I'm so happy you decided to stop by. My name is Jess and I am a Food Freedom Coach living in Durham, NC. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. This means I love fries on my salad (no shame) and say things like n'at. Some of my favorite things include dark chocolate (with peanut butter), taking pictures of food, and wearing leggings all day every day.
In September 2015, I decided to go back to school to receive my health coaching certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. My education provided me with a solid background in how food affects our bodies and also the importance of holistic living. Since then, I've been on a journey from restrictive dieting to a place of what I like to call food freedom.
Connecting with women who are struggling with food and body image issues is my passion. I know all too well how it feels when food is in total control and when there is a plethora of negative thoughts surrounding your body. My mission is to share my struggles and breakthroughs so that I can help inspire more and more women to ditch the diet and love themselves completely.
After years and years of restrictive dieting and binge eating, I've finally reached a place of complete freedom in my food choices. I'm talking years of obsessing over every little thing I put into my body. Years of hiding what I was eating from people. Years of letting food control my entire life. I couldn't enjoy anything because I was constantly worried about all things related to food. I never listened to my body and in return, my body and life could not thrive.
This anxiety I was having around food was stopping me from living my best life.
Once I finally stopped thinking of my food anxiety as a will power issue, my mentality began to change. I threw away the diet books and started listening to my own body. I began making food choices that my body was telling me to make. I started to love my body for everything it was instead of wanting it to be something else. This self-love and trust in my body ultimately helped me reach a place of total food freedom and major confidence.
I can now live my life. I can now travel with my best friends and not worry about what food options will be available. I can now step out of my comfort zone and experience a new city. I can now be who I am meant to be.
Dieting and binge eating is not a will power issue. It is a self-love and trust issue. We women are constantly hating on our bodies and we think the way to happiness is to change our appearance. It is sad that we think this way but that is how we have been raised. Society has raised us to think that in order to be beautiful, we have to look at a certain way.
Ladies, we have to ignore those "normal" beauty standards and we have to stop falling for fad diets. The only way your body is going to thrive is if you ditch the diet and listen to yourself.
When you break free of the chains that food has on you and start loving yourself unconditionally, you can start living your best life.
Contact me here if you are ready to start living.