MEET THE TEAM
Ryan is the founder and creator of 90/10 Nutrition. He has a wife, Paula, and beautiful twin girls, Maddie and Lucie. Ryan is a former Mechanical Engineer and now works full time in health and fitness through 90/10 Nutrition.
I was overweight and constantly on and off of diet programs for most of my childhood. It wasn’t because I was forced to go on diets or anything like that, but I was constantly trying to lose the extra weight. I was often successful for a while and then I would gain the weight back and more. My dieting used to be all about eating LESS. Basically, I counted calories to try to lose weight. Maybe you can relate?
When I graduated college, I topped out at 275 lbs and finally decided that the pain of being overweight outweighed the pain of calorie counting.
So, in 2004 and 2005, I lost 100 lbs by restricting my daily calorie total to 1500 or less. It was horribly unhealthy. I was eating lean cuisines, 100-calorie M&M packs, diet soda, and anything else I wanted as long as it totaled less than 1500 calories. I went to bed hungry most nights.
I kept the weight off by continuing with my calorie restriction but included massive amounts of exercise in the form of triathlon training (something I got hooked on in 2005 during the initial weight loss).
Then, in 2010, everything I knew about nutrition and weight loss was turned on it’s head by one simple concept: COUNTING INGREDIENTS INSTEAD OF CALORIES. I saw a post on Facebook that made me scratch my head. It said to try counting ingredients instead of calories. I was skeptical but I gave it a shot to see what happened. The results were so powerful that I had to share what happened with people.
By 2012, the concept that I had discovered had slowly turned itself into what we call 90/10 Nutrition.
In 2018, I decided to take my self-taught nutrition knowledge and extend and refine it by taking the NTC certification course with the Nutritional Therapy Association. The course was a wonderful in-depth look at nutrition and I am proud to say that I am a certified Nutritional Therapy Consultant.
Now, I get the opportunity to share this concept through a simple system that has changed hundreds (if not thousands) of lives. I can’t wait to share it with you!
Heidi is our Lead Recipe Engineer. If you have browsed our huge recipe database, you will see Heidi’s work. Heidi is a mother of two boys and wife to a retired Air Force Officer. She works full time homeschooling her kids and helping people with their health and fitness through 90/10 Nutrition and other ventures.
My name is Heidi and I’ve been with 90/10 Nutrition since 2012. I started as a participant in the very first 90/10 group. My story starts a few years before 90/10 though. Let me tell you from where I’ve come:
I was a high school athlete, competing in varsity gymnastics and diving. I had frequent headaches, so much so that my teammates called me “Heidiprofen”. After high school, I went on to a collegiate diving team, where I injured my back and ended my competitive athletic career.
From there, I lived with chronic back pain AND frequent headaches. Back pain that wouldn’t allow much fun or freedom, and headaches that made me vomit. That was my life; that was just “me”.
One day, I woke up. My youngest child was 3 years old and I weighed the same as I weighed when I checked into the hospital to have him. I said, “This isn’t baby weight anymore, Heidi. It’s time to do something.”
I lost 30 pounds by doing Curves and cooking from Cooking Light magazine, but I was still 30 lbs overweight, I still had backaches, and I still had debilitating headaches.
At the end of 2011, I was introduced to 90/10 Nutrition. At that time, it was an 8 week challenge group. I joined with every intent of doing it for 8 weeks and then going back to “how I like to eat.”
Fast forward 8 weeks. I had lost 12 pounds in the challenge, broken through a 2 year long plateau, and had learned a lot about food. But the challenge was over, so I went back to Cooking Light. I was shocked at the difference. I guess I didn’t realize how good I felt on 90/10 until I went back to how it was before. I felt AWFUL for a full week, and then I said, “That’s it! I’m doing 90/10 from now on.”
In the years since 90/10 Nutrition came into my life, I can tell you that my headaches went from once a week to about once a year. I do triathlons now. I run faster than my kids. I’ve reached goal weight and have stayed there.
I can honestly say that I have felt more like my true self since finding 90/10 Nutrition.
Now, I am the resident recipe and menu planning expert here at 90/10 Nutrition and I love it! I can’t wait for you to experience what I have experienced with 90/10!