Nearly six years ago, Mitzi was obese with a long list of diagnosed medical conditions: fatty liver, pre-diabetes, insulin resistance, sleep apnea, acid reflux, joint pain, planter’s fasciitis, brain fog, gas and bloating, acne and dry eye syndrome. She was also diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and depression and had a suspected transient ischemic attack (mini stroke) that led to the prescription of anti-seizure medication on top of an antidepressant and amphetamines to manage her other conditions.
In short, she was a mess.
In January of 2012, Mitzi began a journey to take back her health and it started with just eating real food, getting rid of grains, as well as all processed foods. Those initial changes eventually morphed into Paleo, which then led to some weight loss, increased energy, improvement of all those medical conditions, and eventually getting off all medications.
Mitzi found her way to low carb in 2015 and, in May of 2016, she attended her first Low Carb Cruise. While there she was inspired to go Keto and since then, it has been truly transformational; leading to additional weight loss, increased strength and energy, and even greater mental clarity. During the summer of 2017, she finally joined the gym and now works out three days a week. She’s lost at least 50 pounds (23 kg) and has shrunk from a size 16-18 to a size 4-6, which is the smallest she’s ever been in her adult life.
After experiencing such a remarkable recovery, Mitzi decided to take nutritional therapy classes, initially for her own education. She then decided that the life-changing, foundational, holistic, nutritional approach was just too important not to share with others and became a coach. She has successfully coached individuals who, under the supervision of their medical treatment providers, have reversed type 2 diabetes, eliminated multiple prescription medications, lost weight and improved their auto-immune conditions.
This is a journey and lifestyle, not a temporary quick fix! Mitzi meets people where they are, and provides firm, yet realistic advice and guidance on making a ketogenic lifestyle work. She has proven success working in group and one-on-one settings.
Here’s her full story.
Mitzi Champion: I had a lot of metabolic dysfunction going on but I didn’t really realize what was going on. I just kept researching and researching and found my way to low-carb. I went on my first low-carb cruise in 2016. They were talking about keto on that low-carb cruise and I said, “This keto thing, maybe there’s something to it.”
Hi, I’m Mitzi Champion and I’m a nutritional therapy practitioner, I also do some keto coaching as well helping others, sharing this wonderful message of health recovery. I wanted to concentrate more on coaching people to take back their health and then when you realize that that’s the direction you want to go, you can focus like a laser.
For me it was really about realizing that if I didn’t do something it was not going to end well. And as a woman we are judged sometimes by our outward appearance. And when you say, “It’s okay, my time is over”… Well, I feel like I’m just discovering it again.
The transformation was amazing, the way that I felt, the energy, the clear headedness. There was no sore feet, no sore legs, I don’t have to rest, those kinds of milestones are amazing. Do it for the health recovery, the fatty liver is gone, the sleep apnea is gone, joint pain gone. I can wear fun shoes again because there’s no plantar fasciitis anymore.
I used to look at those shoes and say, “My days of wearing those kind of shoes are over.” Who would have thought at 54 that I could be wearing those kind of shoes again? When I’m convinced that something is true it’s very easy for me to grasp it and hold on to it.
I’m just so amazed at the recovery and the changes in my body and I keep saying that there’s more to it than just the health recovery. For a woman it can just be an amazing transformation. This is like a recovery of my spirit. I want to see how this can go.
I honestly truly feel like I am aging in reverse. I feel better now at 54 than I ever felt when I was in my 40s. You’ve got to try it… What do you have to lose? You have so much to gain. All of these success stories that you see, there’s no reason why it can’t be you in this success story.
About the video
Recorded at The Low Carb Cruise conference in May 2018. Published in January 2019.
Interviewer: Kristie Sullivan
Camera operators: Simon Victor, Mattias Lindberg and Jonatan Victor
Light: Simon Victor
Sound: Simon Victor
Editing: Harianas Dewang