My Nutritarian Journey
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
I'm writing this blog in answer to a question I was asked on the Eat To Live Spark team.
Finding the Nutritarian diet, about 2 years ago, was a lifesaver for me. I discovered that it’s the QUALITY of the food I put into my mouth that is most important. I was morbidly obese. I had tried counting calories, doing paleo, etc. The more meat and fat I ate (to get healthy!) the worse I got. I would experience angina while walking (which is serious because I’ve already had a heart attack). I also had diabetes and high blood pressure. I got to the point where I felt that there was nothing I could do.
Then I heard Dr. Fuhrman on YouTube. The more I listened to him, the more sense he made. But I was far from convinced that it would work for me. I became vegetarian (mostly plants). I bought a couple of Dr. Fuhrman’s books. Then I listened to Dr. Barnard, Dr. Greger, Dr. McDougall, Dr. Esseltsyn, Dr. Campbell and the other wonderful, plant-based doctors on YouTube. I started learning more and more about plant-based eating, and the importance of the calorie density of food. I started losing weight.
I found that the more closely I followed the nutritarian diet, the better I felt and the more weight I lost. I tried adding more starches like Dr. McDougall recommends, but my blood sugars went up and I gained weight. Because of my age and prior obesity, I have to be quite strict with the nutritarian diet. If I stray and gain weight, my diabetes and high blood pressure will come back and the doctor will put me back on medications. I have lots of energy and feel good on the nutritarian diet, so I move more. I enjoy hiking and going for long walks. Nutritarian eating created a winning cycle for me. I never want to go back to the hopelessness I felt before “finding” Dr. Fuhrman.
At first, I had never cooked beans! I’d read about it, watched YouTube videos about it, but I’d never actually cooked some beans from scratch. Now I make beans and chili all the time. It’s so easy! Same with making hummus. I’m learning all the time. For awhile I had started making plant-based eating too complicated by trying complex recipes. Now I keep it very simple. I also keep a tight control of what I bring into the house. I win my battles at the grocery store, because I know that if I buy it, I WILL eat it! I spend less time in restaurants. I stick to the diet quite closely, and when I stray, I make sure to get back on track immediately. I never want to go back to where I was! At a recent family get-together, my niece commented to my sister: “See how good auntie looks in that outfit… and her face is glowing.”
I will never be fat again because I’ve learned the secret. It’s the QUALITY of what I put into my mouth that matters most.