Sharon is Feeling Great At 78!!!!! Check out her story!

Our February client of the month is Sharon Marquardt.  At 78, she is feeling more energy, sleeping better, and has gotten rid of aches and pains.  Check out her story below.  Our goal is to not only help you lose weight, but increase your overall health as well.  Contact us today to see how we can go on this journey with you.

“I have a had a problem with my weight after the both of our two son’s. I have tried many diets. I not only wanted to lose weight I wanted to feel better. I heard about this program form a friend and she was doing so well I decided to try it. I has been great and not hard to follow. The easiest program I have ever tried to follow. lose it gain it, lose it gain it on all other programs. There were three reasons I wanted to try this. I was stuck on a weight that was okay but I still was waking up aching every morning and feeling tired. So I had three reasons to try this, 1. Weight Loss 2. Feel better 3. Restored energy. I started out tired and not sleeping well and waking up ACHING every day. Because this program is not just concerned about weight but total health. I checked in every week for an Analysis, Measure my Weight 145 now 129.4, Body Mass index 24.7 now 22.9, Body Fat % 35.0 now % 31.2, Body Water %44.1 now 46.4 and Visceral Fat Rating 9.7 now 8.6. I am 78 years old and when I started out my Metabolic age was 51 now on the 6th of February 2020 I am 41.0. I recommend this Wellness and Weight Loss program. You will get results in many areas. I sleep better, I wake up with no pain or aching, feeling better, never hungry and am at a weight that even gives me more energy. Good luck to each one that tries this. I forgot to state that i started this program November 25, 2019 on our 58th Anniversary”

-Sharon Marquardt


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Rhonda’s Recipe Round Up….Big Game Recipe Playbook – Zucchini Chips


The Big Game is almost here!  What kind of party is it without chips?  Not any party I want to go to.  Down in the lab, we came up with a chip that you can enjoy and not feel guilty about.  It will be first and delicious at your game watch party with this Zucchini Chip Recipe.  Don’t fumble and not bring this incredible snack to any party table.


Zucchini Chips

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 25 mins Total Time 35 mins
Stage: 2 (without Olive Oil), Stage 4 and Beyond
Servings: 2
Calories: 118

• 2 Whole Zucchini large
• 1 Tbsp Olive Oil (no oil for Stage 2 Clients)
• 1 tsp Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb seasoning
• 2 cloves Garlic minced (optional)
• ⅛ tsp Garlic Powder
• ½ tsp Pink Salt

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Coat 2 baking sheets with a small amount of olive oil
3. Thinly slice zucchini (tip: try slicing diagonally for larger, prettier chips)
4. Add spices to a Ziploc bag, add the zucchini slices and the olive oil and coat well
5. Arrange zucchini in a single layer and bake for 25 minutes or until brown
6. You can also broil them for 10-12 minutes on the 2nd rack level from the top

Recipe Notes

See How Angie’s story of losing 70 pounds is JUST THE BEGINNING!

Our Clients are in inspiration to us every day and we love to share that excitement with all of you.  Our goal is to provide you with all the support and tools you need to get you on YOUR health journey!  We cannot begin to say how proud of Angie we are, and how proud we are of all of you!  We are happy to share Angie’s story below.  We are all in this together!!! Keep up the great work everyone!!

“I have lost 70 pounds through the body and balance program at Genesis, and I feel so happy to be able to play readily with my kids, participate in activities with more energy and ability, and feel able to enjoy each day versus being lethargic and depressed. I really, sincerely think that through the support, positive care and daily contact with Genesis I was able to be consistent with the foods I chose and the amounts I ate. The most significant thing I noticed was how my relationship to food has changed. I see so much more clearly how I used food to deal with my emotions. My addiction to sugar has been broken!!!

Being able to only eat “clean foods” and knowing that the supplements I was using were supporting my body uniquely in a way it needed; I was able to feel significant changes in my moods and become much more emotionally regulated. Throughout the program, I felt more consistent energy in my days, way less mood swings, increased ability to focus on my work, and if I hit a discouraging moment or day the people at Genesis were able to help me keep the long term perspective in getting my health back. I feel so much better emotionally, physically and spiritually. I am sincerely grateful for this program, Todd Cadwell and all the people at Genesis who helped me get my health back and know how to keep it. Even as I write this I am humbled and surprised at how much I have changed and how much better my life is from going through this Body N Balance process. Thank you Genesis!!! “

 – Angie J


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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy vs Pharmaceuticals

Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Safer Than Pharmaceuticals?

Hormones are chemical messengers that are involved in countless areas of human health. We literally couldn’t live without them. But many people—many mainstream doctors included—are confused about the safety of taking hormone replacement.

It makes sense why. The pharmaceutical industry has thrown major dollars and significant effort behind artificial hormone replacement drugs. 

But artificial hormones aren’t working with the body to restore normal hormone levels. Instead, these foreign substances disrupt the body’s intricate processes and interactions. The reason is that artificial hormones aren’t even hormones, in the true sense of the word. Sure, they mimic hormones. But their molecular structure doesn’t match that of the body’s own hormones. And even the smallest changes in molecular structure can change how the body responds. 

We have plenty of examples of chemicals mimicking hormones, with very unhealthy effects. Take BPA, for example. BPA is a chemical in plastics that mimics estrogen. When it binds with the estrogen receptor in the body, it creates a substance that interacts with DNA—and has a variety of negative health impacts (weight gain, reproductive system issues, and hormone disruption to name a few).

That’s because BPA acts like a hormone, but it isn’t actually a hormone.

The same is true of synthetic hormones like Provera (which mimics progesterone) and Premarin (which mimics estrogen). These are approved by the FDA as “hormones,” but in fact they’re not. In fact, Premarin does include one human estrogen—estrone. But since it’s made from the urine of pregnant mares, it also includes a number of horse estrogens. Those are not compounds that the human body is equipped to handle. 

All that may explain why the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study found that combo of Premarin and Provera had a wide variety of negative effects:

  • It increased the risk of invasive breast cancer by 26 percent.
  • It increased the risk of heart attack.
  • It increased the risk of stroke by 41 percent.
  • It increased the risk of blood clots by a whopping 200 percent!

The WHI study makes it clear that we should not be using artificial hormones. But that doesn’t mean the only option is to suffer the effects of hormone imbalance.

A safer alternative to traditional hormone therapy

Many healthcare practitioners and their patients have found that it’s possible to reverse the effects of age-related hormone decline—think bone loss, cognitive decline, lack of libido, loss of muscle—without the risks of artificial hormones. 

With bioidentical hormones, we’re able to perfectly match the molecular structure of the hormones our body creates. That means that instead of just mimicking our bodies’ hormones, we are replacing exactly what’s missing from the body. And we’re not triggering any of the negative effects caused by variations in chemical structure. 

Another benefit of bioidentical hormone replacement is that it can be dosed specifically to your body’s needs. Whereas pharmaceutical hormone replacement comes in a one-size-fits-all pill, bioidentical hormone replacement—specifically when it’s given in pellet form—is formulated specifically for your body’s needs. 

Your practitioner will do tests to determine exactly what—and how much—your body needs to achieve hormone balance. And then pellets will be created to match that exact dosage. So you’re only getting the amount you need, and nothing more. 

At Genesis Anti-Aging and Restorative Medicine, we’re experts in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. We specialize in proper dosing to give you relief from your age-related hormone decline—without the risks of pharmaceutical hormone replacement.

If you’d like to learn more about how bioidentical hormone replacement pellets can help you live your best life, contact us today to find out how we can help.

9 Weight Loss Myths That Are Sabotaging Your Fitness Goals

9 Weight Loss Myths That Are Sabotaging Your Fitness Goals

By Todd Cadwell, DC


When it comes to getting healthy and losing weight, people have a lot of misconceptions. Which makes sense, given how much misinformation is out there from fad weight loss plans and so called “fitness gurus.” 

Even our mainstream medical establishment and our government—with its mixed up food pyramids and inadequate nutrient intake requirements—can’t get it right. 

Sadly, this misinformation has caused immense suffering among people who desperately want to improve their health but are stymied by terrible advice. 

If you’ve been struggling to lose weight, ask yourself: Have you bought into any of these 9 myths? If so, it’s no wonder you’re stuck. You’ve been following advice that is destined to keep you from losing weight. 

Myth #1: You have to exercise to lose weight

So many people with weight struggles exercise religiously, and still the scale doesn’t budge. They hit the gym for hours a day, hire personal trainers, and do everything the Internet and their doctors tell them to do, but they can’t seem to lose a pound.  

If you’ve been exercising and not getting results, I have news for you. The exercise may actually be causing your weight troubles. 

How? By increasing the stress hormone cortisol, which can cause you to hang onto fat. 

Now I’m not saying that exercise isn’t important for fitness and weight loss. It is. But there’s a time and a place for it. When your body is already stressed and unhealthy, it’s not the time to get into an intense exercise routine. First we need to get your body into a better state of balance and function. Once we do, you’ll be able to add in exercise—and reap the benefits it can provide.

Myth #2: All you have to do to lose weight is cut calories 

This myth goes along with myth #1. The idea is that weight loss is a simple equation: calories in must be less than calories out. 

In theory that makes sense. But in practice it’s another story. In fact, I see so many people in my practice who eat reduced calorie diets, and they’re not losing a pound. 

There are a lot of reasons for that, but a big one is that when we’re restricting calories, we need to also be working to support the body appropriately so that the physiological processes required for weight loss can happen. That support looks different for each individual, and it’s the reason that it’s so important to work with a healthcare practitioner who doesn’t take a cookie-cutter approach to weight loss.  

Myth #3: All calories are created equal

If you believe that the only thing you need to do to lose weight is cut calories, then you probably also believe that one calorie is the same as any other calorie. 

That couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, many people, when they cut calories, start eating prepackaged diet foods and drinks instead of the real thing. So they’re consuming food-like substances that are devoid of nutrients and wondering why they’re not losing weight. 

I call those food-like substances “dead food.” They do nothing to support life. Our living bodies, for their health and well-being, have no use for dead food. Our bodies need nutrient-rich foods to be healthy and to maintain a healthy weight.  

The other problem with these dead foods is that they’re often high on the glycemic index. That means they cause insulin to spike. When that happens, it can lead to insulin resistance, which leads to a plethora of problems within the body—sugar dysregulation, which can lead to prediabetes and diabetes, as well as increased fat storage.

Bottom line: All calories are not created equal. Stay away from calories that elevate sugar and ultimately insulin. Focus instead on nutrient-dense calories that fuel the body.

Myth #4: Fat makes you fat

One of the most detrimental lies we’ve been told about nutrition is that “fat makes you fat.” It’s what fueled the low-fat craze of the past few decades and pushed people toward fake foods and empty carbs. 

The fact is that our bodies need fat. It’s necessary for the health of our brains, muscles, peripheral cells, organs, glands, hormones … you name it. 

But the trick is we need to eat healthy fats. That means focusing on the omegas, and especially the anti-inflammatory omega 3s. Stay away from fake fats—those partially hydrogenated fats and processed oils that are in fast food and prepackaged foods. Those don’t promote good health within the body and can ultimately contribute to weight gain or inhibit your ability to lose weight. 

Myth # 5: If I want to lose weight I have to eat “diet food”

So many of the most popular weight loss plans out there—the ones advertising on TV and in every magazine on the newsstand—is that they rely on prepackaged, program-approved foods. 

Of course you can imagine why these programs rely on these foods: They’re a huge revenue source for them.  

But the problem with these products is that they’re chock full of chemicals—artificial sweeteners, preservatives, dyes, etc. And as I said, you don’t want those dead foods in your body. 

Prepackaged foods simply don’t have good nutrition. Plus, they tend to be packaged in plastics, which contain substances that mimic estrogen and can have terrible health effects. 

You don’t need to eat “diet foods” to lose weight, and in fact you shouldn’t. What you need is a plan that teaches you how to eat the right real foods for your specific needs.

Myth #6: I need to drink tons of water 

I’ll be the first to tell you that proper hydration is essential. But loading up on gallon upon gallon of water is not the way to achieve it. 

I see people all the time who are drinking tons of water but are always thirsty. When that happens, the first thing I do is rule out any conditions that can cause excessive thirst. Then I explain that overhydrating can actually have unintended consequences. In fact, drinking too much water can flush minerals out of the body, making it impossible for cells to hold onto the water we’re giving them. 

To address the problem, we need replenish mineral supplies in the body. Once those are at ideal levels, drinking the appropriate amount of water is effective, because your body is able to put it to use. 

Myth #7: I can’t eat food that tastes good

I hear this one all the time, and it’s absolutely untrue. When people begin to eat real food instead of the garbage being peddled by most weight-loss programs, they realize just how delicious whole, fresh foods can be. 

Once you break your dependence on processed foods and the chemicals in them that cause cravings, you’ll realize that what your body truly craves is nourishing, healthy food. 

If you have a hard time getting excited about healthy foods, I recommend you read the book Salt Sugar Fat. It will help you understand how the mass-production food industry has gotten you into the situation you’re in. It’ll also illustrate how important—and how satisfying—it is to eat real food. 

So no. If you want to lose weight, you do not have to live on a diet of rabbit food and cardboard.

Myth #8: Losing weight is hard and painful

If you’re following one of those backward fad diets, yes … losing weight can be hard and painful. But that’s just because those diets focus on dead food and exercise and calorie counting. 

Those are not the answer to weight loss. Which is why so many people have struggled and become miserable and hopeless. 

But when you take steps to support your body in the specific manner it needs to overcome the things that are contributing to weight gain or inhibiting weight loss, it’s amazing how easy it can feel. You become empowered to understand your body and what it needs, and you finally feel in control and in tune.

Weight loss does not have to be painful or uncomfortable!

Myth #9: Weight loss doesn’t last

The common storyline about “yo-yo dieting” comes from the fact that fad diets promote all the wrong things. And yet people keep doing them, over and over again, and wondering why the results don’t last. 

The answer is that they don’t last because they were never meant to last. They were meant to give you quick results, not sustainable ones. They were designed to keep you coming back. 

If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you need to break the cycle of insanity—of doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

When you realize that you live in a body that has specific nutrient needs and is going to respond differently to different foods, you gain knowledge about yourself. When you have that knowledge, you have the power to ultimately transform your lifestyle for good. 

The key is long-term, transformational success that you desire and deserve will happen as you begin to understand the bigger picture.

Ready for real and lasting weight loss?

If you want to learn how to achieve lasting, pain-free weight loss and improve your health, check out our Body N Balance program. 

The weight you lose with Body N Balance can absolutely stay off forever when you make the decision to take control. It’s about so much more than just counting calories, exercising, and drinking lots of water. When you understand that—and once you get to understand how to read your body’s unique nutritional needs—you’ll be empowered to make this weight loss a lifelong achievement.

Forget the Scale! The REAL reasons to embrace fitness

Forget the Scale … Here Are the Real Reasons to Embrace Fitness


Look at any so-called “fitness” program out there, and you’ll be inundated with messages about how your body needs to conform to some specific beauty standard. That you need to lose weight so you can look a certain way.


Then join one of those programs and you’ll find that they’re completely weight-obsessed—and they want you to be too. With shame-based tactics like weekly (sometimes public) weigh-ins, these programs make you so fixated on the number on the scale that you can lose sight of why you wanted to get fit in the first place.


Because even if dropping pounds is on your list of priorities, it’s generally not the root of the reason you want to get fit. If you want to lose weight, why do you want to lose weight? Is it for your health? Are you trying to reduce your risk of developing a specific illness? Do you want to increase your stamina, and therefore your enjoyment of certain activities?


Those are the types of reasons to tap into when you’re embarking on a weight and wellness program. Why? Because they aren’t arbitrary, like the number on a scale. They’re major, beneficial goals that you can set your sights on when you start to feel discouraged and need a booster shot of motivation.


Here are 5 reasons to get in shape that have absolutely nothing to do with your weight or whether you can fit into skinny jeans. They’re all about those deeper motivations that will improve your life—no matter what the scale says!


  1. Lower your risk of diabetes (or even turn it around). Getting fit is one of the best things you can do to get your blood sugar in check and reduce your risk for diabetes. If you have diabetes or are on the path to it, engaging in a holistic wellness program is one of the best things you can do for your health.
  2. Improve heart health. Being in good physical shape can lower your blood pressure, improve your cholesterol, reduce your stroke risk, and lessen your likelihood of developing heart disease.
  3. Move like you used to. Being out of shape can severely limit your ability to do the things you used to do—like walking for a long distance, riding a bike, going for a hike … If you think twice about doing activities you used to enjoy simply because you’re not sure you can physically do them, that can be a great motivator for getting in shape. Getting stronger and ridding yourself of extra pounds can improve joint pain and improve mobility, putting all your favorite activities back within reach.
  4. Sleep better. Do you toss and turn at bedtime? Or do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night and having a hard time getting back to sleep? Being out of shape may be a factor. Even a small reduction in weight—just 5 percent—can help you sleep better, according to research. Getting fit can also improve sleep apnea, which is a serious health concern.
  5. Have more fun in bed. Getting in shape can improve your sex life in a few ways. First, it balances your hormones, which of course are essential for a healthy sex drive. Second, getting in shape gives you more energy … which can put an end to all those yawning mumbles of, “Not tonight, dear.” And third, better physical fitness means better blood flow


Aren’t all those reasons to get in shape much more compelling than, “Hit this goal weight”? We certainly think so. If you’re ready for a shame-free, benefits-based plan to get in the best shape of your life—for all the right reasons—we’re here for you.