I had a heart attack in October of 2017 which resulted in a quadruple bypass surgery and luckily lived through it. I thought I was on the right track with the exercise but within three years I had more blockage which required a stent to be inserted into one of my major heart valves. I asked the cardiologist for help in keeping my heart clean (what will end this) and thier answer was, lower your LDL to 50 which required major food changes.
I had been stealing food recipes from Lisa Breitenwischer’s BalancingEnergy Health and Yoga website and knew that Lisa was a Health Coach, so I called her for help. She had a nutrition program that was three months long. Lisa knows everyone is different and customizes her offerings for each person. After a questionnaire on my weight, eating habits, weight goals for the future and desire for healthy life style, she came up with a plan to teach me how to get there. There was the daily food log, monthly meetings on how do you feel, understanding proteins, carbs, sugars, fiber, fats and how it all affects your weight, moods, cravings and reactions to certain things we eat without thinking. She explained things to me that were obvious to a Nutritional Health Coach, but foreign to me. She had me eating things I did not know existed that I now really enjoy. She taught me to listen to my body and what it wanted and did not want.
She helped me remove 15 pounds of weight from my frame. But most of all, she taught me how to eat in the future so I can enjoy my life with stents in the past. I no longer have an appetite for bacon, sausage, cheesy Mexican foods etc., and have no need for sugar. Comparing my lab results, before and after the three month program with Lisa, my LDL Cholesterol value went down to 51 from 63, and my good Cholesterol had gone up from 46 to 55. This is an amazing change for a person with a heart problem. Now that to me, is progress.
“Tom and I LOVE the ‘7-Day Earth Cleanse’!!! First & foremost, you did 99.9% of the work for us, as our biggest problem with diets or cleanses is the thought process of what are we going to eat, when and how! You gave us the menu, recipes (with some ingredients – where to purchase), the grocery list & even snacks. THANK YOU!
Hubby and I started this with the attitude that we can do anything for a week! And – we did! SO — the result of this cleanse and exercise was we both lost 2 sizes!
Also, this cleanse has changed our way of eating. We realized that preservatives, added sugars, artificial ingredients etc. are so bad for you. I reallllly hate saying this, but sugar especially is our enemy! BUT — I do have to (occasionally) have that scoop of ice cream or piece of cake! Since we both work, we kept using some of these recipes during the week and also keep drinking ‘the dirt’!”
“Feeling the strong need for a consistent and thorough workout, I have tried many exercise programs. I never understood why people were so passionate about yoga; my random experiences were less than pleasing and certainly intimidating. I stumbled upon this jewel somehow and tried one class. Intrigued by the small class size, welcomed warmly by the staff by name, the faint smell of healing sage, soothing music, no mirrors to echo my overweight body and with a teacher’s voice that was melodic and encouraging, I was intrigued.
I signed up for 30 days for $30 and attended as many as possible to see if this was a fit. It was and is. In under 90 days I have lost over 15 lbs, lost all cravings for alcohol, sugar and junk food, and stopped anti-anxiety medication. I cannot emphasize enough what this studio, its philosophy and teachers have done for me as a part of my daily health routine.
Thank you BalancingEnergy, from my heart to yours. Namaste.”
“One of my best days was walking through your doors for the first time! Best decision I’ve ever made! I “had” a weak lower back that doing anything strenuous would pinch that right or left nerve! After almost a year of core strengthening, my back does not bother AT ALL!!! I Love It!!!! Your classes are challenging and fun with phenomenal results! Thank you Lisa & your staff!”
“I had recently become more serious about running and I was told to look into yoga classes as a way to stretch and lengthen muscles. I found Balancing Energy through a Groupon and especially enjoyed the Sunday afternoon Stretch and Restore class. Prior to running, I had been feeling lethargic with low energy. I ate a lot of junk food due to my busy schedule and my impatience with attempting to learn how to cook complicated dishes. Running helped somewhat with my energy level, but I still felt very tired by the end of the day. In addition, I would feel “hangry” at times and people would comment on this. When I ate, I thought it was normal to have a “food baby” where my stomach would bulge out. I also thought that it was normal for my body to not move bowels until every third day or so. I convinced myself that I just had a “slow transit time”.
Towards the end of my Groupon trial, I overheard one of Lisa’s students mention the nutrition sessions that Lisa offers. I figured that I should go ahead and look into having a coach for nutrition since I knew that changing my diet was the next step that I needed for transformation. I had a coach for running and yoga, so it made sense to have a coach to help guide me on my journey to feed my body with more nutritious options than burgers and fries.
I signed up for the 6-month program because I knew that I had a lot of work to do. I had been eating poorly my whole life and the few times I did try to change on my own, I quickly went back to my old habits. Lisa taught me about food, my attitude and physiologic response to food, gave me easy recipes that I could prepare, and even went shopping with me to help me choose foods that I would actually enjoy. She frequently brought samples to our session that I could try and introduced me to cleansing. I had never even heard of some of these foods and now they are a part of my diet. The program even included 2 yoga classes a week.
I learned so much about myself and noticed increased energy, which spilled into other areas of my life. I now try to fuel my body with food that still tastes great instead of dumping food into my body that makes me feel tired and uncomfortable. Others have commented on my glowing skin, and I have noticed physical changes in my body. Lisa offers several options, but I would highly recommend the 6-month option to those who know that they need a lot of guidance to change habits that have been difficult to change. You are well worth the investment and the tools that you learn can be applied for the rest of your life.”
“I am not over-weight and I work out regularly, but I needed that extra boost in my life. Before working with Lisa, I had no desire to cook so I ate out a lot, I was scared of the grocery store, and noticed I had issues with certain foods but never did anything about it. Lisa has helped me learn what foods to eat so I feel better overall and what foods I should avoid. She provided me with a shopping tour and many, many amazing recipes! I have found myself cooking multiple times a week and I’ve even lost a few pounds! Everything I have learned has been so helpful and now I will have that knowledge for the rest of my life.”
Before Lisa’s Cleanse Your Way to Healthy Eating 7-Day Cleanse, I felt heavy, bogged down, tired, and just plain bored with food in general. AFTER…(actually only a day or so into the cleanse) I felt energized, light, my body was in tune again. I felt happy and satisfied. I looked forward to each meal and to each different day. My unhealthy cravings subsided almost immediately and I found myself with different types of cravings, GOOD ones! I learned that I could change, that I could enjoy eating nutritious food and not feel deprived, my eyes had been truly opened. I would say that I feel like a new person, but really, I feel like ME, like I am now balanced, centered, and in harmony, through and through. This cleanse changed my life, truly. I pay attention to what I’m putting into my mouth, not because of how it tastes or because of how I think it will be satisfying…but because I want to lovingly and mindfully, nourish my body, it’s the only one I have!!
I have 3 different forms of arthritis. Pain, for me, comes in the form of flare-ups, each flare leaving more joint damage & less range of motion. My chiropractor recommended infrared heat, and only after a couple of infrared sauna sessions, my joints have loosened that I didn’t realize were stiff & my knee is much better. After 6 sessions, I could almost make a fist. Now I can wear my wedding ring for the first time in years.
During my program, I lost 14 pounds, my skin has a healthy glow, I have more energy and strength, and I am no longer a stress-eater! BalancingEnergy helped change my focus from the end goal to the journey. Whenever I fell short of my own expectations, Lisa would always remind me of how far I’d come. I’m excited and my life is much more balanced.
Before working with Lisa, I was in an eating rut and hadn’t exercised in several months. I’ve dieted successfully in the past and consider myself very knowledgeable on healthy eating, but applying what I know was always a struggle, which is why I was drawn to Lisa’s 5-week plan. In just a few weeks my candy cravings have diminished, I’m not as hungry, I prefer nutritionally dense meals, and my old pants fit again. This was the first time I’ve participated in some type of eating program where I talked to someone. That, along with journaling how what I was eating made me feel and making the effort to cook more, was key in helping me make that mental shift toward food. The recipes she provides are delicious and easy to make. After the program has ended, I’m still at peace with food and am happy I’ve found a way that works for me.