"I yearned for the day when I could avoid feeling
guilty about everything I ate."
I decided to work
with Sharon because for the past 15 years I have slowly gained
weight and have struggled in my attempts to lose it. I also yearned
for the day when I could avoid feeling at least semi-guilty about
everything I put into my mouth. In the past when I have been more in
control of what I eat (even though I have never eaten wildly out of
control) I feel better and food means more to me, and I wanted to
get back to that feeling. I wanted to eat to maintain good health.
Even though in the
past I thought I knew what was healthy, and had been through times
as a vegetarian, I learned while working with Sharon that I had only
a rudimentary understanding of what was ďhealthyĒ for me and what
Now, I am making
choices that I can live with regarding food. I find that my cravings
for certain foods have diminished significantly and I am eating new,
healthier foods, and am really enjoying how they taste and how they
make me feel.
In addition, it took
a couple of months for me to start losing weight, but then I began
to steadily lose 1-2 pounds per week. I continued losing weight even
after I finished working with Sharon and have now lost almost 20
pounds. This is very exciting to me because that was one of my
goals, but itís even more exciting because I havenít even been
trying. And Iíve certainly not been dieting. Iíve just been eating
foods that I love that make me feel great.
I would recommend
working with Sharon for anyone who is like me and generally
interested in nutrition, but not the traditional model where eating
is based on the USDAís food pyramid. Sharon has a great way of
instructing/informing me about my own specific health concerns and
helping me use nutrition and general healthy choices to treat these
concerns. She also is personable and has a great sense of humor and
that always helps!
MBV, Peterborough, NH
"Working with Sharon has proven to be the best
thing Iíve ever done for myself."
Working with Sharon has proven to be the best thing I've ever done
At 53, I was feeling far older than my years as I found myself
struggling to maintain my weight (never mind lose the 50 or so extra
pounds that Iíd accumulated since the births of my children!),
spending more and more on meds to combat depression, anxiety and
hypertension, and encountering sudden, unexplained and/or persistent
aches and pains throughout my body. My efforts to eat Ďrightí and
exercise religiously all seemed futile; nothing worked, and I had
reached the point where I was ready to simply accept that Ďthisí is
how life would be during my remaining years on this earth.
Then I heard about Sharon, investigated her website and then
scheduled a free consultation. It was then that I knew Ďthisí would
not be how I would have to feel for the rest of my life!
During my work with Sharon, I lost weight, found renewed energy, and
eliminated those mysterious aches and pains. Now my cravings are
gone and I sleep more soundly. I awaken each morning feeling rested
and ready for the day, and all because Iíve learned what eating
right really means for me.
Sharon provided me with valuable hard data and recipes that I keep
in a readily accessible binder and will continue to refer to and
utilize for years to come. I recommend her highly, without
hesitation or reservation. Sharon has become my ONLY go-to resource
when it comes to nutrients, supplements and overall health and
Suzanne Stevens, Keene, NH
ďWe donít know what we donít know.Ē
I have always been very active and rode my bike 2000 miles a year
without any weight loss. I knew that what I was eating wasn't very
good for me, but I didn't know what the right foods were and I felt
like I was missing out on a opportunity to live healthier. I knew if
I didn't get a handle on this now and change our lifestyle that it
would get increasing harder as we get older.
I knew my wife needed to be involved with this process, since we
spend so much time with each other, and so we worked with Sharon
We have both done extremely well. Speaking for myself here, I feel
great. I have tried many new foods, have more energy, and feel like
I am in control of what I eat. I understand better what fuel my body
needs and I can definitely feel the difference when I eat the right
foods. I am satisfied when I leave the dinner table and can
concentrate on living life rather than filling myself with junk. I
can't wait to get back on the bike in the spring and see how I can
perform with the right fuel in the tank.
Iíve also begun to lose weight, and at this point have dropped
almost 15 pounds, with all signs pointing to this trend continuing.
Iím closing in on my target weight and donít feel any sense of
deprivation at all regarding food.
I would recommend working with Sharon for anyone who wants to feel
better about themselves and what they eat.
We don't know what we don't know. We can't be an expert on
everything and it's ok to reach out for some help and guidance from
time to time to better our lives. I have used coaches before in
business and for other things in my life and had tremendous results.
I think of Sharon as our nutrition coach who is guiding us to a
better way of life and would highly recommend her services.
Ken Abbott, Westmoreland, NH
about deprivation or willpower, but focused on deeply nourishing
I am currently a
grad student studying business and sustainability and as I was
getting further into my program I realized that while I was learning
ways to improve the sustainability of society, that I, myself, did
not feel Ďsustainableí; meaning that my lifestyle did not allow me
to consistently feel healthy and I often struggled to rejuvenate
myself after stressful periods. I felt hypocritical advocating for
change in the world, when I didn't personally exemplify or live this
somewhat health conscious, I needed more tools in order to improve
health and have more energy in my day-to-day life and I came upon
the idea that food is by far the best to accomplish this, after all
Ďfood is medicineí and Ďwe are what we eatí. This is when I decided
to work with Sharon.
Before I found
Sharon I had many chronic symptoms. Physically, I experienced
chronic fatigue, body aches, allergy symptoms, food sensitivities,
headaches, digestive problems, bloating, menstrual issues, and an
overall sense of diminished well-being.
Emotionally, I was
prone to ups-and-downs, anxiety and depression. Mentally, I often
had trouble concentrating and lots of Ďbrain fogí; my friends often
joked about my bad memory. However, the worst chronic symptom I
experienced was my addiction to sugar and caffeine, and binge eating
under stress. These compulsions plagued my sense of well-being and
followed me around like a black cloud even on the sunniest of days.
Now, after working
with Sharon, I feel so much better! I no longer feel tired and
bloated all the time, overwhelmed with Ďhow to eatí, or unable to
walk past a plate of brownies. Now I feel healthier, more fit, my
skin is clearer and I have a much greater sense of vitality. Plus my
tool belt is full of new and sharpened tools and nowadays, a trip to the grocery store, with its
unbelievable array of options, isnít overwhelming anymore!
I would recommend
working with Sharon to anyone who wants to improve their health
while also enjoying the pleasure of food, or even growing to truly
experience eating a wide range of foods.
Her lessons are not
about deprivation or relying on willpower, but are focused on deeply
nourishing ourselves. Her sessions also give you the space to
explore the emotional and spiritual aspects of your relationship
Ally King, Keene, NH
ďFor the first time I feel that Iím doing
something I can keep doing for the rest of my life.Ē
Some friends of mine had worked with Sharon and had great success
with weight loss. I was tired of yo-yo dieting, which I had done for
20 years, and was ready to attack my weight problem in a very
different way, so I decided to work with her, too.
It took a little while, but Iíve now started losing weight and am
down six pounds so far and am thrilled because Iím actually losing
weight during the holiday season while also enjoying what Iím
eating. This is usually not at all what happens during this time of
I have totally changed how and what I eat and this is the first time
I feel that Iím doing something that I can keep doing for the rest
of my life.
Itís partially because I love what Iím eating, but also because I
feel healthier than I have ever felt before. In addition to wanting
to lose weight, I had various problems, such as joint pain,
headaches and cravings for sugary foods, which have now completely
Christine Symonds, Keene, NH
"My cholesterol numbers have NEVER been this
I had a cholesterol test recently and the numbers
were great. Now, this is either someone else's blood (my numbers
have NEVER been this good) or your help has really made a
P.C., Keene, NH
"You can build
a sustainable program to live with for the rest of your life."
I decided to work with
Sharon because I wanted to learn more about nutrition and how what I
ate affected my weight, energy and overall fitness level. I
wasnít feeling my best and I felt that I needed to take control and
really learn about what I was putting into my body to gain an
understanding of what was affecting my wellness at its root core
level. After working with Sharon for six months, I am now
forever changed in how I approach and evaluate what I eat and how I
There is so much information
out there and so many diets bombarding you with often conflicting
statements, that it is difficult to know what to listen to and what
will work for you. In the past, thinking I was doing things the
Ďrightí way, I would often eat the wrong things, at the wrong times
and in the wrong proportions which created a flywheel affect of
seeking more of the same things that werenít giving me the energy
and nutrients that I needed.
Sharon and I were able to
tailor my diet in ways that worked for me. My diet now is easy
and natural (I am not ďon a dietĒ) and I now rarely have cravings
for things that are less healthy for me. Sharon introduced me
to foods I was never aware of before that can satisfy my appetite
and are much healthier and better sources of energy. This, combined
with taking some tailored supplements have made a tremendous
difference in getting me to a place where my weight is stabilized
and I have lots of energy for my workouts, my job and my family. I
literally have never felt better!
I would recommend working
with Sharon for anyone who wants to take control of their diet and
really understand the impact of how the food and nutrients they put
into their bodies affect their health, energy and overall
wellness. She is great to work with and will educate you
about a large range of nutritional options and then help you to
tailor a diet specifically for you. You can really experiment
and pick and choose from a multitude of different elements and then
build a sustainable program you can easily live with for the rest of
your life. It was a great experience for me and has helped me
build the foundation for health and wellness in the second half of
Warden, Keene, NH
"It's been quite
a remarkable transformation."
Iím in my mid-50s
and thought I was making good choices when it came to food and
health. Iíve read many health newsletters and pay attention to media
reports about diet, wellness, aging, sleep, exercise and all of the
other elements that constitute healthy aging. But I now know that as
hard as I tried, many of the choices I was making werenít serving me
Sharon listened to
the details of my sleep, digestive and mood issues and distilled
much of it into a manageable and realistic series of small changes,
which, together, have made a huge difference in all areas of my
Itís been quite a
remarkable transformation, and I have really never in my life felt
this good. It didnít happen all at once, and there was some trial
and error, but Sharon worked hard to find the solutions that worked
for me, and together we succeeded in implementing them. We checked
in more frequently than I expected, and I felt completely supported
all the way through the process.
I now have lots of
energy, more stable moods, a spring in my step and a positive
outlook about my life going forward. Iím also finding that Iíve been
losing weight without even trying, which is something I like a lot
and have never been able to easily do before. This has been a very
successful endeavor for me and well worth my investment of time,
energy and money. It feels invaluable.
Iím very grateful
for Sharonís patient and caring attention to me and my thousands of
questions and concerns.
C.J., Keene, New
ďSharon is very encouraging and is an excellent
I was a sugarholic for years, and ate everything sweet that came my
way. I especially enjoyed frozen yogurt (as long as it contained
chocolate), and things like Hershey kisses and those baby Snickers
bars Ė by the bagful. How delicious it all was! But the side-effects
were quite disturbing: much heartburn and insomnia, and worst of
all, feeling anything but good about myself for ďbeing so weakĒ.
I was also tired of feeling fatigued so much of the time for no
discernible reason, and I needed someone to be accountable to. In
short, I was a mess.
Now, after 2-1/2 months, I feel as if Iím learning, finally, how to
best nourish my body Itís been fun trying new recipes and eating
foods that I hadnít had before that taste really good. Best of all,
things are better between myself and me, and that in itself is huge.
Almost as an aside, Iíve lost upwards of 10 pounds without even
trying. Sharon is very encouraging and is an excellent cheerleader!
Sue Lucia, Keene, NH
"Working with Sharon
was one of the best gifts I could have given myself."
working with Sharon after I had recently finished getting my degree
in art, which I did while working. Between working, attending
classes and doing homework my exercise and eating regimens were very
much disrupted. I badly needed help to get myself on track. As it
turns out, the information I got from Sharon was information I could
have used long before I went back to school. Although I had been a
regular exerciser and watched what I ate, I learned through working
with Sharon just how uninformed I was about food and
Working with Sharon was
one of the best gifts I could have given myself, and as happens, my
husband as well, since we both have benefited greatly. She gave me
the knowledge to be an educated eater and make much more informed
choices. I now feel empowered about food and nutrition and am I
healthier than Iíve ever been.
I never felt judged. She
worked with me from exactly where I was and I learned to make better
I now feel so much
better about how I approach my food, I finally feel as if I treat
myself and my body with respect and self love instead of putting my
nutritional needs last.
I would recommend
working with Sharon for anyone who wants to take their eating
choices into their own hands with a very informed and supportive
health and nutrition counselor.
Tricia O'Neill, Telephone Client, Gloucester, MA
"We created a diet
tailored to my physical realities that has really been working well
I spent years experimenting with many dietary approaches
(including extreme low fat, AMA heart diet, vegetarianism, vegan) to
manage my heart disease. While I was able to get my cholesterol
numbers down, my triglycerides were high and I felt "unbalanced".
With little awareness on my part, my body was battling the toxic
effects of my diet and my medications. This often left me feeling
exhausted and depleted. It was difficult for me to get the exercise
I needed because I just didnít have the energy to do
After all this, I was
fortunate to find and work with Sharon, and was able to greatly
benefit from her holistic approach. We created a diet tailored to my
physical realities that has really been working well for
After a little more
than a year of using this approach (I finished working with Sharon
roughly six months ago), I've had two blood tests that were the
best I have ever had. They were balanced and every measurement was
I now eat a
wonderfully interesting diet that includes many of the things I had
previously avoided and hadnít eaten for years. I feel like I am
definitely gaining the upper hand here.
Working with Sharon has also awakened in me an interest in the food
"systems" of the world and especially heightened my interest in
local food systems. I feel that I am finally on the right path with
the "fuel" I put into my body.
"I ate Ďwellí, so didnít think I needed help."
Iím in my mid-60s and consulted with Sharon because various things
were starting to go wrong with my body. Among them were that I had
many, very severe leg cramps and also had frequent, intense hot
flashes. I ate very well, so wasnít really sure that seeing a
nutritionist was what I needed, but I thought it couldnít hurt to
Boy was I wrong. I ended up learning many new things that enabled me
to adjust my diet, improve my supplement choices and expand my
thinking about not only about nutrition but also my activities.
Now, after just three months I have virtually no leg cramps, no hot
flashes and I feel better than I have in a long time.
Iím also much more aware of how the food and supplement choices I
make affect my health and sense of well-being.
Amy Bodwell, Roxbury, NH
"I feel like a new
My sister had been
working with Sharon for a couple of years and has gotten great
I decided to work with
her, too, because I had recently been diagnosed with Type 1
Diabetes, and was desperate to eat as well as I could to improve my
diabetes. I just had no idea where to start, and the hospital
nutritionists werenít very helpful or innovative like
Before working with
Sharon, I wasnít happy with my weight, I had very little energy and
I felt depressed and anxious at times. After just a few months, I
feel like a new woman! Iíve lost weight, I have an incredible amount
of energy, so much that I now wake up at 5:30 a.m. and canít wait to
get on the treadmill Ė and I feel calmer and happier than I can
remember. Iíve also been able to reduce the amount of insulin I
I feel like Iíve now
been educated in a way that would be very hard to research myself,
and I feel so much clarity from what I have learned and what I can
now do for myself.
Sharon is such a great
pleasure to work with. No judgments and a lot of encouragement. I
highly recommend her.
O'Neill, Telephone Client, Lincoln, MA
During the past couple of weeks I can say that I
have a little more weight loss, my mood is more balanced and my
confidence is much better.
A.L., Telephone Client, Greenwich, CT
..... and lastly, when I weighed myself this
morning, it turns out that I have lost 2 more pounds, so am finally
down to 170. Yahoo!
P.O., Telephone Client, Beverly, MA
You are doing a terrific thing for me. I want to
thank you so much. I feel better already. I have only had one
collapse (i.e., white sugar attack) in the past two weeks.
I cannot tell you how nurturing it is, in more
ways than one, to spend this time with you.
C.K., Telephone Client, Cambridge, MA
I am starting to feel better about food. It's
always made me nervous, and with my history of anorexia, I worried
that beginning to work with you would send me back there.
I'm relieved to report that it hasn't, and I now
feel that I can eat real food without worrying that I'll become
ensnared in old behaviors. Thank you.
A.S., Marlborough, NH
didn't realized how much things had changed until the other day when
I saw a friend I hadn't seen for a long time. She told me that I
Ann Arbor, MI
enjoyed the talk Ė
and learned that clearly, I have been consuming too much
sugar without even knowing it.
trying not to panic, but just to now spend the time with you
learning how to do this. I'm starting to get it.
O.C., Keene, NH