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Emily’s testimony after 28 days

“I am grateful. I am grateful to have met you and to have the opportunity to learn from you. The combination of the actual diet + the coaching, the knowing you are there to ask questions, say the shit I don’t want to say to anyone else, has really made a difference.

I have found that food has been a comfort to me. It was a crutch. When I am worried, tired, stressed, or bored, food has been my companion, the soother. I also have found that I was lying to myself – especially in the last 4 years when I have gained the most weight. I said I ate healthy, but I never acknowledged the “bites” throughout the day that packed on the pounds. It’s shocking really.

With this diet, I get to eat nourishing, healthy foods – foods that I remember eating when I was the thinnest in my life in my twenties – and I am always fulfilled. I am rarely hungry. I get to have carbs! I haven’t had carbs in like 4 years! I LOVE potatoes and barley and brown rice, what a treat! I also love fruit, so this has been a revelation.

When I started the diet, I remember telling you, my back constantly hurts, my thinking is cloudy, I am emotional, I am desperate and I am deeply ashamed of my body size. I remember crying on the phone to you in fear and shame that I could not figure out how to lose weight. My clothes were so tight, I struggled to find outfits that made me feel like I wanted to look, and I hated taking pictures of my body, I remember looking at my face on video conference meetings thinking YOUR CHEEKS ARE SO FAT.

28 days in, I have felt more confident in and out of my clothes than I have in a YEAR. I have felt totally relaxed and confident about my diet plan and my trajectory (except on day 28 “weigh-in” morning when I couldn’t sleep of nerves). I am building a vision of myself thin and confident and relaxed in my own skin, wearing beautiful clothes that show off my slim figure. I am spending time thinking – “do I want to be as thin as her?” or “no, she’s too thin, I wouldn’t want to be that thin!” because now being thin is truly an option for me, and it will be for LIFE. I feel like I am at peace.

My mental clarity for all of the first 28 days was unbelievable. Like a super computer. I can see things quickly, make decisions quickly. I wake up with energy and my BODY DOES NOT HURT. OH! Inflammation has been a big thing for me in 2020 – I felt like my legs and feet were always swollen. NOT ANYMORE. I can see every vein in my feet and I can see muscle definition in my shins and calves. My face on video conferences is looking thinner, and the double chin that was starting is fading away.

When I was freaking about my weigh in day, you told me, if you don’t lose a pound, will it still be worth it, and my answer is YES. I look at the list of things I just wrote about – and not one of those comments referred to the fact that I lost 11.75 inches and 8 lbs. The peace of mind, the health benefits and the confidence are exceptionally strong reasons to do this diet alone.

Honestly, I cannot imagine NOT choosing to do this for the rest of my life. The sugary foods don’t appeal to me. The flour-based, processed foods don’t appeal to me. I don’t even miss cheese! Shocking.

SO, all this to say that I am grateful, blessed and at peace with this life change. I wish I could hug you to thank you for this experience….and I can’t wait until April/May when I am a PRO at all of this – I will be thin – and an ambassador for your program. I will be fully trained mentally, and none of the bullshit that used to get me rattled will rattle me again (as it relates to food).

Food will know its place in my life, and I will know my place as it relates to discipline around food.

One last thing that has really stuck with me…esp when people say “I don’t know how you can give up sugar or flour!” My body simply doesn’t metabolize sugar and flour the way that other bodies do. It’s just a genetic fact. Nothing to spend time worrying about – it just is. With that knowledge, I can move on.

Thank you finally to me. For not settling for a body I am completely unhappy in. For investing your hard-earned money in a program that will create the HEALTH & STRENGTH you seek for the rest of your life. For doing the work, the measuring the planning, the cooking, all the things that are “extra” now but will feel like routine in a few months. YOU DESERVE TO BE CONFIDENT AND JOYFUL AND HAPPY in your body.

You will never look back. This is the way forward.”

All my love,
Emily

What type of fat should I eat?

In a 12-week study, 40 women were randomly split into two groups. Each group was given approximately two tablespoons of either soybean oil or coconut oil and instructed to follow a reduced calorie eating plan and to walk 50 minutes a day.

At the end of the study the “coconut oil group” increased their good cholesterol, reduced their bad cholesterol, and significantly reduced their waist circumference (stomach fat).

The soybean oil’s group levels of cholesterol went up and they didn’t lose any stomach fat – even with a reduced calorie eating plan and walking 50 minutes a day.

Organic sources of fat like coconut oil and macadamia nut oil have saturated fat, but it does not matter because they are full of nutrition and are better for you than processed vegetable oils, like canola and soybean, that cause inflammation in your body.

Cravings

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. – Jim Rohn

Cravings will come and go every day, depending on how tired you are, what stressors you have in your life, etc. The good thing about cravings is that they are normal and will eventually pass. They will also decrease in strength and frequency over time.

Here are some coping strategies that may work for you.

Learning to resist cravings

The mental activities of cravings and urges disappear over time as long as you don’t actively pay attention to them. After some time, they will run their course and disappear, usually within 10-15 minutes. It’s ok to sit with the temporary discomfort. It won’t “kill” you and will pass pretty quickly. You then can feel good about your achievement!

Remember that it’s important not give up what you want most for what you want in the moment.

Work on NOT giving in no matter how bad the craving is and it will eventually pass. All the cravings you have ever had have passed. Once you stop giving in to your cravings, you know you can and will do it again and again. And after a short time, there will be fewer cravings and the ones you have will continue to diminish in intensity. The key is to wait them out.

Another thing you can do when you experience a craving is to quickly substitute a thought or activity that’s more beneficial or fun. Take a walk or any other form of exercise. Pick up something new to read or turn on something to listen to. Reach out to me or Sandra or your accountability partner. The possibilities to substitute (and lessen the craving more quickly) are endless.

Think about and write down some possibilities so you will have a list on hand when cravings occur.

Things that can affect your Weight Loss

Why do some women lose weight easier than others? There are so many things involved in weight loss. It is much more than just calories in and calories out. Some of the things that affect ability to lose weight are:

– stress levels
– sleep
– hormones (estrogen, progesterone, thyroid hormone, cortisol, insulin, etc.)
– food intolerances
– gut bacteria

We focus a lot on the “calories in”, which is easiest to control, but all these things make “calories out” harder to control.

You don’t have to settle for dull moods, foggy brains, flabby bellies, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, low libido, weight gain and bone loss so “common” and “accepted” with getting older.

Learning how sugar and flour effect your mood and health is critical, especially as you age. Check out my facebook page for menopausal women.

Fried Rice Recipe

2 eggs OR 6 oz. tofu OR 1 egg AND 2 oz. chicken or 2 oz. steak
1 C. cooked rice
2 C. veggies (onions, cabbage, carrots, peas)
1 T. sesame oil
Tamari and white pepper to taste
Non-stick spray

Lightly scramble the eggs/tofu and set them aside. If using chicken, cook through, remove from pan and dice. Stir-fry the veggies with a non-stick oil spray and tamari. Add the protein and cooked rice to the veggies, top with a bit of Tamari and the sesame oil and stir.

From The Skinny Coach Solution Recipe book
You can get your own here

Maureen’s Testimony

“I’m still very happy living with this new way of eating. It is a welcomed lifestyle change that has allowed me to live with a normalcy in connection with food. I eat appropriate amounts of healthy, simple and delicious foods. I no longer binge or crave foods like a use to. I feel very satisfied and content and do not feel like I’m missing out on anything. Ironically, I have found that other people think I am. It is interesting to see people’s reactions and hear their comments when I politely say I don’t eat that anymore or that is no longer part of the way eat. I often see looks of sorrow or get reactions that I must feel deprived. This couldn’t be further from the truth, yet it is very difficult to convince people of that. I know that is not how I feel but that may be a feeling they are identifying within themselves.

It made me realize that when you are in a dysfunctional relationship and you start to make healthier choices or changes, people don’t know what to do with it when they are use to another way. It makes them feel uncomfortable. Since I have changed the dynamics of the foods I choose to eat and the relationship with my food, it seems to make others feel uncomfortable. And that is ok. I know how I’m eating is healthy physically and mentally.”

-Maureen

GMO

A diet containing roundup tolerant genetically modified corn (GMO) can cause tumors and organ damage and lead to death in laboratory rats, according to research published in the journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology. The rats’ diet reflected the kind of exposure to genetically modified food that humans, who eat genetically engineered food, should expect. In other words, it was the type of and amount of GMO that you eat when you eat GMO corn.

Try to do your body a favor and do not eat anything that is genetically modified – especially corn.

Lifestyle Change vs. Diet

It’s not about starting another diet; it’s about making a lifestyle change!” Lifestyle is the buzz word right now as people are becoming painfully aware that diets have a dark and dirty under belly. Unfortunately, while we may hear it every day it doesn’t change the fact that when you wake up tomorrow, and start eating 1200 calories a day and exercising like Peyton Manning you feel like you’re on a DIET.

Allow me to clarify what the difference between another diet and having a true and meaningful lifestyle change. Your body has been on one diet or another since you were born. Whether it was the ‘junk food diet’, the ‘I’m in college and eat Top Ramen diet’, or the ‘I’m pregnant, step away slowly diet’; either way it’s a diet. It’s a conscious decision to eat a certain way every day- that literally is all a diet is.

Think for a moment the first time you tried something; for instance, your favorite ice cream- once you started eating that ice cream, once you realized you liked it and it made you feel good, you started eating that food repeatedly. Therefore, making that ice cream a part of your diet. Once the ice cream became a regular part of your diet, it became a lifestyle change in which you now eat ice cream almost every day. You can see through this chain of thinking – a diet decision became a lifestyle change before your very eyes.

Of course, that leads to the next thought- which is how can I make healthy food that will make me thin, healthy and happy a lifestyle change. There is good news and bad news. Our brain is very clear about what it desires, if you consume something that rewards your pleasure center you will crave that thing… Potentially a lot. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that you can train your brain that healthy food, while it may not light up your pleasure center right away, still makes you feel good and right If you eat good wholesome food every day, and you never get stomach aches or bloats from rich food, or indigestion from fatty or greasy food, and you feel light and energetic, your brain will get that message. That means that you are always speaking with your brain, you are constantly trying to communicate.

If you tell your brain and body that the best you can do is light up that reward center- it will take what it can get. But, if you tell your brain that these certain foods can make you clearer, give you less headaches, and allow you to be at your best- your brain will hear you!

So, the truth of the matter is that everyone starts a ‘diet.’ You can’t escape it, if you are eating in a way that is making your fat and sick today, you will have to start a diet if you want to be thin, and healthy- there’s no trick. But once you start that diet, once you (and your brain) really believe that this diet food is rewarding and making you feel good- you will start to crave good food!! Believe me, today I crave yummy creamy yogurt with cooked apples and cinnamon- and my brain believes me!

Menu Planning – How Important is it?

“I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” – Alex Elle

Menu planning is everything. You might not want to make a food plan, but it is very important that you do it anyway.

Why?

When you don’t have a food plan and you want to lose weight, you REQUIRE yourself to use willpower.

The best way to make a healthy choice when you’ve had a bad day is with a menu plan. You’ve made a decision ahead of time to have your own best interest in mind.

Without a solid menu plan made ahead of time, you will have to FORCE yourself into doing what it takes to lose weight. And, you RISK taking the easy way out without a menu plan!

On those days everything seems to be going crazy, you’ll be so thankful you know what you are going to eat. It’s one less brick in the load!

Becky’s Testimony

“Last weekend I had a yard sale and got rid of several sizes of clothing (and made a little money)–and now I’ve got a cleaned out closet and some new, skinny clothes!  The compliments just keep coming, and I feel so good.  Now when someone asks me if I miss such-and-such a food, I say, “Yes, but not as much as I like being skinny!”

Especially nice are the compliments from my often critical in-laws, who just can’t stop talking about how great I look.  My mother-in-law says that I’m prettier now than I was when I got married, and my father-in-law says I’m looking like a young woman.

I love success!  Thank you, Tiffany!”

-Becky