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Dr. Goodman comments on my Weight Loss Journey

Michael Roberge walks the talk. He has found a way that works for him to lose weight, lower his blood pressure and have less inflammation – all without medication!

Mike came to my office frustrated at having to take medication to lower his blood pressure. He also weighed more than he was used to and wanted to.

Mike is a high achieving, successful businessman and will do what it takes as long as he is given appropriate advice. He just needed the right key to open the door to better health.

I did with Mike what I do and have done with hundreds of other patients: measured his resting metabolic rate, along with his body fat percentage, weight, blood pressure and other vital statistics. I also asked Mike what other weight loss approaches he had tried. Finally, I ordered blood work for Mike to show his cholesterol, blood sugar, insulin and thyroid levels. With the information from the metabolic test , body fat and weight numbers, I developed an eating and lifestyle plan for Mike which he has followed faithfully. He has exceeded my expectations and I am very gratified with his success. He has lost weight and fat, his blood pressure has normalized, and his energy is up. I know Mike will stick with it and continue to get healthier. He is a pleasure to have as a patient.

I encourage all who have landed on this site to read the information Mike puts up here. You will benefit from it to the degree you implement these changes in your life. Don’t wait to feel better!

In Health,

Dr. Jonathan Goodman, ND

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Readers that are starting the same journey and would like to share their story and or pics can have the opportunity to post them here. Send to me and I will insert them to help inspire visitors to this site.

Post Pending Jenn (my daughter) who has her own story to tell

Tammy is below:

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Food Allergies Cause Overweight

Hi, I am Tammy. 

I would like to inspire others to find their answers to their sicknesses and ailments just as I have found mine.
If I can reach just one person out there to do the same, then I have done my job. I promise you, it is worth the read!

I am a working mother of a beautiful 5 year old daughter who keeps me extremely busy and I have a wonderful husband that I couldn’t live without.

My journey started almost two years ago in June 2014, after I received the results of some blood work that told my doctor (PCP) I should probably go see a Rheumatologist because they thought I could have Arthritis or Lupus. Lupus!! Now, some people would say that me refusing to go see a Rheumatologist was stupid. Well, let me tell you why it was not…

After hearing that news, I decided I was going to start losing weight again. So, I did… On my own, I started losing weight by changing one habit at a time. And it worked! I lost 30 pounds all on my own. No fad diets and not by working out like the Biggest Loser. But then I got stuck and I would gain a little and lose a little. I needed another little push to keep working towards my goal…

THIS IS WHERE MY REAL JOURNEY BEGAN…

A week before my 40th birthday this year, I made a decision to go see a Naturopath (just so happens my father made his decision two weeks before me, so I knew a guy, lol). All I was looking for was some more advice on their techniques for losing weight and to find out what I was doing wrong. But what I got from him was so much more than I ever expected. I admit, it was a lot to take in at first… but the results are amazing!

After doing a metabolic test, the first thing he told me was that I burned 2,333 calories AT REST (without exercise) per day!! WHAT??!! I looked at him and said, then why the heck do I still look like this?? I certainly don’t eat that many calories in a day… but I was eating the wrong things (the wrong things for me at least).

He put me on a low carb, high protein diet. I lost 6 pounds the first week, and then another 4 pounds for a 10 pound weight loss in the first 3 weeks! Yes, I know, the first 10 pounds are the easiest because it is mostly water weight. But it kept melting off. And I am still not going crazy on the working out. Yes, I walk about 15 minutes on the treadmill 4 or 5 days a week. But I am not going crazy. I will do a little planking and push ups, crunches and leg lifts only to tone because the weight is coming off so fast. 

My second visit to the Naturopath is where I learned the craziest bit of information about myself. I got the results of my blood work…
I was “allergic” to foods!! Foods that I was eating every day of my life and because I never had stomach problems or anaphylactic reactions to them, I never knew. They caused inflammation in my body which in turn causes blockage and your body can’t do what it is supposed to, like remove the fat cells as easily.

Things I cannot eat: Pears, Polysorbate 80, Tuna, Rye, Apples, Broccoli, Salmon, Chicken, Scallops, Whole Wheat, Asparagus, Beets, Coffee, Beef, Cola nut, Flax seed.
 
I looked at the Doc and said, you just took all my protein away. How am I supposed to eat a high protein diet without Beef, Chicken and Tuna??

Needless to say, the past two and a half months have been trying. Eating Pork, Turkey, Lamb and Bison instead of the other proteins. But it is totally worth it!  All my pain is GONE! I can’t believe I felt that pain every day of my life and I just thought it was normal. After only one month of eliminating all those foods, my blood work came back NORMAL!  I no longer had elevated inflammation in my body! I no longer had a reason to go see a specialist! I also have not needed my albuterol inhaler this Spring! Usually, the past 4 years, I have needed it about 3 times a day because I was having a hard time breathing. NOT THIS YEAR! I am coming off my medications and it was only due to food elimination and a low carb/high protein diet. 

I was ecstatic that I trusted my gut and didn’t get misdiagnosed with Arthritis and/or Lupus and have to take more medications that would just kill my body even more! Now, I am not saying this is everyone’s answer. I am not saying that we can’t trust our doctors. People tend to gravitate to what their field is, or their comfort zone. All I am asking is trust your instinct. Consult a Naturopath before you go on medications. They may be able to help you first. Just think, the Fibromyalgia type feeling you have, might just be pain you are experiencing from the foods you eat. Just sayin’.

To date, 11 weeks into the diet, I have lost 20 pounds for a total overall weight loss of 45 pounds! I went from a size 24 to a size 16!
I am not at my goal yet.

But I will keep you updated at Relax Weight Loss!

Update July 18, 2016

Hey everyone! It’s me again…

I just wanted to update everyone on my progress to date…

Two weeks ago, I had my follow up with Dr. Goodman. I am excited to share that I met his 25 pound weight loss goal! That is how I won the Dr. Goodman t-shirt that I am wearing… BTW – It is a size LARGE! I literally cannot remember the last time I was in a size Large!

Dr. Goodman went over the latest blood work with me and my cholesterol level is now 4 points BELOW normal! (which he is going to keep watch over, but nothing he is worried about yet.) In just 3 months time, my body is fixing itself with this food elimination. It really is amazing what food can do to a person. And the wrong food for me might be the right food for you.

And it still continues to come off.

Total weight loss to date is 55 pounds!

Weight loss since I met Goodman, 30!

If I can give you some words of wisdom, in the name of ‘Dory’: “Just keep swimming”

And eventually, you will be a happier and healthier you.

AND>>>I will keep you updated at Relax Weight Loss!

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One thought on “My Daughter’s Inspiring Weight loss Story”

  1. Tammy you are an inspiration. Sharing your story will only motivate others to make the choices which, though hard in the short-term, make life a lot easier, healthier and enjoyable in the long run.