I recently received this testimonial from a client, and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with it. Honestly, I get so emotional every time I read it, I haven’t been able to process it very well! But I finally decided to just share it here. I am so blessed to be able to do this work and make a difference in clients’ lives, and I am so thankful that people like Lori trust me to be a part of their healing process.
When I initially started working with Ellen in May 2014, my secret goal was to lose weight. We spoke at great lengths about how weight loss should not be a goal. Choose better health, higher stamina, fewer energy dips during the day – but do not choose weight loss as a goal.
I already had gastric bypass in 2004 – which means I completely scrambled my insides – just to lose weight. I lost 165 pounds back then but about 75 of those pounds had crept back on over the years. We all tell ourselves we are having surgery to be healthier, but many of us don’t change our diet; we just eat less of whatever horrible foods we were eating before. I have spent my entire life feeling like the extra weight was my problem. Every other time I’ve had to speak with a nutritionist, they spent a ton of time telling me what not to do. And when someone tells me not to do something, I want to do it more. Ellen has given me the information and tools to make my own decisions.
Not one single doctor or nutritionist has ever gotten to the root of my actual problem: I was eating low quality foods and most likely not digesting them properly. As Ellen has told me, I was on the Standard American Diet. I wouldn’t have known what a healthy meal looked like if it hit me in the face. Initially, I did the minimum with Ellen. Yes, I made diet changes (I cut a lot of sugar from my diet). I started making most of my food at home. I chose higher quality supplements. I lost some weight, which I was not so secretly happy about. But more importantly, thanks to the proper nutrition, I felt more fantastic than I ever had. I even started to become at peace with my still-naturally large body.
Then in September of 2015, a new goal was thrown into my lap. My liver panels shot up and I realized I had to get a little more serious about my health. Ellen gave me a comprehensive plan to help heal my liver and aid in digestion (as the weight loss surgery had made me unable to properly digest most of my foods, which means I was losing out on important nutrients). In addition to continuing to eat good foods and only do exercise I actually enjoy, I decided to stop taking my birth control pill. I had been on the pill for 25 years, so my body never had the chance to learn how to function properly in the hormone department. I also decided to stop taking an immunosuppressant shot for my psoriasis, which could have been adding to my liver problems.
In January 2016, I found out that my liver panels are back down to near normal levels – something I have not seen in many years. In the process, I even lost ten pounds over the holidays. Again, it was not a goal, but it was a natural result of changing the foods and taking my supplements. I do not ever count calories (or beat myself up if I eat something that is not so great for me). I also feel like eating the proper foods helps me feel in control of my life in general. I have spent many years being a compulsive overeater, which can lead to disordered thinking in other areas of my life. I don’t want to say that my disordered thoughts and eating have been cured, but I will say that I have had many more calm days by following Ellen’s advice. I have faced a few tough challenges in the last year, all of which would have normally touched off a binge. I have not felt like binging through any of those times. That’s a huge win for me. Ellen has quite literally saved my life, and I will always appreciate her for that.