What is your game plan for lasting longevity?
Watch the video below to see how you can learn what it really means to be a clean eater!
Patricia P. - Palm Desert, CA
My husband and I recently turned 60 and we both retired. We were not in the greatest of shape. We had to decide if we were going to continue to be overweight, tired, and inflamed or take control of our lives and finally make a real lifestyle change. I’ve dieted my whole life. I’d lose the weight and then once I reached my goal weight, I would go right back to all the bad habits I had; chips before bed, a candy bar mid-afternoon, an extra helping of (whatever). And, inevitably the weight would come back, along with the fatigue and the inflammation. I was definitely a yo-yo dieter.
When I started my clean eating journey the most important thing for my husband and I to realize was that this was a permanent lifestyle change, not a temporary diet. We were going to be making mindful choices every day about the food we purchased, and how it was going to get prepared. We learned the importance of elimination and how some of the foods we loved didn’t love us back. We knew we didn’t want to feel bloated, suffer migraines or feel achy, but we didn’t want to feel deprived.
In the course, you’re encouraged to work through the questionnaire and to go back to it often, and we do. That’s where we decided that we worked our whole lives to retire and we want to be around to enjoy it. That means we want to live to at least 100 and not be on prescription drugs. We want to continue our long walks, travel, and eat to live NOT live to eat.
I’m grateful that I have the Get Food Smart, Get Real resource available to me. The information is well laid out, and very positive. I love all the encouragement along the way. The information is presented in a way that is straight-forward and practical. It’s not judgey or preachy, it’s just facts.
My husband and I are both down 50lbs, but like Pia says, it’s not about the number on the scale it’s about the number you decide you want to live to. Weight loss is just a biproduct. It still feels good though knowing I’m now the same weight I was in high school, and I have the energy to walk 12,000 steps a day!
Maggie K. - Toronto, ON
I’m newly married and a new mom…all within one year! Along with all those changes we moved into a new house, my husband is in residency, and I had the bright idea that I’m going to change how we eat. Well, it’s not easy, and it’s not perfect, but we’re doing it. We’re taking small steps every day toward a healthy lifestyle so we can have the energy for our daughter and the general chaos that is our life.
I loved that I came across Get Food Smart, Get Real, because it’s not telling anyone how or what to eat, it educates you on the current state of the food industry and what you thought was food is really disguised as a chemical experiment. I don’t want that for me or for my family.
Pia does a good job explaining this is a journey and it’s not about getting everything perfect…thank goodness because we would have failed! I take comfort in knowing that I can make gradual, steady steps in the right direction with the guide of the What Are You Buying pyramid. When I know I’m buying something at the Industrial Food level at least I’m now aware that I’m making that choice and I know I need to have a reason for making that choice. I don’t feel bad about it, I get it, move on, and try to do better the next time.
Pia talks about Taking the Wins and Acknowledging the Missteps…I love that! I take my wins every day but also recognize my missteps and sure enough, less missteps and more wins are gradually becoming the norm.
This is a lifestyle change. I have a huge family and not everyone is on board. Pia teaches that too. She explains, You do YOU, and continue to Lead by Example. If/when someone decides they want to start their journey then it’s their choice.
I revisit the information in the course weekly. I’m on my journey and thrilled I get to start my daughter off with real food.
Andi K. - Temecula, CA
My entire life I struggled with major digestive issues which lead me to pay attention to what I ate at a very young age. Around the age of fourteen I fell down a popular rabbit hole of biased research which led me to the vegan lane. Removing the inflammatory industrial meat and dairy seemed to do the trick until I found out Oreos were vegan and meat alternatives existed. I felt like I had restricted myself so much that anything with a “vegan” label was ‘clean’. Pretty soon, my health and digestion was once again compromised after six years of thinking I did everything right. When I was shown the What Are You Buying pyramid I realized I wasn’t a ‘clean eater’ at all, I was still eating industrial food with no idea how it actually got to my plate.
Although the pyramid was a helpful resource to figure out where I was at, I realized I needed to expand my knowledge with the Get Food Smart, Get Real course. I finally understand that industrialization of ANY food isn’t good for the environment or our bodies. If I continue to eat industrial food I will be doing myself a major disservise whether I pick a ‘lane’ or not.
I turned 20 this year and I’m so grateful that I have all of this knowledge so early in life. Thanks to the course, I am informed and have the power now without anyone telling me what I should or shouldn’t eat. I know what ingredients to look out for and how to keep a critical eye on the practices of brands and farms I choose to purchase from. The journey is NOT about leaving out pasta, bread, meat etc. It’s about how those items are made!
Guillame B. - London, UK
Pia’s Starter Course is an information goldmine. My wife and I have been living in London, United Kingdom for seven years now and it is by recently meeting Pia in Temecula, California that we unexpectedly started our clean eating journey. Pia lifts the lid on so many misconceptions we have about food and the way we should feed ourselves. Every day, we can make the choice to treat our body as a temple rather than falling prey to deceptive marketing campaigns ran by the most powerful organizations in the food industry.
Since we have started applying the simple yet effective principles from the Starter Course, my wife and I have experienced reduced stress and bloating as well as increased confidence when it comes to choosing which foods will make it to our plates. This is just the start of our journey and we know there is still a lot to learn but, without the teachings from Pia’s course, we wouldn’t have been able to experience all of the aforementioned benefits so early in the year 2020.
Wendy S. - Temecula, CA
I met Pia four years ago when I went to her store to look for a specific product that I found that she carried when I searched online. That was the start of my ‘food’ journey.
Pia has helped me to grow in my understanding of the best options for purchasing food and why it is important to pay attention to what I am putting in my body. I learned that I can still eat the foods I love and I can choose better versions of them.
It is so much better to have a guide to walk you through the process. I started where I was, with limited understanding on industrial food and the harm that comes from eating it, to a pretty food savvy consumer.
Pia walked with me on my journey as I visited her store but I grew even more savvy by the course she created. It is a step by step guide that helped me to not only gain the information but made it concrete by the activities she has participant engage in within the course. I have gained an even better understanding of why it is important to pay attention to my food choices and how I can do that in a world that has limited healthy choices.
I have experienced great health over the past four years because of Pia. She encourages me/us to take the next steps. She wants to empower me to make better choices which leads me to better health.
Thank you, Pia!