Shedding Weight Was Just The Beginning For Fran
I feel enlightened to have seen the light finally on a healthier lifestyle. It certainly has felt more sustainable, mainly because you can feel a difference in yourself almost straight away – not just physically, but mentally stronger. I also started questioning social aspects of food such as advertising brand media and how we perceive food. I feel this is an important factor in how myself and many others have been/are overweight.
Since changing my way of eating, I now do not have migraines (which literally were disabling my life). No doctor had been able to help me for 3 years. Not one doctor spoke to me about sugars in foods. I now do not drinks like diet coke, or any caffeine. I feel amazing, full of life and health. I sleep properly and am no longer angry and depressed, I feel like a new person. I have lost 3 stone, and my confidence and self esteem are though the roof!
I felt I could trust in Harriet 100% as she is so personable and a real human being with real experiences. When I’ve tried previous diets they have been branded big name diets and I felt a bit lost. Thanks to Harriet for helping me change me life. Fran, Shrewsbury
Sam Shed 30 lbs & Regained Control
I used to hunt for food to solve how I felt – but it’s no longer a crutch for me. There were strategies & tricks I got from the coaching that I never would have thought of myself, which have been invaluable and very effective. My skin has improved, I’m no longer on a moody roller coaster and I feel energised and generally fantastic!” Sam Warner, Telford UK
Easier On Himself…and More Self-Disciplined
Before I started working with Harriet, I was completely out of control around food, compulsively eating things that were not good for me – it was like my body was not listening to my head. It undermined the other things I was doing for my health (like the gym) and I felt cross with myself, guilty and despondant.
I started to gain control very soon into the coaching sessions. I now feel significantly stronger mentally, and am much more disciplined – I’m talking about a 90% reduction in processed sugar. Going to a shop or petrol station is no longer a minefield of temptation. I think a lot of it has developed into unconscious competence. The daily check ins have really helped turn my goals into habits.
The best thing is I am actually easier on myself – I just don’t feel the guilt I used to. We worked on different ways to avoid feeling like I was depriving myself. Although weight loss was not the focus of the coaching, I am pleased to say that I have also lost (a previously immoveable) half a stone (7lb) in spite of a full social life and a holiday – and kept it off.
Mr G Thomas, Cardiff
Sally: A Real Transformation In Only 12 Weeks
I had had a problem binge eating for almost 20 years when I started working with Harriet. I had spent thousands having coaching from some very well-respected practitioners, but I saw very little change.
In 12 weeks, I have experienced a real transformation in my mindset around this problem. I now only eat chocolate occasionally, and eat more pleasurable replacements. But more importantly, I don’t pin the old emotions (guilt, shame) to the eating.
She is very different from previous professionals I’ve seen. The sessions were tailored around my personal needs, rather than someone reeling off a theory. The check ins and extra email support really kept my spirits up. While the work was sometimes hard, I definitely felt supported. The upside of the hard work is I have a lot more clarity and direction in my life now.
Harriet helped me not feel so bad about what I was doing – even getting me to change what we call it (chaotic eating) so it’s less powerful. The work I did with her made me question everything about my relationship with food – in a good way! I’m a lot easier on myself these days. Sally Bolton, personal trainer www.eattrainlove.uk
Alison: Cutting Down On Sugar Has Changed My Life
Harriet made the lights come on for me with my eating issues. She broke down the process of tackling my sugar addiction so I could do it in an effortless way, a day at a time. Her replacements made all the difference. I haven’t given it up completely, but cutting down on it has changed my life. It released a tidal wave of creativity and potential. I’ve left the financial hell I’d created and even manifested my own car. I have a better social life nowadays.
I am also grateful for how I have been able to reframe my abusive childhood using tools Harriet taught me like the concept of stage 2. I am no longer living caught up in the past. Alison Hanson, Shropshire, UK
Neil: Ending Night Time Binges In Less Than A Month
In less than a month, Harriet was able to coach me so I was able to overcome the negative habit of overeating at night. The changes she helped me make have been sustained and I am so happy with the resulting weight loss that is still happening! She really understands the complex subject of the psychology of eating and is able to give that over in a fun and compelling way that creates lasting change.
Neil Rischall, New York
Sian: No More Sugar = Bye Bye PMT & Migraines
Harriet’s ideas have transformed my life. I knew I had to do something when I started getting migraines so bad I had to lie down in a darkened room – not great when you have a lively 4-year-old to look after. I suspected sugar was the cause of all this.
The Shift Inside gives you loads of practical ideas about how to stave off cravings. Harriet has been there – and keeps you motivated, even if you fall off the wagon. I had a slip up, but it was easy to get back on track. You couldn’t pay me to go back to my old life.
The results? No more migraines or even PMT, which I’m over the moon about. I’ve lost 20 lbs in total. I feel in control of my life, no mood swings and best of all a healthy relationship with food. No stealing the kids Easter eggs! I’m so thankful for my new balanced delicious diet. Sian Brophy, Kilkenny (Ireland)
Richard: Making Me Do What I Love Again
Nicole: I Feel More Confident & Happy
The coaching was amazing!! I have more energy nowadays from the nutritional changes that Harriet showed me. I still leave some thing on my plate every meal – even if it is the tiniest bit, it makes me feel more in control. I eat slower and tend to enjoy more of what I’m eating and actually notice the taste of food now! I feel more confident in my appearance because “It is what it is!” I feel happier in myself and more accepting of my body and who I am.
The coaching made me feel very scared but in a really positive way. It made me look deeper into my food habits, some of which stem from my childhood. It was more personalised and enjoyable than previous weight loss methods, as it made me more aware of what I was putting in my mouth and why I ate certain foods at certain times. It made me realise if I want certain foods it’s probably because my body needs them and it’s not just me being greedy.
I’ve learnt a lot, not only about food but about myself and I feel a much happier person because of it. Many thanks for everything. Nicole Anslow Milward, Shrewsbury, UK
Maria: I Now Have The Drive To Move Forward
Last year I went to Alton Towers, I had been there many times before but this was the first time I was too big to get on the major rides. My daughter paid for this trip with her savings as a present for us all at Christmas, and it broke my heart to not to be able fully enjoy the experience as a family.
The guilt I felt played on my mind eventually I decided set up my own exercise group for overweight people, I lost 3 stone (42lb) but again my momentum stopped just around Christmas and even though I kept attending the fitness sessions, I was overeating which led me to start to put the weight back on. 1.5 stone up. When I met Harriet it was great to meet with someone who understood the life journey I had been on with my constant yo-yo dieting.
Harriet has a great knowledge the trials and tribulations people face with weight loss but she helps me to work out “Why” I have the issues I have and looks at ways in which I can knock down the barriers I face ,and looks at how the mind works in relation to barriers. I have met with Diet clubs, GP and health workers – but for me Harriet’s support is the missing link between fitness and healthy eating.
I have a long way to go and I am accepting that I will have highs and lows and the devil on my shoulder will always try and rear its ugly head. I have lost 5lb in the last 3 weeks with Harriet’s help, and I now have the drive, focus and tools to help me move forward and before too long I will be back at Alton Towers and on every ride ! Maria Williams, Shrewsbury UK
Frankie: No Sugar Equals No Mood Swings, No Spots and A Flatter Tummy
Since giving up one month ago sugar my spots reduced on my face instantly. My mood and emotions are more stable and I have a lot more energy than before because sugar can keep your energy very low. My tummy area where I stored my fat (because any unused sugar turns into fat) is now going. I have never had a flat tummy, so I am really happy with the results I have had in only a month.
Giving up sugar, I will never look back. Sugar is highly addictive, more than we realise. It is socially acceptable to eat a lot of refined sugar. Our bodies cannot cope with high amounts as it puts our organs under extreme stress i.e. our pancreas. My mother is a Type 1 diabetic, so giving up sugar was also something I needed to do for health reasons because diabetes can be genetic. Frankie Greer, Shrewsbury UK
Kzee: 100% Success
I was on a real roller coaster with sugar – insomnia and cravings were par for the course. I wanted to do something about it for health reasons and my low energy levels. I had had enough! Through the programme, I have had 100% success giving up biscuits and chocolate since going through this process 2 months ago. Ideas like The Double Dare have made social situations a place to actually feel empowered around food – the other day I was at someone’s house, stood near the cake and didn’t have any! Kzee Herz, Shrewsbury, UK
Now I Can Walk Away
Sugar used to dull my senses, sap my energy and muddle my thinking. I would go into a trance around sweets – it was like a Pavlovian response. While working with Harriet, I would feel my heart race seeing sweets, but I was able to walk away. The Cravings Busters were really useful. I have not only successfully stayed off them for 6 weeks now, but I feel ready to tackle the next thing. Really empowering. MB, Birmingham
I have stopped giving my power away
I wanted to give up sugar because of my lack of energy and my weight – it just made me feel bad (and guilty and ashamed). I had an all or nothing approach. Chocolate was my comfort – to deal with any situation I found myself in. Temptation was often too great to resist. Since doing this programme, I have stopped giving my power away to sugar. I particularly loved the motivational videos. I do have the odd piece of chocolate, but I can leave most of a box whereas before I would have eaten the lot. I decided to make my easter egg a tiny cream egg instead of the usual big one I used to have – and ended up not even having that – amazing! I also have lots more energy now and my diet is much healthier. And because I’m eating healthier, so is my family. J.A., Northern Ireland