“I had accepted the fact that I was fat and would remain fat for the rest of my life… until…”
My name is Sheila. Two years ago I started The Healthy For Life Program at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Many unsuccessful attempts at many, many weight loss programs had left me feeling like a failure. I had no self-esteem; I also had depression that led to more eating and more weight gain. I had accepted the fact that I was fat and would remain fat for the rest of my life….until……..my life changed.
In November 2004, I got very sick with pneumonia. Many rounds of antibiotics were given to me. Bed rest was recommended and it was the holidays. I of course ate my way through it all, as food always comforted me. I started the 2005 year bigger than I had ever been and quickly
noticed that something wasn’t right. I began having panic attacks which made it difficult to even leave my house. The panic attacks were brought on due to the fact that after the pneumonia and more weight gain, I could not breathe. I noticed that I could not walk from my car in the parking lot of Wal-Mart into the store without struggling for breath. I knew I was in trouble.
I scheduled an appointment to see Dr. Lieberman at The Center. They reviewed my life history and determined what “passengers were on my body’s elevator.” I was told that the body can be compared to an elevator. It was explained to me that an elevator can hold a maximum capacity of 2000 pounds. It does not care what passengers get off, or what passengers get on. It only knows that once it’s reached its maximum capacity, it malfunctions. I understood this concept, and we quickly identified passengers on my elevator and decided which ones we would kick off first. The obesity was at the top of the list.
Dr. Lieberman placed me on what he called a Hyperinsulinemia diet. It contained three phases. He also explained to me that I would withdraw from foods that I had been eating that I could no longer have. I was asked to make a list of what foods I thought I would need help with. I did. It is my personal opinion that this is what makes this program so successful. The Center looked at those foods as allergens. Allergy was looked upon as addiction. Anyone who diets knows that the withdrawal brings on headaches, mood swings, and fatigue. What would you say if I told you that my cravings were shut off along with other withdrawal symptoms, simply by allergy testing me for the foods and giving me extracts that would turn them off? That is exactly what happened and it did just that! So I carried around a bottle of my extract with me for several months. When I had symptoms, I would place a drop under my tongue (sublingually).
I have never been so successful on ANY diet plan and let me tell you there have been too many to count in my life. I also learned certain foods triggered me in different ways–some would make my appetite increase, some would provoke pain. I suddenly realized that while I always thought that food comforted me, it did so much more than that! It was controlling me.
If you suffer from obesity, you owe it to yourself to check this out. I have lost a total of 118 pounds and I am still 80 pounds away from my goal. While the weight is coming off slower now, this is no longer a diet plan for me, it truly is my healthy for life plan. I believe I will reach my goal and I also believe that I will stay there. This plan has removed my ” I cannot do it” attitude and left me feeling so much better about myself. Please call the Center today for more information. What do you have to lose? (Except the weight?)
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