How 'The Big Fat Truth' cured a local woman's Type 2 diabetes
Jill Brunkhardt didn’t know what to expect.
As a single mom and busy South Bay community advocate through her work as Chevron's public affairs representative, she was having trouble losing weight, no matter how much she exercised. Two years ago, she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Her doctor didn't tell her to lose weight or change her lifestyle. "It was just—take the medication," she said.
So, she responded to a Facebook post seeking type 2 diabetics for a new T.V. show based on JD Roth's book "The Big Fat Truth." What Brunkhardt found was what she calls a life changing experience.
“I knew we would do a plant-based diet, but I didn’t know what that really meant. Day one, they told me I would not be eating dairy or meat protein. I went through significant detox from not putting that in my body, but after the first five or six days, I started to feel really good, and my sugar levels were stabilizing, in fact they were getting lower after eating.”
Then after only ten days on the program, Brunkhardt's doctor took her off her diabetic medication entirely.
Brunkhardt's journey along other type 2 diabetics airs on Sunday, July 16, at 8 p.m. on Z Living. "The Big Fat Truth" is Manhattan Beach-based Roth's latest foray into the weight loss reality genre. He is former executive producer of NBC's "The Biggest Loser" and ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss."
But "The Big Fat Truth," the book and the show, is dedicated to the well-being of participants and viewers alike, according to Roth. Leading participants on a healthy, plant-based diet is one thing, he said, but also helping Continue reading