Interview with a Nutritarian: Laurie

On January 1st, Laurie, a veteran member of the Member Center of, crossed a milestone of being a nutritarian for five years. She’s still excited to be free from yo-yo dieting and Multiple Sclerosis flare-ups that plagued her life for years. Her enthusiasm for, and commitment to eating for health is evident to all as she inspires and encourages so many on the member center forums. Welcome to Disease Proof, Laurie! 

before and after images of female nutritarian

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

For years I was a yo-yo dieter. I would lose and regain the same weight over-and-over again; causing my physical and emotional health to suffer. I could never predict whether my clothes would fit or not.

At age 28 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and life seemed still more precarious and confusing with the constant threat of a MS flare-up. Still, I didn’t look to healthy foods to help with the disease. Dieting for me was all about body size and appearance; plus, no doctor mentioned nutrition to me.


What’s happened to your body since you’ve committed to Dr. Fuhrman’s high nutrient diet-style?

I lost my excess weight in 2005, and I’ve stayed at 110 lbs (5’4”) ever since then. There will never be any more yo-yo dieting for me!

I’ve stabilized at this same weight for so long that I've forgotten what it feels like to be changing sizes all the time.  I feel like someone who has always been trim.  I'm so happy with the way I look and feel now.

My "good" cholesterol has increased from 40 to 52, total cholesterol has come down from above 150 to 130, my triglycerides fell from 152 to 47, and my blood pressure is now excellent.

I do have some permanent MS symptoms since I didn't start a healthy diet until my 40’s, but I no longer have flare-ups. I don’t experience the bizarre sensory symptoms (numbness and tingling) that I used to get on a regular basis.  I use an elliptical machine and do strength training on a consistent schedule, and no longer feel like a person with a disease.

My husband, who is also a committed nutritarian, told me during the darkest days of my worst MS flare-ups that he would be with me for the rest of our lives. Neither one of us knew at the time that we would become nutritarians together and lead such joyful lives. Truly, this lifestyle change has been the best thing we have ever done for ourselves, and we are immeasurably grateful to Dr. Fuhrman. He has given both of us the gift of good health.

Laurie, do you have any success tip(s) that you’d like to share with others?

I would recommend Dr. Fuhrman's Member Center to everyone. The recipes are scrumptious, and have enabled me to cheerfully leave behind pizza, ice cream, and other previously irresistible treats. The newsletters and teleconferences are essential, and the social interaction and support is priceless. We treasure the friends we have made on the Member Center of and at Dr. Fuhrman's health getaway vacations.


Is there a final thought that you would like to share with anyone who is discouraged or has given up hope?

To anyone who is feeling hopeless I would say, "If I can do it, anyone can!" You cannot imagine how much I loved the taste of the foods that made me fat. It is astonishing how dramatically our tastes in food can change to enable us to truly enjoy eating for health.


Congratulations Laurie on such a great accomplishment! Your continual success is an inspiration to many.

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Melissa - January 21, 2010 9:33 AM

Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story, Laurie.

Ravenette - January 21, 2010 9:41 AM

Way to go Laurie! And thanks for being such a voice of knowledge and support on the Dr. Fuhrman member forums. I appreciate it very much!

Jen - January 21, 2010 10:48 AM

Thanks, Laurie, for all the comments you put on the board to support all the members who are making transformations!

Cindy - January 21, 2010 11:10 AM

I've read many of Laurie's blogs on the member center forums and perceived her as someone who had always had it all together. So it's interesting and encouraging to learn the full story. Three cheers, Laurie!!! You look awesome.

I would be interested in hearing more in the future about spouses (and kids, esp. teens) who are not immediately on board with nutritarianism. Are there any success stories like that? Thanks.

Barbara Whitney (kneecap) - January 21, 2010 11:15 AM

Thanks for this interview. Laurie is such a wonderful contributor to the member forums. She has helped so many people. Thank you Laurie!

Jomax - January 21, 2010 11:18 AM

Laurie, you are such an inspiration.
As a member of the Member Center, I've read lots of your posts and you have helped me so much.
You are such a giving and encouraging person and I want to thank you so very much.


Horsecrazy - January 21, 2010 11:24 AM

I just have to say how proud I am of my sister!! She is such an inspiration to many (myself included!). And best of all - she has regained great health, despite her MS, and that is the best gift of all.

My husband and I will be forever grateful to her for finding the way to Dr. Fuhrman and this wonderful way of Nutritarian eating!

Becca - January 21, 2010 11:25 AM

Hey Laurie:)!
WOW!!!! I never saw your before picture! You look AMAZING and are such a "poster child" for those with MS! THANK YOU!!! for sharing your story, inspiring/giving hope to others and posting in the forums:)! You are AWESOME:)!!!!!!

CJ - January 21, 2010 1:47 PM

A great success story Laurie! What an inspiration.

LaurieInOklahoma - January 21, 2010 2:51 PM

Thank you for YOUR wonderful support, everyone. :)

It was so painful growing up overweight that to this day I feel closer to those who are struggling with weight/health control than I do to my piano teacher friends, and others.

I love it when I can help, and I sincerely hope I can.

Horsecrazy/Lynne, I'm touched; thank you so much, sister of mine! I'm proud of you and Rick, too.

And Becca, you are a true inspiration!

Thanks, all. :)


AWannaBLaurieinOklahoma Dec31 2010 - January 21, 2010 3:01 PM

You have been and continue to be my inspiration. You and Darryl have shared your time and knowledge with all of us. I had no idea of the time committment you all have given until I started posting. I'm so thankful for you help. Patti

Tina Brandenburg - January 21, 2010 3:56 PM

Congratulations on your success!! You look amazing. I thank God for the privledge of getting to know you at Dr. Fuhrmans's Member Center. Your posts have helped so many times not eat something that I should not have. When I have a hard day I log in and search for your posts to keep me going.

Love ya!!


Paul - January 21, 2010 4:20 PM


Your success and your example are truly inspiring. I think you are wonderful. Way to go. I hesistate to join Dr. Fuhrman's member center as it's relatively expensive and I'm on a budget. The price adjustments in my view are pretty steep compared to the value added for what you can get for free. I continue to support Dr. Fuhrman through Gentle Care and the DHA purchases which though overpriced are acceptable. I hope Dr. Furhman thinks about the economy in addition to the health data as they are both important.

rubyday - January 21, 2010 6:20 PM

You are a true testament of what our bodies can accomplish through eating a high nutrient diet. I appreciate your story and all of the insight you provide at (forums)!


Boop - January 21, 2010 8:12 PM

Thanks so much for sharing your story Laurie. You are always so kind and thoughtful on the member forums and it is much appreciated!

carfree - January 21, 2010 9:49 PM

Hi, Laurie,

Great story. I never knew you were once on the wrong path. To me you seem like such a rock in the nutritarian philosophy. Thank you for sharing that!

isabel - January 21, 2010 10:07 PM

oh're such a great inspiration

thanks for always making me smile

i'm so happy for you

LaurieInOklahoma - January 21, 2010 10:45 PM

I have just now noticed that I must have accidentally said/written "muscular sclerosis" at the start of this interview.

Of course, that should read "multiple sclerosis".


rubyday - January 22, 2010 9:28 AM


You are a true testament to what can be accomplished through eating a nutrient-dense diet.
Thank you for your constant encouragement and insight on (forums)


maryellen - January 22, 2010 10:49 AM

Thank you Laurie for your story!!. Your such an inspiration.

LaurieInOklahoma - January 22, 2010 3:03 PM

Thank you so much, Patti, Tina, Paul, Suze, Boop (fellow onion-lover!) carfree, Isabel (a total inspiration!), & Mary (shivering in ND).

You are all inspirations to me.

Paul, I feel bad about the expenses keeping you away. I am glad that Dr. Fuhrman does have some very good information on his free website, and of course wonderful material in his books, videos and audio cds. The "Nutritional Excellence" set of audio CDs contains volumes of highly useful information, and is quite inexpensive. Nevertheless, I hope we may see you at the member center someday.

Thanks so much to all who have commented!


Jodi - January 23, 2010 2:03 PM

Laurie, everyone above has already said what I feel so I'll just acknowledge your great achievement and wonderful contribution and support to aspiring and wanna-be nutritarians. ETL/EFH veterans benefit as well. Thanks for all you share.

Sandi - January 25, 2010 6:00 PM

Laurie--thanks for sharing. You look absolutely amazing.

Claudia - January 26, 2010 6:26 AM


Thanks for sharing the before and after photos. That was truly amazing and inspiring!
You are the gold medal poster at, with more posts to your credit than any other member, and I have observed your tireless dedication to helping others, and making everyone feel welcome. If I was even half as friendly and helpful as you, then I would be very proud of myself!

I am in awe of you, and so proud to call you my friend.


aunt cia - January 26, 2010 6:51 AM

Truly an inspiration. You bring hope to those of us who want it but are struggling.

Arlene - January 28, 2010 4:33 PM

Wow Laurie!

Your story is truly amazing!
Your support and encouragement keep me going on ETL and I look for your comments, advice and motivation each and every day on the member centre.

I truly admire you!


Allison - August 12, 2010 10:12 PM

What a truely imspiring story. You look so healthy and vibrant. I can identify with being a yo-yo dieter, now having problems with thyroid, back,knees, and arthritus. I have recently lost 55lbs with atleast 40 to go. I am ready to give up the foods that I think I "need" for those that bring life, not death and disease. I live in the Tulsa area and would love to talk with you and get connected with others in my area.


Sheri - March 17, 2011 5:36 PM

I am so glad I read your story. I have an aunt that was diagnosed with MS about 10 or 11 years ago. I have been searching for someone who has experienced relief from their symptoms through changing their eating habits. I do have more questions about the MS and the changes you made in your diet. Is there anyway we can connect via email?

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