"I learned a lot of useful information that I have already implemented in my house and I have also shared with my children and my husband. I learned to be creative and also found ways to be more active—like playing basketball."

—LEAN Start Parent


"In particular I am very happy to have taken these classes because it's a different approach to feeding my children and now that I've learned, I think a lot about nutrition and can feed them in a healthier way."

—LEAN Start Parent

Dr. Sears

  For families with kids ages 3 – 12

Welcome to the Dr. Sears LEAN Start page. Yes, I know my website mainly focuses on pregnancy and babies but babies grow up so fast! And since a lot of our Wholistic Beginnings' babies are walking, talking and going to school now...I decided that Holistically Loved had to grow along with them. And the truth is, I had a bunch of my moms and dads request a nutrition and lifestyle class for their kids.  Soooooo, I listened to your requests, here you go! I even made you a free 30 minute introduction class to get your feet wet. I hope you like it! 

Check out the L.E.A.N. Start program introduction video! 

What is
L.E.A.N. Start?

L.E.A.N. Start was developed by “America’s Pediatrician," Dr. William Sears and Sean Foy, M.A., a leading exercise physiologist and nutrition expert. L.E.A.N. Start is a fun, scientifically proven, clinical based interactive and educational program that is perfect for parents like you or anyone who works with children. It is broken down into six workshops focusing on the four pillars of health: Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.).  


These workshops will give you easy to implement tools and information to:

  • Develop a lifetime of achievable healthy habits for your entire family.
  • Improve the mood, learning and behavior of your children through proper nutrition.
  • Learn how to shop for quality, affordable foods. And learn how to read labels so your not wasting your money.
  • Avoid nutrition related diseases such as type II diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, respiratory problems & cancer.
  • Make nutrition at home easy and fun, while preparing healthy food that tastes great.
  • Keep you, your children and family members physically active with innovative ideas and fun activities.
  • Teach your kids how to make healthier choices for themselves. See for yourself down below!

Who's it for? 

L.E.A.N. Start is for families with children ages 3 - 12 years of age. Or anyone who works with children.

Even More Benefits

What do parents notice after taking the L.E.A.N. Start workshops?

  • Improvements in their overall health.
  • Fewer sick days and less time away from school or work.
  • Reduced medical expenses.
  • Children who behave, sleep, and learn better.
  • More energy and better weight control.
  • More active and energetic lives.

How Class Works

The class is a self-pace and 8 weeks long (I give an extra 2 weeks because I know life happens). There are 6 online workshops (classes) that are supported by interactive eLearning sessions, discussion boards, interaction with other classmates online, e-mail support with me, and a private Facebook page. 

Each of the six online workshop segments includes:

  • Recorded narration, videos and graphics to help you remember.
  • Snack ideas and activities to go-along.
  • Short quizzes to check your learning. (Don't worry, they're easy and you're not graded.)
  • PDF downloads for reference and note-taking.  You'll be able to print a copy of the session worksheet to jot down any notes on the topic.  Each worksheet includes a healthy recipe idea and space to write a weekly goal along with answers to any discussion questions from the session.
  • Fun family challenges and more.
  • The sessions are each about 40 minutes to one hour in length, but you can pause them at any point and return later to finish it {great for busy moms!}.  Sessions can also be viewed multiple times during the 8 week timeframe that your workshop is available via your desk-top, lap-top or your iPad.

Topics Covered

Traffic Light Eating and Portion Control

You'll learn what your body needs to be healthy. You'll learn all about traffic light eating, portion control, while developing healthy eating habits. And fun ways to get your family moving.

Brainy Breakfast and Grains

You'll learn why a brainy breakfast is important for everyone in your family. You'll learn ten brainy breakfast tips, how to choose a nutritious cereal and all about carbs. 

Veggies and Fruits 

You'll learn about the importance of fiber and ten fiber-boosting tips. You will learn how to value your veggies and how to teach your kids to value them too.  You'll learn how to make happy hormones and the benefits of exercise on your brain.

The Skinny On Fat

You'll learn the facts about fat, which fats are good, and what kind of fats you and your family should be eating. You'll learn about healthy ways to graze to keep yours and your kids blood sugar levels even. We cover fast food eating tips, and how to build strong muscles.

Power Up With Protein And Play

You'll learn why protein is good for you, how much protein is enough, and what kind of protein you and your family should eat.The best part is that you'll learn how to make play a part of your life again.  And we cover how to prevent injuries.


You'll learn why water is so important for you and your kids and get tips on ways to water your body. You'll learn how much water you and your kids should drink daily. You'll get the 411 on soda and ways to increase your flexibility. 


This course is pediatrician approved AND you and your family will have FREE access to a Certified Health Coach (me) for the eight weeks that the workshop is available to you. I will work one-on-one with you to answer any questions you may have, provide support, and offer additional resources and tools to help you achieve the goals that you set for your family during the course.  


How much does it cost?

$120 for 6 classes which includes 8 weeks of support and all the tools you need to have a healthy, active and happy family.  Sorry…class is currently sold out.  

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"My son is more active and socialized, he learns more activities that he hasn't done before."

—LEAN Start Parent


"I learned a lot with regard to nutrition. My eating habits have changed a lot and I also learned how to read labels always before buying anything…it helped me a lot in changing my eating habits. I hope there will be more of these classes to benefit our families."

—LEAN Start Parent