I am Amanda Rose, 52 years old, and a completely unexpected weight loss success case. My story has now driven nearly 100 triple-digit success cases. (We call these cases “Century Cases” or “Century Bears.”)
Back in 2017-2018, I was running around my property in the Giant Sequoia National Monument in California (actually, I was hobbling around, limping with a knee injury and weighing 280 pounds), minding my own business, foraging for herbs and wild plants (when I could, given that hobbling problem), and never in my life imagined I would have so many people, locally and in internetland, interested in what I am eating.
Really, I’ve eaten some pretty cool things, like nettle leaf soup and elderberry cheesecake, and I definitely had people interested in them. But never on God’s Green Earth did I ever imagine that people would be interested in what I was eating because… wait for it…. (my own mind is completely blown)… I lost 140 pounds and weigh less than I have ever weighed as an adult (or even as a teen).
I progressed from 280 pounds to being able to walk at about 230 pounds, to getting down to my adult “fighting weight” of 170 pounds, to a trim 140ish.
What??? Really, who knew? It’s completely ridiculous how well this whole weight loss thing has gone. I shake my head daily. Here’s why:
- 100% of my blood kin who have tried my approach have had success. We’re all a bunch of fatties, and so we’re all a little shocked. (Your results may vary, obviously. We fat families all have our different issues.)
- I leave my home here in the Giant Sequoia National Monument and go to a place called civilization, and every single time I run into someone who has seen my story and is excited to report on her progress. In some of these cases I was aware that she was trying it, but I still get surprised regularly by someone who has quietly and privately tried it and is so excited to see me and confide in me about her results. We huddle and whisper, just like we’re gossiping about some exciting adventure. (OK, sometimes it’s a man, just only on occasion.)
- I check on the Eat Like A Bear! group on Facebook and see new success stories every day. Sometimes I can’t even respond because I get so emotional.
I did the diet out of desperation, so that I could hike and forage. As it turns out, I have almost no time for foraging these days, as I work on this website and our community. The earliest “how to” videos on this website I made just to make my trips to civilization easier. Instead of spending three hours describing what I was doing, I directed people to a few little videos on YouTube. I checked the channel recently and realized it didn’t even have a description. I just slopped it together for friends and family. Little by little, people found them and watched them. I made more videos about weight loss and haven’t had time for herb videos (on a neglected YouTube channel). It’s my goal to find a better balance, but I am very committed to the weight loss message at this point.
Not That Kind of Doctor
As for my background, my Ph.D. is in the social sciences (political science), and so I am highly qualified in predicting how you might vote or analyzing why your agency is dysfunctional. I once gave a TEDx talk on consumer choice and information processing but, as for weight loss, I have absolutely no qualifications other than being the first 50-year-old woman I know who tried this diet approach and succeeded. Definitely don’t look to me for medical advice (but you shouldn’t be looking anywhere on the internet for that).
While you should not look to me to cast your leg or write you a prescription, you will find my work in the psychology course here on this website. The course videos come out of social choice theory, an area of inquiry that comes out of Mathematics and Economics, which I used in my own publications. As I studied voters and public opinion in Central Europe and applied this social choice theoretical framework, it never occurred to me to turn the lens around and apply it to my own choices in eating. That is, in fact, what I do in the psychology course (available in the paid content area here). It was critical to my weight loss and has also been critical to my weight maintenance.
The Community Resources
If you’ve found this page looking for hope and inspiration, I direct you to our very positive and inspiring community on Facebook. Be sure to watch the video “A Postcard From Yellowstone,” with a seminal message from me to our growing community.
As for “what to eat,” the keystone “meal type” of the community is what we call “The Ridiculously Big Salad.” It is featured in the completely free Three-Day Challenge, an email series available here on this website. There are two books currently available and a collection of digital courses. (See all of the paid content here.)
If you’ve found this page trying to contact me with a business partnership, I do not promote products. There was no product that I needed to lose weight. Family and friends are using no products.
There is a trend among weight loss gurus to launch a food or supplement product line. Why? The perimeter of the grocery store, the farmer’s market, our gardens, and our forests offer everything we need for weight loss.
As I wake up to the world of “before and after weight loss stories” (a world I have completely ignored until very recently) and see what people are doing with their own success, I have decided that I will not trade hiking and foraging for any of these things: 1) Bottling and selling a supplement, 2) Packaging a food, 3) Modeling clothes on Instagram (sorry boys, *snort*).