His energy has also increased dramatically; he no longer lies in bed watching The Food Network until the afternoon.
When he first moved to New York, his only hobby was eating and drinking -- now he spends his weekends researching farmers markets to visit, chili festivals, wine stores and fruit-picking spots.
The couple recently went on vacation and chose to walk to their terminal rather than take the moving pavements like they use to.
Dressler says its these small changes that make the biggest differences.
"A lot of my life still revolves around food and drink, but it's no longer destructive," says McLaughlin.