Team: Moderators

The 21-Day Sugar Detox moderator team have been hand selected by Diane to assist you in your journey with the program. You’ll find their helpful responses and advice throughout the online membership forums, the FaceBook groups, and on the 21DSD FB page and Instagram account!

Jennifer EidahlCrystal_300

Jennifer is a student at Portland State University seeking a Masters of Public Health with a minor in Psychology. She started her Paleo journey in 2011 when a personal trainer suggested The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. After reading the book she committed her family of five to Paleo and learned how to cook and shop economically. Her training in culinary arts, and background as a personal chef, helps in finding creative and resourceful ways to eat Paleo on a budget. Jennifer is passionate about spreading the benefits of Paleo and supporting others in making eating Paleo manageable and fun!

Sarah Gillepsie

Sarah is healing Hashimotos & Adrenal Fatigue through lifestyle modifications such as eating nourishing, real foods, non-negotiable self-care, perfecting the art of ‘no’ and finding ways to create space in her day for more calm. After hearing so many testimonies of its benefits, she turned to a grain-free lifestyle in order to take back some control of her Hashimotos symptoms and one day, put it in remission. That was in November 2014. Within a few short weeks, her morning debilitating joint pain had been resolved and she never looked back. After making this a lifestyle of her own and seeing its benefits, she is more driven now than ever to share her journey and to help others.

Sarah is a mom to 2 young boys, works full-time and is an advocate for lasting lifestyle change and self-care. As a self-care coach and food blogger at, she shares inspiring and creative ways to create a healthful lifestyle. Sarah’s work with her clients is focused on co-creating a wellness vision of the client’s best self, and partnering with them to achieve it. Creating a life one loves typically isn’t a straight path toward the goal. It has many ups and downs, forward leaps and backward steps. All of this helps one grow if they let the lessons teach them where they have opportunities to improve.

Sarah has a degree in Exercise Science as well as a minor in Nutrition. She is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine and has been for over 10 years. She has an Exercise is Medicine Credential Level II. Sarah is a Health & Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches and a Certified 21 Day Sugar Detox Coach. She has over 15 years of experience in the health & wellness industry and is extremely passionate about helping others.

“Growth is not steady, forward, upward progression. It is instead a switchback trail; three steps forward, two back, one around the bushes, and a few simply standing, before another forward leap.” – Dorothy Corkville Briggs

Kym HerrmannKym

PTC (prior to children), Kym was a Certified Medical Assistant and worked for a family practice clinic and a gastroenterologist. Currently, she works for the government. She recently obtained her AA, and in January of 2014, she will begin her education as a nutritional consultant at Bauman College. As long as she can remember, Kym has always been interested in health and nutrition.  Sadly though, she believed the Standard American Diet.  It wasn’t until her oldest son was diagnosed with ADHD that she began questioning what she had been raised on.  In 2010, she stumbled upon Paleo and thought it was the craziest thing she’d ever heard, but she gave it a try anyway.  Her life has never been the same! Kym is an avid athlete. She loves to run, completing 5 marathons, at least 20 half-marathons, and numerous 5/10k’s.  She also loves to cycle and swim, and she just competed in her very first triathlon.  Her next goal is a half-ironman! She is proof that you can be an endurance athlete and Paleo. Kym wants to change the world!  She wants to teach others how to take control of their health and to really believe that they can do it. She has seen first hand how life changing “going Paleo” can be and she wants to share it. 

Cassie Kanable, BS, NTPCrystal_300

Cassie holds a BS in mathematics/economics from Linfield College and received her education in ancestral nutrition from the Nutritional Therapy Association. She currently runs her own practice, Stumptown Nutritional Therapy, LLC in Gresham, Oregon and works as a pastry chef, serving gluten-free, real-food-based desserts at a restaurant just east of Portland, Oregon.  Cassie grew up with an abundance of processed foods, plenty of sugar, and a family history of Type 2 Diabetes.  She was introduced to a real-food-based lifestyle when she first tried CrossFit back in the spring of 2012, after struggling with her weight and counting calories for years.  She immediately dove into learning as much as possible about the Paleo/Primal lifestyle starting with the Balanced Bites Podcast.  She participated in her first 21-Day Sugar Detox in February of 2012 and enjoyed fabulous results including a reduction in persistent acne, better sleep, and improved body composition – in fact, she loved it so much that she stuck with it for a total of 90 days! Through her own personal success with a real food lifestyle, Cassie began mentoring friends, family, and fellow athletes.  In October of 2012, Cassie lost her father to complications of Type 2 Diabetes at the age of 58.  Her father’s death catapulted her into pursuing a formal education in nutrition and, to this day, serves as a motivation to help others regain their health and reverse modern disease perpetuated by our Standard American Diet.  Cassie specializes in holistic nutrition consulting as it pertains to fat loss, fueling for athletes, and digestive wellness – seeing clients both locally and remotely. Cassie loves to teach real food seminars and cooking classes at local CrossFit gyms and natural grocery stores. When she’s not working, listening to Podcasts, reading, cooking, or “Instagramming” her every meal @stumptownnutrition, she enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their chocolate lab Paisley.

Katie Leadbetter, NCkatie-leadbetter-300

Katie received her BA in Child & Adolescent Development and her Master’s Degree in Education. She went on to become an elementary school teacher. While teaching, she realized that although she loved working with students, she also really loved nutrition. She loved learning about food and teaching others about it as well. At that point in her career, she went back to school to pursue a Nutrition Consultant certification through Bauman College. She is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) and the Weston A. Price Foundation. After an eight-year stint as a vegetarian, Katie began eating sustainably raised meat. Katie was introduced to paleo and gluten-free in 2012. She used to have severe stomach-aches, chronic sinus infections, and heartburn and acid-reflux, however those problems cleared up when going paleo. She also practices yoga, hikes, swims, runs, and cycles. She is also a Breast Cancer survivor. She and her husband, Jim, live in Santa Clara, CA, with their boxers Jax and Zoe. Katie blogs regularly at

Michal Ofermichal

Michal has always had a love for food, cooking and all things nutrition related. She grew up in South Africa where she studied biological sciences and got her degree in Optometry with a minor in holistic nutrition. After some travelling, disguised as learning overseas, Michal immigrated to Canada where she worked in business development and team building. A less than positive experience with the current acute care medical system and ‘Standard American (Canadian) Diet’ whilst trying to overcome a chronic health issue, led Michal on a path to discovering that food truly is our best medicine and that all healing begins in the gut. Once recovered, Michal wanted to help others reach their optimal level of health, wellness and vitality that a real food approach to diet gives. She is now a certified life coach, a graduate of IIN and enrolled in the FDN program (hoping to be completed by the end of 2014). She is a nutritional consultant working with individuals looking to improve their general well-being, with a special emphasis on naturally and holistically healing the damage that disordered eating creates in the entire digestive system.. When not counselling others or trying to keep up to date with the online world, Michal is an amateur cook, testing her newest food creations on brave volunteers. She is enthusiastic about sharing and gaining knowledge with and from like-minded individuals and is excited to be a part of the BB team

Beth Romanskibeth-romanski-300

Beth received her bachelor’s in hotel, restaurant, and institutional management from the University of Delaware (2003) and her masters in higher education from Capella University (2016). In 2012, Beth graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to earn her Health Coach certification, where she learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories from prominent health experts. Beth currently resides in Hershey, Pennsylvania and works full-time at a private, liberal arts college as a program director. Beth utilizes her expertise in education to provide her one-on-one health coaching clients and 21-Day Sugar Detox groups with the knowledge and empowerment to resolve chronic health issues, lose weight, or to simply become more informed about what a truly healthy lifestyle can be.

After gaining the usual freshman 15 in college, then going through her twenties being overstressed, overworked, overtrained and overly obsessed about calories, Beth’s life changed almost instantly when she ended upon in the hospital with a list of problems that most conventional doctors weren’t equipped or empathetic enough to understand. Luckily, Beth overcame these serious health issues by taking her wellbeing into her own hands by transforming her lifestyle and eating habits and immersing herself in education about how nutrition can heal the body. It was throughout this process that Beth found the Balanced Bites podcast, Practical Paleo and the Paleo/Primal community.  Having gone through this life-altering experience, Beth knows first-hand how powerful food can be as medicine and now she is passionate about inspiring others to find the dietary plan that works best for them. Feeling better than ever, Beth now helps her clients create their own Personal Nutrition Blueprint which supports their goals, while exploring other aspects of wellness such as career, relationships, physical activity that all play a role in overall wellness.   You can visit Beth’s website at

As a lifelong learner, Beth is constantly increasing her knowledge through online summits, podcasts, online courses and books to benefit both herself and her clients. Beth’s most exciting recent accomplishment was when she became one of the first 21-Day Sugar Detox Certified Coaches (2014). Beth has used the 21DSD to help numerous clients reduce inflammation and enjoys the close-knit 21DSD Coach Community and Team and the amazing resources created by Diane Sanfilippo and is thrilled to now be an official moderator on her team.

Beth can be found exploring local markets, volunteering in the community and trying to be a positive example to spread the message of health and happiness. Beth is continually expanding her nutrition offerings related to nutrition coaching, and in the near future, plans to pursue additional formal education and certifications in functional or natural medicine.

Carrie Staiger

Aloha! After 3 years of infertility and seeing numerous doctors, I decided to take charge of my own health. An elimination diet similar to 21DSD gave me the final boost my body needed. I conceived and had a perfect pregnancy. We welcomed a 7lb 15oz baby girl in 2013. After giving birth, I suffered from postpartum thyroiditis and adrenal fatigue. The 21-Day Sugar Detox helped me regain control over my hormones, balance my mood and improve my energy. It was especially helpful during lactation when I found that my daughter has many food sensitivities. The 21DSD removed most of the troublesome foods from my diet. Its your turn. What nagging health concerns do you have that are keeping you from feeling your best? As a board certified health coach I am able to give advice and action items tailored to your individual concerns. Let’s work together to regain your health! Contact me today!