Jane P. lost a whopping 95 pounds and her husband 90 pounds; she is thrilled to be free of her food addiction and no longer misses her once daily ice cream fix
On March 31st 2012 I watched the film Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. I was immediately inspired and bought a juicer and started juicing exclusively that same day. Tom, my husband, had watched the movie several months prior and had suggested we get a juicer, but never told me why or to watch the movie. Therefore, he quickly joined me in juicing exclusively that first week. Tom is 52 years old and had hypertension and high cholesterol. He was taking hypertension medication and his doctor wanted him to go on a cholesterol lowering drug. We discussed it and decided it first made more sense to try diet modification. During the first week we were juicing I was thinking what were we going to eat when we stopped juicing, and looked up more about Dr. Fuhrman. I read Eat To Live and we decided when we stopped juicing we would follow the Eat To Live plan. Then I read Disease Proof Your Child and quickly realized we needed to stop juicing and start cooking following the Eat To Live plan as a family. Until then, since my husband and I were juicing and not cooking, we were letting our seven year old daughter eat whatever she wanted every night which was usually mac and cheese. So, as of April 22, 2012, we followed Dr. Fuhrman's plan as a family! We started making the recipes in his books and learning more via the website. We find the website very helpful in answering all the questions that come up on our own as well as from family and friends. The most amazing part of all of this for me is the freedom from food addiction that I feel for the first time in my life that I can remember. I literally ate a large bowl of ice cream most nights of my life since I was about four years old! And even the nights that I didn't eat ice cream, I would be missing it. Resisting ice cream seemed to me to be impossible. And now, since following Eat To Live, I no longer crave or even care about ice cream! I can be in a room filled with people eating ice cream and have no desire for it. I am still amazed, but absolutely thrilled by this, my new reality! This summer when we were at the shore walking on the boardwalk, I thought I'd want some soft ice cream since I had been "so good." But when the time came and others were ordering it, I actually thought, "no, I'm not hungry and I don't actually want any!" What an awesome feeling!
If I knew I could be free from my compulsive desire for food, I would have done this years ago! At this point, I have lost ninety five pounds and my husband lost ninety pounds. I went from a size 28 to a 16. My husband went from size 46 waist to 38. My husband went off his anti-hypertensive medication within two months and his cholesterol went down from 206 (Feb 2012) to 167 (Aug 2012). His triglycerides went down from 167 to 131. And his LDL went from 134 to 104. Overall, we feel great and love our new lifestyle! We're excited we can fit in theater seats comfortably and are planning to go to more shows. Also, our daughter is learning lots about eating for health and enjoys helping us plan and cook our meals. She loves Fuhrman fudgsicles! Thank you so much Dr. Fuhrman for giving us the information and tools we needed to be successful.
Updated Information as of Jun 21, 2013:
We are continuing to enjoy and benefit from our Nutritarian lifestyle. I've lost 130 lbs and Tom has lost 110 lbs. I'm a size 14 and Tom's waist is down to a 36. Tom's total cholesterol is down to 150; triglycerides down to 83; and his LDL is down to 94 (May 2013). His latest blood pressure was 112/60 without meds now for the past year. I haven't had any labs drawn lately, but will be going for a physical in July so I can give more of an update then. My biggest excitement lately was in May when I had to travel on an airplane for the first time since losing weight. I was excited to see how much I had to tighten the seat belt when before I sometimes needed a seatbelt extender! Our whole family is more active now and we get out and walk and exercise at our local park most nights after dinner. We started a local Nutritarian group and are having fun meeting other like minded Nutritarians.