After suffering with acne, obesity and a debilitating disease that left side one side of her body disconnected from the brain, a 33-year-old woman was desperate to try any diet that could provide a solution to her wary health conditions.
But little did she expect the solution to all her health problems to be so sweet, literally.
Rebecca Rosenberg, of Austin, Texas, tried everything to improve her obesity and unexplained sickness and fatigue. Following her multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis in 2014, which made her lose control of the left half of her body, she decided to find her own cure and tested the fruitarian diet.
Before and after: Rebecca Rosenberg, 33, of Austin, Texas, shed a whopping 80lbs after switching to an all raw diet that makes her look 10 years younger and beat her MS symptoms
Bananas for banana’s! The fruitarian says she eats up to 120 bananas in a week in her intense natural diet, that cured her fatigue and sickness problems in a matter of months
Hot stuff! Her figure dropped from 212lbs to 132lbs and she says she looks 10 years younger
‘I woke up in hospital one morning and the left side of my body, from my neck down, didn’t connect to my brain,’ she says on her MS diagnosis.
‘I couldn’t use my arm or leg. It was terrifying.’
But doctors told her there was no treatment save for daily painful injections that might lower the risk of further episodes.
She sought her own alternative cures and stumbled upon fruitarianism, a 95 per cent fruit based diet. After hearing rumors of the diet’s disease healing powers, she took the plunge, and the results are nothing short of miraculous.
‘I had heard about these crazy insane people who were raw vegans and I thought there was something wrong with them mentally,’ she says.
‘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,’ she adds.
In October 2014 she switched her diet, reasoning that in the worst case scenario she would be she’s consuming plenty of fruit and best case scenario, ‘it might actually work.’
In her incredibly strict diet she trades plates of egg sandwiches for platters of fruit and chicken dinners for salads.
At first the detox made her sick and she craved hot meals for weeks. But as the months progressed she began to feel more energetic and also regained use of her left side.
In just 18 months Rebecca shed 80lbs, dropping from to a lively 132lbs.
Gigantic groceries: The diet is healthy but expensive. Rebecca shares she spends between up to $150 buying fresh fruit every week
Melon maniacs: Rebecca, and vegan partner Cory Grabenstein, 34, split a watermelon, which she says she often eats in one sitting as a meal in her 95 per cent fruit diet
‘I was morbidly obese before and I ended up losing 80lbs, but I don’t look skinny or emaciated. I’m healthy,’ she adds on her new physique.
The legal secretary not only dropped from a size 18 to a size six, but her acne cleared, her fatigue passed, and she looks a jaw-dropping 10 years younger.
‘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,’ she says.
But the road to health wasn’t easy. Rebecca’s diet does not allow food that is cooked, seasoned or heated. The only exceptions to the fruit diet is lettuce and herbs – the final five percent of her diet.
Sacrificing restaurant outings, hot meals, and her once favorite food miso soup, has been difficult for the Southern woman. But the results, she insists, are worth it.
‘I used to think people who ate this diet were insane but I took the gamble and it paid off,’ she expresses.
‘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 says.
Rebecca is no stranger to new diets having tried vegetarianism in 2003 when she was just 19 and switching to veganism in her mid-twenties. Her partner IT professional Cory Grabenstein, 34, is still a vegan.
‘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,’ she says.
Rebecca’s pre-fruitarian diet
Breakfast: A protein shake or an egg and cheese sandwich
Lunch: A chicken or turkey sandwich
Dinner: Chicken breast with vegetables on the side
Rebecca’s fruitarian diet
Breakfast: 10 pieces of fruit (banana, mango, orange, peach or bag of grapes)
Lunch: 10 pieces of fruit as above
Dinner: Extra large salad of greens and non-sweet fruits like cucumber, tomato and peppers with blended raw produce dressing
Transformation Tuesday: Not only were Rebecca’s health problems solved, but her physique dropped from dress size 18 to a size 6, in her 80lb weight loss
She’s confident! Rebecca shows off how thin she is in an old dress that now sits too big in her size six dress body
Not only does it take incredible self-discipline, but it makes a dent in the wallet as well. She shares it costs her $100 to $150 a week in groceries and she consumes nearly 120 bananas a week and guzzles 1.5 gallons of smoothies.
In one sitting Rebecca eats 10 peaches, oranges or apples, a family-size bag of grapes, or an entire watermelon.
The diet may be intense, but it’s made the greatest impact on Rebecca’s life.
‘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,”‘ she exclaims.
‘I felt like a zombie before and now I feel fantastic,’ she adds.
She claims it virtually cured her of MS and she no longer takes pills for medical conditions she battled before, including depression, thyroid inflammation and high blood pressure.
‘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,’ she says.
‘I also feel alert and energized. I’m so much happier,’ she adds.
Not only is she healthier and slimming her figure, but she’s hasn’t suffered a single MS episode since the diet switch.
‘The longer I live like this, things just keep getting better. It has completely turned my life around,’ she exclaims.
‘I feel like I’m living for the first time,’ she says.