Please add me to the list of successful McDougallers. I'm so excited about it.
At 5 feet 5 inches, I was 124 lbs. most of my adult life. (I'm female, now 58). A few years ago I hit 147 lbs. and panicked, realizing it was only going to get higher as I continued my ways -- lots
of dairy, eggs, fish, chicken, plus margarine and olive oil in and on top of EVERYTHING. (I thought olive oil was a health food). Throw in premium craft beers on the weekends and eating in restaurants (with more beer) at least 2x week, and I was fast destroying my health with high blood pressure and high cholesterol not to mention looking like my size 12 clothes were painted on and felt sickeningly tight.
I also believed getting fat was a natural result of aging!
I tried Weight Watchers and South Beach in the past, both of which worked temporarily. But I was always hungry, crabby, and thinking about food 24/7. And the weight always came back.
Two months ago, I found drmcdougall.com
by accident while googling smoothie recipes. I had just bought a VitaMix, thinking fruit-and-vegetable drinks would be healthy and help in whatever diet I tried. (Ironically, Dr. McDougall doesn't recommend smoothies but of course a VitaMix does a lot more, and a green smoothie now and then helps increase my leafy greens intake).The upshot:
By following the McDougall program, in eight weeks
, I lost 18 lbs. (I'm 125 lbs. today), now wear size 8 "skinny" jeans, lowered my blood pressure from 150/90 to 120/75, total cholesterol from 248 to 182, triglycerides from 105 to 72, LDL from 168 to 119. (My goal is total cholesterol to be 150 or lower and I have no doubt I'll get there soon). BMI went from 23.8 to 20.8.
I eat often, I eat a lot, and never have that "gotta eat the kitchen table NOW" feeling. I'm adding avocados, fruit and nuts back in my diet to maintain my weight and not lose any more!
My doctor, who of course had me on blood pressure meds for years and was trying to get me on statins, was shocked and amazed. I'm off BP meds and now have no reason for statins, and I take NO meds of any kind. I told him all about Dr. McDougall, who he hadn't heard of before; he was very impressed.I've never felt better and have a ton of new-found energy and confidence.
I collect and read ALL of Dr. McDougall's books, watch his videos, listen to his lectures while walking and exercising, bought and read Dr. Campbell's "The China Study" and Dr. Esselstyn's "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease." I'm in total immersion with the program every day because I don't ever want to forget what to do or how to do it and want to be able to share what I know with anyone who asks. I feel so good (and told I look pretty darn good, too) that I'm sure I will never go back to my old, unhealthy lifestyle. It's just not worth it. Not even a little bit.
I'm upgrading my cookware and utensils and find I actually like
cooking because it's for such a good reason, the recipes are fantastic, and it's like a fun new adventure. I used to (over)eat just to stop the hunger and took many shortcuts, not giving it much thought (just put cheese on everything and I was good to go!). And the kicker: I even quit drinking coffee
after a very committed 43-year addiction to it, 6-8 very strong cups per day. Now I drink 2 cups of white tea and am moving toward more herbals, but with my blood pressure under control, I'm giving myself permission to enjoy the white tea for now. (Can't find an herbal I like). I never
thought I'd give up my precious coffee, but it was important for me to do things right and it was easier than I expected.
All this while continuing my long relationship with an avid carnivore and most of my extended family who eat a lot of meat and standard American fare. I'm sticking to my principles and not letting anything or anyone derail me while remaining polite about it -- but singing the praises of McDougalling, too. A few have expressed some curiosity and mild interest but for the most part, they like their food and alcohol and don't seem to want to change, even with their high cholesterol levels and one a former heart attack victim. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink it.
I have a new, first grandchild who I adore, and want to be around to see her grow up and to be there for her if she needs me. I figure this is my best chance for that. I also don't want to be a burden to my grown children by having chronic illnesses that can be prevented if possible. Oh, and I want to hike, bike, travel, and feel great through my 90s.
I hope this helps to encourage others. Eighteen pounds may not sound like much compared to the battles some are waging with bigger weight problems, but I was only destined to get worse and wanted to avoid that steep downhill slide I was surely on -- and my blood work was looking very bad. The testimonials of others really helped me to keep going, especially during a few plateaus.
Wishing my problems away did not work! McDougalling does!Thank you Dr. McDougall!