My friend once asked me what my motivation
was for starting my business. I’m here to change people’s lives for the better through
food and love. I know it’s hard to believe I was 247 pounds, even hard for me to believe,
but I was so swollen with toxic waste in my body. It literally just blew me up like the
blueberry lady. And even when I got rid of some of the toxicity, I still had residual
weight and I got it to a manageable degree but I was still on medications. And when I
finally got rid of the medicine and started clearing out some of the foods that were weighing
me down, it was not until then that my body completely cleaned out toxic waste. I’m Diana
Stobo and this is my story. As a child, I loved food. My family was centered
around the kitchen. It became so apparent to me that food was my emotional crutch; when
things seemed to be sad or missing, I wanted to eat. And I even found that sometimes, when
I was depressed I wouldn’t eat at all. So I was in constant flux around food. And by
the time I was in my early teens, I had become quite a chubby child and it really affected
my self-esteem, I mean I always had that dream of being the tall thin girl but I was struggling
for a while to stay in a normal size range that seemed acceptable. It was a challenge.
So after I was married, I tried to get pregnant several times and I had to do in vitro fertilization
in order to give birth to my babies. Through all that toxic synthetic hormones, my body
just expanded to enormous toxicity. And actually, when I gave birth to my twins, they called
it toxaemia – a very appropriate name for a toxic overload.
Since my upbringing was so spectacularly surrounded around food, food was an integral part of
our life as well. The children and I celebrated around food; we always had parties, made sure
that there are barbeques on the weekend and it became our existence. I got so used to
being bigger that I just started telling everybody I was big boned, that this is just the way
I am. I’m a very tall person and this is the way I’m going to be. I was getting settled
and comforted at the right old age of 35. I had thyroid issues; I had what they call
chronic fatigue syndrome. So I was completely unaware that the medication I was taking was
also influencing the toxic environment of my body. It seemed like there was a name for
everything that ailed me, but nobody had the cure.
Until one day, I went to the hospital and I had a bleeding ulcer that led me directly
to the emergency room. I left that hospital with another bottle of pills. This is the
pivotal moment of my life. I knew something had to change. I immediately went to the library,
picked out books, learned about nutrition, immersed myself in how I can cure my own disease.
So I threw the medicine away and I began to look at food as my medicine. I focused on
the nutritional value of the foods I was eating and came up with a list of toxic foods that
I immediately had to take out of my body. I posted this list prominently on the front
of my refrigerator and every time I went to go reach for food, I looked at that list to
make sure that none of the foods I was eating had anything to do with this list. And it
was amazing at the change that occurred. My life was transforming before my eyes. Within
10 days, I dropped 10 pounds. I was waking up in the morning bright-eyed, ready for the
day. My thyroid medication that I had thrown away was replaced with a plant-based tyrosine.
People were noticing a difference immediately. “Wow, what’s changed about you? You look
lighter, you look happier, you seemed calmer.” And it was true, I had found my passion. I
loved feeling good. Eventually, I got to this place where I started writing recipes down,
I started blogging about things, I videotaped a lot of what I was doing. I started to write
my story. I really loved helping people. I took such great pride in their transformation
and it was the next big aha, it came to me. I can actually help people transform their
lives one meal at a time and this is exactly how Get Naked Fast started. It was me and
my story and being able to put it in a guide, just stripping away the foods that weigh you
down, a pamphlet that people can go through and say, I can do this, too. I never thought
in a million years I would be getting naked in front of a camera and taking a photo to
be on the cover of my own book, and I did it and I felt great doing it.
To all you out there who don’t think that you can make that change towards better health,
towards feeling better about yourself every single day, I’m here to tell you that you
can do it one meal at a time.