Success Stories

Mrs K was unable to lose weight before working with me and was concerned that joining the weekly programme would be a waste of her time. These are her words describing her experience…

“I found you to be very professional, efficient, available and concerned and it was good to work with you.  I have lost 3 kgs which is great for me but most of all, I now know how to lose weight when I want and need to”.

Mrs K

Prof Bernstein has helped to get me back into shape, improved my health and energy levels.

I have fibromyalgia and have severe muscle pain, headaches and bad fatigue.  As a result of this I tend not to exercise as much as I should and always had wrong eating habits. This lead to being overweight which increased my fibromyalgia attacks.

I have been to many dieticians before and always picked up the weight I lost and more, so I did not believe that going to Prof Bernstein would help me lose weight and sustain the weight loss afterwards.

Nobody had been able to help me with the extreme pain and fatigue, so I did not think that she could help me at all, but she did!

Prof Bernstein has been a great help and mentor as she is always there for me with good advice to ensure I am successful.  She cares about the person and wants you to succeed in your goals.

I have lost over 10 kg, have loads of energy, feel good about myself and my pain is under control.  I feel I have a programme that is sustainable for life, and it is not a diet but a lifestyle change, that I desperately needed.  Zest4life has helped me to be my old self again.

Prof Celene is a joy to work with as she cares about you.  She sends lots of recipes, helps you with information that you need to overcome bad influences from the past, and get your life back.

You can still eat enough food, never need to starve yourself and still lose the weight.  My energy levels have increased; I sleep better and am able to enjoy life again with my family.  I would recommend the Health Mentor services and the zest4life programme to anyone as it is easy to do. 

Irene Badenhorst

May 2015

Before I started work with Celene I felt lethargic, not motivated and was not sure how far I would go with this programme.

The zest4life process has been good – motivating, down to earth good advice. Booklets supplied are a constant source of continued revision.  I have lost 7kgs to date.

I am surprised at my determination to carry this through and Celene has given a lot of additional information and weekly updates that really helped me stay with the programme even when I was not sure I could.

Carrie Field

May 2015

I took part in the Diet Trial programme in Feb 2015 and I feel that this programme really turned around both my eating habits and also Stan’s, because he is eating what I do, and we have both lost some weight, but more importantly, it has changed the way we look at foods and the way we feel.

We are both senior citizens.  We only eat the healthy low GL foods and have no cakes, biscuits, sweets, desserts in our home.  We eat lots of salads, and veggies. Only limited rye bread, as we are allowed, and Oats for breakfast and fruit and yogurt.  Thank you sincerely for setting us right

We have recently been on holiday with friends to a self-catering establishment, and it was a little more difficult as we shared the food costs and as it was their timeshare, we could not be too vocal, but we were giving ourselves “silent medals” for right eating.  We also walked for over an hour every morning.

We are doing our early morning walks, as we have always done and I am attending my seniors gym class for two hours a week.  Stan is playing his bowl 2-3 times a weeks.  We really feel good.

We thank you most sincerely for setting us on the right path and wish you every success in promoting your programme further.

Kind regards

Pearl Friedman

February 2015 Diet Trial

I am 57 years old and was at the heaviest I have ever been. I also have arthritis and decided that in order to manage the pain better I would need to get rid of my excess weight . There would also be other benefits in getting rid of the weight such as feeling better about myself, making my asthma more manageable, looking better and being able to improve my health all round.

My partner is a fan of the Holford regimen and to support me contacting Patrick Holford via the South African website to inquire about a South African contact in order to help me lose weight. In an e-mail from them he was given Prof Celene Bernstein’s number and she was also copied into the e-mail. She subsequently contacted him. I have been consulting with her since 14 November 2014.

She has given me an eating plan which I have been following and under her guidance and encouragement I have dropped 6,5 kgs. My energy levels have improved and my clothes fit better. I have also lost a few cm around the waist. Whenever I have any questions or doubt, I phone Celene and I am given advice and encouragement. My aim is to get rid of another 15 kgs within the first part of this year which I am determined to do.

Vivienne Gast

February 2015 Diet Trial and Emotional Eating Programme

Dearest Celene,  I have to believe that this opportunity to have joined you on the Patrick  Holford eating plan Was by no coincidence. I was so ill in December with shingles and burnout and I received notification from my boss Denese Zaslansky  that you emailed her and invited her to join your Trial eating program . She immediately emailed me and suggested I contact you immediately which I did and that opportunity was definitely from up above. God knew how desperate I was to be cared for by someone as precious as you. Having spent some very valuable time with you on this eating plan I realized that you are definitely the best choice of professional Professor in Health and Nutrition to represent the Patrick Holford eating plan in South Africa . I found you to be to dedicated passionate in wanting the best for your clients. You give every inch of your being to ensure that we are encouraged motivated. You personally coach us and we have found through this miracle way of eating which is helping to balance our sugar cravings and stop us from a severe roller coaster life style which could only end in severe illness and early death . The most amazing things that are transpiring from  this program how we as a group have become so close whereby we are going inward and dealing with our deep rooted issues pain and hurt from years ago which we soon realized also had plenty to do with our uncontrollable eating and our low self esteem and self worth. Celene you have been so sensitive to our pain and hurt and from these cessions we find that we share openly and so much positive stuff has come to a head which is helping us deal with the eating.

Before I came to you I decided to consult with a highly recommended doctor not a physician but people all  said he was just as good. He did so many different tests on me cardiac lung blood pressure. He took so many different blood tests on me some of which thank God was recommended by Celene. When I went back for results all he could say is you need to lose some weight and its a good idea that you are under Celine . He never mentioned how high my stress levels were how close I was to serious sugar diabetes. When you called him to discuss my blood results he could not even remember me. I was so proud of you when you took that phone and demanded to speak to him and you said this is Professor Celene Bernstein here I am phoning about your patient cynthia kaplan he was lost for words especially when you mentioned my cortisol and stress levels were needing serious attention. All I think he said is that at least I am in good hands. If it wasn’t for you Celene I would have still been on a mission to very serious health problems and an early death. I met wonderful people at your cessions all with a common goal serious overweight issues.  The interesting thing was that a lot of us hold high positions with so much stress and compensating with food.

I was so  grateful  for the opportunity and worked very hard at getting results. I came from a mission of eating three barone rich chocolate cakes a week together with slabs of chocolates I hardly ate food I felt absolutely nothing whilst eating like this it paralyzed my emotions. I was driving myself and working 24/7 for years non stop I was always so exhausted and burnt out and the only thing that kept me going was eating all this sweet stuff. People kept warning me I was on a one way ticket I could not stop myself until the day Celene came back into my life I have not had cake chocolates biscuits I was drinking a minimum of 8 cups of very strong coffee two teaspoons per cup Cremona and sugar I have not had one cup of coffee either.  I cannot say this has been easy but I will never ever go back to this lifestyle. I believe God has given me an Angel in Celene who will do everything in her power to guide guard and protect me from the passed.

I am very proud of myself I have joined the emotional eating program and its so stimulating the stress levels that we discuss at length the emotional eating in depth. The hiding of food the different traits that we each have eating out of loneliness a stressful career a bad marriage lack of financial security depression and also joy and celebration all of the different reasons were dealt with food.

I want to wish you Professor Celene Bernstein the greatest success in your future as the chosen brilliant Representative for the Patrick Holford Eating Plan. You have been a legend in your field and can only build this wonderful new opportunity of representing such a highly qualified Team and grow this exciting new venture throughout South Africa and even as far as the black African states where the modern African lady is very conscious of eating. Correctly and physically looking good. I can see you building and training top quality lecturers following in your footsteps and changing the lives of people.

Yours sincerely

Cynthia Kaplan

Feb 2015 Diet Trial + Emotional Eating Programme

Before I started working with Celene I was unable to lose weight.  I was initially concerned that it would be a waste of time for me.  I found you to be very professional, efficient, available and concerned and it was good to work with you.  I have lost 3 kgs which is great for me but most of all, I now know how to lose weight when I want and need to.  Thank you for the opportunity.

Sharon Kalinko

Feb 2015

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