Hi, I’m Jackie, lets just dive right into who I am and why I do what I do… well here it goes… as a child, I was physically and mentally abused by my alcoholic father, and mentally and sexually abused by my Grandmother. At age 14, my digestive health took a drastic turn for the worse, at age 15 I attempted suicide (which thankfully only hospitalized me for 3 days) which then I became a “cutter”, even carving the word ‘BITCH’ on the inside of my left arm (scar is now covered up by a tattoo). That same year I entered into a physically and mentally abusive relationship that wouldn’t end until I was 19 years old. That year I became Bulimic in which I stayed Bulimic for about 10 years….
Phew, that is a lot of information full of hurt, sorrow and depression. And if someone asked me “would you change your past and what happened to you if you could?” It would be a resounding NO! Actually more like a HELL NO!!! Because then I may not be the strong independent women I am today, being able to help many others overcome their past trauma’s and live their best life today.
I’m telling you my story because a story untold, is a story unhealed. I’ve done a lot of work to get to where I am today, to overcome all that pain. We tend to spend most of our lives trying to get over our childhoods and moving on from our past. My passion is helping others realize their gifts, so they can live life to the fullest with no regrets and get to where they are supposed to be.
I now live my life abuse free. I have been happily married since 2005 and we have 1 amazing son together.
Once I finally realized my worth, and changed things in my life that were no longer serving me, I was able to accept love and happiness in, instead of the same old trauma and abuse I had endured for the first 19 years of my life. I am still a work in progress, there have been many speed bumps along the way, they just get less and less as the years go on. I will never stop learning, or listening to positive podcasts, or reading books and going to seminars, it will always be a thing in my life, because I am worth it, and I deserve to live my best life too, filled with health and happiness.
“If you’re not improving everyday, you’re either staying the same or getting worse.”
~ Tracy Anderson
Today I have owned a successful Health and Wellness practice since 2006, offering different holistic health services. I have the gift and pleasure of helping my clients let go of their past traumas and develop different self-care strategies including taking proper nutrition steps to help their bodies emotionally and physically thrive.
It’s funny how when we go through trauma where others are hurting us, we tend to hurt ourselves in many ways also, because we don’t feel worthy… at all… of anything… health included. My choice was cutting at first, then bulimia, oh I forgot to mention that I smoked cigarettes for 17 yrs before I finally kicked that self harm habit in the face. And with my debilitating digestive issues through my teenage years, I was making poor food choices, some of which were making me worse and I knew it!! Yet still ate the food anyway. It took me a long time to realize that I deserved to be healthy and happy like everyone else deserves too. So, while starting to conquer my eating disorder, I grew a passion for nutrition. I had been coming up with healthy recipes, taking classes from various places, meeting different people who were living a healthy life with food, and reading a tonne of books, and I mean all the books I have read on food, recipes, how the body digests said food, would probably weigh a tonne. And I loved sharing my knowledge and new found love of food and how the body works with everyone I would meet, LOL, probably a little annoying for some, or a lot. So after many years of flip flopping back and forth about finally taking a nutrition course, I had decided to study with the Worlds Largest Nutrition School, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and become a Certified Health Coach.
I love watching my clients transform emotionally, physically, nutritionally, and have an overall improved zest for life, and most of all, taking way better care of themselves, and developing more self-care habits. We all need more self care, especially us women, who tend to put ourselves on the back burner for everything. We have to remember to put our mask on first.
We have all had to overcome hurdles and climb emotional mountains, its time to stop punishing ourselves, and start being the real you!
My intention has always been to be the healthiest I can be, in order to help others be the healthiest they can be.
Are you ready to live your best life?
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