Texas Tour: Houston’s Stephanie Merchant–a Green Smoothie Transformation
Stephanie was smack on the front row in Houston, a gorgeous tiny little mom who has lost 50 lbs. doing green smoothies. (Check out her before-and-after photos!)
Her husband was with her, and Stephanie said he’s gone from “couch potato to marathon runner.” Stephanie told me that despite the oohs and aaahs about how she looks, “What happened is more on the inside than on the outside!” I believe she would endorse my statement that a change in fuel impacts your emotional and psychological health as much as your physical health.
Here’s her story:
Since Green Smoothie Girl was so pivotal in my own transformation, it is poetic that I now get to share my story here with Robyn and her readers.
Just a few short years ago, I was overworked, overstressed, and overweight. I was living in a daze and life was not joyful. I was headed in the wrong direction and I was bringing my family with me. I had to hit rock bottom before I decided to make any changes. I was a junk food junkie, not spending much time in the kitchen and never shopping in the produce section.
I had already tried diet pills, the no-carb diet, boxed food delivered in the mail, and counting points. I knew that I did not need a temporary diet, I needed a permanent change. I learned about a Raw Foods lifestyle and my interest was piqued. However, there was one major problem. I really did not like eating vegetables.
I soon discovered that I could drink them instead. I am a visual learner, so I hit YouTube to learn more. And voilÃ – I discovered Green Smoothie Girl. I soon bought some fruits and veggies and pulled out my 15 year old blender and went to town. I LOVED them! Before long I purchased a Vitamix and decided that I would replace 2 meals a day with green smoothies and incorporate more whole foods into my diet.
Magical things happened! As my diet cleaned up, my head cleared. The weight was coming off (50 lbs total) and I was feeling really good. The fog had lifted. I decided that I was not going to return to my legal career. I had a new passion for everything associated with health and wellness. I researched more, and the more I learned, the more I wanted to share with others.
This led me to enroll at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I am now working as a Health Coach and a Raw Food Chef and have a new zest for life! I became “The Nutrition Mom” and my message is “Simple-Healthy-Solutions.” Eating does not have to be so complicated. Let’s bring it back to basics.
I coach others to take one step at a time. I feel so blessed to not only teach people about proper nutrition, but to go on the journey with them. I meet them where they are and give them the support that they need along the way. It’s a beautiful journey.
Thank you Robyn, for sharing your message. You have set me, and so many others, on a new path and I am forever grateful.
Stephanie Merchant, Health Coach