I was 63, way overweight, addicted to food, and felt lousy. My blood pressure, treated with medication for about the last 8 years, was slowly creeping up again, and my cholesterol was 232. And my hips and knees complained if I had to walk too far from the parking lot into the grocery store. I felt like this was all inevitable, given my age and my ongoing battle with eating, and felt powerless to do anything about it.
I do not enjoy cooking…when I did it was something easy and fast. Better yet, I was always ready to go out to eat! Last year, my daughter and son-in-law had participated in some of Ami’s classes on whole foods, and had adopted a healthier lifestyle as a result. I really thought they had gone off the deep end! But they encouraged me (even paid my class investment) to take the Detox 3 week series Ami offered in March. Their love and concern (plus my desperation) got me there in spite of my skepticism!
This has been life-changing for me! I grew in awareness of why and what I was eating….and how powerful my addiction to caffeine and sugar had become. The week of detox freed me from those addictions, but more importantly showed me a whole new way of eating….pushing in foods rich in nutrition in such a way that I no longer feel the need to fill up on “junk”. I began losing weight, had energy to exercise moderately, and felt great. My health check up in June showed I had lost 30 pounds since my last visit and my cholesterol had dropped 60 points. I have the facts to verify my feelings!
Ami’s teaching style is to empower individuals to make healthy and informed choices in their lifestyle which dramatically impacts health and wellness.
Each class has recipes and samples to taste. YUMMY! At first things may seem a little overwhelming…a little “overmuch”! Two things she said have steered me through any discouraging or tempting time (1)Small changes bring big results. (2) Use the 90/10 rule…eat healthy 90% of the time so if you cheat 10% you can cheat without guilt!
This summer has brought travels, celebrations, and chaotic schedules which have interrupted my exercise routine, but it has also brought a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables to keep me focused on eating healthy and not falling into the cravings and addictions that have characterized my eating in the past summers. I feel like a new person! I still can’t believe some of the changes in what I enjoy, and I can honestly say I don’t miss the foods that are no longer part of my diet! I am looking forward to more classes with Ami this fall as I continue this adventure with new foods in my life.