You Don't Have to be Obese or Sick to Become a Nutritarian

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!

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LaurieInSarasota - June 4, 2013 10:00 AM

Mike, because Darryl and I have the privilege of knowing you, we have seen how your whole family is thriving from following a nutritarian lifestyle. You are each an inspiration. You are a great president of our Suncoast Nutritarians group, and we thank you for that!

Carrie @ Carrie on Vegan - June 4, 2013 10:14 AM

What a great interview, Mike, and I really love your tips for success. You are such a great example of a nutritarian and how infectious (in a good way) healthy living can be. Will you and Helen be at the Getaway this year? Hope to see you again soon. :)

Paul Manners - June 4, 2013 11:02 AM

Like you, I thought I was pretty healthy, and a sensible eater. Maybe I was above average in this area, but an unexpected high cholesterol number surprised me. My wife Margie had bought "Eat to Live" a couple years before, and it remained sitting on our bookshelf ever since. I am thankful that medical test result gave us enough impetus to give Dr. Fuhrman's recommendations a serious try. Like you, I went back to a weight I last saw in middle school and my cholesterol number dropped like a stone. Margie, always a thin person, had a list of chronic symptoms we thought were inevitable which melted away. I feel very fortunate we met you not long after, when we went looking for other people in our area who have discovered this amazing approach to eating. We really appreciate your commitment to spreading the word, and have enjoyed the support provided by attending gatherings with you and other fellow Nutes here in the Tampa Bay area.

Horsecrazy - June 4, 2013 11:27 AM

I can certainly vouch for Mike's glowing great health. As my sister Laurie commented above, Mike is the president of our Suncoast Nutritarian group. My husband and I have really enjoyed knowing Mike and his wife Helen. Like Mike said, it is so much easier to do this with the support of family. I am grateful that my husband, sister and brother in law are all on board with the program. We know when we get together we will be eating healthy meals!

Sylvia Rosario - June 4, 2013 11:57 AM

Thank you for this great story (among all the great ETL stores I read here). Food addiction is very real and as you grow older it really makes sense to eat correctly and feed your body nutrients it can use to keep you going healthily.

My husband and I continue to follow Eat to Live (ETL) and when we become side-tracked stories like yours help us get back on track.

God bless you and yours.

Alan Eckert - June 4, 2013 2:23 PM

Wonderful comments Mike! How can I find out about the Suncoast Group? We live in Sarasota and my wife works for Whole Foods downtown! Thanks. Alan

Kathy C - June 4, 2013 4:29 PM

I have been "Fuhrmanized" for several years and Super Immunity & Eat to Live have been my mainstays along with Campbell & Esselstyn, etc. The Suncoast group sounds great and I don't mind going to Sarasota since I live in Fort Myers, FL. Is there a SW Florida group?

Congrats on your successes, Mike! Thanks for your tips. I just saw Dr. Fuhrman today on the Dr. Oz show.

Holly Levine - June 4, 2013 7:35 PM

Thank you Mike for your tips on dining out. I recently ate the AntiCancer Soup before going to a Japanese restaurant. Brought my apple to eat afterwards. We do what we need to do. Anyone from the SE Florida area?

Katie - June 4, 2013 10:04 PM

Wow Mike, what an inspirational story! Thank you so much for sharing. I agree with Carrie, your success tips are excellent.

Mike - June 5, 2013 8:01 AM

Thank you everyone for your kind comments.

A number of you have inquired about our Suncoast Nutritarians group. You can e-mail info @ (one word, no spaces) for more information.

To Your Good Health,

LaurieInSarasota - June 5, 2013 9:23 AM

Yes, I have heard about a SE Florida nutritarian group, at Dr. Fuhrman's online member center. I will see what I can find out about them, and I will post here. Our Suncoast Nutritarians group does have members from as far away as Boca Raton, Palm Bay (east coast) and Tallahassee. Most have only been able to make it to 1 or 2 of our monthy gatherings, but we value their membership and their friendship. I'll go now to post an inquiry about the SE FL group, will report back. I will also email our member in Boca Raton for info.

Augie - June 5, 2013 3:24 PM

Hi Mike, Congrats on your success. Great story and I like your tips too. Like you I wasn't really heavy and had no serious health issues just wanted to avoid the problems usually associated with getting old. I'm from Boca Raton and would love to meet all you guys. I'll have to check on your meeting schedule.

Rachel T - June 5, 2013 4:05 PM

Just found this blog and this post and it's very timely! I was about to start the Fast Diet or the 5:2 as it's known. Having read this, I plan to do some research into Fuhrman's philosophy to see if there is a better way to eat. Thank you.

Holly Levine - June 5, 2013 9:33 PM

Hi Florida Nutritarian friends! I live in Palm Beach Gardens and am interested in connecting with others! Rachel I want to encourage you to get started with this way of eating! It has helped my physical conditions after only 4 months! Fibromyalgia reversing quickly! Food cravings gone. I know when l am hungry. :) Thank you Dr. Fuhrman.

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