How a Mindset Change Helped One Man Lose 40 Pounds
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Glenn’s Storytestimonial from Glenn, who lost 40 pounds

One of the things I find most rewarding is watching people achieve results simply from a mindset shift. I’ve never met Glenn but knew he had the ability to inspire others since he has anchored what I believe is one of the most important nutrition lessons for success. This lesson is acknowledging that you can eat anything, just not everything and that the secret to success is being intentional about your choices. I asked Glenn if he would share some thoughts so that he could inspire others to think differently. Here is his story…

Glenn’s Story

I’ve struggled with weight my whole life, and have tried diet after diet. Daily you can read how one food that was once good for you, is now bad for you. Or you should stay away from this or that. I’ve never found anything I could actually stick with, and nothing I was doing really seemed to be working.

Work offered a Webinar called Energized! Healthy, Productive Energy. I didn’t really know what it was about, but decided to sign up, as I thought I could use some energy in my life. It was hosted by Andrea Holwegner, the chocoholic dietitian. I really didn’t know what to think about that when I heard it, but hey, I love chocolate, so let’s see what she has to say. I’ve been to dieticians before, and to be honest, people are people, and have their own opinions about things. Everyone can tell you something different. One thing I can say about this d
ietitian is what she said made sense. For example, I never thought of carbs being brain power, as all you hear is how bad carbs are for you these days. It was a different way of looking at something. I began to look at how I was eating.sandwich

I realized first that I wasn’t eating enough for breakfast. Second, I’m a person who loves a sandwich, and now I don’t have to give up my lunch and replace it, just need to look at what I’m having with that bread. Third was supper. This was hard. I’ve been shown what portion sizes are before, and never really been able to deal with actually trying to eat
like that. After listening to Andrea, I was encouraged that I did not have to give up anything. My problem wasn’t exactly what I was eating (but yes, sometimes it was) but how much I was eating.


Today’s society shows everything bigger, and your mind really takes it in as this is ok. I use a strange example of McDonald’s, but it kind of makes sense as well. When I was a kid, you see the McDonald’s Quarter Pounder, and it was huge, so you thought. By today’s standards, it’s tiny. Why is this? Our bodies haven’t changed, why is this not enough? Although I would only eat one burger like this when I was out, at home, I’d always cook two. I had to change my mind. I had to relearn, I can still eat the burger, I just don’t need either two burgers, or the biggest one. After supper, I usually like something sweet, and again not giving anything up, I usually have a small bit of something. Yes, even a little chocolate (Thanks, Andrea!). Night times are the worst and I try not to eat past 8:00pm. If I’m going to reach for something, it’s usually popcorn. It fills the gap, and doesn’t really contain much.

Andrea helped change my mind about the way I was eating, making me think about things. I didn’t want to give things up, as I don’t think that really works. I see people having a “cheat day”, and I don’t really understand it. You spend all week giving up everything you enjoy, just to wait for one day, and decide to have them all. It’s the old two steps forward, three back. I don’t give up anything, I now realize I don’t need to eat a full cake on a cheat day, but I can have a small piece during the week if I want it.piece of chocolate cake

One thing I really hate is when people say, “If I can do it, you can do it.” No two people are alike. What works for one doesn’t always work for another. There are so many factors that are involved in how one thing works for one, but can’t work for another. For me, it was about being in the proper mindset. I’ve still got a long way to go, but it’s a start. I’ve noticed one thing, I’ve failed many times as I got discouraged at the numbers on the scale. I still get discouraged now sometimes, but I’ve had to teach my mind not to worry about the number on the scale too much, but to help me learn. And I haven’t given myself a goal. I know that sounds strange, but I think if I don’t get to that goal, I’ll fail. If I don’t have a goal in the first place, I can just keep going and celebrate what’s happening in the now.


Glenn DuHart



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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.”
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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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