Adrienne G. lost a staggering 128 pounds; no longer has pain or is retaining water; is off most meds; rings which didn't fit her went down a size; enjoys telling other about her new lifestyle
When I met Dr. Fuhrman, I weighed 319 pounds! I was medicated for asthma, hypo-thyroid (at 300 mgs/day), glucose management (not yet a diabetic, but warning signs were present) and water retention. I had also been previously medicated for high blood pressure and had been diagnosed with a relatively severe case of sleep apnea, both of which were untreated at that point. In the approximately eight months preceding the start of Nutritarian lifestyle, I began to experience back pain, knee pain, and foot pain every day. I was frequently winded and out of breath after even minor exertion, and my sleep patterns were erratic. It had been a long time since I felt fully rested. Also, I was retaining water like a sponge, literally to the point where several pairs of my shoes were too tight to wear and I was unable to wear most of my rings. Despite all these conditions challenging me, family, friends and co-workers often commented on my high energy and ability to keep moving that had historically been a part of my constitution. Yet, during these months preceding meeting Dr. Fuhrman, I had grown increasingly more tired and worn out in a way that I never had been before. I had never experienced this before, despite a lifetime of obesity. I knew that I was in trouble and had reached the end of my “getting away” with obesity. The truth is that I was frightened, overwhelmed, and depressed that it was simply too late to “fix” myself.
Given my growing despair, I knew that something had to be done. I resolved to have gastric bypass surgery, believing that it was my only option, eventhough I had always thought it was unhealthy and inappropriate. For me, this was a devastating resolution that spoke of my utter failure in caring for myself. I thank God that at the very same moment that I was reaching for the phone to schedule my surgery, I received a phone call from a dear friend's mother who, herself a health enthusiast, has followed Dr. Fuhrman's research for some time. She believed that Dr. Fuhrman had the answer to rid me of my lifetime of obesity and she was right! She informed me that for my 40th birthday, she was going to bless me with a consult with Dr. Fuhrman, and in that exact moment, with tears in my eyes, I knew that my prayer had been answered, and that this was literally a gift from God. I had a very strong feeling that this was my answer and that I was going to do whatever he told me to do. There is no turning back!
I began to follow the plan the very day I met Dr. Fuhrman, and literally, in about a week, I began to feel an increase in my energy and an increase in my mental clarity. I could see a noticeable decrease in the puffiness that had become my norm and I began to find previously unknown space in my clothing! At my one month weigh-in, I was hyper with excitement about how great I felt and I found that I was 26 pounds lighter than I had been just thirty days before. Moving the scale bar off of the 300 pound mark was a very joyful experience, but not as joyful as it was to move it off of the 200 pound mark less than a year later!
I now weigh 191 pounds and my health is spectacular! I continue to take a markedly lower dose of thyroid medication (125 mgs/day) but other medication are gone! They have been rendered no longer necessary! My present energy surpasses the standard that I once maintained as great energy, and there are no aches and pains to complain about. In fact, I had been obese and out of shape for so long that I sincerely didn't appreciate just how rotten I felt because it had simply become my norm.
Before starting this journey, I had no confidence that this level of success would be possible. Having been given this gift of a new and healthy life free from the chains of obesity, I have found a new confidence that was clearly missing before. My self-imagine and my belief in what else I am capable of has soared. I feel so strongly about sharing this knowledge that I’m always trying to encourage other people. I frequently bust out the pictures of myself at 319 pounds to show people what is truly possible, I send folks to the Member Center and the Disease Proof blog, and I've given out several copies of Eat To Live! I truly believe in what is means to be a Nutritarian. I am in some ways horrified at how simple and easy this new life has become. I spent forty years morbidly obese when freedom and health was literally a bowl of greens away! I am realizing now that many medical professionals and government officials are very uneducated about proper nutrition. Each and every one of us must make up our own minds and determine how we will live, and the answer to this is directly connected to how we eat. I will Eat To Live, and I will thrive because of it! And for the record, I am now wearing my rings again, all of which had to be taken to the jeweler to be sized down so I could fit them!