Paula Miller’s story begins at the end.
The end of her rope that is, which was where she and her husband — both full-time missionaries from Sierra Leone —found themselves right around the time of the 2014 ebola outbreak in their country.
“We were fried,” Paula explained. “We really needed time off the field…to regroup and see what was next.”
It had nothing to do with the highly contagious disease, but the timing protected their family — from the physical dangers and the emotional ravages that were already eating away at their family.
Just before they began nutritional cleansing, they’d received specialized missionary counseling and were preparing for their return to the field, which they considered their home. But before they could go back to love their neighbors, many of whom had hurt them deeply and betrayed them, they desperately needed to work on loving themselves.
It was a journey that was as much about their soul as it was about their bodies. Paula was 251 pounds; Rick was around 330.
“Rick was bigger than he had ever been. I was bigger than I had ever been,” she said. “I knew I needed to get a handle on it. It was getting out of control. I knew if we could lose even a little bit, we’d feel so much better. We were feeling crummy. I had severe brain fog going on.”
Stress and sugar addiction were taking a toll. Paula was using coffee to survive around-the-clock.
The first few days on the program were a little rough as detoxing symptoms hit, but even with a couple challenging days, Paula appreciated the simplicity of the products that are designed to bring the body back into an alkaline balance and flood it with super nutrition.
“On the third day, I got up, fed the kids breakfast and I went back to bed. I was there until the afternoon. I felt like a truck had run me over,” she recalled. “On the fourth day, I felt great, with more energy than I think I ever had.”
The day they started was Halloween 2014. By the time they returned to their home in Sierra Leone in April 2015, Paula had lost 40 pounds and Rick lost 60.
The system, when used correctly with the cleansing, really works, Paula said. A couple months after they started using the products, someone handed her a big slice of cake to celebrate her daughter’s 12th birthday. She was ready to indulge but found the taste was overly sugary, and she didn’t want more than a couple bites.
“Women and food, it’s so tied up. I think women abuse food more and get addicted to the sugar,” Paula said. “The thing that amazed me the most was I lost (weight) without exercise. There is freedom.”
It was about the time she pushed the cake away that she realized she will forever want the nourishment and support of her Isagenix products.
In addition to helping maintain their weight loss, the food products solve a major problem that exists in Sierra Leone for the Miller family — limited access to a wide variety of produce that means a deficit of minerals. IsaLean shakes in particular have all the minerals and other micronutrients that the body needs to function daily.
However, it wasn’t just a matter of putting the best nutrition in their bodies. Paula knew her love of baking would have to be shelved, and her coffee habits also needed scrutiny.
Today, she’s passionate about sharing her story. Because she knew her own struggles with food had come between her and her best version of herself.
Freedom from the excess weight has delivered her by removing a block that she believes was preventing her from receiving what God has prepared for her in ministry. She wants to help other women remove the baggage that’s getting in the way of their very identity in Christ, and for many of those women, she’s confident Isagenix can help.
The way she views the amazing company that she is blessed to be a part of is that it’s also one of her ministries — another tool to love people and help them experience a freedom from the bondage of bad habits.
Isagenix, Paula said, is a tool that God can use to address the physical and physiological aspects of disordered eating. For her, the emotional parts were a deeper struggle that she had to wrestle with God to overcome.
“One thing honestly that God has been doing in the last couple months is letting me know it’s OK to voice and get the emotions out, even if it’s just in my journal,” she said. “It’s a painful process, though. I’m used to stuffing my emotions with food.”
Even before Isagenix, Paula’s passion was helping women discover their identity and purpose, inviting them into a sacred space where they can dream again. She’s gifted, which I can say with authority, because she’s poured so much into me. She does it without me even knowing she’s doing it sometimes; she’s definitely anointed in this area.
I wouldn’t be experiencing the successes I have as a businesswoman, mom, wife and a follower of Jesus if it weren’t for Paula believing, speaking truth to me, praying and encouraging me. Because she’s meant so much to me and many of others, I’d like to invite you to pray for her — for her business in Isagenix, for her ministry, for the marketplace ministry that she’s begun.