Enjoying a disease-free retirement


I was misdiagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and lived with that misdiagnosis for 5 months. During that time, I knew it was of tantamount importance to be in the best physical shape I could be. I was already exercising on a regular basis as a result of working with physical therapists. At the same time, a friend participating in Dr Pruchno’s program talked me into attending the free seminar. My friend was very positive about the program and having good results (she also has kept her weight off!).

The program intrigued me. I knew I needed to buckle down to change my eating habits. I was aware I would do better with support, so I enrolled in [the program]. Motivation for me in the beginning was the fear of the future in which I thought I would have to live with both Parkinson’s and my CP. By the time the misdiagnosis was discovered, I was losing weight and my health had improved dramatically so I just kept going.

I learned so much about cooking real food and am happy to report I cook almost all our meals. We are down to eating out 3 or 4 times a month which was a major change for us. Along comes the pandemic and in the last 10 months, we have only done carry out 3 times. I can say for sure we have broken the habit of eating out.

What I learned by participating in [this program] has served me very well during the last year. I have maintained my weight loss AND my healthy eating habits. I know what to eat, how to cook it, as well as the importance of a well-stocked pantry. All tools I received from my time in the program. In the last 11 months, I have done a great job at eliminating bad choices. Snickers and potato chips DO NOT magically appear [anymore]! Now the temptation of returning to my old ways is truly gone!

When I started the program, I knew I had to lose weight to enjoy my retirement. I had just retired, and we had downsized into a new home build for aging in place. Both of these events played a part in my success. Retirement meant no need to break bad eating habits I had while working. A brand-new kitchen meant stocking it with the right food from the get-go! The program provided more than information. More importantly, [it provided] motivation. I am very grateful for that.

Here is to the success of all those who now have a chance to participate in the program!