From Elisabeth's clients... Sixty Five Pound Weight Loss and Improved Outlook on Life!
Approximately one year ago I stood at the turning point of my life. I was 63 years old and once again I was faced with an all-too-familiar dilemma regarding my health and weight. I was weighing in at an all-time high of 255 pounds. I was obviously getting older and the idea of not being able to take it off as easily as I did 20 or 30 years ago was becoming a harsh reality. If not now…when? This was a moment of truth for me. At this point in my life the word “diet” made me cringe. Dieting is insanity – doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…but not getting them. That was me. That was my weight gain and weight loss lifestyle. I know it well….I have done it for many, many years. Although it had never worked long-term, it was what I knew best, and so I always returned to what I knew. And so with all the self-honesty I could muster up I determined my choices to be the following: a) do nothing and live with it; b) join another gym; c) suffer through the emotional pain of white-knuckle dieting and depravation of food; or d) hire a nutritionist. I opted for d) hire a nutritionist. Once I made the decision to hire Elisabeth Dunham my life was forever altered. People always ask me “What did you do to lose weight and get healthy?” My answer is always the same, “I hired Elisabeth Dunham and then I did what she said.” Yes, it was that simple and the results have been astounding. Working with a nutritionist who is educated, knowledgeable, and experienced in the nutritional health industry was crucial to my success. Elisabeth came equipped with all of these essential tools, including a great sense of humor! Offering insight and uncomplicated instructions, Elisabeth explained what I needed to do in order to obtain my goals. I felt confident in her abilities to take me through this journey and take me there successfully. We started out with manageable goals that I could accomplish each week. Each phone consultation was follow-up with an email reiterating our phone conversation and her suggestions for the following week. Additionally, she would attach health-related information that she felt was pertinent to my specific needs; as well as awesome recipes that I continue to use to this day. I have lost 65-plus pounds and have gone from a size 22/24 to 12/14. I’ve gone from doing nothing physically to being an avid hiker of our beautiful Pacific Northwest, biking on my new Electra TREK, and I became an enthusiastic gym rat. Yes, I did join the gym again! Not only have the physical changes been amazing, but the mental/emotional shifts have been equally as satisfying –I’m mentally stronger, I feel accomplished, I feel empowered, I am filled with personal satisfaction, and the sheer joy of being able to move around, take a walk, ride a bike, and hike a hill are things that I never thought possible. I’ve let go of all the “bad” food and learned to love the “good” food that I have in my life. It’s been an amazing journey. It’s not over. There is more work to do…there always is. I am happy and filled with the excitement of what the rest of my healthy life has to offer me. Thank you, Elisabeth! I am forever grateful for your knowledge and guidance.
- Ruth Harnisch, Portland, Oregon
Improved Breast Health and Weight Loss
I had been getting thermograms for a few years and during one visit a year ago there was an area of my right breast that was getting progressively more concerning. The doctor read it and said in a report: “It’s possible this is benign but unlikely.”
Instead of going in for a mammogram, I did some research and learned about the cancer-prevention benefits of eating a plant-based diet. And then I met Elisabeth and she helped me with the diet and introduced me to clay detox. I started using clay for detox and cleaned up my diet. In the last year I have not only lost weight but my latest thermogram - almost a year to the date since the last one - indicated an "all clear" status on the accompanying report. This time it showed all blue and green and no orange, yellow or red (the danger zone). The technician was even impressed.
I’m excited and thrilled to know that I had had a positive effect on my health. Staying on a plant-based diet wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, especially with Elisabeth’s help. She was able to help me to find the right path and encouraged me to stay on it and provide me with recipes and other tools.
Additionally, I am now down 10 pounds! I started working with Elisabeth because I thought she had a strong message about how healthy eating can fend off and/or heal disease.
With more plant-based foods in my diet I immediately felt lighter in my psyche, more ethical in my heart and soul and 'right' or aligned about the path I am on. I feel the plant-based diet is the only sustainable way to eat, given the planetary impact of animal-heavy diets (agriculture).
My weight immediately started dropping - about 1-3 pounds a week, slower as I got further into it and reached a more ideal weight. I have gone from 129 to 119. I love the way I feel and how my clothes fit! Today, I not only feel like I am on a positive path, I am committed to eating 75 percent raw so that my weight continues to drop slowly and I continue to heal. Thank you, Elisabeth, for your guidance on this path. It means a great deal to me!
Judy Campbell, Bend, Postscript: Also yesterday, I went to TJ Max and bought two pairs of jeans, size 2! I have been down to a 4 (down from an 8 in 2011). So happy and I really credit you! Thank you!
Grounded and Confident
Since I started working with Elisabeth I don’t crave the bad foods any more. Sugar, especially, was a problem. Today, I feel better, more grounded and confident. That first picture was taken on March 17th, 2015, at my daugther’s birthday celebration. I weighed about 161. Since I started working with Elisabeth in June I have lost 20 pounds (pink jacket). I'm also happier and calmer and my mind and body feel more clear. I feel really good overall and proud of my accomplishment! -Vikki Allen, Portland, Ore.
Lean, Clean and Feeling Great!
Two years ago I got on the scale and found out I was 20 pounds overweight. I was sad and depressed that every decade I seemed to add another 10 pounds. But at the same time I was in somewhat of a state of acceptance that as you age you just got fatter. I was also feeling an overwhelming amount of sadness, depression and anxiety at the time. I was tired all the time. The only thing that pepped me up was my morning coffee, but even then I was having to have about four cups to get the pep. But after four cups the anxiety would set in so it was sort of a vicious cycle.
I was getting through my days by accepting that I was now in my 40s and this was just part of getting old. Right? Everyone in their 40s is overweight, tired and morose. I had peaked and life was just a downhill slide from here to be lived vicariously through my kids. And I had to say good-by to two-piece swimsuits forever.
At the time I was seeing a therapist for PMS, which seemed to be plaguing me three weeks out of the month. The only week that seemed to be somewhat stable was the one right after my cycle. The rest of the month was fair game for the crazies. I tried anti-depressants. I lost my edge at my job. As a lawyer, you have to be quick and edgy.
On anti-depressants, I would stare out my office window, semi-catatonic. Empty files displayed everywhere. Where do I start? This was not going to work. Not to mention the sexual side effects. In my 40s and a new marriage, and now I numb out my libido. Seriously?
So I did the anti-depressants for nine months and then I could not take the lack of real joy in my life, so I quit them cold turkey (NOT RECOMMENDED). And then I was back in the shrink’s office, looking for another solution. I wanted a little anti-anxiety pill - but I had witnessed too many people addicted to those, and suffering.
So, the therapist tried to give me Prozac to take only the week before my cycle or whent things got a little too intense. This, too, did not work. I honestly started considering an hysterectomy and wondering if I was not experiencing premenopausal symptoms.
About this time, I started talking to Elisabeth Dunham. She told me that some cultures don’t even experience PMS or menopause because of their diets. That my crazies are due to the high toxic level of my body, and especially around my cycle – the toxins such as the heavy metals we breathe in every day are going through my liver with my hormones. Really? Hmmm? Sounds interesting.
And then something clicked. I realized I felt toxic. All jimmy jacked up on coffee going a million miles a minute trying to be an attorney, super mom, super step mom, super wife and going super crazy. So, I thought, why not give Elisabeth a try before I go get my insides cut out.
I signed up for Elisabeth’s health counseling. 40 years of habits don’t change overnight and sustained support was key for me. Rebellion dogs every step. What? Give up my favorite junk foods? No way! Are you kidding me? But I tried. Wow. Just making a few key changes – removing some of the toxic foods and adding in some of the nourishing foods - and I felt amazing changes with just that. But, I still tried to desperately hang on to the old habits - my body cried out for the old stuff, and NO, I would never give up coffee.
Over the last two years, I’m happy to say there has been an AMAZING TRANSFORMATION. I can’t believe I was going to surrender to the idea of that I was 42 and therefore going to be out of shape and exhausted all the time. After working with Elisabeth for the last two years, I feel better than I felt in college. I am 42, and I look HOT! Yes, I rocked the two-piece in Hawaii last year. No, did not go with g string, (you are welcome) but I felt great on the inside and it showed on the outside.
Slowly but surely, I have been cleaning up my diet with Elisabeth’s help and coaching. A major catalyst occurred, when Elisabeth turned me on to bentonite clay baths to help me detoxify myself at a cellular level. Yes, clay baths twice a wee reduced my toxic levels and reduced my PMS by 80% and eliminated my headaches, anxiety, fear, depression and premenopausal symptoms. Again, it was important to work with her for guidance on exactly how much clay to use and how long to stay in the bath but I built up over time and fully detoxified pollution from my body.
I am now free from all of it, except for maybe a day or two before my cycle like any other normal teenager has. (Also, clay baths eliminate hemorrhoids, soar joints, arthritis)
I feel amazing. No anti-depressants and no troublesome moods. Just a carefully created and easy-to-execute eating plan and a clay bath or poultice every week or so.
Thanks to the dietary changes and detox I feel so energized in my body I don’t drink coffee anymore today, which is a miracle, and I bounce out of bed at 6am. I am happy and blissful and focused at work. My adrenals are restored to child like state they were when I was a kid.
I have become so much more aware of what I put in my body. I am so blessed to live in a beautiful town with good water and great air. I try and get outside as much as possible and slow down . . . . I listen to my body, and I try to love me every day by feeding my body nutrient rich healthy food, and pass this on to my kids.
I work full time as an attorney, and I am trying to start a business on the side, and raise three children and be a wife. My plate is full. But, I know nothing is possible today without loving myself first. And, how do I do this? Simply by listening to my body and feeding it the nutrient rich food that Elisabeth has taught me about, and nurturing my body by detoxing and purifying with our natural clay bath products from mother earth. Life has never been so good!
I would never have been able to do any of these changes without the guide and assistance of Elisabeth. She first informed me in a gentle loving way of the problems, she made me aware, and helped me become conscious of lifestyle changes that could change my life for the better or worse. She gently guided me, but she was honest and direct. She is an amazing wealth of knowledge. Having gone through many life experiences herself and come through them to the other side, she knows from experience what it feels like to transcend your thoughts and your life. She is an amazing woman and such an inspiration.
I cannot think of a better way to allocate your resources than hiring Elisabeth to teach and guide you to make life affirming choices that are going to give you health and happiness. Don’t give another penny to the insurance companies or large medical corporations and drug companies until you have honestly and sincerely hired Elisabeth and applied her teachings to your life. You would if you loved yourself enough . . . and you are worth it!
-Jennifer Clifton, Bend Oregon
Shrinking Thyroid Tumors and Weight Loss!
Hi my name is Monica and six months ago I was diagnosed with 5 non-cancerous masses in my thyroid. My doctor said that it is very common to find growths in as many as 70% of women he sees who are over the age of 50. I wanted to shrink or dissolve all the growths by trying a change in my diet and a change in my mindset. The masses ranged in size from 5mm to 23mm.
A friend referred me to Elisabeth after she had such great success working with her. Elisabeth was very easygoing and comforting while listening and giving input into my nutritional needs. She was very prompt when calling and she was prepared to share the latest nutritional and medical information.
After working with Elisabeth for three months to remove unhealthy foods from my diet tests showed that the largest growth had shrunk by 3mm. The young doctor was a bit surprised but happy to see the results. I will continue to eat the foods Elisabeth suggested.
I am an agriculturalist and I always loved my meat and processed beef sticks, cheese and dairy but after watching "Forks Over Knives", and doing research into the food I consume, I have resolved to eat healthier foods. One of the perks to eating this way is that you will start to shed pounds over a couple of months. ‘
-Monica Bianchi, 51, Le Grande, CA
I met with Elisabeth the first time in September. I was sick and desperate. After being hospitalized twice for diverticulitis in as many months, I was losing hope of ever feeling good again. After our first meeting I had hope. Elisabeth had some suggestions that she assured me would have immediate results. And she was right! By the end of the week, I felt better than I had in months. After working with Elisabeth for three months, my health has continued to improve and I've even lost a few pounds, although not my main goal. With Elisabeth's support I have undertake a massive effort at mercury removal and heavy metal detox. Without her support and significant knowledge of nutrition and detoxification, I do not believe I would have started this journey.
-Julianne Quinn, Portland, Ore. Feeling Great in San Diego!
I have been powerfully inspired since I met Beth by her commitment to her own well being, and consequently mine:) I have had an immune/hep c issue for a long time and her counseling has kept me on a path of learning, willingness to keep trying new things (even when I want to give up) and positive attitude. We have a phone appointment biweekly and I feel like God has put her in my life to remind me to keep plugging away and staying positive. She loves what she does and her total commitment to me really comes through during our appointments. You are my health angel, Beth, and I recommend her services to anyone, as she really puts her whole heart into what she does. Love you, Beth.
-Richard Chisholm, San Diego
I am 66 years old and never felt more healthy, thanks to Elisabeth. I have been a lifelong vegetarian and thought I ate very healthy, which I did, but Elisabeth took my health to new awareness level. I now have a green drink every morning and feel stronger and less hungry then I ever did. Even though I was a vegetarian, I had slipped into not eating breakfast and munching on to many snacks when I got hungry. I had gained weight over the last ten tears so slowly that I was unaware of the pounds sneaking on. I have now lost a solid ten pounds and will continue on the program forever. This has given me a new beginning. Thanks Elisabeth.
-June Selis, Prineville, OR
No More PMS/Cramps and Feeling Wonderful
I sought Beth's help after a full year of gastric confusion. I had a seriously distended stomach, gas and remittent pain. I knew I needed to kick diet pop, eat more consistently, and clean up my diet, but I was not prepared for the amazing transformation I've experienced in just six months. A huge surprise - after 20 YEARS of monthly menstrual cramps, I NO LONGER HAVE THEM!!!My mind cleared and calmed down, my body calmed and felt peaceful instead of wirey, and I lost 10 pounds without even trying! Over the past months with Beth we have tracked my progress, identified key factors in my gastro and over health concerns, and CHANGED them. Within a week my stomach pain and bloating had been almost cut in half, and after two months, all of that was GONE. I have passed the craving point and now want healthy, nutritional food instead of crap or even mediocre options. I look forward to the lack on power food has in my life the way it used to - I see it as medicine and useful instead of a way to pass the time or satiate a never ending need of unknown origin. I am SO grateful for all that both food and Beth have given me. I feel so good these days and am surprised to see improvements weekly. THANK YOU!!! THEM! My mind cleared and calmed down, my body calmed and felt peaceful instead of wirey, and I lost 10 pounds without even trying! Over the past months with Beth we have tracked my progress, identified key factors in my gastro and over health concerns, and CHANGED them. Within a week my stomach pain and bloating had been almost cut in half, and after two months, all of that was GONE. I have passed the craving point and now want healthy, nutritional food instead of crap or even mediocre options. I look forward to the lack on power food has in my life the way it used to - I see it as medicine and useful instead of a way to pass the time or satiate a never ending need of unknown origin. I am SO grateful for all that both food and Beth have given me. I feel so good these days and am surprised to see improvements weekly. THANK YOU!!!My mind cleared and calmed down. My body calmed and felt peaceful instead of wirey, and I lost 10 pounds without even trying. Over the past months, Elisabeth and I have tracked my progress, identified and addressed key factors leading to my gastro problems and looked at and addressed my overall health concerns. Within a week my stomach pain and bloating had been almost cut in half, and after two months all of it was gone. I have passed the point of craving unhealthy foods and now want health, nutritional food instead of crap and other mediocre options. Food does not have the destructive power it used to have in my life. Now I look at it as medicine rather than a way to pass time or fill an emotional need. I am so grateful for all that Elisabeth has given me. I feel so good these days and am still surprised to see improvements weekly. Thank you!
-Joslin Larson, Portland, OR
What her other clients are saying:
Elisabeth is wonderful. She carefully guided me when I decided to improve my health through changing my nutrition. She educated me, supported me, and changed my life and health for the better. -David B. in Rochester, NY
After working with Elisabeth and making the simple dietary changes she suggested I noticed I had more stable, calm energy and far less PMS and menstrual cramps. In fact, now I have no menstrual cramps. I test my body�s PH level each day and it is always alkaline now. Changing my diet and bathing with the clay products also cleared up acne, which was a bonus! Thank you, Elisabeth! Carolyn Knutson, Portland -Carolyn K. in Portland, Oregon
Elisabeth taught me how to eat healthfully and lose weight, without ever feeling deprived. Over six weeks I lost 17 pounds. It's stayed off! Best of all, I have lots more energy and am actually looking forward to the holidays. Just a few simple changes have made a huge difference. -Sarah R. in Bend, Oregon
I got a terrible, terrible rash/eczema/psoriasis! I could not work. It was soo bad, bleeding and raw. I saw FIVE dermo drs! NO help at all. DRUGS and more topical creams. One call to Beth! 10 day GREEN JUICE cleanse, following her direction verbatim, I was HEALED. That has been 11 years ago and I have never looked back! My habits are long gone! She is a miracle worker! She changed my life! Thank you Beth! -Sonya H. in Palm Sprigs, CA
Working with Ellisabeth is an amazing experience! She is incredibly knowledgable, an active listener and a gentle guide. I was sick and miserable and she showed me what to do and helped me regain my health and vitality. She combined science, common sense and her own experience and used them to change my life! She is a consumate professional who I have used and recommend. -Genene C. in New Orleans, LA
Elisabeth changed my life! Before I met her, my body was in a daily struggle to just feel ok. I was completely nutritionally impoverished, over weight and stressed out. Now, I crave foods I would'nt even have considered eating before. I now eat living, whole foods that feed my body and my soul. It seems simple but is true that once I stopped surviving nutritionally I was able to really start living my whole life! -Scott F. in Portland, OR