As our #LEANteam introductions continue, I am so excited to formally introduce you all to Cassie Zumwalt, my BFF, partner in crime and #LEANteam rockstar! As you will read below, I have known Cassie since our days in college. We have been pretty inseparable for the past 20 years and during our time together I know that I have been a major influence in her overall goal to live a healthy life.
10-12 years ago when I became the rogue dietitian, telling my patients to stop worrying about fats and start worrying about carbs and sugar, she might have been the only person that did not think I was crazy! Together we have evolved and aimed to nourish our bodies with the highest quality foods and hold each other accountable for this new healthy lifestyle. I will even admit that over the last few years Cassie may be more dialed in with regards to food quality and food sourcing than even myself. She is a wealth of knowledge due to her educational background and her personal experience. Cassie has been a promonate figure in my monthly ELITE program for the past year and I look forward to expanding her roll in the months to come! Read more about Cassie below.
The whole family got healthy!
Amanda and I have been close friends since our sorority days back in college. We have shared many awesome memories together including being part of each other’s weddings, beginning of our careers in the medical field, we even got to experience pregnancies together. Like so many women, I really struggled with losing my pregnancy weight; however, my battle was even more complicated by a considerable amount of stress due to my son’s long term and frequent hospitalizations related to his complex congenital heart disease. I really lost sight of how important it was to put my health first! Which is imperative, as Aiden’s special needs will require both me and my husband to be at our best for the rest of our lives. Unfortunately, I had been a lifelong “yo-yoer” with my weight despite my awareness of the importance of whole food nutrition and eating from clean, high quality food sources; I was a steady state cardio junkie, and I had not seen any substantial results for many years after the birth of my son.