Praise

It’s wonderful not feeling hungry all the time

My wife and I had reached a point where our weight loss progress had become stagnant, despite our good exercise habits.  We felt that as a couple we needed help in order to continue to make progress.  We knew that eating the exact same thing everyday probably did not meet our individual needs, but we didn’t know what our exact needs really were.

We enjoyed how simple following your approach really was.  Our plans were well laid out, and had a good amount of variety.  We also really liked how flexible you were in terms scheduling meeting at our home – that made things very convenient.

We love that we have made progress in our goals.  Helping us to regain forward momentum has been invaluable and we really like knowing that what we are eating is good for us.  It’s great not having to feel like so much food is bad for us and it’s wonderful not feeling hungry all the time!  So many things we’ve tried have left us starving most of the day.  It’s much easier to stay on a plan that you don’t resent.

We also noticed that we eat out far less now and we are saving money.   Going out to eat is more of a treat now and we don’t really miss it as much as we thought we would.  We also don’t get tired in the middle of the day any more.  This has made for much more productive days at work, which often nets more quality time at home.  We really believe that we have had a tremendously positive experience working with you.

Barb & Jim, Fairfax, VA

I learned how to eat well by planning ahead

I highly recommend Danielle. I achieved great success working with her. I really appreciated her model of learning about me first – what foods I normally eat and prefer, my exercise, sleep, and work schedules.  She was able to incorporate foods I just couldn’t give up (even if only a taste!) to allow me to feel as though I was still eating and enjoying my preferred choices.  Her approach taught me how to spread out my meals and prepare the appropriate portion sizes and how much carbohydrates, proteins, and fats that I should eat at every meal.  I enjoyed preparing the recipes she suggested and learned it’s very easy to eat well if you plan ahead!

Lisa S, Technology Sales Executive

Danielle knows how to create plans you can stick to

Danielle is a caring professional that really takes the time to understand where her clients are at and builds a plan that makes sense based on their lifestyle. Her understanding of nutrition paired with her understanding that we are all people and won’t be perfect allows her to build a plan that you can stick to.  I can’t thank her enough for helping me to build in healthier practices into my busy life. Her advice has been invaluable and I would recommend her to anyone. She is the type of person who is great for any situation if you need to make big drastic changes or if you just want to become better educated about how to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Nicole Hardin, Managing Director, HireStrategy, Inc.

Danielle helped me have a more positive outlook

When I’ve gotten frustrated, Danielle was helpful in changing my focus from the negative to a more productive outlook.   She is patient, generous with her time and good at working with you.

Jackie Livesay, Attorney

I now make better, more balanced food choices with ease

Danielle was very helpful, educational and personable.  After having a consultation and grocery shopping excursion, I am able to make better food choices and compose more balanced meals.  I would recommend Danielle to anyone no matter how big or small your nutritional needs are.

Margaret Summerfield, Accountant

Now I know how to make the right food choices – at home and when eating out

One of the highlights of my time with Danielle is the nutrition education she provides. She taught me to understand serving sizes, read nutrition labels, and properly combine food, all of which empowers me to fully understand how to eat healthfully — whether I’m cooking at home or eating out. I now know how to make the right choices for the right food to positively affect my health.

Sarah St. Andre, mom

I’ve easily lost weight without depriving myself

I’m in the process of switching my closet from summer to winter and I just wanted to tell you THANK YOU. I was dreading this chore and have been putting it off.  I am pleasantly surprised at how well things are fitting.  Clothes I couldn’t wear in July are now easily fitting and are just a bit loose. It’s not enough that I can actually go down a size in clothing, but the pant buttons are no longer straining and about to bust. I cannot tell you how happy this is making me.  Although I’ve only lost 5 lbs. as of Sunday, I feel so much better. I kind of fell off the nutrition wagon for a few days, but seeing my clothes fit again is a HUGE incentive to keep going. The results are there and I can’t tell you how happy I am.  So, again, THANK YOU!!

Amy Turner, mom

I lost 30 pounds – thank you

I have lost 30 lbs thanks to the diet plan you created for me last year and I wanted to say Thank You!  I still have 30 more to lose, but I am going to keep trying and hopefully conquer the remaining weight by the end of this year.

Debbie Russell, Government Contractor

A practical approach that helped the whole family eat and feel better

I have multiple sclerosis so I’m always looking to put better food in my body.  And, I had gotten in a rut of feeding my family and myself what seemed “healthy” but I knew we could improve.  I needed education about making better, healthier choices.   Danielle’s approach is practical.  Her “this is what we’re going to try and we’ll tweak it along the way” was so important for me.  She made me feel like we would got a tailor-made, adjustable plan that was just right for OUR family’s needs.

Today, I am having better workouts and I feel lighter and stronger as a result!  My body is digesting its “fuel” so much easier and I my clothes are fitting better.   My family has been happy trying new foods (the kids especially love the new cereal brands)!  I feel so much better about what I’m feeding my family.  And, everyone seems to be “digesting” their fuel a little easier.

Danielle’s impact on my life has been an overall contentment and happiness.  Changing our meal times had a very big impact.  I was keeping my kids from snacking late afternoon so they didn’t “spoil” their appetites and all of us were feeling cranky.  By having a nutritious snack while they do homework, they are more focused and I am able to concentrate on dinner.  The meal time changes definitely brought peace to my mid afternoons.  This is something I would never have thought to do without Danielle’s suggestions.  One thing I’ve been telling my friends is that Danielle is actually a less expensive option than joining a “Jenny Craig” type weight loss program.  Her meal plans are catered to exactly what my family likes and we are eating and feeling better. That’s not something you can usually get from a “weight loss” place.  Usually the emphasis is on losing pounds.  We wanted to feel better.  And, the price of her service is very reasonable.

Shannon Trust, Mom, Wife, Software Developer, Triathlete, MS Fighter

I can manage my food allergies and still enjoy eating

In January 2007 I found out that I had many food sensitivities, including wheat gluten, all cow’s milk products and eggs, just to mention a few.   After trying to eat around these sensitivities for several months I realized that I needed help.  I asked Danielle to help me figure out how to get enough protein, carbs, fat, etc. into my diet while avoiding the foods I could not eat.  Danielle really did her research and gave me a wealth of ideas and suggestions, including quick, easy snacks to carry around with me during the day.   Her help was invaluable and I highly recommend her to my friends and clients.

Lynne Paraggio, Certified Pilates Instructor

I lost that last 10 pounds

I had stalled in my weight loss. I had lost 30 pounds but wanted to lose 10 more. I was exercising but not losing weight and I always felt hungry.  Danielle took the time to get to know me, my food likes and dislikes.  She tailored my meal plan to my schedule, foods that I like, and even opened my eyes to some new foods. And it wasn’t just about food, she also got me to add the body pump and Pilates to my workout plan. I have learned to eat healthier. I eat out less.  I run a whole lot better!  I am a smarter person when it comes to nutrition.  Also, I have found that my craving for junk food is almost nonexistent!   It is hard work for me – the whole eating better and exercising thing – but I know when I stay focused the rewards are well worth it!

Mary, Accounting Manager

I feel and look fit, I’m fully satisfied, and I’m eating healthy

I have always been into being active.  I started off as a dancer and soon became interested in fitness not only as a hobby but also as a profession.  Working out was never a problem, but eating was always a struggle.  I didn’t know what my body needed, when to eat, or how many calories to have, or what I needed to have more energy throughout my day.  As I started personal training others, I knew I not only needed to give advice to my clients but I needed to gain control over my own problems with food.  I’m super busy and I run around a lot and needed help getting a food plan that gave me energy and stamina as well as kept me fit.  When I decided to hire a nutritionist I looked online and out of all that came up, Danielle’s website seemed the most professional and appealing.

One of the things I loved about Danielle was her practicality to nutrition.  She didn’t say just eat salads; she gave me realistic, healthy and fun options to make my daily eating fun and easy.  She is personable and extremely knowledgeable in her field.  One of things I also really loved was when she took me to the grocery store and showed me how to properly read labels and chose the right foods.  It made eating fun and exciting.   When I follow the plan that Danielle gave me I feel and look fit, I’m fully satisfied, and I feel healthy.

This whole experience has opened my eyes to the other element of being fit and healthy.  I tell my clients all the time, you can’t just exercise, you need to eat the right things, too!  When I eat right and in the ways Danielle has told me to, I feel and look great!   I tell my clients once you put the two together you’ll be healthy and fit for life. I recommend everyone I know to Danielle.  She is one of the nicest and most intelligent people I know.  I love her healthy minutes, phone seminars, online advice, and all that she offers for her current and potential clients.  I’m always learning from her.  Whether it’s her caring nature or her passion for healthy living, everyone from those who need to lose weight to those who just want to tone up can benefit from Danielle’s work.  She truly is wonderful!

Keri Roberts, Personal Trainer/Dance Instructor

I no longer beat myself up for not having “will power”

Thank you so much for meeting with me yesterday. I’m so excited for this semester even more now. For years it has felt like diet and exercise would work for a month or two, and then I would hit a wall. Though I know these things take time, all of the information about my PCOS that you passed on to me yesterday has given me hope. I no longer feel like I have to beat myself up for “not having the will power.” You turned a mental battle (which I was constantly losing) into a medical one. I feel this big weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and it is all because of you. Thank you so much!  I am ready more than ever to finally tackle this, thank you for empowering me!

Gopi Pitcher, Student

Danielle understands my struggles with food

I have a condition called Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and I felt lost and confused when I would read information on diets, what not to eat, when to eat it, how to eat it. I knew that I needed a one on one approach in order to be successful with weight loss and learning more about my body.  I would often “beat myself up” over eating bread, pasta or carbs and I would let it ruin my day and in some cases I would just spiral out of control with my eating for the rest of the day. I would let the fact that I had spaghetti for lunch, upset me and then I would have 2 pieces of cake for dessert. I would give up.  I liked the fact that Danielle would listen to me and my struggles with food or control with food. She recognized my weakness and better yet recognized what I needed to hear to be successful with change. I loved how Danielle was always available for me. She always responds to my calls or emails and gives me the advice that I need…..RIGHT THEN!

Working with Danielle has impacted my life in every way. I feel confident when I am grocery shopping because I know what I am looking for in my food. I know how to read labels and not focus too much on calories, but to also look at fiber, protein and carbs. It makes grocery shopping a lot more fun and easy. Cooking feels amazing because I know it is healthy. I have no reason to beat myself up, because I know what I am eating. When I go out to eat, I know how to make smart choices now.

It really helps to have someone who understands your struggles with food; someone that will listen and not pass judgment. That was the key to my success with Danielle. In the last 5 months, I have lost 17lbs and am only 15lbs away from my goal weight. Could I have done this on my own? Sure. But I know that with the knowledge and education I have gotten about food, I will not gain any of my weight back.

Jennifer Donnell, new mom

The team that got me results

After a torn PCL and a fractured foot, I had lost strength and put on weight. After healing, I was excited to drop the weight I had put on, and increase my strength and flexibility.  After 3 months of training hard I still could not drop the 15 pounds I had gained.  I was so happy to find Danielle online; she worked with my food allergies, my crazy schedule, and my exercise regimen to develop a personal plan for me.

Danielle also recommended her personal trainer, Keri Roberts.  Keri met with me to determine my ability level.  Later she sent me a personalized exercise plan to help build strength for my injuries, and improve my balance and flexibility. Both Danielle and Keri have helped me tremendously and have been so supportive.  I send them weekly updates, both positive and negative, and they are always cheering me on or giving me advice.

I am proud to say that in 1.5 months I have dropped 7 pounds and have gone from a size 10 back to a size 6.  I am energized, eating more, and motivated to lose the last 8 pounds and drop one more pant size.  As for the additional workouts, I find that the strength training has improved my sports training!  I am so ecstatic, and loving what I have learned from Keri and Danielle!

Tarika Sethi, Tai Kwon Do Instructor

I learned how to eat and live healthy

I hired Danielle because I didn’t know how to eat healthy and I had gained 22 pounds. Danielle showed me how to shop for the right food, plan my meals, and live a healthy lifestyle. She got to know who I am, how I am used to eating, what my goals are, the foods I like, and my day to day schedule. She was very supportive and encouraging during the two years we worked together, especially when I was hard on myself for cheating and for taking a long time to reach my goals. Working with Danielle, I changed my life style to a healthy one; I shifted my diet approach from worrying about losing weight to eating healthy and feeling healthy. I learned that I CAN lose weight if I plan and prepare my food and I am no longer on a yo-yo diet. I am much more confident, relaxed in my own skin, and I now enjoying cooking.
A. Ayali , Media Producer

I am in control of what I eat, when I eat & how much I eat

I started to put on weight after having a hysterectomy in my early 40’s (despite exercising a lot).  Danielle’s easy-going nature and friendly style (and smile) made me feel so comfortable. She is easy to talk to and full of knowledge about food and health. She didn’t make any judgments and listened carefully to all of my concerns.  She worked WITH me to create a meal plan that would fit my lifestyle and food issues. Being a teacher, fitting in snacks was an issue, plus I am allergic to dairy, and don’t eat much meat. After working with Danielle, I feel much more satiated and do not have sugar cravings anymore – which helped me lose 5 pounds in the first couple of weeks after meeting with her. I feel much more in control of what I eat, when I eat, and how much I eat. I am less bloated and don’t feel like I’m squeezing into my clothes anymore.  Thank you!

Mary P., Teacher 

I made precise and effective changes

Danielle’s process for our Strategy Session was incredibly efficient and motivating because I started to feel results within days. I completed a thorough questionnaire about my goals before the session and Danielle was able to design a personal plan, getting me right to work on making precise, effective changes. I felt definite progress toward my goals within three days, which has made it much easier to stay on track and continue implementing her advice.

 Cindy G., retired

I transformed the way I think about food

Grocery shopping was akin to going to the dentist for me.  After applying Danielle’s thoughtful easy-to-follow techniques, not only have I transformed my pantry and refrigerator, I have transformed my way of thinking about food.  Meal prep is easier, cooking for my family is easier and my kids eat healthfully and don’t even realize it.  A true game changer!

Anu S., Project Manager

I learned how to take care of myself

I wanted let you know how thankful I am for you and the detox opening my eyes to how poorly I have been eating.  I definitely have seen results.  I have lost a total of about 15 lbs.  All of the pre-detox symptoms were eliminated during the detox.  My energy level every day was much better. Thank you so much for helping me to learn how to take care of myself through proper eating and diet.  I have a goal to lose another 15 lbs which should get me to a prophet weight.  I feel great.

Gary W., CFO

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