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The Numbers Tell the Story

A few days ago my client emailed me her lab results. In 5 short months she has turned her life around. She has lost 23 pounds and 24 inches off her body (2 WHOLE FEET GONE)!!! The weight loss is great as she is no longer obese, but what her blood work shows is she has actually changed the trajectory of her life by lowering her odds of diabetes, heart attack, stroke and overall disease! I never cease to be amazed by the power of real food.

I asked her if she would be willing to share a little about how the process has been for her. Today I received this wonderful testimonial and account of her journey thus far. The best part is we are not done!

“On December 19th, 2016, I read Jennifer Joffe’s blog post that Sheryl Sandberg shared on Facebook.  I sobbed, because I could have written it. And then, I sent her an email before I could chicken out, and it was the best thing that I could have done, because Jennifer changed my life. I was a binge eater and a sugar addict. I had been on every diet known to mankind.  I was 55 years old, 5/2″ tall, and weighed just under 170 pounds. I had gained and lost the same 20 pounds countless times over the past 30 years, but the older I got, the harder it was to take them off, and I had been stuck at this high weight for quite some time. I was sick of dieting, and I knew that it didn’t work. I knew that I needed a lifestyle change, not another diet. I had tried vegetarianism and even veganism, and I liked eating that way, but I was still bingeing and eating sugar, and the weight was still piling on.
One of the first things that Jennifer told me was that I had to give up Diet Coke (another addiction). I knew she was right, and I did so. She also said that I wasn’t eating enough.  That seemed counterintuitive at first, but, she was right! As part of the Happy Body Project, I learned that I needed to be eating fat and protein, which I had been severely restricting. Again, bingo! The Happy Body Project has taught me to eat like a healthy, normal person. I am no longer addicted to sugar – I don’t eat it and I don’t crave it. If I have a bite of something sweet once in a while, it doesn’t set me off to want more. I have not binged once since starting the Happy Body Project. This is truly monumental –  before that, I had been consistently binging since I was 10 or 12 years old. My whole attitude toward food and my body has changed:  I no longer worry about being skinny, about losing X amount of pounds before a certain date; I just want to be healthy. I have lost 23 pounds and that feels amazing. My BMI was in the obese range, and now it’s “overweight” and in another 10 pounds it will be normal. I feel great, I look great, my clothes feel great, I have a lot more energy, and I’m healthy.
Here’s the proof:
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The best part about this is that the Happy Body Food “formula” for eating is super easy. There’s no weighing, there’s no measuring, there’s no counting calories, there’s nothing that you can’t eat, you’re never hungry. It’s all about eating good, healthy, clean food that you want to eat. You don’t want to eat the bad stuff. Once you’re eating the good stuff, you stop craving the bad stuff. That’s the beauty of it! People keep asking me how I’ve lost weight, what diet I’m on? I tell them that I’m not on a diet; I’m just eating clean and healthy and I love it!
Karen

I am so proud of this woman. From obese to healthy, she saved her own life…she chose HER! It is never too late to live your best, healthiest life. Karen, you ARE an inspirtation!!!

 

This is the end; this is the beginning.

Another wonderful piece from Holly! In two weeks a group of amazing women will join me in fighting for their health and happiness for 365 days! For one full year we will be working on self-love and healthy choices. When I was asked to design a program to take these women to the next level I felt immense gratitude, and if I am honest-a bit overwhelmed. It would be easy to stick to what I know…12 weeks, 3 months…it works! My program indoctrinates my students into a healthy lifestyle and teaches them how to keep choosing their own health and happiness. I am pretty sure none of these women expected me to come back with this proposition: One year. What was amazing to me, and so inspiring, is how quickly they all responded with “YES”! If they are willing to fight for their own health, willing to keep working hard every damn day…then I can step out of my box, feel the fear, and take these women on a journey that I know will change all of our lives. For 365 days 8 women will choose health, happiness and most importantly… self-love. This is the end and it is the beginning, because “there is no there there”, there is only the journey.

Holly GoWritely

February 28th vs May 5th February 28th vs May 5th

One week ago today, I completed a three month commitment to weight-loss and improving my overall health and wellness. For me, the end of the Happy Body Project is met with mixed emotions. On one hand, I am radiating with pride over all that I have accomplished. I have lost 40 pounds, and countless inches (I say countless because stupidly I didn’t start measuring until 1/3 of the way through the program). I have also dropped two dress sizes. Most importantly though, I am armed with the tools and knowledge that will keep me on the road to success.

In other ways, the end is bitter sweet.  I have shared my inner most feelings of shame and struggle with the women in this group – and they have shared their inner most feelings of shame and struggle with me. In the short period of just…

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Green Power Your Day

Most Americans struggle to eat enough fresh vegetables. Dark leafy greens, like kale and spinach, are especially lacking in the Standard American Diet (SAD). According to Jill Nussinow, MS, RD, author of The Veggie Queen, “Greens are the No. 1 food you can eat regularly to help improve your health.” These veggie powerhouses are packed with calcium, fiber, folate, vitamins, minerals and they work hard in fighting cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The more immediate effect of these greens is the healing, uplifting hit of energy they provide.

Solution? Get these cancer fighting leafy delights in before you leave the house. All you need is a powerful blender and your imagination! Start with a basic recipe like the one below, or use a resource like www.simplegreensmoothies.com and build from there!

Give your green smoothie routine a week and it will become as addictive as your morning cup of Joe. This green start to your day will also go a long way in fighting overall inflammation.

Cheers!

Green Power Drink from Dr. Andrew Weil

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 3 large kale leaves ribs remove (baby spinach works too)
  • 3 whole dates pitted
  • 1 tablespoon hemp protein powder (optional)

Happy Body Project: New Group

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Announcing the next Happy Body Project May 9th, 2017

Here is what you can expect when you sign up for the

Happy Body Project:

  • A small group of women with similar goals

  • Weekly group coaching –calls Tuesday, 12 noon to 1:30 pm PST (Next group begins May 9th, 2017) SOLD OUT! Please contact me if you would like to be wait-listed for the next class.

  • You will be matched with an Accountability Partner

  • Complete Health History with me, including personalized suggestions

  • Direct access to me via texting & email

  • Secret & private Facebook Group that will provide you with 24/7 support! A place for sharing thoughts, milestones, setbacks, tips, ideas. A place to just be YOU!

  • Recipes, food shares

  • Complete confidentiality

  • And so much more!

You have nothing to lose but weight, unhealthy habits & excuses! You will gain self-confidence, power, knowledge, energy and a renewed relationship with real, whole, healthy foods! Support, guidance, healthy habits and friendships are all right here in one place! Together we will bridge the gap between who you are and who you believe you can be.

Read Testimonials Here

This is not a diet, but an introduction to living and maintaining a  healthy lifestyle. You already know there are no quick fixes, so let’s stop looking for those and just get busy being healthy people, and we might as well have a little fun doing it together!

If you want change you must be willing to make changes!

The keys to succeeding are:

  1. Commit! Just decide it is time
  2. BELIEVE in yourself
  3. Hold yourself accountable. One day at a time, becomes one month, becomes one year, and before you know it you are eating clean and living your most optimal life, a healthy life, for the REST of your life!

The Happy Body Project is a 12 week program, join today and take charge of your health!

Email me if you would like more information, or if you are simply ready to commit!

Read Facebook Reviews Here

good food. good life.

Jennifer

HappyBodyFood@gmail.com

 

One-Pan Cajun Jambalaya

This Recipe is from the first Nordstrom Cookbook. A friend made this for dinner one night, long before we started eating healthier, and it instantly became a family favorite! I love it because I have no dishes to do, and it is easy! I also love the way it makes my house smell. It creates a warm and cozy atmosphere, and the ingredients (and process) could not be more simple. 


One-Pan Cajun Jambalaya

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp butter (or MCT oil,or ghee)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped (or red)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped (I have used all colors)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced (two Trader Joe’s frozen garlic cubes)
  • 16 Ounces spicy smoked sausage, preferably Andouille, cut into ¼ inch slices (use whatever you like, turkey, chicken)
  • 1 cup long grain rice (I use brown)
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp tabasco sauce (hold unless your kids like spice)
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning

DIRECTIONS:

  • Melt butter over medium high heat
  • Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, and sausage and saute, stirring frequently until the vegetables are tender (about 7 mins)
  • Add the rice, broth, Tabasco sauce, tomatoes and Cajun seasoning
  • Stir until well mixed and bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender, 20 – 25 minutes
  • Remove from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes.  Fluff with a fork and serve.


Most of the fat in this will be from the sausage, so you can opt to not eat it, or cook with low-fat or turkey sausage. I like to add shrimp (already cooked and defrosted) and just toss them in right at the end, already warmed up. Leftover chicken can also be added.


And again, for the kids I would leave the Tabasco for ppl to add on their own, it is spicy!

To serve, top with blue corn chips and greek yogurt, DELISH!

Group Coaching: Happy Body Project

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What is the Happy Body Project?

The Happy Body Project is a five-month journey toward discovering your healthiest YOU! On weekly calls, we will talk about whole, real foods, hydration and movement but, more importantly, we will explore self-care, self-love, body acceptance, gratitude and being present and showing up to live your best life.

The Happy Body Program is about designing a foundation that will carry you through a healthy life filled with energy and vitality. It is rooted in self-love, healthy lifestyle choices, resilience, gratitude, education, and a growth mindset.

The ideal Happy Body Project participant is someone who is ready to break-up with the scale, never diet again, and who simply wants to feel and look better! I am looking for women who have decided their current circumstances are no longer acceptable, and they are motivated and inspired to be the best version of themselves.

I spent most of my life being overweight, so I understand the overwhelming desire to be skinny. But, trust me when I tell you that your goal must be good health and you must appreciate that this process takes time. You already know that there is no quick fix, or you would have found it by now.

In order to become a healthy person, you will need to make this program a priority and living a healthy life will soon become your passion. These five months will be work and just like anything in life you will have highs and lows, good days and bad days, but with this program you will also have support. I can’t do this for you, but I can do it with you!

While this program is not for everyone, I’m immensely proud of the women that I’ve helped. What is the key to success on this journey? The women who have succeeded share three things in common:

  1. They are Accountable: They stop blaming others for their circumstances and they own their stories.
  2. They are Coachable: It takes a strong person to accept help and trust the process and a coach.
  3.  They are Resilient: When they fail they do not give up, they go on!

Here is what you can expect when you sign up for the

Happy Body Project:

  • A small group of women with similar goals

  • Weekly group coaching –calls are 1 hr in length

  • You will be matched with an Accountability Partner

  • Complete Health History with me, including personalized suggestions

  • Direct access to me via texting & email

  • Secret & private Facebook Group that will provide you with 24/7 support! A place for sharing thoughts, milestones, setbacks, tips, ideas. A place to just be YOU!

  • Recipes, food shares

  • Complete confidentiality

  • And so much more!

You have nothing to lose but weight, unhealthy habits & excuses! You will gain self-confidence, power, knowledge, energy and a renewed relationship with real, whole, healthy foods! Support, guidance, healthy habits and friendships are all right here in one place! Together we will bridge the gap between who you are and who you believe you can be.

This is not a diet, but an introduction to living and maintaining a  healthy lifestyle. You already know there are no quick fixes, so let’s stop looking for those and just get busy living an optimal, healthy life and we might as well have a little fun doing it…together!

If you want change you must make changes! The keys to succeeding are:

  1. Commit! Just decide it is time
  2. BELIEVE in yourself
  3. Hold yourself accountable. One day at a time, becomes one month, becomes one year, and before you know it you are eating clean and living your most optimal life!

The Happy Body Project is a 5 month program, join today and step into your healthy!

Email me if you would like more information, or if you are simply ready to commit!

good food. good life.

Jennifer

HappyBodyFood@gmail.com

Happy Body Project

The Happy Body Project makes getting healthy fun! People always ask me how I lost weight, how I eat clean, and how I stay on track? What finally clicked for me that I was able to shift from years of bad habits and poor choices, to a life full of better choices, and self-love. The secrets to my success are the foundation of The Happy Body Project:  Community, support, small changes over time, small goals, crowding out the unhealthy, retraining the brain and resources!

But the MOST important secret is BELIEVING you are ready! I KNEW I was done with all the fads, gimmicks, ups and downs. I believed in myself and I knew there had to be a better way! Are you ready? Ready for a change! Ready to feel good, look your best, and put the cycle behind you? If you BELIEVE it is time to “just be healthy” join me for the Happy Body Project!

I am so fortunate to be able to work with individuals who struggle with emotional eating, sugar addiction and an overall desire to have a healthier relationship with food, it is my passion. Now I get to bring that program to people who can’t meet with me in person, but are still eager to change their relationship with food and be the best version of themselves. Together we are better and we are stronger!

Why Group Coaching Works

  1. SUPPORT: Group coaching gives you the opportunity to share your feelings with others and develop deeper connections, you have a personal support system from the get-go. On the days you want to quit, throw in the towel, or turn towards past behaviors you have a village to help keep you on track. Together we can empower one another, motivate one another, and simply support on another. Knowing you are not alone in your journey will help you develop the confidence and motivation to address your challenges and succeed.
  2. SUCCESS: A much higher likelihood of achieving goals! You’re much more likely to stick to your gym routine if you have a gym buddy, right? More likely to go hiking or take a jog if a friend is relying on you to show up? The same is true with group coaching. When individuals are part of a group, they procrastinate less, accomplish more, and reach their goals faster.
  3. RESOURCES: Benefit from the collective wisdom we all bring to the table. You’ll brainstorm solutions, open creativity channels, and uncover opportunities you may not have discovered working solo. Have you ever been in a study group where you’ve learned from a classmate who gets it? Other group members help you master new concepts like a pro! It is also an opportunity to see what works for others, and what has not. Each session will bring you new ideas & light-bulb moments you might not come up with on your own.
  4. PERSPECTIVE: Gain new perspectives through others. When you work alone, you examine situations from one perspective – yours. But when you work in a group, you’re exposed to a variety of insights that empower you to see a situation from multiple angles and motivate you to develop new solutions.
  5. VALUE: Get the same quality coaching my one-on-one program offers, but at a fraction of the cost of individual coaching. Group coaching is a smart and affordable way to receive top-notch guidance.
  6. A TEAM: When you work in a group, the whole team celebrates your successes. More importantly the whole team lifts you up hard days, and supports you when you may be feeling down. You have a safe place to just be honest and real, without worrying about judgement.
  7. FUN: Working with a group is a social event that participants look forward to. You’ll join a close-knit group that is energizing, motivating and most of all – fun! Group members often become lifelong friends.

For more information on joining the Happy Body Project: #HappyBodyProject or email me:

HappyBodyFood@gmail.com