Like many people, the pandemic brought to surface so many things I was struggling with…body image, nutrition, weight gain, daily headaches, using alcohol to cope with the stressors of life, etc. I had hit the proverbial wall in December of 2021 and I knew something had to give. I was hitting the scale at 151 lbs., hating every piece of clothing I owned, overeating for comfort, living in leggings and sweatshirts, and then drinking at night to stop the emotions and chatter in my brain. I had been to a psychiatrist (meds for depression and anxiety) and two different PCP’s (more meds for headaches). Nothing was getting better; the cycle was continuing. Lather, Rinse. Repeat. I was exhausted.

I have a wonderful friend who introduced me to Genesis and their incredible team. (Allen, thank you!). In May of 2022, I walked into their office. I was worn, tired, expecting nothing. Life was a repetitive let down, and I was tired of riding the hamster wheel. The promise of possible change was all that held me there that first day. I remember clearly after all my lab work, x rays, scans and consultations were done, how Gina looked me straight in the eye and said “You’re going to feel SO much better.” All I could do was nod politely.

And then…

Nothing short of a miracle has unfolded in my mind/heart/brain/body in the last 6 months. Within my time with the team at Genesis, I have started digging to the root of the problems that have plagued me for most of my adult life. This amazing group of people (Dr. Cadwell, Gina, Ilona, David, Ritu and of course, Anthony!) have literally changed my life. My body underwent a complete detox, both physically and emotionally. I had a comprehensive, step-by-step daily support system from Day 1. I lost 26 lbs. I found relief from my constant headaches. I love my closet now! I now meal prep and feed my body (and my family!) in the way God intended, which helps me function mentally, emotionally and physically at my peak.

I am also proud to say that I have let go of alcohol as a daily crutch for the stressors of life (spoiler alert- it’s not helping you either!), and am far more present, patient and joyful with my kids and family.

This isn’t just about weight loss, in fact it isn’t even the reason I started working with the Genesis team. This is about restoring your health, reclaiming your life, enjoying the precious little time we have to be on this earth, and living the way God intended so you can truly thrive.

Stop waiting for your future self to save you, tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, live TODAY.


Stop waiting for your future self to save you, tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, live TODAY.

Vanessa Pottruff

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