I have tried so many different approaches to staying healthy and have never encountered something so useful as CARE. I thought I knew everything there was to know about health. I’m 57 and I’ve always been a nutritional junkie. When I finished my time with CARE, I felt like I had finished a college course packed with so much exciting new information.
The thing that is so unique to what CARE has to offer (a credit to Teri Rose and her multi-faceted background) is that CARE offers the whole package. You can’t get your health under control until you face what is going on emotionally. CARE teaches you how to curtail emotional eating and how to find alternative methods for stress. CARE teaches you how to be your authentic self and all the psychosis behind making change in your life. CARE is so motivating because it doesn’t just teach you what you need to do, it teaches you why you need to do it and gives you very simple and concrete ways to do it. I love one of the CARE mantras: “Be nice to your cells. If we treat our body poorly, our cells have to fight the damage we do rather than work for us”. I am still using CARE’s “how to make getting healthy easy” tips. Fabulous ideas!! I’m still cooking the meals and many of them have become lifetime family favorites. I’ve served one of the CARE meals to special dinner guests who insisted I send them the recipe as soon as possible.
The thing I loved about CARE is it teaches you that any change is good. We seem to have this all or nothing mentality and if we screw up, we eat chocolate and doughnuts for a week. CARE gets you out of that mindset. CARE teaches you how to be forgiving of yourself and how to find gratitude in every moment that you take care of yourself. They all add up. That concept was huge for me!!!!! CARE taught me that self-care was not a selfish thing. That was a big change for me as well. Self-care should be our highest priority so we can be all we can be for our loved ones and our life ambitions. On top of all of this; CARE teaches you how to balance your life.. to determine what your values and goals are and how they affect your health. I could go on. In a nutshell, CARE teaches you all of the components of good health and it is much more than what you put in your mouth.
Linda, Minneapolis, MN
“Unlike other programs that tell you everything you do now is wrong and you should change everything today, Teri helps incorporate incremental changes that ultimately have a dramatic impact. My fasting blood sugar decreased from 106 (for several years in a row) to 81 and my cholesterol decreased by 20 as well. I also eat a better variety of food and feel more empowered to modify meals I’ve eaten as part of my meal plan for many years to include more variety and improved nutritional balance. I’ve also made it through several extremely stressful health and life events (change in job, death in my family, health events) that normally would have resulted in a weight increase while successfully maintaining my weight.”
Jennifer, St. Louis Park, MN
“CARE is different for me because I thought I already knew how to eat ‘healthy’. I ate what we hear are ‘healthy foods’ and I avoided fast food and ‘fake foods’, but it wasn’t until CARE that I really started to understand how to use these healthy foods ‘purposefully’ (I word I hadn’t ever applied to my diet until I was introduced to it in CARE). Now I use food not just to manage my weight but to take care of my whole self. My mood, my digestion, my heart, my immune system – all of me.”
Theresa, Minneapolis, MN
“I can’t thank Teri enough for developing this great program and all her support. I have spent my life gaining and losing weight on ALL the popular diet plans and when I had chocked down my last prepared/powdered meal that I could take, I started looking for something different. I was a little skeptical at first as I am quite a good cook and for the most part eat whole foods (when not on a crappy diet!) But there was so much to learn about building a balanced plate and eating for health. It is still a journey for me and I could always exercise a little more, but I have the tools and I feel so much better. This is one of the best things I have ever done for myself.”
Kelly, Eagan, MN
“Teri is so knowledgeable and passionate about teaching you a healthy lifestyle …you will become passionate about your own health and well being too! She is SUCH a great coach/teacher … motivating and encouraging!”
Annie, Inver Grove, MN
“Thank you so much for creating so many avenues for people to gain knowledge about living a healthy life. Not only do you share your expertise with others, but you do so with a sincerity and caring that communicates to your clients that you really do care about their health.”
Pat, Burnsville, MN
“It is a good combination of written material and online guidance. It is a program created for those of us that need (still) basic information on the science of food and the body. It is also a program that can be taken in very small bites or large ones depending on the individual and their set of circumstances. Since the program material is spread out over 6 months we have time to implement changes that have the opportunity to be sustainable versus short-lived.”
Sarah, St Paul, MN
“A huge thank you to all of you at Perfectly Produce! Your entire staff not only gives sound advice, but everyone really seems to care. I get it! I love being a part of this journey towards understanding and living all around wellness. Thank you thank you!”
Kelley, St Paul, MN
“CARE has been different for me mostly because it just makes so much sense! It is teaching me to eat the right types and amount of foods to keep my body energized and healthy. I don’t crave unnecessary foods as much because I eat enough to begin with. I feel more empowered to buy, cook, and eat the best foods for me! Of course the high level of accountability doesn’t hurt either!”
Alia, Edina, MN
“For me, it’s the science behind CARE that resonates with me. Other programs that I’ve tried never explained why you should eat differently and the relationship groups of foods have to each other. Just count points, mix this, don’t do this, drink that and stay away from this. Also, the simplicity of the program – it’s easy to follow the CARE balanced plate, and I like the emphasis on natural foods.”
Bobby, Savage, MN
“I just wanted to say thank you for your contribution to our community through CARE. Your excitement about my success is so infectious and encouraging. Your work and person have blessed me greatly already and for that I thank you.”
Wanda, Maple Grove, MN