As a Holistic Health Coach, I believe that every single person in the health and wellness space, no matter how different their beliefs may be, is working towards a collective goal: to help others get and stay well. Every health advocate wants to inspire others to make healthy lifestyle changes, or see clients reach their most desired health goals – and we all have different ways of sharing our passions and knowledge to do exactly that. I believe we're all in this together and that the more we work together and share the wellth, the more people we will be able to reach and help, and the better off our world will be!
Because of this, I created a Women in Wellness Interview Series to share the different perspectives of five women that I find inspiring. Each of these women help others live healthy lives in different ways. My hope is that their stories and advice will resonate with you and maybe even spark some healthy lifestyle changes in your own life!
This week, I interviewed Jennifer Klotz, Registered Dietitian and Holistic Nutritionist. She has over a decade of experience in helping people live healthy lifestyles by finding the root cause of health dysfunction. She lives in Southern California and conducts patient-focused counseling, specializing in the areas of gluten-free, food allergies, GI disorders, hormone dysfunction, infertility, weight loss, and weight management. She advocates for spreading awareness about food sensitivities and nutritional issues not addressed by mainstream medicine.
Jennifer is also the Co-Founder of SHE Changes Everything. SHE Changes Everything exists to educate and inspire women to experience the freedom of holistic and impactful living through simple Sustainable, Healthy, Ethical (SHE) changes.
Amanda: Tell me about your journey: How did you get started and how did you know this was the life you wanted to live?
Jennifer: In high school, I was really into competitive tennis, but got injured my senior year. I started to gain a lot of weight in college due to stress, the effect of being less active, and most importantly the cafeteria food. (Side note: I found an old journal a few months ago and was horrified by the nutrient-deficient diet I was eating!) I was exposed to foods I hadn't been eating and had 24 hour access to food. When you put all of these factors together, you're going to gain weight. Luckily, I didn't (and still don't) drink alcohol - otherwise my health would have crashed much sooner!
Weight was never really an issue for me until this point, so this started me on the journey of learning about health and wellness. I started working out 6 days a week and was focusing mostly on exercise (especially cardio), not the food at this point. This wasn't working for me, so it spurred an interest in food. I knew that I wanted to be a dietitian when I understood that I would be able to help change peoples’ lives by empowering them to heal and feel well with their food choices. Randomly, I also wanted to understand how to read food labels - I loved reading ingredients. I was always curious and when I figured out that there was a profession that involved doing this, I knew it was a perfect fit for me!
Amanda: What does healthy mean to you?
Jennifer: Healthy means listening to YOUR UNIQUE body, mind, and soul and doing the actions you uniquely need to do to thrive. It’s not a number on the scale, the "perfect body,” killer workouts, or even the “perfect diet."
It’s about doing for yourself what you really need to be whole and well in all areas of your life so that you can truly create an impact and be present in the world as your best self.
No one person is the same, which means no one diet, workout style, self-care practice, etc. will work for bringing true wellness. It is when we don’t listen to our own inner knowing for what is working for us or against us that we get trapped in an unhealthy life.
Amanda: Being an entrepreneur comes with a super busy schedule and a lot of decisions to make every single day. How do you manage the stress that inevitably comes up?
Jennifer: I’m not going to lie, this is the biggest thing I have worked on for my health. Choosing to work for yourself is challenging because it requires self-motivation and the ability to roll with whatever is thrown at you. This isn’t always easy for me because I have perfectionist tendencies.
However, meal planning and figuring out what I need to do each day to maintain some balance is so key. When the day starts to get super busy and stressful, I have to take a step back and evaluate if what I'm stressing out about will really matter even a week from now.
We choose how stressed out we want to be about things most of the time. Once you start to understand that, it can really help with keeping stress under control.
I also use self-care practices such as prayer, journaling, yoga, going for walks, and using essential oils to support reducing my stress as well.
Amanda: What's your favorite go-to meal to make yourself if you're in a hurry?
Jennifer: I love throwing together a simple blended broccoli or cauliflower soup. You can check out one of my favorites here. I incorporate good fats and collagen to keep me full and satiated, but they are also healing for the gut as well. Otherwise, I will do a smoothie if I am really crunched for time.