My Story

life inspiration

They say you can tell a child’s “calling” by the things they are interested in as a child. Looking back on my childhood, if you didn’t see me cooking in my easy bake oven, you’d find me playing outside, cleaning/organizing our playhouse or writing in my journal. Today, you will see me living in my big playhouse (with my loving husband and baby) making a mess in the kitchen stirring up something new.

My love for cooking really blossomed in my college years. Living on residence with a meal plan I was shocked at how much the food is marked up. Being the frugal dutchwomen that I am, I decided it would be so much cheaper to cook for myself. So I’d trot to the Independent across campus with my grocery list and meal ideas in mind. I used the slow cooker and toaster oven a lot! In residence I made my first vegetarian chili, crustless quiche and homemade pizza. I loved the gratification of a cooking a good tasting dish, comfort of home cooking and getting 4x the food for the same price of a store bought portion. As an added bonus I managed to avoid the freshman 20 and actually lose 10 pounds.

Since graduating from the 3 year Business Administration – Marketing program at Algonquin College in 2009, I’ve had the great opportunity to further develop my online marketing, sales support and social media expertise with various companies. I do enjoy marketing but I LOVE health. Health is what I’m always reading about and talking about with a big smile on my face.

On August 6, 2012 we welcomed our beautiful (first-born) son, Brody, into the world. Becoming a mom has been a wonderful, whirlwind adventure. You definitely learn ALOT about yourself and develop new traits at record speed. Before I had kids, I wasn’t sure how I’d deal with the sleepness nights and losing my independence. I surprise myself everyday doing things that I never thought I had in me.

As we welcomed our first son this past year (August 2012), I am taking this new beginning as an opportunity for a fresh start. In this year on maternity with him, I am also going to school with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to become a health coach. I am beyond excited to embark on this new journey. There will be some challenges starting fresh but will be worth it all in the end. I love the quote “if you can succeed doing something you hate, imagine if you did something you loved.”

What I’m most looking forward to in my health practice is to help guide people to where they want to be. I’d love to help people lose weight by learning to cook nourishing meals for themselves and healing pain from the past that is getting in their way of happiness. I’m also fascinated with how food can heal and help prevent disease.  Others that are lost on their path, I’d like to be there to help them steer themselves in the right direction.

If you feel you are in need of a little more pep in your step, it would be my pleasure to help you get your spunk back. Visit my health coaching page for more information about my 6 month program and to schedule a free health consultation in person, over the phone or via skype.


2 thoughts on “My Story

  1. Hey Jen, you’re making it sound so easy! I’ve been thinking of starting a blog, we seem to have so many of the same interests, and you’re right for some unreasonable reason, I am holding back, and not just doing what I want to do. I also want to own a restaurant one day, maybe we could be partners! lol

  2. Jen, your meals look amazing! I can not wait to try the chili myself. Would you be interested in having your healthy meals featured on our site at We are looking for great health blogs to join us and though you would fit right in. Just let me know at Thank you

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