Diabetes without medicine

Lillian Stevens

When 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

Weight loss after 5th child

Chelsea Hann

I 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

hair loss new hair growth

Ann Borrego

I started working with Maryann in July 2016 after mentioning to her that I had been losing my hair for close to 2 years. After assessing my diet Maryann made recommendations for me to change, add on, increase and no longer eat. Literally, within a few weeks I saw big changes in my hair loss. I was going from a handful of hair coming out each time I combed my hair, to just a few hairs. It was truly amazing. I am close to 6 months with this change and I can truly say this has helped so much. I am so happy with everything that Maryann helped me with.

Hair Loss and Regrowth January 25, 2017