Alternative Weight Loss Solutions for Yo-Yo Dieters, Transition Dieters, Binge-Eaters and Emotional Eaters with Behavioral Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian Maya Nahra



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Down 40 lbs and Dr. took me off 2 meds yesterday - only 1 more and will be done in 3 months! That was the goal - by Christmas - no more meds! Her first words when she saw me was 'Holy crap!' Also BONUS for the first time in over 15 years, all my blood work was in normal range! I cried when I saw that. So happy! - Jodi K. Phoenix, Arizona


In comparison to establishing my successful career, the time and investment in building a healthy eating and exercise lifestyle was not quick, easy, or for the faint of heart. I experienced steps forward, steps backwards, and had to figuratively "pay to get out of jail"!  The weight I put on in over 40 years time, and my ingrained bad habits, 'died' a very hard death.  Once I embraced Maya's program, and looked inside myself to find the emotional eating monster I had become, I finally said "I Am Enough!" I eat no processed foods, And I now crave organic freshly squeezed juices, green vegetables, fish, and free range organic chicken; foods that feed my body instead of making me sick! I have lost, and kept off, 55 lbs. I do not have a skinny frame, but now I have a deeper confidence about myself; I love me!  have lowered my blood pressure medications drastically, and I enjoy excellent health without colds or flu. Thank you Maya for giving me my life back! -Masha Coy, Huntington Beach, CA


Maya is fantastic! After being diagnosed with a thyroid disorder and gaining a substantial amount of weight, I tried every diet possible without luck, until I met Maya... I shed the excess pounds at a healthy rate. Maya is extremely knowledgeable, patient, and supportive, and has a great sense of humor. She truly lives her passion for food, health and nutrition which is contagious and inspiring…You are going to love this little ray of sunshine! - Wendy Flejter, PhD - Director of Genetics at Caris Life Sciences, Phoenix, Arizona


I just got home and checked my cholesterol records. The figures are even better than I thought thanks to you even though my cholesterol problem has always been said to be genetic. My LDL or bad cholesterol dropped from 132 six months ago to 67. I have never been close to 67 for LDL. The same is true for the total cholesterol - in six months it dropped from 195 to 132.  That is also the lowest point since 1988. The HDL or good cholesterol went up a little bit but basically stayed the same. The triglycerides were at 127 about a year ago and are now at 83.  The last time they were that low was in 2007. So this is a ringing endorsement to what you worked out for me - eat less carbs and sugars, eat what I like but increase fat and protein, eat mindfully and I lost 25 pounds and am healthier on all the blood work. I can't beat that. Thanks again for everything. - Donn, Phoenix, Arizona









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    When I was in school to become a registered dietitian, I pulled the 'I have no time,' card. A LOT. It was my excuse for keeping a messy home. Clothes were strewn outside of their proper selves and hangers, dirty dishes piled in the sink, and dust collected on the floor. It was quite frustrating and unsettling to come home. It didn't really feel like a home, it felt more like my mind did at the time… messy and overwhelming.      Fast forward to my practice now. I have more and more clients with messy homes that are causing them anxiety, frustration and to be overwhelme... Read More >>


Anita's April Update: 2015 Healthy Habits Challenge

April got off to a rough start.  Seriously bummed that I missed a 5k that I had been training for, but I can barely walk half a mile; let alone 3 miles. Then I fell again! Just when my knee was starting to feel better, I tripped on the step up to my patio and came crashing down on my already injured knee and hip. That incident  caused me to struggle with the why-bother kind of thinking.  Why should I even bother, when I’m just going to fail at this too.  But I'm still trying to always look on the bright side of life.  Some days are brighter than others.     On a good note, I have mai... Read More >>


Sandy's April Update: 2015 Healthy Habits Challenge

First off, let me I feel like my actual weight loss journey took a back seat to my life journey in April. I did maintain my 30 pound loss so far for the year and am working on refocusing to continue losing weight…more on that in a bit.     One of my goals for this year was to increase my physical health enough to enjoy hiking in this beautiful State of Arizona. Mid-April, I spent the day in Sedona and hiked the Red Rock Crossing Trail and also made it up to the Vortex at the Airport Table Mesa. I can tell you that being able to enjoy these spots, is one heck of a good reason to continue on a healthy path. &... Read More >>


Nicole's April Update: 2015 Healthy Habits Challenge

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5 steps to reduce sugar in your diet Plus 9 tips to help you succeed

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23 Ways to Eat More Veggies

Getting more veggies into our diet is one habit most of us want to do more of ,but sometimes, simply lack is a little strategy as to how to do so.   Here are 23 ways to start you off.        1. Top proteins with veggies.  Add onions, peppers and mushrooms atop your steak, fish or chicken.     2. Find favorite non-starchy veggie mashes that replace starchy side dishes. Mash cauliflower or broccoli in place of rices or potatoes.      3. Use lettuce leaves in place of bread.  Give this collard green wrap recipe a go to ... Read More >>