My interest in nutrition started about 10 years ago when I realised that something wasn’t right ,I wasn’t feeling as well as I used to, didn’t have the energy I had, didn’t have the enthusiasm, the get up and go which I had when I was younger.
In my early 20’s I was suffering with a lot of heartburn, belching, bloating and a general discomfort in my digestion system.This was my body trying to tell me that something wasn’t right.
At this time I was in college and wasn’t living the healthiest of lifestyles. There were a number of times I ended up in the doctors with pains in chest and in hospital for an ECG .
Finally I went for tests and they found a hiatus hernia. So from here I had to adjust my diet somewhat, but I wouldn’t have been very diligent at the time as really I didn’t know any better. I tried to manage as best I knew how. I limited my spicy foods, fizzy drinks and citrus fruits which helped some bit, but didn’t solve everything.
I got married at 30 and a few months after I got married I was in a car crash. This was probably one of the most significant things that has happened to me and which has changed my life and the way I live it. I suffered a lot of pain for a long time. When I look back at it now I can see that I was really in a low place, as when your body is in constant pain it is exhausting so you are constantly tired and you have no energy for anything. This can be very debilitating. My husband of 4 months had to take over the house chores, as when I would come home from work I would be so tired I would sit on the couch for the evening. This was a hugely challenging time in my life, as I was always very active and now to go out walking or swimming resulted in some form of pain. This was the biggest wake up call that I needed, that things needed to change for me; it’s where my path started to change.
At this time doctors could only offer me pain killers. So this was the start of my journey of alternative health. I went for Physiotherapy, accupunture, bio-energy, osteopathy, cranio-sacrial therapy, all which have helped me at different stages and which have been very beneficial in the healing process. Don’t get me wrong I think conventional and alternative medicine can work very well together everyone has their role and this you need to understand.
As a couple we have also been on a journey with infertility and have gone through various treatments for this both conventional and alternative, so I have a lot of experience to offer here.
In college I studied Environmental Science and I worked in the public service for 13 years, testing and analysing water. I was attracted to Nutrition as I knew when I ate better I felt better. My mood would improve as I didn’t get the digestive issues, my energy would increase and I could do more activities. So I started the Nutrition Course with the College of Naturopathic Medicine.
When I started the nutrition course I used to wear a back brace in the class so that I would last the whole day without getting tired, I would also wear it for long car journeys. After my first year in nutrition, where I was really on the path of healing internally and externally, I didn’t have to wear the back brace any more. I felt the inflammation in my body was starting to come down. As I have changed my eating habits and my daily habits I feel so much healthier, happier and have increased energy. Being on this path has opened my eyes hugely as to what we can do for ourselves once we are willing to help ourselves. Since I started the Nutrition course it has opened up a whole new world for me and not just in food, I believe we need to look at the whole picture and this is why I like to take a holistic approach to healing the body.
Balancing a full time job, course at weekends, fertility treatments and then my mother becoming terminally ill, thought me about the importance of balancing stress. It never became clearer to me on how much stress can affect you and your body when dealing with stressful situations. Everyone is affected by stress we need stress to manage our daily lives but when it starts to go out of control this is where the problem start. Dealing with grief is huge and we are rarely thought or encouraged to grieve openly. Is there a time limit on it because it’s different for everyone. Balancing stress through good food, supplements, exercise, meditation , energy healing work, counselling and a good family support system really helped me and this is why I am so passionate now about holistic health we need a combined approach for the individual. I didn’t just try one thing to help my-self ,I tried everything – don’t give up there is always help out there. Everyone is different and what will work for one may not work for another. This is why one on one consultations are so important and a programme put in place specifically for you. This is not a short term plan, this is a plan for you to take with you to have for the rest of your life to help you live a better life SO get on board!
When I started to see just how much of an effect food can have on people I knew I wanted to do more and help more people.
I decided to finish my job, yes my permanent pensionable job of 13 years and go it alone. So I went out and started up my own Nutritional Therapy business. A scary move but an exciting adventure which I am thrilled about.
Life is for the living!! Find your passion.
I now get excited with good wholesome healthy food. I love cooking healthy food and feeding it to family and friends. I now spend more time doing things that I love to do, I love spending time in nature as it is so calming and peaceful. I love walking, swimming, cycling, kayaking, hiking and am now fit and healthy to enjoy them all. From my own experience I can tell you that it doesn’t take just one think but a number of things to help you get better and a willingness to get there. We need to work on ourselves from the inside and the outside. Join me if it’s the right time for you to make the move to improve your way of life.
Having a holistic approach to your health and well-being will improve your life. Life is a gift.
Pure Results Bootcamp
Jen is now the Nutritional Therapist at Pure Results Bootcamp, owned and operated by Kathryn Thomas, a residential Bootcamp to lose weight, transform your fitness or kick start new habits. You can check out the boot camp HERE