I have worked on different programs for years to lose weight and had limited success but this is the first time that someone has spent time getting me to look at my mindset and my view of myself and my body before talking about food and exercise and that is exactly the approach I needed to live a wholly healthy life. I am feeling better every day and the order that has permeated my family's life and beyond has been nearly magical!
Within four months of adopting Janeen's Wholistic lifestyle the combined family weight loss was immense, almost too much to comprehend. Gone are the IBS, speech delay, chronic morning nausea, PMS, 35 lbs., cravings, mystery skin rashes, non-stop runny noses, coughs and colds, lethargy, and acne. Four years later the gain of restored health and happiness still abounds. This is a lifestyle never to be given up only improved upon for us.
Four years ago, when I was in the midst of a particularly bad bout of compulsive eating and depression, I went to Janeen for help. She said to me, "We can fix this. We are going to fix this". There she was, all fit, thin, confident and healthy, and I wanted to laugh out loud. I thought to myself, "Lady, you have no idea what you are dealing with here!"
I was 45 years old and had struggled with my weight my entire life. Obesity and compulsive eating ran rampant in my family. I had been obese for years but slowly, over a long time, had managed to keep off about 50 pounds...but it hadn't been easy. Every day was a fight with my body. Every day was counting calories, dreading putting on pants, hating myself for what I ate. But I wanted to hope. I wanted to believe Janeen. And I am glad I did, because she changed my life.
Today, I can truly say I have peace with my body (most days!). Janeen has helped me learn how to feed myself and my family in the healthiest way possible. I am more fit at 50 years old than I have ever been in my life.
I just completed my certification to become a spin instructor - something I would have NEVER even considered before. I have more energy; my cholesterol is so good the doctor called to congratulate me on it and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. Someone said to me, "You are the healthiest person I know". My first thought was, "Well, you don't know Janeen!" but my second thought was, "Wow! I have come so far!"
I have greatly diminished my craving for junk food. I actually crave vegetables and feel sick when I eat something fatty or rich in dairy. I would have never thought I could say that.
Do I follow the program perfectly? No. Was I scarfing down Doritos on the couch several weeks ago? Yes. I am not perfect in any way. But I constantly remind myself that it is a journey and I continue to make progress. I had to take Janeen's class three times for it all to sink in. Every year I eat healthier and enjoy it more. Every year I have more peace with my body and have more appreciation for the knowledge Janeen gave me.
I have been blown away by Janeen's ability to help me close the gap between where I am and where I want to be in all aspects of my life. I've learned how to decrease the negative chatter in my head and become the pleasant and present mom I so desperately want to be for my family.
Janeen has been my health and fitness mentor for the past ten years. When I first met her I immediately felt that she knew something I didn’t know about my health. Did she ever! My life has never been the same. The changes we have made in our family because of her guidance has blessed our family with amazing health. We are rarely sick anymore and we are all able to maintain a healthy weight. Her greatest joy is seeing the change that occurs when people own their health. She is my biggest cheerleader and is always there for me when I need support.
Janeen taught me how to select healthier foods and think more critically about what I am eating and its value to my health and energy level, as well as how it affects my long-term health. She continually cites sources, giving further credibility to her suggestions, and offers a list of reading materials that give me deeper understanding of the importance of healthy eating.
She also offers a variety of recipes that she has created/tested that are truly the BEST. For the past four years, I have followed Janeen’s suggestions and feel I am a healthier person and in far better control of my health. I am very fortunate and thankful to have had the opportunities to be a part of Janeen's excellent workshops and her shared knowledge... in making me more aware of what I eat...thanks Janeen!
Janeen provided us, along with our 20-30 colleagues, with a great education on how to determine the nutritional value of what we eat. It was no surprise that greens go a long way [for good health], but Janeen helped us incorporate greens into our daily routine. One of Janeen's slides featured a snapshot of her fridge literally overflowing with green leafy vegetables. Now our refrigerator often looks much the same.
Jim and Suzanne M.
I had no idea that I was not only being introduced to a nutrition mentor, but also a genuine friend and person whom I admire! I had always been an active person who knew the benefits of exercise, but I had no idea my Southern upbringing had jaded my understanding of a proper diet.
Luckily, I found that each week's return to class brought a little more confidence that we were all working through similar feelings and temptations. We were a team trying to accept the challenge to eat healthier. I accepted the challenge to "clean and toss" half of my pantry and fridge... it felt powerful.
I was told by colleagues that my skin was glowing, and I could actually feel my stomach (always my "problem" area) shrinking. I had truly learned the power of a healthy lifestyle from inside-out. I started to not fear heart disease since it ran in my family due to our dietary culture. I shared my knowledge with family members, and they even started to adjust their diets as well. Now, many of us don't eat meat and limit dairy. I grew up with my family's cattle farm outside my window. If we can do this, anyone can!
I’m finally educated and aware of how to eat which is what I was always missing, and sadly never knew. Janeen, thank you for selflessly educating so many of us because of your passion for nutrition and quality living!
I am a lifelong weightlifter and consider myself fairly healthy, but I suffer from low energy levels. I often catch myself waking up from short naps or 'micro sleeps' at my desk, in my car, in meetings, while talking with people, in line at the post office, wherever... especially after meals.
However, now that I've greatly increased fruits and vegetables in my diet and eliminated animal product consumption, I have consistently high energy levels all day. And I feel incredible! The bonus is that my body fat has decreased while my strength and muscle mass have remained consistent.
My biggest fear was losing muscle and strength, but apparently, I don't need the 2 grams of protein per pound of body weight as recommend by most bodybuilding sites. The best part is that I've greatly reduced my odds of falling prey to heart disease, diabetes, most cancers, and the other 'diseases of affluence' currently crippling the U.S.
I share Janeen's references with everyone I can, hoping they'll embrace this lifestyle and enjoy the benefits the way I do. Thank Janeen for helping us live longer, more vibrant lives!