Many of my clients start working with me with a goal to lose weight in a way that maintains that weight loss. While I’m not a nutritionist or registered dietitian, I do offer guidance, information and accountability on the nutritional aspect of losing weight, maintaining weight and making healthy eating choices. (Note: while food choices are a big part of weight management, other factors exist, including physical activity, hydration, sleep, stress and hormonal balance.)
My personal food journey has evolved over the years. I stopped drinking soda in my 20’s. After being diagnosed as gluten-sensitive in 2006, I’ve been eating gluten-free since, and it’s made a world of difference for me, digestive-wise. (Side note: I’ve been relapse-free, multiple sclerosis-wise, since 2007. I’m also on one of the MS drugs and have made several lifestyle changes, all of which I feel collectively contribute to my current MS state.) After doing a 30 day elimination diet in 2013, I now infrequently eat gluten-free grains, dairy and soy as I find I feel better without these ingredients. So what do I eat? Meat, poultry, fish, seafood, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and added herbs and seasonings. My drink of choice is sparkling water. I still have wine or a cocktail on occasion, but far less frequently than before 2013. I will indulge in quality dark chocolate or unique and special gluten-free treats once in a while, when either travelling, at someone’s home, or dining out, if I deem it to be worth it. Eating this way, I’ve lost my stomach bloat, inches, and ~25 lbs. So far, I’ve kept the weight off.
I give you that background for transparency. I’m not pushing a packaged nutritional product. I essentially advocate eating whole, nutrient-dense food more often than not. Minimize consumption of processed/packaged food. Finding a way to eat that makes you feel healthy more routinely and that you can sustain for the rest of your life. For my clients, that may or may not look like the way I’ve come to eat, and that’s ok: it’s about discovering what the right fit is for them, their life and their body. I encourage whole foods whether or not you want to lose weight: at a minimum, to improve energy and overall health (e.g., decrease inflammation, reduce chronic disease risk, improve biometric numbers, etc.).
If you or someone you know would like to lose weight and/or improve their energy, and make eating changes to do so, I would love to add them to my list of success stories. Here are some sample nutritional/weight loss testimonials:
“Thank you! You’ve helped me more on nutrition more this week alone than my trainer has since they started monitoring MyFitnessPal.”
“I’m following all my goals. I’m feeling better as I go along, and all my numbers from tests are showing improvement, including my Body Mass Index (BMI).”
“I have been doing very well with what we spoke about during our last conversation. I have to tell you, I am down 7 pounds. I have totally been sticking with the vegetarian diet that I have wanted to do. I have also been completely cutting out the junk food. I am allowing myself one day a week to sort of splurge, but not go overboard. I have also been walking. It has not been easy, but as you and I have talked about, my eating habits have been with me for so long.”
“I am doing well. I have gone to a few zumba classes. It great to be back at it since I really enjoyed doing that before. I have lost over 20 pounds so far – 2 more before I can say 25 pounds. I feel good. I am down a clothing size.”
“Doing pretty well, especially with eating. I’m still slowly losing weight, my blood pressure has improved and am feeling generally better. I’ve lost 12 pounds in 4 months.”
“I went to my doctor for my yearly physical and blood work. he said the results were really good. My weight was down, blood pressure was down and cholesterol also. He said to continue doing what I am doing.”
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