Interview with a Nutritarian: Ronnie

Ronnie is an amazing example of the dramatic results that nutritarian eating can have on the body.  Not only did he lose over 140lbs in one year and get his precarious health restored, but is now completely off $600 a month of medications!  You will be astounded by his remarkable recovery. Welcome to Disease Proof, Ronnie.

formerly obese male with his wife (before and after pics)

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

In 2005 I had open heart bypass surgery, and two years later I had three stents put into an artery. Soon after being released from the second hospitalization, I was still experiencing chest pain.  I typed “reverse heart disease” into an on-line search engine and discovered the web site of Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

At that time I weighed over 300 lbs and couldn’t perform even the simplest of tasks without shortness of breath and chest pain. I was getting affairs in order for my impending death, including preparing my wife to take over our business.   


How did you feel before committing to nutritarian eating?

I was always hungry and I felt lethargic all the time. My brain seemed to be in a continual cloud of confusion, and every joint in my body ached.


What’s happened to your body and how do you feel now?

I committed to Dr. Fuhrman's high nutrient diet-style on July 10, 2008.  During the first seven months I lost 110 lbs.  By July 2009, I had arrived at my ideal weight; a total weight loss of 140 lbs! 

After a couple weeks of nutritarian eating I had renewed energy and hope. I gradually lost all aches and pains, and toxic hunger completely disappeared. Each morning I woke up with vitality for the day.

My chest pains have completely ceased. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides have all been reversed to a healthy range. With Dr. Fuhrman’s careful oversight through Ask the Doctor on the Member Center of, I’ve been able to completely stop all medications. (Medications for blood pressure, high cholesterol, blood thinners and more.) As a result I’ve been able to save over $600.00 a month in out-of-pocket pharmaceutical expenses!    

Now I can:

  •         do heavy weight strength training 4 x week
  •         do interval cardio training
  •         play tennis
  •         ride a bike 

These are all activities I couldn’t even dream of doing two years ago! 

I’m no longer a patient that needs medications; I’m fit, healthy and well!

fit and healthy male

Ronnie, do you have any success tip(s) you’d like to share with others in their journey to health?

I highly recommend joining the Member Center of I couldn’t have done it without the lifesaving and valuable support from Dr. Fuhrman. He personally answered every question that I had along the way, and his continual guidance and oversight was always reassuring.

Also, don’t just read Dr. Fuhrman’s books, put them into practice!


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

It’s always the darkest before the dawn. There is life in all of us if we will make the choice to live it! Nutritarian eating works! Don’t live your life always looking in the rearview mirror. Let the past be just that; the past. 

Our journey to optimal health is always in front of our eyes, and we sit at that intersection every new day. Go forward to freedom! Forget past failures and always keep your eyes on the prize of great health and vitality through excellent nutrition. 


I asked Ronnie’s wife, Peggy, if she had anything to add. She responded with the following note written directly to Dr. Fuhrman:

Dr. Fuhrman,

I want to add my note of appreciation to you for your hard work and devotion. I now have a new husband! 

Who can ever know how life can change? Over a year ago I was sure that Ronnie would not be with me much longer. Through his own doing, he was a prime candidate for a stroke or heart attack. Now, through his dedication and hard work, and the knowledge that you have given to him, he is not only (hopefully) going to live a long life, but he is living it to its fullest! His commitment to nutritarian eating is an inspiration to all of us.

None of this could have been possible without you.



  July 2008 July 2009
weight 300 lbs * 160 lbs
blood pressure

161/110 (on meds) *

115/70 (no meds)
waist 58" 34" *


41.5 (morbidly obese) 21.7 (healthy)
cholesterol 228 * 132
triglycerides 312 63
LDL 148 75
HDL   44

                                *Ronnie weighed more, but 300 lbs was his scale's limit.

                                * He now wears a size smaller in pants (30) than he did in high school (31)!

                                *300mg of Avapro and 200mg of Toprol for high blood pressure

                                * 20 mg of Lipitor for high cholesterol


Congratulations Ronnie!


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Arlene - January 6, 2010 5:34 AM

Ronnie a million congrats! What an inspiration to wake up to this morning! I was down in the dumps feeling I couldn't change my numerous health problems and here I am reading this miracle man's story of true determination and success.

Words fail me! And all in the space of a year WOW

Well done Ronnie

patty - January 6, 2010 7:23 AM

Aloha Ronnie

The SAD world is no longer holding you hostage. What a wonderful breakthrough story.

love patty

isabel - January 6, 2010 9:03 AM

This is fantastic. You look amazing! Congratulations on your success. I am so happy for you and your family.

You're a new man!

Charlene Nolan - January 6, 2010 11:21 AM

These inspirational stories motivate me everyday. I think that "Eat 2 Live" is one of the greatest secrets around and it is our responsibility to share Dr. Furhman's practices with others. Being a "nutritarian" makes life VERY easy, and I wish I had put this into practice years ago. Bravo, Ronnie!

CJ - January 6, 2010 1:00 PM


I know of your success story and enjoy reading your posts on, but I still marvel at what you have achieved. I know you must feel like you are on top of the world.

Congratulations to you and your entire family.

joy (carfree) - January 6, 2010 1:19 PM

Hi, Ronnie,

I've followed your story through the member center on Dr. for quite a while. Congratulations on your success.

It shows that while we think our bodies are begging us for food, they're really begging for nutrition. And when we give it the right foods, our bodies quit begging, and start healing.

Thanks for sharing your story with so many.

Cindy - January 6, 2010 4:22 PM

Wow, Peggy and Ronnie, what a great-looking couple you are! Thanks for sharing your story. I hope you take all that money you're saving and go somewhere terrific.

I concur about joining the Member Center. When I joined last year, I was reluctant to spend the money, but it's well worth it. I also didn't want to tell my hubby how much it cost me. Now I think he would agree that it is a small price for a slimmer, more pleasant spouse.

Ronnie - January 6, 2010 6:09 PM

You are all too kind. Thank you all for you words and my prayer is that if my story can motivate anyone to take the step to freedom from the SAD way of doing and dieing then all the heartache and pain I went through is worth it.

Happy Health To All!

maryellen - January 7, 2010 10:30 AM

THis is so amazing!!!

tina - January 7, 2010 7:13 PM

Congrats Ronnie! I agree, Dr.Fuhrman is the BEST!

themoo - January 11, 2010 5:45 PM

I had been reading some of your posts in the past and thought that you must have an awesome story to tell. Now everyone is aware of your success! Keep posting so we will know more about your life in 2010!

larry - April 10, 2010 9:38 PM

I sure would love to know waht you eat every day. What does your day look like?

Eve - October 28, 2011 4:16 PM

I, too have read your "story" many times & it never fails to impress & encourage me, that I might be able to reverse my heart disease.
I , also am curious about what you eat on a typical day to reap such an amazing turnaround!

Emily Boller - October 29, 2011 8:29 AM

Ronnie strictly followed the six-week eating plan in Eat to Live, and it's important to note that he did not cheat. That's what enabled him to achieve such great results.

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