Our Fall 2023 Challenge Winner, Hailey!
CSE taught me that healthy food can taste good, give you more sustainable energy, and honestly, my depression and anxiety has gotten so much better.
CSE has changed my life! I could go on and on for days about how CSE has transformed my life for the better. I have been struggling with type 1 diabetes burnout and postpartum weight gain from 2 kids for the last 6+ years.
Over the last 4 years, my husband and I have tried other popular diets that I had small successes with but ultimately I was unable to sustain them with the strict rules and deprivation. Not only was I mentally unable to stick to those diets but after a month or so I would begin to feel physically unwell.
I came across CSE on Instagram and actually followed them for quite a while before I ever really paid attention to what it really was. I just remember seeing the food posts and thinking "every single recipe looks delicious- this can't be real." After talking with a friend who had bought a couple of books and really enjoyed the food I decided I HAD to do this! My husband and I jumped right in with it and I love it today on day 49 as much as I did on day 1!
In 7 weeks I have lost 14.2lbs and 8.75 inches! My blood glucose levels have been in the most control that I have ever had in the 14 years that I have had diabetes. My HgbA1c went from 8 to 6.3! The work JJ and Erika put into the recipes takes all the work out of eating with diabetes. I have gained a love and confidence for cooking that I have never had. I thrive off preparing and serving delicious healthy food for me and my family. I have lost cravings for foods I used to think I could never let go of. I know some people are concerned about the cost of doing CSE but I used all the food I was buying from the grocery lists -- spoiler alert you don't have to buy and throw away fresh healthy produce if you have a plan on how you are going to use it. That alone shifted my mindset from realizing that I want to financially invest in me, and my health through the food I buy! And honestly, it balances out because I actually use the food, instead of throwing it out after 2 weeks.
In addition to pounds and inches, I have lost that tired fuzzy feeling hitting me midday every single day. I have lost the desire to drink diet sodas, I have lost pain in my feet and other joints. I honestly cannot remember the last time I felt this good.
Bonus, I have been able to include my 2 small children into a lot of the meals and or been able to adapt them to suit their picky palates.
I referenced the workouts in the back of the book and found videos online of similar routines -- I like having a video to follow. So a combination of HIIT, TABATA, Strength, and light cardio. I really wanted to focus on the eating portion so I worked out "intuitively" and worked out anywhere from 2-5 days a week. I feel like this really worked well for me and I have built a good foundation to build off of.
Each season we host a free 7-week, community-based health and fitness challenge. We work hard, get our sweat on, and work together to motivate each other to reach our goals.