Real Food, Real Learning, Real Support = Real Results

An empowering combination of nutritional education, sugar detox and group support. The RESTART® Program is a simple way to give your body a holiday from sugar and processed foods.  At the same time, you will learn something new each week:

Week 1: How to prepare for your REAL FOOD sugar detox

Week 2: Your digestive check-in

Week 3: What sugar really does to your body

Week 4: The truth about FATS

Week 5: How to move forward with long term strategies, and celebrate your success

The benefits that participants have experienced include:

  • Increased energy
  • more restful sleep
  • clothes fit better
  • boosted immune system
  • clarity and focus
  • decreased anxiety

Words that RESTART® participants have used to describe their experiences with this program include ‘Excellent’, ‘Inspiring’, ‘Eye Opening’ and ‘Life Changing’.

The RESTART® Program is a five-week face-to-face class led locally by Jill Cooper, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association® .  The program combines the simple elements of an up-to-date nutrition education, a guided 3-week sugar detox (aka Real Food Challenge), with small group support.  It is a powerful way to kick-start a new healthy lifestyle.  It is truly an empowering combination!


How is RESTART® different to other programs?

I appreciate that you can choose from a variety of nutritional programs. An important difference is RESTART® was developed by a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and is therefore based on in-depth training in holistic nutrition. Another important difference is that this is an interactive face-to-face class held locally by a Nutritional Therapist passionate about your health. My holistic nutrition training allows me to answer your questions in ways that will be specific to your needs. The simple yet powerful nutrition education in RESTART® uses only REAL FOOD. There are no pills, powders, or pre-packaged foods to buy.  It is not a promise of a quick fix. It is not a weight loss or ‘diet’ plan. You do not have to read a book to figure it out by yourself, and perfection is not required! RESTART® provides small group support, from me as your instructor, and peers who are all participating at the same time. It is a personal journey of self-discovery with tools you can use for a healthier life in the future. RESTART® works!

Do I need to do anything in advance to prepare for the program to start?

I will be in communication with you prior to the beginning of the class to confirm the time and location and give you a few tips about getting the most out of the class. The first session is all about preparation so you do not need to be ready to begin the actual eating plan until week two.

What is the format of a RESTART® class?

The RESTART® Program is designed as part education, part sugar detox and part support group; an empowering combination. Groups are 4-10 participants in size. I provide information in a casual discussion format with printed materials for your reference. Interaction and sharing is encouraged to enhance the supportive nature of the program. There is also opportunity in between sessions for group communication through email or a private Facebook group.

How much time a week do I need to set aside?

Each class is 1 ½ to 2 hours. Time spent at home will include shopping for and preparing your choice of delicious meals based on the approved food lists provided in the first session. Keeping a food journal is also highly recommended. This is all about discovering how the food you eat affects your body. There are no shakes, pills or gimmicks, just real food. This program gives you the opportunity to tune into your body and discover how good you can feel.

What if I have specific health issues, will they be addressed in the class?

The class is designed to teach foundational information pertaining to digestion, blood sugar regulation, and the importance of choosing healthy forms of dietary fat for overall health. Beginning with these foundations goes a long way toward supporting any healing journey. As a qualified nutrition professional, I am well versed in helping individuals with more specific health challenges, but that level of support is best suited for individual consultation. Talk to me about making an appointment.

What is the success rate of this program?

Participants who commit to coming to every class session, doing the sugar detox and applying the concepts learned in class will get the most benefit out of the program. Giving your body a chance to respond to real nutrient dense food, while taking a break from sugar for three weeks can be a powerful learning experience. Many participants want to keep eating this way for life! We do know that change is hard and you are ultimately in charge of your level of participation. The education is valuable information, so even if you are not yet ready to go “all-in” on the sugar detox, just being there listening, and learning will be a valuable experience. You can also take RESTART® again (as many times as you wish!) when you are ready to go further with the experience. I am happy to discuss my discount for attendees repeating the program.

I am a vegetarian, can I still do RESTART®?

It is possible for a vegetarian to do the RESTART® program if you are willing to eat eggs, dairy or small amounts of fish. Some slight modification to the food lists to allow more legumes, rice and quinoa that will make the program feasible and still allow for adequate protein. Some other instructors have reported beautiful successes with vegetarian participants. This program is not suitable for a strict vegan.

What about individual dietary needs I might have?

Each RESTART® participant is unique, and I respect that. RESTART® is designed as a set up for success. The program omits many of the most common inflammatory foods, so most people do quite well with the allowed foods. I will work with you to determine substitutes for certain foods allowed on the program if they do not work for you due to allergies, sensitivities etc. Tips are given for the busy professional or the inexperienced cook who may need faster simpler recipes. We are all striving for progress, not perfection!

I’m a rather shy person and not used to group programs. How big are the groups?

RESTART® is designed to be taught to a group of about 4 to 10 people. I act as a facilitator to lead the discussion. Each person has an opportunity to contribute to the conversation, be heard and supported, but no one is put on the spot if they prefer to just listen. After a couple of sessions, most groups feel like a small gathering of friends.

Are there recipe resources?

Yes, there is a RESTART®Program Cookbook. There are also many recipes out there that are suitable, in cookbooks as well as on the internet. There is an official RESTART® Pinterest board and many others that have been created by other instructors and enthusiastic participants alike. Search for recipes with the food lists in mind. Part of the journey is to learn to look for appropriate ingredients and try new things, not just for the 3-week detox, but beyond! The recipes in the RESTART® cookbook are just a tiny fraction of what you can make. As you discover new favourites, feel free to share them with on Facebook and be sure to tag me too.

Can I repeat the program in the future?

There are people who repeat this program 2, 3 or even 4 times over the course of a year or more. They find the group dynamic and accountability of showing up each week to be a big part in their success. RESTART® is something that people can do over and over again. One can live quite well and feel really good eating from the “EAT THESE FOODS” list. Each time one does this program, it will become easier and the healing will go deeper.

I loved this program! How can I easily tell others about it?

I love to hear that you have enjoyed the RESTART® Program and you want your friends to share the experience!If you choose, you can submit a success story to me.I will greatly appreciate it when you refer your local friends to my upcoming classes.Some RESTART® “alumni” choose to take the class again, and/or invite a group of friends or family to do it together! Classes are run regularly.