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Hi, I’m Jen. I’m a health coach, mom, and wife. I love the pleasures of good food, so I’m eternally grateful that we humans need to eat several times a day! I like to create nourishing recipes and meals that not only taste good, but are good for you. I enjoy cooking, but don’t want to spend my entire day in the kitchen, nor do I have the time to. I feel like a rock star when I get a meal on the table that is easy, healthy, delicious, and the whole family enjoys. I get my kids involved in the kitchen as much as possible, because I believe knowing how to feed yourself well is one of life’s most useful tools.
If I’m not cooking or coaching, you can find me out for a long walk, swinging a kettlebell at the gym, or doing cartwheels in my backyard. I love moving my body as much as I love to eat well.
My current life goals:
- mastering my handstand
- going to bed earlier
- putting away my clean laundry (don’t hold your breath on that last one)
Things that make me happy:
- homemade soup in winter
- Turkish get-ups
- seeing my kids do something kind when they think no one is watching
How We Eat
Hmm. I’m not big into labels when it comes to way-of-eating, but I guess the most accurate description of my household would be plant-heavy omnivores who live in the real world where cookies, ice cream, and chips have a place, too. We eat “feel-good foods” most of the time because that’s what makes us feel and function our best (and, because it tastes so good!).
Here’s what I’ve learned on my journey:
Flavor first. It’s gotta taste good.
I follow these guiding principles that work really well for me, not rules and restrictions:
- Fill my plate with real, whole, minimally refined foods (mostly – not rigid about this!)
- Include protein, fat, planty of veggies & fruit, and slow-acting carbs on my plate at mealtime
- Honor my hunger, and eat until I feel satiated
About Nourished Not Famished
I started Nourished Not Famished after my own “a-ha” experience. I ditched traditional “dieting”, and began nourishing myself with more “real food” (for lack of a better term?) foods. I aimed to balance my plate better, and truly honor my hunger at mealtime. This profoundly changed my health!
My energy level soared and my mind felt sharper. I lost fat and gained muscle, my cholesterol numbers looked better than ever, and my mood improved, too. I was so excited to discover that nourishment, in the form of delicious, satiating meals are key in the path to better health, more energy, and improved performance (physically and mentally). Forget about deprivation and restriction!
I wanted to share that with others, to show that being nourished, not famished works, and that it is actually a pleasurable and sustainable way to live. Also, I like to write, test recipes, dance in the kitchen, and take pictures, so it seemed like a no-brainer.
To deepen my knowledge about nutrition and wellness, and improve my capability to be a resource to others, I pursued further education. I hold a graduate certificate from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and continue to grow my health coaching skills and knowledge through ongoing learning.
Though many of my posts and resources are centered on food, I also include some posts about movement and general health. Everything is connected, so it’s critical to address more than just diet when it comes to getting healthy and feeling good. Sleep, stress relief, joyful movement, time spent outdoors, and time spent with loved ones are just a few of the other necessary ingredients. And, when it comes down to it, it’s really exciting to consider how dialing into all of those elements influences your physical and mental health. It allows your health to power your life, rather than hold you back. In my opinion, that’s what it’s all about.
Thank you for coming here and being a part of my little corner of the world! It’s so lovely to have like-minded people along for the journey. I love to stay in touch, so please feel free to contact me, sign up for my newsletter, and follow me on Facebook and Instagram!
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