Martha and Stanley have rediscovered life after switching to Eat to Live.
Martha & I on ETL
Any testimonial on Dr. Fuhrman’s ETL plan would be better understood if our past medical health history was reviewed. What follows is a copy of the memo that I sent to our four children and their spouses on February 21, 2006 as we were just starting to adopt the ETL way of eating. Our 90+% effort on ETL did now begin until about March 7, 2006.
“As you know, for years, even before my 1998 prostate treatment, I have been a “little” kooky about things like food, herbals and vitamins. Dr. Dattoli is a strong believer in herbals and diet for men’s health. I have always said that what we eat causes most of our health problems. Soy milk has become my replacement for cow’s milk. Bison replaced beef. M&Ms remained the candy of choice. Other subtle changes like walking & portion control have crept into your mother & my diet plan. Unfortunately weight loss and low cholesterol did not follow. At the same time my CRP (C-reactive protein) level indicates that I am at increased health risk.
As we age eating out with friends and family has become a frequent happening. Part of the reason is for ease, part for the tasty food but also for the socialization. Meanwhile we struggle to remain healthy.
At the December 2004 Saperstein Chanukah party, Murray’s younger daughter and son-in-law were very interesting. In the past we had spoke at length about travel, namely Vegas, and the West or finances and the computer. Your mother and Suzanne compared likes and dislikes of the various US parks. That year the focus was briefly how they were changing eating habits eliminating most of what was being served. Weight loss was their goal. December 2005 found them a mere shadow of their former selves. Steve lost 50 pounds in 6 months, Suzanne a bit less. They brought their own food, rice, sushi and steamed vegetables. Can you guess my first question after hello?
They basically had become VEGANS which is one step beyond Vegetarian. Do all that to loose weight, I think NOT. Suzanne had been on statins for cholesterol control. Her cholesterol was running 298 before statins, after 6 weeks it was 300. Dropping the statins, being afraid of the side effects, and starting her new way of eating the number dropped to 175. Probably less than 10% of Americans that are not on medication can boast of such a number. They have also noticed increased energy, greater ability to concentrate, fewer allergies, full not stuffed feeling – less hunger and Suzanne’s dry skin condition has subsided.
Steve suggested that we read The China Study and the Mad Cowboy. Going to Amazon to buy them at a discount I also bought Eat to Live by Dr. Fuhrman. I’ve attached a pdf copy of ETL should you care to read it.
So what does that mean for your mother & me? Are we too old to become healthier? I think not. Will it extend our life? Don’t know, but if our life is healthier while we are alive, isn’t that a plus?
So what are we doing? After New Year’s we worked off the leftovers by giving away as much as possible, eating selectively and discarding the rest. I’ve read the 3 books; your mother is still reading ETL. About mid January we increased our eating of vegetables, both raw and cooked, fruit, beans and nuts. I’ve eaten less than a handful of M&Ms. Consumption of animal products including dairy and eggs have been minimal.
How are we doing? Your mother has lost 5 or 6 pounds, I’ve lost 7. Two other points that might be more valuable than weight loss alone. Your mother has been on Provachol for a year for her cholesterol. She takes a pill every other night. Prior to that she was on Lipitor for 3 years. In October her cholesterol was 182, with medication, not bad. On Saturday Wal-Mart had free screening, her number, with no Provachol for 2 nights, was 163. My numbers were 206 on 12/19 and 154 yesterday. A couple of years back Dr. Puleo put me on Lipitor and I stopped taking it as I didn’t like how I felt. Shortly after that he called and told me to stop as it was affecting my liver. He switched me to Zetia which I found made me exhausted so I again stopped. The third statin was Crestor which I again stopped due to fatigue. Statins appear to affect me negatively.”
The above note to our children pretty well sums up how and why we changed our eating style. I should mention that Martha had continual aches and pains every morning while on Provachol. Without medication the aches have stopped.
So where are we today?
Neither of us is on Cholesterol lowering medication. I have stopped the blood pressure medication. Our bloodwork results are excellent, attached is a spreadsheet showing the lipid panel results. We feel great, more energy and enjoying what we are eating more so than our previous SAD diet. Oh, and our weight has dropped without effort. For years we have tried to reduce our weight. Martha was a faithful at the local health club. We were and still are frequent walkers. Her weight going back to 2001 ran between 150 and 165 regardless of the amount of exercise or diet. Now her weight is about 132. My weight, which is shown on the attached spreadsheet, historically ran from the high 170’s to the mid 180’s. November 1, 2006, a few days from now, I estimate that my weight will be 141, down 40 pounds from a year earlier.
Friends and relatives have watched and in some cases admired our progress. Many have changed eating habits somewhat to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, one relative who is obese has lost over 40 pounds by eating a modified ETL program. We have sent many email to friends and relatives with articles about health and eating along with updates our progress and even held a Vegan Fest on July 23 rd, for 65 friends and relatives to expose them to some of the many wonderful Vegan food items that are available.
Some people might think it’s a negative but our having to buy new smaller clothes has been very uplifting.
As my weight approaches my wedding date weight of 43+ years ago we must say that this is a success and a testimonial to the Greatest Diet on Earth that Dr. Joel Fuhrman has designed and continues to refine for the benefit of anyone wanting to improve their health.
Stanley & Martha C.