I’m Jennie, a licensed integrative clinical nutritionist and functional medicine practitioner. Most people are surprised to learn that I wasn’t always a nutritionist. I actually began my career as an intellectual property attorney, and it was my own personal journey with food that inspired me to go back to school and get my Master’s degree in nutrition and integrative health so that I could help others navigate their own health, nutrition and wellness journeys.
After years of struggling and eventually finding wellness in my own life, I realized that looking at food in isolation from our biochemistry, physiology, spirit, psyche and emotions just doesn’t work. So, I undertook to combine all of these elements in a single approach. The result is a 5-factor methodology that I’ve used to help clients who’ve felt hopeless, lost and confused around food, health, nutrition and their bodies — so that they can find hope, feel empowered and get results that they never thought possible. My methodology looks at your whole person and is completely customized to provide support in the areas where you’re out of balance so that it’s possible for you to create lasting change and complete wellness.
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“….Jennie’s holistic approach is what makes her so effective. She knows that it isn’t just food, or stress, or sleep, or any other one factor that leads to health. She addresses all the pieces in the puzzle.”
— Julia S.
“I had been trying to lose weight for years without success. Then along came Jennie. She inspired and motivated me to make the changes I needed to make in my life to get the results that I wanted. I lost 23 pounds and I haven’t looked back. Thank you!”
— A.S., Santa Monica, CA
Body Nourishment is about eating beautiful, delicious, nourishing food that makes you feel radiant from the inside out. Body Nourishment is anti-inflammatory, whole foods-based, nutrient-rich and designed so that you can figure out which foods work for your unique body in a way that maximizes your health and helps you reduce or eliminate food sensitivity symptoms. When it comes to making changes to your diet, we always honor where you’re at and move at the pace that’s right for you.
With Body Nourishment, I also provide specialized, anti-inflammatory nutritional support for the following health conditions: detoxification, autoimmune conditions, GI issues, IBS, candida, SIBO, PCOS, Hashimoto’s, Adrenal Dysfunction, Thyroid Dysfunction, Endometriosis, Interstitial Cystitis, Celiac Disease, fatigue, energy issues, and inflammatory issues. I also provide prenatal and postnatal nutrition support. And, I use the Fasting Mimicking Diet with certain clients after they’ve incorporated anti-inflammatory dietary changes.
“Over the last couple of months, Jennie has totally changed my perspective on food. Jennie really helped me navigate out of this RUT I had been in for probably 5 years. She helped me figure out the grocery store. This is embarrassing, but I think I was food illiterate. I would walk into the store and feel really overwhelmed and just leave with a boring pack of carrot sticks and then be starving and then binge on 10 tacos. She helped me find ways to make my weird food quirks (that means picky) work for me. She helped me understand how to make a smoothie that wasn’t pure sugar. AND, she helped me feel like “healthy” doesn’t mean bland or restrictive. Many of you probably have all this figured out BUT for those of you who don’t or who just want a little guidance, JENNIE WILL BE YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL.”
— Kelli Lamb, Los Angeles, CA
Body Connection is about getting in touch with your natural appetite and learning to use your body’s innate hunger signals as the gauge for eating.
Mindset is an important part of making your new way of eating sustainable. Mindset is about cultivating the right perspective so that it’s possible to implement Body Nourishment in a lasting way in your life without feeling deprived.
Sometimes, even if we’re making major nutritional changes with Body Nourishment, we have to dig deeper into your unique Biochemistry to bring your body into balance. As a practitioner of functional medicine with extensive training in functional labs analysis, I will often integrate one or more functional labs in our work together depending on your specific health issues so that we can look at what’s happening with your underlying Biochemistry -- this can help us determine if we need to adjust what you’re eating and add in additional nutritional supplementation support.
Here is the list of the *functional labs that I currently provide nutritional analyses and support for in my practice:
This test provides a comprehensive assessment of both extracellular and intracellular levels of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and fatty acids. It enables us to examine not only whether you’re deficient in a particular nutrient, but also whether you’re actually absorbing the nutrient in your cells.
• GUT HEALTH:
The primary test that I work with not only looks at markers for zonulin (i.e. “leaky gut”), intestinal inflammation, intestinal immunogobulin (IgA) levels and enzymes, it also looks at bacteria, yeast, and parasites. Food and nutritional supplement support are critical for supporting the gut and bringing it back into balance.
• Organic Acids:
This test provides a comprehensive metabolic picture and includes markers for oxidative stress, detoxification, mitochondrial function, neurotransmitters, vitamins and antioxidants, fatty acid metabolism, amino acid metabolism, oxalates, yeast, and bacteria.
This test measures free cortisol, free cortisone, cortisol metabolites, cortisone metabolites and DHEAs. Customized adrenal support involves a combination of food, nutritional supplement support and self-care practices.
• Thyroid Panel:
This test looks at multiple thyroid hormone markers, including T3, T4, Free T3, Free T4, TSH, Reverse T3, Anti-TPO antibodies, and Anti-TGB antibodies. For clients with with imbalanced thyroid hormones or thyroid antibodies, I am able to provide specific nutritional support recommendations to help support thyroid hormone balance.
• Comprehensive Hormone Panel:
This test measures levels of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, DHEA-S and their respective metabolites and also includes 3 organic acid markers and 3 neurotransmitter markers. Food and nutritional supplements can be powerful tools for balancing hormones and altering the way you metabolize hormones.
• Food Sensitivities:
I generally use food sensitivity panels with clients who are still experiencing symptoms after an elimination diet. For clients with certain inflammatory conditions, I may also recommend specific wheat and/or dairy sensitivity tests, or a gluten cross-reactivity test, depending on the client’s particular issues.
□ For clients with labs presenting with high levels of certain heavy metals and/or environmental toxicity, I am able to provide specific nutritional support recommendations to help support the detoxification process.
*Functional labs are not diagnostic and any nutritional support recommendations tailored to functional labs are designed to address biochemical imbalances and are not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure any disease or condition.
If you cope with your emotions through food, Soul Nourishment is designed to give you new tools to replace your old habits and provide you with a healthy way to fill yourself up emotionally. Soul Nourishment also incorporates the practice of EFT (described below), which is designed to help you let go of limiting beliefs around food, health and body and reduce or release the underlying emotional triggers connected to past traumas around food, health and body.
EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques (sometimes called tapping) is an energy-oriented technique that’s based on the newly emerging field of energy psychology. EFT is not therapy, nor is it a replacement for therapy. Rather, the goal of EFT is to support energy imbalances, and the energetic impact that thoughts, beliefs and emotions have on the body. EFT’s underlying premise is that disruptions in the body’s energy system cause negative emotions. It’s thought that EFT clears these energy disruptions, restoring balance, and supporting physical, emotional and spiritual health.
In Parts I & II of my article on EFT in The Chalkboard Magazine, I describe EFT in detail, including scientific research studies published in peer-reviewed journals that support the use of Clinical EFT for a multitude of issues. I have also written about how to use EFT for cravings and emotional eating, which you can also read on The Chalkboard Magazine.
*Although EFT appears to have promising emotional, spiritual and physical health benefits and there is a growing amount of scientific research indicating that EFT is an effective evidence-supported method, EFT has yet to be fully researched by the Western academic, medical, and psychological communities and, therefore, is considered experimental. The practice of EFT is self-regulated and the State of California does not license EFT practitioners and considers EFT to be an alternative or complementary medicine approach.
“After only one session with Jennie, the cravings completely stopped. This has been a lifelong battle for me and I finally feel as though I have a handle on it….Using her unique process, I was able to gain an understanding of how events from my past are the triggers in my relationship with food—that was unbelievably freeing. One session with Jennie has effected all kinds of change within me. I am forever grateful.”
— Nayda P., Los Angeles, CA
“After my first EFT session I felt like a massive weight had been lifted off my shoulder. I would highly recommend Jennie.”
— Andrew, Sydney, Australia
EDUCATION, TRAINING, + CREDENTIALS
My methodology is supported by extensive education, training and certifications, including my credential as a licensed nutritionist:
UCLA, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
UCLA School of Law, Juris Doctorate, Order of the Coif
Maryland University of Integrative Health, Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health, Human Clinical Nutrition Concentration
Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) credential via the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists
Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist (LDN) in the state of Pennsylvania
Institute for the Psychology of Eating, Certified Coach
Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Certified Nutrition and Wellness Coach
EFT Universe, EFT Certification
Epicurean School of Culinary Arts, Professional Chef I and Professional Baking I Certifications
I’ve also taken all of the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Advanced Practice Courses, including:
Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice
Hormone Advanced Practice
Energy Advanced Practice
GI Advanced Practice
Detox Advanced Practice
Cardiometabolic Advanced Practice
Immune Advanced Practice
And, I’ve taken additional Functional Medicine Training Courses in:
Small Intestinal Bowel Overgrowth (SIBO)
Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) Axis
Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis
Hormone Metabolite Assessment
If you would like to book an initial consultation with me, you can do so here. Initial consultations are priced at $350.