Talk Radio With Heart & Soul
WRNP 1320 AM Radio Providence, RI
This week’s guest Lisa Benson, Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, shares how the lessons she learned while struggling with Bulimia guided her to her life’s work. “I realized the power of good nutrition and exercise were in my control. I could really physically change who I was.” One thing she needed to change was the way she thought about herself. “You will be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The combination of faith in a higher power, exercise, and good nutrition was the treatment prescription that worked best for Lisa. “Putting all those three pieces together, that’s when things changed, really. Neither one alone is adequate to transform your life for the long term.” These building blocks are what led her to become a Nutritionist and Personal Trainer. Lisa advises that we use discernment when deciding who we listen to and what products to use. She then educates us about Bulimia. “Bulimia is basically a binge and purge pattern.” Lisa got to a point where she thought, “I’d rather die skinny than live fat.” During her recovery she began to reprogram her thoughts with positive affirmations about herself. She states that it’s also important to surround yourself with positive and supportive friend’s and family.
When it comes to nutrition Lisa initially always asks her client’s to keep track of their eating habits with a food diary. “It’s important that we eat more fruits and vegetables.” Lisa informs us that we should not be eating any Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) food products and invites us to visit www.nongmoproject.org to learn more about GMO’s. The biggest GMO foods are corn and soy products. “Please eat local and seasonal.” Make friend’s with your local farmers. It’s also imperative that we read food labels and take 100% resposibility of our health choices by educating ourselves. Lisa recommends that we supplement our diets with a multivitamin and calcium (that has a blend of vitamin D and magnesium which helps with the absorption of calcium). She also suggests eating kale which is a good source of vitamin K, this will also improve the absorption of calcium. Lisa suggests that we eat our antioxidants in the form of berries. Vitamin C is also a good antioxidant and in addition improves wound healing and fighting the common cold. To eat our vitamin B7 she recommends we eat sweet potatoes, “Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin B7.” Lisa prescribes that her clients “eat the rainbow”, fruits and vegetables of a variety of colors. We learned that Quinoa is a seed not a grain and is a complete protein. According to Lisa we should be drinking eight ounces of water eight times a day. “Don’t discount the liquid you get in the foods that you are eating.” She is and advocate of freeze dried foods (www.preparewiththrive.com). Lisa’s intention in life is to help others. “My ultimate goal has always been to share my passion.” We’re so glad that she did.
Lisa Benson spent much of her life battling with weight problems and self-esteem issues. She had an eating disorder for over 5 years (bulimia). This condition slowly debilitated her entire life, which greatly affected her confidence. Thankfully by merging balanced eating, therapeutic support, exercise, a renewed faith and behavior modification techniques she finally found recovery and a new lease on life.”A new zeal and sense of purpose fueled her desire to accomplish goals such as:
▪ Running in 5K and 10K races
▪ Competing in a body building show and receiving the Most Symmetrical Award
▪ Rock climbing at Joshua Tree National Park
▪ White water rafting
▪ Graduating with a Masters in Human Nutrition
Most importantly she found her true passion which was to help people empower themselves through exercise and good nutrition. It has been over 10 years now and in that time Lisa has helped hundreds of people in Fairfield County, CT reach their goals
Although the needs of her clients vary, her level of professionalism, empathy, encouragement and sound judgment does not change.
Lisa is happily married and has a beautiful child. Both, her husband and child give her the added incentive she needs to help others achieve personal success through healthy living.
Today she offers her clients an opportunity to B-TRANSFORMED so that they too can attain their goals that will last a lifetime!
Phone Number: 203-521-4364