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I’m Jessica, but you can call me Jess. I am a mother of four, who, through dietary changes was able to get a handle on my chronic illness, improve my fitness, and start enjoying more adventures with my family.

My Story

In 2004, after years of constant pain, I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis, also known as painful bladder condition. To put it simply, while most bladders stretch as they start to fill, mine doesn’t. It tears instead. This can be extremely painful at times. After my diagnosis, I was pretty much told to avoid acidic food. I was also told to avoid doing any activities that would cause any strain, stretch or impact on my core. Despite medication and surgeries, I was still in pain most of the time. I had to stop working and started gaining weight. My husband and I were told that having kids wasn’t going to happen for us, either.

In 2008, I was diagnosed with a second chronic illness, diabetes inspidus, which means that my body doesn’t process water correctly. I was constantly dehydrated, randomly passing out, and miserable. My days revolved around my medication schedule, and my weeks revolved around surgical procedures to try to make me feel better. While I was doing my best to figure out how to help myself, I was quickly losing hope.

Then, in 2010, one of my husband’s colleagues mentioned Paleo to him. Initially, we made fun of the idea, but after my husband read The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf, we decided to slowly make some changes to our diet.

Finding Hope

In the beginning, we simply started adding more vegetables to our diets. I realized that we were eating grains at every single meal, so we started replacing some of them with more vegetables. That seemed to help, so I started looking for Paleo recipes online and starting planning more paleo meals. I started feeling better and losing weight. I was able to slowly start doing yoga and taking short walks each day.  In 2012, I became pregnant.

Now, I have four amazing children, three girls, and a boy, and am constantly working on improving my health. I try to share kid-friendly, budget-friendly meals, workouts that are easy to do at home, and ideas to bring your family together. It is my desire to share hope with people struggling with chronic illness, and improve their relationships with food, fitness, and family.

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