“A 50 pounds weight loss is no small thing! Truly, I can say, this would have never happened without my dear friend, Dwayna, as my health coach. Seven years ago, I white knuckled it all the way down to a low weight. But I could not stay there because I never dealt with my issues of addiction to sugar, unhealthy fats, caffeine, and salt. As a result, I gained over 100 pounds back. Mind you, I’m in front of people all of the time as a singer and did not feel confident. My little heart was broken every time I had to see an old friend. I was so embarrassed when Dwayna and I reconnected after about 20 years, but I sucked up the way I saw myself and went. We had a blast, and I never felt any judgment from her at all, just overwhelming love for me. One day she said, ‘Start a journal and write down what you eat and how it makes you feel afterwards.’ My first thought was, ‘Well, food makes me feel good, duh,’ but it didn’t! My journey had started with that first light bulb moment. I made it past all the initial cravings to get to this place that Dwayna kept telling me I would reach. For the very first time in seven years, I felt hope. I’m eating a plant-based diet. I never thought I could do that. I am recognizing that stress makes me ‘hungry’ and ignites cravings. In truth, it is not even just ‘stress eating,’ but straight up addiction. I, like most people, had plenty of excuses such as financial worries, family struggles, job stress, and any other concern that may pop up in a given day. I’m over 50 and in menopause, and I tried to blame that for a little while, too. I do not have a lot of extra cash, but I began shopping at a little organic store down the street, and everything I eat is whole food, not processed or packaged. I do intermittent fasting, not eating past 5:00. It’s absolutely not hard because I’m not eating the foods that make me crave. I drink a gallon of water a day. I look better than I’ve looked in years. Three months ago, I was having heart pains and sharp pains under my left arm pit. I also had adult onset diabetes and kidney issues. My back would hurt so badly when I would make the bed that I would have to stop several times before I was finished, due to all the pain. My breathing was labored as I slept. At this time, all of those issues have gone away. I feel so amazing! To God be the glory! I believe God used Dwayna to save my life. I report in to her everything I eat without exception and no longer feel alone, thanks to her daily feedback. I’ll be checking in on the next milestone with another testimonial of even more weight loss and even better health. Peace and blessings to all.”
- Suzanne Young, 2 Months Working with Dwayna / Total Weight Loss: 50 pounds
"I just wanted to say that I feel very privileged to have had Dwayna work with me this past month. I’ve lost 17.5 lbs in four weeks and I truly feel she had a lot to do with it. I’m so glad and thankful for all of her help. She’s encouraged me and has held me accountable every day, and I felt so comfortable talking with her and sharing about my day and what I was eating. She took the time to always be there for me and often shared some great health tips with me that I will be using for the rest of my life. With her help, I broke my addiction to eating chocolate every night. I truly thank God for putting her in my life, and at a time when I really needed someone. And God found me the perfect someone to help me. She’s helped me more than she’ll ever know, and I sincerely appreciate her and all she’s done for me. I am proud to have her as my sister in Christ and friend for life."
- Liz Acquaire, 30 Days Working with Dwayna / Total Weight Loss: 17.5 pounds
"I have been on a health journey for some time. Attaining a proper weight is something I have always wanted to do and have put out effort yearly to attain. Invariably, though, I would drop a good deal of weight, and then put it right back on, because of an inconsistent follow up plan for daily living. It is basically due to “knowing” what to do, but not doing it. Now, since December of 2012, I have made a conscious decision to make good health a priority…As a Christian, It is my duty to manage my physical health as a mandate from God, who gave me life: 1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. As I was working with Dwayna for 30 days, I put myself on a 30 day water fast (which was my idea, as she supported me in it), where I added pH Drops, green powder and chia seeds to a gallon of water for daily consumption. Also, I started my day with a handful of vitamin and mineral supplements taken with sparkling mineral water with added lemon/lime juice (freshly squeezed) and stevia drops. As part of my regime, as needed, I had coconut water and towards the end protein powder. Every day, in the evening, I spent at least 30 min to 1 hour exercising. Every evening, I had to report to Dwayna, what I consumed for the day. If I had any food cravings, or perhaps slipped on my program by eating or drinking something I shouldn’t have. Sometimes I would text her a particular temptation I was undergoing during the day ( i.e.: being exposed to food that was right in front of me that my family was eating…). It really helps to have someone to talk to, who provides encouragement to stay on the straight path. Just knowing that I had to tell “everything I put in my mouth” was a great motivator to keep with the plan and not cheat. I never had this before, as I have always been alone as I fasted and dieted with no one to share my thoughts and feelings. (That is, with someone who is on the same road in fasting and health.) I can tell you, this is a blessing, and I recommend it…"
- Geoff Artman, 30 Days Working with Dwayna / Total Weight Loss: 23 pounds
“Dwayna, I appreciate you very much! I’ve never met anyone with such passion for a clean, organic healthy lifestyle. Your calm, sweet spirit and encouragement on this journey is a blessing. You make working with you easy. At first I was not sure. The inner fat girl in me was screaming, ‘She’s nuts! She’s a food Nazi!’ (LOL) [sic] But now, with less inflammation in my body and tons of energy, I have changed my opinion on ‘your’ way of eating. I must admit, well, you definitely know your stuff, girly!”
–Joy Coffey, 30 Days Working with Dwayna / Total Weight Loss: 20 pounds (even with an underactive thyroid)
“I have been taking the Zeolite powder you recommended a few weeks back, as well as changing my diet and juicing, and I can’t believe the results! I feel 15 years younger and have more energy than I know what to do with. Thank you for your suggestions! I’ve lost 7 pounds in two weeks. I am sleeping through the entire night without waking up numerous times. The best thing, though, is the energy levels I now have. I wake up and don’t need coffee or tea to get going. My complexion has changed, and I was able to dig in the closet and wear some clothes I haven’t worn in a long time.”
–Peter Schuyten, 2 Weeks of Health Tips from Dwayna on Facebook / Total Weight Loss: 7 pounds
"Dwayna had mentioned that lemon juice in a glass of water will raise alkalinity and could possibly negate a trigger in the brain that makes us crave sugar. I tucked away that tip. A few weeks later I was walking through Costco and saw they had bottles of organic lemon juice. I thought how simple it would be to see if Dwayna’s tip would work for me. The first day was difficult to avoid sugar, but I did it. The next day was a little easier and after that I had no problem totally avoiding it. In four and a half months of avoiding added sugar and with modest regular exercise, I lost 34 pounds and am now down to 166. I think one of the key reasons was that not craving added sugar allowed me to easily avoid snacking after dinner and before bedtime. Previously when craving sugar I would grab something to eat which made it easier to fall asleep. I haven’t snacked after dinner in that four and a half months. I’m thinking my body’s pH might have been the source of my cravings. There are other ways to alter pH as well, such as consuming apple cider vinegar. I’m really pleased with the results of my experiment and modest effort. The way I now feel was well worth the sacrifice of avoiding added sugar even considering the fact that I did it through the Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays. My advice is put your faith in the Lord and let Dwayna guide you through the process."
"I feel so blessed to have had your prayers, support and guidance. You are such a blessing to so many and have helped me so much. I do not crave sweets anymore. I have adjusted to getting hungry and just letting it pass, and I am eating so much less but more healthy foods. I have lost ten wonderful pounds. That may not seem like a lot, but I have tried to lose before and would only lose a half a pound a week, at most. Also, eating less and more healthy should improve my cholesterol. Thank you for introducing me to things that other diets and diet leaders have not included. I now know that probiotics and a healthy digestive system are very important when it comes to controlling hunger and weight. The kombucha and Kevita [kefir water] you recommended have both worked to curb my appetite. Thank you so much again."
–Mike S., 4.5 Months Breaking Sugar Addiction with Dwayna’s Advice / Total Weight Loss: 34 pounds
–Nancy Fudge, 30 Days Working with Dwayna/Total Weight Loss: 10 pounds