Been told you can't lose weight after 40? Me too. But guess what? Yes you can!

Right now you’re frustrated, and you should be. You’re doing your best: eating healthy & getting exercise in when you can, but it doesn’t seem to matter.

The number on the scale isn’t going down… it’s going up.

PROBLEM: You keep gaining weight and have no idea why. Let me tell you something very, very important: It’s not you. It’s not your lack of commitment or willpower. It’s the ‘healthy’ food that you’re eating plus the time wasted on the wrong type of exercise. You are literally creating the perfect storm of weight gain and you need to stop! You need to GETREAL.

It's Easy to Lose Weight, Right?

Just Eat Less. And Move More.

Wrong! Obesity is not caused by a caloric imbalance, but a hormonal imbalance. Reduce your fat-storing hormone, insulin, and you’ll effortlessly lose excess fat. How do you reduce insulin levels? Simple! By adopting a low carbohydrate, moderate protein, healthy fat lifestyle:



No deprivation. No calorie counting.


After working with hundreds of women over 40 who were desperately trying to lose weight, this is what I know about you:

  • You do your best to eat lightly. You know the more you eat the bigger you get. But you’re really hungry and just don’t have the willpower to be good day in and day out. Especially by about 9 pm.
  • You’ve wasted money on gym memberships, spending what feels like hours on the damn elliptical. It just makes you tired & hungry.
  • You actually hold your breath every time you zip up a pair of pants you haven’t worn in a bit and say a silent prayer that they still do up.
  • You just feel really uncomfortable in your own skin-if you look too closely you don’t recognize yourself, so you avoid mirrors. You also avoid changing in front of anyone else, no matter how non-judgmental they are.

I know how draining it is to spend your life ‘hiding’ in baggy clothes, because I did that for way too long. I spent a small fortune on new clothes convinced if I just found the right outfit my problems would disappear. It didn’t work.

We all have insecurities but weight is one of the hardest to shake. You can’t leave it at home, hide it under makeup or cover it up. It’s always there in plain sight, ready to pop up in the WORST situations (like the change room of your favourite store. We’ve all been there: change room meltdowns are the WORST).

It’s exhausting to keep trying and failing and you get so sick of dieting. You slowly build up layer after layer of indifference. You tell yourself you don’t care (but of course you do).

Because it’s not JUST your weight or your reflection in the mirror. It’s not even how you feel naked. The truth is, aside from the way you LOOK it’s also about the way you FEEL.

You’re exhausted. You feel like crap from the time you drag yourself out of bed in the morning, until you crawl back in at night and try desperately to get to sleep. You LIVE off of coffee & pop (anything with caffeine), hit a complete WALL by 3 o’clock and CONSTANTLY crave food like chocolate, chips, cheese & popcorn.

Your body aches in places you didn’t know existed, while your moods are all over the place and you walk around with a mini pharmacy in your purse (Advil, Zantac, Tums, etc etc etc). You’re also so bloated some mornings that your pants literally won’t do up.

Whenever you try to make a change and start going to the gym, you feel like everyone is judging you for not being in shape. It’s embarrassing, plus it doesn’t work, so you stop going.

Let’s talk. Schedule a FREE consultation.

Listen, I know you’re telling yourself exactly the opposite but THIS IS NOT NORMAL.

There is NO SHAME in trying to lose weight to feel confident and sexy again.

Hi! I’m Debbie. It’s so nice to meet you! I’m a mom of 3, Holistic Nutritionist and founder of the GETREAL Plan.  I teach women who just want to lose weight (and are sick of all the BS) a simple way to eat that doesn’t involve deprivation or calorie counting or anything else that makes life harder.

Walking for Fitness — Is It Really Enough?

Have you ever found yourself walking on the treadmill feeling like you really should be running? Maybe you feel like you’re slacking off and guilt starts creeping in.

(By the way, there should be NO guilt in exercise — just moving your body earns you points!)

But the truth is that walking often gets a bad rap when it comes to fitness. A lot of fitness pros even scoff at the idea of a walk being a “true” workout.

The real truth is that walking actually yields a ton of benefits when it comes to our aerobic fitness and strength… YES, even strength!

From how long to walk to how intensely you should be working, we’ve got all the latest research on this often—overlooked dynamo of a workout.

All of this is in our latest blog post, plus a delicious heart-healthy Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe — in case you were looking to amp up your nutrition too *wink, wink*.

So, don’t go ditching those comfy walking shoes just yet!

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What Does ‘Organic’ Really Mean?

The word ‘organic’ seems to be on many people’s lips these days, but with it comes great burden and so much confusion!

The demand for organic food, specifically produce, has grown exponentially over the past two decades, with one of the main concerns driving the consumption of organic foods being exposure to pesticides.

But, what does ‘organic’ actually mean—and what does it mean for our bath, beauty & cleaning products? Has this just become another slick marketing word designed to influence and drive our purchasing decisions?

Should we just stay calm and continue to get our organic on? Hold up.

We’re going to unmuddy the organic waters and give you some clarification around this confusing and slightly frustrating topic.

Delicious whole foods recipe included too of course—which may (or may not) be organic 😉

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How Do I Keep My Blood Sugar Stable?

You’ve probably heard every health and wellness expert talk about blood sugar at some point, right?

Well, this means it’s probably important for your overall health.

While your body has mechanisms in place to maintain stable blood sugar, there are many nutrition and lifestyle strategies that you can implement to help it out. Maintaining stable blood sugar will improve your overall physical and mental health.

Of course, I have some nutrition and lifestyle recommendations, and a blood-sugar stabilizing DESSERT recipe just for you.

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Meal Prep & Batch Cooking: The Shortcuts You Need to Know!

Want to know one of the top benefits of meal prepping? There’s way less chance you’re going to deviate from your healthy eating regime since your meals have already been prepared.

Plus, part of prepping food in advance includes storing meals in proper portion sizes, and this can certainly prevent overeating. Check out our latest blog post for even more benefits and a whole whack of shortcuts for meal prepping-made-easy… sooo easy!

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Hungry for More? Which Type Of ‘Hunger’ Are You Experiencing—Physical or Emotional?

Think you might be an emotional eater? You’re not alone, and there are 4 key signs that you might be letting your emotions rule your day—and your diet! Learn the signs and discover how this type of “psychological hunger” is quite different from what we typically think of stomach growling physical hunger. You’ll learn all of this, plus get an easy DIY trail mix recipe for quick energy on-the-go!

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HIIT: what is it — and is it really the best fat burning workout?

We’re pretty crazy for HIIT these days… I mean, what’s not to love? Short, yet intense workouts, that can burn more fat, improve your overall conditioning AND they’re portable. As in, you can get your sweat on using minimal or no equipment whatsoever which makes it great for staying in shape while you’re sheltering in place. Find out more of the benefits of a HIIT workout.

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10 Anti-aging Hacks That Don’t Cost a Thing!

Listen, we all get older every single day and each person’s aging process will look different.

Biological Aging (or ‘senescence’ in fancy talk) is the gradual deterioration of functional characteristics. The word senescence can refer either to cellular aging or to deterioration of the whole organism. Eek, not deterioration of my whole organism?! Despite Wikipedia’s definition, why not embrace aging, rather than fearing it — not to mention spending gobs of money on reversing it?

Discover 10 easy and actionable anti-aging hacks that you can do daily to slow down your senescence!

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How to Naturally Lower Stress Hormone (Cortisol)

Stress is everywhere these days. We feel it when we wake up, when things happen during the day, and we even take it to bed with us.

It’s chronic. And it’s not awesome for your health.

When we’re stressed our body reacts in a couple of ways, one is by releasing the stress hormone cortisol.

And you can imagine that there are natural ways you can lower it.

So, check out my list of recommendations to reduce cortisol. Then indulge in my de-stressing dessert recipe.

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Covid-19 Stress: How It Messes with Your Health

Covid-19 and the “stress mess.”

Does stress make you feel a bit off? Do you notice negative health effects when stress is the worst? Maybe it affects your sleep, or maybe you get sick more often.

Yes, stress can definitely mess with your health.

Today I talk about some of the telltale (and not-so-obvious) signs that stress is messing with your health.

Oh, and I have relaxing recipe for you (two ingredients – no stress!).

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50 Simple Ways to Start a Daily Self-Care Practice

Scheduling and planning out your “me time” is what usually makes a regular practice stick. By practicing at least one (or two!) of these activities every day, you’ll soon realize that self-care is indeed a necessity – and you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life! That’s why we’ve got a great big list of self-care ideas (50 of them!) to inspire you to start nurturing, supporting, and loving yourself more often – the way you deserve to! Check out the list in our latest blog post and grab the sweet DIY spa facial treatment recipe while you’re at it 😉

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Chronic Stress Syndrome – Am I At Risk?

True that short-lived stress is generally harmless, and sometimes even helpful, it’s when it persists and becomes chronic that it can really start to create havoc in our lives — and in our health. Chronic stress can cause a range of concerning symptoms, and not just the psychological ones we often associate it with. It can also contribute to the development of a multitude of physical issues and mental disorders — it truly is a full-body response. Could you be at risk? Find out more in my latest blog post!

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