Evoke Strong was initially created in 2017 by Elaine Dusetzina as a platform to share health transformation stories, as she experienced her personal health transformation by making changes in her lifestyle.
The good news is it’s never too late to make a change! Our bodies and minds have an incredible capacity to bounce back.
Be inspired by the stories of these amazing women and their health transformations. We hope their shared experiences will awaken the strength in you to take charge of your health.
DISCLAIMER: The complimentary advice given in these interviews are not a substitute for working with a health and wellness coach or other health professionals. I cannot guarantee the outcome of following the advice provided and our statements about the potential outcome as they are expressions of opinion only. Following the advice provided is for your experimentation and at your own risk. Consider hiring a health and wellness coach or other health professional to assist you with any health issues.
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Episode 015 – Healthier at 50 with Kelly Nentwich
Kelly Nentwich never imagined to be healthier than she’s ever been at age 50! Almost 20 years ago, in her 30s she was diagnosed with 2 autoimmune diseases and bedridden most days. Her doctors told her that her only options were multiple medications and because there isn’t any cure, she would have to prepare herself for disability since it would only get worse as she got older.
Fast forward to today, almost 20 years later – she went from struggling to get out of bed to now competing in various endurance races – 5/10ks, half marathons, triathlons, 50-mi bike races. She hasn’t taken a prescription medication in 12 years and she rarely gets sick. Amazing!
Kelly is a Certified Health Coach, Speaker, and Entrepreneur – the founder and owner of Prep4Health/Thrive4Mom. However, her most important job is mom to three amazing humans!
Kelly is on a mission to educate and inspire other women to take back their health after successfully changing her own health as well as her family’s health. With 12 years of education and real world experience, Kelly is equipped with extensive knowledge in nutrition, holistic wellness and preventative health. She draws on these skills and knowledge when she works with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
Her business focuses on helping women over 45 enter the next phase of their life, feeling their absolute best by changing their diet and lifestyle. Our society puts a lot of negative labels on women in their midlife and she is here to change that. She likes to say, “this ain’t your mama’s midlife!”
With the goal of empowering women, Kelly’s business has grown to also include mentoring other women in the health and wellness field.
When she’s not passionately creating change in her community you can find her enjoying yoga, hiking, running, biking and cooking. She enjoys these activities with her amazing husband of 26 years and their three adult children.
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Episode 014 – Give yourself Grace with Tatiana Mone
A demanding career and the challenges of being a military spouse (deployments, change of duty stations, unpredictable schedules, etc). took a toll on Tatiana’s health and well-being. It was while she was on her wellness journey that Tatiana learned the most important lesson was to give herself grace.
Tatiana is a senior project manager, mother to a preschooler and owner of Tatiana Mone Fitness, a lifestyle coaching business that developed organically at the request of women following her online. Tatiana’s focus is on women’s health and specializes in helping women refocus on the most important aspects of life.
Tatiana enjoys training hard, as well as enjoying time with her family. When she’s not working, you’ll find her in the kitchen whipping up meals with her daughter.
Episode 013 – Journey to Functional Recovery with Nicole Gronbeck
In 2015, during a Crossfit workout, Nikki suffered from two-disc herniations in her lower back. In the next four years, she had numerous treatments to determine the best route for her recovery. This experience was mentally and physically difficult for her since she has been active all her life, that eventually led to emotional eating. The great news is her journey back to recovery is well on the way – ten months ago with work involving a neurologist (and nerve meds), physical therapy, and the Whole30 lifestyle, she feels she has control of her life again.
“Hard work and consistency” are her key strengths that brought her to better wellness.
Nikki is an athletic trainer and physical therapist aide at Next Level Physio in New Jersey. She’s working towards becoming a Physical Therapist (DPT). She was a former D1 cross country runner at Jacksonville University (also my alma mater!).
Follow her @taming_tina on Instagram as she is inspiring others to wellness through her posts about her journey.
Episode 012 – Power of Belief with Courtney Montgomery
Hallie struggled with sugar cravings and emotional eating for as long as she can remember, until she tried an elimination diet that reset her body. She noticed a huge difference with more energy, less brain fog and bloat gone!
Hallie Steinberg is a health and wellness educator passionate about inspiring healthy living to people of all ages. Through whole food nutrition and simple changes, every one can aspire to live a healthy and prosperous life.
Hallie has partnered with the Juice Plus company to help bring whole food nutrition in an easy and convenient way. Juice Plus whole food concentrate is 30 raw vine-ripened fruits and vegetables concentrated into a chewy or a capsule, perfect for children and adults. Juice Plus is third-party certified to be guaranteed of all herbicides, pesticides, heavy metals and molds and has over 38 clinical studies in published medical journals citing the benefits including reduced inflammation, DNA repair, better lung and cardiovascular health, and increased immune support.
You can learn more about Juice Plus and it’s many benefits at the following website: https://halliesteinberg.juiceplus.com/
Hallie Steinberg also has a Facebook group called Hallie’s Healthy Living where she posts healthy living tips and Family friendly recipes daily. https://m.facebook.com/groups/526934114161260?ref=share
Hallie is happy to answer any questions and share samples. Please reach out to her via email: email@example.com.
Featuring Liz Hronek, the founder of Miss Fit Boss, a body empowerment brand that has been featured Good Morning America, Inside Edition, E! News, and People Magazine for losing half her body weight – from 300 lbs to 150 lbs and keeping it off for 10 years.
Today, she is helping others do the same through her health coaching. Liz is certified in personal training and nutritional therapy, and has been working with clients for over 10 years.
Find out more about Liz:
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook – Miss Fit Boss: Liz Hronek
Instagram/Twitter/YouTube – @themissfitboss
Featuring Christina Hope Justice and her journey of emotional healing to restore her health.
At the age of 4, Christina was abandoned by her mother which left her with emotional and body-image issues for decades. When Christina was in her 30s, her mother passed and she became depressed. She gained 70 pounds in a few months from taking antidepressants.
After seven years of obesity, confusion, and emotional as well as physical pain, Christina made the decision to take control of her weight in 2009. She began with an elimination diet, which made her aware of how food was causing many of her physical symptoms. With a healed leaky gut and 86 pounds lost, she realized the power of food as medicine and its potential to heal her mental health issues so she can get off the endless cycle of drugs.
With her background as a fitness instructor, she naturally moved into becoming a personal trainer. In her experience training clients, she discovered that underlying emotional issues made weight loss and healthy habits more complicated than just a simple solution of diet and exercise. One day, Christina did an exercise she had given to a client, where she looked in the mirror and spoke loving words to herself. There, she realized the root of her own issues lay in her unhealed childhood trauma. Thus began her journey of emotional healing and spiritual evolution.
Christina is an Intuitive Empath and a Certified Holistic Health Coach. You can learn more about her by checking out her website – www.blackswansibyl.com
Facebook – Black Swan Sibyl Healing
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Katie shares her story of struggle with several eating disorders and how she found a holistic natural approach in repairing her relationship with food and her body.
About Katie Alyssa:
Katie is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, and an Inner Child Work Specialist.
She is passionate about unraveling limiting beliefs, transform their unconscious minds, so that clients can tap into their full potential as an empowered woman. Katie loves positive parenting, healthy cooking and and in her free time, you’ll find her playing with her 2 kids or creating a new recipe!
Join her private FB group: Freedom from Food
Access her Food Freedom Masterclass with 4 easy to implement tools that you can start using today to achieve food freedom:
This is Brandi Blouch’s story of empowerment. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her 30s and for many years she searched for ways to find stability. In this interview, she shared with us how she’s able to manage her illness today.
Brandi is the Best-Selling Author of “From Ups and Downs to Middle Ground”, Surviving Bipolar. In her book, she intertwined her real life stories with helpful tips on how to survive the trepidations of bipolar disorder.
She has a Bachelors’ degree in Psychology with a Minor is Rehab. Counseling. She also has a Certification in Integrative Nutritional Health Coaching. She believes that no two people are the same, nor do they take the same journey through life. She is a supportive mentor and a wellness authority who works to help others feel your best. She provides a safe environment where you can share your struggles and be assisted to have a healthy relationship with yourself and the world around you.
You can friend her on facebook: www.facebook.com/brandiblouch
Other ways to connect:
Via email – email@example.com
Instagram – www.instagram.com/brandiblouch
LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/brandiblouch
Khara Ashburne is a career professional with over 20 years of progressive business experience in marketing, business development and account management. After reaching an all time weight of 250 lbs, she decided to make some serious changes in the fall of 2015, beginning by surrendering her diet to God. Since that time she has lost 60 lbs by practicing a low starch, plant-based lifestyle. She believes that God has called her to minister to others in the areas of emotional and physical healing which leads to the shedding of both mental and physical pounds. With God’s guidance she launched The Rebirth Experience in 2016 providing faith-based coaching to women leading them to weight loss by faith. This married mother of 3 is on a mission of healing and empowerment with one single objective – to help others restore their temple and represent for the Kingdom of God. Her guiding Scripture is: “For in Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28
Do you have an unstoppable craving for all ‘sugary-foods’? Coupled with chronic fatigue and joint pain? Find out how to overcome these challenges by listening to Rachel Myer’s story!
Rachel is an online nutrition and gut health expert, specializing in helping women eliminate sugar cravings, chronic fatigue and those out of control feelings around food. She is passionate about helping women ditch the all-or-none diet mentality and find adventure in healthy living. In addition to her online nutrition and fitness program, she leads backpacking, snowshoeing, day hikes and more where she resides in Colorado.
Jeanette shared her journey towards better health while in the midst of being a caregiver to her family suffering from chronic disease including cancer.
In the process of understanding the multiple dimensions of cancer, she became a certified Holistic Cancer Coach. There is no one way to navigate the cancer maze or any chronic condition, therefore Jeanette meets her clients wherever they are on the path towards health. Together they find various ways to manage healthy habits so the body can heal quicker with grace. By finding a unique balance of a supportive “healing” team and detoxing the world around them, anyone can experience health while managing a diagnosis.
Jeanette loves to help her clients find a new level of calm. In her words, “I’m the calm in the center of their cancer storm”.
Jeanette is a Holistic Cancer Coach and Functional Life Coach with an emphasis on Lifestyle Consulting.
Connect with Jeanette ⬇️
Kyla Thorne is a stay-at-home, work-from-home, homeschool mom to 2 creative kiddos! She is passionate about addressing the ROOT cause behind our struggles – whether it’s physical health, inspired by her Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis diagnosis, or whether it’s mental health, inspired by the depression that accompanied her autoimmune illness & the anxiety that finally led to her Religious Trauma diagnosis.
Kyla started to learn more about gut health and what she could do with her lifestyle to continue to improve her health. Discover the lifestyle changes she made to heal her gut and its positive effects on her depression as well as her Hashimoto’s condition.
A graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who is passionate about the link between gut health and mental health, since addressing this saved her life.
Connect with Kyla Thorne ⬇️
https://www.facebook.com/kyla.thorne (as a friend or messenger)
Tricia’s health journey started after surgery for a Brain decompression in Feburary 2017. For years, she struggled with symptoms from Chiari Malformation (a structural defect in the cerebellum). After surgery, Tricia developed what the doctors told her was dysautonomia later discovering it was caused by the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV). Suffering from many weird symptoms, she was bedridden and confined to her home. Tricia did her own research to look for answers and started with the one thing she could control – NUTRITION. When she changed the way she ate, along with better sleep, exercise that she could tolerate and eliminating stress, the EBV went to remission and the dysautonomia symptoms diminished.
This health transformation led Tricia to become an Integrative Nutritional Health Coach where her focus is to help those who suffer from auto immune issues, fibromyalgia and chiari malformation – for them to discover that it’s possible to get back to health as she has done.
Connect with Tricia Wisniewski:
=> Facebook: Inspire – Health and Wellness
As an eating disorder survivor, Anna witnessed the harmful sides of the fitness industry. Her journey of finding a way back to her happy place of enjoying exercise took her through a physical and mental transformation.
She decided to become a trainer to share not just her love for working out, but also to offer her unique perspective on what it really means to take care of yourself and be fit. She regularly shares her workout tips with her audience, cracks down on fads and phony advice, and introduces a truly self-care based side of fitness.
Her passion is “Making Fitness Fit You” – it means working together with her clients and finding a way for exercise and nutrition to fit both their goals and personalities while adding to their life enjoyment instead of taking away.
Anna is a NASM-certified personal trainer and a military spouse currently residing in San Diego, CA.
A big thanks to The Rosie Network for allowing us to use their space to broadcast this show.
Past episodes of Season 1 of evoke STRONG Live: Featured Friday Conversations
Episode 016 – 120 Weight Loss Journey, Featuring Katelyn Struthers
Episode 015 – Motherhood Connection, Featuring Naza Holliman, Sweet P and Sky
Episode 014 – Change of Careers for the sake of Health, Featuring Jessica Mitton, jessicamitton.com
Episode 013 – Self Love Journey, Featuring Tara Rose of TaraRobin.com
Episode 012 – Lifestyle Changes to beat Type 2 Diabetes, Featuring Vicki Lightcap, And Healing Begins
Episode 011 – It Feels Good to Feel Good: Learn to eliminate toxins, reverse inflammation and feel great again Featuring Author Cheryl Meyer
Episode 010 – Featured Friday Conversations Featuring Eleanor Duelley of Be Simple Healthy Well
Episode 009 – Featured Friday Conversations Featuring Dafne Wiswell
Episode 008 – Featured Friday Conversations Featuring Meg Fisher of Meg Fisher Wellness
Episode 007 – Featured Friday Conversations Featuring Jessica Skarzynski of Jess Runs Happy
Episode 006 – Featured Friday Conversations Featuring Tara Higgs of Higgs Lifestyle
Episode 005 – Featured Friday Conversations Featuring Jaycie Sullivan of The Soaring Swine
Episode 004 – Featured Friday Conversations Featuring Denise Loufti of BzHealthyMama
Episode 003 – Featured Friday Conversations Featuring Flossie Hall of Healthy Momma
Episode 002 – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You – My Journey of Change