Lillian StevensWhen I was growing up, the low fat craze was all the rage. I ate whatever I wanted and was a sugar addict. No joke. When I needed a good jolt for a busy day, it was not unusual for me to have a piece of chocolate cake with a can of Coca Cola. Maryann told me about this crazy Ketogenic way of eating for health and weight loss, and I balked inwardly. It went against all recommendations I had ever heard and sounded like baloney.Fast forward 4 years. I was diagnosed with diabetes with an a1c of 6.8 (165). I knew nothing about diabetes but looked online to find info to help me learn and understand in laymen’s terms what I needed to do. I like a good challenge, so I jumped on board the ketogenic way of eating with the goal of controlling my diabetes and the desire to never have to go on any meds or insulin. Maryann was right! Within a very short time I was able to bring my A1C down to 5.4 and I am not on any meds. I’ve had some other wonderful side effects of simply eating real foods and it’s nearly miraculous! I lost 45 pounds without exercising. While once I was plagued with bronchitis every year, I haven’t had one case in the past 4 years since changing my way of eating. My acid reflux is gone. I never would have believed that what we eat has a PROFOUND effect on our immune system. I’d recommend this way of eating to anyone. It’s been a life changing experience.
Diabetes February 3, 2017
Chelsea HannI recently worked with Maryann to improve my diet and that of my family's. I was feeling a bit sad about how big I was after having my 5th kid. After having my daughter, and the initial weight loss, I started gaining again. I was sad to be the biggest I'd ever been. I was eating crap food and I knew it. I was feeding my kids crap food. I became increasingly preoccupied with wanting to be the little super old lady that still hiked and did yoga and felt great. I was not on the right path to her.I made a choice to do a complete turn around instead of trying to take baby steps. I wanted results fast. With Maryann's guidance I got started on the whole 30 challenge. That diet was all my choice because its an all or nothing program. You eliminate the bad things, no cheating. I needed that. Maryann's constant presence was key to me sticking to it. Having someone who could hand out the tough love if I needed was key. She helped me work through some difficult detox and withdrawal crud on day 3. She was there when I started to feel fewer cravings. She taught me many things about metabolism, and sugar, and carbs that really helped me see why "healthy" really wasn't healthy. I still had to do all the work, like meal planning, and shopping and cooking, which I really dislike. However, Maryann's counsel was invaluable though because I not only learned what to do and why, but I had a friend I could bother any second of the day with any random diet related thought.In the "end" (which isn't ever really the end is it?), I'm happy. I'm happy I don't feed the kids crap boxed meals while I scrounge for anything easy. I'm happy I fit into the pants in my closet. I'm happy I can see progress. I'm happy I don't crave my biggest weaknesses anymore. I need to get into yoga now so I can be the old lady that does yoga haha! Having Maryann at the other end of the phone as I made important changes is what made me successful.
Pregnancy Weight Loss February 3, 2017
Catherine WawakI have to start out by saying I had no clue how to change my diet. However, since getting in touch with Maryann, I have learned a whole new way of living. I went from being in pain every day with fibromyalgia, along with seizures and several other health issues and taking medications to not taking any of that crap. Can we say thank you! I am now without pain, losing weight and just over all feeling better. It’s amazing how much of what you put in your body effects how you feel, how much pain you could be in just by eating the wrong foods. I had no clue that some of the foods I love were causing things in my body to hurt and become inflamed.When I first learned about this change in diet I was in disbelief, because growing up you were told to eat certain foods and that they are good for you. When your doctor prescribes a prescription for an illnesses or pain you trust what they tell you and just do it. Well that’s not the case. You really have to know what you’re putting into your mouth that will later affect how you feel or how much pain you will be in. I was blown away by the results I am having. It’s amazing to know a little education and some effort goes a long way. If I had never tried it, I would still be in pain and still asking my doctor why?Working with Maryann has helped me in many ways and I cannot thank her enough. Knowing that I can just go to the store instead of the doctor is a blessing, and it’s much more fun! I am so grateful to know I am in control of how I feel, and not from a drug, but because of a wonderful eating plan. It changed my life and how I feel every day. I would be lost without knowing what is good and healthy and not so good for my body.I won't go back to the foods I was eating even though I do miss them, but it’s a choice I know I’m making for myself to not live in pain. I would recommend that everyone to learn how to change your way of eating, even if you’re perfectly healthy. You wind up saving yourself from a lot of pain and suffering, not to mention countless trips to a doctor or doctors in my case. If you haven’t tried it then you should. You have so much to gain for your own benefit. Please try it and ask questions. You would be surprised what little it really takes to make a huge difference. Yes, it does require some effort but, it’s 100% worth it.
Fibromyalgia January 25, 2017