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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

 

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

IN DEFENSE OF FOOD

You will see me reference this book a lot as I blog. The secret to my weight loss was found on the first page of this book, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” The 7 words that changed my life. IN DEFENSE OF FOOD is a conversation about the SAD (Standard American Diet) way of eating, and more importantly how we can change it.

“In Defense of Food shows us how, despite the daunting dietary landscape Americans confront in the modern supermarket, we can escape the Western diet and, by doing so, most of the chronic diseases that diet causes. We can relearn which foods are healthy, develop simple ways to moderate our appetites, and return eating to its proper context — out of the car and back to the table. Michael Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.”

www.michaelpollan.com

6 years ago I changed how I ate and I blogged about the new foods I was discovering & recipes I was trying. I documented my journey out of a world on inner-grocery aisles, boxed foods, fast-food, and drive-thrus, into the world of whole foods. The kind of foods my Grandmother grew up eating. As the food I ate became more routine and predictable I wrote less and moved to Instagram where I could just post pictures of the food I was eating each day. Less about how to make what I was eating, and why I was eating it…more just the food. The simple food I was eating. I chose the name @HappyBodyFood because that is how the food I eat makes my body feel, happy.

A lot of people who graciously followed that blog asked me over the last few years why I stopped contributing to it? I wasn’t sure at the time, I only knew it didn’t feel right and wasn’t coming naturally.

What I can tell you now is I started to filter my thoughts. I started to care what people thought, would think…were thinking. I didn’t realize this for a long time, but I was slipping slowly back into a darker place, one I had spent most of my life in, hiding a lot of pain behind food. I started binging again, but I was binging on healthy foods. Still, too much of a good thing is still too much. I was losing weight, pretty easily eating real food, but I wasn’t any happier. So the passion for sharing my clean-eating journey started to feign.

The last few years on IG have been awesome. I have a support group, a community if you will, of people rooting for me and joining me in the fitness/weight loss/healthy-eating journey.  I really don’t think I could be as focused, and as excited about healthy eating if I was going it alone. The people I have met on IG have truly become friends, having helped me in countless ways. Here I had the space to test the waters of exposing my vulnerabilities. I found the further I went, the better I felt. It turns out owning faults is very empowering.

6 years ago I weighed around 220 pounds. I can’t be sure because I buried my scale deep in the closet under coats, a bathrobe, and a box of clothes, some still with tags on them, marked “someday”. My skinny clothes were buried under a bunch of baggage just like my skinny self was. (I was even heavier prior to that. After my Son and before my Daughter. I know one doctors appointment the scale said 244lbs.  More on this number later.)

What I can tell you about eating less, and eating real, whole foods is that you will lose weight and you will feel better. My hair is thicker, my skin glows, and my energy levels are pretty even and consistent…as is my mood. I can also tell you that I have not gained any of the weight back.

But eating healthy, looking better, and losing weight did not make me any happier. At least not in the way I had always imagined it would. Mind you I have been heavy my entire life, all of it, from age 7 on. So there were a lot of years to fantasize about how being thin would equate to being happy. If only I weren’t fat, my life would be perfect.

What was missing from my life were Primary Foods. The foods that fill your soul up. Physical activity, healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, spirituality and the most important Primary Food, in my opinion, self-love. I actually didn’t even like myself.

I will write more about how I found my own Primary Foods, and a passion for life, in posts to come. But initially I just want to be clear that the food we eat, Secondary Foods, will never alone heal our hearts, minds & souls…though they are very powerful healing tools, but it is only when Primary and Secondary Foods combine your life will be changed forever.

When you eat real food, and you don’t eat too much of it, you will lose weight and you will feel better. It is THAT simple. But it is a lifestyle, not a quick fix. This end goal so many of us chase fat-to-skinny, unhealthy-to-healthy,out-of -shape to fit, cannot be achieved without tackling the piece of the puzzle that has no measurable quantity. No modern day science, invention, medication, surgery, or potion, can help any of us with the one piece of the fitness puzzle that often prevents us from finding and maintaining success; the “emotional” piece.

So in starting this blog, the next chapter, or maybe the first chapter, I have to start at the beginning.

I am Jennifer, I am @HappyBodyFood, and this is my journey from unhealthy to healthy…but more truthfully this is my journey from self-hate, to self-love.

Integrative Nutrition® Plate

The Integrative Nutrition Plate emphasizes the importance of local and organic produce, whole grains, high-quality proteins, plant-based fats, and water. It shows you how a plate should appear at mealtime and emphasizes the importance of proportions and portion size. To complete the picture, the plate is surrounded with lifestyle factors that create optimal health: relationship, career, physical activity and spirituality (primary foods). I’ll introduce you to some of the healthiest foods on the planet and teach you how to find what’s healthiest for your unique body!

No two people are the same and food effects us all differently. This is why believe wholeheartedly in the core concept of bio-individuality, and I will teach you all about what this means. In short, one persons “food” can be another persons “poison”. Together we will find you the foods that help feel your best.