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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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  • Apparently purple bell peppers exist! I was excited when my husband found this plant at @homedepot, and I’m even more excited that I haven’t killed it yet! 🎉 This will be a great way to help us eat the rainbow!
  • “I want to be strong like my mom.” That’s what my oldest told her gymnastics coach on the first day of lessons. Working out is as much for them as it for me. It makes me stronger, healthier, more patient, more energetic. It sets the right example for them. They see what a body is capable of. They see that women are strong. They see what hard work looks like. Yes, I do it for me, but I do it for them, too, and apparently, they are getting it. 🏋🏼‍♀️🤸‍♂️
  • I wanted salad for dinner tonight, so I made salmon burgers, topped with a mango salsa. I had mine on a pile of arugula and spinach and the rest of the family had theirs on buns. 😉Win-win
  • Woo-hoo!
  • Props to all of those ladies that can workout and still look cute. I am not one of them. 😂🤣Also, @erinoprea might be trying to kill me with her do anywhere workouts. 😂🤣😂🤣You should give them a try.
  • Finally some sunshine 🌞
  • Healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. Chicken sausage, sweet potatoes, bell peppers and broccoli (the peppers and broccoli I cut up yesterday for the kid’s veggie tray) on a sheet pan. Drizzle with avocado oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper, oregano, and some basil. Cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes and you’re good to go.
  • Easy chicken stir fry for dinner tonight! I used chicken, veggies that I prepped earlier in the week for the kids’ veggie tray and the Stir Fry Sauce from @nomnompaleo. I can’t use orange just though, because it’s bad for my interstitial cystitis, so I used the juice from one of my kid’s juice boxes.... adapt and overcome, right?
  • Yesterday was a struggle with my health. I wanted to work out, but I knew that my body needed rest. It’s okay to rest. It’s okay to recover.
  • My three year old made me this crown and insists that I wear it all the time. She says it’s because I’m the Queen. 👸🏼👸🏼💁🏼‍♀️Clearly, she gets it.... 😂🤣
  • This week has been a rough one. The negative nancies were out in full force, but at the end of the day, their negativity has nothing to do with me, and everything to do with their own struggles. All I can do is offer kindness is return and keep doing what works for me. 🤷🏼‍♀️
  • There’s a 💯 percent chance that I would have completely forgotten that today was cinco de Mayo had I not gotten an email from @nomnompaleo today linking me to this recipe for Instant Pot Carnitas. So, clearly, I had to make it, and it’s SOOOOOO yummy! 😉

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