I began my wellness journey in April 2014. Although I was in great shape, went to the gym regularly, and ate what appeared to be healthy foods, I was often depressed and unmotivated throughout the day. My testosterone was low, my liver enzyme levels were elevated, I lacked energy during the afternoon, I disengaged from social functions, my cholesterol was too low, and, the worst part of it all, I hated eating food. I was eating the traditional Standard American Diet for over ten years. I was always super active, which allowed me to thrive when it came to athletic performance. However, I noticed that as I reached my 30’s, the diet I had been following started to impair my motivation, drive, and energy. Getting down every meal was torture as I thought I had to eat six to seven meals a day to reach my goals. To say that keeping up with the pressure of eating was stressful, would be an understatement. Being told to avoid sugar as well as fat made eating extremely unappealing as I never enjoyed my meals. It became a habit to just inhale food down as fast as possible. Since I hated eating, I ate as fast as possible so I could move on with my day. I told myself this was who I was and how eating was supposed to be. My eating frustrations infiltrated other areas of my life. I was often hot-headed and lost my patience very quickly. I would flip out on my family, friends, and coworkers so easily that it made me become depressed and isolated. I felt better when I was by myself because I reasoned that I couldn’t make anyone else feel bad through my words or actions. Even when I was in the company of others, I was lonely. Again, this was something that I had come to convince myself of – that this was just who I was. I really did not think much of it. I went about my days hoping things would change. Little did I know that when I started to change my nutrition, my entire life would alter in many profound and exciting ways.
Fast forward to the present, I want to impact the lives of others who feel the way I felt. Rewired for Wellness has the vision to allow people to tear down the walls that they have built up around themselves. People do not wake up one morning and decide to be overweight, unhappy, unmotivated, and lethargic. It is an accumulation effect that takes years to develop. We eventually wake up one day and wonder how we arrived here. The drive to move less, eat more, and remain in a state of suboptimal living develops deep inside of us. These are the result of the forces within our biological systems that are beyond “wanting” to make a change.
Before starting Rewired for Wellness, I had to improve myself first. I had to know what it took to feel happy, empowered, and energized. I wanted to start thriving through life. I was tired of feeling lost, alone, and helpless. I was confused about where to even begin. Small challenges began delivering huge returns. The feeling was infectious as I wanted to continue to adjust my lifestyle to keep my foot on the gas. It was refreshing to see that the life I was once living was not who I had to be. The story I had been telling myself about who I was and how I deserved to feel was starting to unravel; a lie that was beginning to unveil itself. As I really began to love life, I was passionate about making the lives of those around me better.
The Rewired for Wellness Program guides individuals to improve their lives through the four pillars of health: nutrition, stress, sleep, and exercise. We look forward to a future where people make longevity and optimal living a priority; where thriving is the main goal, not merely surviving. Questioning the status quo and eliminating harmful “conditioned” habits are some key ingredients to adding optimal years to your life.
We fear that the average person does not understand the true dangers of the conventional food supply system, sedentary lifestyle behaviors, artificial light exposure, and disordered sleeping patterns. When looking at all of the factors that influence health or disease at once, it can conjure up an overwhelming feeling. Rather than tackle every obstacle that is in our way, it is easier for people to avoid change altogether. We fear that individuals are not exposed to programs that teach them how to modify aspects of their lives, which can slowly transition them into a lifestyle that brings ultimate peace and happiness. The journey is best broken down into manageable steps and goals.
One major obstacle that could prevent making lifestyle changes is the abundance of information that is at our fingertips. A plethora of options, opinions, and guidelines would appear to be a good thing. However, the main issue with too much choice and information, paradoxically, is indecision. It is easier to make no decision at all when stuck in between trying to figure out which path will serve us best. Who do we trust? Which information is most up-to-date and accurate? Where does one begin? It is easy to avoid taking on multiple strategies or experimenting with multiple lifestyle changes to harness one’s health. The opposite is also true. Seeing the world through one lens can lead to missing out on other, better, opportunities. Having such tunnel vision can cause people to get stuck somewhere. They become anchored down by what they know and do not seek other options. The general public does not see the value in improving their life when it comes down to paying for a plan, seeking a coach, or even eating organic. The money spent on life improvement will be saved somewhere else in your life. Purchases dedicated to self-improvement and longevity are often placed on the bottom of the totem pole. It is often easy to forgo spending on health improvement in lieu of materialistic possessions. It is rare for people to place a value (dollar amount) on their own health and happiness. There are not many nutrition questions that can simply be answered, “yes or no”. The nuance behind nutrition is demotivating for the everyday person. Most of the time, people are aware of what they want to improve in their lives but are often confused about where to begin; this is when a health coach is beneficial.
It is difficult deciding who to trust and what information is correct. It is a challenge finding a plan – diet & exercise – that fits into our lives, especially when life becomes complicated. Getting out of our old default patterns is exhausting and frustrating; doing so takes an immense amount of time and willpower, which are both fragile and limited. Falling back into our old habits is much easier than sticking to a new, improved plan that promises to make us happier. We do not live in a world that makes living healthy easy. With all the toxins, GMO foods, pollutants, social pressures, long work hours, entertainment, and sedentary lifestyles, it is an arduous task adjusting to a life focused on longevity and prosperity. Our bodies and physiological systems are still engineered for the world that allowed us to thrive for the past 100,000 years. That same hardwiring is innate to us today, but the environment has vastly changed. To make matters worse, our daily eating behaviors have been reengineered by food makers, social ideals, and hyper-palatable foods. Although we may be privy to the most current and accurate information on what to eat, we are fighting against our newly programmed brain systems. The same impulses that saved our lives years ago are costing us our lives today. The urge for more calories is a great default mechanism when the next calorie is hard to come by and often not guaranteed. The human brain has been reengineered while the bodily systems are still living as if the next meal may be our last. Additionally, there are not many positive reinforcements that support a healthy lifestyle in regards to food options and the mainstream’s opinion of health.
The gaps in service and quality are extremely vast in the wellness industry. Self-proclaimed experts, in the field of nutrition, are doing what they have always done despite new methods, new information, and new strategies in an ever changing and growing landscape. Often, nutrition experts develop programs that are watered down, a mirage, or tantalizing to the eye but lack depth. Nutrition is not as simple as measuring out your fat, carbohydrate, and protein. The calories in, calories out approach is outdated. Personalizing a plan that can address an individual’s specific needs closes the gap in service between programs that are following an antiquated model to those creating new paths. These gaps can be rectified when consumers compare and contrast their options. Improve the quality of service with your dollars. Do not be afraid to challenge what you have known for the chance of a better future. If you are tired of yo-yo dieting, feeling alone and confused, feeling torn between what is correct and incorrect, or convincing yourself that it is okay to feel sick and tired, then contact us today
Here is a brief overview of what we do:
Our plan is about overall health and wellness. Our goal is to improve the quality of life of individuals through analyzing their sleep, stress, exercise, and nutrition. We call these the 4 pillars of health. We want to help people lead happier lives, reap the benefits of feeling great, and perform at their best. We do not want to be a ‘weight loss’ only service; we want to go beyond that. Weight loss is a result of living a healthy lifestyle. The cost of the program is a reflection of how involved we get with you on your journey. We really go in-depth with the individuals we work with. It is $900 for 3 months, which works out to $300 a month. It’s all upfront to hold people accountable to staying committed. The less of a commitment people make, the less likely they are to follow through. Although the best results usually happen with having a health coach at your disposal for at least 3 months, we do offer different pricing and commitment options. If this is something you are interested in please let me know. If not, here are some awesome books that may help you get started on your journey: The Paleo Solution, Keto Diet, Keto Clarity, Grain Brain Whole Life Plan, and Headstrong.
How it worked for others:
Tassia Dos Santos
My first impression:
FINALLY!!! I have found someone who is ready to teach me what clean eating really is and how easy it can be done. I’ve done a few weight loss challenges in my life, however, none of those times did someone sit down with me to explain every detail of the program. Usually, this is how it goes… “here’s your diet plan, follow or you will fail.” NOT with Ben!!! We had a two-hour introduction meeting that involved getting to the bottom of every detail. The best part of all is that Ben doesn’t call it weight loss program but life changing habits – to live a disease free, healthier life. This is what I have been dreaming of for a long time, and I’m so happy I came across Ben and his facility. I have finally found the right person to guide me through this process. We started by going over how to eat, when to eat, and what do eat. He gets to the bottom of everything, and after that reality hits. You see that your “healthy” eating habits aren’t so healthy after all. Ben explains how you can still enjoy good food, going out with friends, and making wise choices without feeling guilty. I left the meeting feeling so excited, refreshed and ready to start. Since our meeting, I have been looking at food so differently and consciously. I can’t wait for what’s ahead. In summary, my first impression of Ben’s wellness programs is amazing. I, for once in my life, have found the right coach to guide me through this change. He understands real nutrition, is organized, motivating, keeps it real and details the program to your personal lifestyle. I couldn’t be happier. The best part of the meeting was how he made me see what food really is, and that stuck with me.
3 weeks in: 4.23.17: Everyone close to me has noticed how I have been working so hard to make this change in my life. My mom and my husband said that I’m finally being my old self, motivated and not giving up. (I told the last 2 years has been a yo-yo diet – start one week, give up the next). Brain fog has definitely gotten better. I still experience here and there but I’m sharper throughout the day. Mental focus has been on point except for the last 2-3 days that I have been very off of myself but overall I’m 100% committed to change my habits for good. I’m completely fine with my coffee without dairy. Coconut milk does the trick and I actually enjoy my coffee again. I do miss having cheese. Probably one of my favorite foods. However, besides my coffee and cheese I never really consume dairy products such as yogurt etc. So I don’t miss it too much.
Dalvin 5/4/17 – First impression
I am impressed and stunned at the same time. I like to try new things but also brained washed by TV. I can’t wait for the changes.
Devon 5/1/17 – First impression
The initial consultation was great–above and beyond what I expected. Admittedly, I was and still am a little overwhelmed and intimidated toward the end. I began to worry about all the life changes I would have to make with regard to my usual food selections, my ability to go out to eat, my ability to eat with friends and family. I’ll definitely be asking about those things in the future, but for now, I’m will take the plunge and make positive changes in my life. Thanks for all involved and prompt responses. I have to admit I had a level of skepticism when considering a health coach, especially with regard to the price, but so far you’ve gone above and beyond my expectations–so thank you.
Christine 4/20/17 – First impression
After my first meeting with Kevin, my first impression of the program is that it is pretty intense. That being said, coming from a place of knowing very little about nutrition and diet, the program is laid out in a way that not only tells you what you are doing but explains why you have to do it. Although I’m scared, nervous and excited to start this, the one thing that attracted me to this program is knowing that I can work closely with someone along the way, who will be answering questions, as well as holding me accountable. Bring on the greens, grass-fed meats and healthy fats. Cheers!!
Nohemi 4/5/17 – First impression
Walking in, I knew this was going to be difficult. Difficult mentally, emotionally, and physically. To change the way I have viewed/felt about food and nutrition for the last 27 years of my life was overwhelming. I was scared but I knew I had to change; change for ME. Walking out of our first meeting I felt empowered. I felt like going through this difficult process was not going to be as difficult. You helped me realize that a life long change was a possibility. I am looking forward to our next meeting and the meeting after that. I am looking forward to the rest of my life. 💪
Rich 4/4/17 – First impression
When first listening about the wellness program, it pretty much went against everything I had been doing or hearing about all my life. I thought maybe it was just your spin on another one of the ” programs” out there. I was skeptical. However, the more you spoke and broke it down, it made sense. When I left I was excited that I would be attacking my goals from a different approach, yet still skeptical. The more I read through everything once I got home and again later that night I realized it all makes sense. I’m excited and feeling more confident that this program will help me reach my goal and allow me to live a healthier lifestyle.
Kenny Young 4/4/17 – First impression
First off, I’m excited but I am also nervous. This is going to be the first time where I am trying a program where I can see that the coach is just as excited, if not more than I am. I love the fact that it’s not a “go and do this” and it costs this much money and “see you in a few weeks”. I like the fact that the coaches are learning every day to make it better for me.
Sky 3/27/17 – First impression
Even though I know it is going to be a lot of hard work, I am excited to get started. I am encouraged that I can be successful implementing the recommended adjustments because the support system is unbelievable. I don’t feel like I am doing this alone, but rather as a team – me and my coach. The right tools were given and it is now up to me to use them!