Unified Brainz is resolute in presenting and celebrating the exemplary careers of some of the most stalwart personalities whose fortitude, assiduousness and willpower have made them claim the highest level of glory. This year again, we are proud to present one more limited edition of the unique dark mode Coffee Table Book, “Who’s Who of The Industry”, which is marked in the World Book of Records, London, where we have handpicked the success stories of individuals who have made an inedible mark in their respective industries and emerged as victorious leaders.
Shirley Billigmeier has created the solution to our most pertinent struggle – that of eating and losing weight. Her Innergetics Process is an optimal yet structured way to reach and maintain your natural weight by regaining the true joy of eating, rather than through deprivation and willpower.
It came naturally for Shirley to learn, create something that no one had yet discovered, be connected to the world, and share enormous respect for our creative soul.
Born in 1950, her parents taught her to think for herself and choose what she wanted to do. Her mother was a teacher, while her father was an entrepreneur in the cattle industry, designing a first of its kind cattle building. They had people come from all over the world to learn from him. He never patented his plans because he wanted others to learn and grow from his knowledge. Her brother, a couple years older than Shirley, went on to become a veterinarian along with being an entrepreneur in the agricultural industry.
Shirley earned her undergraduate (B.S. – 1971) and graduate (M.A. – 1975) degrees from the University of Minnesota and started teaching in 1971. She taught Physical Education and Health for six years. As she worked with students, she noticed a high level of anxiety surrounding eating and weight-related concerns. This realization led her to make it her life’s mission to address and resolve these issues. Her plan was to pursue a PhD degree but the University, in the late 70’s, did not allow her to include multiple areas such as nutrition, exercise, psychology, and kinesiology. She assumed the answer did not lie in one area. Nevertheless, this restriction turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it spurred Shirley to undertake her own research and collaborate with other researchers across the country.
During her research, Shirley observed that hunger was a seldom-discussed topic. However, she realized that hunger was meant to be the driving force behind our decision to start and stop eating.
Shirley consolidated her research and teaching methodologies into her book, “Inner Eating” which was published in 1991 with the foreword written by Dr. Michael D. Jensen, Mayo Clinic. Her expertise led to an invitation to speak at the National Convention of Compulsive Eating in 1995, which confirmed to her the widespread need for this information. This realization prompted her to launch Innergetics.
The Innergetics Process played a crucial role in Shirley’s life. When she was 59, she was diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer. Because it was aggressive (she caught it early thanks to a mammogram), she needed to do chemo and would lose her hair. However, she discovered an interesting process — Penguin Cold Caps, by Frank Fronda of England.
If she used the cold caps, she wouldn’t lose her hair. But would that be even possible? She talked at length to the inventor to understand the science behind the process. Even though many around her, including her doctors, were skeptical that this was possible, she pursued the protocol to a successful outcome. She and her friend, Nancy Marshall, decided they needed to share this information with the world. Hence, they created The Rapunzel Project with the mission to create awareness of the existence and efficacy of scalp cooling therapy which saves one’s hair while going through chemotherapy. In addition, while going through chemo, Shirley could feel within her exactly what she could and couldn’t eat, how much rest she needed, and how important it was to remain calm. Innergetics guided her to feel the incredible wisdom of the body and what she needed to do to move through the chemo with minimal side effects. To know more about Shirley, check https://whoswho.world/ or to nominate email, [email protected]