Friday, September 11, 2015

Food Porn and Other No-nos for a Food Addict

I have made some key changes in my life that do seem to have contributed very positively to my weight loss, and three of those changes all relate to this mysterious and powerful chemical called dopamine.

The first change, learning to say "no", ended up being such a long blog post that I thought I'd better save the next three tips for their own blog post. Plus, the next three are all so related to one another, you could say that they are really one tip. and that tip is:

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Four Key Changes I Needed to Make in Order to Lose Weight on a Plant Based Diet

This blog post has been a long time in the making and I'm so excited to share it with you.

By this point you probably know that over the course of the past year and a half I have been totally committed to finding out what it really takes for me to lose weight on a plant based diet.

I went about this process by deciding that I needed to learn everything that Chef AJ had learned over the past twenty or so years in her quest to find peace with food. I figured why did I need to start from scratch when I've got access to someone who had already learned from the best?

In picking AJ's brain I learned some real nuggets and I'm finally going to share them with you!

I'm going to touch on four subjects in this and tomorrow's blog posts:
  • Saying "Yes" When You Really Want to Say "No"
  • Collecting Recipes and Purchasing New Cookbooks
  • Subscribing to Food Porn Blogs
  • Watching TV, Especially but not Limited to Cooking Shows and Cooking/Baking Competitions
Saying "Yes" When You Really Want to Say "No"

One of the first revelations that I had when I began private coaching with Chef AJ was that I was a people pleaser. This tendency in my personality was causing me a lot of stress in my daily life and harm to my body (excess weight and extreme stress). Now, on the continuum of people pleasing, I can't say that I am the most pathetic, "doormatty" person out there--I'm certainly not. But I did begin to recognize that I have said "yes" to many people and situations in my life when what I really wanted to say was "no."

And when it comes to making everyday food choices, it turns out that saying "yes" when you really want to say "no" is like one of the single worst personality traits that you could possess if you want to lose weight and keep it off.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

David, David, Where Are You Dear David?

I'm shocked.

Totally surprised.

I hosted a giveaway, saw the outpouring of emotion in everyone's responses to my question, picked a winner of The Ultimate Weight Loss Program, announced it on HGK on Sunday evening and asked the winner to contact me at

And then a crazy thing happened.


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Winner Announced/Sign-Ups Start for the Back to Basics UWL 21 Day Challenge

It was heartbreaking and inspiring all a the same time, reading the 168 entries into The Ultimate Weight Loss Program giveaway.

So many of you in so much pain. But ready to change your lives, move forward, and move on.

One hundred and sixty eight people who need UWL in their lives, each and every one deserving to win.

Thank you for pouring out your hearts and stories to me. You inspire me to bring the freedom I have found to so many others who suffer.

I was you for so, so long. Wanting to lose weight and trying to lose weight and failing.

Thinking about food when it wasn't mealtime and I wasn't actually hungry.

Often regretting what I had just eaten.

Thinking that there was something wrong with me because I wanted to eat sugar all of the time.

I had an addiction to all processed food. I just didn't know it at the time. And I certainly wasn't aware that some of the food that I was eating, that I thought was healthy, was in fact, more processed than my susceptible brain could handle.

I'm thanking the universe right now that I found The Ultimate Weight Loss Program, developed by Chef AJ and personal trainer John Pierre. It is NEW. It is unique. It is whole food, plant based and it's salt, oil and sugar free. You will eat vegetables for breakfast, each and every day. And it's helped hundreds of people achieve a healthy weight and eliminate their food cravings completely.

There is nothing else out there like it on the market. Literally.

Just a few before and after pictures of UWL participants.

Not only am I thanking the universe, I'm dedicating my time and energy to helping others find the relief that I have found. I've signed on as the Director of Marketing and Customer Relations for The Ultimate Weight Loss Program and I couldn't be more grateful for this opportunity that life has given me.

Reclaiming my sanity around food and helping others to do the same?


Oh, and did I mention that so far I have lost 33 of the 50 pounds that I gained on an otherwise healthy plant based diet?

Yeah, that too.

I'm pretty stoked about that.

And I'm not the only one who is head over heals in love with UWL. Here's how one new participant feels in her own words:

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

GIVEAWAY! The Back to Basics Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge Giveaway starts NOW

Hey Lovelies!

Yesterday's blog posting was loooong, so I'm not going to take up too much of your time today.

 I'm just here to tell you that in a few days, we're going to be starting sign-ups for the next official Ultimate Weight Loss Program 21 Day Challenge.

I'm calling it the "The Back to Basics Challenge."

It starts on September 20th and it's our last official group challenge of 2015.

It's for anyone who has never done the program before, and for those of us in the group that are still struggling to fully embrace a whole food plant based, SOS free diet.

But before the sign-ups begin, I love to get everyone thinking about why we all care about this stuff so much.

So I'm asking you to connect with me and leave a comment. Here's what I'm wondering about right now:

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