I look at how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole. My approach is not to dwell on calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. It is not to create lists of restrictions or good and bad foods. Instead, I work with my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and rewarding. Together we’ll work to reach your health goals in areas such as achieving optimal weight, reducing food cravings, increasing sleep, and maximizing energy. As we work together, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for you and implement lasting changes that will improve your energy, balance and beauty - what I call Radiant Health.
I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness
It’s easy to overlook all of the things that contribute to our sense of nourishment and fulfillment. It’s not just the food we eat that affects our health, but all of the other factors present in our daily lives. Healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity, and a spiritual awareness are essential forms of nourishment. When these “primary foods” are balanced, what you eat becomes secondary. I will support you in achieving all of your goals, from eating the right foods for your body to living an inspired, fulfilling life.
Cravings play a critical role in understanding what your body needs and shouldn’t be ignored. When you learn how to deconstruct your cravings and understand what they’re really telling you, you will be able to reclaim a sense of balance and harmony.
Many nutrition experts give their clients a list of foods to avoid and foods to eat, which explains why so many people are turned off by nutrition. My approach is different – by eating and drinking foods that are good for you, you will naturally have less room and desire for unhealthy foods. Simply put, you will “crowd out” the unhealthy food in your diet. This takes a little practice to make happen, but I will support you all the way.
The concept of bio-individuality is the idea that each of us has unique food and lifestyle needs. One person’s food is another person’s poison, and that’s why fad diets tend to fail in the long run. Working on the principle of bio-individuality, I’ll support you to make positive changes that are based on your unique needs, lifestyle, preferences, and ancestral background.
Big Bang for your Bite™
Red Jen's Rx for Happiness with your Food: Produce, Protein & Pizzazz.
Start with Clean, Seasonal Produce. Choose Fruits and Veggies that are in season, and Mind the Dirty Dozen - Aim for organic or sustainable items when possible. Or shop frugally from the Clean 15 (check out the video!) Fresh is best, but frozen is nearly as good and so simple, enjoyable, and achievable – waiting loyally for you when you’re ready to savor it and never rotting or wilting despite your best efforts.
Then, add Protein to boost metabolism, build muscles, stabilize blood sugar, and balance energy levels. Choose high-fiber legumes and lentils and easy options like hummus, which provide the added benefit of supporting a healthy microbiome as prebiotics. Include nutrient-rich nuts, seeds & their butters (roasted or sprouted for easier digestion). If eating animal products, aim for wild fish like salmon and sardines, for free-range & organic poultry/eggs, and/or grass-fed options of beef/bison.
Finally jazz it up with some Pizzazz. Add great flavor with Pizzazz like vinegar, hot sauce, fresh herbs, and/or ground spice, plus good fats like sesame, flaxseed, olive, coconut and avocado oils. Healthy fats are so important to hormonal health, to our production of Vitamin D, and for staving off depression. Include some fermented foods as sauces or sides like miso, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh and natto for good-gut building probiotics.