My quest to heal personal wellness issues in my 20’s (massive digestive issues, food sensitivities, poor immunity and fluctuating energy – good times!) lead me down the road to discovering and studying the fascinating field of Functional Nutrition. By getting to the root causes of my wellness issues, I was able to resolve them and finally reclaim my health and vitality – wow! Wanting to help others to experience the same, I left the fashion world, got my Master’s in Nutrition and opened a practice. I still consider this one of the single best decisions of my life. I am passionate beyond words about helping others regain their health and improve the quality of their lives, and I am honored to have the privilege to do so. I can say in all honesty that if I won the Mega Jackpot, I would still do what I do — just from a more exotic location…
My current practice is a reflection of my 25+ years in the functional weight loss and wellness trenches working to get to the root cause(s) of my clients’ health challenges. I am best known for helping women shed their menopausal middles and break free from belly fat and the constellation of symptoms they experience such as:
- bothersome belly bloat
- stubborn hormonal weight gain
- digestive disturbances (gas, bloating, constipation, etc.)
- hot flashes
- low energy
- foggy head syndrome
- low self-confidence due to the above symptoms
Key Points I’ve learned:
A mindset change is as important as a dietary change for achieving and, more importantly, maintaining any wellness goal.
To truly heal any wellness issue, you must first discover and eliminate the root cause so that true healing can begin.
In the human body, everything is connected. For example, just as your knee bone is connected to your thigh bone, your weight gain is connected to your sleep, stress and hormonal issues.
Gut health is the primary causative factor in most wellness issues from hormonal imbalances to stubborn weight issues and practically everything in between.
It is not so much the amount of calories you are eating but the quality of those calories and your hormonal response to them that matters most. Remember this one – it’s big!!!
Food matters, a lot!! There is a direct connection between what and how you eat and how you feel.
It’s not always unhealthy foods that are causing your symptoms, that healthy foods like asparagus and salmon can make you feel terrible if your body is sensitive to them. We can work together to figure out your individual food sensitivities.
Cut to the chase and test, not guess. Trial and error is no match for true science and customized protocols.
You do not have to be perfect to get results. Consistent small changes add up overtime to push you over the finish line to your weight shedding or wellness goals.
Just get started! In the words of one of my most enlightened clients – “If I knew I could feel so good, I wouldn’t have wasted so much time feeling bad.”
In my practice I address all nutritional concerns and am happy to work with anyone who is committed to their wellness and up for making even small dietary, lifestyle and mindset changes to live their best life possible.
My clients basically fall into 3 main categories in regard to their symptoms and goals.
- Women fed up with struggling to shed stubborn hormonal weight gain and belly fat who just want to feel like themselves again.
- People of all ages seeking a solution to their abdominal bloating.
- People of all ages seeking a solution to their digestive and gut-health challenges.
- People of all ages seeking to increase their energy and revitalize their lives.
What you need to know:
If you like weighing your food and counting calories, I’m probably not your wellness gal.
If your current dietary plan is more restricted (Vegan, Keto, etc.), I’m also not your wellness gal. You need to work with someone who specializes in your specific way of eating to make sure you are eating in a way to meet your nutritional needs.
If you are looking for a very low calorie plan (under 1200 calories/day), I’m definitely not your wellness gal.
Let’s work together to make your wellness dreams come true:
As my goal has always been to reach and help as many people as humanly possible, my practice is now a combo of individual consults, Interactive group programs, and DIY courses.
This is what I suggest:
If none of my current programs are in your wellness-investment budget, get some of your gal pals together with similar wellness issues and goals and do a group program instead – they are wildly fun, incredibly informative and highly successful as it becomes one big buddy-system gal-pal love fest! Almost any of my programs can be customized to become a group program.
If you are more of a “Do-It-Yourselfer”, and want to get the most bang for the least nutritional buck, sign up for the course that best meets your wellness needs and offers a DIY option.
Jacqui Justice holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York Medical College and is licensed by New York State and Connecticut. In addition, she has completed an advanced training program in Functional Clinical Nutrition with Designs For Health Institute. Jacqui has been in private practice as a Functional Nutritionist since 1996 and treats clients around the globe in her virtual practice.
In addition to her private virtual practice, Jacqui has over 10 years experience cohosting radio talk shows and is a published author of online wellness courses such as “Shedding Your Menopausal Middle” and “What To Eat Over 40”.
It’s ALWAYS about balance: Never say never! I’m going to be completely honest here, because I would be totally fibbing if I said that I’m NEVER going to drink coffee, eat a red velvet cupcake (gluten-free of course), or God forbid – NEVER have a delish craft cocktail or glass of wine ever again. It just ain’t gonna happen. Now I know from experience that if I indulge in any one of these things too often – especially the third – the results are not pretty. So I don’t. To me, it is more important that I feel good the next day. Been there, done that, don’t like it. So, I play by the 80:20 rule and sometimes even 90:10 rule, but rarely the 100% game, because, well frankly, it’s just no fun and it just hasn’t proven to be a good long-term plan.
Life was meant to be enjoyable – not an exercise in deprivation. A person is way more likely to stick to a healthy eating plan if they have a little wiggle room here and there. Sooooo that’s how I roll and guess what? It works. That is not to say that there are not some situations when a person, due to certain health issues or during a detox, has to be as close to 100% as possible. This is usually just for a period of time until they bring their system back into balance. See? It’s ALWAYS about balance…
I believe in a totally customized, targeted, and individual approach, using a combination of symptoms, lifestyle, test results, and intuition — yes, even intuition —when designing a nutrition plan, because this approach produces the quickest and best results for my clients. Like snowflakes, we are all unique. No two people have the same metabolism, biochemical makeup, health concerns, behavioral issues, or nutritional needs. Failing to address these issues when designing a nutrition program can lead to poor results and frustration. My focus is on helping my clients get back into balance and then setting realistic goals to achieve lifelong health and wellness.
Anyone who has embarked on any weight reduction or wellness program more than once can tell you that if you are not in the proper mindset it will be very difficult. Every obstacle will get in your way, and you will most likely end up right back where you started. But the good news is, once you’re in the proper mindset and in the groove, the rest comes easy! Getting you in the right mindset to achieve your weight reduction or wellness goals is an integral part of our work together and is the key to achieving and maintaining permanent results.
My Mojo Mindset Technique is the thread that’s woven throughout all of my weight shedding and wellness programs. I believe it is the missing link to most weight reduction plans out there and the proof is: 66% of all dieters end up heavier after their diet than before they started. Why? Because diet and exercise alone are NOT the key to long term results. A mindset change is. That is why getting in the Mojo Mindset is where we begin our wellness journey.
Jacqui has been featured in the New York Times, The Journal News, Women’s News, The Daily Meal, Westchester Magazine, Serendipity Magazine, and various local publications. Check out more top press on Jacqui Justice, MS, CNS