Milan Ross weighed about 500 pounds and suffered from diabetic neuropathy, hypertension, and high cholesterol when he took a job at Whole Foods for the health insurance. His wife had just been diagnosed with severe and progressive MS, and they were going to need a lot of help with medical bills as the disease took her mobility and quality of life.
One of the perks of the job was paid attendance at Dr. Scott Stoll's Immersion program. At the airport on the way to the event, Milan ate rack of ribs, cheese fries, and a Diet Coke. He wasn't bought in, to say the least.
What happened next surprised Milan as much as anyone else in attendance. A simple question from Dr Sean Stephenson and an invitation to answer publicly: “Why am I in the position I'm in now?”
Fast forward five years, and Milan is down 250 pounds, and every aspect of his life has improved. He's off all his meds, works out, and has a memoir and a cookbook, as well as a food line, Full Flavor Vegan, sold exclusively through Whole Foods.
Our conversation is just another reminder to me of the power of the human spirit to free ourselves from prisons of our own making. And the speed at which it can happen.
- “I thought change was impossible”
- the Harry Potter ride that changed everything
- playing catch with his son
- “fit and full-on sexy” until age 24
- ballooning to 518 pounds on a McDonalds' diet
- “I was eating 20,000 calories a day, easy”
- food as the one remaining socially acceptable drug
- the cheeseburgers are cheaper than the salad at fast food restaurants
- sharing and releasing guilt and shame at the Immersion
- the December 30th, 3:03am call that never happened
- losing 33 pounds in seven days
- how late night infomercials prey on people like him
- obese people on Facebook: “Please tell me these before and after photos are real”
- becoming a superhero for his son
- being mentored by John Mackie
- exercising with a dance party
- “you have to get used to being uncomfortable”
- the gift of obesity
- “my son believes he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to – and he really believes it”
- and much more…
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The Change – by Milan Ross and Scott Stoll, MD
The Change Cookbook – by Milan Ross and Scott Stoll, MD
Eating You Alive – documentary
Dr Sean Stephenson talk: “Never believe a prediction that doesn't empower you.”
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