Our first Client Spotlight features a woman who has learned the value of what we do at Body By Choice, and how it truly can be life-changing.
We began working with Erin in June 2014. After speaking to other clients of ours who experienced success using the Biosignature Modulation combined with weight training, she sought us out with the intention of making drastic improvements to her overall health.
Erin’s biggest concern was to address her issue with fertility.
After two years of trying to conceive with no luck, every doctor she had seen told her the only logical choice was to take a prescription drug, such as Clomid or Femara (which is actually used to treat breast cancer). She was reluctant to take these synthetic drugs because of the potential side effects and the difficult experience she went through when cycling off birth control.
The thing that shocked me the most during my first meeting with Erin was the complete lack of discussion regarding the role of diet, nutrition, exercise and environmental hormonal disturbances in reproduction and fertility by her medical practitioners (including a fertility specialist).
It was greatly disturbing to her that every doctor wanted to jump right to medication as a solution instead of locating the true source of her fertility issues.
Biosignature Modulation and Fertility
The first evaluation we run on clients is a 12 site Biosignature Modulation. It measures lean mass, body fat, disease risk and hormonal makeup. The Biosignature tells us a story about your hormones just by where you are storing body fat. This method has proven to be extremely effective.
With Erin, our first Biosignature revealed an environmental estrogen elimination problem and a backed up liver. It also showed a large DHEA to cortisol imbalance. I measured her at 24% body fat with 102lb. of muscle mass on June 30, 2014.
How Body by Choice Improved Erin’s Fertility
First and foremost, we had to teach Erin how to limit and avoid her exposure to environmental estrogen. It is pointless to support estrogen detoxification and elimination without getting rid of what is adding to the problem.
We achieved this by:
- Checking her cosmetics for harmful chemicals, such as parabens
- Avoiding plastics and phthalates
- Filtering water
- Avoiding pesticides from certain food and drink
- Limiting her heavy metal exposure
Next, we helped her manage and regulate the only hormone we have complete control over, insulin.
We suggested a higher protein diet knowing that one of protein’s main functions is to increase detoxification, which Erin needed tremendously. We also suggested keeping insulin low by consuming mainly vegetables for her carbohydrate consumption. Carbs must be earned initially, but the leaner she got, the more we incorporated lower glycemic index carbs into her nutrition plan. Healthy fat intake was moderate to high.
We also suspected a few nutrient deficiencies. Her old ways of eating, exercising, prescription use and irregular cycles were all clues to suggesting a nutrient protocol. Asking the right questions and seeing data from the Biosignature allowed us to pinpoint her needs.
Initially, we supported her with 6 high quality and independently tested products from the Poliquin Group. Supplements are only effective when quality is up to par.
The following supplements made up her Foundation Health Stack:
- Vitamin D
- Fish Oil
Once we began to see her deficiencies improve via Biosignature, we added liver support and an estrogen detox protocol:
- Calcium D-glucarate
We also told her that she needed to offset her DHEA to cortisol imbalance. This was achieved through weight training 4 times per week and avoiding aerobic exercise.
It’s quite amazing to see how proper weight training can help regulate and balance the hormones of the body!
It was our goal to put as much muscle mass on Erin as we possibly could in the time we had with her. After 2 months of working with one of our professional trainers, Kolby Semrow, she achieved a 12lb. increase in lean mass and her body fat dropped 4%. In addition, her DHEA to cortisol imbalance improved dramatically.
The Best Part?
After only 3 months of working with us through the Biosignature Modulation, Erin became pregnant for the first time in the fall of 2014!
In June 2015, just one year after she began her journey with us, Erin and Joe welcomed a happy and healthy baby boy, Johnny, into the world.
Her story is a strong testament to the value of working with us at Body By Choice Training, proving that our Biosignature Modulation is not only reliable, but effective. Her story also demonstrates how we need to treat the whole body, not just the symptoms. Erin continued training at BBCT throughout her pregnancy, and is currently working to maintain and further improve the level of health she has achieved with us.
Erin is a dream client for any trainer/practitioner. She always has a positive attitude, works very hard and applies the lessons we strive to instill.
“It is difficult to put to words just how much my experience with Nick, Tiff, Kolby and the rest of the staff at Body By Choice Training means to me and my family. To be told over and over again that my chances of conceiving naturally were too slim to bother was devastating. I have complete faith in what Nick does in his practice not only because of his vast knowledge of the body and how it is created to function, but because of the encouragement and care that he and his staff practice every day with their clients. I have been well cared for, built up not only physically but mentally and emotionally, and it has helped to make my biggest dream come true. We are by far much healthier, stronger, and happier after our time with Body By Choice, and it is something we can now share with our baby boy, once he’s old enough to dead lift 😉 Thank you, Nick, for all you and your amazing team have done for me! It has truly changed my life.” ~Erin Harmon