Do you start your day with good intentions--and what seems like firm resolve--only to be derailed by chocolate or bread by midday?
Or maybe, you’re "good" all day, and then in the evening can't seem to shut-off the desire to snack?
Or maybe, you're tired of spending countless amount of brain space and time time figuring out what you will "allow" yourself to eat on any given day, based on a (twisted) calculus of how much you've exercised, what the scale says, what your weight goal is, and where you'll be and who you'll see that day?
And all this is making you feel exhausted, and ineffective in creating a change?
Since you've found your way to this page, I'm guessing that you're sick and tired of getting stuck. Tired of the self-betrayal. Tired of the self-justifying excuses, including "It was worth it," or "It's not that important to me." If the past is any guide, then you sense this pattern could repeat itself indefinitely unless there's an intervention.
Well my friend, if any of that sounds familiar then there’s good news and bad news: The good news is that you recognize it has to stop and so you're in the right place; the bad news is that all of the inner dialog I just described is actually creating your habituated self-sabotage, even self-hatred because you can’t seem to get it right.
I know, in an odd way, the familiarity of our habitual self-talk comforting, but it’s also throwing you under the bus. [Our health goals can be betrayed by our thinking and emotions if we don’t consciously address them. You’ll learn how in the program.]
If you’ve had good intentions before, but haven't been able to stick to them, now there is a path.
After years of denial of having a sugar/carb addiction, and an I’ll-deal-with-this-later attitude (I'll just eat salad all day tomorrow!) finally gave way to some pro-active planning and mindset changes that made a huge difference in my health and weight outcomes.
You see, starting when I was a teenager, I started dieting to try to impose some discipline on my unruly eating habits. The pattern was periods of being out-of-control followed by periods of restriction…followed by periods of being out-of-control. You get the idea. It was an unsustainable and driven by typical teenage twisted logic: If I can just look good in those jeans, then guys will notice me and I’ll be desirable (and feel wanted and belonging). Basically, thin is good and fat is bad.
By the time I was about 16, the pattern had been set for how I could feel good about myself. And boy, was that painful. In fact, it set up 30 years of suffering through conditional self-love. Not only that, deciding what I could and couldn’t eat – and the requisite feelings about myself depending of whether I followed my own rules – took up so much mental-emotional space. It was exhausting!
For most of us, there's a gap between what we know we should do and what we actually do. And for many of us, there's also a good deal of confusion about what is healthy, since the recommendations seem to keep changing (vegan or paleo, grains or no grains, fruit juice or no juice, etc.). But you still know you could feel better -- have more energy, lose extra weight, less brain-fog. You just need a real, actionable plan. And, if you had some 1:1 support and accountability, then you really could make healthy changes and stick with it.
You can create a different future.
Once you have the right information, understanding, practices and support, you will be able to make your dream of being in control a reality. I’m not talking about the kind of super-strict type of vigilant control that makes you feel like you always have to be on your guard. I’m talking about the type of control that is born from freedom. It’s the type of freedom that comes when you’re on the “other side” of a sugar/carb addiction.
That’s really it: Once you address your sugar/carb addiction, you can approach the holidays with ease, joy, and freedom. Add onto that some mastery of your thoughts and feelings about food, and therein lies the formula for long-term, sustainable weight loss and emotional freedom from food.
That’s why I created this program, Breaking Free from Sugar. Once I admitted that I had a sugar/carb addiction (I was seriously in denial for years and years), and figured out all the pieces I needed to quit (craving hacks, right mindset, real health info about what sugar does in the body), I knew I wanted to share it with other people. Most people just don’t know how bad sugar is for them.
Once you’re free of a sugar/carb addiction, you have the total freedom to choose what you want to eat – unlike being so compelled to eat the bread as if you had no choice. When you’re on the other side of a sugar/carb addiction, you can look at that fresh basket of bread and butter on the table and be totally disinterested – no willpower required! Really! Even if you’re hungry. Some specific things you can experience include:
You can eat anything you want; it’s what you want to eat that changes
More consistent energy
Better mental focus
Feelings of not being able to master your weight
Not being able to control your impulses
Not being able to control your rationalizations (they will try, but you will out-smart them)
Feelings of the inevitability of your situation
Feelings of futility
Feelings “it doesn’t matter that much” (it actually does)
Once you’re free of the sugar dependency and can master your thinking, a “new YOU” can’t emerge; someone who has the freedom and control to eat what they want when they want. You become an intuitive eater, choosing what actually works for your body. It doesn’t come from following an outside set of rules (if you eat this then you’ll be thin); it is born within you when you experience the freedom and control that comes from mastering your thoughts and your blood sugar. You get to choose and create the healthier version of yourself.
The opposite of a binge isn’t willpower – it’s disinterest.
Now that is powerful.
I didn’t always have a handle on all this! I only figured it out for my own body after years of experimentation and failure, and extensive study of the theory and practice of behavior change.
But in many ways, all that knowledge just made me feel worse – there was an enormous gap between what I know I should do and what I actually did – until I figured out those two keys: quit sugar and right thinking.
And you too can figure it out for your own body too.
In this six-week program leading up to and through Thanksgiving and Christmas 2019, you get all the information, strategies, plans and hacks I used to break the chains of a sugar addiction (including teachings about the mental game), plus one-on-one coaching to make it all personal to you.
What you EAT (physiological) – Breaking the sugar/carb addiction cycle (and filling up on whole foods)
What you THINK (mental/emotional) – Using your thoughts and emotions to attain and maintain an ideal weight.
It's pretty hard to sustain long term change unless you address both of these.
The Breaking Free from Sugar program is 6 weeks long; you can do it either self-guided, or with weekly 1:1 coaching calls to address barriers, find solutions, and hold yourself accountable. Here’s more of what you will get, learn and do during the program.
Week #1: Our first coaching session to set a course and name the obstacles (physical, mental and emotional); begin the Breaking Free from Sugar program prep.
Week #2: Coaching session #2; Thanksgiving; continue BFFS prep, including preparing your kitchen, family and friends.
Week #3: Coaching session #3; Learn about hacking your cravings, chow to make the “Magic Plate” that balances food types to help you feel nourished and satisfied; and, understanding detox.
Week #4: Coaching session #4; Learn All About Carbs, how they affect you and how much you need
Week #5: Coaching session #5 Learn about the sugar industry, and how marketing and government policies have led to this situation where 74% of food in the supermarket has added sugar in it.
Week #6: Coaching session #6; Final prep for Christmas week, celebrations, looking forward into the New Year.
“You go above and beyond what one might expect from a health coach. You dig deep with your clients to understand their motivation and their emotional triggers in order to help lead them toward a healthier lifestyle. Your approach is both educational and compassionate. Both of which were important to me in deciding to work with you. I knew I would need both in order to be successful. And to that end, I wish I had you to talk with for 1 hour every Wednesday afternoon. We’ve done amazing work together, I’m so grateful. You are an inspiration.”
Jason did the Breaking Free from Sugar program (without 1:1 coaching), and said this about the program:
"The Breaking Free From Sugar program that Andrea created set me up for success for taking on the challenge of cutting sugar out of my diet. Her informative lessons, backed by thorough research, kept me motivated to see the challenge through to the end. I was also supported by Andrea's multi-pronged approach to setting up support systems, which ensured my success. Lastly, her positive messaging and down-to-earth approach allowed me to get over some early setbacks. I was feeling the differences occurring with my body in a matter of days. After 1 week into the challenge, my energy level leveled out and there was no looking back!
Now with this combined special offer – 1:1 coaching plus the full Breaking Free from Sugar program – you will have the information, support, action steps and accountability to move in the new year with confidence.
I’m afraid to say, the cost of inaction is NOT just a few extra pounds. Even just 10 extra pounds around your belly (known as visceral fat to scientists) is linked to poor health outcomes.
There are some serious health implications:
- Diabetes, with the loss of freedom and being on medication the rest of your life. Or worse, blindness or amputation of a limb
- Heart disease. Triple bypass anyone? My neighbor just had one after years of proudly saying “I have a wicked sweet tooth
- Dementia. Now referred to as “Type 3 Diabetes,” and it’s on the rise. The number of people living with dementia worldwide is currently estimated at 47 million and is projected to increase to 75 million by 2030.
So, what do you think it will look like 20 years from now if you keep going the way things are going now?
There’s also the emotional toll and hit on your self-esteem that all this try-and-fail has taken. You’re smart. You “should” be able to figure this out, right? Well, it’s darn hard to do on your own, especially if you’re the only one in your family that’s paying attention to their health in this way. That’s why the Healthy for the Holidays program can help you be successful: you get all the info, tricks and tools to help you quit sugar, and the weekly coaching partnership to help you build stronger, more resilient thought processes.
For six weeks, at arguably one of the most stressful times of year, you will have a coach by your side, helping you navigate holiday eating so you can change the patterns and start the New Year on your own terms. You'll get:
- Weekly coaching calls (total 6)
-- We’ll create a customized plan that charts a course specific to you and your family, workplace or gatherings…and holds you accountable
- Full access to the BFFS materials
-- Includes over 50 multi-media lessons
- New worksheets to help you recognize what’s going on in your head and help you identify the thoughts that are barriers to your success
- Unlimited email access
1. Will I be able to have any treats during the holidays? This is totally up to you. Some people need strict boundaries, otherwise they get on that slippery slope of exceptions. Other people will let themselves feel too deprived (just a thought, BTW) if they don’t have grandma’s pie.
2. Will I be able to have alcohol? If you want, you can – you’ll get a clear guide on the very best choices to make.
3. What is Detox? The detoxing process, which can happen any time you stop doing something your body has been used to (hello coffee!), can result in headaches, lethargy, and just feeling lousy for a couple of days. Just drink lots of water, and soon you’ll be on the other side of it. In our programs, we give lots of helpful tips for getting through it. But once your body stops relying on quick carbs for energy, the symptoms subside and you can switch over to being a fat-burner instead of a sugar-burner for energy.
4. Do I have to give up dairy? Not unless you want to. We’re encouraging you to take small steps to improve your health, starting with removing added sugar and simple carbs from your diet.
Now’s the time for you to set a new course for your health journey, one with a vision for success and the accountability to help you get there. You can do this, and I’ll be in your corner.
To your health!
If you’re looking to “do it right this time,” then don’t miss out on this program with the three exclusive bonuses! They are super-valuable, and will help you unravel the inner patterns that have kept you from achieving your health goals.