Interview with a Nutritarian: Jessica

I first read Jessica’s story on the Member Center of DrFuhrman.com. I was thrilled to read it, because many of us wait until we are well into our middle age years or beyond to consider getting our health back. She sought the path early on as a young mother in her twenties, and is not only setting a great example for her family, but is now a role model for many others. Welcome to Disease Proof, Jessica.   

young mother who lost weight

Tell about yourself and the events that led up to getting your health back.

I am a 26-year-old mother of one, military wife and homemaker. Since childhood, I’ve always had an issue with my weight, self-image, nutrition, and energy levels. I was always fatigued, and regularly woke up more exhausted than when I went to bed the night before. Over time my allergies grew worse, and asthma induced by activity dominated my desire to exercise. I felt like a shell of a person.

In my early twenties I had a laundry list of prescription meds for everything: depression, migraine headaches, allergies (including 2 allergy shots/week and an inhaler); and a medication to wake me up in the morning and one to put me to sleep at night. I had the resume of a hypochondriac, only I wasn't one. Western medicine just kept throwing meds my way instead of looking at causes for the ailments. Doctors had me believing that, "These things just happen" for no apparent reason. They wanted me to take meds for the rest of my life.

After I had my son, the extra weight really hurt so I began seeking a different path. In my search, I thankfully discovered Eat to Live. The book was my inspiration, and helped guide me to lose 43 lbs in five months. [158 lbs to 115 lbs] I am now off all meds except for one allergy medication, which is being used less frequently. I have no migraines, acne, depression, and best of all the sleep disorder has completely vanished! 

 

How did you feel before starting ETL?

I felt empty. I was disgusted at myself for being so unhealthy at my young age. My life was out-of-control and I felt helpless. One minute I would have the strength to eat healthy, and the next minute I would cave in and eat junk food. The food addiction set me up for a ritualistic "try and fail" dance that chipped away at my self-worth.

 

How do you feel now? 

I’m jubilant now that I’m in control of my life! I’m in the driver’s seat instead of being the hijacked victim of food cravings. I can feel the difference immediately when I eat something that is full of nutrients, like romaine lettuce or a green smoothie. My skin even glows instead of being plagued with blemishes. I also go out more, because I don’t have to try on fifty different outfits; looking fat in all of them. 

Becoming a nutritarian has changed me from being sad, angry, and wishing I were somebody else to loving myself. I feel alive. I’m in tune with my body now, and I feel like I’ve been born into a whole new life that’s full of possibilities!

before and after portraits of female

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

Yes, read Eat To Live, and then take the six-week challenge to see how much your toxic addictions have been running (and ruining) your life. In fact, keep learning and read all of Dr. Fuhrman’s books and articles. You will never regret it!

 

Congratulations Jessica! 

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Michael Crosby - March 29, 2010 10:50 PM

Tu eres one hot mamacita.

Do you ever blow it?

I'm a nutrarian, but I"m sitting here eating a sandwich de Cubano.

Stephanie - March 30, 2010 9:51 AM

Wow, Jessica! Congratulations! You look great!

Kayli - March 30, 2010 12:59 PM

It's so nice to see an article about another twenty-something who's trying to be healthier without a health crisis. I'm a 24 year old who's about 60 pounds overweight, but all my numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose) are fine. However, I know I'm not invincible and my lifestyle will eventually catch up with me. I have to admit that sometimes it's difficult to stay motivated when there's no immediate threat, but I know that I will thank myself twenty, forty, sixty or more years from now.

Thanks for posting this story! Good to know there are others out there like me!

Fran - April 8, 2010 4:00 PM

Hi,

Jessica, I don't know if you will read this, but I am highly curious in what you eat every day. Can you give an average day's menu? I know you eat Nutritarian, but can you be very specific? Thanks! You have totally inspired me. I am your age, and you look amazing! :) Good job.

Jessie aka Jemoiselle - October 18, 2010 10:20 AM

Michael, thank you for your comments, and to answer your question I'll tell you how much I adore my new lease on life, my health and profound understanding of what contributes to my health and what hurts it. I will NEVER give that up, honestly, I feel so good and love my food so much I could never go back. Impossible, seriously.

Stephanie, thank you so much! I appreciate that!

Kayli, thank you for your sweet comment. Yes, I agree that without a pressing condition (heart disease, high blood pressure etc) becoming a nutritarian initially seems harder! But looking back, within the first 2 weeks of my commitment I noticed immediate dramatic changes in my health such as my headaches lessening, my skin ceasing to break out and most memorably for me, the eczema on my arms vanishing. I will never forget that moment...I cried. Seriously, I was getting ready for a shower, hugged/folded my arms to my chest because I was cold, and was taken back by the lack of bumps. My arms were baby bottom smooth, something I had not experienced since I was about 8 years old! Tears filled my eyes, (campy moment warning) I hugged myself, and promised my body I would never make it sick again. It was astounding. I only THOUGHT I didn't have a health crisis. Little did I know how much damage I had already caused, thank is reversing as I type ;D Good for you in making the changes and realizing the reward this early. We are the ones who will truly show the power of the nutritarian diet, the youth, who will be cancer and heart disease free in our old age. We will certainly be living proof.

Fran, you have no idea how often I am asked that! Hehe. I'll give you an example of one day: Breakfast I love my green smoothies. Recipes are around on this blog for those! For lunch I love to have my 1oz of nuts (yes I weigh every day hehe) and a huge bowl of my nutritarian chili or soup. I make a pot of soup about 2-3x a week and eat the leftovers throughout the week for lunch. I might have a salad with the soup if I have dressing made up. I eat onions, tomatoes, garlic and romaine in my salads. I eat some fruit for a snack, or another smoothie later in the day. For dinner I like salads loaded with veggies, I like steamed veggies, steamed greens with cashew cream sauce (yum!) and more beans/soup.

That about sums it up, but of course I eat a variety of things each day, most importantly, I listen to what my (non-addicted) body tells me it wants/needs. That perhaps is my biggest decisive factor each day. I make sure to always get my beans and greens, also. Those control cravings and seem to enhance my energy the most! This would be just one ;D I hope it helps!

Rachel - February 19, 2011 9:13 PM

Thanks Jessica for your story. I am twenty-six years old as well and I am a mother. I know that I can do this and I will. One day (in the near future), my success story will be here or on the drfuhrman.com website.

Jessica Marie - February 20, 2011 5:38 PM

Hi Rachel, you are most welcome. With an attitude like that, I believe you! ;) I can't wait to read your story!

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