WELCOME TO YOUOLOGY
I’m Jenna, and I’m so glad you’re here. I come from a 20-year background as a magazine beauty and wellbeing editor. I’ve worked with Next magazine, Notebook:, Women’s Health, Style, Fitness Life and New Idea. I also co-authored of a book back in 2005 called In The Pink: a guide to breasts, cancer and living well with the beautiful naturopath Lani Lopez.
So, how did we end up here? Well, I’ve always been passionate about women’s health and helping women to figure out the why’s and wherefore’s of life. The science of beauty is my career roots so you’ll always find the study of skin health in anything I do. However, I’ve always known there’s another side to life as I had two sisters who died of Cystic Fibrosis disease and I’ve struggled with yoyo weight and overactive hormones all my life.
When I left magazines I launched Gorgeousosity, a popular lifestyle website. On advice, I reluctantly re-branded to Gems of Gorgeousness, which was a massive undertaking both energy-wise and financially. When I began experiencing anxiety, dizzy spells, fatigue, weight loss, and sleeplessness I put it down to burn out. Eventually, I was diagnosed with severe pulmonary emboli (multiple lung clots). Six months later I learned the clots were 24 hours away from cutting off the oxygen/blood supply to my heart. Eek! It was the beginning of chronic pain and suspected autoimmune disease, which culminated in weeks in bed. Even the weight of the bedclothes was excruciating.. Can you imagine that?! I’m not telling you this to enlist your sympathy, I just wanted you to know that I’ve been there, bought the t-shirt and can transfer lessons learned to you.
The experience led me to study holistic health with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. I’m a lifelong learner and the impetus was to broaden my knowledge, try to cure myself through nutrition and answer the ‘why’s’ of my experience. It’s been an incredible journey. I’ve learned that everyone is a bio-individual and what is one person’s cure-all is another person’s poison. I firmly believe food is Mother Nature’s medicine and I’m totally with Hippocrates who said ‘Let food be thy medicine’.
LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE
Food-wise, I’ve always been semi-vegetarian, but after one lecture we had with Sir Paul McCartney I knew I would never touch meat again. That doesn’t mean you have to go that route, but it’s what works for me. I gave up grains for a while too which was magical for the pain, but it’s difficult sustaining it. Coffee, wine, sugar and processed foods all trigger my symptoms. I’ve learned that whole foods aren’t just a fad – it’s totally true that our 21st Century diets are destructive. However, I also know that never having mainstay treats again is tricky (though it gets much easier). I used to believe in the 80/20 rule, which I’ve altered a little to the 90/10 rule (90% follow the rules/10% rebel). The amazing thing is the healthier you eat, the less you want to rebel.
MIND, BODY & SOUL
These days I’m a beauty aficionado (that knowledge will always be there) and an Integrative Nutrition Certified Nutrition Health Coach (proud moment). My ethos is plant-based with an onus on helping women in midlife. If you’ve got weight issues, an autoimmune disease, are struggling with stress (who doesn’t right?!) I can help you!
IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU
Now that you know my story you’ll ‘get’ that if you have issues with emotional eating or need help balancing those pesky mid-life hormones, I’m your woman. Fact. Mid-life does not have to mean weight gain. It also doesn’t have to mean skin problems or the blues from a hormonal rollercoaster. When we work together I’m here for you right through your journey. You can always reach me on Skype, via email or in person so don’t hesitate to reach out.
I will work with you to:
- Find your inner sparkle
- Discover the magic of food that loves you
- Develop oodles of energy
- Fit back into the clothes you’re dying to wear
- Embrace mid-life
- Balance your hormones
I’M ON A MISSION TO HELP YOU ROCK MIDLIFE
Did you ever stop to think that we are what we eat and drink and do and think and feel? Each and every one these things make up who we are and contributes to the outcome of our lives – whether we’re happy, whether we’re well, whether we’re surrounded by love and laughter.
YOUOLOGY. IT’S ABOUT WOMEN. IT’S ABOUT LIFE AFTER 40. IT’S ABOUT BEING VITAL.
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