THE FRESH DIET has opened the door for me in ways I would never have imagined. I had tried so many diets in the past; I didn't really have any faith that it would have a life changing effect as it does.
I was rather distraught when I started. I was under so much stress due to a few health problems I was having as well as having to deal with a problem Laurence Curtis was going through. I'm his private duty nurse. I've been taking care of Laurence Curtis, who is a quadriplegic for 32 years.
I started on THE FRESH DIET on Feb. 8, 2010. I bought a month's worth. A very nice cooler bag
was delivered to a location, specified by me, at my front door. It was packed with food for the whole day: breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner and dessert all kept cold with ice packs. I can't begin to describe this thrill I got opening the bag to find all these meals that looked so delicious. It was so exciting not to have to prepare my meals for a month!! When Laurence saw the FRESH DIET bag and food, he was impressed. I asked him if he would like to order too. He said he would wait and see how I did with it for a month. It didn't take him long to try little samples of mine now and then.
After about three weeks on THE FRESH DIET I noticed not only weight loss but my health problem (a Spastic Colon) was calming down. By the end of the month, I was ready to order a few more months because by then the spastic colon was kept at bay, and I had lost 10 pounds. Because of menopause I had also gained weight that I had trouble managing. So this weight loss was a plus. When Laurence saw all these changes, he now decided to give it a try too. I was really happy that he was going to take advantage of a special THE FRESH DIET was offering at the time.
Laurence was having very serious problems of his own. Quadriplegics are very susceptible to Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD). The treatments I was giving him three times a week weren't working properly lasting 5 to 6 hours instead of 1/12 to 2 hours and causing AD. This had been going on for a few months.
AD is a potentially life threatening condition which can be considered a medical emergency requiring immediate attention. Acute AD is a reaction of the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system to overstimulation. It is characterized by severe high blood pressure, associated with throbbing headaches, profuse sweating, nasal stuffiness, flushing of the skin bove the level of the lesion (T6), bradycardia, apprehension, and anxiety, which is sometimes accompanied by cognitive impairment.
This had me in tears at times and was causing great stress not only for the two of us but his Doctor as well.
This had brought the suggestion by the doctor that Laurence start thinking about having surgery for a Colostomy. This was not something Laurence wanted for the rest of his life.
While Laurence was on THE FRESH DIET for the first month, I began to see some improvement in his treatments. Diet has a very big effect on these treatments and THE FRESH DIET was providing what he needed. THE FRESH DIET has created a program based on nutritionally sound principles, with the optimal balance of 40% quality carbs including garden fresh vegetables, 30% protein, and 30% favorable fats based on Dr. Sears' Zone Diet. Laurence began feeling more energetic and as the first month turned to a second month on this program his treatments were getting more and more "normal". He was also experiencing more mental clarity. At that time, he went through a complete physical exam by his Doctor at the V. A. Hospital and they were so excited with all the results that came in showing him to be of sound health. All his tests and blood work came in showing normal statistics.
This was VERY good news that meant the Colostomy was now on the back burner.
By this time we had been on THE FRESH DIET for at least 3 months and I had lost another 15 pounds. I was as slim as I wanted to be, actually having a lean body mass, no more problems of my own.
We both decided to remain on THE FRESH DIET to maintain our weight and stay in good health by keeping our medical concerns at bay. I have now been on THE FRESH DIET for 6 months and Laurence for 5 months and we feel great. EAT WELL...BE WELL!