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The client had gained 30 pounds after a very stressful work year which caused her to emotionally eat. She didn’t ditch her healthy habits (such as going to the gym, preparing her own food, and drinking a lot of water). She had attempted a lot of different things to lose the weight, including but not limited to, Nutrisystem, working with a personal trainer, exercising as much as possible, and joining online challenges (i.e. "Diet Bet"). At best, she would lose a pound every two weeks. She attributed some of her issues with her thyroid, further making her weight loss challenge even more difficult.
Patient’s Own Words:
“ I STARTED TO THINK I WOULD NEVER LOSE THIS WEIGHT AND THAT I SHOULD JUST ACCEPT THIS NEW, YET UNRECOGNIZABLE BODY.”
She was frustrated and depressed, in addition to her body fatigue. She was referred to me through one of her friends and she reached out to me.
After the first phone consultation, she felt so much better, therapeutic really, that someone understood what she was going through and that weight loss did not have to be impossible, even with her thyroid condition. I designed and tailored a meal plan for her that included a whole food, high fat, and high protein diet.
No processed foods, dairy, added sugars, or gluten allowed! She was nervous because a lot of the "healthy" habits the media and popular knowledge had us believe are good for weight loss, are in fact not really all that helpful. Although this meal plan would definitely shake up her normal routine, she was determined to give this my all. Long story made short, in a few months, she had lost 30 pounds (and counting!), learned how to eat right, had more energy and sleep better at night. I felt like her old self again.
Additionally to the weight loss, her thyroid numbers had miraculously fallen back into a "normal" person's range (which I think is possibly just as incredible), all based on diet alone.
Patient’s Own Words:
Michelle had become not only my dietitian but my friend. I cannot recommend her enough to anyone else out there that is close to "giving up" or just "accepting" their bodies although they want to be healthier and make a positive lifestyle change. She helped me get my confidence and health back, and for that, I am forever grateful to her.
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