Interview with a Nutritarian: Molly

I met Molly, a college student, at the Weekend Immersion in Princeton this past November. She glowed with exuberant radiance; I had no idea that just a few years back she hated fruits and vegetables! Thanks to a mother who quietly modeled healthy eating choices, Molly decided to commit to Dr. Fuhrman’s Six Week Challenge to see what would happen. The rest, of course, is history. Welcome to Disease Proof, Molly.


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

I lived a typical, college student lifestyle. I generally ate cheap, easy-to-prepare foods such as cereal bars, pasta and sandwiches; interspersed with sweet coffee drinks to fuel my late night studying, and frequent "treats" to satisfy my sweet tooth (cookies, muffins, etc.). I've always had a hearty appetite so I steadily gained weight through high school and college. I never thought of myself as being fat, but I knew that I was plumper than I wanted to be, and I was frustrated that my sporadic efforts to cut back on eating and increase physical activity never yielded any results.

I played sports throughout my childhood and was on the varsity fencing team my freshman and sophomore years in college, but I rarely exercised outside of participation in team sports; and after I quit fencing I led a relatively sedentary lifestyle. Plus, I always suffered from severe seasonal allergies, allergies to animals, and asthma so I had strong motivation to stay indoors when the weather was nice.

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of my pre Eat to Live days was that I scrupulously avoided eating fruits and vegetables. I didn't like the taste and texture of plants, especially fruit, and I would get very upset if anyone encouraged me to try dishes with fruits or vegetables in them. I gradually added some vegetables into my diet, including lettuce, cauliflower, peppers, onion, and green beans, but my vegetable consumption remained very limited, and I wouldn't touch any fruit besides an occasional orange.


How did you feel then?

My allergies were a very annoying problem, and I frequently caught bad colds, but otherwise I felt relatively fine. Super healthy eating always seemed out of reach due to my stubborn refusal to eat fruits and vegetables.


How did you find out about Eat to Live?

My mom read Eat to Live and followed nutritarian eating so I looked into it. It made sense to me so I decided to do the Six Week Challenge to see what would happen.


How do you feel now?

I’ve significantly improved the quality of my life. I’m 5’5 ½” and started at 156 lbs and today I weigh 122 lbs. My allergies are less severe, and I haven't had a cold since starting ETL even though my siblings come home with awful colds. This is quite remarkable for me, because I used to catch every cold that came through the house!

Losing weight and taking control of my eating and health has also improved my outlook on life. It was a major area that I never felt like I had control of before, but now I feel confident that I know how to treat my body right for the rest of my life. I’ve started exercising regularly, because it felt like a natural extension of my commitment to healthy eating. I now cherish my outdoor runs and hikes and the way they make my body feel.

Perhaps the most astonishing part of my transformation is that, through an open mind and perseverance, I’ve successfully changed my taste buds, and now I LOVE fruits and vegetables. They are the core of my diet. It has been great fun to discover the joy of eating food that I know is both delicious and good for me. I also enjoy eating fresh, seasonal foods, and I've come to love cooking. Food has become a passion and a pleasure for me in ways that it never was before.


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

  • Don't be afraid to try a new way of eating and give your taste buds time to adjust to the change.
  • Schedule time into your day for prepping and chopping vegetables because having healthy food on hand is the best way to stave off bad cravings.


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

It has made me feel strong, confident, and HEALTHY! It has made eating and food a supremely satisfying aspect of my life.


We applaud you Molly for investing in your health at such a young age ~ keep up the great job!

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Kate - March 12, 2012 8:27 AM

Great going Molly. I'm so glad you learned to like fruits and vegetables. Someday, when you have children, don't forget to start them off on vegetables. That way they will never have this issue.

Hadley Gustin - March 12, 2012 9:54 AM


Congratulations! As a holistic anxiety coach for college girls with anxiety whose primary focus is on plant-based diet and nutrition, I think the steps you took to improve your health and lose weight are absolutely fabulous! I hope many, many young women read your story so that they too become inspired to lead a healthier and happier lifestyle despite the difficult surroundings of college.

Bill - March 12, 2012 8:15 PM

Molly- you are a winner and now you can model thus lifestyle for other college friends and family. You look great and the fact you did this so early in life you have a wonderful future ahead. Many blessings.
This is something you can do for the rest of your life.

mike rubino - March 12, 2012 9:12 PM

Great job, its nice to see young folks getting into ETL ! Keep up the great work.

Ellen - August 25, 2012 9:26 PM

Hey Molly (or emily),
I'm also a college student, and am already living a vegan lifestyle, but am strongly considering going full fledged into the ETL lifestyle. I'm wondering a few things, though. Do you live in a town where there is a health foods store? How do you approach/handle all of the added stress of eating out, social times, parties, and events like cookouts when you don't have like-minded people surrounding you? I'm really passionate about eating real food, and natural food. But I feel like you're often perceived as a snob when you turn down food in a social setting or in a setting where you're a guest, so I usually don't turn this food down, as I'd rather people listen to me with an open mind than completely shut off whatever I have to say because they see me as "too good" for what they've decided to serve. I can control pretty much everything I eat when preparing food in my own home, but it's so difficult being in college when I feel like so many meals are shared, and almost all hang-out time is centered/planned around a meal. Any thoughts or advice would be splendid!

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