jen-in-fieldMy journey to wellness has been a LONG and BUMPY road.  From the time I was a child, I struggled with my weight.  I spent my teens and twenty’s trying every diet and diet pill under the sun, working out for hours a day, and battled multiple eating disorders. When I suffered a health crisis 5 years ago, I began studying health, nutrition and self-care. Western medicine did not offer a solution to the cycling anxiety and depression, my weight issues, or my chronic digestive issues. It only offered me pills, surgery, and told me my aliments were all in my head. I knew there HAD to be a better way to health. What I have come to realize is that health is not just about diet and exercise; it is so much deeper than that.

In my mid-twenties I took a job as a humane agent, where I investigated animal cruelty complaints. I worked 60-80 hours a week, traveled up to 400 miles a day, and lived in fear of who was going to open the door at my next complaint. It was during this time I began running and became vegan, however my weight continued to climb when I reached my highest weight of 280 lbs. What I didn’t realize was that I was suffering from adrenal fatigue. On August 3, 2011 I underwent gastric bypass surgery. I was not prepared for the emotional and physical toll took on me.  And if I had continued to follow the recommendation of the surgeon and the nutritionist, I would have become very sick.

After having surgery I realized to truly be healthy, I needed to let go of my job. I took a position as a kennel manager, thinking the hours would be better and I wouldn’t be traveling.  Well, the traveling stopped, but the hours were worse. I worked 24/7, as did the rest of my team, taking animal’s home at night that needed extra care. Every night I would go home and sob in the shower, feeling as though I had failed.  Knowing that the next day I had to do it all over again. I finally realized the impact this was having not only myself, but also my family.  I decided it was time to step away from the animal welfare field completely.

My career in animal welfare nearly destroy me, and gastric bypass surgery was not the answer to my health problems. In a few short years, I began to gain weight again and I no longer have restriction.  I am thankful for those experiences, because it has been a part of my journey to sustainable holistic health and self-love. Through my journey I’ve turned my OBSESSION of food into a PASSION, and learned to heal my body using whole organic foods and self-care practices. I discovered chiropractic and homeopathy care, and have explored so many other healing modalities. I have been blessed to with work with so many creative and talented people along the way. Through this journey I found my true calling – To help people take responsibility of their health.  

I studied nutrition at Hawthorne University and received my coaching training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. I am a Chiropractic Assistant, Reiki Master, and Cosmetologist. I have been student of nature-based religions for over 20 years, and I am working towards my apprenticeship in Shamanism.

I am committed to empowering you to make changes, to help you learn to live and care for yourself in ways that lead to a new vibrancy and well-being.  Making lasting changes has its challenges, and its rich and vital rewards. It is sometimes simple and clear-cut, and sometimes more mysterious.  Whether you are currently healthy and desiring to remain so, feeling like you have an uneasy relationship with food, or need to make changes to heal your body, mind, and soul, I am here to help you:

•   reconnect with your body and your life
•   understand how you may be resisting vital parts of your psyche, leading to blocks in self-care
•   shift patterns of self-hatred to self-acceptance and love
•   gently be with the grief of living with and healing health challenges
•   discover the underlying correlations between your current health challenges and your relationship with other aspects
of your life and your personal history
•   negotiate the challenges of craving foods that leave you feeling tired, sluggish or sick
•   make decisions about what foods and self-care patterns are healthy for you and your family
•   find recipes and advice for cooking unfamiliar foods
•   find local suppliers for organic and pastured foods

You are not separate from your body. You can make that understanding a reality using very simple tools, from the hands-on pragmatic to the emotional, psychological and spiritual. I invite you to know yourself as you are today, step into your life fully, and live to your full capacity.
As a coach, I put the power back in YOUR hands.

Are you curious about how health coaching can help you? Let’s talk. Schedule an initial consultation with me today.