Mike wasn’t significantly overweight when he discovered the nutritarian diet-style, yet the quality of his life has improved considerably since fully committing to it. And it has had a rippling effect on his family and those around him as well. Welcome to Disease Proof, Mike.
What was your life like before discovering Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian approach?
As a boy I was frequently sick. I suffered with asthmatic bronchitis which would always get bad during the winter. I remember plenty of times when I was sick in bed for my birthday or while my friends were playing outside during the winter school break. I always had a stuffy nose which led to frequent sinus infections and, well into my thirties, there was hardly a year that I didn’t take antibiotics.
Like most Americans, processed foods and animal products comprised the bulk of my diet. In elementary school I was “chubby”, and I was picked on for being fat. By the time I graduated high school I was six feet tall and weighed 225 lbs. During college I became more active with sports and lost a decent amount of weight. Over the next twenty or so years my weight fluctuated between 165 lbs and 200 lbs, typically hovering around 175 lbs which I thought was my “ideal weight.”
I was pretty fit just before discovering Dr. Fuhrman. I was exercising vigorously at least four times a week. and I thought I was eating sensibly, because I was completely avoiding fast food. I weighed 170 lbs, I wasn’t on any medications, and I felt good about myself.
How did you find out about Dr. Fuhrman?
One day I asked someone at a Vita Mix demonstration booth how I could learn to make green smoothies like she had just made. She gave me the address of Dr. Fuhrman’s website. Later that day, I started watching the documentary, “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” and Dr. Fuhrman appeared on the screen. I wondered, “Where have I been and why haven’t I heard of Dr. Fuhrman before?” I went online and ordered Eat for Health. Within days I read the book, and it made a lot of sense. I knew it was real and not just another fad diet. I decided that becoming Nutritarians was something my family and I had to do, because I wanted better health for all of us.
How do you feel now?
I feel great! I didn’t think I needed to lose any weight; yet, I lost 20 lbs in the first two and a half months and my weight quickly stabilized at 150 lbs. The last time I weighed that much I was in middle school and six inches shorter. The amazing part was that I never felt like I was starving myself. To the contrary, I was eating generous portions of food and enjoying food more than ever. Much more importantly, I’m healthier now. It’s been over eighteen months since I became a Nutritarian, and I haven’t had a single sick day.
What are your success tips?
Don’t wait until your health suffers before taking better care of yourself. Our leading causes of death are primarily the result of the foods we eat. Regardless of your health condition, start taking care of yourself now.
Read, listen to, or watch Dr. Fuhrman at least five minutes a day. The deeper your understanding, the more conviction you’ll have for making good nutritional decisions and the more likely you’ll succeed.
Put the principles you learn into practice. There are plenty of recipes and cooking tips available in books, online, and from other Nutritarians through Dr. Fuhrman’s member center.
If you have a spouse or partner then start educating them and enlist their help and support. It’s easier to succeed if you don’t go it alone.
Order off the menu when dining out by choosing healthy ingredients listed among the various menu items. Clearly communicate your order to the chef by writing out your meal preparation instructions and handing them to the wait staff. Bringing a healthy salad dressing and ordering fresh fruits and vegetables generally works well.
Avoid feeling trapped into eating the wrong foods. Consider “pre-gaming” with a high-nutrient snack just prior to dining out, and take a nutritarian dish or two along when dining at someone else’s home.
Help address our health care crisis by helping others take better care of themselves by becoming Nutritarians. The greatest gift anyone can receive is the gift of good health.
What has the nutritarian diet-style done for you?
Becoming a Nutritarian has improved my health dramatically, I’m full of energy and I don’t get sick. I’m enjoying more out of life. It has also empowered me to help others. My wife and children are benefiting with their own weight loss and improved health, and this is bringing us even closer together as a family. I've also helped a friend avoid heart surgery, and he is doing incredibly well now. By improving my health and the health of others around me, I have developed a greater sense of meaning, purpose, and well-being in my own life.
Congratulations Mike for not only improving your health but being a great role model for others, including your family ~ keep up the good work!