Testimonials

Here are just a couple of excerpts of what people have got out working with me. I’ve also done two podcasts where I’ve interviewed past clients. You can listen by clicking on the links below:

What My Clients Have To Say

What My Clients Have To Say (Part 2)

If you are interested in working together and like what you read below then check out this page for more details. If I’m open to new clients, you can apply for a free initial chat. If I’m closed to new clients, you can go on my waiting list.

Anna Shepherd

Why eating healthy is important

Anna Shepherd…eating ice cream guilt-free

“I took the plunge and emailed Chris about a month or so after my wedding. It had been a long time coming, I knew things weren’t right and I had got myself to the point that I couldn’t fix things single handedly. Pre wedding I had done the usual diet, keeping calories low, working out like a demon, shunning carbs, I even went on a 4-day bootcamp. I knew it was only a short-term fix because my body was essentially broken.

I must have been down to about 1,200 calories on a normal day (mentally beating myself up if I went over this). I was up at 6am for a 7am cardio class every weekday morning, taking pro plus and metabolism boosters to get me there. About 3 days a week on average I would do two rounds of exercise per day. My muscles were constantly in pain; I developed injury after injury, never giving myself time to recover.

All of this effort was still only just keeping me at the same size and it was becoming more and more of a challenge every day. I was exhausted. And this had been my routine for circa 18 months, incorporating phase one of the Dukan diet every few weeks to maintain my size. Now you may be thinking I was tiny – I was not – I was a regular size 10 but always wanting to be an 8.

Once the wedding was over, the dress sold and my life back to normal, it sunk in that I just couldn’t carry on like this. I wanted to start a family, but the idea of getting pregnant (fat) filled me with fear. I was terrified I would be tempted back into my old ways and diet or over exercise and put my pregnancy at risk. Not to mention, my periods were all over the place and at some points completely absent – I didn’t even know where to begin.

I dutifully completed my food log prior to our first appointment. “Good days” were low calorie, high exercise, no carb. “Bad days” would include a massive booze session, no morning exercise the next day, comfort food all day, feelings of self-hate and a promise to “do better” tomorrow. It turned out that I had roughly 5 good days and 2 bad days a week.

I had no clue what markers of a (truly) healthy body were. My temperatures started in the 34s and my pulse was in the low 60s. As I later learned, this was NOT good. My metabolism was essentially on strike it was so slow. My thyroid was under performing and my body was doing the bare minimum to survive – hence the periods. I would constantly have water retention around my ankles and calves; my hands would puff up regularly (I would even get Raynaud’s disease in the winter).

I didn’t know what to expect from my first appointment but I can tell you I felt an overwhelming relief. Relief that I was not past fixing, and relieved that all of my various symptoms were interlinked. I was oestrogen dominant, my hormones were a mess because my liver wasn’t functioning properly, I was toxic.

My body was getting through the extreme exercise I was doing by producing massive amounts of cortisol – which was making me gain weight around my middle. I would go hours and hours between eating – my metabolism had slowed right down. I was shoving “healthy” foods like quinoa and super food greens into my diet almost daily, which my body was just not digesting; I was not getting any real nutrients from it. I was pretty severely anaemic.

Six months later and I am admiring my growing baby bump. Hit the halfway point today and have bags of energy, am TRULY healthy and despite my fears, have not gained any weight (actually inches as I refuse to weigh myself) anywhere I don’t need to. No puffy ankles or water retention, my liver is tip top. My temperatures prior to falling pregnant were up in the high 36s and low 37s. My pulse was up to the 70s ! And these numbers have stayed with my pregnancy.

I was eating 2000 calories plus daily (sometimes more than 3000 calories) and guess what – I wasn’t huge. I gained some weight yes, but less than 10% of my starting weight. I didn’t need to buy a whole new wardrobe just a few more forgiving dresses for work. And that would not be forever as my body adjusted to constantly receiving a sufficient amount of calories and nutrients, things evened out, water weight dropped off.

It was hard work and took dedication but I was determined to get myself properly healthy. I’m not worried about losing weight after the babies (twins!) arrive because I know how my body works, I know what it needs, and I know the warning signs when it’s not getting what it needs.

I’m still exercising regularly but because I love the energy it gives me, the endorphins make me feel amazing, and it keeps my muscle in tip top condition. Gone are the days when exercise was just about exhaustion and calorie burn.

Granted, I can’t quite look at a sweet potato the same after eating more than my fair share in the 6 months I worked with Chris (this was by choice, it wasn’t forced on me). But the regime he devised for me worked amazingly and I felt the benefits within weeks – I just continued to feel better and better. It’s amazing how easily you get used to feeling utter crap when things are bad. Also amazing is the turnaround you can feel in a few weeks.

I could not recommend working with Chris highly enough. He is young, he is smart, he is funny, he is human. He does not bamboozle you with science, he helps you understand what you need to get the best out of your body. He helps you to realise what you need to do rather than try to brainwash you into believing it.

Chris can’t do anything FOR you – he won’t prescribe you tons of supplements – you have to want to put the work into getting yourself to a better place. It’s addictive, feeling amazing. And feeling anything other than is a stark contrast when you get used to being well – its simple motivation to be good to yourself, for yourself.

My advice to anyone reading this and wondering – don’t be scared to admit that things are not right. It doesn’t have to stay that way. And when you are out the other side you will wonder why you left it so long. It’s your right to feel great.”

 

Diana Diehl

If you are thinking of getting some help with improving your health you won’t find a better guide than Chris Sandel. He is compassionate and non-judgmental regarding whatever has been going on with you and he listens patiently.

Looking back I know I probably talked his ears off sometimes venting stress I had accumulated from listening to all the wrong voices over too many years, but Chris helped me calm down and see the healthy view.

People sometimes talk about how some things will make you crazy, and today’s climate around health issues can certainly do that, but in the same fashion working with Chris can help give you back your sanity about these things. Even after years of being totally out of touch you can re-learn to hear what your body is trying to tell you.

If you have some health issues that require some extra help Chris can walk you through some testing and tune you in to some supplements you may need to take for a while to get well, but he is not out to sell endless pill taking to people. He is into tuning into basic healthy habits that mostly preclude the need for supplements.

Also, Chris is refreshingly honest and will not tell you any of those pretty lies that you so commonly hear about losing weight. In fact, if you have dieted a lot you will likely have to be willing to accept that you may well have to gain some weight, at least for a while, before you can hope to be your healthiest self. However, if you follow the things Chris recommends you will see your health improve. More importantly you will gain some confidence regarding managing your health in the future which can help immunize you against all the heath craziness that abounds in our world.

Five months may seem like a long time but it goes by swiftly. I was 8 hours out of sync with Chris time wise but he arranged all our Skype sessions and answered my many emails promptly and professionally.

In closing I just want to say that if you are considering signing on with Chris you’d best not procrastinate. Perhaps Chris will always do these sessions as he is certainly great at what he does. However, my own personal feeling is that Chris is special and therefore could be snapped up by some forward thinking employer at any time. This means that your chance to book personal consults with Chris could well be a limited time offer, and if you miss your chance you will have missed out on a really good thing.

 

Eleanor Matsuura

Chris really knows his stuff and completely re-educated me about nutrition. 

He cuts through all the faddy nonsense and teaches you how to eat properly, working with you on a very personal level so everything is tailored to suit your individual needs. I was constantly impressed by his wealth of knowledge, but also grateful of how patient he was with me, particularly when I was a less than impressive student who had to give in to the demands of a hectic schedule! He always understood and found the time to gently steer me in the right direction.

He concentrates on your body functioning as a whole being, emotionally AND physically, with everything working harmoniously together. Mostly I feel like ‘good eating’ has been demystified for me and he has changed my relationship with food for the better. I couldn’t recommend him more.

Julie Walsh

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“Working with Chris was a game changer for how I approach food and see my body – it was a lifestyle game changer, really.  His style is based on scientific fundamentals, overlaid with how one feels about things – his/her body, as well as what (s)he “feels” like eating.  He was crystal clear from the beginning about what (not) to expect, and I appreciated that honesty.  For example, he was clear that I would probably gain a couple pounds instead of lose in the near future.  Not what one wants to hear, but the level of honesty and expectation-setting intrigued me.

From there, Chris acted as almost a body / food counselor.  Someone who would instigate conversations I wouldn’t have with anyone: “What do you see when you look in the mirror?… How does this / that food make you feel?..” etc.  He prescribed some reflection and soul searching activities that were the right thing for me – and then pushed me through the uncomfortable step of talking about them!  On the food front, step 1 was no calorie counting and really listening to what my body needed (a nightmare for someone who has been counting calories every day for 5+ years).  One of the other key facts about Chris is that he doesn’t assign judgement.  Food is not “good”or “bad,” “healthy” or “unhealthy.”  This is critical for someone trying to overcome years of programmed negative self-talk.

This process was challenging, perhaps most of all because it requires trust of what had been an unknown for me and willingness to work through the journey (adding a few pounds along the way).  However, the outcome has been that I have more energy than ever before – and my brain can take on more complex issues at work for a longer time.  For the first time (literally, in my life), I can hear what my body wants to eat. The ultimate testimonial of this for me is that I (sometimes!) turn away sweets – not because I’m scared of the calories but – because I authentically don’t feel like them.

For me, I never thought that I’d have a lifestyle not based on: calorie-counting, being at the gym twice per day, and constantly feeling fatigue like I was dragging myself from one activity to the next.  Now, I am moving toward the opposite of all those things.  I know how to listen to my body – both what it wants to eat and when it needs to rest.  My brain and energy functioning is at an all-time high.  And I have lost those few pounds that I put on during the journey to get here, simply by listening to what my own body already knows.  And lastly, my final acceptance of the body I already have has given me the confidence to keep these habits going and feel better in my own skin every day.”

 

Husna Mortuza

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I contacted Chris in April 2016 when I came out of hospital after following a course of treatment and being formally diagnosed with endometriosis. This meant that I had to eat in a different way and have a much better understanding of women’s health and nutrition. I didn’t know how to do this and felt stuck. I didn’t think I was ‘unhealthy’ as I didn’t eat junk or processed food and exercised regularly but in order to manage excruciating period pains, extreme fatigue and nausea, I knew I had to do things differently in order to get better. After seeing Chris’s bio on the frame blog, I contacted him direct.

After an initial discussion with Chris I decided to work with him over a period of 6 months, the reason I did this because from the outset I found him to be honest about expectations (what he can and can’t do) and gave practical advice. Over the next couple of months, Chris worked with me to monitor my own health and wellbeing by using data that was personal to me to identify a set of patterns (e.g. food log, pulse, pain threshold, sleep patterns etc.). I also had to follow the fodmap to work out what worked for my body; this was a new area for both of us but he did his research and gave good advice.

I found Chris to be patient and supportive; he let me try things in my own time but was consistent in his approach and didn’t let you get away with things (I may have a stubborn streak). He always said it was a whole person approach, and it was important to get the basics right: breakfast, sleep, reduce stress, have a balanced diet. I liked the fact that he didn’t subscribe to fashion diets and even questioned some of my gym choices which may have been more of a hindrance than a help. I was very reluctant and sceptical but actually after three months I noticed that by watching what I was eating, especially during my cycle as well as having larger breakfasts (this was the most challenging aspect) and sleeping better, I had little or no pain and other side effects during my menstrual cycle. It does take that long to notice changes in your body and I had to learn to be patient.

I have to work at it and can lapse from time to time, but it took someone like Chris to show what works for my body. I will probably have to go back into hospital at some stage, but right now I am in a much better place now than I was 12 months ago. I’ve learnt a whole new way of eating and living. Thanks Chris.

 

Lori Van Horn

I wanted to let everyone know how wonderful and valuable it was to work with Chris. I made the decision to work with Chris but at the same time was very hesitant and skeptical that he could actually help me.   I thought that surely he didn’t work with a lady such as myself, self-described as fairly overweight with conflicted, painful thoughts regarding food and weight. I really didn’t know what I was looking for with regards to help from him but decided to trust the process anyway, not knowing at all what would lie on the other side of our work together. I had heard him speak during a class with Isabel Foxen Duke and liked his talk. I recalled she mentioned that he was one nutritionist she really trusted.   I was really not looking forward to keeping track of my food, for even one day, but somehow he convinced me to at least give him 2 days a week of data with which to work.  

During the 5 months we worked together, I learned many things, a few of which I will mention. I learned that I wasn’t eating enough food early in the day and that caused me to have difficulty thinking. I learned the protein bars I was consuming 1-2 times per day made my stomach hurt. I learned that I cannot have caffeine or concentrated sweets on an empty stomach. I finally started to be okay with having to nourish myself with food, as I previously thought that was too much work and not something I should really have to do. I had wanted to eat easy-to-grab foods and not think about what to make. I became more willing to find some crock pot meals and started to enjoy (gasp!) thinking about what to make. I felt especially nourished with split pea soup and chicken noodle soup. I ended up buying a second crock pot as my first one was too small.  

I began to feel so much better physically and mentally when I began to actually eat regular meals and snacks.   Bloating and indigestion I had prior to working with Chris resolved. Trouble digesting certain foods such as yogurt and other milk products resolved. I find I can now tolerate small portions. I don’t think there is anything I can’t eat now other than eggs, to which I am allergic. I choose not to eat things that make me feel poorly now. It was a very organic process to learn gradually, with curiosity, what makes me feel good and what doesn’t and to want to choose differently. It wasn’t forced. Chris never told me what to eat or not to eat.

Perhaps more importantly than the food changes, I finally learned how to help myself deal with the constant weight and food noise I was exposed to daily.   This happened towards the end of our time together. I hadn’t realized how much it was still really getting to me and pulling me off base.   I know that I am so much more relaxed about what I eat compared to others who are still in the diet-mentality space. I can get pulled in again sometimes but I remember what we talked about and it really helps me. I remember laughing about some of the most spot-on observations he made regarding my ideas with body image.

Movement was another stuck place for me. I am no longer thinking that I HAVE to move but I like to move, especially with a walk or a short hike.   I want to continue to move my body and slowly get stronger so that I will not be too dysfunctional in my older age.   We talked about my fear of exercising in public and what he said really helped me.

I finished working with Chris feeling very fortunate that I had not allowed my fears to stop me from working with this amazing person.   I will miss his FaceTime calls but I know I can call on him again at any time, if needed. Thank you Chris from the bottom of my heart!

 

Victoria Doll

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With a past of suffering from an eating disorder I had always had issues around my body and my relationship with food. Even though I had overcome my ED and thought I was following a healthy diet I constantly felt tired and didn’t really know what I was doing wrong.

I had been following Chris’ work for quite a few months and therefore contacted him for an initial chat. After speaking to him I knew straight away that he was the right person for me to work with. Chris made me feel at ease from the start and I felt comfortable about telling him my story.

One of the most important things I achieved through working with him is that he completely changed my relationship with food and how I feel in my body. He took away my fear of “eating too much” and rather showed me that through having a balanced diet I can feel so much better.

My sleeping patterns have improved noticeably which had always been an issue in the past. I don’t get cold hands & feet anymore which had been part of my whole life. And I just feel like I have a lot more energy throughout the day and generally feel a lot more relaxed and happy.

Chris is not only very knowledgeable in his field but also a very genuine nice guy who really cares about his work & his patients. I really enjoyed working with him and would happily recommend him to anyone. 

Debbie Laird

Shamira Marrikar

“Chris has had such a positive impact on my life and I would highly recommend him to anyone who has concerns about their diet along with a few health issues which they haven’t been able to manage themselves (that probably covers most people!)

I found the approach Chris has to be logical and science-based and the results speak for themselves; I started the process with a list of symptoms and I ended the process feeling much more content about every symptom on the list. As well as having a better idea of what my body needs and when to give it to it and a much better concept of my body image. Not bad for 5 months work! 

The program is not simple; it demands time and commitment but Chris is hugely supportive and always on hand with new ways to face a problem. Chris poses difficult questions and keeps things holistic; it’s not just about your relationship with food but also your view of yourself and what fundamentally drives you. Prepare to be challenged. I was initially resistant to some of his suggestions but his consistent motivation helped me to introduce good habits and now they’re just part of my everyday life and I feel much better for it.

I have already recommended Chris to friends who I think may benefit from his wisdom which has to be the ultimate endorsement.”

Jo Saunders

 

Ms G.M.

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“I really enjoyed working with Chris and can’t recommend him highly enough. You can tell Chris has a genuine passion for what he does and he genuinely cares to get the best out of you; this was consistently shown to me throughout our 5 months working together.

From all the conflicting information out there I had a lot of confusion and lost confidence in what I could eat. I thought I was eating a pretty ‘healthy’ diet but I still had some niggling health issues. With Chris’s knowledge I was able to overcome these issues and we could see improvements within the first month to month and a half.

In between our fortnightly Skype sessions, Chris was always available to me via email if anything came up and he always replied to any question I sent him.

Thanks Chris for all your help, I really feel I have wiped clean my old way of thinking about food from when we first met. I’ve been able to follow and implement your recommendations so easily and this has instilled positive and relaxed eating habits that have now become my norm.”
Gill Dalton

 

Jacqueline Labib, Self Empowerment Coach a joyfind.co.uk

Why eating healthy is important

“Whilst suffering from a variety of ailments from dizzying head rushes after eating carbs to constantly ice cold fingers and toes, relentless heartburn and a general confusion about what on earth to eat after the bombardments of different diets, I came across Chris doing a workshop at Frame gym.

Our work together kick started better health habits due to greater knowledge and the resources he recommended to me due to my great personal interest in nutrition (books, webinars and people to folllow) have made a big difference in my life.

His common sense way of explaining things combined with his forte for gently making you aware of what can make a huge difference in your health is invaluable. His manner is supportive yet resolute and firm, but all-importantly, not admonishing.

With our fortnightly meetings and continuous email support to my never ending questions (as I’m so detail orientated), he brought stability and routine to my eating habits combined with some deep knowledge about managing stress hormones – and some cracking recipes!

Since I was setting up a business, finishing a diploma, working full time and looking after a household alone, by far the most valuable thing I took away from working with Chris was his input in reminding me of my stress levels when no one else had enough of a look-in at my life to really suggest to do this.

Our work together definitely influenced my decision to completely leave my full time job and take it easy on myself, which meant spending money on taking care of myself physically, emotionally and mentally. Money that I could have chosen to save for when I left work but a decision I don’t regret.

Thank you Chris – you’ve set me up with a new mindset of what it means to be truly healthy, which is priceless.”

 

Claire Herbert

Why eating healthy is important

“Working with Chris has been one of the most empowering and informative things I have done for myself. Having always considered myself and my friends as “healthy” eaters, it was eye opening to keep a food diary that revealed the truth. Whilst my choice of food and snacks wasn’t unhealthy, it highlighted a lot of areas for improvement, learning and growth that led to an overall feeling of better health.

I had 2 children in 20 months and the toll on my body then and over the next two years was huge, I didn’t adjust my eating in line with the new demands. When we started working together I had all sorts of concerns, some of which I had been living with for so long that I thought they were normal.

I now no longer have energy slumps in the day, I sleep all night long, I don’t have mood swings. I have learnt what my body needs me to eat to function optimally, and most importantly when. I now feel totally in control and loaded with tools to fall back on when I feel myself slipping back into old habits on a stressful day, but most importantly I know I have Chris’s support whenever I need it.

Thank you Chris!”

 

Vanessa Castillo

“I just wanted to say thanks.

We only had a couple of appointments. And I have moved and now live in L.A. But your advice completely changed the way I feel about food 🙂 I still follow it.

Perhaps you remember me. I still have my weird regurgitation issue, I am doing a lot better.

What is being the most significant to me, to be honest, is not feeling conscious about eating. I never thought that I seriously had an issue, but apparently I did. I must say that I now eat probably twice the amount of food I did before. I can’t really say, because I don’t count calories anymore.

I also don’t do long (but fun) dance routines every day (I don’t live 10mins walk from Frame anymore 🙁 ) Just my lovely ballet strengthening exercises. However, I only weight about… 2 kilos more 🙂 And I feel pretty and free.

I still eat nice, home-cooked meals. Loads of vegetables and fruits. I still eat chicken, and not just fish, as I did before our consultations. Mostly, things I know my stomach can handle. I gave up on trying to eat kale and other “healthy” foods that were really not happy experiences for me.

Thank you so much :)”

 

Melinda Goodwin

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“I’ve just finished an educational 3 months with the fabulous Chris Sandel. My friend put me onto his blog and one of the first things I read was that cholesterol is a hoax (I’m paraphrasing) and the second thing I read was that butter is good for you!!?? What! I don’t think I’d let butter pass my lips for a good 10 years…

I’d always thought I was healthy but clearly my definition of “healthy” wasn’t quite in line with his. I thought to myself what if I’m not actually that healthy? I was doing all the things the media and society were telling me were good for me. I was eating salads, fruit, fish and sometimes other lean protein. I kept carbs to a minimum, I rarely ate processed food, I rarely ate saturated fats, and I almost never ate “junk”. Although I never counted calories I knew what amount of food I needed to restrict myself to in order to stay in my size 8 skinny jeans…

My exercise routine was vigorous – training at least 5 times a week all the while pumping out a solid 50-70 hour working week in a high pressure job.

At nights I’d come home from work and recite with pride to my partner how little I’d consumed that day. So proud of barely eating anything and keeping fats and sugars to an absolute minimum.

Enter Chris the renegade nutritionist. The first thing Chris got me to do was quadruple my food intake! I was probably consuming about 1000 – 1200 calories a day and when Chris taught me about the importance of macronutrients and how our cells need energy first and foremost I started to realise that I’ve basically been starving myself.

Since making these food changes I’ve experienced some incredible changes in my health that I wasn’t really even aware were a problem. My digestion has improved with issues like bloating, constipation and diarrhoea improving. Headaches and occasional nausea have also disappeared and my energy levels have increased…

I do have a long way to go in terms of actually fixing the damage I’ve done to my metabolism and hormones but I now have the foundations to build upon. And it couldn’t have come at a better time as well given I’m now 36 weeks pregnant and I just shudder to think of the damage I could have done to my growing baby if I continued to have my old attitude towards food.”
Tara Carr

“I worked with Chris for three months and he really helped me understand how to eat, when to eat and what to eat.  He makes it easy in a way as you are allowed to eat all the time which is a big thing for me!  There is also a variety of lovely food that are good for you to eat, a lot of which I would not have thought about eating before.

He also demands a commitment from you which helps you focus and progress with the diet, eventually making bold steps in your life that you might not have done without his enthusiasm and commitment.

He is the most innovative and clever nutritionalist I have ever heard of and he has helped me regulate my food habits and increase my health through a very stressful time.”

 

Martin Badder, Composer

“Hi Chris,

I just wanted to say thanks for your time last month. I’ve implemented the changes you suggested i.e. eating much more to support muscle growth and introducing carbs and I am pleased with the results. I’m feeling stronger, less tired in the afternoon, sleeping much better and certain crossfit exercises that I’ve struggled with for the last year are slowly getting easier. So all in all it’s working really well.”

 

Linda 

“I booked an appointment with Chris after picking up his leaflet and subscribing to his blog on the “World’s Healthiest Foods”, I loved his simple approach to nutrition and how his focus was on food rather than supplements. He is hugely passionate about what he does and it shows. Chris definitely motivated me to get back in to the kitchen and cook great healing meals. I wanted to address overall health as there had been some stress in my life and it was affecting my well-being. Chris gave me some very simple things to do which ended up making a huge difference. He really helps to keep me on track!”

Chris C.

“After receiving a recommendation I went to see Chris Sandel to talk about marathon/triathlon training from a complete perspective.

From nutritional programs, to mental exercises designed to help me focus on my goals and even training advice for the different events, I found him to be exceptionally helpful. Professional, yet eminently approachable, positive and knowledgeable, Chris has helped me get fitter quicker, and enabled me to go further and more importantly faster, than ever before. I would definitely recommend him to you whether you’re after mental, physical, nutritional or emotional guidance.”

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If you are interested in working together and like what you read below then check out this page for more details. If I’m open to new clients, you can apply for a free initial chat. If I’m closed to new clients, you can go on my waiting list.