Why I had an ugly cry (but now I’m doing a happy dance)
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About a month ago I lost it…

It was a full snotty uncontrollable ugly cry.

It was a combination of grinch mom that hadn’t had any time to herself meets overwhelmed business owner wearing many hats.healthy change lessons from the dietitians of health stand nutrition

It was Saturday afternoon and I’d spent hours yet again after many early mornings and late evenings on my computer after I’d put my son to bed.  I had mom guilt since I wanted to be spending time with my son but had more to do to wrap up this project.

My hubby Mike will tell you there was irrational rambling, cranky words of frustration and lots and lots of snotty kneenex.  Mike is smart enough to know after being married to me all these years that the best thing to do in these times is to listen to the freak out and NOT offer advice…

Instead offer a hug and some chocolate (well he actually didn’t offer me chocolate but I’m thinking it might have helped).

The meltdown was a result of a year of restructuring. I’d managed changes in our team, moving our office location after 16 years  and building out a new strategic plan for growth of our practice.  I’d also managed a busy home life with my boys (keeping up to an active 9 year old son and Mike who also runs a business and was studying for an exam).

What wasn’t managed well was my patience for how long it took to rebuild our website. I’d hired an excellent company for web design in January but like so many things in life (including changes with your health habits and New Year’s resolutions) the results you are looking for almost always take much longer than you’ve hoped. I thought we’d be able to wrap this project within a few months.  Instead rebranding and working through a 184 page google document with completely new copy changes, photo selections and notes for design and programming took 10 months.  The last final month of the home stretch testing, tweaking and working out the glitches had taken its toll.

But as with many things in life, hard work and perseverance pays off. I’m proud to finally unveil our new website!

I thought of YOU our customers and subscribers that follow our content.  I’m especially excited for you to check out our new ‘Resource Mega Bank’ where you can find a nicely organized section of our articles, recipes, meal planner kits and more.

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As you head into the New Year and are thinking about making some changes to your health here are some lessons I learned with this project that relate to your health.

Lessons about health change:

1. Give it time.

This one sucks. The results you are looking for will likely take longer than you think. The time is worth it but I’m willing to bet you will need to bank on more time than you think you need.

2. Break it down.

Supersized results require consistent bite-sized changes. Anchor your mind on the next most important thing you need to do to move things forward. If you don’t you’ll be stuck at stop with the large mountain you need to climb.

3. Make tough choices.

Remember you really can’t do it all. To achieve new things requires more time and energy efforts and that means something else in your life will take a slide. My good friend Cathy reminded me that while it feels like you are dropping the ball, instead you need to reframe this as intentionally setting balls down in pursuit of the most important things that drive things forward.

4. Find your tribe.

It’s hard to achieve things alone. You’ll need some cheerleaders along the way when you are defeated or unmotivated. You’ll also need some tough love to kick your butt on achieving deadlines and brainstorming solutions when the challenges come up.

5. Celebrate the win.

When I told my 9 year old that the website finally launched he got out the fancy wine glasses (sparkling water for him and wine for the adults) to make a toast. Often in life we move onto the next thing without celebrating along the way. Take time to savor the wins.

PS I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the new website www.healthstandnutrition.com  *don’t forget to clear the cache/browsing history and refresh the page if you’ve been on our site before.  If you are a grammar snob let me know if you see anything that needs changed.  If you have any feedback for me please leave us a message below in the comments or send us an email here.


Andrea Holwegner

CEO (Chief Energy Officer)
Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc.


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Marty Avery, Nutrition Counseling Client
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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.”
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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!”
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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!”
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“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.”
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