“When I started working with Crystal, I was in the midst of a relapse with anorexia/bulimia. I was exercising each day for hours on end, severely restricting, and struggling with hypothalamic amenorrhea (the absence of my menstrual cycle). Meeting with Crystal virtually each week helped me immensely — I loved how she took things slow, allowed me to progress at my own pace, and sent incredibly detailed and encouraging recaps of our session via email — with suggestions on what to work on (or celebrate!) until we met again. My period has now returned and I am so grateful that Crystal was able to support me in my journey. I would work with her again in a second and recommend her to anyone struggling with disordered eating or an eating disorder!” - G.B.
"I found Robyn about a month before my wedding in 2014. At the time I was severely restricting my calories and gaining weight if I ate over that amount. My hair was breaking off and I hadn’t had my period in about a year. All of that said, I was within a “normal weight range” by BMI standards so myself and those around me thought I was healthy. I defined myself by how much I weighed that day, and it was above all else in my life. I still remember my frantic, sad, email to Robyn detailing my situation. And I also remember her warm, kind, response. To this day, I am so thankful that I found her. I’m a pretty stubborn person, and a pretty strong person, so I basically fought her with every big step for the first 6 months or so… Nevertheless, she was patient, yet firm with me which is exactly what I needed. The recovery process hasn’t been easy, there have been some big ups and downs, but Robyn has been there every step of the way, encouraging and challenging me. Today, I am able to be active without judgement or constant injuries and fatigue… and it’s thanks to Robyn’s amazing guidance. Recovery has been a struggle, but it has all been worth it, and I can genuinely say that I don't know where I'd be without Robyn. Thank you times a million.". - C.S.
“I have been actively working on my recovery from a restrictive eating disorder for several years. After seeking a higher level of support through a partial hospitalization program, I faced new challenges as I tried my best to implement the coping skills I learned towards daily life. I was no longer under the close supervision of a multidisciplinary care team which allowed more room for unhealthy behaviors around food and physical activity to resurface. Throughout this period of adjustment, I had lost significant progress and was not able to satisfy the clinical or personal goals I had hoped for as part of my recovery. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to connect with Crystal and the RealLife Women’s Health team. Through our ongoing work together, I have grown increasingly confident in challenging more restrictive thoughts and feel more comfortable in trusting the overall process. With each session, Crystal establishes a nonjudgemental, highly supportive environment which encourages me to openly share personal struggles. In discussing more vulnerable topics of recovery such as moving away from the use of hormonal contraceptives, naturally restoring my menstrual cycle, and fears around increasing my intake and body image, Crystal expressed an empathetic sense of encouragement. By working with Crystal, I have grown into a phase of my recovery that feels more comfortable and stable. I feel motivated that I have been able to follow a loose meal plan and have gained tremendous physical and mental progress which I had not previously achieved through outpatient care. Having worked together for several months, I am in a much better place with my overall wellbeing. I sincerely look forward to our upcoming sessions together and feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to work with such a wonderful team. I am so very grateful for the support I have been offered by Crystal through this stage of my life and could not recommend her more.” - DB
"Robyn helped me reach a place of balance in my life that once seemed like an imaginary state that would be difficult to achieve. I have a history of disordered eating and body image, and had been seeing a therapist for quite some time prior to working with Robyn. Therapy played a big part in my overall recovery, but everything seemed to come together and just "click" when I started working with Robyn. She helped me make small changes that added up to a larger shift in my overall lifestyle and viewpoint of food/eating. I honestly never thought I would get to a place where I don't see good foods and bad foods; where I don't punish myself for eating certain things; where I honor hunger signals instead of congratulating myself when I ignore them; where I my focus isn't on food/eating 100% of the time. Robyn has most definitely helped me get to that place and I couldn't be more grateful." - M. R.
"A couple of years after my husband & I got married, we wanted to start a family and I stopped taking my birth control. As with many other testimonials from clients, my doctor said I was perfectly healthy and within the “normal” weight range for someone my height and age. She also said that since I was an avid runner it is normal that it might take longer for my cycle to start up on its own. I then saw a specialist who reiterated my physician and prescribed a medication that would force my body to have my cycle. I knew there had to be a better way of living. I reached out to Real Life Women's Health thereafter with my brief history and my concerns. Cody alleviated my fears and said that this is something that many women face and that she believed without a doubt that we could get my body back on track. What I really enjoyed about working with Cody is that she went over the scientific explanation of why with all my exercising my body wasn't having a menstrual cycle. She really made sure she understood me, my food & exercise and together we made a plan to heal my body. She made me feel like I was a person or even a friend she was giving advice to instead of a patient or some other person. After about a month of following Cody’s plan and advice, I started getting my menstrual cycle again on my own (no medication), and have done so for almost six months. I’m not going to lie, it was (and still is) very mentally tough for me to keep at the reduced exercise level. I exercise less, and sometimes fight with my internal body image of not being as “trimmed” or “in-shape” as I was before. Cody and I are still in regular contact, she is still answering any questions I may have, and helping me out when I get down on my body image. I know reaching out and working with Cody was the best thing I could have done for my overall body and health." - J.M.
"Reaching out to Real Life Women's Health truly changed my life. After nearly four years of a disordered relationship around food and exercise my body started to shut down; my hair was brittle, my energy was low, my mental health was a wreck, my period was unpredictable and my GI system was way out of whack. The GI problems were what finally what brought me to Nutshell; after other medical professionals prescribed incredibly restrictive diets to fix the problem (which ultimately never worked, and only heightened my eating disorder tendencies) I was desperate for a different way to heal my GI system, my body and my relationship with food. Working with Cody turned out to be my saving grace. She was attentive, encouraging and very accessible whenever I needed her. Though there were challenging moments, Cody met me exactly where I was at in my journey and walked right alongside me. Cody taught me to look at food, as exactly what it is, just food; learning this has allowed me to achieve such freedom. Today, food and exercise are simply a part of my life; they no longer control my life or dictate my self-worth. I eat what my body is craving when my body is telling me that it needs nourishment; that may sound simple, but learning and practicing it, with Cody’s help, has brought me to a place of such freedom. I now have the energy and the brain space to engage and be present in my life again, I’ve never felt healthier. I am so grateful that Cody was able to help me to this place of freedom and true health, I would highly recommend her to anyone! Reaching out was scary at first, but believe me, it was so, so worth it." - R. R.
"I had struggled for many years with over-exercising and undereating and finally it caught up with me. I was at a place where I was at my heaviest weight yet being way healthier about it than I had in my younger years. Feeling frustrated and defeated I found Robyn’s blog. I immediately contacted her after reading a few of her blog posts. Working with Robyn was exactly what I needed. She helped me overcome my fear of fats and also get it out of my head that we only needed a specific number of calories per day. She showed me our bodies need energy to function at their best! She showed me how to listen to my cravings and go with them instead of against them or eat what I “should”. She showed me eating and food choices should be anything but stressful! Working with Robyn has given me confidence in figuring out what is best for me and my body and that is something I will be forever grateful to her for." - J.D.
"When I first contacted Robyn, I was frustrated. Months after discontinuing birth control, I was still not menstruating. Despite multiple doctors telling me that it was normal and I shouldn’t worry about it, I knew something was wrong. I was gaining weight in spite of strictly watching what I ate and exercising nearly everyday. Things needed to change. I stumbled upon Robyn’s blog and finally found something that made sense. In the midst of all the conflicting advice and theories about what to do, Robyn’s advice was logical and practical and feasible. Honestly, I was apprehensive at first about following Robyn’s advice. For someone who has always struggled with weight and food, increasing my intake and changing my exercise was terribly frightening. But Robyn was there every step of the way. She was so encouraging and understanding. There were days when I was so discouraged and frustrated, but Robyn was there for me. She didn’t seem to mind my long, rambling emails where I just dumped out all my fears and frustrations. She was always quick to respond and answered all my questions. She taught me how and why my body was responding in this way, and she taught me how to heal through it. A few months of following Robyn’s advice almost to the letter, I finally got my period back! It’s been a long journey, but Robyn has made every step of it so much easier. As scared as I was beginning, I will be forever grateful to Robyn for her help and guidance. She truly cared about my health and wellbeing. Because of her advice, I am no longer a slave to food and exercise. I have a much more healthy way of looking at both, and I am finally learning balance. Robyn has taught me that I am beautiful and courageous. Without her, I would still be stuck in the mire of over exercising and under eating. Thank you, Robyn, for all that you've done for me. You have helped me through a tough time, and I will be forever grateful." - L.E.
"I developed every symptom associated with undereating: not experiencing hunger signals, absent/irregular menstrual cycle, not being able to lose weight no matter how little I ate or how much I worked out, and more. Thanks to Robyn's advice, I felt hunger pangs again. My period has gotten more regular and I eat without restriction. It is so liberating! I don't feel bad about cupcakes anymore! Food doesn't consume my thoughts anymore and if I don't end up getting to my workout for the day, I am not plagued with obsessive guilt. I can honestly say that my mind, spirit, and body is healthier right now than it has been in years even if I am in a bigger body than I used to be. Thank you, Robyn, for going against the grain and helping women be truly healthy. It is something I had never heard before and the "nutrition" and "health" messages being shared by others are wrecking bodies and minds. You've helped me change for the better and I am so grateful" - R. K.
"Before I reached out to Robyn, I was struggling. I was compulsively exercising and I felt like I had to have the perfect diet. Meal planning and thinking about what I was going to eat next took so much of my time and energy and I would get so worked up, anxious, and guilty if I didn't eat according to plan or missed a workout. Oftentimes when I was hungry I wouldn't let myself eat more because I thought I had already “had enough". Ultimately, exercise and healthy food became very unhealthy for me. I finally got the courage to reach out and I am so, so glad that I did. I had the privilege of working with Cody and she is amazing. She was so understanding with my struggles and always encouraged me with truth. She also helped me to make some important changes in my life, specifically my mindset regarding food and exercise, and challenge some of the false beliefs I had been holding on to for so long. I was a little hesitant at first but she continually gave me so much grace and was patient with me. She also helped me realize that it is so life-giving and necessary to let go of the need to control and to trust our bodies and the process of healing in general. I am eating more now than I probably ever have and am so grateful to finally be experiencing the freedom that comes with listening to my body. I also finally understand that my worth is not related to what/how much I eat or exercise in the least. It’s not always easy but in times when it is tempting to control or find my value in food/exercise/other things that shouldn’t define me, I remember the truth that Cody continually reminded me of: that I am so much more than what I eat or how much I exercise. I’m forever grateful for Cody and Robyn and the way they continue to speak truth into the lies we hear so often in society." - B.L.