Welcome to The Balance Tree. I’m Jessica. I’m glad you found your way here. I’m glad I did too!
It wasn’t a clear path that brought me here. I dabbled on the outskirts of my passion for health and wellness for years, trying out many diets, cleanses and exercise programs along the way. I found that I’m a very goal-oriented person and always did great with a focused program, whether that was a three-week cleanse or a five-month training program to run a marathon. But when not committed to a goal, I faltered, not knowing what to eat or how to stay motivated to exercise on a regular basis.
Being a busy full-time professional with frequent work trips on my calendar, I fell into many quick-meal solutions like frozen entrees for lunch, quick pasta dishes for dinner, or if my then husband cooked: steak and only steak. My body ran for a long time on very few nourishing, fulfilling foods.
What I came to discover was the real piece that was missing from my diet was a life to nourish me. I wasn’t happy in my relationship or completely fulfilled in my career, which led to quick, unsatisfying food choices and a sporadic exercise routine.
As life changed, my son was born and my marriage ended, and then the challenge of being a single mom had me continue these quick food habits. When my son was 2 years old, I left my full-time position and set out to build a freelance career editing and consulting in the hospitality industry. It wasn’t until a few months into that, as freelance work was slow to come in and the pace of my days was reduced dramatically, that I stopped myself in the frozen food aisle of the grocery store. Why was I still stocking up on 5 for $10 frozen entrees? Several months after leaving full-time employment, I was still packing my fridge for a rushed, unfulfilled life.
I went home that day and wrote out a list of values I wanted to live by:
Faith and Trust
This list hung in my kitchen (now in my office) and is a constant reminder each day to be true to my values.
The time since has been quite an evolution for me. I began a simple weight-training program and stopped buying cookies, ice cream and most other processed snack foods. Our fruit supply became plentiful, and I found it much more satisfying to reach for an apple than an Oreo. I started pulling out my recipe books and magazines that had once offered me inspiration. Being back in the kitchen, cooking for myself and my son fulfilled me. With just the two of us, I wasn’t going to make two separate meals every night so he ate what I ate too. Some nights he only had a little and filled up on Greek yogurt; other nights, like every time I made salmon, he asked for more. Many years now into my re-commitment to live a healthy life, I am proud of the changes I have made for myself, but I am most proud when my son wants a snack and goes first to the fruit drawer.
As a healthy living coach, I help my clients to find their own balance of healthy food and lifestyle choices. I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.
My journey of living a healthy life continues, and I’d love to have your company along the way.
Are you curious about how health coaching can help you?
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You can reach me at 303-588-6554 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to helping you find your balance along the way to a healthy and happy life.