Frequently Asked Questions about Five Star Eating course

  • What is the return policy?
  • How does the course actually work? Like what will I be doing?
  • How much time do I need to succeed at changing  my food habits?
  • I travel a lot for work. Can I do this?
  • I already follow a specific diet. Will I benefit from this program?
  • I have medical condition(s). Will I benefit from this program?
  • Can I share this class with my family and friends?
  • I don’t like to cook – or – I don’t have time to cook. Can I still do this?
  • I'm still not sure if this is a good thing for me.
  • I'm  not a techie. Will I be able to do the course?

Feeling concerned that this may not work for you? Here’s my satisfaction guarantee: send me your Week 1 and Week 2 completed worksheets within 14 days of purchasing the course, tell me you did your best, and I’ll give you your money back.  

You will receive a weekly email from me with an Adobe PDF. In it you will find a brief explanation of that week’s food action step. The action step is a goal. For example, Week One is Choose Quality Foods by eating 2.5 cups of vegetables every day. Then you will find some science about why that’s important, then strategies and techniques to help you actually do it. The strategies and techniques include tips and recipes. Each week you will also receive a link to a video which recaps the most important highlights so that you can get your information that way if you prefer. Then you’ll work on actually doing it!

The reading or listening will be quick – 10-15 minutes max – this course if for you to do in Real Life! I will provide some supplementary materials which you can go through as you have time, but you’ll get the big picture in 10-15 minutes.

For food prep, I recommend you set aside at least 1-2 hours on a day or half-day off from work. How much time you spend to shop, prep, and cook really depends on your lifestyle. You can do this if you eat out a lot. It’s no secret that homemade food is healthier than restaurant food, so I will challenge you to make at least some basics at home.

As mentioned above, you can make good choices wherever you are. The TRUTH  is that restaurants are in business to make money, which means they want to have low food costs. There are some that also commit to providing nourishing food. Choose those when you can. Traveling for work is a very real challenge. I’m not going to say that it’s easy, but choosing quality foods is simple. I have had several clients who travel for work, and they have achieved their goals. They just had to be very clear and focused on their priorities. They also had to get in the habit of asking questions. The course will help you do the best you can at home and on the road. The Travel Well chapter will help you.

I’m a vegan/vegetarian/pescetarian/omnivore, and/or I eat Paleo/I’m gluten-intolerant. Will I benefit from this program?

If you fit in any of those categories, you are already following some pretty specific dietary guidelines. If you are happy with your diet and results, carry on! I’ve done them all too (really, all of them), and came up with Five Star Eating as a method and plan that I could do for the rest of my life, even while traveling, without super-rigid rules. It’s what has worked for me and my clients. 

Each week we have recipes that will work for almost anyone, and we offer ways to adapt them too. Almost all of our recipes are vegetarian with options to add/substitute organic animal proteins as you desire. It’s easy to add animal products to a vegetarian dish that already tastes good on its own.

Five Star Eating is  based on Paying Attention and Choosing Quality. It only has ONE RULE:

  1. If it comes in a package, read the label.

That one rule meets the core value of Paying Attention. And once you start paying attention, you will want to Choose Quality!

Vegetarian/Vegan: I know  overweight vegetarians and “junk food vegans.” Do you want to include more Real, Whole,  Nutrient-dense foods in your life? Yes, Five Star Eating will help you. You can make it work with your body’s needs and your conscience. 

There are many ways to choose vegetarian foods such as eggs and dairy without harming animals. By paying attention and choosing quality, we can purchase foods from local, responsible farmers. 

Paleo/Primal: These systems have their merits in that they get people to stop eating processed food and seek the source of their foods.  Unlike these systems, Five Star Eating does not exclude any food groups, including beans and whole grains.  Again, if you are getting lots of Real, Whole, Nutrient-Dense foods in your body, carry on! If you want to expand your horizons and include more, join me for the course.

Gluten-free: Yes, Five Star Eating will work for you. Every recipe is gluten-free.

My concern with many restrictive diets is that people get attached to “The Rules” instead of following core values and principles. Also, many people do not invest the time needed to prepare a wide variety of nutritious, whole foods. Some vegans end up eating processed foods that are not necessarily healthy just because they are vegan. I have observed many people consume large quantities of factory-produced, processed meat, in an attempt to avoid carbohydrates. A factory-produced double-bacon-cheeseburger is not healthy simply because the bun is missing.

Five Star Eating teaches you how to choose quality foods in any situation.

Five Star Eating focuses on eating real food and changing your food behavior. It is NOT a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the counsel of your medical doctor or registered dietician for specific diets for medical conditions.

You will receive a weekly email with a PDF document and links to videos. There is nothing in place to keep you from sharing them except Your Ethics. It’s completely on the honor system. I’ve worked hard to make this program amazing for you. I’m trying to get my little business off the ground so that I can learn more and help more people in a deeper way.  So I ask you to use your best judgment. Of course I want you to share it with your mom, but please don’t give it away to all your coworkers. Tell them how great it is, and let them make an investment in their own health. They might not implement the strategies until they take action for themselves and have some skin (money) in the game.

Yes, but… Yes, because I’m busy too. Did I mention that I have a full time job in addition to launching Choose Joyful Health? I cook because it’s important to me to eat foods that fit my quality standards, because they make me feel good, and then I can do what matters to me, like yoga and good sleep and meditation and sometimes even have a fun crazy dance party with my friends. You don’t HAVE to cook to benefit from Five Star Eating, but doing a few basics goes a long way. You can make really simple food. That’s why I partnered with Chef Robin from Robino’s to turn my simple nutrition standards into food that tastes great! And we kept the food prep SIMPLE and EASY for the non-chefs. Also you will benefit from the Travel Well segment, which will help you choose five star foods away from home.

This course is not for everybody.  Five Star Eating is not for you if:

  • You are determined to lose weight quickly at any price (sacrificing common sense and health).
  • You are not ready to let go of excuses and blaming others. (You would be able to eat healthier if it weren’t for your job/spouse/kids/schedule.) Tough love, but sometimes you’ve got to just take responsibility for your behavior!
  • You need one-on-one help. I’m happy to give it! Check out my BOOST 2-month VIP coaching program.

Technical FAQ You need to be able to pay for the course online – securely through Stripe. (I will accept a check if you choose to send it, and cash if you bring it to me!) Then you need to be able to open your email and open Adobe PDF documents. You can download Adobe PDF reader here for free. And be able to click on links to YouTube. Not too hard!

If you read those and now feel ready to go, here’s the link. Let’s do it!

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