Rebecca Rosenberg claims she lost nearly 80 pounds by following a strict fruitarian diet — and accidentally cured herself of multiple sclerosis.
The 33-year-old from Texas follows a diet of 95 percent fruit with the other five percent being made up of vegetables and herbs.
Rebecca's diet means that she doesn't eat anything that's cooked, seasoned, or heated, and says that she has lost 80 pounds over the past three years. She also claims that the diet has banished her lifelong acne problem — and cured her MS, which she was diagnosed with in 2014.
It was her diagnosis with MS that spurred her onto take drastic action, having suffered from obesity, unexplained sickness, and fatigue all her life.
Talking about her diagnosis with MS, Rebecca says: "I woke up in hospital one morning and the left side of my body, from my neck down, didn't connect to my brain. I couldn't use my arm or leg. It was terrifying."
Doctors told her that she would have to take painful injections every day to reduce her risk of further episodes — and that there was no treatment.
But Rebecca, a legal secretary, refused to let that be the end of it.
She said: "I had heard about these crazy insane people who were raw vegans, and I thought there was something wrong with them mentally. The more I read, the more I heard about people curing diseases and that stuck in my mind. I felt doomed and decided I didn't have anything to lose. The worst-case scenario was that I would be eating a lot of fruit and vegetables and the best case scenario was that it might actually work."
While the first few weeks of the detox made her feel sick and left her with cravings, she claims that she quickly regained the use of the left side of her body. She also that she no longer takes medication for depression, thyroid inflammation, and high blood pressure.
She said: "I felt like a zombie before and now I feel fantastic. I used to think people who ate this diet were insane, but I took the gamble and it paid off. I was a vegan for nearly six years, but it is difficult to be a healthy vegan because there are so many meat alternatives and processed foods. It didn't cut it for me. When I first transitioned to fruitarianism it was very difficult to get away from cravings for cooked food, but within a few weeks I felt cleaner, so I committed to it."
She continued: "I kept feeling better and better and better and by three months I was feeling great. I look back at where I was before and realized, 'Oh my gosh, this is amazing. Now I'm living completely without disease when doctors said I would be battling MS for the rest of my life and I have no need for medication."
"I was morbidly obese before and I ended up losing 80 pounds, but I don't look skinny or emaciated. I'm healthy. I feel very confident now in my body and I look a decade younger. I definitely looked older than 33 before, but now I can pass for early twenties and I get asked for ID. I suffered from chronic acne all my life and I had pimples all over my arms and back but it has completely got rid of that. I also feel alert and energized. I'm so much happier."
"The longer I live like this, things just keep getting better. It has completely turned my life around. I feel like I'm living for the first time."
Always consult your doctor before embarking on any sort of extreme diet.
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