Keswick, Ontario: It’s hard enough to go on a personal weight loss journey, but to go on one with your community watching, is not only an enormous commitment to yourself, but to your peers as well. Not many would choose this road but Trish Robichaud from MSrelief.com has decided to share her journey in a weekly web show “Weight Loss for Wellness” on ChooseJoyTV.com.
“Linda Cox of MSrelief.com suggested I share my journey online so I blame her. <grin> No but, it’s an accountability thing. And that is such a huge benefit to me. Plus I know in my heart that this is the right time for me to not only lose weight, but to become a healthier, happier person.” Robichaud said.
Aside from multiple sclerosis, Robichaud has been quite healthy until the last five years. It was only recently she has been diagnosed with both heart disease as well as diabetes. Now at 49, Robichaud realizes just how young her mom was when she passed away. Both of her parents died in their 60s. “The genetics are on the wall.” Robichaud said.
During recovery from her heart disease, Robichaud’s blood sugar sky rocketed. Depression and hopelessness began to overwhelm her and her doctor finally said “something has got to give”. With the facts building against her, she seriously considered weight loss surgery, even having a date set at one point. But the surgery was cancelled due to her heart condition.
“I wanna live and I know that if I don’t do something drastic, I just might not,” Knowing herself so well, Robichaud knew that the program her doctors wanted to put her on would never work. It was much too restrictive and would only be a continual trigger for her life-long food addiction. Her husband suggested a pre-packaged food system that has worked for her in the past so she’s doing that partially.
But ultimately Robichaud is creating a new eating pattern with food choices that are resulting in a slow consistent weight loss. Leveraging a combination of health & wellness strategies that have all proven partially successful for her in the past, she is creating her own recipe for success.
In addition, Robichaud is also now working with Dawn Silverstein a holistic nutritional coach to support her in healing her food addiction. “Dawn’s gentle but direct approach is exactly what works for me,” Robichaud said. Silverstein guides her through NOT what Robichaud eats, but instead focuses on discovering why she’s eating. Is it because she’s hungry or is it emotional eating caused by certain triggers? Silverstein’s program is very unique because it is not about restrictions but more about how the mind and emotions interact with eating habits.
Robichaud has already taken Silverstein’s teachings to heart. “My food addiction is similar to so many. Dis-ordered eating is just a symptom of something else. And we are just using food.” For Robichaud, baked goods, ice cream, and potato chips are her food hurdles. “Just as an alcoholic uses booze and a drug addict uses drugs, food can be mind altering as well. It can take you away from whatever is wrong.”
Silverstein and Robichaud have set a few goals. One of which is to be able to walk around Robichaud’s residential block with her husband and two dogs at three months. The six month goal is to be healthy enough to fly out to British Columbia on her own to visit her brother and his family.
“There are so many people out there like me. And their doctors just tell them that they need to lose weight, without any guidance. It just doesn’t work like that in the real world. I want people to know there are others like us out there. Even if one person watching this video decides wow, I can do that.” Robichaud said. “What a blessing and honor for me to have a tiny part in their lives.”
For more information about Trish Robichaud’s journey with “Weight Loss for Wellness”, visit ChooseJoyTV.com.