Brigitte Stallman, is the mother of four incredible children and the wife of a hardworking, devoted father. Being the rock of her family takes a big chunk of Brigitte’s time and sadly, has also sapped her energy and resources that she needs for her own self-care, leaving her unhealthy, sick and overweight. Not only has she seen how her own health has deteriorated, Brigitte has seen her entire family’s health continually decline. They were all struggling and she knew something had to change – something very real and profound. Like many people, Brigitte’s relationship with her body and weight is like a complex roller coaster of ups and downs, and twists and turns. Jumping on and off various diets has become the norm. Not to mention that because of her own childhood struggles with weight, she had vowed to never restrict her children’s eating or put them on diets. However, seeing her children’s weight creep up, she now realizes that there is probably a better way to support their relationships with food, body image and weight. Brigitte says, “Not only was I unhealthy and overweight, but my family was too!!” I was drowning in the middle of the ocean, and my kids were too, and I couldn’t save them because I couldn’t save myself. I cried a lot; I prayed a lot. I continued for years to try to lose weight on my own, and failed at every program out there.”
One day, Brigitte saw Dr. Oz’s casting call for families who wanted to get healthier together. Something in her knew that she had to write in and share her hopes for her family to get healthy. With every positive phone call from the Oz staff, a little more hope began to enter the Stallmans hearts.
“The day that the producers called us to let us know WE were the family chosen, I screamed and cried for joy, and thanked God for this amazing blessing! We had just won the “health lottery” – The producers had selected the Stallmans to work with, a simple small-town, average American family. When we heard that we were going to work with Dr. Hyman and his Nutrition Director, Lizzy Swick, I was in awe!!! We didn’t win just the lottery for health and wellness, we won the Power-Ball lottery for health and wellness. I know in this journey, there WILL be struggles, but we intend to enjoy every step, and share it with the entire nation. We are the Stallmans and together we are bringing healthy back!”
On the Season 6 premier, of the Dr. Oz Show, the Stallmans learned the gravity of their health issues, when Dr. Oz put them through his regularly featured segment -The Truth Tube. It was a challenging experience and some family members cried off-camera in the bathroom. Brigitte says, “she dried her tears and realized for once in my family’s life, we not only had the truth, but we also had a plan to get our family from point A to point Z.” We were going to rewrite our family history, with inspiration from, Dr. Hyman’s book – The Blood Sugar Solution 10 – Day Detox Diet!”
The prescription for the Stallmans is simple – have our Nutrition Director, personally lead the Stallmans through the initial ten days, and then have them stay on the program for an entire month. This will reset their taste buds, their metabolism, and their lifestyle.
The Stallman family, is really committed to taking back their health. We invite you to go on this journey with them, by visiting this page each day to view their progress. They will post videos and blogs, about how they are doing, and we ask that you show your support as they work through their detox. They are determined to show everyone what it takes to reach their health goals (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and that they will persevere – and your encouragement is important to their success! As we always say, it is through the power of community, that we can help individuals, families and entire villages to heal. We get better together – and this is how! Let’s do this!
To learn more about the 10-Day Detox Diet or to join the Challenge, to jumpstart your journey, click here.