Meet the Healthy Lifestyle Secrets Team
As Healthy Lifestyle Secrets grows and expands into more and more areas, we have been fortunate enough to find a solid team to help us share the message and join us in our goal to make the world a healthier place. Below you’ll find our current team members. Read their stories and find out why each feels being a part of HLS is rewarding and fulfilling.
“My mission in life is to positively impact the health, wellness, and weight of as many people as I can before I check out.”
My passion has surpassed all understanding with the recent death of my mother, who struggled with her weight her entire life. It has convinced me now, more than ever, that if we do not do something to change our behavior – more of us will suffer an excruciating loss in the quality of our lives because of food. We don’t need to guess anymore. Science has given us the knowledge we need. If we just stick to the science this isn’t that hard.
Brittany is a Fort Worth native who joined the Healthy Lifestyle Secrets team in December of 2018. One of Brittany’s biggest passions is helping people succeed, making her an excellent fit for the HLS team. Her primary duties are administrative, but she also assists with classes and really enjoys being a part of helping clients to meet their goals.
After joining the team, Brittany began going through the HLS course so in addition to helping our clients, she’s enjoying seeing the results of creating her own healthy lifestyle.
Kat first attended Healthy Lifestyle Secrets in September of 2015, began as an instructor in March of 2016, and currently serves as a Senior instructor. Kat was frustrated by the incomplete and inaccurate information being presented to the average person. The confusion it causes means someone can think they are eating healthy, when in actuality they are becoming their own biggest enemy. After going through the program she was stunned to learn that your body can only consume 23 grams of sugar a day – and that every gram after that is converted to fat. She was also surprised that eating too little puts your body in starvation mode which makes it impossible to lose weight. As someone who had struggled with her weight for many years, Kat decided to become an instructor so she could help others avoid the mistakes she had made and show them what they are doing wrong. She wanted to help other people get the information that helped her so they could stop struggling, lose the excess weight, feel as good as she does, and be truly happy with what they see when they look in the mirror.
Samantha first went through the Healthy Lifestyle Secrets program in March of 2015. Then in July, after taking the class for a second time, she started assisting with HLS classes. Today, she is a Senior Level instructor.
Eight months prior to attending her first class, Samantha’s doctor told her (among other things) she needed blood pressure medication and was morbidly obese. As a 30 year old single parent, this was frightening news. She knew she had trouble keeping up with her 3 children, but this was the eye-opener she needed to make a dramatic change.
Samantha tried to go it alone for a while, but the changes she made were not enough. After coming to HLS, she learned what her body does and doesn’t need for fuel. She was also surprised to learn all the misconceptions about how foods are categorized. It was a real shocker to learn that onions and edamame are starches, while beans are incomplete proteins. So far Samantha has lost 90 pounds and her labs are looking fabulous.
Samantha decided to become an instructor because she was frustrated and saddened by how little nutritional education there is available to people in the community. If parents (and their children) were properly educated about nutrition, both would have far fewer sick days. She knows what a beautiful difference proper nutrition can mean to people’s lives and wants to be a part of helping them see it because she feels that there is no greater fulfillment in the world than helping someone else be healthy and happy.
Cortney was born in Arizona but considers herself a true Texan – lover of BBQ and Beer. Unfortunately her foodie passions led to a series of health and body image issues. She can proudly say she has lost 140lbs and continues to find new ways to motivate herself surrounding positive food choices. Healthy Lifestyle Secrets has offered her information she never knew about her own body and what it specifically needs to maintain her weight loss.
She is eager to share her zeal, knowledge, and empowering presence with all new and returning Healthy Lifestyle Secrets students.
In January of 2016, Debbie hit her all-time highest weight ever and knew she had to do something – and it had to be something that would last! A friend invited her to join Healthy Lifestyles and she took her first class in April of 2016. She then went on to take the Core Class 3 more times because she was so happy with her progress and intrigued by all she was learning about nutrition and being healthy. She also needed the accountability and relational support she found with other class members. Debbie decided she wanted to become an instructor so she could have a positive impact in the lives of others, and became an instructor in July 2017. She’s currently a Freshman instructor, working on becoming a Sophomore. She’s also a Ruby member of Broc’s Gems Club.
Debbie has been an educator for over 20 years because she has a passion for, and a love of, teaching. As soon as she took her first class she knew she wanted to become an instructor for Healthy Lifestyle Secrets. She knew this wasn’t a program that you “do” until you hit some magical number on a scale – instead you learn how to be healthy for life. Being an instructor is a heartfelt opportunity for her to continue to share her passion as she helps others on their journey to lead a healthier and happier life.
Going through the core classes, Debbie was most surprised to learn that our bodies only need 23 grams of sugar each day, but Americans typically consume one-half pound per day!
Debbie’s biggest frustration with nutritional information available is that it’s controlled by those with an interest in making profits. The information on product labels is manipulated by big business and there are too many allowable loopholes for them to use. Unfortunately, that means the consumer doesn’t always get accurate nutritional information about the products they are purchasing. She also finds it very frustrating that advertising and commercials entice our children to want sugary snacks, and parents don’t have the nutritional education they need to make healthy choices for their families.
Linda first went through the Healthy Lifestyle Secrets program in May of 2015 and went on to become and instructor in October of that same year, serving as a Senior Instructor today and helps Healthy Lifestyle Secrets with Business Development. Linda was frustrated with the fact that the nutritional information being communicated to the public was actually causing obesity, disease, and a lack of overall physical and mental health. It was disheartening to her when she learned that the information provided by those in authority, and printed on food labels, was not only untrue, but actually preventing people from getting healthy as a way to make a profit. After going through the Healthy Lifestyle Secrets program, she was surprised to learn how much of what we eat and drink converts to sugar, which is then converted to fat, making us overweight. She was equally surprised to learn how sleep and stress affect how the body stores fat. Linda became an instructor because she loved all of the nutritional information she was finally able to learn and understand after years of trying and being thoroughly confused. It makes her happy to be able to share this information with others so they can learn that it doesn’t have to be so hard, that they don’t have to not feel their best, and that they don’t have to be overweight and unhealthy. Helping others is a passion of hers and she enjoys being able to help her family, friends and students be as healthy as they can be as they age. She finds that the upbeat, positive environment at HLS makes the daily journey more fun. Being an instructor also helps her be accountable in maintaining her own HLS program.
Monica first went through the Healthy Lifestyle Secrets program in October of 2013 and became an instructor in September of 2015. Since that time she’s become a Senior Level instructor. Monica came to HLS because she wanted to learn what she should have learned in high school health class, but didn’t. One of the most surprising things she learned going through the program is how her sleeping habits were negatively affecting her health. Monica had been teaching herself about nutrition since the mid 1980’s, but was continually frustrated by the inaccurate and conflicting information available to the general public. As an instructor for Healthy Lifestyle Secrets, one of her goals is to help others see through these inaccuracies and sort out the conflicting information.