Each and every participant in my Restoring Wellness program has filled me up with such bliss by sharing their incredible testimonials. The number of extraordinary testimonials has gotten so large that I am unable to post them ALL on the Testimonials page anymore. Thank you to ALL who have shared your journey of Restoring Wellness with me and for others to read. You inspire.
I'd like to share with you one of the most incredible stories of healing and of a marriage... a team... a love... that inspires me on so many levels. Meet Franklin and Kristy:
First I would like to thank God for bringing us to Stephanie and leading me and my family to this journey, one that has changed all of our lives. This is the second time around doing this program. The biggest realization this time is that we are no longer trying anymore, the lifestyle promoted in the program has become second nature, a way of living.
I have a rare autoimmune disease called dermatomyositis and although I've been battling this for over a year (I spent 6 months hospitalized last year and couldn't move or swallow, I lost all muscle function and had to learn how to speak, eat and walk all over again). Once I started eating again, the hospital would give me food that I know now was promoting inflammation. Doctors helped save my life; medicine had it's place in my healing, but the nutrition never really played a part. Since getting out of the hospital, I slowly improved but went back to eating somewhat like I did before and started to feel poorly again. Since starting the program in January, I'm so surprised at how much nutrition has played a major part in my healing, and how quickly it's happening just from changing what goes into my mouth.
I have seen so many improvements in my health: stains on my teeth have gone away, hemmoroids are gone, my skin tags have disappeared, my sleep apnea and snoring are reduced, my blood pressure is lower, my hair is getting thicker, little aches and pains I've had for years have gone away, my prednisone went from 100 mg to 5 mg and my big goal is to be off all medications. My food allergies have almost all gone away, and I know this comes from repairing my leaky gut. I've exceeded my doctor's expectations and my own. I am improving my lifestyle but what I need to keep working on is my self discipline with circadian rhythms.
Do I really want to go back to looking and feeling like that? No, I don't EVER want to feel like that again. I would rather have the porridge for breakfast which is so delicious than what I used to eat - 4 pieces of toast with coffee, wondering why I felt bloated after! It's all an education, I can't say enough about Stephanie and what she has taught me. If people could just look at it as information, education, and not that you are giving something up but adding to the quality of the rest of our lives! I don't miss the foods I used to eat because I have either found a good alternative or I KNOW WHY it isn't good and why it made me feel bad after I ate it. I wish everyone I know would go through the program. It has opened my eyes and it is part of my journey for the rest of my life!
I was the fat kid in school. I was chubby as a toddler and young student, but by the time I hit 3rd grade, the double chin was there to stay. I was dubbed "porky" by the mean kids at school. Despite this, I was a good student and friend.
Even family members weren't tactful: "Oh you'd be so pretty if only you weren't fat" or "You have such a pretty face....too bad you're so chunky". No wonder, after my parents' ugly divorce when I was 20, that I buried myself in food and the typical standard American crap diet.
In high school I slimmed down a bit but always saw myself as fat. I met my husband as a 15 year old sophomore and we started dating. He always loved me for ME, and accepted me at any size. I was at my heaviest after our son was born in 1994, about 245, and after our daughter was born in 2005, I was about 230.
In 2007 my father passed away from complications of diabetes, congestive heart failure, and a heart attack, after a lifetime of being sedentary and lacking nutrition. His favorite and only vegetables were corn and mashed potatoes. I was almost 40, and decided after his death that I didn't want to go down the same path. I wanted to be there for my kids.
I went to the gym and began exercising, falling in love with two Les Mills programs: BodyPump and BodyCombat. Over the next two years, a major car accident that sidetracked me for 6 months, it clicked - eating better and exercising, I lost 70 lbs.
I became a group fitness instructor, teaching the class that got me started, and today, 3 years later, I teach 3 formats. But life would throw me another wrench.
"I started years ago, but I lacked the proper nutrition to do it the way it should be done. I lost most of the weight but never had the kind of energy or sense of "rightness" that I have now, thanks to you!"
Last year, my husband was diagnosed with dermatomyositis and spent almost 6 months in the hospital. Sitting, stressing, and eating hospital food all contributed to me gaining about 20 lbs. Carbs were my comfort food. I kept teaching my 6 gym classes a week but the stress made me hold on to the weight. It's only since starting the Restoring Wellness program that I am beginning to release some weight.
I am an intelligent person; but the information I've learned in these last 6 weeks have truly opened my eyes to how I've been abusing my body for so long. Two trips a day on average to Starbucks for my soy latte fix was shattered cold turkey during the program. I've eaten Paleo, with great success. I've tried every diet under the sun from Weight Watchers to Atkins, but nothing has made me feel so good or successful as working with Stephanie. The dedication she has to helping me see how good my body is meant to feel is invaluable.
My husband and I knew just halfway into the cleanse that we wanted to continue it to at least 14 days. Today marks day 32. It has gone from being a cleanse to a daily lifestyle. We are still eating vegan, trying new things and juicing each day. I feel healthier, have lost 11 pounds and have a greater appreciation for food. I've experienced hunger, but now? I don't eat nearly as much as before but my foods are so nutrient dense that I am getting what I need. I don't crave sugar or carbs and can be in a roomful of really poor food choices and not be tempted AT ALL. It's baffling to me how now that I see things clearly, I want to shout it from the rooftops to everyone I know.
This whole experience has piqued my interest into holistic nutrition. I'm so curious about how everything works and am excited to see how I can continue and share this knowledge with others and tie it in with my fitness career.
I'm very sad to see the program end but know that I will continue on my path to wellness, and that Coach Stephanie is just a Facebook post away.
Then they re-enrolled in the program...
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