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It’s the kind of embarrassing moment you never forget…

…the morning I had to fess up to my roommate that I’d eaten her entire container of frosted sugar cookies. I thought I’d sneak just one…or two, and before I knew it, all twelve were gone.

All twelve cookies.

In one night.

And to make matters worse, I was in school to be a Registered Dietitian!

I was acing all of my classes, but felt like a fraud.

I didn’t feel like this was me, and yet it didn’t even feel like a choice.

There were hundreds of similar moments. Intentionally buying “Halloween candy” in August. Hitting up McDonald’s for Shamrock Shakes in March. Downing Pumpkin Spice lattes at Starbucks in September.

I was trying to follow all the “dieting rules” I was learning in school. I tried countless “sugar detoxes.” But I kept caving. And putting on weight.  I’d wind up in the same place in a matter of days. Every time I would be a little more angry at myself for being too weak to control it, breaking my own promises and not being able to stick to my decisions. Maybe I was just flawed?

My family lovingly teased me, calling me “Cookie Monster” and my friends called me “Garbage Disposal.” At first I laughed along with them, but after a while, the laughter started to sting.

The truth was — I was a sugar addict.

(Yes, sugar addiction is a real thing. Most people don’t know it, but sugar has the same effect on the brain as cocaine.)

Years later I realized I had, what I now know, is sugar addiction. Most people don’t know it, but sugar has the same effect on the brain as cocaine. It triggers the same rewards centers. Sugar sensitivity is real. And for many people it’s debilitating.

And here’s the kicker — the eating regimen I was learning in dietitian school (the low-fat, low-calorie diet) only added fuel to the fire. It brought me to the unhealthiest point of my life, and my heaviest weight.

But what happened next is what pushed me over the edge.

I can’t count the number of times I tried to get a fresh start and stop battling my body”

It was my final year of dietitian school when I got the call. My father needed to have immediate, unexpected major heart surgery.

I was floored. My father was the picture of health (or so we thought). He’d followed all the same “rules” I’d been learning and following, and he was even a runner.

I remember sitting in the hospital room with my father, after the surgery, when the dietitian came in.

I didn’t tell her that I was about to graduate dietitian school. I wanted to hear what this expert had to say, because clearly the things my father had been doing (the same things I was learning) hadn’t helped at all.

Maybe she would tell us something different.

But she gave him the same spiel: “Try to maintain a low-fat, low-calorie diet. Never look at a stick of butter again. You should only eat margarine. Eat oatmeal. Don’t drink. Don’t smoke.”

I told her,  “He was already doing all of that.”

And all she could say was, “Okay, well, keep doing it.”

That’s when I got angry. I remember sitting there, thinking,But this is what landed him on your operating table in the first place!

And then I thought,Funny how I also follow all those things, and I’m now 20 pounds heavier than when I started.

That’s when I became determined to figure it out on my own. I had to become my own advocate so I could be my dad’s advocate, too.

So I dove into scientific research and studies that were outside of my assigned coursework.

And to my surprise, I learned that I actually needed to do the exact opposite of what I was learning in school.

I quit the low-fat, low-cal dieting, and amazingly, I stopped being consumed with thoughts of food. No more days without energy. My brain had never felt more clear and powerful.

Fast forward to today: I’m in the best shape of my life! I never thought this was possible. For so long, I had believed that a sugar addiction and weight problem was just part of my identity, my genetics…me. And that was a lie.

It’s no wonder our country is getting fatter and sicker.

There’s too much misinformation out there based on outdated research contained in dusty old textbooks.

That’s why I’ve made it my personal mission to share the truth and power of real food with as many people as possible. And I have since helped thousands of clients get the results they’re looking for. We see the tears of joy streaming from their eyes when they overcome challenges they never thought they could overcome.

Today I can confidently say that I have control over my sugar addiction—and I want you to have that control over the hurdles in your life, too!

My team and I are here for you and we understand what you are going through. You don’t have to live like that anymore. Fill out an application today to get the individualized support you need. Your healthy, simple life is closer than you think.


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