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Mystery Illness Gone with Dietary Changes

I love this story not only because it has a happy ending but because it truly shows the power of using our food as our medicine.

Catherine was referred to me from her doctor because she was struggling to lose weight.  She felt like after her second child she was just unable to lose weight.  When I interviewed her, I also discovered that she had been struggling with gut issues and some strange “neurological” issues where her fingers and feet went numb along with jerking movements.  She went to various specialists and was worked up for everything and no one found answers.

Looking at her diet, I found that she was eating a lot of processed foods, fast food a few times a week for dinner and in general eating far too much sugar.  The good news was that she loved all the right foods she just needed some guidance for how to incorporate that into her life.

She loved to exercise but was inconsistent and struggled with hip and back pain.

She started out on my Two Week Detox Plan where we eliminated gluten, dairy and eggs.  She already knew that gluten was an issue but she did have dairy and eggs throughout her diet so we decided to see if either of those foods were contributing to her bodies inflammation and this “mystery” illness.

After Just Two Weeks Symptoms Disappeared!

After 2 weeks, she had lost 9lbs. and had not had any episodes of numbness or jerking movements.  She began working out again as her pain in her hips and back had subsided.  She challenged eggs first and immediately had the reaction of numbness and jerking movements.  She kept eggs out of her diet and continued with her Lifestyle Nutrition Plan.

After 2 months she lost 24 lbs., was able to run again up to 3 miles, her bursitis in the hips was gone, her IBS was gone and she had zero episodes of twitches and numbness.  This is amazing since the mystery illness symptoms were happening daily prior to her changing her diet!

Catherine is now months out from her start date and just about 10 lbs. from her goal weight.  She feels great, exercises daily, sleeps well, can run 3-5 miles at a time and has a new lease on life.

When I asked her what helped her the most, she told me:

1. I was at my wits end when I saw Mary.  I really never expected to heal from my mystery illness as I had seen so many doctors and no one was able to help.  It never occurred to me that what I was putting in my body was actually affecting my gut and overall health in so many ways.  Starting with the Detox Plan and having fast results was the key to my success.  Once I realized that food was going to be my answer it was simple to follow the plan because why would I want to eat any other way?

2. Mary made it simple with recipes that are easy and a plan that gave me several choices of meals and snacks that I could choose from each day.

3. Logging my food and Mary’s ability to see it each day and coach me helped me learn and keep me accountable.

Congratulations Catherine for an amazing transformation!  You are an inspiration to everyone and I’m so glad you let food be your medicine!

Best of Health Always

Are you looking to transform your health? Mary works with clients all over the country developing personalized nutrition and exercise plans for weight loss and health. If you’re ready to get started on your journey to health and wellness contact her today!

Visit BodyDesigns Two Week Detox Plan or BodyDesignsbyMary for more information.

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