Hello my name is Theresa Stevens, and I'm a certified advanced sports nutrition advisor, certified personal trainer...

I’ve been writing about the power of feeling GOOD in your body—and using THAT to help you create powerful change in your life—for quite a long time.

I love lifting weights, walking with my dog Bear on the daily, making yummy food…and I’m also a semi-professional Samba dancer and teacher, too.

Samba dancing has really transformed my ability to love my body, wherever “in the present moment” happens to be…and I’m excited to share my BodyLove insights with you.

And being a health and fitness coach—and being in pursuit of my own health & happiness (and nutrition coaching/education)…has helped me come to some powerful conclusions about how to Eat for Energy...

And get results you love.

Dancing in the NYC Halloween parade

I'm one of those people who's great at reading boring things (like research and long nutrition books)...and putting it into really usable & teachable terms.

And I'm a former high school English teacher, a founder & past Executive Director of a small and then mid-sized education non-profit...and then a national Body Image and Wellness curriculum writer/consultant for the Girl Scouts of the USA.

And then back to here where you'll find me as a nutrition & fitness coach...dancer & teacher (and stilter)...and helping non-profits build sustainability & capacity on the side too! 🙂

So that's me in a nutshell...and:

Here's a Big Challenge that's I've noticed A LOT when it comes to workouts & fitness:

The Big Challenge:

One huge challenge I see with friends and clients…is that people get all fired up to workout and exercise…and then they just feel drained by doing it (cue sad face 🙁 and time spent laying on the sofa beating yourself up unfairly for a lack of "motivation")...

And friends and clients have found that it’s hard to get into a consistent FLOW with werking it! Either they’re over-exercising…or most often, they just don’t have the solid NUTRITION you need in place to have the ENERGY you need to exercise.

Believe me, I've been there…and what you eat CAN allow you to get into that treasured Workout FLOW state…as consistency is what gets you HOT results! That, and picking a low dose & effective form of movement...


What the latest exercise data in the US is sharing, is this surprising info:

is that even though more Americans are now exercising than beforeObesity still continues to be on the rise. How poopy is that?

So the word that *too much sitting is the new smoking* definitely seems to have gotten around! And people ARE exercising more—most excellent.

However: if you're not Eating in a way that works WITH your body...even though you're putting in the time walking, cycling or lifting weights...you can still Gain Weight.

As this current research shows that exercise alone can’t counteract weight gain and it’s concurrent detrimental health effects (heart disease, premature death, cancer…the list goes on)

I found this to be true most recently on a trip to Ireland. It was gorgeous! My husband was there for work—and consequently I did a TON of walking during the day, soaking in the city of Dublin and many museums. The food is Ireland is delicious—unfortunately for me though, most of the restaurant food has vegetable oils in it. And so I managed to gain a few pounds even though I was exercising all day.

Exercise just can’t counteract the importance of food.

Loving Ireland walks...but not the seed-oil-tax weight gain

If you want to get TRIM results:

it truly is 80% how you EAT/sleep/de-stress and 20% how you move

(and you need all of these ingredients)! 🙂

So that’s why I’m so excited to address that 80% factor with this *new* Eating for Energy Action Guide—so welcome & I hope you enjoy everything here. You can read it all in one go…or dig into this information with each module that's been chunked into easy-to-absorb & implement steps.

Be sure to take the mini quizzes and go for the Take Action worksheets as you go, too.

The Energizing Solution:

Ok—so the research is sharing that even when you exercise—if you don’t have it together with Eating in a way that works WITH your body—not only will you not lose weight, you’ll keep gaining. Pretty crappy, eh?

Plus, I know many people feel like they don’t have the energy to exercise at all, and feel like there’s something broken with their self-motivation…that’s just not true! What you eat is just really key.

Now let’s get into to a bigger picture Solution:

Eating food that give you Excellent Energy allows your body to:

  • function optimally…
  • build muscle & burn fat…
  • sleep deeply...
  • feel satisfied, comforted…and eliminates hunger between meals :0
  • feel a sense of control…
  • and experience resiliency, clarity & improved optimism, too 🙂


And there’s no complicated calorie counting or starving/depriving yourself...or flopping on the sofa in frustration, needed.

Sound fabulous? Ok, let’s dive in.

My abs in 2010, when things were a bit less stressful

Important Disclaimer

Before we go any further, I definitely need to share:

This Eating for Energy course is meant for educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for or a component of a comprehensive training in medicine or dietetics, nor does it constitute medical or nutritional advice or act as a substitute for seeking such advice from a qualified health professional. If you're a health or fitness practitioner, always do your due diligence to research alternative explanations for the information herein and ensure that any actions you take are consistent with the legal and ethical frameworks governing your practice. If you're an individual seeking to improve your own health, always ask your doctor about taking any health-related measures and never ignore professional medical advice on the basis of anything contained herein. As the author of this educational product I'm not responsible or liable for the results of taking any actions on the basis of this information.

In order to make the course easier to read, I’m using a conversational tone in many places with personal pronouns, such as “I” and “you.” This is meant only to make it more pleasant to read, and is not meant to imply that the guide constitutes any form of personally tailored advice.

Thanks for reading…and now back to the guide…

My Results

Looking good in the top photo (NYC parade) on this page, right? Well, that was the result of consistently lifting weights and eating pretty well—and before I hit a period of chronic stress…

which came from my mother passing away from early-onset dementia 🙁

During this period of chronic stress—even exercising couldn’t stop me from gaining weight…and unfortunately slipping in my good eating habits on top of it all—I ended up with *terrible digestion* as a result.

Plus, my iron-deficiency anemia which I'd been keeping at bay with occasional bouts of iron supplements, seemed to come rushing in full force, making me feel very tired...and I knew all combined, that some new strategies were direly needed!

Ok, so I apologize for not the most “consistent outfit” before and after shots…but I think it’s clear to see that the way of eating I’m going to share with you & give you some very, very user-friendly tools to make this accessible & dare I say, fun, too…gave me great results.

And to share this from the get-go: this style of eating is an extremely research-backed method, detailed by husband & wife cancer researchers,  Drs. Paul & Shou-Ching Jaminet, called: The Perfect Health Diet.

And to say it changed my life is not an understatement.

I had gotten to the point where EVERY time I ate a meal, my stomach would blow up like a balloon! My digestion was not doing very well, and I tried several different solutions while working with a nutritionist. I got frustrated with him, and the lack of results—and tried doing both Mercola’s Keto/Very-Low Carb diet…and then I also did the AIP/Low-FODMAP diet very strictly & successfully for 30 days…but neither of these eating plans made much of a sustained dent in my bloating & digestion problems.

Like a balloon—with every meal—I tell ya.

I got another round of bloodwork tests back—and I noticed that I had very, very low HDL. Not good! I started researching online how to raise HDL through diet—and that’s when I found an interview between Dr. Mercola (who does promote keto/very-low carb) & Dr. Paul Jamient, who did an impressive job in the interview of detailing why you need starchy carbs to have gut integrity and health—and as a way to naturally increase protective HDL cholesterol.

Well, he convinced me too--that and my ballooning stomach, extra body fat that would not go away, and those bleak bloodwork results.

With this PHD/Eating for Energy strategy, I found some research-backed info that really filled in some missing pieces as a sports nutrition advisor & lover of feeling GOOD (and having a flat belly & a slim, trim shape).

I found that I was able to construct weekly meal plans that were both very satisfying & yummy…although I had to open my mind back up to the power of some starchy carbs…and that helped me burn fat and get back into a FLOW with working out, too!

This whole time I have to mention too, that I’ve been wanting to get and stay pregnant. Yep, I’m a late bloomer with wanting to start a family. So besides being a dancer and fitness coach—and being pretty body-centric—and wanting to do whatever it took to protect myself from early-onset dementia (and keep researching for my family to do the same, too)…being over it with having the blues…and wanting to get pregnant…let’s just say that I was highly, highly motivated to understand all the ins and outs of these recommendations.

The book The Perfect Health Diet—besides having an incredible volume of Weightloss and other great health effect Reader Results—one main complaint about the book is that it's a little technical and you have to really dig into it (and dig around on their website too) to understand how to apply it.

AND that how to “daily cycle” your Protein & Carbs to support your circadian rhythms...plus how to optimize your Micronutrients...are not covered in detail in their book—however they're both so, so key to getting fabulous *results* of feeling good & being able to burn fat…

So that’s why I say my results are from PHD+. 🙂

And here’s where I come in…


How I can help you:

So in Modules 1 - 8 of this Action Guide--I'm going to share how to put this way of eating into action with tailoring your Macro- & Micro-nutrients to work for YOU & how to pleasurably sub out harmful plant TOXINS…

And as we go, I'll also share research-proven, simple steps you can take to optimize your circadian rhythms & adrenal health too—as these are keys in feeling energized...sleeping deeply...and getting results from your exercise, too.

So hi—excited to share this mini-course with you

I'm thrilled to share with you a user-friendly guide to this way of eating—because it’s delicious & very satisfying! And it can allow you to build muscle & burn fat and just feel really GOOD! And I wanted to share it & teach it in a way so that you can start rocking it right away! 🙂

To read other people’s awesome testimonials, check out Drs. Paul & Shou-Ching Jaminet’s website…and I will just share a few awesome ones below, to add to my own. Oh and for me, besides finally getting rid of the incessant bloating—ditching that stubborn fat—I also improved my cholesterol levels & my thyroid health significantly. 🙂

Other fabulous testimonials from the Perfect Health Diet:

(And PS—don’t be put off by the name right away—I thought it was a little over-stated myself, but it turns out out is quite appropriately named! More about this in the next section!)


You're never hungry...

From Erp:

“I agree completely with Paul that when you’re well nourished, you’re never hungry. I’ve been following the PHD/cum supplements coming up on one year next month and can honestly say, I have no cravings and am never hungry. When I see one of my former nemeses like hazelnut biscotti, while walking the aisles of the grocery store, I need only remember that I have visible ribs now and have moved down from size 16 to size 6, to smile and move on. It took a while, but the trip is well worth it….

I’m 77 and over the years, I’ve tried to lose weight by going low carb. The weight losses were successful, but I didn’t stop craving high carb/sugary stuff and would always gradually go back to the bad old ways and gain the weight back. One year later strictly following the PHD, I lost almost 40 lbs and not only don’t I crave carbs and sugar, I am actually repelled by the smell of a bakery…”


I feel full & more satisfied...

From Jaybird:

“I have been shocked that unlike all previous diets for the first time in my adult life I consistently, not just choose, but desire the PHD foods over the crap foods. I feel full and more satisfied as well as crave PHD tastes. Even my craving for a pizza with its wheat crust has reduced greatly after the first 3 months on PHD. On past gov’t pyramid diet, vegetarian acid/alkaline diet, and even a strict paleo diet, they seem to require a herculian will power to choose to eat “healthy”. I had to definitely choose the less food reward. I came accept this was just the way it is in life…until PHD.

You definitely can lose weight on the PHD!…Their section on weight loss is the best advice I’ve found in years of reading diet info. I went from 250 to now 182 in 6 months!…” 


I am in the middle of the wardrobe crisis I've been waiting to have...

From Jennifer:

“As I look for something to wear this weekend, I’m reminded that I am in the middle of the wardrobe crisis that I’ve been waiting to have for ten years: all my clothes are too big. I don’t mean a little loose; I mean I perpetually look like I’m headed out to an M.C. Hammer costume contest.

Over the past few months I’ve lost 25 pounds. That’s a good thing, mainly
since the drop on the scale was more of a side effect of lifestyle changes
that have left me with more stamina and energy than I had when I was 20….

It’s too long of a story to explain in detail here, but the short-short
version is that it was Perfect Health Diet…What started it all was getting fed up with feeling awful all the time; I started optimizing my life around foods and exercises that would make me feel better and have energy, and the weight loss followed.”


Literally hundreds & hundreds of Reader Results, grouped by health challenges/conditions…these are just a few Weightloss ones 🙂

So welcome to this user-friendly, inspirational guide—and I hope you enjoy everything here!

Take Action 1A:

Open Quiz +

A little welcome Quiz:

1. Theresa Stevens is:
2. If you want to burn fat & build muscle you need to:
3. This Eating for Energy guide is based on:
4. Also, it's really key to Optimize your ________, too.
5. Eating for Energy allows you to:
6. I’m excited for the next chapter!