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Heather Goodwin on Harnessing the Butterfly Effect for Health: PYP 170

heather-goodwinHeather Goodwin is fond of saying that she was born at her ideal weight, and that was the last time she ever saw it.

In her teens her weight was in the hundreds; in her twenties, the two-hundreds; in her thirties, the three-hundreds, and in her forties – well, you can see where this is going. A few years ago, Heather topped out at 436 pounds on her 5'2″ frame. As she put it, she was rounder than she was tall.

Heather could also see what her destiny would be if she didn't find a real solution, and she didn't want to experience a 500-pound body in her fifties. So she said goodbye to all the diets and pills and fads she had tried in the past, and adopted a strict whole food, plant-based diet.

heather-goodwin-collageAnd this time, it's working.

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Heather and I spoke shortly after she had entered “Onederland” – under 200 pounds for the first time in decades. We covered:

  • growing up bullied and lonely as the fattest girl in school
  • eating and TV as antidotes to sadness and boredom
  • why it all got worse in high school
  • her expanding medicine cabinet and long list of diseases, ailments, and pains
  • the lie of the “jolly fat person”
  • apnea, sleep problems, and “rolling around like a chicken on a rotisserie” all night
  • a childhood of comfort and convenience food
  • baffled parents who singled out the obese child rather than changing the family eating pattern
  • “I'd run crying to cookies if you brought up my weight”
  • the 20 times she lost and regained at least 40 pounds
  • “I'd fall off the wagon, and then the wagon would back up and roll over me”
  • battling her “inner brat”
  • hiring a “furry personal trainer” who required two walks a day
  • committing to a YouTube channel at 350 pounds to lose the weight in front of everybody
  • finding Chef AJ and the missing piece
  • the importance of environment: “If you don't want to slip, stay off the ice.”
  • “being a food addict is like being an alcoholic who lives in a bar”
  • the danger signs of HALT (hungry, angry, lonely, tired)
  • Dr Klaper's Sugar Salt Oil video (throwing cold water on her addiction)
  • weight loss as a daily mental marathon
  • and much more…

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The Butterfly Effect Extreme Weight Loss YouTube Channel

The Butterfly Effect Facebook Group

Chef AJ's Ultimate Weight Loss Program

Never Binge Again, by Dr. Glenn Livingston

Dr Klaper's Salt, Sugar, and Oil video available for rent or purchase

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6 comments on “Heather Goodwin on Harnessing the Butterfly Effect for Health: PYP 170

  1. Trailmomma says:

    GREAT interview. Heather you are an inspiration! I love your story and I love your advice. “If you don’t want to slip, stay off the ice” is GREAT advice. Well done Heather!

  2. jodi says:

    Wonderful Wonderful Interview!! Heather is a real inspiration.

  3. Charlotte says:

    Hello Heather…..just want to say….after listening to several of your videos and making lots of your recipes (today I made the potato salad) want you to know that you are doing a wonderful job at losing all your weight. Give you sooo much credit. You’re a wonderful person and so thankful that you met Chef AJ.

    I am 70 years old and have followed the PBWH diet for the last 15 years and been a vegetarian before that. When I was about 40, I needed to lower my blood pressure and cholesterol and never want take meds. This Dr McDougall came on the scene for me. Love this way of life.

    You have been thru a lot but now you see the light at the end of the tunnel…please know I am cheering for you every week when I see your weekly reports. Keep it up..I am here for you if you ever need encouragement.

    Love and prayers,
    Charlotte ?

    1. Howard says:

      Hi Charlotte – I’ll make sure Heather sees your comment. ~ Howard

  4. Mary Garcia says:

    Would you please stop pressing buttons during the interview! It’s quite distracting and gets quite annoying. Other than that, great interview!

    1. Howard says:

      Hi Mary, thanks for the feedback! I’m not sure what you’re referring to, though. I type notes as I listen – is that the “button pressing” you’re referring to? If you can give me a specific example, I can listen and figure out how to fix it.

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