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(formerly The Diabesity Challenge) 2018 Total Well-Being Challenge graduates tell their story. 1 Year after applying Kedarji’s Ecology of Wellness and his 4 Pillars of Total Well-Being, Where Are They Now? Find out here!
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Our members have reversed or healed chronic health conditions and debilitating diseases through the Soma Essential Healing & Wellness approach to wellness and vibrant health. They are here to support you in your journey to Inspired Living through Total Well-Being and Wellness beyond your expectations!
The Soma Essential Healing & Wellness private online community is a support group comprised of members who have participated in one or more of our program offerings. These members are people whose wellness and physical/emotional well-being has improved a great deal by applying all that we have to offer, framed in Kedarji’s 4 pillars of Total Well-Being. We are committed to leading you to take charge of your healing and well-being so that you can get well and stay well to attain a lifestyle that embodies peace, joy, happiness and vibrant health.
- Monthly group support meetings via teleconference call with other members and group facilitators who are certified Soma Essential Healing & Wellness practitioners.
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Rekhini Smith – View Her Video Testimonial Here
I live outside of Youngstown, Ohio. I am a former Medical Assistant and am exploring options for a more Holistic employment in the medical field. Some of my interests are research, music, singing, and chanting. Also, because of The Total Well-Being Challenge, I now enjoy going to the gym multiple times a week.
Before the Challenge, wellness to me was something that I could not imagine. I would think of wellness as eating healthy while adding junk food when a craving hit. Then going to the gym to burn it off, in an attempt to keep a fit physique.
What wellness means to me now is incredibly different. With The Total Well-Being Challenge, I have experienced that this is an all encompassing approach. Starting with access to my inner strength that is developing as a result of my participation in The Total Well-Being Challenge, which is now flowed to all other aspects of my life.
It is amazing how quickly times flies! One year sinceThe Total Well-Being Challenge, no way! There is a lot that I learned, but also A LOT since the Challenge ended. For example, I learned that, even in the most extreme of financial circumstances, I can eat healthy foods. The saying, “You are what you eat” is applicable to my circumstance. I struggled with holiday goodies that I know are not good for me, on top of significant hormone fluctuation from discontinuing a medication that was doing more harm than good. Needless to say, I did gain a little weight back, about 10 pounds. I contemplated my own actions in gaining weight, and how to apply Kedarji’s 4 Pillars of Total Well-Being to get back on track. I got off the holiday binge and got back to eating healthier by making better food choices.
Other healthy changes that I have made are, a gym membership. And I quit smoking! I go to the gym almost daily and the children come as well. Smoking was one of my biggest changes. I smoked on and off, for over 20 years. It is exhilarating to have stopped! I can breathe now. I didn’t realize how cigarette smoke and the smell of cigarettes had blunted my ability to smell and taste, and how cigarette smoke clings so deeply to fabrics, until I got my sense of taste and smell back by quitting. I crave a cigarette here and there and, to over come it, I tap into my Spiritual Power. Nipping the craving in the bud, as quick as possible.
This experience has been a Blessing to myself and my children. The kids are quite satisfied that I have quit smoking. But, they also express that they now want to eat healthier as well. I am grateful for this experience and the beneficial changes I have been able to make in every aspect of my life! I encourage everyone to join me and the others who have completedThe Total Well-Being Challenge. There is an abundance of support here to make the changes necessary for vibrant wellness, inside and out!
Ben Tucker – View His Video Testimonial Here
I live in South Florida, working at my day job for a large international company. My work is on software security, software design, and cryptography. I also work with the Federal Government and other industry groups regarding software standards. When off-work I enjoy reading, admiring SoFlo’s beautiful weather, and sometimes go camping or hiking.
I have become convinced that wellness, while apparently affected by body weight and age, is not any of those things. To me wellness is a vibrancy of spirit that naturally comes from making the right choices and constantly reaching for the highest aspects of life.
Needless to say, I have achieved and experienced wellness, turning my life around in so many physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual ways by following this program – even when I do so poorly. It’s not a magic bullet that solved all my health problems immediately. Because there is work on my part, and I have more to do. The support of people in this group has been phenomenal, and I’ve enjoyed watching the profound changes in myself and in them.
As they say, “time stops for no person.” It seems like just yesterday that I took The Total Well-Being Challenge, yet seven months have already passed. I was asked to anchor myself in the lifestyle medicine put forth by Soma Essential Healing & Wellness, and to watch what happened next. I was also asked to think particularly about improving my mental state.
What can I say? Gone are the days when I had difficulties pulling on my socks! From the first day of the Challenge, I saw results. Until I started the Diabesity Challenge I had never measured my blood pressure, blood sugar, or when I ate real food. Once I started to measure, I saw positive changes in my blood sugar, heart health, physical well-being, and how I felt inside, as a result of following what I’ve been taught. I also experienced a connection that threads between spiritual power, my view of the world, how I react to situations, and – of course – my physical health. Needless to say the pounds simply dropped away, and with that, my poor health. During the Challenge I lost slightly over 50 lbs. of weight.
Based upon measurements, I saw exactly how my daily choices affected my mental state, emotions, and physical health. I experienced how the time spent in garnering spiritual power affects everything else, like a master switch that makes the trains run on time.
Since The Total Well-Being Challenge completed, I’ve gone through gaining a little weight back and then losing it again. I still see how my choices affect the results, having learned how to lose that weight and live properly. Gone is the idea that physical age is a primary determinant factor for weight, physical health, or my inner state.
It’s become obvious that the area I was asked to delve into, how to improve my mental state, is the key for my taking advantage of all the rest. I feel like a completely different person today than I did when I had started the Challenge. I have a buoyancy of being, where I don’t feel sluggish physically or lethargic mentally. And, even though my mental state still needs some improving, I now have the methods and the courage to make that my focus in this year.
Soma Essential Healing & Wellness has literally changed my life! Every one of my coworkers and my manager noticed the changes and mentioned something to me. Even my boss’s boss commented several times on his observations: my physical appearance, how I now carry myself at work, and the continuance of those changes over time.
Thank you for this opportunity and all the blessings I have received.
Jamie Walker – View Her Video Testimonial Here
A little about me: I live in central Texas, just north of Austin. I work for an agency that addresses child abuse and neglect. In my free time, I love camping, going to local festivals, and walking to the lake with a book.
Wow! It’s been almost a year since The Total Well-Being Challenge began! Can you believe it? Since it ended last June, I continued eating almost completely the same way I was taught in the Challenge (I allowed for some cheats here and there!) and lost additional weight, for a grand total of 50 pounds. I dropped that weight in a 6-month period. I went from a pant size 16 to a size 8/10. I am so grateful for all the education and support The Total Well-Being Challenge provided, and seeing how I needed to apply Kedarji’s 4 Pillars of Total Well-Being for my overall health and wellness.
As of today, I DID gain a chunk of holiday weight back (although, it’s not nearly where I was a year ago. My “holiday” pant size is a 10/12.) BUT, I went back to Kedarji’s 4 Pillars and a 100% WFPB diet with intermittent fasting, and lost 6 of those lbs. in a week. Still my favorite reminder is that as long as I eat “to the left of the red line,” (Volumetrics and calorie density that we were taught in The Total Well-Being Challenge) I can eat as many non-starchy vegetables as I like. I can eat massive volumes of food (yay for us volume eaters!), rarely be hungry and still lose weight and have great blood sugar numbers!
Before The Total Well-Being Challenge, I would have said that “wellness” was simply the absence of illness. Now, I see that there is such a greater mind-body-spirit connection behind the method. It’s about feeling vibrant from the inside, out! I encourage people to join this group, as it’s easier to stay on-track with health when we’re on-track together!
Amanda Harkness – View Her Video Testimonial Here
A little about me: I live in Boardman, Ohio. I work for a marketing company that specializes in brand marketing. In my free time, I enjoy anything that lets me express my inspiration: drawing, painting, anything artistic – and I love gardening!
I learned so much during The Total Well-Being Challenge. With the changes that I made to my lifestyle and habits, I was able to drop 25 pounds during the Challenge. Unfortunately, I began to make excuses, telling myself that I could “cheat” here and there… but here and there turned into more and more. Before I knew it, I was making excuses and skipping out on my spiritual practices, as well. I began shifting from an improved mental state to one of being critical and judgmental of myself. As my spiritual practice declined, so did my mental state, as well as my emotional resilience, and eventually my health.
I realized just how important spiritual power is for the other 3 pillars of total well-being, and how quickly and easily it is to get off track. But, with everything I learned and all the tools I now have, I know it’s just as easy to get back on track again, which is exactly what I’m doing!
I have a public health background, so I know that wellness is much more than just the absence of disease. After my direct experiences with Soma Essential Healing & Wellness and The Bhakta School of Transformation, I know that true wellness can only flourish when all 4 Pillars of Total Well-Being are strong – with spiritual power being the foundation and the glue that holds the other pillars together. I couldn’t attain wellness on my own (evident by 30+ years of trying and failing) – but I can now, with the knowledge, tools and support that I’ve gained here… especially when I stand on Kedarji’s 4 Pillars of Total Well-Being.
I would encourage people to join this group because it is much easier to stay on track and keep focused on what you’re doing when you have a support system of others who are doing the same. Feeling like you’re doing this “on your own” is the easiest way to get discouraged. There is support here, and it is invaluable!
David Gottlieb – View His Video Testimonial Here
About me: I am a computer programmer working in Western PA. When I’m not coding, meditating, studying with my spiritual teacher, or going to martial arts, I like to read/watch sci-fi, and spoil my cats.
I am like the black sheep of the Soma Essential Healing & Wellness Support Group. As such, I am also the exception that proves the rule. Last year I participated in The Total Well-Being Challenge. During that time, I lost 25-30 pounds, and I was able to cut most of my blood pressure medications in half. My allergies improved, and I had more energy. All this with very little exercise, as at the time I was recovering from a broken foot and limited in my exercise options.
Apparently, I needed the support and structure of The Total Well-Being Challenge, because a few months after the challenge completed, I gradually slipped back into my former pattern of eating, which had been a mostly meat-centered, ketogenic diet. I convinced myself I needed to do this because my blood sugar still trended high, especially when I ate grains. It is a tribute to how tricky the ego can be that, along with my old patterns, habits, and tendencies, I discarded the entire program, seizing any opportunity to revert to old bad habits, rather than simply limiting my grains intake and working with a Soma Essential Healing & Wellness practitioner to fine-tune my meal plan and lifestyle to accommodate the peculiarities of my metabolism.
While the ketogenic diet kept my blood sugar stable in the short term, it did nothing for the rest of me. My blood pressure increased, I gained weight, and I gradually once again found myself in deteriorating health.
With the new year upon us, I am again dedicated to a whole food, plant-based meal plan, and this time I am adding in the other three pillars of Kedarji’s 4 Pillars of Total Well-Being. Performing my daily spiritual practice as instructed is making this a wholly different experience from the first time around. And getting to the dojo 2-3 times a week is providing the physical exercise I was unable to incorporate the last time around.
In the three weeks since I have been eating a whole foods, plant-based diet, exercising, and meditating, here is what has happened:
- I have lost 8 pounds and my energy has increased.
- I have been able to reduce one of my blood pressure medications by 80%!
- And, my blood sugar remains stable, with less of an uptick (now and then) – much better than the last time around.
I am working with a certified Soma Essential Healing & Wellness practitioner to fine-tune the plan and monitor my progress, and I look forward to sustaining the same kinds of total well-being transformation that I have observed in the others in this group.
Kambra McConnel – View Her Video Testimonial Here
I live in Pittsburgh and I work in the fields of media relations and development (fundraising), within excellent academic medical and research centers. When I look back over the past year, I am in awe about how much The Total Well-Being Challenge has changed my life for the better. The Total Well-Being Challenge is about learning the purest, highest level of understandings about health and wellness, and it is about being surrounded by an absolutely amazing support system. What Grace!
Throughout my life, I was always thin. When I was very young, I was so skinny that I could literally eat anything I wanted–including half of a Sara Lee coffee cake in one sitting–and I never gained an ounce.
So when I got to “a certain age”–and early menopause–I started to gain weight here and there, and for the first time in my life, I wasn’t able to lose it very easily. I thought it was just part of getting older. Plus, because I had been healthy and athletic in my youth, and because I have gained a lot of knowledge from many years of working in my chosen fields, I believed my health was good and that I would always have access to great medical care if I needed it, especially in my hometown of Pittsburgh.
But one year ago, I had no idea that I had serious health issues looming on the horizon. I had no idea what it meant to eat a whole-food, plant-based diet. And I had no idea that adopting a total well-being lifestyle could be so sustainable when I follow the instruction and leadership offered through Soma Essential Healing & Wellness. Through The Total Well-Being Challenge, I lost more than 25 lbs., my cholesterol has dropped significantly to really healthy levels, my blood sugar levels and blood pressure dropped as well, my insulin resistance reversed, and I feel much better equipped to deal with life’s challenges.
Now, I feel like I am in a much better place to make useful choices, not only for my physical health, but also for my emotional and mental well-being, too. And this is all due to learning how to focus on the common thread that fundamentally weaves through all of these aspects: which is that of nurturing a consistent daily spiritual practice. This is the difference that has made the difference for me, and this is why I stand by The Total Well-Being Challenge approach. Because now, as never before, I am learning how to take that step back and observe where my mind goes, and how my thoughts affect how I feel, and then how that affects my actions and what situations I find myself in. And then, I can act accordingly and make better choices instead of reacting according to old habits.
For me, a perfect example of this is the winter holiday season. In years past, I could not keep my hands out of the cookie jar or chocolate box. I had intense cravings for sweets that preoccupied my thoughts all the time. And in recent years, I also felt very tired after every meal, as if I needed to take a nap, because unbeknownst to me, I was developing insulin resistance and carb intolerance.
But during the winter holiday season this year, I did not experience any of that. I could take a little bit of dessert, but I did not want more than that. I actually experienced that I wanted more veggies instead–which is unheard of for me! So this year was the first year that cravings for unhealthy foods did not “rule” me at the holidays. I wasn’t constantly looking for the next “chocolate fix.” Instead, I felt content after meals, and more relaxed overall…less restless…as a result. And instead of feeling sleepy after meals, I felt a normal level of energy. So grateful!!!
This “new” lifestyle is still very much a work in progress for me, and I am continuing to see room for improvement, especially with rotating my meal plans so that I don’t get stuck eating the same things all the time. Getting regular exercise also has been a challenge for me, even though I always enjoy getting outside. I am sure there are other things that I just haven’t realized yet, regarding where I can improve. But overall, I still see a BIG difference in my total well-being compared to last year.
Before The Total Well-Being Challenge, I thought “wellness” meant being physically fit. After The Total Well-Being Challenge, I now understand that true “wellness” is about having a strong daily spiritual practice that helps me improve my mental state, become emotionally resilient, and that synergy is what leads me to experience truly vibrant health. Since I am taking better care of myself now, I am able to cope with stress much better. And now, even when I have something like the flu, I can experience “the best flu I ever had” because instead of trying to plow through it, I actually stop, take the time to rest and get better, and then I may only feel sick for a week instead of 4 to 6 weeks.
It is also such a blessing to feel energetic enough again to get back to enjoying my hobbies of long walks and jogging in nature, traveling, spending quality time with family and friends, and enjoying spontaneous “foodie” outings…although now, those outings involve local vegan restaurants instead of other fare.
So, I hold the intention to continue the practices of this approach in order to enjoy even more peace and vitality in the years to come. And I encourage everyone to join our group!! The Total Well-Being Challenge is not about forging ahead alone on your own individual path. Instead, The Total Well-Being Challenge is about remembering that everything you need for true wellness is already within you, and you just have to stop concealing that fact from yourself. And did I tell you that The Total Well-Being Challenge is also about learning the purest, highest level of understandings about health and wellness, and it is about being surrounded by an absolutely amazing support system!? What Grace!
Thank you so much, Soma Essential Healing & Wellness!!!
Deana Tareshawty – View Her Video Testimonial Here
My name is Deana and I live in northeast Ohio. I lead a pretty full life. I am a wife and mother of 3. I love to travel and explore our world. I also enjoy the performing arts and golf. Recently I have picked up gardening and enjoy growing my own fruits and veggies. I also spend a good amount of time volunteering for several not for profit organizations.
I have always been drawn to health and healing, and as a result, for the past 12 years have worked as a holistic healing practitioner.
Prior to The Total Well-Being Challenge, I did a lot of eating on the run, or late at night after seeing clients and watching my kids play sports. There wasn’t much time to exercise or pay attention to stress levels or cultivating inner peace. Also, I didn’t have a complete understanding of wellness. So my health began to decline and I packed on the weight. My stress level was extremely high.
As a holistic healing practitioner, that was not a very good example to set for my clients. I never really sat down and contemplated what health and wellness is. At that time, I thought that if I was not experiencing any symptoms of illness or disease, then I must be healthy. I didn’t know I was a ticking time bomb! I was actually very sick. My blood sugar levels were creeping into the diabetic range and I suffered from insulin resistance and advanced metabolic syndrome.
Since participating in The Total Well-Being Challenge, I understand that wellness is a lifestyle, and that it is beyond just considering the physical body alone. Wellness is equal attention to spiritual power, improved mental state, emotional resilience and vibrant health. I was missing this vital understanding. I am actually seeing just how true this is in my life. When my stress level is high and I don’t take the time to focus on improving this through the methods taught in the Diabesity Challenge, I reach for comfort foods. When one thing is out of balance, it makes reaching for old, bad habits easy.
Giving myself the gift of participating in The Total Well-Being Challenge changed my life for the better. I have learned so much about how everything from the food I eat to the environment I am in, affects my well-being. I have learned how to take control of my health and make the changes needed. This has been empowering and inspiring.
Since the end of The Total Well-Being Challenge, I have been having continued success with my health and well-being. On so many levels, I am not the same person I once was. When I look back at photos of me from a year ago, I am so sad for that person. How could I neglect my health and wellbeing in that way. Now I use those images as a reminder to never go back to that way of life and lifestyle. And I got rid of all my fat clothes to make sure of that!
I went from a size 16 to an 8. From wearing an XL to a small. I have never been a small in my life. People who haven’t seen me in a while hardly recognize me. The change is that dramatic. I have been told I look 10 years younger!
I got down to 135 pounds just a few weeks after the challenge ended. This made my total weight loss following the methods learned in the program 43 pounds. I have been able to sustain the weight loss easier than I expected to. I added in working out with a personal trainer 3 times a week and I am seeing muscles that I didn’t know I had! My next goal is to get to 125 and really tone up.
I am experiencing continued improvement to my blood sugar levels and HA1C. My last round of blood work showed my HA1c at 5.1. I had ended the Challenge with my HA1c at 5.4. My fasting bloods are now consistently in the 85- 95 range, post Challenge, compared to before the Challenge where they were bouncing between 95-105.
My improved wellness is not just about the physical side of what I learned in The Total Well-Being Challenge. I feel better and more at peace with myself and life in general. I have worked with Kedarji’s 4 Pillars of Total Well-Being, as shared in the program, and totally recognize and fully acknowledge that the success I experienced in The Total Well-Being Challenge was possible only through also cultivating spiritual power. This connection to spiritual power gave me what I needed to make it through tough times where I wanted to break down and quit. This power is beyond will power and much more effective at giving me that inner strength.
Some real challenges hit during the holiday season. I indulged in Christmas cookies and party food. I immediately felt the difference in my energy and the way my body responded to this food. I experienced an immediate bloating and gained 5 pounds. One thing that I know for sure that kept this gain to a minimum was that I continued to work out during this time.
Another thing that was different here was that I didn’t beat myself up for eating this food. Prior to The Total Well-Being Challenge this is a cycle that I would repeat with other “diet” plans. I would indulge, gain, feel guilty and quit. This time I didn’t quit. I refocused. I saw it as a direct experience of knowing for sure that this lifestyle change is the best choice for my health and wellness. I can say without a doubt that sugar and excess fat causes fatigue, headaches, constipation, low energy, poor concentration and so much more. Once making the shift back to whole food, plant based after the holidays, I feel like my old “new” self again.