From obesity & food addiction to healthy living & a happy body.
What made me become a healthy eating coach and help women like you transform their lives? The answers to this question are influenced by two very special people in my life, who each acted as a catalyst for me to develop the nutritional programs I provide for clients across the country.
The two special people? My son and my mom.
They both inspired me, in different ways and often without knowing, to regain my own health and help other women to do the same.
This is their story and mine.
My Obesity Battle
My obesity issues began all the way back in elementary school. I remember always feeling like the fat “over developed” girl back in the 7th and 8th grade, and it went downhill fast. Over the years my weight kept creeping up, no matter what I tried. I’d diet and lose 20 pounds, only to gain 40, and the pattern repeated. Food dominated everything in my life.
It got to the point where I would make sure I could eat alone to stave off embarrassment, or sneak to indulge in foods that always made me feel safe and comforted. This despite my clothes became tighter and my self-image spiraling ever downwards.
Eventually I reached a breaking point.
Being a Mom to My Son
My health and happiness were deteriorating. I didn’t want my son to see his mother like this. I didn’t want to die this way.
It was then that I made the biggest decision of my life – to undergo bariatric surgery, despite the lack of support of some family members. They believed my decision was “too drastic”, and told me I was going to die. For me, the risk of eating myself to death far outweighed any risk of not making it out of surgery.
Instead of focusing on preparing to die, I knew I was — finally — ready to live!
A Leap of Faith
On November 10th, 2008, I boarded a plane on my way to Weightwise Bariatrics in Edmond, Oklahoma. My husband Moses and my son Marcellus came with me for support as I ventured to undergo my gastric sleeve surgery.
Looking back on that flight now, it is interesting to note how strategically I planned the entire trip. I was determined to fly 1,200 miles across the country to save my own life. I’d taken a leap of faith, putting my entire future in the hands of a doctor I’d never met and only spoken with over the phone.
But I didn’t care about the risk! I was tired and desperate for a solution to break free from my tragic love affair with food.
Weight Loss Reality Struck Hard
I had the weight loss surgery on November 12th, 2008 and experienced an amazing recovery. Over the next two years, I worked hard and lost 110 pounds!
Everything was going well but then I hit a plateau. My weight started creeping back up again.
You may have heard about the “bariatric honeymoon”, and, alas, this was the end of mine. I noticed with growing horror and more than a bit of irony that food had started to consume me — and my life — once again. My appetite was back, and I started eating mindlessly again. I’d gain 5 pounds, then go back on the restrictive diet and lose 7 pounds, starting the dreadful cycle all over again.
Battling food addiction
I was devastated. I’d been convinced that surgery would solve ALL of my problems when it came to this love/hate relationship with food. I honestly thought I would never be hungry after having weight loss surgery, nor ever have to battle against this persistent and powerful demon again.
Does any of this sound familiar to you as well?
The insidious yo-yo pattern of eat-repent-repeat slowly returned to take over my life during the next several years, until I decided, yet again, that I was sick of being controlled by food and I was sick of dieting. The reason I underwent surgery in the first place was to stop the diet cycle! I had 80% of my stomach removed and I was STILL DIETING!
For the Memory of My Mom
In 2011, my mom Dolores was diagnosed with uterine cancer. She passed away on April 9, 2014 at the early age of 63.
The last 6 months of her life were devastating. Her body rapidly started to deteriorate from years of eating sugar and processed foods, multiple rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and finally the placement of a colostomy bag which ultimately wore her body out.
She believed her doctors when they increased her dose of medications or added additional medications to her already long list. That’s the type of woman my Mom was. When her doctors recommended more chemo, more radiation, or additional surgery she truly believed that she would be get better and eventually be healed.
She lacked the knowledge and understanding of her ability to holistically take responsibility for her health. Little did she know that the years of enzyme deficiency and toxicity – from chemicals and poisons within her food and from medications – created an environment for cancer to thrive in.
It really wasn’t until after she passed away that I felt an overwhelming urge to learn more about how we as human beings can actually heal our bodies with food. I often tell people that my passion to help others was the final gift from my mother. A gift that would save my life, and ultimately save the lives of others.
And that’s why I’m driven to help women with, or fearful of, chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer. Using raw food nutritional programs to complement existing therapies and medical procedures, I believe women can dramatically improve their health, reduce painful symptoms and improve the chances of long-term survival.
Now it’s time for your story to be written.
I’ve found my promised land, and I want to help you do the same. And let me tell you, it feels so good. No longer will fear grab you every night and morning. You’ll be in control, making choices about what you eat with mindfulness and balance. There’ll be no doubts or obsessive worries about doing things wrong.
Deep down do you doubt yourself and worry you might never achieve this as well?
I am here to tell you that you can and you will! Let’s make your story have the same happy ending.
Send me a message and tell me about your goals. Let’s work together.
Check out these resources for information about bariatric surgery:
- Obesity Action Coalition – A resource to get information about the different types of bariatric surgeries
- American College of Surgeons – Check out this information for understanding a surgeon’s credentials
- Bariatric Pal – An online forum and information site for bariatric surgery
- Obesity Help – Various weight loss and obesity information site with forums and articles