Amy After

Tips, motivation & advice for a gluten-free lifestyle

How I’ve Lost 150lbs

I’m Amy and I’m half the person I was one year ago. After steadily gaining a lot of weight over the past twenty years, I’d finally had enough. Even though I was a Certified Nutritional Consultant I couldn’t seem to apply my knowledge to my own behavior.  During a Dr. visit near the end of 2008 I was told that it was time to begin taking medications to reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The prospect of this horrified me and I begged for a reprieve. My doctor told me I had three months to turn things around and then I’d have to come back to get my prescriptions if there weren’t drastic improvements.

As fortune would have it, a friend told me about another doctor in town who was offering a weight loss program. I ignored all of my immediate objections (too expensive, not enough time, assured failure) and committed to doing whatever it took to shed the weight once and for all. I showed up for weigh-in each week which turned out to be a crucial part of my success. Accountability is so very important. Portion control and low carb was a focus of the meal plan but for several reasons I had to create my own menu. I had become a pescatarian (abstains from eating all animal flesh except fish) a year earlier and my education was in holistic nutrition which meant that “diet” and artificial foods and ingredients were not something I wanted any part of. I also discovered that I was gluten intolerant and had to eliminate all gluten to see astounding improvements in my health.

Through eating simple, pure and wholesome foods, or eating cleanly, I lost 130lbs in one year. I’ve lost 150lbs so far and want to shed 20lbs more. Now my blood pressure is great and there is no more mention of needing any medications. I feel wonderful and all of the physical ailments that I’d developed have completely vanished.  Most of the aches, pains, allergies, etc. many of us have come to accept as a natural part of life can be a distant memory if you are given the right information.

I get incredibly frustrated with the messages about nutrition we are given by medical professionals and food corporations through the media.  Following the mainstream dietary recommendations makes us tired, sick and overweight. I want to teach you how to give your body what it needs to become the youthful, energetic creation it is meant to be.  Even though having the correct knowledge is paramount and the crucial first step, it is only half the solution. If the proper nutritional education was the complete answer then I would’ve been slim and healthy fifteen years ago. I couldn’t seem to effectively apply this knowledge because of emotional barriers.  I also want to help guide you through common mental and emotional obstacles you might run into during the healthy transformation of your body.

So, it isn’t just about getting rid of  extra weight, it  is about giving your body and mind everything it needs to become younger, more vibrant and brimming with health!

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