35 Pounds Lighter One Year Later

One of my clients, Mike Messier, shares his testimonial about his experience at Be the Change Nutrition after recently reaching our one year anniversary of working together!

In Mike’s words:

Corinne’s Be the Change Nutrition is saving my life and I am going to tell you about it.

I have been overweight most of my life, with surges of activity and better eating, but only to fall back into lethargy and bad habits. Corinne’s dedication, patience and insights are exactly what I needed to start – and continue – losing pounds after all these years.

It was “fun enough” to be a big, fun guy for all these years, but in reality, the tears of a clown are what were hiding behind the chuckles. Overweight people will know that being fat means ‘selling yourself short’ and ‘accommodating others’ over looking out for yourself.  There is a real psychological element to being overweight and these issues can not be fully tackled by just- the familiar but limiting “eat less, exercise more” simplicity, or a stack of diet books or some type of “I’ll go to the gym everyday until I’m in shape” mentality.  One must really have the help of a trained, and compassionate, licensed nutritionist like Corinne Goff to really break through these obstacles of a self-sabotaging mindset and the negative behaviors associated with being obese.

Corinne knows what she is talking about. Upon meeting her, you will discover that she has a very healthy physique and happiness to her face that most of us would envy.

More so than “what to eat and what not to eat,”  Corinne helped me discover the ‘whys and hows’ of my overeating. Case in point: I never realized just how much bread, carbohydrates, sugars and sweets I had been eating until Corinne had me document my food intake with a journal. Only then, could we really see together the mistakes I was making. Yes, I will use the word ‘mistakes’ because, to cut to the chase, to eat like I had been my whole life was a detrimental mistake, not only to my looks, but to my health, my career as an Actor, and my enjoyment of life.

I will never get back the years I spent being overweight, all I can do now is move forward, and I advise anyone reading this to remember that every day you put off getting help is another day of misery. Or even worse, mediocrity. Because when you are miserable, at least you feel it. When you are just mediocre, you don’t feel anything.

This is your wake up call. If you are fat, pleasantly plump, ‘large and in charge’, a BBW, ‘not fat just husky’, Big & Tall, portly, jolly,  or whatever you and your friends like to think of yourself as… that is mediocre. That is not living up to your best potential. You are hiding behind the fat. You are hiding behind fear.

Kill the excuses. The fact that many, if not most, of us  Americans are overweight is not a good excuse. The fact that your family, or your friends, or your spouse or even your kids are overweight are not good enough reasons to not apply yourself now to losing weight.

If you are struggling, then you know you care. Call Corinne. She will work with you, to make things happen for you. You can do it and Corinne and her Be the Change Nutrition can help!

Corinne Goff’s  Be The Change Nutrition consultation helped me lose 35 pounds in twelve months. Every pound has been a challenge and Corinne has been with me the whole time.  I started in September 2015 at 302, then reached my goal of 289 by Jan 1, 2016. Just getting to 289, even if I had to take my shoes off!,  and making that simple first goal was great.  We have set monthly goals since, most I have met, some I have not.  But we keep pushing forward, meeting every single week. I weighed in at 267.6 at my last weigh in with Corinne in early September, 2016. The next goal is 259 by January 1, 2017. I may get there sooner. For 2018, I will focus on my life-goal weight. But, one step at a time, and I am slightly ahead of schedule. That’s the nuts and bolts.

Beyond pounds, for me the real deal is how I look and how I feel. I don’t have that same “tired” feeling all the time, or that usual “bloated after eating” feeling… that feeling I had all day, no matter what or when I ate. I don’t have that ache in my lower back anymore. Well, there’s 35 pounds less to carry! Also, for the first time in years, I got in the “30s” for pants size. From 42 down to 38. And, for the first time since college, I am into a size 2XL shirt, instead of a 3XL or even a 4XL.

It’s great to be “a big guy.” I’ll always be a big guy. But to be a big guy in a 2XL instead of a 3XL… that is the change that I want to be. And now, that is the change that I am!

If you are overweight and/or unhealthy, and have read this enough to feel a glimmer of inspiration to call Corinne, I urge you to call her now, before thinking too much about it, or “discussing it with my spouse” or “sending her an email when I get home from work.” We all know those are the delays that we put in front of us to avoid taking action.

You aren’t going to figure this out on your own, and you won’t be able to “wait until next year” or “when my schedule clears” or to “get back to this later because now is just not the time” to lose weight. These are the lies we tell ourselves.

Start telling yourself the truth. You need to lose weight. Call Corinne now and get started.

– Mike Messier, Movie Maker/ Actor. Wickford, Rhode Island.

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Before working with Corinne and Be the Change Nutrition.

Mike Messier (far left) May 19, 2015 at a film premiere with colleagues Steve Feinberg and Chad Verdi.

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One year into working with Corinne and Be the Change Nutrition.

Mike Messier: September 6, 2016.

 

Thanks so much for sharing Mike!

What do I believe helped make Mike’s nutrition counseling experience such a success?  Definitely his positive attitude!  No matter what type of week he’s had, he keeps his focus on his long-term goals and the behavior changes he needs to keep working towards.  He does not let any setbacks get him down.  He knows and accepts that making changes is challenging and never gives up.  When you know what is important to you– you find a way to make it happen.

There is nothing I want more than to see my clients get where they want to go with their nutrition/health goals.  Mike is an excellent example of what you can achieve with persistence, patience and a positive attitude.  I look forward to continuing to work with him through his weight loss and wellness journey.

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Note:  I take client confidentiality very seriously.  Your personal information and what is discussed at our meetings is never shared.  Mike graciously volunteered his story for my website.

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Your Health Insurance May Pay For Your Nutrition Appointments

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Did you know that many health insurance plans will cover visits with a Registered Dietitian?  🙂

Are you trying to lose weight but can’t seem to change your habits?                                        Or maybe you know that your health issues would improve if you cleaned up your diet?

Many people hear from their doctors that they should lose weight– but most doctors aren’t taught to discuss diet and nutrition with patients.  While doctors do wonderful work, the majority of doctors do not have the time to spend with you to discuss HOW to go about losing weight or manage your disease/health concerns through diet.

Typically the most you’ll hear about what to do about your weight is depicted in the cartoon above.  The “eat less and exercise more” message sounds great in theory, but honestly, how is it working for you?

This is where a dietitian comes in.  A dietitian will take an assessment of your eating habits and come up with a plan tailored to YOU.  This plan will focus on habit changes designed to get you where you want to go in respect to your health and weight goals.  Having a plan is half the battle.  The other half is the accountability and support that follow-up visits provide.  Here is where your progress is monitored– and if you’re getting off-track, you’re going to leave the session knowing exactly what you need to do to get right back on-track.

If you’ve been stuck trying the same tactics and they aren’t working, consider having a trained set of eyes look at your diet and eating patterns and work with you to make positive changes in your life.  You don’t have to figure these things out alone.  And if your insurance will pay for it– how can you not take advantage of that benefit?  🙂

Insurance plans vary with some covering an unlimited number of sessions while others have a set amount.  A few have co-pays and certain plans will only cover specific diagnoses.   Call the number on your card to find out the details of your individual plan.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!!

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Your One Wild and Precious Life

I have a question I often ask my clients that I believe is worth taking some time to reflect on…

What about your life would be different if you lost the weight?

I see so many people who have focused for so long on their desire for weight loss and the struggles endured in that process that they have lost sight of what deeper result they are actually seeking.  Is it really a new body they want or rather how they would feel and what they would do in that new body?  All too often I meet people hurting badly inside because they don’t look a certain way that they *think* they should look.   They think their life won’t change until they finally lose weight.

Sure, losing weight can be a great goal.  Especially when it means you are elevating the quality of your food and nourishing your body instead of depriving it.  But there’s more to think about.  Look beyond simply being thinner and ask yourself,  then what?  What do you expect will change in your life once you DO reach your desired weight?  Answers to this generally sound something like:  I’ll be happier and more self-confident,  able to do more things, start a relationship, feel more comfortable in my body…

Hmm, is that truly how it works?  Having the body you *think* you want guarantees none of these things.  Do you know anyone personally who does have what you would consider an ideal body?  How does their life look?  Chances are they too struggle with finding joy, relationships, self-confidence, etc.  Here’s another question:  Have you ever lost the weight and been at what you consider your goal weight?  Was your life really any better?  If you were happy with how your life was at that weight, why didn’t you/couldn’t you stay there?

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One Healthy Habit to Establish if You Want to Eat Better….

 

Read the ingredients in everything you buy and eat.

Ignorance is not bliss, at least not when it comes to what you’re putting in your mouth.

Awareness is key.  There is a connection between checking ingredients and making healthier buying and eating decisions.   Reading and learning what is in your food will empower you to make better choices— which in turn will keep you on track towards your health goals.  If you ignore what’s in your food you are more likely to make unhealthy food choices.  So, start paying attention!

“What is in the ingredient list?”  That is the question I ask when somebody asks me if a certain food is “good or bad.”  (… and labeling a food as “good” or “bad” is a topic for another day! 🙂  ) On the back of the package, usually in small print, is the list of ingredients and that is where your answer lies.  Only most people don’t think to look.  (Or are afraid to?)  But once you form this habit, you will have a refreshing new sense of control and clarity to replace your old confusion.

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I Can Have it Tomorrow: A Tip From a Client

Does this sound like a familiar scenario?:  You’ve just finished eating a delicious, satisfying meal and you’re now faced with the temptation to eat yet more food– maybe an invitation to the local ice cream shop, perhaps a chocolate bar in your desk drawer or whatever it may be that sounds like something you want to eat but also something that you know isn’t exactly what your body needs at the moment.

A typical thought process may go something like this:  I MUST eat this NOW and I will begin my diet again tomorrow.  This is my only chance.  It’s now or never.  There’s a sense of urgency and lack of control.  So you eat it, only to feel overstuffed and guilty….again.

How does that work for you?  I’m guessing not great.

Keep reading for a  little tip that was recently shared by a client who is struggling with overeating.  I wanted to talk about it because when something really clicks for someone, chances are good that it will resonate with somebody else.

Instead of her predictable dieting mentality which revolved around “can’t” and “shouldn’t”, she tried a fresh approach.  This involved slowing down, taking a few moments to relax and checking in with her body:

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Strawberries ‘N Cream Cheesecake (Vegan/Paleo)

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It’s June and that means it’s STRAWBERRY month!

Not a lot is happening in my garden this year.   Luckily the strawberries blossomed like magic on their own– all we had to do was put a cage over them so the wildlife didn’t eat them before we did.

 

 

 

I remembered I had written about our Backyard Strawberries on here.  Was it last year?  The year before?  After looking it up, I was astounded to notice that it was FOUR years ago!   The other interesting thing about that post was I mentioned The Institute for the Psychology of Eating…. which I had come across and was curious about.  Well, I can’t believe it’s taken me almost FOUR years of peeking around their website and debating about signing up for their Eating Psychology Coach Certification program before finally making the decision.  I began in March and will be done in October 2016!

Meanwhile, we are being bombarded with strawberries.  Not complaining!  They are delicious to eat on their own (of course) and I’ve been having them in my morning 2-Ingredient Pancakes.  But I also had the urge to make a dessert with them, and so onto Google I went– and searched for and reviewed many strawberry cheesecake recipes before finding one I really liked. Take a look at this beautiful end result:

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I loved this recipe with the mouth-watering title Strawberries ‘N Cream Cheesecake from Pretty Pies.  It’s made primarily from nuts and fruits, making it an incredibly nutrient-dense treat compared to traditional cheesecake.  And the taste?  Let’s just say it only lasted two days around here.  (I’ve also printed out her Peanut Butter Cup Pie and Key Lime Pie recipes to try in the near future.)

 

If you’re not growing your own strawberries (believe me, they’re EASY)– they are abundant at local farms/farmers markets and the grocery stores right now.            Saturday, June 18th there is a Strawberry Festival in my town at Smith’s Castle!

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Are You in the 6%?

We all know that America is struggling with health issues…. but did you realize how few people adhere to 5 key health behaviors that can reduce the risk of chronic disease?

Take a look at this shocking article I recently came across:

Few Americans engage in health behaviors that prevent chronic disease

CDC ORIGINAL RESEARCH — Volume 13 — May 26, 2016

6%?  Looking over the list, they all sound like pretty basic and realistic habits to make a part of life….but they’re not for many people.

Here are the 5 behaviors.  Test yourself to find out if you are in the 6%!

  1. Not smoking
  2. Exercising regularly (minimum 150 min/week of moderate intensity aerobic exercise or 75 min/week of vigorous intensity physical activity, or a combination)
  3. Avoiding alcohol consumption or only drinking in moderation (up to 2 drinks/day for men and up to 1 drink/day for women; no binge drinking)
  4. Maintaining a healthy body weight (BMI of 18.5-24.9)
  5. Getting a sufficient amount of sleep (regularly getting 7 or more hours per night)

I hope you do all of these things– if not, ask yourself what you need to change to achieve a healthier lifestyle.  Find a support group to help you quit smoking.  Think about what type of movement you enjoy and schedule it into your day.  Be honest with yourself about how much alcohol you consume and make a conscious decision to decrease it or avoid it if necessary.  Meet with a dietitian if you need help losing weight.  Go to bed earlier– even if this means replacing tv or computer time with much-needed rest.

Any positive change you can make that moves you in a healthier direction is a beneficial change, no matter how small.  Know that you are worth taking care of.

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Cool Down with an Iced Matcha Almond Milk Latte

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Iced Matcha Almond Milk Latte:  Almond milk, almond milk ice cubes, matcha green tea powder and maple syrup…..just blend and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

It sure got HOT fast today.  After spending too leisurely of a morning around the house I finally got out for a jog in the woods where I was out of the sun– but my body hasn’t adjusted to running in the warmer weather yet.  I managed only two and a half very slow miles with walking before and after.  BUT… as always, moving in nature and surrounding myself in the quiet and greenness of the trees left me feeling better than when I started.    🙂

And I sure was hot and thirsty when I got home.

Last week I came across this Iced Vanilla Bean Matcha Latte recipe from the Oh She Glows blog.   I simplified her recipe, excluding the wheat grass and vanilla bean because I didn’t have them.  I’ve also made this with honey and with a date as a sweetener substitute for the maple syrup.

So good and refreshing!  I just wanted to share her delicious drink because I do get a lot of questions asking what to drink besides water.  When you’re cutting out sugary and artificially sweetened beverages it can by tricky to find alternatives.  You’re usually going to have to whip up your own.  Luckily it’s EASY and with natural sweeteners like dates, maple syrup and honey– and using just a small amount– you can sip something other than plain water while still being good to your body.

Have fun and stay cool the rest of your weekend!

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Food Photo Roundup 2: Meals

Being a nutritionist, it may come as no big surprise to you that I find it interesting to see what other people eat.  Not in a judgemental way, but more out of curiosity.   Plus, when I’m feeling like I’m in a food rut, it can help spark a change.  I don’t think I am alone with this fascination.  Many of my clients tell me they are looking for new meal ideas or alternate foods to add to their diet.

I’ve gathered some photos of foods I’ve recently eaten to show a few examples of the types of things I love to eat.   Don’t freak out that there are no “recipes”– just FOOD.  That’s right… the stuff I am always encouraging you to eat!  My intention is to convey how simple eating well can be.  This is not a post declaring “this is what I eat so this is what YOU should eat too”–  it’s about sharing a little glimpse into my food world to perhaps inspire you with fresh ways of eating if you’re bored with your usual food or if what you are currently eating isn’t working for you.

Here we go…

I make vegetables a priority.  I also do best with some good quality animal protein.  Seafood or chicken + green and orange veggies seem to be a common theme in my meals….

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Baked flounder, steamed swiss chard and baked butternut squash.

 

 

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Food Photo Roundup 1: Desserts

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I’ve been busy spring cleaning my food photo collection (haven’t gotten to the house yet)…

I am guilty of accumulating pictures with the good intention of writing blog posts about them–  but then life gets too overwhelming, the photos get lost in the virtual world shuffle or I think “what was so interesting about this anyway” and nothing gets done.  Until now.   Round one here will include photos from my favorite thing to make in the kitchen– delicious desserts!

Enjoy these ten mouth-watering images and if something calls to you– print out the recipe, gather the ingredients and get creating something delicious for yourself….

  1.  Peanut Butter Chocolate “Cheesecakes” with Hazelnut Crust

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These were the Chocolate Cheesecakes from Abel James’ The Wild Diet.  They are the first thing I made from his book which details the benefits of eating REAL food and includes recipes.

Read the book if you’re interested in hearing more from the “Fat-Burning Man” or click on the link above for the recipe.

 

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