Here's a recent picture of me with my Baby Ellie - after I lost over 25 pounds of baby weight gain in 6 months - without dieting or any crazy fitness regime.
But this wasn't always easy for me, so I want to tell you my personal story.
I am sharing my story because this is why I left a successful career in law . And why I'm so passionate about helping people like you discover the freedom and joy of using the Homemade Method™ to achieve your ideal weight - without dieting.
I'm Anna and I'm the Founder of The Homemade Method™. I've got Masters Degrees from Stanford and UC Berkeley and I used to be a full-time Attorney (I was the Australian Young Lawyer of the Year in 2008). I also competed in National Ice Skating Championships in Australia.
I'm proud to have developed an easy system called the Homemade Method™ with my
Stanford MD Co-Founder and a team of over a dozen Doctors, Nutritionists & Holistic Chefs.
Our Members have used this simple system to cook over 70,000 meals, lose tens of thousands of pounds, and reduce or reverse high blood sugars, pressure & cholesterol - WITHOUT DIETING.
We've also worked with organizations like Google, Stanford Hospitals and 7 Medical Clinics have referred their patients to us, because our approach is simple and it works.
"I know you already have everything you need to be your best, healthiest self."
My secret dieting & binge eating
When I was competing in National Precision Ice Skating Championships as a teenager, I was tortured by my eating and obsessed with losing weight. I was constantly dieting and would go from severely restricted calories to binge eating.
I tried everything from fad diets, to special pills, food diaries, counting calories and weighing myself a million times per day.
It makes me feel vulnerable to share this with you because no one in my life knew about my struggles with my weight and my eating. As an adult it didn't get better: It got worse.
One time, I remember standing in the law firm kitchen eating so much caramel slice leftovers that I felt physically sick! And I remember the feeling of being out of control when I did it, and the tears I cried when I got home and calculated the calories I'd eaten and wondered, 'What is wrong with me?!'
(To this day it was some of the best caramel slice I've ever had... so I should have just relaxed & enjoyed it...but I didn't know then what I know now!)
And then guess what I did after I ate all that caramel slice?
Well, of course, I went to the deli downstairs and bought MORE CANDY.
Why? Because we all know that eating is the best solution for everything - especially drowning our emotions and guilt.
(I'm kidding... stick with me on this...)
Another time, I remember sitting down to a pasta dinner with my housemates and just eating the pasta sauce - without the pasta - because 'carbs were bad'. I remember the feeling of isolation I felt at the dinner and how all I could think about was the food. Then I remember sneaking into the kitchen after dinner and wolfing down the pasta when no one was looking because I felt so deprived. I remember the shame of hiding what I ate in private.
(I laugh when I look back now and think of eating pasta - without the pasta! But back then I was scared of carbs!)
These are just two stories of literally thousands I could share. Each time, I failed my own expectations and thought I was just being weak and undisciplined and vowed to do better next time.
Welcome to The Homemade Method™.
We are Medical Doctors, Nutritionists & Holistic Chefs
I know that you have the ability to achieve your ideal weight and optimum health, no matter what your starting point, if you use the right system.
I believe that the Homemade Method™ is the most effective, easy & sustainable way to achieve your weight & health goals - without dieting.
I believe that enjoying vibrant good health and being confident in your body is essential for a happy & fulfilling life, and for your family to thrive too.
Most importantly, I believe that no matter what your dreams or obstacles, YOU already have the power to change your life and be your best, healthiest self.
This philosophy, dogged determination, and lots of hard work, led to the creation of the Homemade Method™. I was fortunate to work with my amazing Stanford MD Co-Founder, Dr Chloe Chien, and a team of over a dozen Nutritionists and Holistic Chefs in developing our system for sustainable healthy lifestyle change.
From these folks, all my Members, and many others, I continue to learn new things every day and expand my own ideas of how to be my best, healthiest self.
Finding freedom... and my ideal weight
I never looked back. I achieved my ideal weight and have easily maintained it for over a decade, without any calorie counting or deprivation.
I finally found freedom from dieting and discovered a positive relationship with my food.
Now, I eat whatever I want and as much as I want until I'm satisfied. I do all the 'wrong things' - like eating carbs and fat and meat - yet I never gain weight and I am vibrant & healthy.
I then spent the next 10 years on a quest - with a team of Medical Doctors, Nutritionists & Holistic Chefs plus over +1,000 Members - to develop and perfect a system that would work for anyone. And so the Homemade Method™ was born.
"What I didn't know at the time is that the problem was the dieting mindset!"
My turning point
One day, I had enough. I realized that dieting had never gotten me anywhere but had caused me endless guilt, disappointment and wasted energy. I had tried so hard to lose weight for years... but then I always gained it back again.
(Does this sound familiar to you too?)
I decided to stop dieting and restricting my eating.
Instead I started listening to my body and I focused on feeling 'well-being' which took me to fresh, home-cooked meals made from whole ingredients, instead of processed foods or packaged so-called 'health foods'.
"To my surprise, instead of gaining weight, it dropped off me."
IF YOU'RE READING THIS,
I CAN TEACH YOU TOO.
Which brings me to you.
My number 1 passion and commitment is to empower you, my Members.
Through our free content, our paid online programs, and whatever else we throw in the mix, we're in this to make a difference. To help you be your best, healthiest self.
Whether you want to lose a few pounds (or a lot), improve your blood numbers, or be a positive role model for your kids, we're here to help you get there.
We're proud and deeply grateful every day to earn a living from this. But you should know, a lot of what we do is offered free of charge - because we believe that if we keep it real, give generously & pay it forward, then the rest will follow.
I'm not perfect - I am a work in progress. My life, health and body is a constantly changing, dynamic practice. There's good days and bad days.
I don't have all the answers and I make mistakes.
But my commitment to you is that I'm constantly learning from the very best and the very latest - and I bring you the very best of what I'm living.
And you can expect me to keep it honest & fun as we go (I'm an Aussie!) And to hopefully share a few laughs along the way. So please don't expect a perfect polish or accountability weigh-ins. But do expect to be informed, challenged, entertained and empowered with what I consider to be the very best system to lose weight without dieting and be your best, healthiest self.
If you're still reading, thank you~! I hope this is just the beginning of our relationship. And I'd love to get to know you. The best place to start and stay connected is to join my Homemade Method™ Community - just click below and enter your name and email.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story. I'm so glad you're here and I'm excited for the journey ahead!
Co-Founder, Homemade Method™
"Do expect to be informed, challenged, entertained & empowered with the very best system to be your best healthiest self."
Our Stanford Founder Bios
Dr Chloe has a combined MD / MBA from Stanford University, with a Scholarly Concentration on Community Health. In 2009, Chloe was President of the Stanford Medical Students Association. Her speaking engagements have included National Kidney Foundation, Hewlett Packard, City of Menlo Park, BeWell & HIP at Stanford University, Washington Hospital, Food Summit 2013, Davita & many others. Chloe is a Member of the American College of Preventative Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, Public Health, Nutrition & Diabetes Associations.
Anna has Masters Degrees from Stanford & UC Berkeley. Anna is a Fulbright Scholar, was the Australian Young Lawyer of the Year in 2008 and competed in National Ice Skating Championships for 4 years. Anna is a health coach, an author and a cooking instructor. She Founded the Homemade Method™, and has led workshops for Google Employees, Stanford Hospital & University Employees. Anna presented at the Food Summit in 2013, the Food@Work Conference in 2014 and the Berkeley Food Innovation Lab.
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