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"Oh my lord.
I feel completely awesome in my body now!"
Oh my lord. I feel COMPLETELY AWESOME in my body now! I don’t think my weight has changed much, but the way I’m carrying it and enjoying it is the major change. I look forward to getting up, exercising, and getting dressed! I love the way my clothes feel and shopping for new styles. I no longer fear putting on a bikini, and love seeing photos of myself with so much physical liberation!
I feel more energetic and CONFIDENT! I feel more balanced and have the ability to strategize my time more efficiently. I’ve learned to not bite off more than I can chew (literally and figuratively). My stress level has diminished considerably. I’m in a realistically more positive mood. It’s not a surface happiness, it’s radiating from within.
I have noticed a distinct drop in cravings. When I do have one, I take the sacred pause and ask myself why I want that particular “thing”. If I do give in, I don’t carry guilt. This is another HUGE take-away from our work together.
The things I’ve been struggling with all my life no longer feel shameful or embarrassing. Realizing my challenges are not things that are wrong with me or parts of me that are broken, that they are gifts, things to learn from—this is one of the most comforting things Renee revealed to me.
–Amy Woloszyn | Graphic Designer | San Francisco, CA
"I'm not as anxious and stressed out over deciding what my body needs. I am eating more mindfully and don't feel deprived in anyway."
My work with Renee has been HUGE to help me really work on the places in which my suffering manifests as self-sabotage. I can’t thank her enough for the perspective and healing she helped me step in to. I'm feeling good in my body and am motivated to take care of myself because I have a strong sense of purpose and self-compassion. I'm not as anxious and stressed out over deciding what my body needs. I am eating more mindfully and don't feel deprived in anyway.
I now sleep wonderfully and feel refreshed and energized for the day. I'm definitely cooking more and eat at least two meals at home daily, which is a big step from a few months ago. I'm eating fresh food, and really as little processed foods as possible. And, I don't crave sugar and desserts as much anymore. I'm not as ashamed about my choices and actually own that I really enjoy food, just like everybody else. That's a wonderful feeling, full of ease and joy.
–Ashna Chowdury | Leadership Coach + Consultant | Dhaka, Bangladesh
"I no longer feel like I’m battling with my body.
I feel like my body and my mind are finally partners!"
Prior to working with Renee, I had very little appreciation of what my body did for me on a daily basis. I often underestimated its strength and definitely didn’t listen to the messages it was sending me. Over the past few months, I’ve come to recognize what my body is capable of and have worked to treat it with more respect. This has given me greater peace of mind, as I no longer feel like I’m battling with my body. I feel like my body and my mind are finally partners!
I make much more conscious food choices today as I’ve become wise to what really makes me feel good, and what does not. My digestion changes have been the most transformational aspects of working together. My digestion used to be erratic and unpredictable; I’m now very regular and have little to no bloat.
During stressful times at work, I used to crave wine or ice cream at the end of the day, but by taking time for myself and getting more rest, I was able to find satisfaction in other ways. I also used to have very strong caffeine and salty snack cravings in the afternoon but was able to entirely eliminate them!
My physical activity is incredibly more consistent and my energy level is much more constant throughout the day, rather than the severe highs and lows I used to experience. This makes my daily life much more productive and my mood much happier!
I am more comfortable in my body and feel my mind and body are better aligned. I have surprisingly lost a little over 5 pounds. I find this surprising because it’s been a very natural process, without thinking about being on “a diet.”
Lastly, working through these various issues has brought me closer to my partner, as he has supported me and participated on this journey.
–Nicole M. | Consultant | San Francisco, CA
"Renee has helped me break my lifelong cycle of dieting and unhealthy eating. I now get so much more pleasure from eating and am much less obsessive about food."
Working with Renee has helped me break my lifelong cycle of dieting and unhealthy eating. I now get so much more pleasure from eating and am much less obsessive about food. I eat a more balanced diet, eat more regularly, enjoy eating what I want, and don’t just eat to eat nearly as often. I am not as hungry, snack less and eat more mindfully. My digestion has improved and my skin and hair feel and look healthier.
I’m eating less sugar and starch and have much fewer cravings. I no longer have afternoon sugar crashes or collapse on the couch after work from fatigue. I am sleeping much better and getting an adequate amount of sleep more often--this has made a big difference. When I don’t get enough sleep, I am much more aware about using food and caffeine as an energy substitute and tend to do it less.
I now cook more, shop smarter, stock my kitchen better, and am experimenting more with new foods and recipes. As a result, I’m saving money.
I have much more energy, which makes it easier to be more social, make home improvements, and get up for my 6 a.m. boot camp class. My mood is much better and I’m experiencing less mood swings. Lastly, I am enjoying the compliments I’m receiving.
–Theresa | Marketing Specialist | San Francisco, CA
"If you are looking for someone to help you make a healthy, long-term change to the way you look at yourself, your body, and food, Renee is your person!"
If you are looking for someone to help you make a healthy, long-term change to the way you look at yourself, your body, and food, Renee is your person!
I can't even being to tell you how helpful my sessions with Renee have been. Now, having been about 9 months removed from my work with her, I can whole-heartedly say, her work is long lasting.
I would echo everything that has been said in previous reviews. She is someone who is unforgettable. She listens to you, validates your feelings, and makes individualized, chunked plans to help you reach your goals. For me, she helped me learn how to love myself and my body. She taught me how to find balance in my life, how to enjoy eating without being obsessive about counting calories or losing weight. We also did work on looking at products I was putting on my body or using to clean my apartment, and how they were affecting my health.
Renee helped me realize the importance of enjoying life now. Working with her is an experience that will stick with you for the rest of your life. I think about things Renee and I talked about often, and I know that what she has taught me will always be in the back of my head. Not only is Renee great while you are in sessions with her, but she also follows up with you and keeps in contact with you after you finish working with her. She is extremely thoughtful, and I am eternally grateful for our work together.
–Lisa S. | Coach + Teacher | San Francisco, CA
"I've worked with personal trainers. I've attempted short-lived juice cleanses. I've tried high intensity home workouts. Nothing has come close to matching the long-term impact Renee has had on my health and well-being."
I will never forget Renee. Unfortunately, I only had 8 sessions with her, mainly because I'm moving to another country and couldn't commit to more than that during my transition. If I can, I'd love to work with her again (she does do Skype sessions).
Renee brought an immense amount of calm into my life as a result of our 8 sessions together. She taught me how to listen to my breath. She taught me that beauty is so much more multi-dimensional than the physical. She helped me focus on what nourishes me most in life (i.e. creativity, relationships, career, etc.) so as to not obsess over food and exercise. She taught me how to listen to my body - its hunger, its pain, its anxiety, its gifts and hints.
I've worked with personal trainers. I've attempted short-lived juice cleanses. I've tried high intensity home workouts. Nothing has come close to matching the long-term impact Renee has had on my health and well-being. Renee has helped me shift my mindset, as well as my relationship with food and my body, and I am eternally grateful to her for that.
–Paloma Aelyon | Storyteller + Founder, DoveStory.org | San Francisco, CA + New Zealand
"Renee helped me to get rid of labeling any of my actions around food as 'bad' and she encouraged me to be curious about my patterns instead of judgmental."
I asked the universe for a compassionate "nutritionist" and Renee was the answer.
Renee has a healing and warm energy. I felt cared for the minute I met her.
About a year after having my son, I continued to eat comfort food and in large quantities. I first sought the help of a different nutritionist here in the city, and she spoke to me in a shaming way. Yikes. I knew at that moment that I needed someone who would honor MY decision to change and encourage me versus punish me.
And that is when I asked the universe to help me find a "compassionate nutritionist".
I found Renee on Yelp and felt she was the one. I was right.
Renee helped me to get rid of labeling any of my actions around food as "bad" and she encouraged me to be curious about my patterns instead of judgmental. When I confessed to her some of my habits, she responded with "it sounds like you had a need and were doing your best to take care of yourself."
This sentiment would go on to lay the foundation of my work with Renee. She helped me to see that true change can never come from a place of negative self-talk or feeling guilty for my behaviors. Instead, we focused on love of myself and love of my body. From there, self care and nutrition can flow. It makes so much sense, but it is so antithetical to our culture and the way we discipline ourselves into short-term gains.
My last session with Renee was about a month ago. But, I have continued to take away her encouragement to investigate instead of blame and to be gentle and kind to myself. I feel with this foundation, I will never look at food or exercise in the same black/white and good/bad way again. And, my experience with this change shows me it is a truth that lasts and continues to provide positive results.
–Jessica B. | Senior Director | San Francisco, CA
"Renee's individualized, thoughtful approach to eating, body, and life has changed my life in these few short months."
When I first looked at Renee's website, I was worried about the holistic approach and was worried she'd make me do yoga. I just wanted to focus on the food. After over 4 months of working with her, however, I would recommend Renee to everyone! Many reviewers here have written very eloquently about their positive experiences, and my experience mirrors those. She did not make me do yoga, but a holistic approach was really what I (and I think all of us) need.
Renee's individualized, thoughtful approach to eating, body, and life has changed my life in these few short months. She is very generous with her time and our work was tailored to me and what I needed. This is not a diet and Renee doesn't try to sell you anything. It is more like therapy for how you approach food and body issues, as well as the rest of your life. I pretty much thought of her as my health and wellness coach. It has been hard work and like everything, you get out what you put in, but the reward is worth it.
I'm not going to say that 20 years of disordered eating is gone after 4 months of working with Renee, but I'm well on my way to an unencumbered relationship with food, and for that I am forever indebted to Renee. Please go see her, or at least have a free initial consultation and get a feel for her style and approach. You will not regret it!
–Meredith Z. | Environmental Consultant | Oakland, CA
"Renee was my Sacagawea on the 12-week journey to control my eating and drinking habits and bring more power back to my everyday life."
Renee was my Sacagawea on the 12-week journey to control my eating and drinking habits and bring more power back to my everyday life.
She was able to make wise connections on the fly between things that were going on in my life and the ideas that I had about them. A lot of these connections represented revelations that had the effect of diffusing chronic bad habits almost immediately--habits that I'd tried to break a thousand other ways before. As a result, I am absolutely more effective in my personal and professional life and I feel better in my body, too.
I reached most of my (many) goals and feel more balanced in my life. I also know myself better now, which makes all the difference when trying to make major changes.
One major breakthrough that Renee helped me through was to realize how sleep, or rather the lack of sleep, was having such a universal effect on me and my ability to both control unhealthy urges and identify unhealthy patterns of behavior. As we progressed, I made it a point to get more sleep and realized that a lot of the bad behavior went away. I also was better at noticing what was going on with me.
As a testament to the term "holistic" to describe her approach, we identified unhealthy communication patterns and internal storytelling that were leading to unsuccessful and often contentious work relationships. She armed me with some really useful tools to help me parse that stuff.
One thing I really liked about Renee's approach was that she actually does the work around your particular issues. She'll research things and dig into it, often giving very good tools and ideas to work with as a result.
I would unreservedly recommend her to anyone who feels they could use a wise guide to get to that place that they want to be. Whatever your path, she knows the terrain.
–Todd A. | Chief Creative Officer | San Francisco, CA
"The best gift I've given myself in quite a long time."
It has been over 4 months since my first session with Renee and I've so far lost 20 pounds by making changes that are easy for me to commit to and are sustainable. Thankfully, none of these changes included me going on a diet or depriving myself.
Renee is way more gifted than that.
She believes that hunger is not limited to what your stomach feels, so she worked with me to identify key areas in my life that needed nourishment. This was very valuable to me then and now and I believe it will continue to be so moving forward.
My sessions and exercises with Renee were always very introspective, challenging and intense yet I looked forward to each one. I walked away from each interaction with a little bit more hope, confidence, and clarity. Renee broke down my big challenges into little actionable items and in a timeline that worked for me.
The most valuable take-away I can share from my experience with Renee is knowing I didn't need to go very far in my journey to succeed and that I have everything I need to be healthier: I simply need to pause, look inward, and listen.
The opportunity to work with Renee is definitely the best gift I've given myself in quite a long time.
-Carlo Iyog | Workplace Developer + Photographer | San Francisco, CA
"To say that Renee is like having your own support system / champion / greatest cheerleader is putting it lightly."
Renee is one of the things that made 2014 such an impactful year for me. I have to believe that she crossed my path for a reason and I feel so blessed that I was able to work with her.
I met her at one of her Sugar Craving talks. I really liked what her talk was about and even though I knew quite a bit about fitness and nutrition, I thought it might be a good idea to meet with her. I scheduled the preliminary consultation and knew from that very first call that she was someone who would help me "see the light" about so many things.
To say that Renee is like having your own support system / champion/ greatest cheerleader is putting it lightly... :)
It's hard to summarize all that I learned from Renee but I would say that I could lump it into these categories:
- Nutrition: Learning about healthier eating -- incorporating greens into my diet on a regular basis and slowing down to enjoy my food. Non-distracted eating was the most helpful. I never realized how 'bad' I was with reading/texting while I was eating my meals.
- Growth: The biggest area for change is seeing how much one can grow. My personal growth in the time since I met Renee has grown leaps and bounds. I never realized how much I had to work on until we began speaking. It's really been eye opening and the talks have helped so much.
- Acceptance: Learning to accept reality as it is. Learning that one can love themselves even if their shape is not ideal. No more "should have's." I live in "I should have" and wasn't even aware until she pointed it out. I really never could come to a place of acceptance had I not realized what had been holding me back.
Thanks to Renee and this year of growth, I seem to be happier and more at peace. Maybe I'm still not at my ideal weight but at least I'm starting to be in a place of acceptance. I've gained so much more that it would be fine to stay the same weight with the knowledge and understanding I have now.
You are so much more empowered knowing about acceptance, self-compassion, and incorporating gratitude into your daily life that I wouldn't trade that for a few pounds.
–Jamie | HR Professional | San Francisco, CA
"Her holistic approach has positively affected my career, relationships, spirituality, work-life balance and home environment."
Renee is such a rock star! I worked with her for about a year on a nutrition plan that would support my health changes. She supported me as I had to move to a gluten-free diet and beyond that she guided me to address a lot of holistic health and well-being issues.
She is one of the most approachable, caring professionals I have ever met. She loves what she does and you can see that in her commitment, knowledge and ability to receive the client every time in a deep way. She balances the science, and has a very holistic approach to her practice beyond pure nutrition. She made it feel simple while complex and was there for me every time I needed support and guidance.
What I got out of the experience:
Healthy food choices to support overall health and special dietary needs. Cooking tips and targeted weekly grocery shopping list have supported my overall health in a way I though was not possible (I wish I would have taken a before and after picture of my fridge and could post it here)
I have completely changed my cooking and eating out/travel meal habits to support my optimal health
All this has had very positive affect on my energy, mood and even relationships (now people around me are excited to try new things and support me on this journey while getting benefits from it through my cooking)
Renee supported me in looking at all aspects of my life beyond pure nutrition. Her holistic approach has positively affected my career, relationships, spirituality, work-life balance and home environment
I am so grateful that I found Renee and it has been such a blessing to work with her. I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for support in this area but who is willing to work with her to make it happen. She can't do it for you :).
With deep gratitude--thank you Renee!
–Siru Niemi | Professional Development Manager | San Francisco, CA
"One of the most fulfilling and empowering experiences I’ve had in a long time."
Working with Renee these past four months has been one of the most fulfilling and empowering experiences I’ve had in a long time.
One of my biggest insights was when Renee helped me realize that planning could be my friend and that I do need to spend time planning what I’m going to eat. I have been so resistant to planning in the past, but I realized that I can plan my food with the same thoughtfulness and attention that I use when planning what I’m going to wear or how I’m going to get somewhere. Now that I see it, it seems so like “duhhhh” but I wasn't able to see it until Renee pointed it out so skillfully.
Another great accomplishment of our work together is that now my partner and I go to the Farmers’ Market every Sunday. This has become one of the highlights of our week. When we come back, we prep all the vegetables we buy and make a big pot of soup for the week ahead; this is one of the ways in which planning for the week became much easier for me.
I’ve also stopped drinking diet soda and crave sweets less in the afternoon. Renee helped me understand that including protein in my meals will help my energy stay up longer. So I started to have an apple with almond butter for my afternoon snack; it’s delicious, it fulfills my sweet craving, and it help me feel satisfy until dinnertime. I used to call sodas "my fun drink" because I didn't like drinking water. Renee taught me that I can have fun flavoring my water with fresh fruit and herbs. So far, my favorites are mint water or mint and strawberry water—really delicious and, needless to say, much better than sodas.
I feel lighter in my body and lost 7 pounds, which was a very pleasant surprise as I had not weighed myself for four months. This makes me feel very hopeful that it is possible to actually lose weight after spending so much time thinking I would never be able to. I’ve learned that I can appreciate my body as it is, rather than always wanting it to be different. In fact, I created and performed a theatre piece based on body acceptance that was well received by women and men alike.
Before this program, I was exercising in a very aggressive way. Every exercise form I've ever tried was always tainted with the expectation that it would make me lose weight. So after trying for some time and realizing my weight wasn't changing, I would think it wasn't a good exercise for me and would try something else. Now, I’m not doing nearly as much exercise and I’ve started to integrate morning walks. This has helped me see that exercise can be something I do for enjoyment, and not just be a way to lose weight. It has also helped me enjoy and appreciate life more and be gentler with myself.
This program also helped me with my creativity and personal growth. And, it indirectly helped my partner as well.
I appreciate Renee so much for every single minute she spent listening to, feeling, containing, protecting, guiding and helping me. More than anything, Renee has been a mirror for me—a mirror that reflected back to me my long lost confidence in myself.
Thank you Renee, so much!
–Mery Miguez | Actress | San Francisco, CA
"Working with Renee was an excellent investment in my future health and well-being."
Working with Renee was an excellent investment in my future health and well-being. I met Renee at a talk she gave about reducing sugar in your diet. I had just tried the latest fad around the office, cold turkey eliminating all processed carbs, and was unhappy that I couldn't stay with it. She was able to provide a series of small steps that accomplished larger goals that weren't so extreme and fit much better into my lifestyle.
I learned to elevate the ingredients in my food, rely on the local farmers market, avoid healthy looking snacks that were dense in calories, and tailor healthy habits into my life. I also realized how much stress negatively affected my weight, so we created strategies for more white space at work so I could have time to focus on my healthier diet. It helped me to understand that more than just food nourishes you. Not only did my eating and health improve, but that of my partner and co-workers around me.
I was really lucky to have Renee as a guiding force in helping me to be healthier and happier.
–Miles Berger | Pricing Strategy Manager | San Francisco, CA
"Now that I’m in tune with my body’s needs,
I see that perfection was there all along."
Renee’s program has taken me from a place where I was sad to be me, desperate to attain externally acquired goals, and pressing the mute button on my true self. Through her program, I have discovered that ultimately, the best person to listen to about my health, nutrition and physical state is myself. The truth lies within. Knowing that, I no longer feel desperate to attain a goal that I sourced from the outside (lose 10 lbs., eat paleo).
I’m definitely more attune to the needs of my body when it comes to nutrition and food. Not only have I started listening to myself when making nutritional choices, I’ve also started listening to myself when making choices elsewhere in my life—social life, finances, sleep, activity, work—and trusting my decisions.
I’ve given up being a critic of my body and instead am grateful for what it gives me and allows me to do. I used to strive for an external perception of “perfection,” which is why I saw so many flaws. Now that I’m in tune with my body’s needs, I see that perfection was there all along.
I’m not only excited by life, but I’m enjoying being present in my body. Part of this new zest for being alive is that I’m awakened inside. Since I’m giving my body what it asks for, I hardly feel depleted anymore. I feel satisfied, well rested, strong and grounded.
I couldn’t feel more accomplished coming out of this program. It has truly changed the way I look at life and the way I listen to myself. Life has been so much more rich, flavorful, truthful, and eye-opening since I learned to listen to my body and my soul. Renee is a huge part of that, and I thank her so much for her guidance and loving kindness!
–Kaeli Bainbridge | Actress, Baker + Recruiter | San Francisco, CA
"Everyone keeps asking me what
I’m doing to look so good."
Everyone keeps asking me what I’m doing to look so good. I tell them it’s all thanks to my health coach Renee. With her support, I lost 20 pounds, started running for the first time in 22 years, enjoy cooking and eating more, snack better, and have more energy and focus. My mood is much better, headaches and backaches are rare, and I'm less stressed and irritable.
I feel empowered and am more in tune with myself emotionally, spiritually, physically and mentally.
–Kris Atkins | Master Gardener | Omaha, NE
Click here to read an inspiring interview on Kris amazing transformation. Distance is not a limiting factor! Kris achieved these awesome results as a phone client living 1,677 miles from me.
"I’m more relaxed, happier and focused on enjoying my life rather than the continual weight and diet issues that consumed me prior to doing this work."
I’m more relaxed, happier and focused on enjoying my life rather than the continual weight and diet issues that consumed me prior to doing this work. This has spilled over into my personal and business relationships as I’m less stressed and more able to roll with things.
My weight has gone down a bit, but I feel more comfortable in my body. By focusing on the strength of my body and what it's able to do, I’ve become less focused on weight and the things that are wrong. This has really changed from how wrapped up I was in diets and fitness programs. I’m now more focused on health, self-care and how I feel in my body. I am spending more time doing activities I enjoy and really focusing on my friends, family and what's going on around me rather than the strict diet mentality I had before.
I've learned to listen to my body, feed it healthy whole foods when it's hungry and distinguish emotional eating for what it is. I further learned to be the compassionate observer when I do have an emotional eating incident and to continue to learn from it.
My 3pm sugar cravings are pretty much gone now. I have more energy and no more digestive issues. My mood is more upbeat and calm, and I’m enjoying a lot more home-cooked food. Plus, my relationship with my husband has improved as we’re spending more time together cooking, sharing meals and working out.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Renee. The suggestions and tips she provided were right on target and directed me toward more self-awareness and significantly improved self-care.
–Jennifer S. | Attorney | San Francisco, CA
"It’s been amazing to see my goals come true
without it feeling like work!"
Renee taught me the importance of eating with presence. Since working with her, I've become more mindful. I eat with pleasure and in a much slower, more meditative state. I am more aware of portion size, my digestion has improved and I lost six pounds.
All my breakfasts, lunches and snacks are now prepared at home and 80% of my dinners are now home cooked. I now try lots of new vegetables, love cooking new recipes with seasonal ingredients, and have replaced my Lean Cuisine frozen entrees with healthy, yummy homemade frozen dinners. On top of all this, I moved to a new city, landed a new job, auditioned for a play, and began singing lessons.
Renee helped me get focused and clarify what I want from my life. I’ve realized the Universe is listening and responds favorably when I get clear. By setting small goals in our sessions, I've found it's so much easier to accomplish my larger goals. It’s been amazing to see my goals come true without it feeling like work!
–Julie Kuwabara | Creative Technical Producer + Actress | San Francisco, CA
Click here to learn more about how Julie fired up her kitchen and her life!
"I am clearer now on how food is feeding some of my emotions and how being hard on myself is not going to give me my desired results."
I appreciated Renee’s broad knowledge of many different teachings. She is a compassionate witness and listener and has a great way of bringing insight to situations. Powerful aha moments were revealed on every call as we explored my relationship with pleasure, perfectionism, relaxation, family, food and my body.
By working with Renee, I learned how it feels to have someone there for me, guiding me back to myself. I am clearer now on how food is feeding some of my emotions and how being hard on myself is not going to give me my desired results. Self-compassion, self-love and self-acceptance are the way to a trustful, peaceful and relaxed relationship with my body and my being. I am feeling better in my body and more grateful for what it enables me to do, like garden, hike with friends and walk with my beloved dog. It was a real pleasure working with Renee and I look forward to future collaborations.
–Anne McPherson | Entrepreneur | Mason, WA
"If you're craving for a way to reduce your food cravings, look no further than Renee."
"If you're craving for a way to reduce your food cravings, look no further than Renee. With steely patience, she worked with me to weed through the areas of my life that prohibited me from eating mindfully. In the process, I learned about healthy foods (who knew that kale could be so yummy!), the lost art of chewing, and the vital importance of owning a hot water bottle. All these things and more continue to influence my daily life and now, through the weeds, some vibrant flowers have emerged.
–Stephanie Engelsen | Marketing Director | San Francisco, CA
"I sleep better, have more energy, and my mood is more even. I feel more active and less weighed down by my food choices."
When I started the program, I was making 10% of my meals at home. Now I cook (from whole foods) 90% of my meals. My goal was 80%. I feel way more in control. My boyfriend and I have enjoyed cooking healthy dishes together. I have saved money and know that my meals were made with love and compassion.
My greens, beans and lentils intake increased, and my sugary drinks, dairy and meat consumption decreased. My digestion is better for this. I sleep better, have more energy, and my mood is more even. I feel more active and less weighed down by my food choices.
The meetings were full of information. I really appreciated the knowledge you shared. I liked being held accountable by the group and listening to everyone’s experiences. I could see myself so much in the other ladies and that enabled me to extend more compassion to them and myself.
–Suzanne Watson | Project Manager | Oakland, CA
"I went from preparing about four meals at home
a week to 15-18 meals."
It’s been really important for me to learn to evaluate my cravings, eat more slowly and consciously, get regular amounts of sleep, consume more protein to keep my energy levels more consistent, and establish more of a routine.
I now consistently eat three meals a day when I can and snack a lot less. I went from preparing about four meals at home a week to 15-18 meals. I’m also paying more attention to why I’m craving things and seek alternative ways to nourish myself.
Before we started meeting, I was doing little to no exercise. Now I get some sort of physical activity in every day and often meet friends for a hike instead of meeting at a restaurant.
I’ve seen the most change with my energy level, and I think it’s due both to diet and exercise, and even more so to having more of a regular routine in my life. All this has made me more grounded and less stressed, and I’m much more productive in my work and home life.
–Hannah Berman | Artist | Berkeley, CA
"I used to think about how what I put into my mouth affected my weight. Now I am more interested in
how it affects my health."
Since working with Renee I now think a lot differently about food. I used to think about how what I put into my mouth affected my weight. Now I am more interested in how it affects my health.
I am drinking more water, eating a more nutritious breakfast, taking healthy snacks to work, and saving money by eating leftovers for lunch. I no longer crave coffee midday or ice cream after dinner. I can feel the difference when my diet is good and when it is bad. I never noticed this difference before because I was never really eating clean consistently.
I feel more confident about my family’s nutrition, which is a huge concern of mine, especially with another little one on the way. We’re eating less processed and more organic foods and lots of different veggies. I now often plan our meals around veggies instead of meat. I prepare about 80% of our meals at home and am using a lot more flavorful sauces and spices. I feel better physically and mentally when my family doesn’t eat out as much. I no longer call my best friend and ask her what I should make for dinner; I am building my own repertoire. Yay!
Lastly, my work-life balance is much better. I stopped working after dinner, which has given me more time to spend with my husband and daughter.
–Tamyra Bugarin | Personal Trainer | San Francisco, CA
"I used to crave foods constantly, but now
my cravings aren’t as strong. I actually crave
sautéed greens sometimes!"
I really enjoyed working with Renee; she has great energy and enthusiasm. She really cares about her clients and is passionate about her work.
Thanks to Renee I have become more aware of how and what I eat. I have returned to cooking and eating more at home. I now cook with a lot more veggies and spices, eat less processed foods and have a more environmentally friendly diet. Trying different and new foods has expanded my choices and given me healthier alternatives. When I eat well, especially home-cooked food, I feel more satisfied and am in a better mood.
I used to crave foods constantly, but now my cravings aren’t as strong. I have discovered I’m not as interested in baked goods or sweetened coffee drinks. I actually crave sautéed greens sometimes!
Renee motivated me to try new recipes and to start going to our local farmers’ markets regularly to get really fresh produce. She also encouraged me to explore various volunteering options, find exercise that I like to do, spend more time outdoors, take walks to de-stress, and record my daily intentions. I’ve dusted off my bike, returned to yoga and alleviated some of my back pain.
The program I did with Renee was more than just an adjustment to my diet, it was a review of many aspects of my life that affected my overall health. Then we tried to integrate changes based on this wider set of data for a more fulfilling result. I would highly recommend working with Renee for anyone really interested in learning how to improve their life through food, exercise and health.
–Andy Webster | Animator | San Francisco, CA
"Without much effort at all I was able to cut my [sugar] intake waaayyyy down, which seems to have diminished my cravings completely!"
I attended one of Renee's 'Sugar Talks' thinking that I basically knew all the evils of sugar and that I would walk away still struggling with my real problem: willpower. Renee had so many insights about how sugar sneaks into your diet and keeps you craving that without much effort at all I was able to cut my intake waaayyyy down, which seems to have diminished my cravings completely!
I have friends telling me that I look more vibrant and my skin looks better and honestly, I have to attribute it to this one hour talk and the changes it inspired in me. Seriously Renee, thank you sooo much! You are a life changer!
–Sarah Reed | Pilates Trainer + Body Worker | Oakland, CA
"I've explored a lot of fun options for exercise from hula hooping to stand-up paddle boarding. My body responded in kind. I'm wearing pants that were in the back of the closet for 15 years."
I first attended Renee's sugar workshop a year ago. I didn't think of myself as someone who ate a lot of sugar, nor did I want to give it up. I'd been making slow progress losing weight by cooking more, eating vegetables and whole grains, and exercising regularly. As a result of Renee's talk, I considerably reduced sugar and no longer crave it.
Since I joined her Eat Clean group program last fall, I've lost 25 pounds. At first, it was barely a trickle but I stuck with it.
I look at food differently thanks to Renee's workshop and guidance. I've significantly revamped my diet focusing on energy and portion size, not deprivation.
More importantly, I've explored a lot of fun options for exercise from hula hooping to stand-up paddleboarding. My body responded in kind. I'm wearing pants that were in the back of the closet for 15 years.
Renee is great listener and a supportive, positive guide wherever you are in your journey. Thank you Renee for the support and change in attitude.
–Diana Wynne | Writer, Software Designer + World Traveler | San Francisco, CA
"I’m achieving the success I’ve been yearning for.
I am more in tune with what my body is telling me and feel better than I have in years both physically and mentally."
Identifying my energy busters was eye opening! Now that I’ve kicked the negative energy busters out of my life and allowed more positive energies in, I’m more productive at work and more positive in my personal life.
By focusing on one or two strategies at a time, I’m achieving the success I’ve been yearning for. I am more in tune with what my body is telling me and feel better than I have in years both physically and mentally. I have even started a regular exercise routine again!
–Megan Kipling | Marketing Manager | Omaha, NE
"It’s great to see you can make small changes over time that make a big difference."
I’m paying more attention to the food I have been buying and the food that is available. It’s great to see you can make small changes over time that make a big difference. The tools and information that were shared are very empowering. I’m extremely grateful to you, Renee. This was a wonderful gift.
–Bart Duncan | Executive Director | San Francisco, CA
"Renee makes eating healthy so easy. I have changed my diet completely as well as my family’s."
I have learned so many things I had never heard of or thought about doing. Renee makes eating healthy so easy. I have changed my diet completely as well as my family’s—they don’t even realize how good and healthy they are eating now! I really enjoyed working with Renee and I feel so much better about myself. Happy and healthy thanks to Renee.
–Nuala D. | Flight Attendent | San Francisco, CA
"She opened my eyes to an incredible reality."
She opened my eyes to an incredible reality: MY FAMILY CONSUMES WAY TOO MUCH SUGAR! I highly recommend her workshop.
–Lisa Hansen | Interior Designer | San Antonio, TX
"I can transfer the immense amount of mental energy I exert each and every day around food into a gentle and constant questioning of what it is my body really wants and needs."
The workshop definitely met my expectations. Lots of great knowledge that I’ll have for the rest of my life. Cravings are our body’s natural signal that something is off-kilter. Very interesting way to consider cravings.
I hope to be able to closely examine the link between my daily habits and moods to cravings. What is it I really want? I can transfer the immense amount of mental energy I exert each and every day around food into a gentle and constant questioning of what it is my body really wants and needs. Thanks a million. This is so wonderful.
–Kate Gagnon | Editor | San Francisco, CA
"Sharing the shame and powerlessness we sometimes feel about sugar made me feel more OK and normal."
Renee’s sugar workshop exceeded expectations. The interactive part was stimulating. Sharing the shame and powerlessness we sometimes feel about sugar made me feel more OK and normal. Very good workshop. I’m glad I did it.
–Dave H. | San Francisco, CA
"Before, I could not eat just one--
it would have to be the entire item."
It's been an incredible way for me to see how much I indulged in candy and chocolate. Before, I could not eat just one--it would have to be the entire item. Now that I know the ratio of grams to teaspoons, it makes me pause before eating "just one." Since the workshop, I'm now paying more attention to why I crave certain things. Renee made all the difference. She is healthy and inspirational about eating good food.
–Annabelle Herrera | Interior Designer | San Francisco, CA
"I made dietary changes pretty much immediately."
I made dietary changes pretty much immediately after the first class.
–J.P. Walsh | Marketing Consultant | San Francisco, CA