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IZZY GATES

Izzy has been working on knowing and understanding herself for a long time. She reads personal growth books, attends workshops and seminars, and is a big proponent of personal integrity. Izzy and Sherene became friends during and after her weight loss on Phase 1 in 2012. She jumped at the chance to join Ideal Northwest as a coach so she could help others discover this life-changing tool.  Izzy is warm, friendly, non-judgmental, funny and calm.  Outside of her role as Ideal Protein coach, she is a self-employed business owner, graphic designer, entrepreneur and adventurer.  She loves her dog, her friends and her family. She has developed great balance in her life, as well as an ability to stand back and look at herself, her life and her decisions with a sense of objectivity. 

Izzy would be a great coach for anyone willing to scratch the surface of their issues with food and weight.  She is great at meeting people exactly where they are -- no judgment -- because she's also "been there."   She can help with every weight loss journey -- from 100+ lbs to 10-20 lbs because she's highly emotionally intelligent and empathetic.  But she may be particularly helpful to those who have struggled a long time to lose 10-20 lbs. She understands how difficult it can be to lose even small amounts of weight when your biochemistry is working against you. She understands the strange dynamic smaller people face when they try to lose weight -- from Frenemy Sabotage and being told they "don't need to lose weight," to being subtly (or not so subtly) shamed for wanting to be at their ideal weight by people who are bigger than they are. 

Izzy is also a great fit for people with PCOS because that disorder has been at the root of her struggle with weight. 

She is an expert at maintenance - in that she has maintained her initial Phase 1 weight loss since 2012! She fluctuated a couple pounds here and there, and developed a very good understanding of how to reset after drifting, and live a healthy, enjoyable life while moderating her carb intake.  Case in point -- Izzy has been a member of a Champagne of the Month club for a long time.  In that club, she and a group of long-time f'oodie' friends meet for special events at least once a month.  She's learned how to enjoy good food and drink while still keeping her weight in her desired range.   

Izzy is an avid snowboarder, skiier, climber... she is very active and has learned how to maintain muscle, strength and balance while still keeping her metabolism healthy and her body lean. She can help adjust supplementation, intensity and heart-rate targets to support exercise during Phase 1. She can help design beginning programs for those wanting to add exercise to Phase 1 or Maintenance who may still be beginners. 


SHERENE KERSHNER

Sherene lost a significant amount of weight on her first stint on Phase 1 - motivated by health concerns and morbid obesity.  Unfortunately, because weight loss didn't solve her underlying problem with carb addiction and binge eating, she struggled with maintenance until she found out she had "reactive hypoglycemia," and adjusted her approach.  Now, as someone who has come to terms with her limited metabolic capacity, Sherene may be a good resource for clients who struggle with BIG cravings, binge eating or other eating challenges. 

Sherene is also our most experienced coach, having lost over 100 lbs, and having coached since 2011. She is a good fit for ALL clients.  She has tremendous empathy for everyone who struggles with their relationship with food, that first 100 lbs, or that last 5 lbs!   Whether you need to lose 10-20 lbs to fit into a bridesmaid dress, or 100-200 lbs to reverse Type II Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome, Sherene can relate and offer unprecedented support.  She is particularly helpful to clients with complex medical histories, a history of lifelong dieting, over 100 lbs to lose, a desire to combine a spiritual approach with Ideal Protein's protocol, and others who feel they need more in-depth assistance.  NOTE:  She is always available for consultation with clients working with other coaches as needed. 


 
 

CARRIE VANROSMALEN - Back-Up Coach

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Carrie didn't have a weight problem when she was younger. It crept up on her after having kids. It was compounded by some emotional eating triggered by the challenges of parenting children with special needs.  Carrie has a lot of insight and empathy for people who used to be able to eat "whatever they wanted" but now have to watch their eating very closely.  She may be particularly helpful to those with the secret (or not so secret) hope that Ideal Protein will "fix" them so they can go back to their old eating habits.  Because of that mistaken mindset, Carrie regained most of the weight she lost after her first stint on Phase 1.  When she came back, Carrie had to face that her body had changed (likely permanently), and that she'd have to adapt if she wanted to maintain any weight she lost the second time. 

After doing a "reset" with Phase 1, Carrie has become a stable maintainer with a deep understanding of her new nutritional needs. Once she adapted to her new "normal," she embraced the new way of eating, and is now one of our Maintenance Gurus - able to share delicious, satisfying ways to "low carb" long-term without a feeling of deprivation.  

 

 

KAREN GREENWOOD - Back-Up Coach

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Karen's strengths as a coach lie in her own motivation for starting Ideal Protein in the first place.  She was referred to Ideal Northwest for help correcting dangerously high blood pressure.  For Karen, being smaller sounded great, but she was doing it for health reasons.  Karen may have been the most accurate follower of the protocol we've ever seen!  She made it look easy even when it wasn't. She accomplished this by being organized, planning, developing habits and creating tips and tricks that she now shares with all of her clients.

Maintaining her newfound good health continues to be her strongest reason to keep the weight off.  As such, she's become one of our longest-term, most stable maintainers!

Karen would be a great coach for those who are losing weight for health reasons, and / or who want help reaching their goal as quickly as humanly possible!  Karen is compassionate, empathetic and encouraging, while holding her clients to high standards and providing strong accountability.