Kim was 40-years-old, and mother of four, when life took a tailspin into several years of intense stress with ailing parents who eventually passed away within eight weeks of each other. Between the ongoing struggles and debilitating depression that consumed her life she gained 90 lbs in a relatively short amount of time. Unfortunately, her doctor put her on more and more medications to attempt to relieve the symptoms of dangerously high blood pressure, rising blood sugars, and other maladies of a nutrient-deficient diet. However, today Kim is the epitome of vibrant health and well being as a result of following Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian approach. Welcome to Disease Proof, Kim!
What was your life like before discovering Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian diet-style?
My life was a roller coaster. I was a yo-yo dieter for many years and each time I gained more and more weight. In 2005 I gave birth to my 4th child just shy of my 40th birthday, and my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. Stress and hormones ruled my life, and my doctor said my blood pressure was high and that I needed meds. I took them periodically but never followed up. In 2007 my mom's health took a 180 degree turn for the worst, and stress, depression and poor eating habits caused me to gain about 30 lbs. The depression sent me to the doctor who decided to put me on a regiment of meds, and then I gained an additional 30 lbs almost instantly.
My mom and dad passed away within 8 weeks of each other so the doctor doubled my meds, and I gained another 30 lbs! By this time my blood pressure was 165/105 with medication. My hemoglobin A1c [measures glucose in the blood] was up to 8 so the doctor put me on more meds. I was starting to have mild chest pains and shortness of breath all the time; I even had to lie down after showering. Instinctively, I knew that something had to change quickly or my youngest, who was 5 at the time, could possibly grow up without a Mommy.
How did you discover Dr. Fuhrman?
One day I was watching TV while folding laundry. When looking at the TV Preview Guide I saw 3 Steps to Incredible Health listed on PBS. I’ve always been a sucker to anything weight-loss related so I decided to watch it. As I listened I was mesmerized. “How could this possibly work? Eating real food seemed so incredibly simple but this was the answer!” It was that day, June 4, 2011 that I stopped eating any processed food and adopted the 90/10 rule*. After losing 50 lbs and researching more about eliminating animal products I became a Vegan.
* [Dr. Fuhrman mentioned in 3 Steps to Incredible Health that we have to flip from eating 90% animal products & refined foods and 10% produce to the other way around.]
How do you feel now?
I've lost 95 lbs, and I have nothing but energy! I’m like the Energizer Bunny now; I'll never sit on the sidelines again! Plus, I’m never hungry, and I never count calories, which used to drive me crazy back in the day of other diets. I cried the day my doctor told me my blood pressure was 106/75.
Fasting Blood Sugar
165/105 (with meds)
106/75 (without meds)
What are your success tips?
- Be organized! Know what you need for the day ahead. I’d take too much food to work and took pride when I’d bring more than half of it home. Once my body received all its necessary nutrients it told me when I was full - truly a miracle!!
- When eating out, I always look at the menu before I go so that I know what I'll order beforehand. That way I'm not making unwise decisions under the pressure of the moment.
In a nutshell, what has the nutritarian approach done for you?
Being a Nutritarian has given me my health and life back. I’ve really enjoyed learning how nutrition works and incorporating it in all that I do every single day. I’ll never go back to the Western style of eating. This is my way of eating for the rest of my life, and I wouldn't have it any other way!