This week, The Daniel Plan interviews Carrie Nease and learns how our lifestyles often get in the way of healthy habits. But Carrie shares her determination to change her fast-food family.

What is your current condition?
I weigh 225 pounds and my goal is to reach 150 pounds. I’ve currently lost about four pounds.After taking Dr. Hyman’s toxicity test, I recognize issues I do experience, such as migraines, lack of energy, intestinal issues and some dizziness. I don’t have high blood pressure, but I probably have high cholesterol.

What do you hope to accomplish?
Lose weight. I’d love more energy so I can live my life to the fullest and become more active. To reach my health goals I believe my outlook on life will improve. My husband is also participating in The Daniel Plan and I’d love to see his health improve, so he can discontinue taking medications for high cholesterol.

Why is this important to you?
I’m a wife with three children whom all need me. I enjoy my family and friends. With dreams for the future, I want to enjoy the rest of my life and not let health issues worsen or reduce my quality of life. I also want to be a role model for my kids and other people.

What are you struggling with? In terms of changing habits (if any).
I am a stress eater and when I’m nervous, tired or overworked, I turn to foods that comfort, for that pick-me-up. My family and I have a busy lifestyle. All this activity translates to: Fast Food meals.

What has been the most significant thing you’ve learned?
Some changes aren’t as difficult, as I feared! I’m able to purchase my new healthier choices at my usual stores, like Costco and Albertsons. Now prepared, cooking meals at home is cheaper, and quicker than dining out. My daughter likes helping me cook too, which is a winning solution. I enjoy this mother-daughter bonding time, and this experience in the kitchen is training her too, for life.

I also realize I don’t have to do everything at once! I didn’t get into this current condition in moments, so probably I’ll not reach my goals instantly. I did feel overwhelmed by the enormity of my goals, and when I checked all of the information on Dr. Amen and Dr. Hyman’s websites – I felt like it was more things on my “to-do” and “change list,” which seemed like it was more than I could handle. But then I realized, if I don’t try, I’ll never succeed so I must make an effort, and take the first steps.