When I woke up on July 30, 2017, I was starting on Day 1 of being a Nutritarian. I was excited because I knew I was beginning a new chapter in my life. I was motivated to change. I watched my dad suffer from Type 2 Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure and Cognitive Decline. His death had a profound effect on me. My personal history of eating disorders, emotional overeating and food addiction had taken its toll on my body. I researched Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live book and the Whole Foods Plant Based Diet lifestyle. It all came together in one life changing moment when I watched Elisha’s personal story on Eat to Live Daily on Facebook. Being Nutritarian made complete sense to me and I had decided that I would be a Nutritarian for the rest of my life. I was suffering from depression and I was at my heaviest weight of 209 pounds when I began this journey. I was an emotional overeater, sneak eater and addicted to SAD food. My doctor said I had GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and I remember being told I had a medium size hiatal hernia. I was prescribed Nexium by my doctor but I had stopped taking it because it didn’t seem to help. I always said I held my stress in my stomach. Most mornings I would suddenly have uncontrollable intense dry heaves or vomit up my coffee or on the rare occasion my breakfast. Yuk! I was not a big breakfast eater for that reason. I had dry scalp and developed a non-painful, benign cyst on the top of my head, about the size of a cranberry. My back, knees and legs hurt and it was painful to walk up and down stairs. My sensitive legs caused me great pain when my kids simply sat on my lap. I had no energy and I was tired all the time. I couldn’t get through the day without a nap. I drank cup after cup of coffee. I wasn’t sleeping well. I would wake up for 2 or 3 hours during the night. I started waking up in the morning with headaches. I had Exercise Induced Asthma and I had no energy for exercise. I never felt good and I was getting sick a lot too. My doctor had told me I was pre-diabetic.
When I started eating Nutritarian, I was doing the best I could. I had the support of the Eat to Live Support Group on Facebook and I reached out with many questions. I followed Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live plan the best way I knew how at that time. Removing meat, dairy, oil and salt from my diet was not a big deal for me. Avoiding sugar and processed foods were my biggest struggles. I wasn’t perfect but I was eating better than I had before. I decided it was best for me to stop drinking coffee too. I felt crappy going through SAD food detox and caffeine withdrawal headaches. I survived it and it got better. On August 21, 2017, I joined Elisha’s Jumpstart Accountability Group on Eat to Live Daily. My life has never been the same. I have stayed with this supportive, encouraging and amazing group ever since. I was learning so much about how to be a Nutritarian. I learned how to water sauté my vegetables, make oil-free salad dressing, how to order healthy food when eating out and how to navigate social situations like the Holidays. I learned the correct healthy foods to eat and wonderful yummy recipes. My focus from the very beginning has been on my health and to learn the skills and knowledge of how to be a Nutritarian. I never focused much on my weight loss during this journey because I knew I would lose weight eating this way. I have had a bumpy road. I have fallen off plan many times but I managed to always learn something from it and improve. I just kept going. For me, it is not about being perfect. It is about making progress and learning along the way. My biggest challenges continue to be strategizing my time, meal planning and food prep. I keep it simple and for me this works. I need to keep an eye on certain portions like yummy blueberry banana nice cream. I do want to learn more recipes and do better with food prep because I feel that eventually my husband will join me full time. Then with both of us strong we will teach this option to our kids.
My goals for this Eat to Live 6 Week Challenge were to tackle my emotional eating, end my addiction to SAD foods and consistently eat Nutritarian with no snacking. It has not been easy and I have struggled but I have done it and so much more! My SAD food cravings have stopped screaming at me. I feel more comfortable around SAD foods now. I am not stressed that I will have an overpowering urge to eat whatever SAD food is in front of me. Last week, I learned my blood work was normal and I am no longer pre-diabetic. Yay! Previously, my doctor had told me my bump (cyst) on the top of my head could only be removed by surgery. Last week, when I told my doctor that I noticed my bump was gone, he was visually startled and shocked. He couldn’t believe it! My dry scalp is gone too. I don’t remember when it happened but my morning dry heaves and vomiting have disappeared. My back, knee and leg pain are gone. I am sleeping better at night and with no more napping. I am happy and no longer suffering from depression. I find myself taking selfies which I have not done before especially in public places. Now I am excited about losing weight since I have lost 30 pounds. I am buying clothes in smaller sizes. This journey has cracked my shell wide open. I am developing healthy habits, trying new things and feeling more confident.
Energy & Exercise
I feel healthy and energetic. I have more energy than I know what to do with. I recently started exercising with Yoga and I love it! This week, training has begun for my first 5K in May. On day 2 of training for the 5K, I was running on my treadmill, pushing myself harder and faster. I couldn’t believe it! I was running with NO inhaler! I could breathe! My Exercise Induced Asthma is GONE!!! I am shocked and amazed. Everything in my body is healing! If I didn’t experience it myself, I wouldn’t believe it. I am in complete amazement of my body’s ability to heal itself. In May 2018, I will run my first 5K in honor of my loving dad.
“The foundation of Eat to Live: When you eliminate toxic foods and flood the body with nutrients, the body will begin to heal itself and unwanted fat will disappear.” Eat to Live Daily
I went clothes shopping. I was no longer in the plus size section of the store! I went to the dressing room and I buttoned up a new pair of jeans…Size 12!!!