When I walked out of the Jeffersonville City Jail, I knew one thing for certain: My wife was gonna be pissed. The night before, I had performed a ritual that I had done on the anniversary of 9/11 ever since I got back from Iraq in 2007: a shot of bourbon for each of my three dearest fallen comrades.
The first shot of bourbon was Maker’s Mark, and it was for Bill Wood, who loved Maker’s Mark. Bill died in Dora, Iraq, in 2005. The second shot of bourbon was Woodford, which is my favorite bourbon, because Joe Fenty didn’t like to drink bourbon. He died on a mountaintop in Afghanistan in 2006. Joe was my dearest friend. And then my last shot of bourbon was Basil Hayden, because it’s so smooth, and Freeman Gardner died so young on the streets of Amiriya, Baghdad, in 2007.
I finished my shots, and I had a couple of beers. I sat and thought and said to myself, “I’m gonna get in my car, and I’m gonna drive it into the Ohio River so I can be with my dead friends.”
Of course, a policeman stopped me and put me in jail. That’s why I was in jail. The next morning, when I got out, I called home. My wife answered and didn’t let me say a word.
She said, “You’re going to therapy.”
What she didn’t say but strongly implied was, “You’re going to go to therapy now, or you’re never going to see me or your daughter again.”
My wife had long said that I had PTSD. That when I went to Iraq, I changed, and when I got back from Afghanistan in 2011, I’d gotten worse.
Now, my wife is a PhD psychologist. She’s the director of behavioral health at Fort Knox, in charge of all the behavioral health in Fort Knox.
They diagnose people with PTSD.
I said, “You know, honey, what do you know?” I said, “It’s perfectly normal to freak out with your back to the door ’cause you can’t see behind you. It’s normal to look at every passerby to see if they have a weapon in their hand. And it’s normal to have your friends who died in combat revolve through your mind in an endless cycle. And it’s normal to, every now and then, think about putting a gun to your head and pulling the trigger.”
I did not have PTSD. I didn’t believe in it. You don’t serve your country and get sick—particularly a colonel who’d been in the Army 28 years at the time and had prepared his entire adult life to serve in combat. But I went to therapy because I felt that if I didn’t, I’d lose my wife and daughter.
There are three things I learned when I was in therapy. First, I needed it. I was on a downward spiral. I had to do something. The second is, it helped. My therapist gave me tools to help mitigate my anger. And third, it wasn’t quite enough.
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One day a fellow colonel made a derogatory comment about one of my buddies, and I went after him. I was gonna beat the crap out of him, but I got pulled back before I could do anything. I got in trouble, though, bad trouble. It was about that time that my psychiatrist said, “Hey, Fred, have you tried medication?” That was another red line for me.
I said, “I can do it myself. I’m a soldier. I’m self-disciplined.” But obviously, the issue with that colonel proved otherwise.
I thought, If I don’t do something, I could leave the Army in a bad way.
When I first took medication, ironically it was just like a firefight. There’s nothing that brings greater clarity than the snap of a bullet by your head, and its impact two inches away. Then the world slows down so you can see its full spectrum. And then you apply your training to your work. That pill provided the clarity and the slowing down, and therapy gave me the tools I needed to make the right decisions.
After a while, I would remember my buddies only when I wanted to. They weren’t revolving in my head. And shooting myself was a ridiculous notion that never entered my mind again.
One morning, I woke up after an awesome night’s sleep, and I’m lying next to my wife, which is something we’d never do, pillows propped up, drinking coffee. I look over to her, and I touch her and say, “So this is what it’s like to be really normal?”
She says, “Yes.”
I thank God every day for that night in the Jeffersonville jail and the cop who pulled me over. I thank God for my wife who had the courage to give me that ultimatum. I thank God for giving me clarity to make the right decision in my now-or-never moments.
*Told live at a Moth show at the Bomhard Theater in Louisville, KY.
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I’m so glad I opened your web page, I’ve been searching for a diet that would suit me for 2-3 years, as I’m overweight by 3.5 stone, or 50 pounds (23 kg).
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Halfway into the second week I felt I could go without 1 meal but I kept to the 3 meal plan, with the result that in the 2 weeks I’ve lost 12 pounds (5 kg) which I’m so happy about and that is why I intend to carry on and see if I can shift another stone.
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Love all the recipes, it’s great to have a guideline on what to eat each day.
Just wanted to say thank you.
This was absolutely an awesome 2 weeks for me.
I went from a glucose blood test of 275 down to 135 by just following the meal plan of low carbs high fat diet.
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I have been weight training hard and heavy but my blood sugar would continue to stay above 250. It wasn’t until I came across the Diet Doctor web site that I learned that I can change and live a healthier life by learning how and what I need eat.
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My only problem was I only lost 1 lb (0.5 kg) & 1.5 inch (4 cm) off my stomach which was very disheartening at times but I’m going to continue with this way of eating!
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I lost 15 lbs. Still following the plan.
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I did the 2-week challenge. What a difference! It has made such a positive impact on my life that I recommended this program to my closest friend who is now on his 3rd day of the program.
I came upon your website following an unfavorable report from my doctor regarding my blood glucose level. I did not take the doctor’s report lightly when she said “let’s call it what it is, you have diabetes.”
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After two weeks of being in your program I have been able to maintain my exercise routine and in fact have increased the frequency and intensity that I work out and I have lost a significant amount of weight.
However, the biggest benefit and the reason I started this is that my glucose levels have dropped significantly! I am due for another blood test in late August. I intend to stay with this program and feel that I will have a completely different set of results this time. Results that will show that I am healthy and can maintain a healthy lifestyle without medication!
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MaxPaul told me about you, I signed up that day and the most exciting news is that my blood sugar numbers have fallen, in the two and half weeks from 149 to 100 this AM. I have a lab appt this Wednesday where I hope it will b proven that my numbers are indeed WAY down.
I’ve also lost 9 lbs. (4 kg) so I’m having a wonderful experience. I have shared the website many times and will continue to do so.
Thank you for the most complete information and all the recipes – that’s one of the things I liked most. While getting started we never know what to eat so to keep the guilt trips down.
I found the site easy to read through and all the answers I needed were there.
I thought it was great. Although I would’ve liked to have lost a little more weight, I still lost an average of 2.5 lbs. (1 kg) each week. That’s more than I’ve been able to lose on any program I’ve been on.
Of course I’ve accounted for the fact that I’m turning 50 in July and I’ve hit menopause. From what I’ve read, those two factors alone slow down weight loss. So I am not discouraged!
I’m going to stick with this new lifestyle and look forward to fitting into some beautiful dresses that I haven’t been able to wear in over 10 years.
The best part of this challenge is that I’ve encouraged three of my friends to do it! I posted my progress on FB basically to keep a record for myself and in turn inspired others – if that isn’t a motivator I don’t know what is!
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My husband and I did the LCHF two week challenge, and he lost 10 pounds (5 kg) and I lost 7 pounds (3 kg).
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Being that we live in Northern California, it is difficult to cook casseroles in the heat of our valley summers, so we improvise, using more fresh fish and low carb veggies.
It is a new way of thinking about food on LCHF and we both are so grateful we found this web site.
I have had a very successful two weeks and will be continuing.
The resources on the website have been key for me. Hearing from a variety of physicians and success stories were informative and inspirational, the instructions were clear and free from jargon, and the simple recipes have been delicious and easy to prepare.
Well, I write in full honesty. It made me realize just how serious and real sugar addiction can be. Through the 2 weeks I explored your website throughly, and after watching Bitten Jonsson’s introductory videos about sugar addiction, I knew I needed more help and signed up for membership! I have suffered from bulimia and binge eating disorder my entire adult life. Now I am beginning to understand why! After 1 week eating LCHF I had lost over 5 lbs. After 1 week off (and it all began with just one ice cream bar that I was convinced would not cause a sugar binge… boy, was I fooled) I am up 10. So typical.I have learned what a strong hold sugar has over me right now.
But for that 1 week I had a glimmer of hope. And so yesterday I pledged to try again. I have learned what a strong hold sugar has over me right now. And so for today, I will not have any. And I will carry on eating these wholesome foods, using the easy and surprisingly delicious recipe catalogue, and watching that number on the scale decrease as my energy and hope increases. I started this on Father’s Day. I want to be a success for my Dad, so that he might see me at my happiest and very best, and also gain encouragement from me that his own sugar addiction can be overcome, with God’s strength and your wisdom.
Thank you Dr. Andreas.
p.s. You are just so incredibly pleasant and so very easy to listen to, it really makes it a pleasure! I look forward to being one of your next very dramatic success stories.
Great.Just that I am not losing weight as fast as I thought.
From 114 kg to 111 in 3 weeks. Maybe it’s the occassional blackcurrant juice…
It was a really great help to get me over a plateau.I loved the recipes!
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My husband who has never stuck to a diet in his life tried it also and lost 7 lb too. We will certainly continue to follow your way of eating.
With many thanks
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I was surprised how GREAT the recipes were and really didn’t have a problem missing my regular foods.The cauliflower pizza crust, the sauces, were wonderful. I will have no problem continuing on this diet.
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