Linda did the Whole30: “I am happier, more focused and I no longer see food as the enemy”


She really just wanted to lose a few pounds. But when Linda Bashir walked into HealthCreators just before summer... everything fell in its place: "Food is no longer my enemy".

Because she changed her food a number of physical problems dissolved. She feels better in her skin now, and more comfortable in her head.

That process started on her plate. By practicing a different relationship with food, the pieces started to fit better in other areas of her life. In a few months time, she went from a somewhat shy exchange student from Rumania to a healthy woman full of confidence.

I remember when I found the HealthCreators Centre just by passing by, as it is in the neighborhood I live in. I was struggling with my weight for a long time and I decided to seek professional help at that point. Meeting Brenda was the best thing to happen to me so far.

Ups and downs

After going through many ups and downs in my life and struggling with my weight by having the wrong mindset, Brenda was all I needed. Telling her how I have been going through a continuous dieting cycle and always re-gaining the weight, she recognized the behavior as she went through the same, a “dieting roller coaster”, as she refers to it. She told me how the Whole30 helped her and gave me a direction to look more into it as she recommended for me to follow it.

When I first started I was looking mainly to lose some kilograms. However, having the meetings with Brenda, opened my eyes to realize that the scale shows just a number.

Happier

I decided to go on the Whole30 program and hope for the best. To be honest, when I first started I was looking mainly to lose some kilograms. However, having the meetings with Brenda, opened my eyes to realize that the scale shows just a number. Finishing the Whole30 gave me such a clear view on the relationship I should have with food and how by not focusing on the scale, I could be happier with myself. The Whole30 changed my mindset completely and helped me solve my mental health as well. I am happier, more focused and productive and I no longer see food as my enemy.

Bloating: solved

I know now how most foods make me feel, as I am learning every day something new.  My biggest issue was that I was always bloated, and not even doctors could figure out why. I was always given pills to deal with this problem, until the Whole30 program where during the reintroduction period I noticed what was the cause.

I am happier, more focused and productive and I no longer see food as my enemy.

Certified coach

I cannot say this enough but having a Certified Coach was crucial to my success. Brenda helped me in ways she can’t even imagine, no matter how many times I have told her. I was at the lowest point in my life and she was always giving me advice on how to deal with the issues I was going through and how not to use food for comfort, as it was my biggest obstacle. She was always there for me no matter how big or small my challenges were, she was always a text away.

Never alone

Why would I recommend a Certified Coach during the Whole30 program? Well, if your Coach would be at least 50% like Brenda then it’s totally worth it. Like I said before, I was never alone in this journey and she was offering 100%. Brenda was even able to Skype with me when I had to go back home, and I respect her for checking up on me to see how I was doing.  She isn’t just my Coach, as now I consider her the friend that completely understands me and is there for me.

Note from Brenda

Linda was a dream to work with: humble, eager to learn, implementing all the tools and she really gets the Whole30 process.

Now in her Food Freedom she continuous to make deliberate choices about the foods she eats based on how they will make her feel now and a little bit later. She inspired her family in Romania when she went back home over the summer to look at their lifestyles.

Linda was always a beautiful person. Now that she changed in this confident young woman her beauty shines so much brighter. The Whole30 mindset and lessons already transferred to other parts of her life. Realizing that changing her mindset just before she turns 21, saves her from a full lifetime of diet drama if she had stayed on the path she was on, is mind-blowing to us both.

I am beyond happy she walked through my door almost half a year ago: it was a privilege to watch her growth.

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