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.
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As a truck driver, Jason found it hard to eat healthy; when his obesity made an injury worse, it set the path for his adopting the Nutritarian diet and he lost an incredible 114 pounds
In late 2012 I learned that my 54-year old mom was pre-diabetic. The news hit hard. I love my mom and want her in my life for as long as possible, and I knew that this condition could take her away prematurely. Shortly thereafter, my dad had a heart attack. His cardiologist placed a stent to open the blockage and said he’d be fine. The doctor also told him that his cholesterol levels weren’t bad. In fact, he never had a patient as fit as my dad. I couldn’t wrap my head around this contradiction: If my dad maintained good health, how did he have a heart attack? I mulled it over for quite some time.
More misfortune struck me personally in February 2013. I work as a truck driver and was 500 miles from home. Working outside in the rain, I slipped off the back of my trailer and fell nearly five feet. I suffered two compression fractures in my lower back, and excruciating pain kept me from working during the next four months. I feared that I'd never regain my mobility. Fortunately, I didn’t require surgery and remain active to this day. I now see the injury as a blessing in disguise. In fact, I consider it the best thing that has ever happened to me. My injury forced me to be more introspective. I thought, I’m much larger and eat far worse than either of my parents. They’re clearly not bulletproof and neither am I.
My doctor reinforced this message. He told me that my excess weight contributed to my fractures and recommended that I start to eat more fruits and vegetables. My diet consisted mostly of sheet cakes, ice cream, pizza, chicken wings, and hamburgers, so he did make a valid point. His staff was on board and drank fruit and vegetable smoothies at their desks, but I had no intention of doing the same. I travelled long distances to restaurants where TV personalities performed eating challenges; I would then out-eat the TV-personalities with pride, so smoothies just didn’t appeal to me.
My doctor also checked my vitamin D level. To my surprise, although I worked outside in short sleeves four or five hours each week, my level was 4 ng/mL, which is not only deficient, but about as low as can be. I searched the Internet for a multivitamin that could deliver vitamin D and all of the other vitamins and minerals I needed to be healthy. I came across a Cornell University study that implicated folic acid, an ingredient in virtually all multivitamins, in cancer development. It blew my mind to think that most multivitamins could contain this destructive ingredient, and this led me to hunt for a folic acid-free multivitamin. I found Dr. Joel Fuhrman has developed such a product.
I looked into Dr. Fuhrman’s work to learn more about what he advocates. More fruits and vegetables - not particularly exciting, but I felt curious to learn more and bought his audiobook, Eat to Live. I listened to the entire book in one day. Everything he espoused was evidence-based, backed by study after study. It just made sense. It left no doubt in my mind that a plant-based diet was the healthiest way to eat, though I still didn’t feel ready to give up meat and sugar. The following day, I recall eating a very unhealthy lunch with my mom and sister. I told them about the book and laughed about the low quality of the meal we had. I shared my conviction that if everyone in our country adopted this eating style, we could shut down most hospitals. But I also told them that there was no way I could eat that way. It was far too strict.
The following morning, I felt different. My mindset had changed. I weighed more than ever before, a whopping 342 pounds, and for the first time in my life, I knew how to become healthy. I didn't eat my usual junk food that day. Instead, I bought a high- speed blender, broccoli, plums, carrot, flaxseed, and kale. It tasted disgusting but I choked it down. I did this day after day, making small modifications to make it increasingly palatable. I also began to eat large salads and make my own dressings from nuts instead of oil. I took advantage of the recovery time allotted for my broken back and used to heal my entire body.
Since that day, I made leaps and bounds. My discipline increased and the weight came off. As happens to all of us, I had my share of setbacks and unhealthy meals. But invariably, I got right back on the wagon. I listened to, or read every book and podcast that Dr. Fuhrman published, and when my willpower waned, I would listen to Eat to Live again. I think I've heard it at least six times by now.
I lost nearly half of my body weight, dropping to 180 pounds within just one year of following this Nutritarian eating plan.
Results may vary.