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:
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.
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!
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.
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...
along with 11 of their friends and family.
she adds: This has been the BEST experience! I highly recommend this program, no matter what your background, health concerns, food preferences, or biases. My husband and I have experienced life changing moments and will continue to follow Coach Stephanie's advice and guidance long after the conclusion of the program today. Eternal thanks!!
I had lost 12 lbs the first program, and as a lifelong sufferer of obesity, I wanted to lose more weight and knew I was eating too late at night. Simply eating before 7:00pm each night gave me a 4 lb loss in a week while not changing my food. I've now lost 21 lbs total, feel better in my clothes, walk with more confidence and most importantly, finally truly believe that that weight is going to come off in its own time. I know that by continuing to eat vegan and gluten and dairy free, I will lose the weight and I don't have to stress about when, how much and how long it's going to take. There's a peace that's fallen over me, it's hard to explain. I've ALWAYS lived tied to the scale. I still weigh in once a week just to monitor but I am not preoccupied with it any longer. I can truly say that I'm ok with the pace of my weight loss and it's not a focus. I feel good about my choices and there's a lot less "beating up" of myself.
My biggest struggle comes from the frustration of others; the lack of willingness to learn and educate themselves about what Stephanie has taught us. The lack of understanding that people have for how I am choosing to live my life. I want to help change others as I've been changed but I realize everyone must follow their own paths and it's by living my life optimally that others will see the changes and when they are ready, I can help guide them as I've been guided. My mission has now become to lead by example. Thank you Stephanie for helping me, not only physically, but with the emotional guidance that is inevitable when you embark on a life changing journey. I'm forever grateful and excited to see where else it takes us!
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