“We don’t have cravings anymore for cake, cookies, and ice cream.”
At 72 and 70 years old, we should have been enjoying life but we weren’t. Both of us were feeling tired and sick all the time. We have diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol – and we were on so much medication. I (Howard) had several mini-strokes and one big one; and I needed triple bypass surgery several months ago. My (Veronika) blood sugars were always running high and I’m overweight; we’re both overweight.
Since I’ve (Howard) been recovering from that last big stroke and the bypass surgery, I feel like I’ve got a second chance on life and I don’t want to waste it. We’ve both tried to make healthy eating changes in the past without much success. This time it’s different. We have a daughter and 2 grandkids and we want to live long and healthy for them.
Lorraine has helped us come up with a realistic eating plan and we’ve been sticking to it. Surprisingly, we feel satisfied with the food we’re eating and we don’t have cravings anymore for cake, cookies, and ice cream.
We’ve both lost weight too. My (Veronika) daughter has been complementing me on how well I look. Our clothes are fitting better especially my (Howard) pants. My (Howard) doctor had me on 3 blood pressure medications and I’m happy to say that now I am off all of them.
We both have a lot more energy which comes in handy with 2 grandkids. Thank you Lorraine for helping us both feel so much better. We’ve got a lot to live for and want to make the most if it.
Howard and Veronika Jewell
“I’m motivated to live as long and healthy as I can…”
I’m 94 years old and still feel it’s very important to take good care of myself. My husband died 27 years ago and at the beginning, I didn’t think I was going to make it without him. He was a very positive person and I enjoyed being with him, but I’m strong and positive too. I just got back into the usual everyday things. I sometimes get annoyed with people who are negative all the time. I try to see the good side of everything and view the glass half full.
Eating healthy food is a big part of self-care for me. I look forward to every meal. I go food shopping regularly and plan out what I’m going to eat every day. Lorraine has introduced me to some new foods like kefir. I make smoothies for myself with kefir and I add some berries, vegetables, ginger, and chia seeds. It’s delicious! It’s important not to have the same old foods all the time so eating doesn’t get boring.
I have diabetes and high blood pressure so eating right is very important for my health. Lorraine has helped me set up meal plans so I get good nutrition. Also I keep active and visit my doctor regularly.
I’m motivated to live as long and healthy as I can so I can keep seeing and enjoying my family – especially my 11 year old great grandson. He makes me laugh. I get a big charge out of watching him grow. I didn’t have a lot of time to spend with my own kids because I worked so being able to be part of all the kids’ lives now is very important to me.
I’m happy and content. Life is good.
Edison, New Jersey
“So far I’ve lost 60 pounds and there’s no going back.”
Growing up and becoming a police officer in Hoboken wasn’t easy in a bunch of ways including my health. I’ve been a police officer for 23 years and 16 of those years were spent on midnights. I used to start the night with corn muffins and a light and sweet coffee followed by a bag of chips or diet Coke and a Snickers bar, and then eat dinner at 5 AM which was usually a cheeseburger deluxe or Philly cheese steak. When I got off work, I would sleep for a few hours, wake up starving with no energy, and take my kids to BK or Mickey D’s for a snack and I would have 2 cheeseburgers. On days off, my wife and I would take the kids out for dinner and I ate like crap. This was my life.
I was very overweight at 315 lb and out of shape; and I’m a guy who played every sport in high school, went through 2 police academies, and now I didn’t want to get off the couch. I often felt embarrassed about the way I looked and would do everything possible to avoid taking off my shirt in the summer months. It was hard to find nice clothes that fit comfortably. Shopping was not fun.
Over the years I tried every known diet, every legal pill, and scam. They all worked for a while. I would lose weight and then gain it all back. At some point, I decided to seek out the help of a nutritionist and I found Lorraine. She gave me good ideas but I wasn’t ready to do the necessary work. Eventually I decided to have the gastric sleeve. The operation date was set, but decided at the last minute that I could lose weight and get healthy without the surgery.
I went back to the basics and everything I learned. I got help with meal prep, kept my protein and starch portion sizes reasonable, and ate lots of extra salads and veggies to fill me. When the weight started coming off, I joined a gym and learned how to work out safely. I exercise six days a week now. So far I’ve lost 60 pounds and there’s no going back.
It’s not always easy to keep up with my exercise routine and healthy eating plan, but I am committed to this new lifestyle. I want to be here to watch my kids grow old, put on my suit or uniform without struggling, and do my job without getting hurt. Most of all, I want to take off my shirt and not be embarrassed.
I hope my story helps someone. Believe me – if I can do it you can too.
“It’s been 3 months now and my old clothes are fitting nicely again.”
I decided to call Lorraine because I have high blood pressure and my doctor told me I should lose 20 pounds. Also, I wanted fit comfortably in all of my old clothes again and feel better about the way I look. And I just wanted to learn how to eat properly.
I was looking for a lifestyle change and NOT a diet! I’ve tried dieting many times before and it never worked for very long. I would lose the weight but then it would come right back.
Lorraine is teaching me how to eat better and (without dieting) my weight has dropped 25 lb. It’s been 3 months now and my old clothes are fitting nicely again. My blood pressure has dropped to the point where my cardiologist has cut my medication dose in half and plans to slowly wean me off it all together.
This way of eating that I’m learning about is like nothing I’ve ever done before. I’m not struggling, starving, or feeling deprived. I’m eating mindfully and it’s so much better than dieting. I’m completely satisfied and I don’t miss my old way of eating at all!
Jim, 57 years old
“I wake up rested, jump right out of bed.”
Thank you for teaching me that healthy eating is fun and easy – not complicated or bland. I used to think it would be just eating foods like lettuce and tomatoes, but there are so many delicious options. The other day I made a Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet. It was amazing and even my fiancé liked it.
I grew up in the Dominican eating rice, beans, and meat all the time – that’s it. I didn’t know how to cook anything and I hardly ever ate vegetables. When I came to the US, I basically lived on fast food all the time. The food I ate consisted of starch, sugar, and fat. I started to get worried because I have diabetes on both sides of my family and I don’t want to take medications.
Now I’m learning to plan my meals, grocery shop, and cook. I’m eating and feeling so much better. I wake up rested, jump right out of bed, and look forward to my oatmeal. People are commenting that I look like I’m losing weight and asking if I’m on a diet. I’m NOT on a diet at all. I’m just eating delicious foods. I never realized how much I love zucchini!
You opened me up to a whole new world. Thank you so much, Lorraine. I can’t wait to cook a big dinner for my family. They will all be so surprised – especially my mom.
David Pimentel, 26 years old
Carteret, New Jersey
“Gathered Table meal plans put me back on the path of healthy eating.”
Like so many other people, I am looking to get off (and stay off) the diet train; and just learn how to eat in a healthy balanced way. But trying to figure out what to eat and how much to prepare for my family of 5 can be daunting (and I consider myself a good cook). However, after using the Gathered Table meal plans, I can honestly say that the 30 – 45 minutes it took me on Saturday to plan out my meals helped save me a couple of hours of my time during the week. Most of the recipes are simple to prepare. It’s easy to mix and match the entrees and sides, and even use them in two different meals. The Gathered Table meal plans got me out of a rut; reminded me of foods I like but had forgotten existed; and took the guess work out of what I was eating during the week. I am able to adjust recipe quantities for dinner so that we can all eat as a family. I not only ate a variety of foods but was able to dabble in intercontinental cuisine. The Gathered Table meal plans put me back on the path of healthy eating.
“I lost 35 lb even though I wasn’t really trying.”
I completed Lorraine’s Coaching Program and I am so pleased with my results. I accomplished everything I had hoped – and more. I’ve tried Weight Watchers for 30 years and I wanted a different approach. I must admit that I was skeptical at first because she didn’t put me on a diet! She didn’t ask me to weigh or measure my food; and she didn’t ask me to count calories. This was so different than anything I’ve ever done before that I had strong doubts but I was desperate and willing to try anything. I have health issues and wanted to learn how to eat properly to help myself.
Lorraine helped me change my language around food and my body, and stop using the word DIET. She encouraged me to stop judging my food choices as “good” and “bad” and instead we focused on mindful eating. She taught me how to eat properly. I learned how to tune in to my hunger and fullness cues and eat just the right amount for my body. She taught me to properly grocery shop and prepare simple healthy meals and snacks.
I’m wearing tights right now and I love the way I look! That’s something I never thought I would say again. Mentally I feel so much better about me. I did lose 35 lb even though I wasn’t really trying. I just stayed focused on eating well and taking really good care of myself. I still get fatigued from my RA, but it’s better and I feel a huge sense of accomplishment that I never expected.
I feel so much better when I eat better; mentally I feel great; and I have Lorraine to thank for it. She always makes me feel comfortable, never judges me, and I can discuss anything with her. I’m so glad I found her!
Old Bridge, New Jersey
“I didn’t realize my approach to weight loss was actually causing me to gain weight.”
It’s been about 3 months since my first appointment with Lorraine. I look better, feel really good, and I’ve got a boost of confidence that I didn’t have before. I didn’t know quite what to expect when we first met. I thought she was going to suggest I cut out this food or that, but it was very different. We talked more about how to pay attention when I eat, and at some point along the way it just clicked in my brain that food is not “bad”. What an amazing realization! It hadn’t occurred to me before that what I was doing to myself was dieting – and it wasn’t working. But this new approach is working. People are commenting that I look different.
I had been trying to lose weight all my life. What I didn’t realize was that my approach was actually causing me to gain weight. Lorraine taught me how to eat mindfully and focus on my health. Now I know that it’s okay to eat pizza and cake if I want it, but I’ve learned how to listen to my body and eat just the right amount. I’m in such a better place and now I can be a good role model for my young son so he grows up to be a healthy eater.
Thank you Lorraine! You’ve been a tremendous help. I recommend you to all my friends.
Colonia, New Jersey
“I’ve made some permanent healthy changes in my eating habits because of you!!”
I have to thank you so much for educating me to eat better. I’ve made some permanent healthy changes in my eating habits because of you!! My kids are benefiting from it too! We appreciated the personalized attention you gave us when you came to our home and did a pantry and fridge makeover. We are eating more healthy snacks like nuts and less of the sugary junk. We have replaced regular white pasta with whole wheat pasta and white rice with brown rice. It took a while to make the switch but the kids are now eating whole grain sprouted bread and they really like it. Our family has made great progress and we’re all healthier.
Old Bridge, NJ
“Love working with someone who really cares about others health and their well-being!”
I have so much enjoyed and appreciated all that I have learned. I feel so much better! I don’t want to stop that good feeling by going back to my old habits. Feeding my family has been a joy and is helping us all to feel better and be more conscience about what we are taking into our bodies. With encouragement and guidance from Lorraine, I have the confidence and understanding that I’m on the right track. I can make positive changes and lose weight in the process. Love her program and working with someone who really cares about others health and their well-being! Thank you so much!!!!!
“I lost 38 lbs in about 10 months and I feel great.”
With Lorraine’s guidance and her Healthy Eating Challenge, I’m happy to say that I lost 38 lbs in about 10 months and I feel great. My nutritional habits are now healthy. I do treat myself every once in awhile, and then get right back to my routine. I also work out four times a week (weight training, biking, swimming, walking) but it’s not excessive. I just do what I like. Thank you so much Lorraine, for making me aware that SUGAR is everywhere.
I will be heading off for a well check soon and I’m anxious to see my cholesterol levels. I encourage everyone to keep eating good food, keep moving, and stay healthy.
Regina Horn Mctighe
“I expected a little weight loss but not 26 pounds!”
Not only am I off my antidepressants and fibromyalgia medicine (with no more pain) but I’m down two pant sizes. I expected a little weight loss but not 26 pounds! My energy level is up and my brain fog has decreased.
My tastes have changed, too. I couldn’t even eat my whole piece of my daughter’s birthday cake; it was too sweet! Never thought I would see that day!
The healthy eating program has done more for me than you will ever know. The sense of accomplishment at this time in my life is invaluable. Thanks Lorraine!
Tracy Glafcke Risner
“Opened my eyes to a more satisfying, nourishing, and healthy way of life.”
Your healthy eating program opened my eyes to a more satisfying, nourishing, and healthy way of life. With the exception of 6 small chocolate covered strawberries and a little ice cream, I stuck with the program. I found the ice cream to taste so sweet that it was like eating a tablespoon of sugar; not as satisfying as I thought it would be! All in all this was a great program and I loved the inspiration you provided us with every day. I will continue on my new healthy eating journey as I go forward in life. Thank you again and again.
Susan Ziegler Ryan
South Amboy, NJ
“I joined and something just clicked!”
Two years ago I lost 28 lbs on a shake program. For most, this would be a positive experience, for me, quite the opposite. I had more negative comments thrown out at me than I could handle so I began to eat just to put on a few pounds to shut everyone up. Soon after that I had foot surgery and put back on most of the weight I had lost. On top of that I was dealing with the aftermath of divorce, a miserable job, and every ache and pain you can think of. I went back on the shake program but couldn’t lose. So I made an appointment with a dietitian at a local ShopRite and was thrown an 1800 calorie chart with no meal planning ideas whatsoever. Then I found Lorraine.
If Lorraine only knew the baggage I was walking in with that evening of our first appointment; and I had a lousy attitude! I guess it’s the teacher in me that bring out the “I know it all” attitude at times. I knew what I was doing wrong but let’s see if “this one” is going to tell me something I don’t know. At Lorraine’s suggestion, I started to write down everything (well, almost everything!) that I was eating. It wasn’t until I started doing this for her that something finally sunk in. Who am I kidding? I seriously need to stop fooling myself. This was about the same time that her 4 Week healthy eating program started; I joined and something just clicked!
I put lines on my water bottle to make sure I was drinking enough water, and it worked! I planned out my meals out for the week. I started reading every food label before anything landed in my shopping cart. I finally plugged in that electronic pressure cooker my mom got me for Christmas and use it 2-3 times a week. My pains have lessened, my sugar cravings are gone, and my willpower has soared! I’m slowly losing weight; I can see and feel positive changes every day. So, don’t give up and take it slow. In my eyes, healthy is the new skinny!
Lorraine, thanks for all the support, tissues, and the motivation to help me move forward (I just dropped my school administration degree for one in nutrition!). You truly did help me turn my life around in more ways than you’ll ever know!
Sophia Singura Ricciardelli
“With a few tweaks, I look and feel so much better.”
Lorraine was instrumental in my journey to achieve a healthier lifestyle. I was skeptical at first, because I thought I was eating healthy and didn’t eat a lot of sweets. I thought I was sugar free! I learned how to read labels and eliminate processed foods from my diet. With a few tweaks, I look and feel so much better. It was easy!
East Brunswick, NJ
“I have more energy and overall feel “lighter”, and my skin looks better!”
I am so happy and grateful to have completed Lorraine’s sugar-free challenge! I am more aware of reading labels and mindful of what I eat. I feel like I have more energy and overall feel “lighter”, and my skin looks better! My cravings for sweets have decreased. I will continue on this journey of living a mostly sugar-free life, and enjoy a piece of dark chocolate upon occasion.
Lisa Tamura Guerrero
“So far I’ve lost 25 lbs. and I am down a clothes size!”
Who says ya can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Lorraine sure can! I’m kind of an old dog but think really young and probably act it too. Here’s my story.
I come from a family of Italians. Now if that doesn’t tell you something right away, I don’t know what would. I met Lorraine about 4 months ago, and if there was someone sent to me with wings, it had to be her.
For years (and I’m talking years) I have tried every diet possible — Weight Watchers, Atkins, MetreCal, SlimFast, South Beach, and other fads. You name it, I’ve tried it — even the liquid stuff.
Recently my doctor suggested diet pills and I was tempted, but I went down that road when I was 18 years old; they almost killed me. I thought my heart was going to beat right out of my chest. Been there done that with Weight Watchers. I couldn’t stand all that rah, rah, rah cheerleading and announcements that “Janie” and “Carol” lost 1/2 pound (exaggerating of course). Nah, that wasn’t for me. I even have family members who have gone for gastric bypasses. They lost weight, but man it is tough not being able to eat certain foods for the rest of your life. Not for me!
So the next day after seeing my doctor, I decided to make an appointment with Lorraine thinking I’ll give it a shot. I AM SO GLAD I DID! So far I’ve lost 25 lbs. and I am down a clothes size! Yep – that’s right. After my first meeting with her I knew I was on the right track.
Believe it or not, I was on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens Baby Magazine when I was 3 years old. That was back when I was my lightest (ha ha). I’m a lot older now, but I act pretty young for my age (okay – I’m 68).
I go to the gym 2 or 3 days a week. I’d like to do more but I’m somewhat limited due to physical issues. I’ve had shoulder repair, a total knee replacement, hand surgery, two wrists done at the same time (that was a trip). Recently I was diagnosed with something called “PMR” which is short for Poly Myalga Rheumatica – very painful. I was finding myself eating to help me get through the pain – yeah right, any excuse. Now mind you I ate “kind of healthy” but in GREAT quantity. I could deposit my paycheck at Shoprite, Wegmans, and plenty of fast food restaurants. Okay – enough of that and on to the good stuff.
What changed for me?????? It was the little portion plate that Lorraine showed me the first day we met. Using that plate, she taught me that veggies should be piled on to half the plate with smaller portions of grain and protein on the other half. YEP – that little plate is embedded in my brain. Funny because I swear that Lorraine hypnotized me (hahaha)! I eat that way all the time now and I’m never hungry. I feel satisfied and full. We’ve talked about portion sizes a lot during our sessions, and so much more.
Anyhow the reason for my writing this today (and believe me I could tell you a lot more and just may, as time goes on) is to encourage anyone out there who wants to lose weight and feel better to stop thinking about it and get going. If I can do it, you can too – so just do it!
“I am joint pain free, have less brain fog, and I’m not sluggish at work.”
I am off sugar and I have not gone back to artificial sweeteners, and I feel great. I am joint pain free, have less brain fog, and I’m not sluggish at work. I turned away to Krispy Kreme donuts at work and I will not go back! Thank you for the encouragement.
Beckie Blanco Abiro
“I lost 24 pounds and my blood pressure is the best it’s been in years!”
Holy Moly! I HAVE TO share this! I am so excited. I started on my sugar free journey 4 month ago. Within 2 months I had lost 24 pounds and my blood pressure is the best it’s been in years – 110/70. Well, I just went for blood work last week and my cholesterol is now 186! Prior to this when I was eating added sugar (last year and many years prior), my cholesterol was 235 which we attributed partially to my thyroid issues. I think we can now see that it was the food I was eating. Look how changing my eating habits has changed my health! And I just generally feel so much better! No longer a slave to sugar! I have found that I like fruit much better than any added sugar! Thanks Lorraine!!!
“I lost 17 lb; only 5 more to go! And I feel so good.”
I’m so proud of myself. I lost 17 lb; only 5 more to go and I’ll be at my goal! And I feel so good. I tried to do it on my own for 2 years but I couldn’t lose any weight. This time, Lorraine got me on the right track and I’ve been very successful. In fact, my husband and 2 sons have embraced this new way of eating too, and we are all getting healthy together. I am 100% satisfied with the services Lorraine provided. I’m glad I found her and will recommend her to my friends.
“I actually feel rested when I sleep now, I have more energy, and I lost weight!”
I’m off sugar! WoooooHooooo! Who would have thunk it! Wow!! Me off M&M Oreo Cookies (double stuffed), ice cream, and honey buns. Their stock just went down. I actually feel rested when I sleep now, I have more energy, and I lost weight! People are noticing that I’m looking healthier; even my supervisor asked me what I’m doing. If I can do it, it CAN be done. And there’s no reason to go it alone. The wonderful support I receive from Lorraine and the other members in the program helped me get it done. If it was easy to do it alone, we all would have done it already. Together we can get our bodies in order; and it good for the soul when you help or get helped.
Thanks for all your support.
“I’ve lost weight (without dieting)!”
I have been following Lorraine’s sugar free program and I love it!! I’m really happy with my new way of eating and the way I feel. I’ve lost weight (without dieting!) and this is something I haven’t been able to do before. But improving my blood work and health is the real success. Thanks Lorraine! If I hadn’t worked with you this would not have changed.
“My energy level has increased, I’ve lost 50 pounds, I’m feeling more alert and on point, and very self-confident!”
I’ve been working with Lorraine for 1 year. My energy level has increased, I’ve lost 50 pounds, and I’m feeling more alert and on point, and very self-confident! I have diabetes and my blood sugars are greatly improved as a result of changing the way I eat and I plan to continue eating like this forever. Thank you Lorraine Matthews-Antosiewicz for all of your insight, advice, patience, and recipes. My wife and kids are on board with this new healthier lifestyle, and we are all grateful for all your help.
Perth Amboy, NJ
“Connected with each staff member personally and left us all with the information we need to live a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle.”
After our employees completed a “Take It Off Weight Loss Challenge”, I invite Lorraine to come to our work site to help keep us on track. During a Lunch-n-Learn meeting, she educated us on strategies to avoid common pitfalls that can lead to poor food choices and weight re-gain; she provided helpful grocery shopping tips as well. Lorraine connected with each staff member personally and left us all with the information we need to live a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle.
Health and Wellness Coordinator
JBL Electric, Inc.
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
“My itchy ears, sneezing, bloating, achy joints, mental fog, fatigue, and insomnia are all GONE!”
I completed the Healthy Eating Challenge last month and lost 10 pounds…something I have never been able to do. And my itchy ears, sneezing, bloating, achy joints, mental fog, fatigue, and insomnia are all GONE! My clothes fit properly again. Never will I go back to eating all that junk. I have a few small treats here and there, like chocolate covered almonds that I allow myself in limited amounts. I also make “popsicles” from various fruits and almond or coconut milk. A little preparation goes a long way!
Lisa Grindle, Registered Nurse
Newport Beach, California
“I’m feeling so good in myself and a 2.8kg weight loss is an added bonus!!”
I’ve dieted for years and tried every conceivable diet going! None of them have been sustainable for me. I have PCOS and insulin resistance and I know sugar is an issue for me. I have always avoided adding sugar to my food where possible but it never ever occurred to me to avoid foods that have sugar ADDED to them!! Since I joined the Healthy Eating Challenge and stopped eating foods with added sugar, I feel so bloomin good!! I have more energy and I’m sleeping so much better. I’m less grumpy and snappy. I don’t feel the need to binge. My meal portions are smaller and I am fuller quicker. I’m feeling so good in myself and a 2.8kg weight loss is an added bonus!! Absolutely loving it!! No weighing, no measuring, no counting calories. It couldn’t be easier!!
“Best of all I feel AMAZING!!”
I’m so glad I joined your Healthy Eating Challenge, Lorraine. I really needed it to get myself back in order. It has made me pay close attention to anything that I eat that is processed. My husband and children are now reading labels at the store! The accountability and support is a blessing as well. To be part of a community that has the same goals is great. And best of all I feel AMAZING!! Your healthy eating challenge group is a wonderful place to help change lives!!!!
“I can’t believe how much more energy I have from not eating sugar.”
The Healthy Eating Challenge was an eye-opening experience that taught me about how many ways I consume hidden sugar. In my exploration of the nutrition labels, I also realized how many unknown chemicals I was putting into my body. The support I received through the group kept me motivated in my quest to break my sugar addiction. The results have been fantastic! I can’t believe how much more energy I have from not eating sugar. I don’t crash in the afternoons anymore. I also sleep better at night. I would recommend this challenge to anyone who wants to begin a journey towards a healthier lifestyle.
“Finished the Healthy Eating Challenge and lost 3 lbs.”
I finished the Healthy Eating Challenge last week having lost 3 lbs. I feel great and at this point do not feel like I am missing anything! I plan to continue the challenge for 30 days! Thank you Lorraine and the group for your encouragement and great recipe suggestions.
“After only one month of following the plan you suggested, my sugar level dropped down to an average of 102 mg/dL fasting.”
First of all I just want to thank you for your efficient style of education and coaching. I followed your advice to eat less and exercise more. I started “fast-walking” after lunch and dinner with my wife and we both enjoy it. Also, I decided to fast for 12 hours every day so no eating after dinner (no evening snack) until breakfast the next morning. Before this, my blood sugar level was running very high – an average of about 160 – 190 mg/dL fasting every day for the last year. After only one month of following the plan you suggested, my sugar level dropped down to an average of 102 mg/dL fasting. This was awesome! My doctor actually reduced my diabetic medicine. Thank you very much.
“I highly recommend Lorraine for any nutritional counseling as she is one of the most thorough, knowledgeable, and kindest people in the health care profession.”
I was referred to Lorraine Antosiewicz by my primary care doctor after coming out of remission from chronic Crohn’s disease. I was trying not to rely on prescribed medicines, and found that to be a difficult task when you don’t know other options that work. That is where Lorraine stepped in.
She instructed me on the tests I needed in order to help me more efficiently. And in truth, those tests helped me out in understanding my own body, through them I learned what I can and cannot tolerate in certain foods. These are foods that I normally incorporate in my diet, not knowing how they truly effect my body. The steps that she suggests were not easy, as it takes a ton of self-motivation and dedication. But in short, everything really helped and I know when I’m feeling terrible that there is a light at the end of the tunnel – pardon the phrase. Ha!
I highly recommend Lorraine for any nutritional counseling as she is one of the most thorough, knowledgeable, and kindest people in the health care profession.
Thank you, Lorraine, for your all of your help. Your caring nature exceeds most.
Anonymous (because I am very private)
“I started sleeping through the night, waking up feeling fantastic, no aches and pains, I have a lot of energy during the day, my skin is less red and looks a lot better, and I lost 12 pounds. All this all happened in just 12 days.”
I wanted to write on how grateful I am for meeting Lorraine. I was referred to her by a family member and started seeing her in August 2014. When I first met Lorraine, I told her that I was actually planning to have lap band surgery but changed my mind after doing research on the procedure. I have been overweight for 14 years since my hysterectomy in 2000 and I also have had psoriasis for 31 years. After listening to my history, Lorraine suggested that I could be experience inflammation and food sensitivities and asked me if I would be interested in learning more the MRT food sensitivity blood test. I said absolutely and decided to have the test. I thank God that I did because it showed that I had quite a few food and chemical sensitivities.
I have been on the LEAP ImmunoCalm Diet plan for 2 weeks and I’m feeling so much better. It was hard to follow at first and I felt awful for the first week as my body was detoxing. I was severely fatigued, no energy and I had headaches. Truthfully I was ready to stop because I felt that bad, but all I thought about was losing weight and I wanted my skin to clear up. That’s what kept me motivated to continue. I’m so glad that I did because on day 11, I started to feel better: sleeping through the night, waking up feeling fantastic, no aches and pains, I have a lot of energy during the day, my skin is less red and looks a lot better, and I lost 12 pounds. All this all happened in just 12 days. I cannot wait to see how I feel and what I look like in 1 year from the day I started this food sensitivity diet.
I highly recommend speaking with Lorraine about the LEAP/MRT plan. You will not be disappointed. She is wonderful and will guide you through the process to becoming a healthy new you.
Karen Kuchefski, 46
Levittown , PA
“With you as my coach, I am very optimistic that I will reach my weight goal.”
I want to say thank you for just for being you. You are a very caring and compassionate person and when I talk with you, I always feel positive that things can change for me. With you as my coach, I am very optimistic that I will continue to lose weight and reach my goal. You go above and beyond for me and I believe you do this for all your clients. You are passionate about what you do and I can tell it’s not just a job for you. I have never been judged by you that means so much to me. So again, thank you for being you.
“Just 11 weeks on the diet, I lost 28 pounds and my doctor took me off all my meds.”
When I first went to see Lorraine, I had Type 2 Diabetes and I suspected that I might also have food allergies or sensitivities. Up to this point, I had a very unhealthy lifestyle. I was eating plenty of processed foods, lots of junk food and I would drink a gallon of sweetened iced tea a day. I had made an attempt to start eating healthier and cut back on my sugar intake, but it wasn’t helping. I was getting and feeling sicker. My tongue and lips were swollen and painful. My tongue was coated and had deep splits on it. I was “awake” but barely able to keep my eyes open or function. My stomach was bloated and upset. I was nauseous all the time – as well as constipated. After several trips to my gastro doctor, I was given a prescription for IBS, but the medicine made things worse; I found myself in the bathroom for about 5 hours a day. I was just not getting any better, so I went back to my primary care doctor and she recommended that I make an appointment with Lorraine. That was the turning point that led me to my current good health.
Lorraine suggested that I have the MRT Food Sensitivity Test and I was shocked to find out that many of the healthy foods I was eating were not actually healthy for me. With her guidance I started the LEAP ImmunoCalm Diet. At the time I started, I weighed 210 pounds and I was taking 28 prescription medications and supplements (all recommended for one ailment or another). Just 11 weeks on the diet, I lost 28 pounds and my doctor took me off all my meds for high blood pressure, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, and reflux because I didn’t need them anymore. I feel so much better!
Today I count my blessings for the path that led me to Lorraine. I continue to lose weight; I feel healthy and enjoy the true taste and flavors of real foods. This healthy lifestyle I have now is not a diet but a way of life – my life. Thanks to Lorraine I have my health and my life back.
“I was so pleased because the results of the diet were almost immediate.”
I’ve been to so many specialists who were not able to help me with my severe eczema that I was skeptical to go see another. But I’m so glad I went to see Lorraine. She helped me get tested for food sensitivities with the MRT test, and then helped me with the LEAP ImmunoCalm Diet. I was so pleased because the results of the diet were almost immediate. I tried so many different ways to ease the pain over the years, but nothing came close to working as well as this.
Before finding out that I had food sensitivities and getting on the right diet, I had a lot of problems because of my eczema. I couldn’t sleep through the night without scratching until I bled. It even hurt to take a shower! I had to quit the swim team and stopped playing ice hockey because the chlorinated pool water and my own sweat irritated my open wounds. I always felt very embarrassed because my eyes were red and swollen and I had sores on my face and arms. I used to wear long sleeve shirts all the time to try and cover it up. Now I’m really looking forward to wearing short sleeves again.
It’s a big relief that I don’t have to worry about eczema anymore. I feel a lot more comfortable and self-confident. And besides that, I’m now eating more intelligently. I value my health and I’m much more discriminating about my food choices. I read food labels all the time and I’m working on losing weight so I can start being more active.
I strongly recommend working with Lorraine. She is intelligent and a truly kind person who did her very best to help me.
Robert Switzer (17 years old)
St. Joe’s High School
“Invaluable resource, guiding me through my new and difficult diagnosis.”
I was originally diagnosed with celiac disease and gastric erosions and was very fatigued. I interviewed 20 dietitians and Lorraine was the most knowledgeable with respect to many topics.
She has been invaluable resource, guiding me through my new and difficult diagnosis. She was able to simplify the challenging diet and lifestyle and recommended additional lab tests to evaluate for vitamin deficiencies and bone density measurements . Lorraine also introduced me to the LEAP serology lab to evaluate for inflammatory reactions from foods and food related additives. She has since help me work through the initial stages of the LEAP elimination diet. My symptoms are improving daily. She also counseled me on managing my diet in different social situations and has recommended new and potentially convenient items and methods of cooking. We have discussed complex medical issues and as a physician, I am continually impressed by her knowledge base and ability to apply it. I give her my highest recommendation without any reservation.
“Lorraine’s educational sessions with our group were very successful.”
It was a pleasure working with Lorraine during our eight week wellness program (Healthy Eating for the Weight Conscious Individual). She is reliable, approachable, and very knowledgeable. Her educational sessions with our group here at Direct Energy were very successful as individuals were equipped with new information, tools, and resources to make important eating changes in their lifestyles. She held the group accountable to their goals and many were successful in changing their behaviors.
Wellness Program Administrator
Woodbridge, NJ, 07095
“I am very excited about my future as I am healthier, happier and more energetic than ever.”
September 2012 was a time of harsh realization for me. As a 5’7”, 30 year old man tipping the scales at over 300 lbs., I was morbidly obese. I was diagnosed with GERD, IBS, Sleep Apnea, Fatty Liver, as well as pre-diabetes. My wife and I decided that changes needed to be made. I searched for a nutritionist and finally found Lorraine. She offered me support, guidance and tips for eating and exercise to help me lose weight. For the next few months, I put in a half-hearted effort and ended up losing around 18 lbs.
I had so much more weight to lose and the change seem slow; so my wife and I sat down again and decided I needed a more structured plan. Lorraine suggested the Take Shape For Life Program using Medifast meal replacements – my wife and I agreed it would be best for me. It was definitely a struggle at first, but I stuck with it with Lorraine’s help. She called me every day that first week to encourage me and answer all my questions. My wife helped to ensure I was eating the proper food. With all that support, I lost another 35 lbs. At that point, we decided it was time for me to slowly transition off the meal replacements and get back to eating regular food. Lorraine helped me to do this over the next 2 months. My weight loss up to that point was around 65 lbs. in total.
To date, I have been off the meal replacements for about a month, and I’m still losing. I am just under 230 lbs. and I think I weigh less than I did when I was in high school. I am confident that I will continue losing until I achieve my goal and then maintain my new healthy weight for good.
Lorraine has helped me to establish a new “diet” – more like a new lifestyle. My wife and I are cooking and eating healthier than ever before. Most of the symptoms from my health conditions have disappeared. I am very excited about my future as I am healthier, happier and more energetic than ever.
If you are trying to lose weight and struggling, let me encourage you to get started. When you start losing, you will notice everyone around you rejoice in your success. Feed off the encouragement of others and focus on your goal. But in the end, only you can make you lose the weight. It is achievable and it is worth it, believe me.
I have to thank Lorraine for sticking with me even when I wasn’t giving my all and my wife, Lydia, who believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. With all that support and an honest commitment, I was able to achieve success.
“My symptoms have improved almost 100%.”
Lorraine is a top-notch nutritionist. I had stomach problems for several years and no doctors were able to provide a solution. Then I met with Lorraine and my life totally changed. She suspected that I had food sensitivities which turned out to be the case. Lorraine helped me figure out what foods I was sensitive too and counseled me on the appropriate diet. With her advice and guidance my symptoms have improved almost 100%.
Besides getting my stomach better, the eating plan Lorraine gave me helped me to lose about 20 pounds – which was an unexpected surprise. The whole process encouraged me to learn more about the foods I eat, and it opened up a whole new culinary world for me. I now know how to cook, and I eat foods I never knew I liked! I feel so much better. Thanks Lorraine!!
The doctors say there may be no “cure” for IBS but I have found one!
I have suffered with irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, for over 10 years. Even as a child, my digestive system was never cooperative. A ‘normal’ digestive system was never something I experienced—between severe abdominal cramping/pain, diarrhea, constipation, or a mixture of the three. My gastroenterologist ran every single possible test over the past 8 years (some multiple times) and always came up with negative results. As the years went by, the symptoms became worse and more frequent. I went through unnecessary exploratory surgery from my gynecologist to confirm the problem was indeed gastrological and not gynecological but nobody could help me. The doctors tried many different medications, some helped briefly but symptoms always quickly returned. After all these attempts, I was still suffering from chronic IBS.
The past four years were unbearable. I stopped going out with friends in fear that I was not going to be able to utilize a restroom, as my symptoms often came without warning. These attacks kept me stranded in, or directly next to, a restroom for hours. It was an inconvenience to everyone around me as well as embarrassing. A long travel always caused a sense of anxiety and getting a steady teaching job caused so much stress that I stopped searching for a career. The fear of having a ‘stomach attack’ in the middle of teaching, driving, or hiking left me limited with things to do and often crying out of depression and desperation.
Finally, I took a stand. In January 2013, I met with Lorraine. She was knowledgeable, competent and optimistic. I kept a positive outlook and she was confident that I had food sensitivities. I was willing to try anything. She recommended I go for MRT blood work to determine what my sensitivities were. Once my results were in, I followed the food reintroduction schedule given to me. I realized I was constantly eating foods that I was reactive to! Lorraine was there every step of the way, answering a million questions while I tried to shop and eat the proper foods. She taught me how to eat naturally, organic, and healthy…eliminating all the ‘junk’ that was causing a problem in my gut. It was difficult at first but Lorraine was AMAZING! She helped keep my head up and was VERY SUPPORTIVE!
After about ten days, my symptoms began to subside as all the toxins and sensitive foods/chemicals were exiting my body. My symptoms have yet to return!! I was positive it was a fluke at first but I have not suffered a single stomach attack for a month now! My digestive system is “normal” and I have not seen a hint of a problem since. Soon enough, stomach attacks will be a distant memory and I will never go back to eating the way I used to. I look forward to more success and a healthy future.
If you suffer from IBS and have not yet found relief, Lorraine was a miracle worker for me. I highly recommend Lorraine for any and all IBS or digestive related conditions. She truly has made a difference in my life and I cannot thank her enough! I feel like a whole new person and can wake up with a smile instead of a sense of defeat.
Jennifer V [27 years old]
I am confident in referring her to anyone who needs a competent nutritionist.
I was told by my doctor that I had a great deal of inflammation in my body. I have IBS, arthritis, and possibly fibromyalgia. My symptoms included fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia, stiff and painful joints and muscles, heart burn, gas, and diarrhea.
I decided to schedule an appointment with Lorraine in August 2012. She suspected that I had food sensitivities and suggested I have the MRT food sensitivity test – which I did. It turns out I had quite a few food sensitivities. With Lorraine’s guidance, I followed the LEAP directed elimination diet and have noticed a marked improvement. Gradually my ability to sleep has improved and I am experiencing much less fatigue throughout the day. My heartburn, gas, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms are gone; and my aches and pains are much improved.
One of the things I like most about Lorraine’s approach is that she doesn’t just recommend a lot of
supplements without testing to see what you really need.
I am confident in referring her to anyone who needs a competent nutritionist.
Mario’s powerful life transformation.
Mario V. was tired of feeling lethargic; and he was fed up with the constant need to buy bigger clothes. With Lorraine’s help, he lost over 60 lb. and lowered his cholesterol by 40 points. The multitude of compliments he now receives – including one from a female friend who thinks he looks 20 years younger – encourages him to keep up his healthy lifestyle.
“I lost 88 lb and I stopped all my medications for blood pressure, cholesterol, and reflux.”
In January 2011 my weight was spiraling out of control and my hip hurt all the time. I had high cholesterol, high blood pressure, my blood sugar was showing problems, and I was on several medications. My doctor gave me orders to lose weight and recommended that I see Lorraine. When we first met I weighted 275 lb and now, 10 months later, I weigh 187 lb. With Lorraine’s helped I lost 88 lb and I stopped all my medications for blood pressure, cholesterol, and reflux. I reduced my waist size from a tight 44 inches to a comfortable 36 inches. My hip stopped hurting after losing 25 lb and hasn’t bothered me since.
Lorraine has been a constant support and is always available to answer my questions. She taught me about portions sizes and how to eat healthier foods. My family can’t believe the change in me and they are always giving me great compliments. I feel like I accomplished an amazing feat with my own determination and the help of a great nutritionist. And with Lorraine’s continued support, I am hoping to reach my ultimate goal of 175 lb.
“After 4 months my scale went below the 200 lb. mark. I was amazed!”
As I think about the weight loss process, it has been years of false starts, incorrect self-perceptions, and a general lack of commitment to accomplish the task. I reached a new point of frustration when I hit 262 lb. and I set off to reduce. I tried for 3 months but I could not get below 257 lb. A hernia surgery came up and I saw my weight decrease to 245 lb. during my short term recuperation period; then it started creeping back up again. With the seasons moving toward summer (my traditional weight gain period) and the coaxing of my surgeon, I decided to engage a nutritionist and called Lorraine. Together we devised a plan and I began following it with her guidance and support. After 4 months my scale went below the 200 lb. mark. I was amazed!
I continue to lose and look forward to reaching my goal weight of 172-178 lb. Every day I’m getting closer and closer. Not only am I losing weight but I’ve improve my health and I feel a lot better. My triglycerides, cholesterol, and blood pressure have all gone down to normal.
I have learned so much during this time working with Lorraine. Some of the biggest lessons learned are: it’s important to pre-measure meats before freezing; always have calorie-free snacks available such as ice pops and Jell-O; eat lots of salads and veggies; never waste an opportunity to eat a meal; special treats are okay periodically; alcohol has too many calories; it’s important to recognizing stress triggers; there are always many healthy options, even when eating out; healthy eating is my responsibility; cheating is not an option; constant commitment is key.
I’ve resolved that this new way of eating must be (will be) ongoing for the rest of my life. The biggest lesson learned: I can feel great!
“Lost over 50 pounds.”
I’ve been a patient of Lorraine’s since February, 2009 and am very satisfied with the results that we have achieved working together as a team. Lorraine’s education and training, a Master of Science Degree in Nutrition and certification as a Registered Dietitian, provide her with the knowledge and techniques that lead to success. Lorraine’s approach is much broader than simply providing her patients with “calorie-counting” information.
She started by providing broad nutritional information that I found to be very useful and initiated a dialogue to jointly develop mile markers and an end point not just for weight reduction but for better nutritional practices. Over time, these markers were jointly reviewed and updated as necessary. As a result I have lost over 50 pounds during the past 15 months, and even more importantly, I have learned to eat a more nutritionally balanced diet resulting in a much more active life style.
Since I am so pleased with my results, if your read this and would like to speak with me directly about my experiences, I have authorized Lorraine to provide you with my phone number.”
“I’ve lost a significant amount of weight and I am well on my way to reaching my goal.”
I have not always had weight issues; in fact, I used to be on the thin side when I was younger. After the birth of my third child life got busy and complicated and left little time for me to focus on myself. As a result, my weight has steadily increased over the past 18 years, until it eventually doubled!
Like many heavy people, my weight loss efforts have run the gamut, from the popular, well-advertised diet centers to a very low calorie diet. While I did lose some weight, in each case I gained it back and then some. I was beginning to worry about my health. I knew I needed help. Meeting with Lorraine opened my eyes to the fact that it didn’t matter where I was starting from, what mattered was that I wanted things to be different. She devised a personal plan for me incorporating healthy well balanced eating with reasonable exercise. I never feel deprived; in fact, my new way of eating keeps me feeling satisfied. And I have much more energy now.
With Lorraine’s guidance and support, I’ve lost a significant amount of weight and I am well on my way to reaching my personal best weight and optimal health. She has helped me to tailor the plan to my lifestyle, and that‘s why I have no reason to quit. It’s working and I love it. She’s always there to answer my questions and, with her support and inspiration, I know I will be successful. Lorraine is kind, supportive and knowledgeable, and she’s a great coach – a true credit to her profession.
Very Satisfied Client
“Lost 15 pounds and lowered cholesterol.”
The nutrition counseling I received from Lorraine was enlightening and I have been successful. I have lost 15 pounds so far and my cholesterol level has dropped by 20 points making my doctor very happy. I am exercising frequently now, improved my eating habits, and I’m healthier thanks to Lorraine.
“I have dropped two pants sizes!”
In 2010, I was diagnosed with cancer. When I finished my treatments, I was given a clean bill of health. I felt I was given a second chance at life –and did not want to waste it. I wanted to get back on track with my eating habits and lose some weight so I asked my primary care doctor to recommend a good nutritionist; she referred me to Lorraine. Once I met Lorraine I knew she was the right person to get me back on track. From day one she was a constant supporter. She taught me about proper portion sizes and what to look for at the grocery store. I have learned to eat more balance meals and now I am exercising more than ever. I hope to be off my blood pressure and arthritis medicines very soon. My family, friends, and co-workers cannot believe how good I look now. I have dropped two pants sizes! With Lorraine’’s constant support and expert advice, I will reach my goal weight soon -– a weight I have not seen in 25 years.
“It’s so easy to get re-focused because I SEE results!”
Thanks Lorraine for helping me see how to clearly eat the ‘right’ foods to help me lose weight, feel more in control and achieve my goals! You are such a pleasure to work with and your clear, easy-going style made me comfortable. I think about everything I eat in a different way, I allow myself special treats but don’t feel guilty for a bad food day because now I know one day off the plan is NOT the end of the world, and it’s so easy to get re-focused because I SEE results! Thanks!
“Set a goal to lose 30 pounds and I am almost 2/3 of the way there!”
Throughout my life, I’ve never been truly happy with my weight. I’ve always wished I could just lose ten pounds. Ten quickly turned into twenty and eventually into thirty. After turning 50, just maintaining this weight has been a challenge. After continually failing to lose weight on my own I decided to make an appointment with a nutritionist for a weight management consultation. I never imagined this simple decision would lead to the success I’ve experienced.
Of course it has required me to change my lifestyle quite a bit but the weight loss success has certainly made all of the changes well worth it! I’ve never been able to stick with a program long enough to lose 8 pounds let alone 20. I have set a goal of 30 pounds for myself and I am almost 2/3 of the way there! Knowing that Lorraine is working with me to meet my goal gives me a great sense of confidence and accountability.
I’m looking forward as I to move closer to my goal and continue to grow out of my clothes. I couldn’t be happier with the results, and am feeling more and more like old self every day!