Losing Weight and Feeling Great
I started working with Sandra because I had tried to lose weight many times before, but could never really keep the weight off. Diet, exercise, the combination of diet and exercise -- it really never worked for me. I realized that my biggest problem was food and my attitudes toward food. I didn't want to go on a "diet" because that type of eating wasn't something I felt I could sustain. I really wanted to attack this long term. Books and websites are okay, but I'd been down that road before. I felt that the help of a nutrition professional was my best chance at success.
My first meeting with Sandra, I told her that I wanted a plan for eating that can last the rest of my life. I know what foods are good and bad for me, but I don't know how to control how much I eat. Also, I'm not a salad eating person at all. If this is going to work, it had to happen without having to eat a salad as a meal. Among the things that Sandra and I discussed were portion control, what it feels like to be "full", planning out snacks, alternative choices to my "trigger foods," nutrients, the importance of fiber and protein and vitamins. We also addressed several of my own personal issues with food including certain behaviors and habits developed while I was growing up.
In my 8-weeks with Sandra, I was able to lose a little over 2 pounds per week with an overwhelming majority of that weight being fat loss. I am maintaining good eating habits. Because of the work I've been doing in the gym in conjunction with how I eat now, my clothing sizes have dropped despite only losing around a pound a week now. Translation: I'm putting on muscle. I'm down from size 40 jeans to 36 (and they're getting loose now too). My XXL and XL t-shirts no longer fit right because they are too big. I'm more vibrant when working with people and my mind is able to take on more now. I wouldn't trade those 8 weeks for anything. The habits I was able to develop with Sandra are now a seamless part of my life that happen without giving them a second thought.
A Simple Approach to Weight Loss
I finally hit a point where I constantly felt uncomfortable and knew it was time to lose weight. Since my kids were getting older, I couldn’t use that excuse anymore. Wanting to not just start some type of fad diet, I started searching the Internet for the best, most credentialed dietitian. One quick Google search and Sandra popped to the top of the list as the most impressive dietitian that promoted healthy lifestyle changes.
“Coach” Sandra is unique because she had me make my own eating decisions and simply gave me ideas of good things to eat and drink (water, nuts and seafood!). Her approach is simple and low pressuring. I have lost over 40 pounds and feel better than I have in 20 years!
Eating the Right Foods That Are Healthy for YOU
I was looking for an alternative to traditional medications, when I found Nutrition Works and the LEAP program. I didn’t really have any specific ailments, but was just interested in discovering the foods my body is sensitive to. Although I didn’t have any specific ailments I feel better now after going through the LEAP program, partially due to losing 20lbs. The LEAP program is more than eating healthy, it’s learning to eat the healthy foods that are actually healthy for YOU. I was eating green smoothies with spinach, but it turns out spinach is something that I’m highly sensitive to. The hardest part was just breaking that routine and getting started. Now my diet is so much more varied than it was before.
Down 20 Pounds With a Better Understanding of How Food Works
Sandra: I want to thank you for all that you have taught me about nutrition. When my Dr. diagnosed me with type 2 diabetes in late February, I was devastated. I really had no idea which way to turn. After meeting with you for the first time, I felt the weight lift off of my shoulders. It wasn't anything like I thought. I kind of thought you would just start telling me what I could never eat again. To my surprise, you initiated small changes to my diet and tweaked those changes over a matter of weeks. I have a better understanding of how to understand food labels and make better choices. I also have a better understanding of how food works to fuel my body. I believe before anyone begins a program to lose weight, they should start with understanding their nutrition. Exercise alone is simply not enough to make lasting changes for your health. I am down 20 lbs and have a long way to go. But when you compare my life to what it was in February, I am a different person. Again, thank you for your help and I look forward to working together as I reach my goals.
The Best Part is Feeling Better
I've lost 16 pounds since making an appointment with Sandra (8 weeks ago), and I feel so much better. The best part has been feeling better, learning how to eat the right foods, and then seeing the benefits of it.
I Added Foods to My Diet
...Sandra, your program changed my life by making it (1) longer and (2) better. Not only did your program teach me what to avoid but also- and even more importantly- what new foods to add to my diet. You taught me how to survive the toughest holiday party environments and to find good nutrition among many temptations. As your tutorials progressed, my cholesterol decreased along with my blood pressure.
Unexpected Benefits: Weight Loss and Back Pain Relief
Deciding to take the “leap” and call Sandra was one of the best calls I’ve ever made. Discovering my food sensitivities through the MRT blood testing and following the Lifestyle Eating and Performance (LEAP) program helped me regain my energy and feel so much better. The unexpected benefits of the program were weight loss and relief from constant back pain.