My weight gain started like 7 years ago after finishing my college and starting a job. My job took over my life and I didn't have any time to go to gym and didn't have proper guidance for a diet that will maintain my body. Within a year I went from size 0 to 6 and from 110lbs to 135lbs. It didn't just stop there though, about 3 years ago I started infertility treatment. I gained more weight after all the hormone treatments and went to a size 8 and was up to 147lbs. I felt like I was trapped in my own body and couldn't do anything about it. Then I joined gym and hired a personal trainer and I lost like 8-9lbs and then I stopped losing weight, I guess cause I didn't have proper nutrition I needed. So I stopped going to gym and I stayed at 137lbs. After few months I started noticing that I was out of breath all the time, feeling lazy and sluggish most of the time. I can say there were times I hated to look at myself in the mirror. None of my clothes fit me and I felt ugly. I tried so many diet plans and felt like I was starving myself and didn't like the taste of anything I ate. Also, being Indian most of the diet plans out there don't have any guidance on Indian ethnic foods, so basically you just do the guesswork and follow the plan. Which obviously never worked cause how do I know if I am calculating the nutrition right or not. About 6 months ago I went to get my regular checkup and came back borderline cholesterol and BMI above normal. For 30 years of age and no kids I felt like that's not good and I need to do something in order to be healthy for myself and my family.
Then one of my very good friend referred me to Layne Lieberman, RD. She has been amazing and a blessing to me who changed my life completely. Layne worked with me and made a special meal plan that was just for me based on my needs. She took my doctors reports and spent few days in making this plan. This plan basically helped me realize how unhealthy I was. She included Indian foods which I basically eat most of the time and taught me how to cook the same dishes healthy way. I also learned to read labels, make better food choices, food shopping. She made me understand that this is not a diet but its a way of lifestyle. I have lost about 18lbs and I'm down to size 2. This has not happened to me in past 7 years and this is huge for me. Thanks to Layne Lieberman. She stays on top of everything and follows up with me every month with scheduled phone calls and goes over everything to see how I am doing and follows up regularly. She is always available whenever I have any question to ask by emails and she gets back to me within few hours.
This will be my first New Years where my resolution won't have anything to do with my weight. I feel like registered dietitians have knowledge and are well trained to counsel individuals based on their needs. They are truly the food, nutrition and the diet experts! "
Not sure you will recognize and remember the names. We came to you in the Cedarhurst Center about 20 or more years ago, referred by Dr Steven Lomasky, Endocronologist. We even came to your home once in Quogue for a refresher. Since this time we have gone to the Joslin Center in Boston to learn Carb Counting. Now that Joe has Stage Kidney Disease we have been in search of a Renal Dietician and have had no real success. We even looked for you but could not find you. It appears that you are continuing on your successful path in your field, but, if I am assuming correctly, you are not doing Nutritional Counseling on a one to one basis. Perhaps I am wrong, but, if I am not I am hoping that you can recommend a person in Nassau County who has a concentration in all of the ins and outs of the Renal Diet restricitons. We now count carbs, potassium units, sodium and phosphate levels. It is a monumental job for me to research each meal, not to mention navigating restaurant food. We have seen several Nutritionists, but none have done for us what you did when you gave Joe meal suggestions and the correct way to get enough food to satisfy his appetite. In our books we have been searching for your approach with someone else, with no success. So happy to have found you and would look forward to discussing this with you. So happy to see your new book. When we speak, I will tell you how I found you again."
Wow not even sure where to begin. You have been a miracle in my life. I was constantly on diets and struggling to loose weight, I tried everything. Nothing was working and I was so frustrated. Bell went off call Layne Lieberman.
Thank god I made the call. It’s been a process but you have made sure I always get to eat what I like and mix things up so that I don’t get bored with my food. When I started to notice weight coming off and some of my old jeans fitting again I actually started to cry and realized I can eat healthy and feel good and it’s all because of you.
Layne you have always been available for any call, text , email etc. I’m laughing about the time I was in Paris and emailed can I eat the bread. You have been an absolute life saver and love working with you. Thank you so much for helping me learn to love healthy food.