Lots of people claim they have “the secret” to weight loss, true health, and living a long and happy life.
Out of all the diets and food methodologies I've tried (and I've tried A LOT of them!), only one created permanent change in my body and daily habits.
It's called “WildFit”
And it's my new “secret,” because it's not as well known as Paleo or even the new Keto diet.
By the end of The WildFit Challenge, I lost 22 pounds, broke my sugar addiction, and can recognize the effect different foods have on me, much more easily. Additionally, my ability to choose what I want to eat – in any situation – has dramatically improved.
I've been eating well for years. I started juicing back in 2012, went to health coaching school in 2013 and have been studying nutrition since. My health dramatically changed back then and in February 2013 I got off medications completely. I have fibromyalgia, and like most with fibromyalgia, I was on a lot of medications previously. And now, I live essentially symptom free, and have been since the end of 2013.
As a health coach and a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, I'm not a fan of (fad) diets. They are often complicated, make you feel deprived, and are not meant to sustain you for extended periods of time. And with that comes the return of all the weight you lost. And your symptoms.
What “Diets” Miss
They miss three critical ingredients for making a lasting change:
First, they don't focus on making a lifestyle shift! They are all about reaching your goals and going back to “normal.” “Normal” is how we all got in the position we were in prior to the diet program. So that's out! Making a lifestyle shift can seem pretty daunting. It can make you feel like you were doing something wrong. You were not. You were doing exactly what you were told to do!
And often people think if they make a lifestyle shift that means they will be different from their friends. Maybe, but not necessarily. One of the things I love about WildFit is you get to choose what you want to eat, what makes you feel great in your body and mind AND you learn how NOT to feel different from everyone around you.
Secondly, diet programs do not include the psychological support you need to bust emotional eating patterns. Everyone has emotionally eating patterns, even people who are skinny no matter what they eat. And I admit, I still have some I would like to change. It can take time. But what I learned stuck with me, and every day things get easier and easier and I shift more and more. It doesn't end, we continue to grow. How awesome is that?
Finally, they don't teach you how to be more aware and learn how to associate what food is actually doing to and for you. When I used to get anxious, I would go to the freezer and have a spoon or two of ice cream. I didn't need much, and those spoonfuls helped to calm me down. I had an strong association with ice cream calming my anxiety. What I didn't associated with ice cream previously was… it actually made me more anxious.
I eat ice cream and calm down. Then I have a sugar crash about 15 or 20 minutes later, wasn't able to think as clearly – get anxious again. Then I'm back in the kitchen to eat more ice cream. There's even more to it than this, but I hope you get the drift.
Hormones and Energy Management
My clients usually are struggling with hormone imbalance due to transitioning into post-menopause – hot flashes, night sweats and weight gain, and often come to me in energy crisis; long-term fatigue, gas/bloating, constipation, and emotional melt downs. Their hormones; estrogen and progesterone and naturally lower due to perimenopause or menopause, but their other labs are normal. So they take hormone therapy, try to exercise, and pay attention to most of the food they eat. But, they still feel like they are falling apart and they need something more.
Nutrition is one BIG piece of the puzzle. Even in my own case, I knew I could do better in this area of my life. I still faced intermittent sugar cravings, couldn't say “no” at times (even if I wanted to), and weight is hard to release – for good.
WildFit teaches you how to eat the ideal human diet. This new diet methodology is based on decades of nutritional anthropology, evolutionary and functional medicine. But as valuable as that information is, it's not actually my favorite part.
The most impactful thing about WildFit is that it teaches you how to associate with the big picture, how food affects you physically, and the behavioral psychology principles necessary to permanently change eating habits.
You learn how to interact with food differently; intellectually, physically, and emotionally. This is how you have Food Freedom. It's not about being in control, because you don't have to ‘control' anything. Like I said, “life-changing!”
With WildFit, you'll not only never have to county calories, carbs or be hungry, there's also no exercise component.
How To Transition Into Living WildFit
WildFit itself is a life-long lifestyle. To help people transition toward Living WildFit, there is a program called WildFit90.
There are several ways you can participate in the program. MindValley offers a large group format, which can have over 1,000 people in your group. You can also do it on your own in a digital format or work 1:1 with a personal coach and small groups.
I love the small group model. This way, everyone gets personalized attention and support, and you have a community of people you get really close to.
I have so much respect for the integrity of the WildFit methodology and the way it's taught. So much so, I decided to become a Certified WildFit Coach. And though I can help you enroll in a large group challenge, a DIY program and can coach you individually, I prefer to coach small groups. Like I said, I believe it's the best of all worlds.
If it's time for your body, health, and quality of life to finally get your attention, I'd love to tell you more about WildFit90 With Justine Cécile and help you determine if this is right for you.
If you're interested in learning more than what's on my informational page, I offer free WildFit Inquiry Sessions, but also some other big principles about losing weight you may not be aware of.
- Increase metabolism
- Reduce stress
- Interrupt the Insulin Cycle
How would you like to shift your relationship with food without having to rely solely on will power? If yes, and you want to know more about WildFit and WildFit90, click on this link and schedule a WildFit Inquiry Session.
I'm looking forward to talking with you about balancing hormones, changing your body, the way you eat, your health and vitality, once and for all.
Your partner in health,
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It's a place where we can gather and overcome conventional norms that say we have to slow down as we age. That stomach upset, fatigue, body aches & pains, and cognitive slowing down is normal. (They may be common, but certainly NOT normal.)
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