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Susan W. lost a life threatening 220 pounds in 2 years; no longer is diabetic or needs blood pressure medication;  has boundless energy  and loves life again

Susan W.

At 380 pounds, miserable doesn’t adequately describe how I felt. I was always heavy, even as a child. My life was filled with dieting attempts that led to perpetual yo-yo weight gains and losses. I tried every fad diet imaginable. I even tried a form of acupressure, getting a “seed” placed in my ear, which was supposed to reduce food cravings. It didn’t. I tried hypnosis, and eventually succumbed to lap band surgery, the biggest mistake of my life.  Having a lap band was continually painful, and I couldn’t even eat a salad with it in place. By the time I had the procedure reversed four years later, I was thirty pounds heavier. It was a nightmare.

I have a full-time job in a very busy hospital and was embarrassed to be so unhealthy. I have seen many cautionary tales through the years, especially regarding the effects of diabetes. I was constantly fatigued; looking back I don’t even know how I went to work every day and raised four children. It was hard for my kids to have a morbidly obese mother, and because I hated myself so much, I also hated my husband. One cannot love someone else if he/she doesn’t love himself/herself.  I couldn’t even climb a flight of stairs without being exhausted. I lived in daily fear of going to work and having my dead body found in the parking garage.

I had to wear an extension seat belt when flying, and I couldn’t put the tray down when eating a snack on the plane.  I developed high blood pressure and was taking medication for it. I had abnormal EKGs and heart arrhythmias, and I was too large for many of the medical diagnostic machines. In the summer of 2010,  when I was in my late forties, I was diagnosed with diabetes. I knew it was time to get serious about my health and make the necessary changes. My father died at age 58. He was obese, angry, and diabetic, and I refused to follow in his footsteps.  

I first met Dr. Fuhrman about twenty years ago when I needed a life insurance exam, and, since we are both based in New Jersey, he was one of the physicians available. At the time I was in my thirties and during the exam he said to me, “you are going to suffer from a heart attack and die.” I knew he was right.

Years later in 2004, I went to his medical office again for another exam. He was so sincere and helpful, and I knew he really cared for my health and well-being. He gave me a copy of his book, Eat to Live. Unfortunately, when I went home, I put it on the bookshelf. I didn’t look at it again until 2010  when I was officially diagnosed with diabetes.

At firs,t I started the six week Eat to Live challenge, and then I extended it. I lost the first 120 pounds in six months, and  lost all 220 pounds in less than two years, going from 380 pounds to 165 pounds. My blood pressure has dropped from an average of 150/100  with medication, to 115/70 without medication.  And, by the way, I no longer have diabetes!!

I feel so grateful that my life has been spared and that I have my health back. I love my nutritarian meals and cannot imagine eating any other way. I’m also in love with my husband again, because I love and take care of myself now. Eat to Live has literally saved my life and marriage!

My days and thoughts are no longer consumed with dieting, or  whether I’m having a good day or bad day depending on the food choices for that day. I have so much more mental time available now that I’m able to focus on new parts of my life. It feels like I’ve woken up from a life-long coma.

I have not had any food cravings for so long that I honestly have forgotten how bad they were. I take every opportunity to try new vegetables and prepare them in different ways. I am constantly giving out mini recipes to get my friends to eat more greens too.  I go to Zumba and BarreAmped classes weekly, hike, bike, etc. My energy is boundless!

In December 2012 I underwent a lengthy surgery to improve the look of my upper arms. No more "bat-wings." Finally I will be a girl in a summer dress. The future looks bright! I wish the healthcare industry (really the sick-care industry) would recognize and reward people who take charge of their health. They have lowered the weight requirement for bariatric surgery; I wish they would lower my deductible instead!

Let's get the word out loudly. This superior nutritarian lifestyle can reverse the ill-effects of disease, as well as prevent disease. It's really not that big of a deal, EAT A BIG SALAD!

Sue’s tip’s for nutitarian lifestyle (she never calls it a “diet”) success:

Be prepared. Don’t ever wait until you are hungry to think about what you are going to eat for the next meal. Be proactive. Plan ahead for the next meal and even the next day. Meals should always be a calm experience, because they’ve been well planned. One should never be in a panic at meal time because the food has not been bought and prepared ahead of time.

Trust the Process. In the beginning, when you are first starting, give nutritarian eating a chance to work. Trust those that have done it and been successful – it really does work, and taste buds will eventually change! Everything will taste better! And realize how much common sense this way of eating makes. It’s not a fad. It’s eating the way our bodies were designed to eat.

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