Danielle Brunner, a nanny in her late twenties, went to a Nutrition 101 class in Fall 2011, and has felt nothing but better since. Danielle found Tracie through her employer, who works out at CORE Athletic. She saw the post about Nutrition 101 and told Danielle about it. “Even in the short class, Tracie was really impressive,” says Danielle. Interestingly, she went to Nutrition 101 with a friend, who was very skeptical of Tracie’s message, in particular the swimming-against-the-social-tide tips on the benefits of fat, and how low-fat isn’t good for us. Danielle’s reaction was completely different. “The information just resonated with me. Keep it whole and natural. Get rid of chemicals and processed foods. Eat what humans have been eating for centuries. It made perfect sense to me and I decided to do the longer course.”
Danielle met with Tracie before the 8-week class in a one-on-one session for a general assessment, just to see what was going on. “I wasn’t a huge mess,” she claims with a laugh. However, she was having some health issues, mostly skin break-outs and hives, but also bloating and a regular lack of energy. It was a good check-in before the 8 week seminar, and helped her navigate some of the details over the course. But the class was life-changing.
“I was at a point where I was ready to make changes. I didn’t have any huge health problems, but I had plenty of smaller ones, and I realized it was only going to get worse. I didn’t have a healthy body or a healthy body weight. I wasn’t exactly sick yet, but I also wasn’t well. The information made sense right away and I took immediate steps toward some huge changes. I realized if I wanted to fix my body, I needed to fix my food. Most of my diet had been quick food, highly processed food. So I started eating real food – fruits and vegetables, real proteins. Right away, I felt better.
“Tracie had mentioned the potential for going gluten free a few times during the class, and around the sixth week one of the participants said she’d tried it and was feeling a lot better. So I decided to give it a shot and see how I felt. It was amazing. By the end of the eight weeks, through the combination of following all of Tracie’s rules and going gluten free, all of my health issues disappeared. I have never felt better in my life. My skin feels great, I have fantastic energy, and any digestive issues I had are completely gone. And I’ve lost nearly twenty pounds. The best part, as far as I’m concerned, is that it was easy!”
Having someone say that going all natural and gluten free is easy isn’t something you hear everyday, but Danielle’s enthusiasm rings through everything she says. “I kind of think of it as an adventure, really. I’ve become a cook, and I like to get fresh foods and try new things. I experiment with recipes and try different combinations of things I can eat to replace things I can’t eat. It’s fun and I find it wasn’t hard to fit it into my life at all. And the difference in the way I feel is almost unbelievable.”
Danielle knows that, as powerful and effective as the message was, the messenger plays a big part in her success, too. “Tracie’s great. She’s a wonderful teacher, and she’s able to give these big chunks of information and make them accessible and sensible. Since she’s gone through her own problems, she comes across as honest and relatable. I was impressed by her good example and her obvious knowledge of the subject matter. She just pulls the whole thing together so well, and effectively. She’s remarkable.”
As for the friend who was skeptical about Nutrition 101, Danielle is philosophical. “She didn’t want to hear the message, she doesn’t want to believe. She’s very happy for me, that I feel so much better and have lost the weight. But she’s convinced I’m doing something else to make the weight come off. She’s sure there’s a secret I’m not telling her.”
It’s a really well-kept secret. Eat whole, real, good food – even fat. Don’t skip meals. Avoid vegetable oils. And consider cutting gluten out of your diet. Tracie has seen it again and again. Weight loss, healthier bodies, a stronger metabolism. If this is what you’re looking for, consider scrapping the so-called healthy modern diet and go back to the secret diet of the ancients.
Whole food. Whole fats. Regular meals.
Better health and better living.