What My Clients Say...
Jen is one of the most remarkable women I have ever met…
“Jen is one of the most remarkable women I have ever met, and I knew that right away when I met her. She is charismatic and cares deeply about people and helping them improve their lives. When I started working with Jen, I was nervous about implementing changes when I hadn’t been successful with lots of different “diets” in the past. Her program isn’t a diet- they are simple changes made gradually throughout working with her that stick with you for a lifetime! I was very impressed with the simplicity of her program- instead of feeling like I was on a “diet,” (which this isn’t) I was making HUGE changes in small steps to improve all aspects of my life. Releasing weight is a fantastic side effect, but isn’t the entire goal. Jen works to make you healthy, not only with your food intake and movement goals, but she also focuses on other areas in your life to assess how it can improve in EVERY way! Halfway through my program with Jen, I slipped on some ice and broke my foot. Even though my movement routine was interrupted, I didn’t gain any weight back! I was able to maintain because my diet and habits were so solid! I was shocked- setbacks don’t have to mean losing progress! Up until I started working with Jen, I would tell people that I would run only if I was being chased- but I have developed a love of movement while working with her. She showed me fun ways to move my body- and how to love exercising! Even after the injury, Jen and I are running a 5K together soon! I never thought I would be the kind of person to do that, and running with her by my side is going to be an amazing privilege and I can’t wait! More than helping me form a more healthy lifetyle, Jen helped make me more accountable to myself- she was always a phone call or email away- and through having her there as an accountability partner, it made me more responsible. My work with Jen will stick with me always, and I have gained a lifelong friend. I will always be grateful for the things I learned while working with Jen- especially the power that I found within myself to have a strong resolve and stick with something. She is so positive that it can’t help but rub off on you! I am a more confident, happier, healthier, more vibrant person because of Jen- and I love her dearly for that. Thank you 100 times over for being such an amazing friend and resource throughout our journey together. What I learned through you will never be lost! xoxo”
Kristy Yutzy, 29 Holistic
Health Care PracticeManager
I was intrigued as she indeed kept it simple…
“Several months ago I read an article in The Biltmore Beacon entitled “Reclaim Your Health by Keeping it Simple and Keeping it Real”. The article spoke to me as I was struggling with years of unmanaged stress which resulted in extra weight, poor sleep and elevated cholesterol. I had already been through a number of weight loss programs none of which ever stuck with me past the program. Frozen boxed meals and appetite supressants are hardly sustainable.
Finally, six months ago I met with Jen for the first time. As I listened to her explain the “holistic” approach, I was intrigued as she indeed kept it simple. And boy did it work! Its not just about food, she coached me how to consciously approach eating, breathing to lower stress, understand the metabolic power of my body, and how important exercising is to my health. I remember the time she took me food shopping at the beginning of our work together, and before we went I had this overwhelming feeling that it was going to be so hard for me to learn all that I needed to learn to make sustained changes………and I must be honest, there were times my inner child came out and I was rebellious to let go of old habits. But Jen made it all feel easy and doable, and she was always there to pull me back in by focusing on tomorrow as a new day and not the guilt I felt from making a bad choice. In fact, guilt never had a place in our work together. I discovered a love for cooking and exercising.
As a result of this experience, I’ve been able to easily release 30 pounds so far, I have stopped taking medications all together, and I have gotten my cholesterol within normal range. I couldn’t be more proud of my accomplishments and that doesn’t stop here. I’m now equipped with the knowledge I need to stay healthly and if I ever hit a bump in the road, Jen is only a phone call away. She is a life long friend who truly cares about my well being and happiness. I’m extremely grateful for this life changing experience”.
Kim Wallin, 46
Director of Reimbursement
I began to embrace the baby steps…
“I have always been a healthy eater, thanks to my amazing mother and her commitment to good food for our family. After a divorce, twelve years of public school teaching and caring for my parents with health issues, I put on thirty pounds of extra weight. I tried many different avenues for a permanent change but could never really settle on which was best for me. After meeting a young woman who was transformed by working with Jennifer, I asked for her contact information and began my six month journey with this amazing health coach.
Because I was ready to be held accountable for my choices, the magic began. Slowly and steadily, I began to embrace the baby steps that Jennifer suggested. I slowed down my eating and was conscious of each bite. I tried to eat in a peaceful, quiet atmosphere….away from the news and worries of the world. I began to see food as my friend and my medicine. I had occasional treats and was taught the importance of pleasure when eating. Nothing was forbidden but all the good veggies and good fats were highly encouraged. I tried new recipes and began to adore the creamy taste of a good avocado.
With the addition of easily integrated and fun interval training session three times a week for twenty minutes, I began to feel better and better. Jen had me avoid the scale, but my clothes began to feel very loose. The weight was coming off so easily and without struggle.
Each and every step of the way I was completely supported by Jennifer. She lovingly emailed me in between sessions to check in with me and gave me so many reasons to smile and feel good about the new me. There are really no words to describe my enthusiasm about my work with her. She gives each client 110% and I am not sure how she does it. She is my cheerleader, my counselor, my friend and the most knowledgable person on the planet about the power of food to heal and nourish. If you are ready to make a change, it will happen with her help. Thank you Jennifer for this incredible journey. I am forever transformed and will never go back to my former confused self. Thanks to you, my feet are firmly on a path to sublime health!!”
Carole Shoaf, 66
Jennifer was able to help me to completely change life…
“Jennifer is one of the warmest, most loving, and honest people I have ever met. I fell in love with her family long before she became my coach. I was suffering greatly in my life and health when Jennifer offered to help me. I could tell she genuinely cared about my health and well being and wanted to help.
In just six months, Jennifer was able to help me to completely change life long bad habits and patterns in my life. I was not an easy
student, but she never gave up on me and was there consistently to remind me to look at the good in my life and to be present and taught me to be more conscious in all of my actions.
Before working with Jennifer I was misdiagnosed with an arthritic autoimmune disease and was taking chemotherapy pills that were literally ruining my life. I had no energy, was losing my hair and was in the worst health I had ever been in in my life.
Jennifer is an expert in all things pertaining to nutrition and natural healing. I learned so much about how the food I eat, when I eat and how I eat affects my overall health and happiness. In the six months I was with Jennifer and with all that I have learned and implemented throughout my program, my inflammation and stiffness in my joints all but disappeared, my blood sugars have stabilized and I am now able to enjoy my daughter and my life again!!
I can not recommend her enough if you want a major change in your health and happiness. I know Jennifer both professionally and personally and she absolutely lives what she teaches and it shows in her happiness, health and generosity towards everyone around her. She truly practices what she teaches.
In Jennifer you will find a knowledgeable coach, mentor, friend and, sometimes, a mother figure. She can bring light and hope into any situation. She will hold you accountable while gently pushing you forward on your journey to better health”.
Angie Sigl., 40
Chapel Hill, NC
I took her hand and started the journey…
“My daughter had been a client of Jennifer’s and asked her if she would consult with her Dad. Of course Jen said yes. I was reluctant, but agreed to meet her; our first meeting was June 11th. I was 110 pounds overweight, legally blind, 5 years post-kidney transplant, diabetic and had a variety of other illnesses. My energy level was low and walking was tiring. I knew I had to do something or face the unpleasant consequences that I have seen so many times in my work, and obviously have already experienced . I agreed to follow Jen’s counsel and do the best I could. With so many failures in my past, I was truly nervous of failing again. I remember writing to her that I was at the bottom of Mt. Everest looking up and feeling so scared. I had all these tools for the journey, but they were weighing me down. I didn’t want to start and fail, so there I stood. But in the backpack was the most important tool. Jen’s knowledge, guidance, and support.
I took her hand and started the journey and she has always been the rock of this journey. Jen is the key component to my being successful so far. Not taking this on alone makes it so very doable. Jennifer has been there as promised, even when she is doing so much for so many. She’s always emailing and calling, and has this ability to know when I am in a slump and reaches down even more to me. Her words move me forward on the path to the goals we have set together.
Part of working with her has been to not pay attention to the numbers on the scale, however, having so many chronic conditions and the transplant, I have many doctor appointments and getting weighed happens often. The weight started to release and release and continues to release. At the end of six months I have released about 40 pounds, cut my insulin by almost 75 percent, reduced (with my doctor’s guidance) 70 pills from my weekly regimen. My energy level is 100-fold better and my HgA1c (diabetic blood sugar over a three month average) went from 8.0 to 6.2. I have never been that low, not once, since that test first came out in the 1980s. My blood pressure is great, even with less medicine, and she is still there emailing me, encouraging me, knowing when I really need motivation and always looking at the big picture.
Jennifer has been such a blessing and I am so grateful to know her and her family.
I am not yet where I am going to be, and I will never again be where I was. This journey and transition into health has meant so much to not only me but my family also.”
Peter Raimondo, 64
Retired/Disabled ICU/ER Nurse Manager
Working with Jennifer has been a process of experiencing a new way of thinking…
“Working with Jennifer has been a process of experiencing a new way of thinking about myself, my body, and how, when and what I put into my body has a tremendous impact on my health and sense of well-being. It has been an amazing and joyous exploration and the changes have been wonderful. I feel so much better, lighter in my steps, more energetic, allergy symptoms virtually gone. I would highly recommend working with Jennifer to explore your personal issues, and how you can impact your life tremendously by making small and steady changes that stick, by changing what, when and how you consume food, how you move your body, and the consciousness by which you live your life”.
Moria Montalbano. 48