WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
"She has turned our family’s overall eating habits around, and we can
now look forward to years of good health!"
MARTY BROWN - Client
I have long been addicted to sweets. My weight is healthy, I’ve had a history of good medical check-ups, and family meals have been generally healthy, so I was surprised to hear at my last medical check-up that I am prediabetic. The news was paralyzing to me, knowing that I had been damaging my body through food. I thought I understood healthy eating and nutrition before this, but I found that I didn’t know how to eat in a way that didn’t require me and my family to fill up on desserts or sweet snacks. Even our “healthy” home cooked meals frequently centered around carbohydrates.
After I heard the news and avoided all food for a couple of days, I called Allyson for her expertise on diet and nutrition. I knew I had to eat something, but all food seemed scary - fruit, dairy, grains, meat, oh my! - and the internet is full of confusing and conflicting information. Allyson read through my eating history and spent a long time thoughtfully addressing each of my habits. She had obviously thought through how I could create a plan that would work for my individual needs, my family, and our lifestyle. She considered each meal and each snack, and showed me how I could turn food I already enjoy into filling meals and planned snacks. She also suggested lots of meals centered around vegetables that the whole family now enjoys.
Additionally, she educated me on the bigger picture of our bodies’ needs, and how those needs can be met through food. Her approach is balanced and reasonable, not gimmicky or trendy. I am not constantly thinking about what to avoid, but what I can enjoy. She has turned our family’s overall eating habits around, and we can now look forward to years of good health!
"Allyson listened to my health history and goals, as well as evaluated my current eating habits, in a very compassionate and nonjudgmental manner. She made it clear that she had expectations from me, but that she was very much here to support and guide me."
A. PETRO - Client
I had the pleasure of working with Allyson in 2018, and I highly recommend her to anyone in need of her services. I originally sought her in out in an effort to lose 5-10 stubborn pounds that I was having trouble shedding on my own. When we sat down to talk, she discovered that my issues with food went way beyond just holding on to a few stubborn pounds.
I have a history of an eating disorder that I thought I had been able to manage pretty well, but I realized that the ED thought process was still very much a part of my life. Allyson listened to my health history and goals, as well as evaluated my current eating habits, in a very compassionate and nonjudgmental manner. She made it clear that she had expectations from me, but that she was very much here to support and guide me. She never promoted the “diet” mentality, and instead she focused on overall wellness and health. She emphasized changing my thought process about food and eating before worrying about the weight loss component. This was important to me because I wanted to lose weight in a healthy way without feeling obsessive about it. She gave me guidelines to follow which was helpful in setting up structure in my life. She gave me ideas for healthy food choices, but she also helped me think of ways to approach eating in a nondisordered manner.
We worked together on changing my poor eating habits and diet mentality just as much, if not more, than we focused on losing weight. To me, that is one of the most valuable assets Allyson brings to her clients. She wants you to embrace your health and focus on wellness as a lifestyle, not a short term goal to weight loss. Her approach is very wholistic and includes healing the mind and body together so that we can live in peace with our food choices and enjoy food without guilt and stress. I recommend Allyson Balzuweit to anyone who is looking to make lifelong, sustainable changes to their eating habits!
Allyson is great at making little tweaks and gradually helping you get on track. I’ve had such success following her recommendations. I have lost about 30 pounds in 15 months - and my pain has significantly improved!
J. BRODY - Client
I am 47, and have been a long-time pain (mostly lower back) sufferer. Over the years, I have tried everything for relief. Last year my PT recommended that I see Allyson for a few visits to get me on an anti-inflammation diet. I am so glad that I did! Allyson’s caring, judgment-free sessions were just what I needed. I thought I was eating pretty healthy, but after meeting with Allyson, I quickly realized how much sugar I was consuming and how it was the culprit of much of my inflammation and pain. Allyson is great at making little tweaks and gradually helping you get on track. I’ve had such success following her recommendations. I have lost about 30 pounds in 15 months - and my pain has significantly improved! I plan on these changes being a lifelong commitment.