Learn to love yourself and
Free yourself from body prison
I teach women with how to overcome binge/emotional eating, yo-yo dieting, negative body image, and self-sabotaging behaviors around food and exercise so you can live your happiest, healthiest, most vibrant life.
I like to think of it as helping you find the balanced middle ground between body positivity and diet culture - body positivity started out with good intentions, but now anyone who is wanting to lose weight/fat in order to feel better in their bodies is shamed for wanting to do so or for following a “diet,” (this just the way you prefer to eat - as long as it is sustainable for YOU, that’s all that matters), and nobody should be made to feel guilty for wanting to live a healthier life. Meanwhile, diet culture teaches that you will feel worthy and good enough once you achieve a certain size, which is not true either. So you attempt every diet under the sun, thinking you’ll cure your negative body image once you achieve a certain size, but don’t find that way of life sustainable either.
There HAS to be a middle ground where the two can meet. Where you can learn how to eat healthy foods, still have “treats,” exercise to feel good, but also not feel bad or wrong when your body begins to change. You can love your body AND still want to change it at the same time, but in a sustainable, balanced way, and that’s where I come in. I’m never going to be super thin, and I accept my curves, but working out and eating healthily helps me feel stronger, more empowered, and allows me to live my best life - and there is NOTHING wrong with that!
I help you to change your mindset so that you can then adopt the behaviors that allow you to look and feel your very best.
you are not a victim of your body, nor are you meant to live your life being one
I started my first diet when I was around 6 years old, and spent most of my early adulthood hating my body, binge and emotionally eating, yo-yo dieting, gaining and losing the same weight over and over again, never exercising, sabotaging any positive progress I ever made, and weighed 220 pounds at my highest and around 145 pounds at my lowest (by going on the maple syrup diet of all things). Both these weight extremes didn’t make me happy, because I was basing my self-worth on how I looked. Guess what? Your worth has nothing to do with your weight and how you look. Once your free yourself from this belief, everything changes.
I learned to free myself from all these behaviors, and will show you how to do it too. But the answer won’t be found in a certain number on the scale, reading the latest diet book or following the latest fad diet, or just hating yourself so much that you give up on yourself all together. My mindset HAD to heal before I could find my healthy balance.
self-love begins within, and is then reflected in your actions and behaviors
About my services
I work with women one-on-one and in group coaching programs in order to teach them how to overcome binge/emotional eating, yo-yo dieting, negative body image, and self-sabotaging behaviors around food and exercise so they can live their happiest, healthiest, most vibrant life. I don’t just tell you “oh if you want a donut, you should go and eat it” when you’re still in a very fearful state around certain foods, or “stand in front of the mirror and tell yourself how much you loooooove your body” when that is the furthest thing you believe to be true. Through my coaching, we work through a lot of the mental health aspects of healing your relationship with food, your body, and exercise.
For example, are you choosing that donut I just mentioned because you are mad or upset, or are you choosing it because it’s actually something you want to fully savor and enjoy? Are you choosing it because you want to subconsciously sabotage any positive progress you may be making? (been there, done that, more times than I can count). And newsflash: you don’t HAVE to fully love your body before you begin loving yourSELF. I don’t understand the fascination with idolizing random body parts. There are actually still body parts of mine that I don’t actually really love or hate. I’ve just learned to be indifferent towards them, and my approach is more on body neutrality than body positivity. To me, idolizing stomach rolls is just the opposite side of the same coin of idolizing a flat stomach. Part of our problem is the continual idolizing of the body. What if you could learn to see it as neutral, and allow everything to shift from there?
A bit more about my Story
I’ve always used my body and being overweight as a way of playing small, which sounds ironic considering the fact that my body wasn’t exactly small. And I’m not saying that if you’re bigger, there’s something “wrong” with you. What I’m referring are the times I kept myself at a higher weight than my healthy range - like when I weighed 220. When I weighed 220 I was uncomfortable, overeating like crazy, not taking care of myself, and hated myself so much, that I just let my negative habits slip by. Yet at that size, it’s not where I thrive, where I’m at my happiest, or my healthiest, or my strongest. But I used the size of my body, food, and avoidance of exercise as defenses against myself.
I also grew up with the belief that there was something wrong with my body because I didn’t look like everyone else in the magazines or on billboards. I thought that being thin was the answer to all my problems. I’d always go seeking the next best diet, believing that in the diet I’d find my salvation. I put myself through diet hell for nearly 30 years of my life. I’ve now come to recognize that no, I’m never going to look like those people in the magazines, and 95% of the population never will, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t treat myself in a loving way and be at MY healthiest weight.
Now I approach food, exercise, and my body from a balanced, healthy mental state, but I had to learn to majorly shift my perception around weight loss, everything that involves and means for me personally, and how I chose to view my body before I could get there. You may be wondering how, but I promise it’s possible to find balance and freedom around food, exercise, and your body.
you can and are allowed to lose weight/DROP FAT and still love yourself and your body
The messaging in the body positive space has become very confusing and murky, with people stating that women can’t lose weight and still love themselves or their bodies - which is simply not true. These are also often people who have never known what it’s like to be overweight. Anyone who has ever struggled with excess weight knows that the physical weight is just as taxing and often a symptom of the emotional weight we are carrying around. Often we use the physical weight as a means of hiding and not addressing the underlying emotions, and we use food as a means to address them, instead of facing our emotions head on. And that’s perfectly okay! There’s nothing wrong with you, you’ve just been channeling your energy and using food in a negative way instead of positively. It’s no wonder we get so confused about diets, exercise, self-love, body image, and weight loss, because the messaging all over the place is a hot mess.
I believe authentic self-love begins when we finally recognize and learn that we are already worthy, just as we are, instead of continuing to search externally for the answers to love, peace, validation, and happiness. All those things are already inside of us, but we forget to tap into it. And once you shift your perception of yourself from fear to love, absolutely everything else can and will shift. Any resistance you feel towards making healthier, better choices for yourself begins to fall away, but it definitely takes work to undo negative patterns and behaviors - I’m not going to tell you it’s an overnight process, because you’ve formed a lifetime of negative habits that you are now learning to undo. As you learn to cultivate authentic self-love (yes I said it’s already inside you, but if you’re fighting it, then that’s not going to do you any good), it then flows and manifests itself as positive behaviors - those behaviors are simply an extension of the love you recognize to inherently already be a part of you.
You learn to use food as a way to nourish yourself instead of punish yourself. You learn to be more mindful instead of mindless around what you put into your body. You begin to exercise because it feels good and you want to become stronger and healthier. You learn that weight loss won’t solve all your problems, but you can absolutely let the weight come off in a healthy, balanced way and shouldn’t feel bad or wrong for doing so. You begin to see your body simply for what it is, a vehicle that houses your soul, and learn to treat it in a loving way.
luminous wellness with jennifer
I’m a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which means I became certified as a holistic health coach. I didn’t start practicing my certification right away though because I was still struggling with so many of my own issues. In fact, during my time at IIN, I was vegan, and became obsessed with eating everything extremely “clean,” which means I ate nothing processed or from a package. It’s been termed as orthorexia, which is an obsession with eating “perfectly,” Thankfully IIN taught me to let that go. Healing my issues around body image, disordered eating, exercise, and self-love are what led me to create this brand, so that I can help as many women as possible be happy and free in their bodies.
"I really enjoyed working with Jennifer. The weekly calls were a welcomed new perspective and a space to feel heard in so many different areas that I needed guidance on. Those calls were so valuable that even when I felt I didn't have much to discuss, some gold nuggets of wisdom would come out of seemingly nowhere and I left each call feeling incredibly grateful, uplifted, inspired, motivated, and ultimately FULL."
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or for more information on how we can work together!