Hey there, I'm Jenn!

Your Nutrition Wizard

I make funny faces, especially when someone tells me they "need to go on a diet" right after the holidays. But on most days I help people Elevate their Performance, Transform their Bodies, and Feel their Best thru Nutrition.

But in all seriousness, I grew up in Dubuque, Iowa and then lived in South Carolina from the age of 18 when I moved there to attend the University of South Carolina. I went on to become an Emergency Room nurse, but still felt a calling towards training and nutrition. The health field was no doubt where I belonged! In the Summer of 2009, I attended my first Crossfit class and I was immediately hooked. That next year I started competing - and the rest, as they say, is history. Although I loved my job as an ER nurse, I had a deeper passion and involvement in the world of fitness, so I couldn’t help but accept the job as a full-time Crossfit coach in Pacific Beach, CA.
I moved to San Diego, CA in December of 2012 with my Jetta packed full of everything I owned and my 5lb dog. I managed to combine everything I loved: competing in Crossfit, training people, and working at the bedside as a nurse. Yup, that's me. On a parked crotch rocket. California is awesome! In 2014, I began working with a nutrition coach and realized how I could fuel my body to perform as an athlete while also achieving the body composition I had been chasing since my teens and twenties.
That same year I got my nutrition coaching licensure and finally was able to do what I had dreamed of in my early twenties. I think working as a bedside nurse for so many years gave me the experience I needed to help so many different people make positive life changes. And yup, that's me flying on a parked crotch rocket. California is awesome!

HOW I GOT INTO THE WHOLE REAL OF NUTRITION

Ever since my application to Hogwarts was rejected and I couldn't become a real wizard, my interest in nutrition started in high school, where I can distinctly remember as a freshman in high school telling my mom I had decided I would only drink skim milk and very lean protein sources like chicken and turkey. 

I would take fat free salad dressing to school for my lunch I would get from the salad bar… only to have either a cinnamon roll or bag of gummy candy at some point later in the day. Yup, the confusion with nutrition started back then. I think this came about because even though I was active and athletic, I still felt uncomfortable in my own skin. 

The body image I had of myself was that I was ‘frumpy’ and didn’t look like the other athletic girls.

I put a lot of pressure on myself to look differently, and it developed into an eating disorder during this time. I had poor coping mechanisms, and there were so many things I felt like I couldn’t control, however food, through bingeing and purging, was something I could control. 

This carried over into my twenties and thirties, and I never really started to feel comfortable or confident in my body until my late thirties.

During my twenties, I did endless amounts of cardio - like running for hours at a time, plus spin, step, kick boxing, high rep/low weight lifting classes, and all the cardio machines at the gym. 

I dabbled in some weight lifting by mimicking the models I saw in the fitness magazines but no matter what I tried, I was never happy with myself. 

I’ve been through all the fitness and nutrition crazes - P90x, Tae-Bo, Insanity, Les Mills cardio classes; Atkins diet, South Beach diet, low fat, clean eating (body building-style diet), Zone, Paleo, no red meat… the list goes on.

THE TURNING POINT

I think my big turning point was not only when I started Crossfit, but when I started to compete and see myself as an athlete again. At some point I had lost my identity, I didn’t know what I was working towards. Crossfit made me feel empowered, and I felt like I could be myself there, in that community. 

I WANTED to put on some weight, because I wanted to be stronger and healthier, to move faster, to work harder. I started eating red meat (my first burger in 15 years was absolutely glorious), tried Paleo and Zone diets. I brought a TON of food with me to work as a night shift nurse, and found myself eating more for performance, although I didn’t really have a way to track or know exactly how much I needed besides keeping a food log and trying to follow Zone principles. 

When I started tracking macronutrients and understanding what they could do for my body, it was a whole new ballgame. I learned an entirely new, flexible approach to my nutrition that changed the way I viewed food and the relationship I had with it. 

I got stronger, faster, leaner, gained more muscle, and felt really damn good!

WHY I LOVE WHAT I DO

I see myself in so many people, young and old, male and female. I’ve always been a ‘people-pleaser’ and a ‘giver’ and my journey through health, fitness, and healthcare has brought me here. 

I also practice what I preach, so it was a natural evolution to take what I do on a daily basis and try to help others to become the best version of themselves as well, whether that’s as an athlete or someone just interested in being physically fit. 

I can’t even explain the feeling I get when someone feels good about themselves again or finds a more positive relationship with food. 

I know the struggle it’s been to get there, and it’s nothing short of amazing when the change happens.

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