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She Is A Healthy Person

Written by my AMAZING, brave, strong and inspiring client, Chrissy! I have shared her photos, but these are her words. So powerful!!! We truly can be, and do, anything we want once we are no longer defined by our story. Chrissy, you make me proud and you are a fantastic Healthy Person!

“Before I even knew the Universe had my back I stumbled upon Jennifer and the Happy Body Project at just the right time. I was living a lie, projecting happiness but feeling miserable. I thankfully started reading Holly’s blog just when my tolerance for my own BS was at an all time low. I just needed to be free from decades of self-abuse and self loathing. I wanted out but I had no idea how to get there. Then I read Holly’s blog What A Girl Wants. I read Holly’s words like they were my own. Her honesty and bravery inspired me to be honest and brave. I tracked down Jennifer’s website and wrote her an email. After I sent it I cried, because maybe this would finally be my way out. I wanted Jennifer to fix me.

I very quickly learned that wasn’t going to happen. Jennifer could not fix me, I must fix myself. Jennifer provided the framework for me to “get real” and tackle life long issues, while promoting self-love and empowerment. I got myself into this mess and I would get myself out. Once that really sunk in, I was free! I am strong; I am loved; I am a healthy person!!!

Every week we build ourselves anew. Even when I had setbacks; hard days; days I felt so sorry for myself I could only cry, Jennifer would remind me that only I have the power to turn things around, make myself stronger, prove I have resilience and drive and unabashed amazingness! Which I do!

I started the Happy Body Project weighing 271.8 pounds on my 5’3” frame my BMI was over 46 and I was racing towards a life of disease and an early death. It has been just over 6 months now and I am 198 pounds, over 70 pounds lost and I am now racing towards a new future. I have started a new business and I have ZERO doubt I will lose over 100 pounds because of Jennifer’s guidance. The one thing I want to tell everyone who reads this, and sees themselves in this is…YOU are strong. You are loved. You can do this! Don’t waste another day in your beautiful precious life. Be a healthy person!” 💚~Chrissy McIntyre

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!!!

 

If You Want to be Healthy, Align your Goals and Values

My latest piece for Thrive Global!

If you want to be healthy you must find a goal that your values support, and that is authentically YOU! Look at what is driving you to change your current situation, because if you are honest…skinny isn’t it.

Enjoy!

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Photo by Alexandre Chambon

https://journal.thriveglobal.com/if-you-want-to-be-healthy-align-your-goals-and-values-b635ddbd24ee

 

 

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.

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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)

Drop the Excuses.

Published by Thrive Global, on Medium
Drop the Excuses

 

Roadmap to Health

Drop the Excuses.

I had decided my current circumstance, being obese, was no longer bearable. I then got to work making better choices. CHOICES, that day after day would lead me to healthy.

Unsplash: Lizzie Guilbert

I, like many of you, had spent years focusing on my circumstances. My Dad died, my Mom was sad and then angry, and often drank too much. I had really good reasons for being fat. I mean excuses. I had a suitcase full of excuses. I unpacked those, and by unpacked I mean I opened the suitcase and dumped them all out and shoved them into a corner. I do not mean I tackled resolving all of them, at that time.

I want to be clear, bad things happen, life happens, but we still get to CHOOSE our reaction (we are making better choices now). Do we further harm ourselves and become victims of our circumstances, or do we choose to persevere?

The most powerful words I have ever read in regards to my healing are these:

Many obese people have been conditioned to believe we have been traumatized, or violated, or abused somewhere along the way and thus we protect ourselves with layers of fat. I do not believe that is true for all overweight people (it is for some), but I think the way we go about understanding why we are struggling is all wrong.

If you are asked to figure out why you are obese, usually by going to therapy and digging deep into your childhood, while trying to lose weight at the same time, it all becomes so overwhelming you are almost guaranteed to fail. I know when I started talking about my loss as a child I left most sessions and drove to a fast food restaurant. When you have used food to medicate, to keep from feeling and suddenly you are feeling everything, what do you think you want to do? EAT!

My belief is that we do not have to solve the “WHY” in order to fix our current situation. For some of us there may be a childhood violation or trauma (this was the case for me when my Father died), but I don’t personally believe that has to be identified, nor fixed, in order for you to become a healthy person. Others may have ended up obese by being fed foods that lacked nutrients as a child, or by starting a cycle of restriction at a young age. Many of my clients were on their first diet as young as age 10, setting them up for a lifetime of yo-yo dieting and a poor self-image.

Personally I believe if you are nourishing your body with real, whole foods (a choice) and freed from the brain-fog induced by fake food, food dyes, chemicals, preservatives, and excess sugar you suddenly have CLARITY. You have clarity, you have energy, you have vitality, and you have a lot more time because you have freed up the daily anxiety your poor relationship with food had caused. You can then take this time to go back to the pile of excuses you unpacked and search for answers more easily because you are feeling stronger and have a foundation under your feet.

Once you are nutritionally sound and clear minded, the odds of success are greatly weighted in your favor. You don’t have to carry all of that baggage with you in order to begin healing, simply set it aside lightening your load. Your clarity also allows you to begin identifying your triggers. You are able to see what makes you want to eat, and then you can use that “SPACE” to make your choice.

I want to be clear that I am not a physician, therapist or any other type of doctor, I just know what worked for me, and what makes good sense. Set yourself up for SUCCESS by being the healthy person you want to be and making better choices, then look back so you can heal any open wounds or unresolved issues. Obviously if we do not address the baggage we unpacked we cannot move forward, but again, set yourself up for success!

When something is broken do you need to know why it broke in order to fix it? No, you just fix it. I don’t believe obese people are broken, rather the system we operate in is and I will get to that, but for now just FIX it! Start putting yourself back together, nourishing from the inside out. Today, right now, drop the excuses, take space and choose to start making choices that support the person you want to be. HEALTHY!

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

Living My Option B


To tell people Sheryl Sandberg helped change my life sounds a little self-serving and hard to explain. Today, with the release of Option B, the entire world can now understand the powerful affect her ability to openly share her grief, and process her loss had on me. I lived her Option B real-time. I saw the pain, fear, courage, heartache, the waves of grief that brought her to her knees, and openness with which she dealt with losing Dave Goldberg, her best friend, husband and father of her children. As she shared her roadmap out of the depths of pain, I was able to step out of my own pain. She found a path, and I CHOSE to follow.

I had the great honor of reading Sheryl and Adam Grant’s book while it was being written. Each chapter left me processing years of grief I had not come to terms with, and helped me so clearly see that I was not a victim, I was a survivor. I had chosen to personalize my loss. My Mother found me in the sand box a few days after my father died and I asked her, “What did I do to make Daddy go away?” The script was set and it became pervasive in every aspect of my life. The personalization and pervasiveness of my loss, and other life circumstances that came with that loss, created a permanence that I carried with me every single day of my life. It kept me from believing in myself, from trusting people around me, and from really loving anyone, including me. It manifested in a lifelong struggle with food and addiction.

Sheryl and Adam included a small portion of my story in their new book, which is a great honor, but it is also a full circle moment. I am no longer defined by my past. I have immense gratitude for this journey I am on. I AM RESILIENT! Watching Sheryl persevere and fight for her own happiness and joy freed me from years of suffering.

I hope everyone will read Option B because we all live an Option B, and resilience is not something you are born with. Your ability to overcome life’s obstacles is a CHOICE, and resilience and gratitude are both traits you can build, expand and grow.

Today I am “kicking the shit” (as Sheryl & her friend Phil like to say) out of my own Option B. I went back to school graduating from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and now have a successful coaching business, Happy Body Food, where I help other women build their resilience, learn to fight for their own happiness and understand that their life circumstances do not define them, but can be used to empower them.

Each day I am lucky enough to wake up I find a day full of moments where I get to choose. I choose me. I choose self-love, compassion for my journey, and I choose to be grateful. Life happens, and yes there are times where I do not get a say in what happens to me, but I always get to choose my response, and that is a powerful revelation.

To Sheryl, Adam, Nell Scovell and all the others who worked so hard to make Option B accessible for all of us, I am grateful.