I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. You name it, I’ve tried it and as usual if the trick worked, it did not last long. Over the last few years I focused more on exercise and found out I actually enjoy it. I joined Orange Theory Fitness and although I lost some inches I was not seeing the results I wanted. I was confused why I was not loosing weight when I worked out at OTF twice a week and ran a minimum of 3 miles on the weekend and my diet was not terrible.
My husband suggested a nutritionist but since it was not my idea I promptly turned it down. Literally 1 week later Sammy was at my OTF location offering her services. After speaking with Sammy for 15 minutes I knew I wanted to try it and I had my first appointment scheduled the next week.
Sammy did not make feel like she was judging me for being overweight and she made me feel like she truly wanted to help me achieve my weight loss goals. I learned many things that first visit…. mainly not eating enough is just as bad as eating too much. I guess skipping breakfast and not eating lunch until 3:00 was a bad thing!
The snack and meal options were reasonable and were not items I do not like to eat which allowed me to keep on track and not give up. Within a month I was down 4 pounds and who knows how many inches- I just know my clothes fit much better and the compliments started to pour in.
Meeting every few weeks with Sammy gives me the accountability I need. She also encourages me to get out of comfort and try new foods that will add to the variety of my menu.
I highly encourage anyone wanting the knowledge of the right way to loose weight to contact Sammy at the Dietitians of Palm Valley- you won’t regret it.
Michelle Sykes Jacksonville, FL
When I first walked into Sammy’s office on July 7, 2015 I weighed 266 pounds and had no energy. After speaking with Sammy and having her explain how and what I should eat, I am happy to say that I am now 185 pounds. Sammy explains everything to you so that you understand it. It wont be an overnight weight loss, it is a lifestyle change. Sammy makes the whole process fun and easy. Sammy’s help has changed my life for the better and I am forever grateful
Rich Kunz Nutley, NJ
After visiting with Mindy my athletic performance improved so much. Her help impacted me immediately, I received Asun player of the week and I felt so much better physically. Thanks Mindy!
Sammy Strausbaugh Dover, PA Jacksonville University Volleyball
Mindy and Sammy are two of the most life-changing people! I came back from college nearly 15 pounds heavier, and I knew I had to turn my life around. They guided me and reassured me that it was possible to be comfortable in my own skin again. Also, they get to know you and figure out how you can best achieve your goal. Now, I actually know how to eat and live well, and meeting with them changed my lifestyle forever.
Rachel Schwam Jacksonville, FL
For over ten years, I had been in and out of weight loss programs including most of the national chains. From using so many different programs and my lack of knowledge about nutrition, I had a negative view about food. It was the enemy; and, it would be much more so when I had officially been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus.
After working out with a personal trainer and having increased dietary needs from the increase in activity, I was introduced to Mindy early 2006. She was the first nutritionist to show me what each nutrient meant and how a balanced diet would be key to my success. By March 2006, my cholesterol and triglycerides were in check and my doctor was thrilled. I also showed weight loss after having plateau for a year and a half.
Mindy is unique in that she will take the time to answer any questions you have, and she is quick to respond. She will also go out of her way to give you reliable research on any nutritional areas that you wish to learn about.
My biggest gratitude to Mindy is in helping me to finally obtain a healthy attitude towards food. Food no longer controls me because my body now tells me exactly what I need. I am now a diet-controlled diabetic and have been for over a year and a half. She has also been critical in helping me understand how sports nutrition would be used to help me in fundraiser bike rides. Thank you cannot be said enough to Mindy’s expertise and motivational support.
Barbara Green Jacksonville, FL
I have been a professional golfer for 27 years and enjoyed a very competitive and active sporting youth including, baseball, tennis and hockey. As a consequence of this year round physical activity it was very difficult for me to put on (gain) any weight. I was 145 lbs. at my heaviest, but, as the saying goes “be careful what you wish for.”As my physical activities reduced and my metabolism slowed my wish came true and I grew to a record 210 lbs.
As my physical activities reduced and my metabolism slowed my wish came true and I grew to a record 210 lbs. I discussed ways to get rid of this unwanted weight and tried various diets with minimal success and significant hunger pangs. In December of 2008 I was introduced to Mindy Black through a friend who told me of Mindy’s background her success with others and that she could help me. We met for 3 sessions. The first session I gave Mindy my background and what I wanted to achieve going forward. She made suggestions to me of what I had to do to loose weight. The second session Mindy laid out my “Tummy Plan” of what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat at each meal time. The final session Mindy walked me through the grocery store explaining to me how to shop, what to look for, how to read a nutritional label and what to avoid.
These sessions were without a doubt the best money I ever invested for myself. Diligently following the “Tummy Plan” allowed me to go from 197 lbs. to 167 lbs. in just 3 months. My energy level is higher now and I am able to compete at a much higher level than I have in years. I have gone from a 38” to a 34” waist and from XL to medium shirts. The comments I hear from my family and friends have been uplifting and music to my ears. Besides I eat as much now as I was before-just proper choices and food I have always enjoyed. I cannot thank Mindy enough and have recommended her to friends and acquaintances and they have all had positive experiences as well. If you are serious about changing your physique do yourself a favor and contact Mindy. I am sure you will see the benefits.
Ken Tarling Canada
Thanks to Mindy. I’m sure I could not have lost 35 lbs and 18 inches without her. I got more insight at the lunch and learns, than I have in my almost 30 years of dieting. I’ve enjoyed the recipes and trying new foods; learning to fitness app you suggested and noticed that my carb intake % decreased about 15% since the beginning of this challenge. I attribute that to the knowledge I gained from you on what to eat and the drive to make it happen!
Three months ago, my blood work showed that I had hypo-thyroid and my BP was 142/89 (on medication) – low iron and something else was out of whack- it was recommended that I start Synthroid. I asked to do a repeat of the blood work because I was working with a nutritionist and exercising (drastic lifestyle change). Doc agreed and I repeated blood 2 weeks ago and went in this morning for the results. I have never seen Dr. G so excited at 8:45am. He said that I “fixed my metabolism”; my thyroid levels are PERFECT and my BP was down to 124/84. Not only do I not need to start Synthroid, but he recommended that in another 20 lbs! Trying to wean me off of the BP mediation. I could not be happier!!!!!You rock, Mindy. Thanks again!!!!!
Amy Seamon Jacksonville, FL
Sammy is great! Thank you for meeting with us and our son. He is super excited and began implementing your suggestions on day 1!! We went right from your office to Whole Foods! He has already gained 4 pounds if u can believe it – even while swimming and working out a ton!! Thanks again!
Tracy Grasher Ponte Vedra, FL
I really enjoyed Sammy’s enthusiasm and encouragement. I enjoyed the grocery store visit and all the ideas she had for healthy products. My experience working with Sammy taught me how to make healthy and delicious improvements in my eating plan, and inspired me to continue to work to achieve my goals. I always looked forward to our appointments and left with renewed enthusiasm!
Anna Ponte Vedra, FL
I worked with Sammy at Dietitians of Palm Valley and found her extremely encouraging, knowledgeable, and flexible. She keeps current with trends and the research. She shared relevant recipes, healthy products, and lifestyle adaptations to create behavior change. Sammy had a plan and fit it with our crazy lifestyle and challenges, through a move, a wedding, weird work schedules, and travel for vacation and conference. My view of health has changed since working with Dietitians of Palm Valley. Sammy taught me that it is a continuous, lifestyle process. I don’t get discouraged with a setback. It’s temporary. I can start again. I looked forward to seeing Sammy at each consultation!
St. Johns/Fruit Cove, FL