Many individuals who follow the Nutritarian diet write to Dr. Fuhrman about their success. Keep in mind that results vary from person to person. As always, consult your physician if you have a medical history and/or condition that may warrant individual recommendations.
Results may vary.
Andrea is free of constant excruciating fibromyalgia paiin, frequent colds and urinary tract infections
I had surgery to remove two large cysts on my ovaries. After the initial relief that the cysts were benign, I had to deal with severe pain so excruciating I thought I was going to die. My doctor ran tests to find the cause and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I was put on medication to help treat it and told there was no cure.
I spent the next two years on prescriptions of Lyrica and Ambien. Cymbalta was also prescribed, which I stopped taking after a few days because I couldn't tolerate the side effects. The prescription drugs brought temporary relief, but as soon as they wore off, the pain returned. I was taking two to three Ambien at night just to fall asleep. I could no longer stand feeling controlled by meds, so I decided to take matters into my own hands. What did I have to lose? I began my own inquiry into alternative healing and natural health.
I learned the importance of eating organic, whole foods, and why I needed to reduce my consumption of meat and dairy. For someone who loved Big Macs and Arby's beef-n-cheddar, I can say making this switch wasn't easy. I decided not to follow another fad diet, but commit instead to a new way of life. I read Eat To Live and completely changed my diet to following the Nutritarian program. I ordered and downloaded Dr. Fuhrman's eating plan, and now I base my meals on what I learned from him. This has completely changed my life!
I used to eat the typical standard American diet. I lived on fast food, soda, and coffee during college. I was popping five to six ibuprofen a day to deal with the pain. I didn't get much sleep and was under a lot of stress. I never became severely overweight, but definitely packed on an extra fifteen to twenty pounds during this time. I would binge diet, trying every new fad that came along.
It is this same (SAD) kind of diet, consisting of a lot of meat and processed foods that I believe contributed to my parents getting cancer, and my grandfather losing his life to cancer. In their early fifties, both my parents were diagnosed with cancer within a couple years of each other. It was very difficult to see them go through surgery and treatments for this horrific disease. This was a huge wake-up call me for me. I was desperate to learn more about the role our diet plays in our health. Could changing the way I eat help improve my symptoms and prevent me from following in my parent's footsteps? During the next several years, I learned from extensive reading and from my own experiences, that the answer was a resounding yes!
I started to notice improvements almost immediately. I haven't been sick, really sick, in years since I started eating and living the Nutritarian way. I rarely experience the muscle pain I used to constantly endure. Even if I start to get a sore throat, it clears up in days before ever turning into anything serious. I used to be sick all of the time with chronic colds and urinary tract infections (UTI). And for the first time in many years, I feel like I'm living in a 35 year olds body, not a very old body.