There are a lot of voices talking about health and diet today, but very few focus on how to actually implement diet protocol into one’s daily living and social life. As a noted author, person living with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis) and an extensive list of diet restrictions, Lisa has expertise on the topic.
Lisa has over two decades of management and communications experience both in the fine dining and hotel management. She is also the founder and president of Lead Savvy, a lead generation firm she founded in 2006, where succinct and strategic communication is key to success in an environment where the audience often distracted (and sometimes disgruntled).
Price Range: $0-$250
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
You will learn easy-to-understand strategies that will give even the shyest person empowering, assertive and positive approaches to adapting a specialized diet in almost any situation.
Lisa can tailor her presentation to integrate any or all of the following topics:
An inspirational and empowering success story from a person with an extensive list of diet restrictions.
Strategies to help improve quality of life when living with a specialized diet.
New ways to help manage the mental and emotional challenges that go with managing diet restrictions.
Tips on handling the stresses of relationships with friends, loved ones and strangers when you have diet limitations.
Ideas on how to help you or your loved one’s travel or dine out with diet restrictions.
Usable tools and practical can-do advice with tips on how to make the transition to diet restrictions easier.
Lisa lives in Portland, Oregon, and is available for speaking engagements and in-person coaching and consulting at your location, worldwide. Rates are available by the hour, by the four-hour half day or by project and will reflect the scope of the work, the types of challenges you face and the size of the group.
Lisa’s book, Living Well with Diet Restrictions has been well received by the medical and naturopathic community.
Dr. Steven Sandberg-Lewis, N.D., D.H.A.N.P. Naturopathic College of Natural Medicine
Living Well With Diet Restrictions is the missing link in the implementation of detailed dietary programs. It fills in many of the gaps between the healthcare practitioner's prescription of the diet and the ability of the patient to actually succeed! Thank you Lisa!
Dr. Char Glenn, M.D. Nob Hill Internal Medicine:
Very nice. Very needed. Very helpful to the newly diagnosed, anyone with food sensitivities (including those who would like to travel) or anyone who enjoys good food. Attractively presented. I will recommend it to all the people I know who have ulcerative colitis, Crohns, or celiac disease.
Daniel I. Newman, M.D., N.D. M.S.O.M. Medical Director, Rising Health Wellness Center:
I highly recommend this much needed and unique book for anyone who has to live with dietary restrictions. Lisa Angst has written a concise, readable, practical guide, well grounded in both current scientific knowledge and her own personal triumph. Whether you are planning a gastronomic adventure in Europe, or just trying to figure out how to grocery at home, if you are learning to cope with food sensitivities this book is for you!
Dr. Lisa Shaver, N.D.Everyday Wellness Clinic, Gluten Intolerance Group of Portland, OR:
Love this book. It will be a blessing and great resource for patients with specialized diets.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
After college I climbed the corporate ladder. By age 28 I had a six-figure salary, and juggled a dual role of general manager and director of sales at a nationwide hotel chain. Within this corporate culture, I was the youngest in management and I was in the top ten for profit margin. I had a fast-paced lifestyle and diet to go along with it. I lived off fast or prepackaged foods and was lucky if I saw a green vegetable in six months. Frequently under pressure, and working 80+ hours per week, I was often sleep deprived. I drank about a pot of coffee a day to accomplish what seemed like an endless stream of demands and deadlines. I had limited time to diffuse stress, so it seemed ingenious to multi-task on a stair-stepper...while having a couple of beers to unwind. The financial rewards of my work were enticing, but eventually I had to accept that I could no longer continue with such demands on myself and my body. After taking six months off to recharge and stare at the carpet, I gravitated back into sales, where again the environment was high stakes and intense, now with straight commission and cut-throat competition. Self care was again a sacrifice. At that age, I felt invincible and far removed from the idea that there'd be repercussions for long hours, high stress, and poor diet.
At age 30, I was diagnosed with the early stages of ulcerative colitis (UC). Initially my UC flare ups had what seemed like little or no major symptoms and they would come and then go, but as the disease progressed my flare-ups grew worse. I became anemic, malnourished underweight, and I was in constant pain with intestinal cramps. Eventually, I had to resign from my job and what felt like my role as a capable, independent person. Eventually, it became difficult to even leave the house because I couldn't be far away from the bathroom. Simple trips outside the home, like grocery shopping or taking a walk, became stress-inducing ordeals.
My condition continued to deteriorate. I remember lying in the hospital bed after yet another colonoscopy (my third in five years.) The news was bad. My entire lower colon was inflamed and littered with ulcers, and my condition was labeled as "severe." My doctor outlined a treatment plan that included expensive medications with troubling side effects. I recall gasping in the mirror when I'd noticed random fat deposits on my face, chin and neck getting puffier from a new medication. The temporary relief of symptoms was overshadowed by this hard-to believe reality that I'd now be dependent on these drugs to just exist. Should these treatments not work future surgeries were predicted to keep my condition manageable. It was bad enough to have my own body revolting against me. It was even worse because I didn't know what caused the problems or how to stop it.
THE TURNING POINT
During the course of a casual conversation, I learned about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). Reading the book, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle," by Elaine Gottschall, I began learn about possible causes that led up to my condition. A key piece for me was that I began to understand how a fast-paced lifestyle full of processed fast foods and highly refined sugars could contribute to digestive disorders. Elaine Gottschall theorized that health was possible once the offending foods were removed from the diet, some for a period of two-three years, others indefinitely, depending on if there was a reaction upon a reintroduction to meals. Included Her book included a meal plan that incorporates many of today's common diet restriction protocols including: gluten free, grain free, sugar free and dairy free diets.
At first I was overwhelmed with all the radical changes, and the idea that I would have to make mostly all of my own food. At the same time, the hope and possibility of returning back to health was better than any other scenarios I had been given, which included immune suppressants, steroids, colon resection and the possibility of a colostomy bag. I felt I had to try. I committed to the diet for a week and planned to evaluate it at the end of that time.
The change at the end of the first seven days was subtle. The first thing that I noticed was a lifting of my mental fog, something that had escaped my attention before. I was able to focus more easily and I seemed less scattered throughout the day., I was definitely missing my favorite comfort foods. I wasn't even sure if my new clarity had anything to do with the diet, but it was the only option that seemed to have hope so I decided to continue it. Over the next month, I made a lot of frustrating and unintentional mistakes with foods. I was far from feeling stellar but the ten hours of sleep a day that I had needed to feel refreshed dropped to about eight.
Within the first five months I was discovered a slow and steady sense of recovery. I started to get the hang of the diet and began to give up the "quick fix" mind. At about six months, my symptoms were actually calming down part of the time. Unfortunately, I was managing most of my recovery on my own, as most people didn't understand my condition or needs. I felt like my diet restrictions were an imposition to dining establishments, so I shied away from eating out. But all that was about to change.
As I better got my bearings, I started to pull from the skills that I had learned in my communications studies, and I began to draw upon my experiences in both the hospitality and sales industires. Using my sales abilities in how to network, I found a diet coach who helped me navigate more smoothly through some rough patches. Her name was Shelia and she helped me find resources that I did not even know existed. Through my own, additional research, I discovered online forums with people doing the same diet protocol, and I began to feel less isolated. My communications background taught me to be of an opinion, but one that is subject to change with new information and I learned it a good idea to take any specific viewpoint as gospel. So I enlisted doctors from several schools of thought, which gave me a more complete view of my condition and various options to manage it. There is a saying in sales, "You don't get what you don't ask for." So I enlisted friends and loved ones to help in specific, effective ways, comfortable for all of us. My work in hospitality and management taught me to accept the limitations of the human attention span in a distracting environment so I developed succinct, communication strategies for grocery stores and dining establishments so that I could find "safe" things to eat outside the home.
AT A YEAR AND A HALF, I WAS IN FULL REMISSION AND I HAD STOPPED ALL MEDICATIONS
A lot of the my success came from the abilities within myself. I don't think mine were any more ideal than someone else's. Ever hear the saying, "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are now?" President Roosevelt said that, and I have leaned on this quote when I feel a lot of discord starts to pile up on me. I set short term goals which were obtainable, so I had the opportunity to recognize frequent successes along the way. I quieted my frustrations with noticing small accomplishments, appreciating what I did have and practicing patience.
I could now venture outside the home without hesitation and I could be in public places without looking for the nearest bathroom. Now able to take a long flight without thinking twice about it, I took a trip to Paris. I was now buying food compliant with my dietary needs not only at local restaurants and grocery stores, but in foreign languages and in other countries.
After two years, I went into the optometrist to tell him that the eye glasses I occasionally wore were giving me headaches. In near disbelief he said, "Your eyes certainly have changed, but for the better-- you are almost back to 20/20 vision." So many positive changes! I went to my high school reunion and my classmates commented that I looked the same as I had in high school. They weren't lying; I had the same slim figure as I did back then...and actually weighed eight pounds less.
Shortly thereafter, feeling great, I was off to Iceland to get certified in dry suit scuba diving, while in glacial waters and at the North American/Eurasian plate boundary. The fun and adventures continue. My diet choices, while not the cure-all, have reduced my symptoms significantly and I am in better health and shape than I have ever been.
I had found my "magic pill"... it just came in a time-released formula with a starting point of inward, for a journey outward... and onward.
My book and website, (link hidden) contain details of how I got back my health, and hopefully helps give you the support and confidence you need to not only manage, but improve your life when you have to manage diet restrictions. As a diet coach I help people with social solutions, resources and support for a variety of specialized diets and digestive conditions.
Negotiable - larger groups will require a microphone and podium, smaller groups also welcome.
In some cases, depending on the size of the group a video screen that can hook up to a computer for a slide show presentation may be required.
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