I binge ate my way through nutrition school.
Food was my safety blanket, my best friend. Even though I knew I shouldn’t, I couldn’t stop.
I would eat to escape…day after day, filling myself with so much dark chocolate trying to numb the pain of how stressful and overwhelming my life was.
But it wasn’t just dark chocolate, I would use French Fries and potato chips to fill a hole deep within myself. I would really over overdo it with healthy food too, like granola.
I was successful in so many areas of my life, except this most sacred one with food.
The more responsibilities I had, the more I ate.
The more I ate, the more food held me back.
It was a vicious cycle.
Internally I was at war with myself and food was my weapon.
For more than 22 years of my life I was alone
with this deep, dark secret.
When I tried to talk to friends about my relationship with food but they would look at me like I have 5 heads and join me in my obsession to desperately exercise it off. Which only exacerbated my emotional eating. It only added stress on top of stress. I was so exhausted all the time.
When I tried to talk to my partner, he would tell me “oh Jessica, I love you no matter what size you are.” How lovely… but, this boggled my mind because how could he love me when all I wanted to do was crawl out of my own skin?
When I tired to seek help with therapists and other professionals they wanted to write me a prescription for an anti-depressant.
I was already numbing myself with food. I didn’t want to replace numbing with food with numbing with medication. Most of all, I didn’t want to be numb anymore.
I wanted to be free. I wanted to be at peace.
More than anything, I wanted to take my time, energy and life back from the torturous cycle with food.
I knew I wasn’t put on this planet fight food. I knew was here for so much more. (And I know you are too).
But food was holding me back.
I never felt so hopeless. So misunderstood. So embarrassed. So lost.
At the bottom of that deep dark hole, I knew there had to be a better way. That’s when I made the decision to commit myself to investigating every nook and cranny of my compulsive habitual behavior with food - the physical, the mental, the emotional and even the spiritual.
From over a decade of that dedicated research, I found answers (now known as the 4 Roots Of Emotional EatingTM), developed tools (now called the Escape From Emotional Eating energy Management Tools) and put a specific step—by-step healing process in place all of which is now called Escape From Emotional Eating.
Now I am 100% free from my compulsions with food.
Even saying that feels like a bold claim compared to how I used to feel, but I can honestly say I don’t feel compulsive around food anymore and I haven’t for over 4 years.
I truly see and interact with food as fuel. It is a nourishing asset to my body, my life and my passions.
Honoring my body’s satiation feels as simple and easy as breathing.
It feels like my old compulsions have been lifted from my mind, my body and my soul. I can sit down to a meal without crazy, anxious thoughts or fears that I’m eating too much. I am fully present.
And over the years from doing this deep healing work, I’ve watched my physical body release over 45 pounds of physical and emotional weight.
The best part is that food is no longer holding me back. In fact, healing my relationship with food has helped me reach higher levels of success in my life. The healthier I am, the more successful I become.
This is my personal experience.
This is what I bring to my work with you.
My Background. Honestly, it’s my personal journey and my willingness to vulnerably share every bit about that, that makes the most difference in the work I do and the results I get with my clients. The depth of my dedication to researching, developing and healing emotional eating is unprecedented. This is my life’s work.
On top of that, I have spent over a decade investing in and consistently training with the very best teachers and mentors. I hold over a half a dozen certifications.
Some worth mentioning here are from The Institute for the Psychology of Eating and The School for Womanly Arts. I both received my undergraduate degree and completed graduate studies at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. I’ve been named Top Health Coach by Institute for the Psychology of Eating 3 years in a row and I’ve been featured on various media outlets such as CBS, Philadelphia Magainze and MindBodyGreen just to name few.