While I was tweeting my barefoot Bay Area adventures, I discovered Rosey Eutsler. As I read her tweets, I became more and more interested in her story. At the time of this interview (12/26/2011), she has lost the 6.9 spare tires (138 lbs.). She didn’t do it by eating gimmicky caramel candy bars, she didn’t do it by fasting 3 or 4 days a week, she didn’t even do it by watching Richard Simmons videos.
She did it by changing her lifestyle, by discovering that some foods nourish while others damage. Anyone can follow her journey by visiting her Blog, Rosey’s Getting Fit. Enjoy my interview with this inspiring, happily married mother of two.
I read on your blog that you like Nichoals Cage. So, I have to ask, what is your favorite Nicholas Cage movie?
Con-air would have to be my favorite. I love all his movies but that is definitely my favorite.
Con-Air was a great flick. Face-Off was another Nick Cage movie I liked. It’s all about changing identity. Speaking of complete about-faces, what lead to your lifestyle change?
I got all the way up to 399lbs and started to have a ton of health issues that were making me feel like I was dieing. I tried all kinds of Standard American Diets and would lose weight and regain it over again getting sicker all the time.
What kind of health issues plagued you?
- Irritability, Moodiness
- Joint pain, Muscle cramps, Tingling and numbing in the legs, feet, arms and hands.
- Weight Loss & Gain
- Digestive Disorders
- General weakness and fatigue
- Hair Loss
- I had a rash all over my body, Blisters in mouth, and Brittle nails
- I bruised easily
- I had Severe Insomnia–no more than 2 to 4 hours sleep.
- Asthma, and other respiratory problems
- I suffered from Ear infections, Allergies
- There was severe swelling of my hands, legs and feet.
- Heart arrhythmia, High Blood Pressure
- Calicium deposits just under skin, age spots
- Fatty tumor in my back
- Curled toes
- Arthritis in hip, knees and shoulder
- Sharp pains in heels of feet after long walks
- Panic attacks
- and Migraines [to name a few.]
Wow! You must have been miserable. Before you realized that you had to live healthy to be healthy, did you try any of the weird fad diets, such as grapefruit only, or any of the wacky weight-loss concoctions on the market?
Let’s see I tried a few weird diets. The grapefruit one I did not try though. I tried fasting 3 to 4 days of the week. I tried diet Ayds which was like a little caramel candy that was suppose to make you not hungry. Slimfast: Gained weight instead of losing. Atkin’s: I lost weight but I got so sick I ended up in the hospital and doctors told me to quit that diet. When I did I gained back all the weight plus more.
I also tried Richard Simmon’s diet and exercises. I still love his videos. But didn’t keep weight off with his diet either. Weight Watchers: Didn’t lose hardly anything on it and put it right back on.
All of the fad diets made me feel sick and didn’t keep the weight off because they were diets not lifestyle changes to me.
My new lifestyle is making me feel so much better that it is here to stay.
I read on your blog that you eat vegan. How did you discover vegan eating?
Very first time was through a friend giving me
Dr. McDougall’s book. “The Mcdougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss“.
That is the Program I have been following… But I’ve learned a lot from others…like Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Colin T. Campbell, Chef AJ and the Dietician…
Do you have any favorite dishes?
Favorite dishes almost anything that has brown rice in it.
I love to have brown rice in my frig. pre-cooked at all times.
That way, there is always something quick and easy to fix. A lot of times I take the brown rice, steamed greens and frozen veggies. Throw them in the microwave add salsa and seasonings when done. You can spice it up just by adding different seasonings.
Since you’ve been eating vegan and learning about healthy eating, what benefits have you enjoyed?
Since I went vegan and Barefoot/Minimalist, I’ve been enjoying not only feeling 100% healthier from head to toe but also losing the weight easily: 399lbs to 261lbs at moment.
I still got a ways to go. But I know I’m going to make it. [And nearly all of the problems I mentioned earlier have either improved or gone away and I'm loving it.]
How has your relationship to food and eating changed
My relationship is so much better.
Food used to control me and make me really sick.
I am feeling healthier and fitter as a vegan.
Earlier, you said you went barefoot/minimalist. What part has bare-footing or minimalist living had in your change?
I’ve noticed that since I’ve went bare-footing and minimalist that my whole body is loving me. Not near as much pain as I was having before I started doing so. Amazing how going back to natural helps the whole being not just the feet.
Do you listen to music or audio when you run?
I use my ipod when I’m running but only put it in one ear. I’m using couch to 5K podcast to get myself running. I also like to listen to running and walking podcasts when I’m walking. I don’t really listen to music when doing so because I have found that seems to make me not pay as much attention to my posture and I end up with blisters and hurting again.
What would you say to someone who struggles with his or her weight?
I’d tell them to give the McDougall program a try for a month and go for walks and build up to other exercises. Never give up you can do it!!!