2009 has been an exciting year for Thomas. This summer, he reluctantly agreed to take part in a weight-loss contest with a friend, and before he knew it he was on a whirlwind life-changing journey to improved physical, mental, and emotional health!
Thomas recalls his turning point, “On Memorial Day 2009, as I was lounging by my apartment pool with a rum and diet coke in hand, one of my dearest friends Liz suggested that we start a summer diet competition. In my inebriated state, I was happy to please her. As a couple of weeks passed hearing nothing else from her, I was relieved to think she had forgotten. That mirage was not to be. On the evening of June 7, 2009, Liz texted me something along the lines of ‘Alright, I hope you're prepared, because the weight loss starts tomorrow with our first weigh-in.’ This message came through as I had a soft taco shoved in my mouth, which was promptly spit out as the last processed food or animal product I would attempt to ingest to date. That initial June 8, 2009 early morning weigh-in was a disgraceful 223 pounds.”
Thomas had read Dr. Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live in 2005 – he was now ready to put it into practice. He found emotional support in his friend Liz and sister Sarah, and from some new friends on the DrFuhrman.com member center.
Thomas jumped right in, and set a (seemingly) lofty goal for himself:
“I made a flippant prediction at work that I could continue beyond the summer to lose 70 total pounds by Thanksgiving. Two colleagues bet against me (reasonably so)…I was more motivated than ever.”
Thomas quickly found success with Dr. Fuhrman’s plan.
“The weight loss was rapid at first, with me losing 23 pounds in the first month…there were several benchmarks along the way: the drop below 200 lbs, the surprise visit for my parents to see it during Labor Day, the drop below 170 lbs, and most recently the most important personal drop below 150 lbs.”
Needless to say, Thomas won the bets!
Of course, Thomas was thrilled to have dropped all of this extra weight, but the real benefits for him are in the improved state of his health: Before beginning his new lifestyle, Thomas had mild depression symptoms, which have completely disappeared. He was on steroids and then antibiotics for rosacea, and now takes no medications and has no symptoms. He had early signs of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which have also disappeared. His total cholesterol dropped from 202 to 120, and his blood pressure dropped from 148/90 to 114/77.
The most important lesson Thomas has learned that each of us has control over our own health.
“The most important thing to remember is that heart disease is preventable, many cancers are preventable and treatable with food, and Type II diabetes should be non-existent in our society.”
Thomas expresses his gratitude to Dr. Fuhrman for guiding him on this journey.
“I could not have done it without the book and online personal guidance of Dr. Joel Fuhrman. I have listened to many of Dr. Fuhrman's teleconference recordings and read many of his newsletters, which have all been extraordinarily helpful in supporting me through this journey. This family doctor has literally changed my life and relationship with food. He is truly a one-of-a-kind physician and a Godsend to me.”
Some final thoughts from Thomas…
“I think it is fair to say that this life-changing process for me has been one of the most rewarding of my 32-year life and has helped to erase the four year darkness I had previously endured. For those of you who aspire for some of the same results in your life, just know that I am living proof that it can be accomplished.”