“There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.”

I have been playing sports and working out since I can remember.   My parents took me backpacking before I was even born. All through my childhood and through college I played sports. However being active and playing sports, even at the collegiate level, does mean I was really healthy. I did not eat healthy, I use toxic chemicals and many medications I’d taken had killed off the good bacteria in my system.

In high school I was always bloated, gassy and foods ran through me. I went to the doctor and was told I had IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), he handed me a paper on what that was and said cut out some foods and slowly add them back. But that there was nothing they could do for me. SERIOUSLY?? So all through high school and college I was the one that had gas all the time and was always in the bathroom. Amazing I ever had a boyfriend J

After college I started to “get healthy” and for me that was going on Weight Watchers and exercising six days a week. So here began my season of frustration. The continual rollercoaster of my weight, working out like a mad woman and the extremes of my digestive issues.

With Weight Watchers I look back and can’t believe how I ate. It was all low fat, low sugar and low calorie. So really I was eating a bunch of processed fillers and chemicals. Yes I did lose weight but when eating a rice cake with peanut butter had less points than eating a chicken breast with brown rice, it’s no wonder I wasn’t feel energized or full. On top of that I was working out six days a week doing 45 minutes to an hour of cardio another hours lifting weights that were moderately heavy.

After about a year I started gaining some weight back, I was feeling awful… I was tired, bloated all the time, seriously didn’t want to eat when I’d go out because I wanted to be able to enjoy myself that evening and not have to run to the bathroom. And it seemed like everything affected me. Dairy, any sauces, pastas, breads, marinades, etc. So I finally had enough and started doing my research. Then began my 5 year journey to learning what healthy really is.

I stopped eating anything fat free, sugar free and low calorie. I started eating more healthy fats. I stopped looking at calories (this was a hard one for me). I also went and had tests done and found out I’m highly sensitive to gluten (not celiac though), I am extremely sensitive to almonds and I have an intolerance to dairy, which really flared up when pregnant and nursing. I have cut back on eating sugar. I don’t ever buy sugar free foods because the fake sugar is worse for you than the real sugar but sugar in general is toxic to our systems. I try and stick to natural sugars found in fruits. Its amazing how changing these things I started sleeping better, I no longer was the gassy friend and I finally was not bloated 95% of the time.

Over the last two years I have finally realized longer workouts and an hour of cardio does not mean a better or more effective workout. I learned I was over-training, was working out too long doing the wrong things. I have now changed my workout to include HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts for 20-30 minutes, weight lifting and always lifting to my max, yoga and then I add in activities I enjoy like hiking and road biking. But most importantly I have stopped going 6 days a week for 1.5-2 hours a day. Doing that just wore me out, I was always tired, I never had time to recover and my body had adjusted to what I was doing and would plateau. Now I work out 3-4 days a week for an hour max and I’m getting stronger, lowering my body fat and I feel better!

All these changes definitely improved how I felt and my body started to lose body fat. The last step was to detox my home. Learning about all the chemicals in cleaning supplies, products I use daily and even medications I take, it had all taken its toll on my body. So I started taking small steps and over the last year have transitioned to using natural products and natural wellness solutions:

  • getting rid of my plastic Tupperware and replacing it with glass

  • using all natural products for cleaning and washing clothes

  • utilizing essential oils to help keep environmental threats out of our home

  • making my own products for things like diaper spray, body butters, etc

  • using wool dryer balls instead of bounce dryer sheets

  • taking essential oils internally, aromatically and topically to help prevent attacks to my system

After my years of trial and error, educating myself and getting results I am excited to share with others how to truly build a healthy life for you and your family!

Jenny