I have always loved food: cooking it and eating it. And I still do. Somewhere in my thirties, I began to take a real interest in eating healthier. I knew it was better for me and my family. We always felt better when we ate better. I loved learning about the latest superfoods, but I also loved potato chips. I knew there had to be a balance in there somewhere.
I also learned how much I like to run! I had followed a running blog for years when, one day, I decided that I was going to take it more seriously and run some races. I hired a running trainer and began to run some 5Ks. Eventually I ran a half-marathon, which was a huge deal for a girl who never played sports growing up! I also realized how much my performance in running was linked to the foods I ate. It was then that I learned how much proper nutrition played such an important role in life, whether it’s how well you exercise, how much energy you have, or how much it affects your daily motivation and mood.
After our third child was born and I was just a couple of years shy of turning 40, I made the decision to change up my fitness. I had always been more cardio-only and I loved running, the StairMaster, and spinning. I realized I was ready for something new. So, I started to strength train and I loved it! Sure, it was intimidating at first, going to the gym and lifting weights, but I saw results pretty quickly and I was hooked! It’s pretty amazing what a bit more muscle can do for your metabolism (read “eat more”).
I started to eat a bit differently to account for the new level of fitness and it’s been really fun figuring out what fuels my body the best. I also realized how much real, whole foods make a world of difference in my mood, my weight, my workouts, and my energy level.
You see, I found what works for me and my family. I feel fit and confident, I enjoy my workouts, I love eating fresh, wholesome food, and the occasional bag of potato chips. I’m happy to report my family is healthier too. Let me help you figure out what works best for you. I’ll help you set realistic goals, work through any struggles you may have with food and/or fitness and then help you design the perfect system… one that is tailored to you.
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
I received my training as a Integrative Nutrition Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program and I’m certified through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
During my health coach training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.
My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventative health. Drawing on these skills and my knowledge of different dietary theories, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
I continually seek wellness information, analyze nutritional news, test recipes and share tips in order to expand my knowledge and better serve you.
Certified Personal Trainer
In 2017, I was certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Certified Personal Trainer. This was an comprehensive program that taught me how to design exercise programs to help anyone reach their fitness goals and prepare for real-world situations. Their model is very safe and effective, which is what I loved about the program.
I also hold a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from The Ohio State University. In my early career, I worked as a Spanish teacher in Upper Arlington, Ohio.
I live in Dublin, Ohio with my husband, Joel, our three very active children, a dog, and a cat.
“Jill helped me reclaim my health by introducing simple eating habits and fitness ideas that fit into my lifestyle”
– Christen G.