Belinda Teston: The Slump

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By Belinda Teston

I was in a perpetual slump.  I worked out at Versus Strength & Conditioning at least 3 times a week and I had heard about Clean Kitchen program, but lacked confidence in my ability to actually do it.  I have done gym challenges where I would lose weight but then sadly, gained it back slowly. I did not realize that I was sabatoging my own progress by not really changing what counts…my habits.

My fast-food ritual of eating made me feel sane in this crazy world.  I had become comfortable with my unhealthy eating habits. These eating habits had developed by convenience and stress, which in-turn, caused my excess body fat to go up and my self-confidence dropped. I would rationalize my reasons for overeating.  Pigging-out was a way to self-medicate my tension. I felt like I needed these foods and that I deserved to eat these foods even though I knew they were doing to me.

Then Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge absolutely changed my life. 

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Chelsey Everett: Enlightenment

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By Chelsey Everett

Years of emotional eating, anxiety, and depression combined with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome led to me being over twice what a normal weight for my height and age should be. I was always a bigger kid, I had kind of accepted that; but when my mom passed away from complications of diabetes and heart disease, food immediately became my comfort and my shield.

My life before Clean Kitchen

 What I thought was a total breakdown in 2014, ended up being a breakthrough. I was getting up at 3:30 in the morning to go to the gym, taking my dad to work, going to work as a graduate assistant, then going to work a part time job. After a full day, I would go pick my dad up, and then complete graduate school work until at least midnight. This was my normal Monday through Friday schedule, which caused intense stress. Because of all this stress, I started having panic attacks, complete with chest pains, heart palpitations, dizziness, and pain in my arms; I thought I was having a heart attack.

I ended up in the emergency room twice because of a panic attack only to be told I was fine and given Xanax to calm down. I never knew if the next panic attack I had would really be a heart attack. My diet definitely wasn’t helping. I was usually skipping breakfast or grabbing something from a drive thru. I almost always worked through lunch only to hit up another drive thru after work or just eat entirely too much at dinner.

I realized I was not even 24 years old and too young to feel this way. I was only 10 years younger than my mom was when she passed away and I knew I couldn’t continue to live like that. I thought that maybe I just needed a different workout routine.

I hired a personal trainer and started working out 3-4 times a week. My trainer was beyond phenomenal. I thought I should be able to eat what I want and workout and be fine, right? So wrong. I never lost a pound… and I was pissed. I became severely depressed causing me not to care about school work or either of my jobs. I would only allow myself one meal a day and, while I lost weight, I felt terrible. My hair was falling out, I wasn’t sleeping, I was still constantly anxious and I was honestly tired of trying. I knew I had to do something, but I didn’t know what that something was.

I found Clean Kitchen and everything changed.

After months of trying almost everything under the sun, Clean Kitchen entered my life and completely changed my view on food, weight loss, and living a healthy lifestyle. The program taught me to use food is fuel and not therapy. It taught me that I can be that person who cooks meals at home that are not only healthy, but also taste delicious; that I can be the person who brings a lunch to work every day instead of eating out; and that I can be the person who makes better choices because they care about their health and want to live a long, healthy life. Clean Kitchen taught me that eating healthy is easier when you can say “I don’t want that” instead of “I can’t have it.” The 12 Week program isn’t about deprivation at all. It is about enlightenment. The Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge teaches you how to plan and prepare for normal life situations. Whether you’re working late, have an event come up, or just don’t feel like cooking.

In 12 weeks, I lost 43 lbs. and over 40 inches, but I gained so much more. If you are on the fence about doing something, do THIS. You will have a completely changed outlook for the rest of you life!

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4 Reasons why you should do Clean Kitchen

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By Felicia Johnson

Sluggish. Moody. Sleepless. Bloated. Quickly expanding.

These are some of the words I would use to describe me before the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge. Yet, the most accurate word that truly pinpoints my life at that point is “frustrated.”

I was frustrated with myself for knowing alot of what to do but still unable to get back on track.

I was frustrated by the cycle of feeling too sluggish to prep or cook, grabbing a bite to eat from wherever, and then crashing and burning, just to continue the same cycle the next day.

I was frustrated with the scale. It just kept moving upward. It was so unbelievable that I seriously contemplated purchasing a new one…just in case mine was off a little or a lot.

Mostly, I was frustrated with me because the person I saw in the mirror each day was inconsistent with the knowledge I had or the lifestyle I completely believed in. The incongruency bothered, even embarrassed me. Yet, with all of my knowledge and desires, I could not seem to get back on track. My life was out of control, and so was my weight.

I needed something. I did not need a pipe dream, gimmick, or fancy slogan that was thought up to make money. I did not need a get-skinny-quick scheme. I did not need a pill or a potion that had been cooked up in a lab, something I would always have to keep buying to feel “extra normal.”

None of those things was to be part of my story. I needed something real, something I could sustain, and something that aligned with my core beliefs about health, although I was anything but a picture of health at that moment.

After researching Clean Kitchen, I felt that it aligned with what I believed in, and the pictures of past participants boasted great weight loss. With nothing to lose but a few rolls, I was all in. I was most optimistic about the weight loss at first, but after internalizing CK’s core concepts, it became clear to me that this would be more than a weight loss venture. Clean Kitchen was not a program. It was a lifestyle of change and maintenance, restoring me back to a place where I honored the fact that I was fearfully and wonderfully made.

While I must admit, I went into Clean Kitchen for one reason, to lose weight, I gained so much more. I had foolishly wrecked my body prior to CK, and this vessel needed to heal..the right way. What I gained in the first few months confirmed that CK was the right choice for me and that I was changing from the inside out. My eyes were brighter. My skin was more youthful. I honestly felt better than I had felt in YEARS! I was sleeping through the night, and my sugar cravings were gone.

I was no longer just surviving; I was thriving.

Eventually, I recognized some external mile markers that were the result of all the changes that had been taking place under the surface, changes that were hidden from me at first: feeling good enough to get back into the gym, the first day I ran and realized there was no longer a belly jiggle, wearing a dress that I had not been able to wear comfortably in two years, measuring a 14-inch loss, and having my husband say, “When I wrap my arms around your waist, the difference is noticeable.” Broccoli points for him!

Four aspects that set Clean Kitchen apart from every other program I either tried or looked into; and cause me to recommend it above all else.

1: CK’s focus was not on calorie restriction or quantity of food but more on quality. Just eat real food. The real food that I am now consistently eating has given me real life, a life I feel good enough to live now.

2: There’s no generic meal plan I was held to. So, I never got bored of eating the same old thing. We were taught not just the “what” of eating but the “why,” and once I understood the why, it was easy for me to comply.

3: The CK program is well-organized and put together in a way that is sensible and avoids overload. You get the information in a layered manner so that it really solidifies the foundation and then builds strategically from there.

4: The most distinguishable aspect of Clean Kitchen is the coaching. Hands down! It makes all the difference. The coaches truly understand nutrition and how all the aspects of nutrition work together to give you the body that is a picture of health, a body that shows you are grateful for life and that you get to live your life in that body. These coaches were there for so much more than just accountability. They constantly encouraged me, helped me when it seemed as if the scale had gotten stuck, and helped me tweak various aspects to get even greater results. Important to me was the fact that they each lived what they were teaching. I could see it in their eyes, hear it in their inflection, and sense it in their passion that they wanted me to be successful. I felt that I was more than a dollar sign. I was their mission, and it showed in every interaction, every e-mail, and every high-five! They set me up to be successful beyond a program, and although Clean Kitchen, the program, has ended for me, Clean Kitchen, the lifestyle is still in effect.

Thanks, Clean Kitchen and our coaches. I honestly believe that when I chose those 12 weeks, I chose life, and my life is filled with gratitude for what you did for me.

 

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I think I might enjoy cooking now!

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By Angela Samples

The Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge was the best thing I have ever done for my health. I have learned so much! I’m not really sure how or why the program is so effective, but it has made a world of difference for me. Prior to Clean Kitchen, I knew my eating habits were terrible and my cholesterol was not where it should be. Every time I’d make a poor food choice (which felt like it was 9 out of 10 times), I’d have this tremendous guilt that I wasn’t taking care of myself. After Clean Kitchen, not only can I confidently say I am consistently now a Level 1 eater, but I also know without doubt what constitutes a good food choice. And even though I haven’t been food logging the last couple of weeks, my clean eating habits have remained intact! They are in fact “habits!”

I have lost 17 pounds and many inches. I am wearing clothes I haven’t been able to wear in a long time (which makes me feel like I have a whole new wardrobe). I feel so much better and gone is the guilt of making poor food choices. My biggest accomplishment, however, is having my doctor telling me my cholesterol numbers look great! No cholesterol medicine for me…thank you very much!!!!! That has got to be what I am most happy about!

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It is never too late to start

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By Linda Jackson

I’ve been overweight since I was 48 years old. When I first began to put on a few pounds, I thought it was funny, because I had always been very thin. But over the next 18 years I gained 70 pounds. I enrolled in weight-loss programs and exercise programs, and for the past five years I met weekly with a nutritionist. There was always some success, but I never stuck to any program. I was strong in so many aspects of my life, but I felt like a complete failure when it came to controlling what went into my mouth.

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Sound Bites: Month 2

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Month 2 of the Clean Kitchen Challenge is a really important phase for clients. Month 2 is when things really start clicking and clients start trusting the process. We asked clients in a survey, how do you feel your CK experience has gone so far? Here is what they had to say about implementing their new habits and coaching of the 12 Week Challenge.

“I thought the “habits” were too simple to really make a difference. But it works. We haven’t found ourselves unprepared in any situation.”

“I love the speed at which new information is being given. It isn’t overwhelming. I have also found this program easy to follow.”

“I love the four simple habits and that I’m actually doing them. Grocery shopping is fun and meal prepping has changed my life. I no longer stress about what to fix for dinner.”

“…it is becoming second nature now to think before I eat something or buy anything at the grocery. I am pleased with the food prep, planning and no food waste! CK has been encouraging but not micro managing this process.”

“It’s real life. It’s a choice that isn’t made once a day, it’s making the right choices all day long.”

“Even though I may not have always logged by food, I still followed the habits and (progress) shows by the weight loss and my energy level!”

“I’m encouraged that the habits are becoming more automatic for me. I feel like it’s taking less brain power to map out my meals and I love that!”

“I was pleasantly surprised at how easy to understand the process has been. The app has been a great tool. I have a much better understanding of nutrition in general now.”

“It has taught me to make smarter choices and about proper portion sizes. I have found out that many foods I used to eat that I thought were healthy were not what the said they were. Also, I love the support and encouragement from all of the coaches!!! They rock!”

 

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Yes, dudes need CK too.

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It is not surprising that we get majority of women who sign up for Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge. But we do have those few brave men who take action. And when they go all in the results are amazing! Check out the beginning story of Justin’s journey. We are so proud of the change and progress you have made, not only physically, but that whole mindset change too!

By Justin Esser

I played sports all through my childhood and into college, and I could generally eat whatever I wanted and still feel and look fit. I never really had a problem with weight, and because of that I guess I thought that I knew enough about what was good or bad for you. Fast-forward 15 years and my mindset about how my body processed food never changed. I mean home-made spaghetti, or pork chops with mashed potatoes and gravy have to be better than McDonald’s, right? I didn’t need any help (I thought) – I wasn’t skinny, but I didn’t really think of myself as too fat…

A few years ago I started to notice that all I had the energy to do was go to work, play with the kids for a few minutes when I came home, and then go to bed. My family was getting the short end of the stick and I felt tired and slow all the time. I knew that I could probably do a better job eating a little healthier, but I really just felt like I needed to be more active. I would join a gym and be super dedicated to 2-day per week workouts for every bit of 2 weeks, and then something would derail me. Six months later I would do the same thing – gym, kill it for 2 weeks, and then fall off again.

In January of 2017 I was the heaviest I had ever been at 246 pounds. I was really starting to be embarrassed about how I looked and how clothes fit me, and could really tell that any physical exertion just about required an oxygen tank. I knew I had to make a serious change.

Before I joined Clean Kitchen, I honestly thought it was just a “girl” thing and not many dudes actually signed up for the program. But I wasn’t getting any younger and definitely wasn’t getting any thinner, so I thought I would kinda secretly join Clean Kitchen to lose a little weight and start to get back in shape. I quickly found out that CK was a legit nutritional/educational program created by people who really care about helping others lead a healthier lifestyle, and that literally anyone could benefit from it. CK showed me that I was using the wrong foods to fuel my body, and expecting those foods to do things for me that they just weren’t designed to do.

About the program:

The program is web-based which makes it real easy to follow. You receive daily emails with checklists and lessons full of information, assignments to help you practice the habits, and even though they came to me daily I never felt like there were too many. The coaches do an incredible job of educating you on the fundamentals of nutrition and build your knowledge at a very easy pace over the 12 week program. Coaches are easy to talk to and quick to answer any questions that you have (Kellar was clutch here!).

The best part of the program for me is that it prepares you for the rough days. When you’re busy, don’t feel great, or just want to eat whatever you want to eat – good habits start to kick in and you aren’t as vulnerable to making poor decisions.

I’m pretty analytical and don’t typically do something just because I’m told its good for me. But explain to me why its good, and I’ll do it forever! This program gives you the knowledge and confidence to continue a healthier lifestyle beyond the 12 weeks.

My progress:

I lost 29 pounds and a total of 29.4 inches.