From Couch Potato to Wellness Whiz
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Read this powerful letter from a client that will inspire YOU on your journey to better health.

coach potato to wellness whiz

I used to be you. You know who you are. That person who sits on the couch eating or drinking while watching the infomercials on fitness gear. That person who watches the TV shows that have people lose tremendous amounts. That person that thinks how come I can’t do that.  How come I can’t exercise like that, eat like that and lose weight. I don’t have the time, I don’t have the knowledge, I don’t have the energy.

You know what, you are wrong. I used to be that person until I realized I got where I did health wise, because of choices I made. Choices to eat the hot wings, the chips, drink the beer and sit on the couch. When I finally took responsibility that I got myself into this mess, I realized I was the only one who could get myself out of it. The change didn’t happen over night. I tried all of the diets, all of the exercise programs, only to get on the band wagon for a short period of time and then find any excuse I could to quit; I was too busy, or there is a special occasion to celebrate. Until I finally came to the realization there are no excuses and it was all crap, I wasn’t able to make the changes I needed to.

So you are probably wondering what I did. Well, I first started working with a trainer. I thought, okay if I pay someone, I’ll make sure I will stick to my workouts. Well, I did indeed do that. But I wasn’t seeing the results I thought I should, only to once again look inside myself and take responsibility for my nutrition and fess us that I can work out, but if I don’t change my eating habits, I’m paying a trainer to maintain an already unhealthy weight.

Next stop, Andrea Holwegner and Health Stand Nutrition. I was skeptical at first initially thinking what is she going to tell me that I don’t already know. (and trust me, I’ve read so many articles, books, etc. I thought I knew it all). But I didn’t and Andrea began transforming how I thought about food and making me look at my relationship with food.  It wasn’t about going on a diet for the rest of my life, it was about changing my eating habits to support a healthy life and realizing, I don’t have to give up all of the things I thought I would, I just needed to change my volume of consuming those things.

Now the pieces started coming together. I began to notice small changes in how I was feeling. I started to notice how tasty a healthy meal was and that I wasn’t feeling hungry shortly after. And like so many things in life, once you start seeing results, feeling better, your mind set starts to change and you want to continue to succeed. You want to continue to support yourself. The gratification of success really starts to become far more important than consuming all of those unhealthy things.

I’m not out of the woods yet, but I can tell you every day I succeed, makes my choices easier and easier. It’s like reading a book that you may not be crazy about at first, but the longer you stick with it, the more you are determined to keep reading and then the bonus is realizing you actually are enjoying the story.  Everyday presents new challenges for me. People bringing in baking at work, watching hockey games with friends, going out to celebrate special occasions, but what I can understand now, it’s not the food and the drink that make the event special, it’s the mindset I have and enjoying the moment with people  that makes the event special.

I wish you the best on your journey to good health. You’ve heard this so many times from so many people, if I can do it, anyone can do it. Why not become the person who says that to others, rather than being the receiver of the message.


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"I am a psychologist in private practice and it is very important to me that my clients have the best care with other health care professionals. For that reason Health Stand Nutrition is my only source for exceptional Dietitians. Andrea and her team provide highly knowledgeable, compassionate, and real world support to my clients who require assistance with food lifestyle. I trust my clients to them and you would be in excellent hands making them part of your health care team."
Adele Fox, Psychologist
“This is the first time I feel satisfied; my cravings have diminished dramatically and I have a whole new relationship with food. I am eating guilt-free for the first time in my life. My energy has also dramatically increased and I feel great!
Rhonda Jenkins, Nutrition Counseling Client
“The Dieticians at Health Stand Nutrition help you to take action on the science behind eating well by making it practical, understandable, and fun. Their office is cozy and not at all clinical or intimidating. I felt like I was sitting down with a really smart, caring friend who wanted to help me make the best choices for my lifestyle and food preferences. They really are the best in the business.”
Marty Avery, Nutrition Counseling Client
“I have come to think of the program as a one stop shopping excursion for everything one needs to know about creating a joyous relationship with food and our bodies. In a single word, the course has gifted me with freedom from the punishing rigidity of disordered eating, old stories that never were true, and body dysmorphia that did nothing but make me lose sight of a body that has done everything I've asked, despite my careless dismissal of her needs. Now when I look in the mirror I find myself shifting from harsh criticism to gentle gratitude.”
Lynn Haley, Pursuit of Healthiness Online Course Participant
“I spent 3 hours when first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I learned more from my Dietitian about food in those 3 hours than I had learned in all the years of my life. I also love the newsletter, there is always something to learn.”
Peter Whitehead, Nutrition Counseling Client
“I didn’t realize how strong my “diet mentality” was, and all the rules I had in my head about food. I was in a cycle of reward/punish/binge/cringe. I booked with your business very reluctantly, on the repeated advice of my doctor, to get my slowly rising cholesterol levels in check. I thought I knew everything about food, and my behaviour with food, but I was definitely re-schooled. My weight is creeping down, I feel good about my diet, exercise, body image, and lifestyle.”
Amy Floyd, Nutrition Counseling Client
“Thanks Andrea for an amazing presentation, I have heard all positive remarks from attendees and the evaluations show the same sentiment. It is really gratifying when a speaker does their “homework” and weaves in our profession’s day to day challenges within their content, you did an awesome job of this! You truly took the “die” out of Dietician! Your information on healthy eating and simplifying how we can work towards this as we are all so busy really hit the mark. Andrea connects very well with her audience; she is energetic, funny, and very approachable.”
Carole Ann LaGrange, Transfusion Medicine Safety Officer

Event Planner for Laboratory Diagnostic Imaging Annual Event

I am a family physician who sees patients with a myriad of eating concerns – from wanting to know how to plan healthy meals for active families, to weight loss, to eating disorders, and so on. I cannot recommend the Health Stand team highly enough. I have worked with (and been to!) other Dieticians in the past and too often find that they just ask for food logs and make suggestions that are easily obtained online or in books. The Dieticians at Health Stand offer much more than just telling clients what they “should be eating.” In contrast, the team really does more of a counselling practice, and they work hard to help their clients learn more about why their eating habits may be off track and not optimal for them, as well as helping people to effect change at a deep level that, most importantly, is sustainable for lifetime health.”
Dr. Deb Putnam, Family Physician

Nutrition Counseling Client & Referring Physician

“I am a busy mom, with kids in high level sports, working full-time downtown, and running our home acreage outside the City. I now have the knowledge and tools I need to plan for and manage the chaos of meal planning.”
Gillian Gray, Pursuit of Healthiness Online Course Participant
“As a construction company, we select speakers who can relate to our industry and its employees. Andrea’s message was delivered with humor and empathy. She makes people feel as though they can make changes without leaving behind every favorite food. Andrea focused her presentation on healthy eating as a way to keep energy high throughout the day. This message and the way it was delivered resonated with our predominantly male, blue collar culture. I would highly recommend Andrea as a speaker for groups such as ours. She will get your message across without alienating anyone in your audience – which is a huge hurdle when trying to introduce a wellness program in the workplace!”
Stephanie Wood, HR and Safety Manager

Fisher Construction Group, Burlington, WA

I found my Dietitian warm, funny, and skilled at teaching nutrition concepts without the overwhelm. The general approach of each session was to mix science with emotion, which was exceedingly effective in helping me shift my perspective on food from one of anxiety to one of joy and curiosity.”
Erin Kronstedt, Nutrition Counseling Client
“Excellent presentation! What a refreshing change to have a speaker inspire rather than “lecture” about nutrition. Your captivating stories, tips and overall approach to healthy eating uplifts and puts people at ease. It was great to hear we don’t need to strive to be perfect eaters, and that small changes really can make a difference in how we feel and in our health. Thanks to Andrea, we have solutions to our everyday nutrition challenges that can actually work in real life!”
Tina Tamagi, Human Resources

ARC Resources Ltd.

“Had I not joined this course I would have struggled with no focus, low energy, and mindless eating. Excellent teaching and motivation. This is not just a course, it is a nutrition club with mentorship, support, and connections with other people with similar situations.”
Lorri Lawrence, Pursuit of Healthiness online course participant

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