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Nourishment Cleanse

I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants to discover what it means to take care of yourself; how to find the time, be loving and make it work in a busy world.

— A.B.

I was a person who has never had any success at losing weight.  I normally start a diet and immediately start craving all the foods that I can’t have.  I was surprised that I didn’t crave those foods on the cleanse.  It was the first time ever that I’ve ever had success.  Thank you Ying!

— Janice C.

Excellent!  The Nourishment Cleanse definitely exceeded my expectations.  I certainly would call it a gift of life I gave to myself.

— Jill S.

I highly recommend a cleanse for anyone who would like to treat themselves to something just for them in a supportive environment.  It had a huge impact on what and how I eat, and how I feel every day.  It was great!

— Michelle Czech

I really learned a lot from the Cleanse that I will always remember. I was surprised at how good I felt emotionally and physically. I would like to do this every year!

— Molly P.

I did a 7-day facilitated group cleanse with Ying and it was awesome. I was kinda nervous about the whole idea of a cleanse – I had heard all the horror stories of fasting and extreme bowel movements. This cleanse was totally different – you actually get to *eat*, primarily organic local foods, and mostly fruits and vegetables with proteins and grains. After the cleanse my body felt clean and whole. Ying really made a difference with her thoughtful, genuine approach. I can’t recommend her highly enough.

— Natala M.

I experienced a real ‘awakening’ during my cleanse… a new awareness of how critical food is to my well-being and overall performance. I truly feel empowered to effect new and positive changes in my life.

— Patty Murphy

This was an awesome experience. The Cleanse opened my eyes to a new way to view food and health. I don’t think I’ll ever look at it the same and I hope to carry the Cleanse with me on in life.

— Samantha F.

Ying Yu

I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am to have found your support. Working with you the last few months have really helped me get on the right track with food. I am more aware of what I put into my body and feel like I am finally reaching the core of why I emotionally eat. When I first met you I was really scared I was going to keep hurting my body for the rest of my life. I finally feel like I have control over that and know I am continuing to reach a better understanding of myself and my life around food. I guess I just wanted to say thank you! Without you, I may never have gotten past some of my food and body issues.

— April Montez

I began working with Ying 3 months ago because I knew how to eat well but just wasn’t doing it for myself and the consequences were no longer okay with me.  And this had been going on for several years.  Ying has been exactly what I needed to make great choices for myself — she is amazing at striking the balance between being a compassionate, non-judgmental listener and being a space of accountability.   My biggest challenge was my inability to allow myself to be in the moment with my choices rather than always thinking it was black or white and that I was right or wrong, not just in what I was eating but in my entire life.  In my first month with Ying I was able to just let that go, and with a sense of ease (which was SO NOT my experience before working with her) I have simply chosen a new and satisfying way of eating, and when I stray from these choices I just come back to them without all the struggle.  I also think this is because Ying holds a bigger picture for me in the work we do together – she comes from the standpoint that nourishment is not only about our food but our whole lives.  As a result, I have been able to look at what really satisfies me and what is in the way of choosing this in a totally safe space.  The last thing I will say – I love how Ying listens, feeds back what she is hearing me say and then either asks me to consider some new way of viewing the situation, creates a space for me to get present and see what is really under it, and/or supports me to create new actions.  I ultimately feel heard and am able to hear myself through her coaching and listening.

— Christie Reed

It has been a wonderfully empowering experience of learning, motivation, and tools to make changes in attitudes, food choices, and eating.  Actually experiencing myself changing patterns and attitudes feels very good. This is just what I needed, and I can draw on this structure for years to come.

— Evelyn S.

Ying Yu is an incredible nutritionist. Graceful, compassionate and a great listener. I’ve been playing games with food since I was in college (and seeking treatment *almost* ever since), and Ying took my healing to another level. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable on the science surrounding this modern food “movement”, she also understands and cares for people. Ying helped me to release myself from the bad/good game (you will find no food rules here) and really examine what food and eating represent to me, and to challenge those beliefs (example: does having a brownie really mean I’m a crazy out of control lunatic that will never get it together? Really?). The reason it works is because she focuses on how foods make you FEEL – a truth that can never be swayed by the latest fad diet. The support I gained in my visits with Ying helped me to regain my power back. She encouraged me to have my own back and not be afraid to unabashedly own my thoughts, feelings and opinions. Ying is enlightened and intelligent and I truly truly value the time I spend with her. It’s an investment I will never regret.

— Jill Wenger

I just finished a 5-week group counseling workshop with Ying at Green Lake Nutrition. One of the best self-care efforts I’ve ever undertaken. If you’re looking for clarity and help transforming your relationship with food that empowers you to make healthy living a daily practice, I cannot imagine a better resource. The $$ to value ratio was fair and Ying is a fantastic counselor: Compassionate, inspiring and real master at getting our group of six women to open our hearts and let our hair down. If you’re someone who reacts intensely to feelings and emotions (your own, others’, etc..) and uses food to mask, anesthetize or otherwise cope with said feelings to the point where it affects your life negatively, you might find this type of group counseling a life-saver.

— Kim James

When I asked my doctor for a nutritionist referral she gave me Ying’s name. I signed up for a six month program with Ying and…her guidance, conversations (online and off) and suggestions have led me to be a person who now craves fresh vegetables and is willing to try a variety of vegetables when entering the grocery store. Everything that I have learned in this program has changed my life forever.

— L.L.

Ying has really opened my eyes to the world of whole foods and healthy eating. As a vegetarian and avid runner I knew that my diet was lacking in some areas but needed some guidance. I was also having difficulty as far as hormone imbalance.  Ying began by analyzing my diet and then broke down how much of each nutrient I needed. I was really amazed with the amounts of protein and fiber that I needed on a daily basis and how much I was lacking as well as other nutrients. I started buying more organic whole foods and eliminating processed refined foods. Within the first couple weeks I started feeling more satiety and energy.  At the end of my 4th session I really noticed a difference in my eating habits and have gained a great deal of knowledge. The grocery store tour really helped me expand outside my normal routine of foods. I never realized what a “rut” I was in.. but now am having a great time experimenting with different foods.  Ying just makes you feel “at home” from the start and is a great listener. I have gained a wealth of knowledge that I will be able to use in my everyday life. She has really made a difference and I feel privileged to have met her!!

— Steph F.

Julie Starkel

Since October 2010, I have been working with Julie on a plan to lower my overall cholesterol level, improve my low energy levels, get a handle on mood swings and help with poor mental clarity (or “foggy brain”).  By identifying food allergies with special blood tests she uses, within five months, my overall cholesterol dropped 26 points (LDL declined by 20%), my energy levels were noticeably better, my mood swings have all but gone away and the “foggy brain” -gone, and everything is continuing to improve too!!!
Julie is great to work with. I like to think of her as my coach or partner in health. She genuinely cares about your health and really wants to work with you to help you have optimal health and happiness. I have thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated working with her and am looking forward to continuing our path to great health together!!!

— Ben

Julie came up with a plan of action for me after reviewing all of my medical records very carefully and interviewing me at length. I started with a cleanse and at times it was difficult for me. I wasn’t sure I could do it after having been so beaten down for so long by my poor health. But Julie was there every step of the way and continues to do so. In the first few weeks I needed hour by hour help via phone and email, and Julie was always there making me feel like I was her only client. I had complete faith in her knowledge and abilities, and this says a lot given how disillusioned I had become with all health care practioners. She gave me the personalized attention that someone like me, who was so sick and had so many complicating factors, needed to start the healing process. I could not have received this kind of help and attention from a lesser person. I literally felt like I had an angel leading me out of my nightmare.

— Ellen M.

Finding Peace with My Body…getting to the other side

So when I came to Green Lake Nutrition in May 2011, I was angry.  You might say I went to Green Lake Nutrition for couples counseling.  My body and I were not getting along.  I didn’t trust my body or understand it at all.  Everything I did seemed to be the wrong thing.

Finally, Julie Starkel dropped it on me…I was a genetic pre-diabetic.  I had a healthy history of diabetes Type II in my family and I was starting to show the first symptoms of lethargic metabolism, easy weight gain and difficulty losing weight.  She introduced me to an eating program that restricted so many of the foods most people eat…grains, dairy, carbs.

The transition was difficult.  I remember driving down a suburban mall road that I pass everyday on the way to work and looking at all the restaurants and saying, “I can’t eat there.  I can’t eat there,” seeing all my options as non-existent.

Over time I learned every time I ate one of those forbidden foods, I quickly held on to water resulting in a 3-4 pound gain, and then my metabolism was quite sluggish and lazy, choosing to just pack on more weight rather than let it go.  I didn’t have all the symptoms of low energy or stomach irritation.  Most of my symptoms were related to the scale.  It took time to recognize how much damage I was doing to my body by eating foods that caused it to run so sluggish.

There have been adjustments though for the good.  I learned not to listen to what everyone else is doing, but rather what has worked for my body as a pre-diabetic.  Instead of bemoaning what I can’t have, I take in all the ingredients on the menu and order from the ingredients rather than their pre-packaged meal designs in a restaurant.  I am courteous to my wait staff, apologize for the difference in my ordering (which they always tell me is nothing compared to some other customers) and usually end up with a meal I like that is cheaper to boot!

I have learned what my real priorities with food are.  I used to believe it was the actual food but have found it is certain themes:

I love having bites so I don’t have to say no all the time.  If I can just have a taste then I don’t feel left out or that I am missing out on the next great thing.  Of course, I have also learned not to take a bite of something that I have already tried because I have to accept that when I am trying to lose weight, one bite will kick me off my plan for 3 days.  This helps me resist at critical times.  This is especially important for me because I am a hobby baker and candy maker.

I love variety:  I don’t mind if I have a small amount of food as long as I can have a little of everything.  When my family went to England this summer, I went chocolate hunting everyday.  We would go to a swanky chocolate shop and each person in the family picked out 1 or 2 pieces of chocolate that they wanted to try.  We got 6-8 pieces.  That night, we would then cut each piece into four tiny pieces and savor each new taste like a tasting party.  By the time we had the chocolate we were away from the store so we enjoyed what was there rather than be tempted to buy more.  I liked this because I got to try all that I wanted but didn’t pay the price on the scale a day later.  All together we went to eleven different chocolate shops and two candy shops on the trip and I gained only 1 pound during that vacation.

I like knowledge:  Before I would exercise harder if I ate more or ate 1000 calories to lose weight and get varied results.  Now I know what foods make my body run the most efficiently and which foods will muck it up.  I no longer think in terms of calories but rather think how my body will receive this food.  I still exercise and keep aware of portions, but I know it is not the key to my good health.  I now trust my body and I believe it trusts me.

I love the side effects:  Although I do not suffer some of the symptoms of other pre-diabetics, I have gained some awesome side effects.  Some shifts in my tastes have occurred.  I now like water over a 30 year love affair with diet soda.  It didn’t happen all of a sudden, I just realized over time its hold on me was much less, but really crazy was that I no longer really desired it either.  Sure I have it now and then, but can take it or leave it now.

I now enjoy eating the foods that are good for my body.  Don’t get me wrong, I have my moments, I splurge or fall off the wagon.  What is interesting is I now desire mentally to return to the foods that make my body run well.  I am not doing it out of fear of gaining weight but rather out of desiring those foods.

So there you have it,  I am not at the end of my journey because only time will grant me the gift of stability of my weight, but I will tell you my confidence to shape my destiny (and my a**) is much higher than I have experienced on any other program, diet or plan in my almost 20 years of weight management.  I hope you will experience the peace I have found with my body.  We are in love again.

— Julie S.

Cooking Classes

Cooking gluten and dairy free is easier than I imagined. The food is wonderful, recipes and instructions are easy to follow, and very helpful. Adriane is extremely knowledgable and helpful. It’s made cooking joyful again.

— Denise Simpson

I am a non-cook faced with sudden and significant dietary restrictions which make it nearly impossible to eat at a restaurant or to eat food cooked by other people.  Although I’ve only had three sessions with Adriane, so far she has given me many good recipe ideas and and has shown me some cooking techniques which have already made my life easier.  As an example, the super-healthy granola we made was fantastic – I’ve made it numerous times and it has become a staple for me almost daily.  I learned multiple things but the most important thing is that cooking can be really fun – even for me!

— Maury C.