Towards the end of August I had a casual conversation with Kelsey about what a Holistic Nutritionist does and what type of services she would be offering. I left that conversation intrigued and mulling over whether it was time to get someone to tell me what to do dietarily to reach my goals. I was at a point where I wanted change but was so confused with all the information available and how to put together a plan myself.
Soon after that I messaged Kelsey and made the decision to enlist her services. Kelsey was great about assessing my goals and my current health concerns and setting my plan accordingly. Weight loss was my number one goal and I had an idea of the number I hoped to reach in 12 weeks and she agreed it was doable but that my plan needed to be aggressive. So together we agreed to set it as aggressive and I agreed I could commit to that for 12 weeks.
What I appreciated most about Kelsey is that she explains the “why” of everything and didn’t prescribe an excessive amount of supplements for my needs. It wasn’t a case of “take these 16 vitamins and supplements because I say you need to”, it was a “here are the three you need and here is why you need to take them”. My meal plan was very straightforward and she was able to accommodate some dietary preferences I have. It was a big change for me from my typical diet and that was probably the biggest challenge for me, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing as I have seen better results with this than with anything I’ve done in the past. At the beginning, I was just focused on getting through the first day, then the second day, then I got through the first week and the second. And then at some point I realized that it was becoming routine and I was finding it easier to make substitutions and still hit my macros and gained more confidence in my own ability to make this sustainable long term.
Kelsey has been fabulous to work with and incredibly supportive. She’s been a great sounding board for questions, concerns and problems. I am incredibly thrilled with the results I have seen in the last 12 weeks and am looking forward to continuing to work with Kelsey and working towards my next set of goals. I am learning that good nutrition can really heal the body and loving how much better I am feeling.
Thank you so much Kels for everything! The meal plan you made was so easy to follow and I appreciate how willing you were to make alterations based on my lifestyle. Most importantly the accountability that you provides was the most impactful, as I knew you were always checking in and made me always think of "what would Kelsey do (or say)". I can't wait to see what the next 8 months bring!
Kristina and I started working together in February of 2018. Although she overcame alcoholism at such a young age, she was still suffering from anxiety and depression. When she reached out to me, it was evident that she was also struggling with severe body dysmorphia. Over the last several months, there have been many ups and downs, but everyday Kristina proved that she was willing to put herself first and learn to overcome those negative thoughts and emotions that were shaping her entire life. Although Kristina’s recovery and journey is far from over, I could not be more proud of how far she has already come.
“Recovery will probably feel like your getting worse. You’ll be anxious, sweating, crying because what happens now? What happens when you let go of what’s been the centre of your life for so long? How do normal people do this? Is this normal? Is it too much? Is it too little? You have probably heard this before; but it gets worse before it gets better. Recovery will feel like your dying a million times and every inch of you will scream at you to stop, go go back to your old ways and to stop fighting. Don’t give in. Life is waiting for- outside of your comfort zone and it will get better. It will get easier. You won’t always have to worry bout what happens the next day, week, or month. If you keep fighting it, it will get easier. Don’t give up now.” These are words that constantly run through my head and words I tell myself everyday. Since quitting alcohol 4 ½ years ago and trying to build a healthy lifestyle, I lost all the weight I gained from the alcohol, but mentally, lost a lot as well. Along with struggling with anxiety and depression, I also suffer from Body Dysmorphia. It literally took over my life in so many ways. I spent so long trying to lose the weight, that mentally I was terrified to put it back on, thinking that I would go back to what I was when I was drinking. I would use the scale to determine my happiness and if that number wasn’t something I was happy with, my day was ruined. In February this year, I started seeing a nutritionist to help me build a healthy relationship with food and exercise and stop using them as a punishment, but instead as a reward for my body and mind. It was a process, I struggled a lot at first. I would make progress and then go back to old habits. However, very slowly I have started to learn and understand the plans and advice she gave me and it all start to make sense. I don’t look at the scale anymore because why should a stupid number determine someones emotions? It shouldn’t because that is not what defines you. I still have a LONG journey ahead, but little changes lead to huge results and nothing changes overnight. Thank you RAW Holistic Nutrition for giving me a new outlook on fitness and nutrition.