Wednesday, September 9, 2009

My Health Story

I get a lot of people asking me why I completely changed my diet and lifestyle. Well, it isn't any secret. I just wanted to feel better and knew that I HAD to make a change.

I suffered from migraine headaches every week, sometimes twice a week. I was walking around in a daze and really felt horrible every day. When I didn't have a migraine, I was recovering from one or getting one. I was taking so much medication that I developed an ulcer and was getting arthritis in my joints. I was not a happy person. My kids and hubby can attest to this. So, I knew that changes had to be made. I was seeing several doctors and no one could tell me what was going on and why I was feeling so bad.

I started going to massage therapy ( I still go once a month now and love every minute of it!!) and Connie, the massage therapist, told me that I should consider changing my diet. She was following the Hallelujah Diet. This is a vegan diet that is mostly raw food. I decided that it couldn't hurt to try. So, I changed my diet. It wasn't easy and I was so surprised that as I ate healthier, my headaches were getting fewer and farther between. HALLELUJAH INDEED!! As I did this, the doctors decided that the hormones and steriods that are given to the animals were causing the headaches. This diet was too restrictive for me. I loved soups and cooked food, a friend of mine told me about Marilu Henner's Total Health Makeover. I got the book and read it cover to cover in just 2 days. I thought, this is something that I can do! I have been following this way of eating since 2003. I don't eat any meat products or dairy. I will eat eggs occasionally. I lost 10 lbs just by giving up dairy. You could say that I was a cheese freak..... Check out today! We are starting our Booty School class today.

Shortly after changing my diet, I decided that I needed to exercise. I started with Power 90. I saw the TV infomercial and thought it looked like a good program. I got it and got started. I liked it okay and had success. I lost a little more weight and things were toning up. Then I saw the infomercial (yes, I like infomercials) for Turbo Jam. Oh my, I was hooked on this workout. I loved everything about it. It was fun, had great music and I looked forward to working out!!! this was a HUGE change for me. I truly believe that you have to find the workout that makes you happy and you look forward to doing it, until then, you are just going through the motions!!

It was a natural progression for me to become a Beachbody coach after this. I already had a LOT of the Beachbody workouts. I like working out at home, I don't have to worry about when I will go, what I will wear. I just decide to workout and get after it! Being a Beachbody coach has really helped me to stay on track with my fitness and also to help others get in shape too. I am always willing to share my story with anyone that will listen.

I truly believe that diet is the key to good health! We need to be eating whole foods, nothing processed and drinking LOTS of water! I am now headache free, completely off all medications (other than the vitamins I take) and feel better than I did in my 30's. It really does work!!

I'd love to hear your own health story if you have one. If you have health issues and would like me to be your FREE coach, just sign up here and then send me an email at and I'll help you get started on YOUR journey!


  1. Hi Dana...your blog design looks great! Love the little "you" at the top. Great info! Thanks for visiting our blog! Hope you come back again soon! We'll be back!

  2. I could not agree with you more about all the natural foods in our diets and the well rounded exercise programs... I am still learning to do it for me... but I have been teaching my kids about good food since they were born. We go organic, all natural, or raw whenever possible... that usually means I spend about $200 a week on groceries... but to me, its worth it!

    God bless-

  3. Visiting from Sits and what a great story. Best of Health to you and yours!

  4. Cara - thanks for your kind words! I'll be checking back in at your blog too!

    Amanda - I love that you are teaching your kids about healthy eating. I agree that it is worth it, I just wish it wasn't so much more $$. It makes it harder for people to want to eat healthier.

    Martha - thank you so much!!!

  5. Love your story. So glad you are feeling better. It is amazing how food is usually the culprit in our health problems. We've begun to really understand this at our house too. Thanks for stopping by this morning and leaving a sweet comment. You have a new follower! :) Can't wait to read more!


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