suffering from dizzy spells combined with intense headaches once or twice each week and they would last for over 20 minutes. I would become so overwhelmed with a sensation of spinning that I would instantly have to stop whatever I was doing, sit down, and put my head between my knees until it would stop. Each week they increased in intensity, frequency and length to the point that they were greatly incapacitating. I could never anticipate when an episode would happen, and they started to occur every other day so I began living in fear of them; especially when I was driving the car or out in public.

My mom took me to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist last December, and after an initial hearing test ruled out an inner ear imbalance, the doctor wanted to do a bunch of expensive diagnostic tests, physical therapy, and possibly put me on meds. I knew that I didn’t want to take drugs as I’ve seen first hand the negative side effects of mind altering meds. No way. So when Dr. Fuhrman suggested that I eat 100% perfectly, even starting a week before Christmas, I was willing to do anything to get better. I couldn’t let the dizzy spells and headaches, or the negative side effects of drugs stop me from achieving my dreams.

  

How do you feel now?

A few weeks after committing to the nutritarian lifestyle, the spinning episodes and headaches became less intense and I felt them less frequently. After two months they completely disappeared. Now, besides having no more dizzy spells or headaches, I’m not as tired anymore and have lots more energy. This last spring semester I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to focus on schoolwork with enhanced alertness and simply have more vigor in daily living. I never had terrible skin, but I don’t get acne or pimples like I did sometimes in the past.

 

What has surprised you about following a nutritarian diet?

It is so easy and I enjoy it much more than I expected. I liked fruits and vegetables before, but didn’t love them like I do now. I didn’t think I would enjoy eating kale, but now I adore it! I’ve become much more creative in the kitchen and one of my favorite meals is a salad with homemade bean salsa on top.   When I crave something sweet, I whip up a banana ice cream made with bananas, other fruits and non-dairy milk. My friends are pretty accepting of the way I eat, and when I visit my friends' houses and they offer me junk foods, I explain that I have to follow a special diet for health reasons. It’s definitely not as hard as I thought to say no to conventional American foods. 

 

Do you have advice for other young people attempting to improve their diets?

Yes! Don’t be afraid of trying new foods. You’d be surprised how great vegetable and fruit dishes can taste! As I mentioned, I’d never been a huge kale fan, but after eating it more and experimenting with different cooking techniques and recipes, it’s become one of my favorite vegetables. My taste buds have certainly changed as I’ve made the switch to a 100 percent nutritarian lifestyle and I now crave large salads, which was something I didn’t expect. 

I’ve also found it helpful to have a variety of different fruits and vegetables stocked in the refrigerator. Fruits and vegetables can be a little bit boring after a while, so it’s nice to try out new recipes. When I first started, my mom and I tried out a bunch of recipes and found ones that I really enjoy and make all the time now. There are so many ways to cook fruits and vegetables!

 

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

I look forward to my future now without the fear of scary, dizzy spells, headaches, or taking drugs for the rest of my life. Nothing feels better than that! 

 

 

Image credits: self-portrait in car by Esther Boller;  Carnegie Hall ceremony taken by Ruth Yaroslaski

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Diane Noland - August 25, 2012 9:24 PM

Bravo! What a smart young lady you are. I love your masking tape dress too! Good for you that you recognized superior information when you got it. I too suffered debilitating dizzy spells beginning when I was 13 in the 8th grade, dizziness and terrible eye disturbance, blindness actually. When the spells happened I had to go to bed. How I wish there had been a Dr. Fuhrman for me back then, but that was more than 60 years ago. I thank my lucky stars every day that I was directed to Dr. Fuhrman nearly five months ago. I've already dropped one drug that I was taking and I hope to drop the other two in the not too distant future. Like you, I am looking forward now to the rest of my life, because I feel so fabulous. Good luck, Esther, with all your endeavors!

Lilly - August 25, 2012 11:35 PM

Esther, I've been following your delightful blog and reading Emily's news about you. It's so wonderful that you, at 17 know how to take care of your health and are living in health. You'll be able to create for such a long and wonderful life ahead! So happy for you!

Sheron - August 26, 2012 2:02 PM

WOW! Congratulations on all your awards! And, on your health improvement!. Keep up the good work. After 30 years on an all plant based diet, I can say that the benefits are well worth the effort and social issues involved. Keep in touch with other nutrutarians; that support will help you tremendously. I'm so glad that you found the way to health and happiness. Good Luck and best wishes to you.

Caroline - August 26, 2012 2:47 PM

Yay! Nice to see I'm not the only 17 year old eating well :)

Bill - August 28, 2012 5:39 AM

Congratulations on everything that you have accomplished! After reading 3 Steps to Incredible Health, I wanted to make a change too. In addition, I want to get off of Blood Pressure Medication, cure my constipation and lose about 30lbs. I find Kale along with Collard Greens to be some of my favorite vegetables too. The recipes that I have been cooking are very tasty. Good luck to you in the future Esther.

John B. - August 28, 2012 9:44 AM

I know exactly about the sweet tooth problem Esther is speaking about. I have never had problem with the typical junk food and I despise with fat people who go to unhealthiest fast foods, but I always suffered from eating chocolate too much.
To be honest, I consider chocolate the most addictive drug I have ever tried. When I start thinking about it, I can´t stop until I eat some.
I have also some problems with my head (dizzy feelings and panic attacks), but I have never made that connection with food I eat. I believe I can reverse my problem by the same way Esther did. And I have to admit she is a clever girl too, since I´m already in my 40s and haven´t figured more about my problem yet.

Carrie (Carrie on Vegan) - August 30, 2012 6:01 PM

I so loved meeting Esther at the Getaway this year and agree that she is incredibly talented. She also has a pretty cool mom. :)

Horsecrazy - September 2, 2012 9:22 PM

Yes Esther - everything Carrie said! So pleased I was able to meet you at the Getaway and finally got to meet your wonderful mom too!

lisa o. - September 19, 2012 11:06 AM

a friends daughter was just diagnosed with POTS disease....the symptoms sound similar....has anyone heard of a cure for this dibilitating disease?? She's only 16, and can't get out of bed......
Thanks

Neil Butterfield - October 24, 2013 7:15 AM

Well done Esther. It's fantastic to watch people take repsonsibility for their health like you have. Keep it up :-)

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