This winter a Facebook friend alerted me to an online interview of a guy talking about his newfound health through following Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritional recommendations. I was thrilled to learn that he was from my hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana ~ small world! Chris has been radically changed by putting high-nutrient foods into his body, and his enthusiasm is contagious. Welcome to Disease Proof, Chris.
What was your life like before committing to Eat to Live?
I was a typical, successful middle-aged male; however, I was deeply worried and hopeless, because I knew my health was declining and I’m a single dad of a teen. My weight was steadily increasing and I was having night sweats, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, plantar fasciitis, and serious tightness in my chest. My doctor told me that my declining health was “the result of aging.” He also told me that I’d have to be on meds for the rest of my life. I wasn’t ready for that and had a gut feeling that it wasn’t necessarily true.
How did you find out about Dr. Fuhrman?
One night last summer I plopped down on the couch, turned on the TV, and Dr. Fuhrman was on PBS. His presentation, Three Steps to Incredible Health, hit me just at the right moment. I watched the whole program, bought Eat to Live, and then read the whole book the next day. I committed 100% to nutritarian eating, cold turkey; complete with cleaning out the entire kitchen.
How do you feel now?
The most important change is that I’m no longer worried about leaving my daughter without a Dad. My high blood pressure, high cholesterol, night sweats, plantar fasciitis, and chest pains are all GONE. I am taking no drugs; plus, I also feel more confident about the way I look.
Do you have any success tip(s) to share with others?
Simply do not have the standard American diet foods in your home, garage, basement, car, office, etc. That’s been the key to success for me. My weakness is chips. One time after becoming a nutritarian I bought ten bags of “healthy” chips, because they were on sale. Well, guess what? I ate all ten bags in ten days! I ate chips and salsa, chips and hummus, chips and soup . . . . chips, chips, chips!
Keep healthy food options in the car. I learned early on that fast food will beg you to come through the drive-thru! Be prepared in advance.
Schedule a time in your weekly schedule to learn new information. Learning to cook is the most important, because it’s easy to get in a rut and just use the same recipes. I re-read a bit of either Eat to Live or Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease every week. And I watch the movie, Forks over Knives, every month; preferably with new people so I can see their excitement.
I make smoothies! My favorite smoothie is: frozen bananas, ground flax seed, pineapple, and kale.
In a nutshell, what has nutritarian eating done for you?
My mentor, Jim Rohn said, “Sometimes the mind is ready, but the body is weak! You wake up in the morning and the mind says ‘Let’s go get ’em!’ The body says, ‘I can’t get outa bed!’”
Lacking energy from eating the standard American diet, and maybe more importantly, lacking confidence about the future, (fear of dying, or having a stroke, or just being physically unable to achieve dreams and goals in the next few years) robs us of our ability to hope, dream, and take the first steps towards achieving our goals. Why bother with setting goals and expending the tremendous effort required to move in the direction of our dreams if we subconsciously believe that we will not have the energy, or perhaps not even be here to follow through and achieve those goals? Nutritarian eating has given me the necessary confidence to dream and achieve goals!
Congratulations Chris ~ keep up the great work and go freely in the direction of your dreams!