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Testimonials

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“I love Robyn Youkilis because she reminds me that my stomach doesn’t have teeth. I feel blessed to have such a seasoned nutrition expert on my speed dial. Robyn is an authentic teacher, leader and coach. Her work is transforming the way people experience food.”

- Gabrielle Bernstein, New York Times bestselling author of May Cause Miracles 

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“Finally a foodie with real healthy tips – love her!”

-Katie Lowes, lead actress on the hit TV show Scandal

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“Before this program, I wasn’t making my health or cooking for myself a priority.    While working with Robyn, she created a program that was truly tailored to my individual goals and objectives.  Because I have a sense of commitment to Robyn and therefore myself, I am driven to do whatever I can to achieve my goals.  With Robyn, there is no judgment, which allows me to be completely honest about my problems, challenges, questions and goals.  I also love the recipes.  These have been a great tool to follow up on the direction and information I’m given.  Since I started working with Robyn, I’ve actually gotten an incredible promotion, and I feel like I’m at a pretty great place in my life. There is a sense of calmness and confidence that I have, and being happy, and knowing I’m taking care of myself, is a big part of being able to feel this way.”

- Laura Bernard, Food Network Executive

 

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“Working with Robyn entirely changed my life.

I called Robyn for my first breakthrough session one evening when I finally decided that I was done with my on-again-off-again love affair with food.  I was tired of battling constant cravings, I was annoyed with feeling like I was always depriving myself of the “good stuff,” and I was fed up with feeling guilty for “cheating.”  During my first call with Robyn — in typical calorie-counting-control-freak fashion — I pressed her to tell me exactly how many calories I should be eating each day. Robyn very gently informed me that we had a lot of work to do, and she was right.  After years of reading fitness magazines and the latest diet-fad books, I had NO idea what it meant to eat right, but Robyn changed all of that.

Robyn helped me to understand that nutrition is not just about food, and that to truly be “healthy” I needed to start listening to my body.  Robyn’s coaching was 100% personal.  She helped me identify the triggers of my migraine headaches and the root of my nagging sweet-tooth.  She even helped me recognize the emotional connections that I had developed with food.  No fitness magazine or diet book could EVER have given me the knowledge and insight that I gained from working with Robyn.

Today, I don’t count calories, I don’t constantly fight cravings, and I have an entirely new definition of the “good stuff” (that includes green juice and quinoa :) ).  I also feel more energized and balanced than ever!  I can never thank Robyn enough for everything she’s taught me.”

- Katie Belfi

 

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Ever since I can remember I have always battled with weight issues and making good decisions when it came to taking care of myself.  Something inside me clicked.  I knew I wanted to change my life.  I knew I needed help along this journey.  Having a health counselor was the best decision I could have made.

Robyn has not only been a beacon of light for me, teaching me to make healthier decisions in my life one day at a time, but she has given me tools and knowledge I would not have otherwise had if she had not been in my life.  Health is not only about food… it is about how you live your life every single day, decisions you make and self care are a very important part of that.  How we take care of our bodies and what we put into our bodies effects how we feel and how we live or lives.

In the past I suffered from acid reflux and was always with some form of antacid in my bag.  Now I am 100% free of antacids.  I have not suffered from acid reflux since the beginning of my work with health counseling.

Having a health counselor by side to help, support, and celebrate with me makes my journey all the more exciting!  If you are ready to change the way you live – to feel better about who you are – to fall in love with yourself  – to be the best that you can be, then THIS is for you!
-Ida Clay, Triathlete and Nalini Method Fitness Instructor,  www.nalinimethod.com

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Signing up to work with Robyn has been the best decision I’ve made in the last six months.  Her expertise, patience, research skills, and intuition give her the ability to guide and support her clients in the most nurturing and effective way possible.  I’ve gone from hating the kitchen to being a true cook!  I enjoy a much greater variety of home-cooked meals which delights my husband and my taste buds.  She motivated me to seek help to treat chronic low back pain as well as see a therapist to help me through some emotional issues connected to my past.  I’ve incorporated more whole grains into my diet and discovered exciting ways to get more in more greens.  Robyn has supported me every step of the way, taking time out to do research on my vegan lifestyle and giving me thoughtful gifts that catalyze my progress.  I don’t ever want my six months to be up!
- Nicole Stewart, Pilates Instructor, www.pilateswithnicole.com

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I came to Robyn an already fit person and healthy eater. I exercise for a living and one of my initial goals with Robyn was to make sure I was eating the right things to keep my energy level up. Prior to my work with Robyn, I was very much a “trendy” eater. I am a sucker for hearing what the latest “don’t eat this, do eat that” mantra might be. Through my work with Robyn, I was able to identify what was right for ME, given my lifestyle, goals, tastes and environment. It was really amazing to see how as we moved through her program several light bulbs went off for me. It was a few months into her coaching that I had a very important “ah ha” moment.  As I began to eat what my body was naturally telling me to eat the thoughts of “I should eat this, or I shouldn’t eat that” were gone!  It is such a liberating experience and I truly feel my healthiest, strongest self. I highly recommend Robyn’s program for anyone, and would especially encourage people like myself, who already eat well and take care of themselves to allow themselves this sort of work to take their wellness to the next level. Robyn has a true gift as a listener and supporter and I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with her.
-Amy Leclerc, barre3 Instructor

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“The best part of working with Robyn: she works hard to help you determine exactly what you want to get from your time with her, and then gets you there with simple, tailored techniques and support.

Her knowledge is unmatched, and combined with her passion and wit, she’s a triple threat. She’s taught me that health doesn’t have to rule my life and how applying just one Ayurveda principle to my routine can shift everything.
Robyn is so relatable and authentic, and clearly walks her walk. Just talking with her you’ll want to do what she does to attain that level of happiness & vibrant health, but that’s just the thing she’ll teach you – your path to wellness wonderland is completely unique and she’ll hold your hand and guide you right there.”
-Katie Dalebout, 22 Yoga Instructor & Wellness Blogger
“I think of Robyn not only as a mentor, but as one of the, if not THE, best health coach I’ve had the honor of knowing.  She is so knowledgeable about what a busy woman needs to do to become, and stay, healthy, even with a crazy schedule.  Robyn is a wellness waterfall always coming up with the most incredible, and cutting edge health advice for every woman, no matter what your weight, lifestyle, or health.  I would recommend her to anyone who is ready to change their life.”
- Tracy Baier, Owner of Ignite Your Health

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”My husband and I went to Robyn’s for a private cooking lesson. I was nervous because I’d been touting Robyn’s     words of wisdom for over a year, and he was finally going to meet the person behind all my nutrition and lifestyle changes. My husband was skeptical; especially when our kitchen cabinets started to display “strange” foods like mung beans and Sea Snax, but I knew once he met her, he’d also become a believer. Robyn’s easy, fool-proof and flexible directions/methods, and thorough explanations of the benefits of including certain ingredients when we cook, made it an educational, FUN and delicious night! My otherwise-carnivore husband absolutely enjoyed an almost vegan meal prepared by the three of us! I highly recommend a private cooking lesson with Robyn – solo or with your partner!”

-Amy & Brian Staub

 

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“Robyn changed my whole perception of wellness! You cannot help but be inspired by Robyn’s dedication and enthusiasm about what she does. Her knowledge of health and food seems to have no bounds, and I use on a day to day basis everything she imparted to me. Before I started coaching with Robyn I was completely unaware of what my body needed, and to be honest, was not very mindful about my overall mental and physical health. Instead of seeing food as an uplifting source in my life, I just ate what I thought was good for me without being in touch with my body. Instead of taking time to reflect on the things I wanted and needed to be doing to enrich my soul, I was doing the things I thought I was supposed to do. Throughout our sessions Robyn taught me to listen to myself, my body, and has enabled me to live from a place of true freedom. Robyn is an invaluable source of strength, compassion and knowledge to anyone who is struggling to find their footing in our ever-changing world!”

-Natalie Hinds

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“I started working with Robyn to expand my knowledge of nutrition, and she did just that and then some. Not only did she help me fully understand the basics, she reminded me of the other types of “nutrition” you need in life to balance the focus on edible food for healthy weight management. She shifted my perspective with thoughtful, informative advice and lots of encouragement along the way.  Thank you Robyn!!” - Beth G.

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“Before I started working with Robyn, I was recovering from Mono, I had just gained 10 lbs over the last 2 months from going off of ADD medication and was severely anemic.  My main goals with Robyn were to increase my energy levels, improve my mood, increase my iron count and feel better about my new body.  Each time I spoke with Robyn during our sessions, she listened to me.  Sometimes, she would just respond by asking how something had made me feel or depending on what we discussed, she would give me suggestive feedback.  When speaking with Robyn, I always felt comfortable and that I could be open and honest during our sessions.  She gave me new ideas of how to incorporate more nutrient rich foods into my daily routines. I now crave greens on a regular basis and always feel like something is missing if I don’t get them in with my lunch AND dinner. My trips to the grocery store are now stress free and I am always excited when I see lots of seasonal veggies!!!  Robyn has challenged me to experiment with different vegetables and cooking.  I now enjoy cooking and find it to be very a very relaxing part of my day.  On top of that, I have much more energy and have found that I am in a much better mood.  The most exciting thing that I took away is that I am no longer anemic!!!!”

- Marissa C.

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“Robyn came in to my life at the beginning of upheaval and huge change in my life.  We began our work together talking about how to break down challenges in to manageable steps and how to always be mindful of coming back to what my body needed.  What I got the most out of our sessions was her sheer honestly and her ability to break barriers and communicate with so much clarity.  She glows.  She is uplifting and inspiring and asks you to reach goals beyond what you thought you could reach.  Life is always a work in progress but our sessions together gave me a clean picture of what I should always be working towards and that in itself is a gift.”

- Joyce Yu, Spark Health Solutions

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Robyn literally took my life and shook it upside down and back around again. I could not have approached the end of 2010 with such a joie de vivre without her enormous bundle of love, support and knowledge. Thanks to Robyn I was able to take my health into my own hands with a sense of pride and I found out new nutritional facts every time we spoke. Dark, leafy greens are now my best friend and who knew Kale could be so delicious!

Thank you Robyn for your intuition, your research and your never-ending mirror of reflection that we all need to see, especially when life seems a bit upside down!

- Tiffany Lonsdale, actress and life-lover

 

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“Before working with Robyn I was addicted to cigarettes, feeling unfocused and sluggish. With her guidance and support I have kicked my smoking habit, am much more energetic and enjoying a clearer sense of focus in my work and lifestyle.” – Rob Farrell, Writer, Founder, All Around You

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“Before I met Robyn I was a long-time member of the clean plate club.  Since having her support as my health coach I have lost 44 pounds and counting!  I am no longer on blood pressure medication and I am running 3 miles 4 times per week – something I NEVER thought I would be able to do, and I even ran my first race! Robyn genuinely cares about her clients and offers a wide variety of options if you are truly ready to change your life.  My personal coaching sessions, visits to the market shopping trips, teleconferences, webinars, recipes, and her monthly cooking club, have all helped me to make better choices every day.  I feel great and everyone has noticed!”

- Valerie F.

 

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“My experience with Robyn has changed me in such a positive and amazing way.  By meeting with her and slowly changing my diet, I not only feel leaner and more energetic but have also come to realize how important it is to treat your body well. I actually crave healthy foods.  I used to be a huge sugar addict, but now I am slowly starting to get turned off by all of the sweets, and, I almost feel as though I’m more sensitive to the sugar I’m ingesting now. The biggest change I must address is my absolute undying love for coffee.  I’ve recently noticed that I don’t crave it anymore in the morning.  I’ve also jumped hurdles regarding my cycle irregularity, something I’ve dealt with for many years.

I’ve finally started to realize that what I intake affects not only my physical body but mental state as well. To function at my best, I need to treat my body the best way possible with lots of water, fruits, vegetables and rest.  It seems like common sense but Robyn made me realize exactly how vital these things are.”

-Julie Ferrara

 

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“I came to Robyn after the birth of my second daughter because I was struggling with a severe lack of energy and I also wanted to take a look at my life-long sensitivity to dairy. With patience, kindness, humor, incredible intuition and heaps of knowledge, Robyn helped me gracefully make the transition to becoming a mother of two. My energy increased, I started eating better (hello, lunch bowl!), and I learned exactly what to do when I catch a cold from those crazy kid germs. I was amazed by and grateful for Robyn’s creativity and willingness to adapt to my evolving needs. She truly looks at the whole person and the whole life; her work to empowers you to treat yourself well.”

-Joslyn C.

 

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“I always felt that Robyn met me in the middle – for example, when I felt I couldn’t give up coffee, she suggested a “good” option that we both could live with; I have probably had 2 flavored Starbucks lattes since last year, a treat I used to crave every morning. I loved the regularity of our conversations and Robyn’s quick and thorough response to my questions. I’d always come to our phone sessions with a list of questions, which allowed me to get the most out of our sessions.”

-Amy Staub

 

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“Robyn taught me that eating well and nourishing myself is truly one of life’s pleasures.  It is clear that Robyn loves what she does and her joyful nature coupled with her depth of knowledge make working with Robyn a delight.  I have certainly been changed for the better; I have more energy, my skin “issues” have disappeared, and the quality of my sleep has markedly improved.  I was reluctant at first; there were some changes I didn’t want to make but, all in all, Robyn has a way of making it easy.  She has shown me how to make good choices into habits.  They are firmly a part of me now.  Thanks Robyn!!”

-Abby S.

 

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“I can’t say enough good things about working with Robyn.  I initially came to her because I’m a vegetarian who went vegan a few years ago, and I wanted to take a closer look at my diet to make sure I was actually getting what I needed.  I ate “pretty well”, I “knew what to do”, but often didn’t do it.  Plus I very rarely listened to my body; I ate quickly at my desk, and often when I was full, bored, stressed, or tired.

Robyn always gives concrete, practical strategies for me to implement.  I really had no idea so many small changes would result in such great improvements in the way I felt!  She helped me look at what I was eating, adding in where I was lacking, but then we also dug a little deeper, looking at how and why I was eating – and actually got me cooking and listening to my body more (not a small feat for me!).

Just a few months later, my digestion is amazing, I am sleeping well, and I feel great.  This is hands down the best money I’ve ever spent toward my health.  I honestly cannot believe the improvements in my energy level – people say you can “feel more energized” but I didn’t even realize how tired I was until I started actually seeing how much better I could feel, and I’m never going back.  I love Robyn.  LOVE.”

- Maura Dunn

 

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“Not only has Robyn helped me on my journey to a healthier way to eat in order to reduce inflammation, she has   also zeroed in on my health culprit, stress. She has been a wonderful coach as she supported me with my continuous struggle with allergies and investigated outside holistic specialists in my area to assist me further. With her help and wisdom I have been put on a path to better eating and reduced stress for a healthier body.”

-Charlotte Rygh

 

“It is clear that Robyn is a thought leader in the wellness world. Throughout 2013, she helped Seamless build out our wellness program for public relations. She provided helpful tips, like ordering dressing/sauces on the side and replacing vegetables for french fries, to help make a meal more nutritional. Throughout the entire engagement, Robyn was a consummate professional when providing journalists with recommendations on behalf of Seamless.”

- Jocelyn Heyward, Seamless

“Working with Robyn has been a transformational experience. Before our time together I had a great deal of fear around food and a very skewed idea of what “healthy eating” was. Robyn has replaced my fear with positive reflection and opened my eyes to a truly healthy lifestyle that has made meal time fun & exciting. I have never felt as physically and mentally incredible as I have since working with Robyn. She has given me the guidance, support and inspiration I needed to bring out my healthiest me!”

- Samantha W.

“It was a delight to spend the evening with Robyn in the kitchen. I gathered some great tips & tricks that I will definitely be incorporating into my cooking. I’m exciting to add these recipes into my repertoire. Super healthy & delicious.”

- Leah F.

“I wanted to thank you so much for our session yesterday. You are so intuitive and know exactly what we need to focus on long before I do! I really feel like my life is changing and your support and guidance is a HUGE part of that.”

- Stephanie K.

“Working with Robyn was an fantastic experience for me. I decided to work with her because I had given up meat at the recommendation of my doctor due to family health history. However, I found myself craving meat and wondering if I had to give it up. Robyn helped me understand how to have the right mix of foods in my diet and provided me with supplement ideas to ensure that I was getting the nutrition I needed and was doing everything I could to act proactively with regards to my family health history. What I liked best about Robyn was that she didn’t give me a hard time when I told her things like, “I’ll never make my own breakfast!” she heard me and gave me alternatives that worked for my lifestyle. I highly recommend Robyn for anyone who is questioning whether or not their current diet is providing them with the nutrition they need to be at their best.”

- Jessica R.

“So much appreciation to you and for all that you do. Reflecting on my year, you’ve been such an important part of it, and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without your support. You’ve been an incredible mentor and teacher, not just about my diet but spiritually as well. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that your advice, wisdom and your very positive and supportive energy has affected me every day since I started coaching with you. You’re wonderful.”

- Leah O.

“Working with Robyn was a pleasure. She listened to what I needed and created easy lifestyle changes that helped me feel better, get healthy, and taught me how important it is to take time for me. I user her helpful tips everyday and people always say I wish I was eating that!”

- Mica B.

“I had a blast in cooking club. I like easy and realistic recipes that taste good and have that gourmet factor- everything that Robyn showed us was exactly that. I went home and made the recipe- Easy breezy! Will be going back.”

- Christine Gutierrez, Psychotherapist & Founder of Cosmic Life

“One of the things I love about Robyn is that she doesn’t have it all figured out; she’s figuring it out with me. Instead of forcing me to adhere to a strict diet, she has shown me how to have balance in my life when it comes to food. She’s figured this out for herself, and she shares it with her clients. I crave and know about different foods now, in addition to the “bad” stuff I knew and loved before, and I look for ways to incorporate those into my life in healthy ways.

- Leslie R.

“Before I met Robyn, I was stressed in my job and struggling to make the necessary changes in my life to become my healthiest self.  Robyn’s positive attitude and support helped guide my path towards living a happier and healthier life.  After working together, I have a new job that I love and am thriving.  I am also experimenting with new foods, such as whole grains, and cooking more… and actually enjoying it! Thank you, Robyn, for your support and friendship, and I always look forward to talking with you.”

– Taleen V.

“I loved hearing Robyn speak at the Tri Delta House at Syracuse University. After her lecture, I signed up for her newsletters and downloaded the eBook she recommended.  I decided to make the red lentil soup with lemon. I was skeptical but little did I know… the entire pot was gone in ONE night. The minute I tried it I was like, “oh my gosh, this is awesome.”  My roommates tried it as well and we each had two bowls. There went all of my lovely soup. Of course I’ll be making it again this week. It was so nice and filling and I didn’t feel a yucky feeling after eating it. What a great recipe!  I look forward to more recipes!”

-Haley C.

“Working with Robyn was an fantastic experience for me. I decided to work with her because I had given up meat at the recommendation of my doctor due to family heath history. However, I found myself craving meat and wondering if I had to give it up. Robyn helped me understand how to have the right mix of foods in my diet and provided me with supplment ideas to ensure that I was getting the nutrition I needed and was doing everything I could to act proactively with regards to my family health history. What I liked best about Robyn was that she didn’t give me a hard time when I told her things like, “I’ll never make my own breakfast!” she heard me and gave me alternatives that worked for my lifestyle. I highly recommend Robyn for anyone who is questioning whether or not their current diet is providing them with the nutrition they need to be at their best.

- Lisa M.

“Thanks for everything. You really have some wonderfully simple but effective ideas that have stayed with me for years. I wish we lived in the same city so that I could come to all your wonderful presentations and Cooking Club. You are good karma.  Thank you for doing what you do. ”

-Jackie Smith-Hastie

“Working with Robyn was a life changing experience. Since the first time we spoke, her advice and suggestions have helped reduce my weight, increase my happiness and improve my overall health. Amongst some of the best tips Robyn gave me were eliminating fake sweeteners, increasing my intake of greens, identifying emotional triggers that caused me to eat unhealthy foods or overeat. Taking fake sweeteners out of my diet helped because they were causing me to be even hungrier. Increasing my greens reduced my calorie intake as well as made we less hungry and gave me alternate ways to get nutrition whether through vegetable juices or new dishes. One of the most effective things I learned from Robyn was identifying emotional triggers that were causing me to overeat or choose unhealthy foods and how to replace those things with other fulfilling experiences such as getting my blown dry or actually allowing myself to have a sundae once a week! Talking with Robyn twice a month was like chatting with a sorority sister about how we can make our lives healthier and we did! She took a genuine interest in identifying my specific personal problems with food and she helped me solve them.  Robyn has significantly improved the quality of my life and what I learned from her I will have for the rest of my life.”

-Jo Anne K. 

“Robyn has been instrumental in helping me create healthy habits.  I was already health conscience and hyper aware of the foods I put in my body but was missing out on some of the simplest, yet most essential things like, breathing (really, I wasn’t breathing enough and once Robyn helped me realize it, I started eating slower and stressing less) drinking more water, adding more minerals and vitamins to my daily regimen and identifying which vitamins were best for me.  Robyn was truly committed to helping me achieve my goals in a way that was much more personal than simply saying “I can help you lose a few pounds”, she understood the changes in my lifestyle, changes in my environment and the best ways to help me adapt to the new challenges I was facing.  Robyn is passionate, enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of nutrition and wellness.  I would absolutely recommend Robyn to anyone who wanted to improve their health!”

-Marcie Levy

“You’re doing amazing and inspiring work and I wanted to acknowledge it.
Recently, my diet had started to stray and I decided I needed to revisit some of the healthy eating tips I learned from you. My husband and I stocked our fridge at Whole Foods and I’m feeling better already. I wanted to say “Thank You”! Even months later I’m finding myself trying to remember some of the key things I learned from you and trying to implement them into my diet.”

-Lamees A.

“Robyn has been an incredible force in my personal journey to getting healthy.  My body is feeling so wonderful now and the level of healing that I’ve experienced from my never ending list of allergies has been exponential.  She has helped me beyond belief.  If you’re looking for a healthy life changing experience, then I would highly recommend working with Robyn.  She’ll help you achieve the health goals you’ve always wanted to reach but just didn’t know where to start!”

- Dr. Elissa G. 

“In a sentence: Robyn is a gift to this world. She is inspiring, kind, thoughtful, caring, and insightful. I have learned so much from her; she opened my world to kale, kombucha, and chia seeds and beyond that, she helped me to see parts of my life differently. I am grateful that the world brought me to Robyn because she is powerful, amazing, and a tremendous influence.”

- Annie Colabella 

“It was great to meet Robyn! I like to think I try to eat healthy, but really shy away from cooking anything. She gave me some wonderful, simple, and delicious recipes, making my journey to healthy eating much more enjoyable! I look forward to keeping up with Robyn and testing out all of her delicious dishes.”

- Abigail M.