About Jessica Espinoza, Nutritional Therapist & Mind Body Nutrition Coach
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~Wayne Dyer
Hello, beautiful friends! Welcome to my site. I so appreciate you stopping by! I am honored to share a little of my story with you today in hopes that it helps you on your journey.
My name is Jessica and I am a Nutritional Therapist, Mind Body Nutrition Coach, Yoga Teacher in training, Body Image Movement Global Ambassador, and Health at Every Size advocate. I am a jeans and t-shirt, outdoor loving mountain girl hailing from the beautiful state of Colorado (there is not a fancy bone in my body). I seriously love it here and try to get outside and off the computer any chance I get. I live in the city now, but I grew up in the mountains playing in the dirt, riding horses, chasing chickens, and running free.
I am also a wellness educator, health freedom advocate, avid researcher, book junkie, student, wife, former chef, real foodie, dog lover, and aspiring yogi. I love being outside, whether it's walking, hiking, or just reading a book in the park. In my free time, I enjoy painting, listening to music, playing with my dogs, and watching movies on Netflix.
I have been working in the real food and natural living world since 2010 when I founded the popular Delicious Obsessions website. I started this site a way to help share my love of real food and natural living (and to help keep my recipes organized!). The site has since evolved into a lively community focused on helping one another live the healthiest lives possible and I am thrilled to have helped thousands of people across the world eat better and live better.
Over the years, I have authored or co-authored a number of popular informational eBooks and eCookbooks, including:
- DIY Herbal Coffee Substitutes: A Complete Guide To Making Delicious Herbal Coffees to Support Healing & Stress Relief
- Real Food 101: Practical Tips for Healthy Eating and the Real Food 101: The Companion Cookbook
- Eat the Rainbow eCourse: 30 Days to Vibrant Health Through the Power of Plants
- The Splendid Scoop and Other Frozen Treats eBook: Delicious and Easy Dairy-Free Recipes, Plus Tips and Tricks for Homemade Ice Cream Perfection
- The Paleo AIP Instant Pot® eCookbook: It’s FINALLY Time to Enjoy “Fast” Food on the Autoimmune Protocol with These Amazingly Easy Mouth-Watering Recipes
Today, I spend less time in the kitchen developing recipes and more time helping women find peace and healing in their relationships with food and body in a very heart-centered way. The lack of heart in my own healing journey is what led me to the place I am today and to say I am passionate about my work is a vast understatement.
My Own Healing Journey
I have been on my own healing journey for multiple chronic illnesses since 2012. I have worked with countless practitioners, done countless strategies, and have spent more time and money being stressed out about my health than I would care to admit. You can read some of my healing journey on Delicious Obsessions here.
I have dealt with everything from leaky gut and blood sugar imbalance, to autoimmune and environmental toxin issues, to nutritional deficiencies and insomnia, to depression and an undiagnosed eating disorder.
I have been your typical, Type-A overachiever perfectionist my entire life. I'm pretty sure I came out of the womb that way. For the last 30+ years, I have been fighting a constant internal battle that nothing I did was good enough. No matter how hard I worked on my business or my health, it wasn't enough. No matter how much money I earned, it wasn't enough. No matter how good my relationships were, it wasn't enough.
I was a constant project that had to be improved. In other words, I wasn't enough. I was not good enough as I was right now, in this moment.
Talk about a detrimentally self-limiting belief (read this blog post). And to think I spent nearly 35 years believing it. I missed out on my life. On opportunities. On happiness.
I would be lying if I said I didn't have some regret about this, but I also appreciate it because it was my journey. And it is what led me to the place I am in today. Without these experiences, I would not be who I am now.
In 2015, I found myself feeling depressed, lost, overwhelmed, and at a crossroads in my life. I knew it was time to take my life in a whole new direction. I knew my health, business, and life had plateaued and I could either continue on as I had been, or I could take action and make a drastic shift. I had no idea how I was going to do this. The thought of challenging my deepest, darkest beliefs was terrifying. But I knew it had to be done. For me, it was a matter of life or death, as I wrote about in this blog post.
After months of reflection and working with a life coach, I discovered that one of the primary reasons I had lost my way is there was a real lack of heart in my own healing journey. Not just a lack of heart in my health, but in my life.
This realization transformed my life and I'll never forget when it all hit me. It was literally one of those moments out of a movie and nothing has been the same since. I knew exactly where I needed to go and what I needed to do.
I needed to bring the heart back into healing.
I desperately needed to reconnect with my spirituality and my trust and faith in God. While I was raised in a faith-centric household, as a young adult I lost sight of the deeper spiritual side of myself. Over time found myself feeling a great sense of disconnection from this beautiful higher power and the role that it needed to play in my life. Over time I have come back to my spirituality and each day continue to strengthen my faith and trust in God to guide my actions, hopes, and dreams.
I let go of the need to fix myself. I started learning that I was enough. I began cultivating daily self-care practices that brought joy to my life. I started to let go of the idea that I had to be perfect and that all things in my life had to be controlled.
It has been a beautiful experience and I am honored to be able to assist women on their own healing journeys and help them find the peace they are seeking around food and body. My whole life has reflected a very negative outlook towards my own body and my relationship with food as I discuss in my “You're So Fat” blog post. Finding peace in these areas is one of the most important things I've ever done and it transformed my life and my health in a way that I never knew possible.
I have spent more years than I can count waiting for the “right” time, the “right” weight, the “right” health status, the “right” amount of money, etc. before allowing myself to live my life to the fullest. While I was waiting life passed me by with no apologies.
Struggles with food, body, and chronic illness often leave us feeling exhausted and alone. All of our creative energy gets sucked into these issues and we are left with nothing extra to devote to serving our families, communities, or world on a higher level. My goal now is to help as many women as possible find peace around food, body, and chronic illness. In doing so, we can free up an immense amount of energy that can be used for incredible things in the world.
Another thing I have found is that for those dealing with these types of issues, there is often a disconnect between the clinical practitioners we work with and where we are emotionally and mentally in our journey. In my personal experience, I have worked with some incredible practitioners who have helped me learn more about my chronic illnesses and how to manage them on a clinical level…but there was little, if any, focus on the deeper healing that needed to happen. The healing around our emotional, mental, and spiritual health. It wasn't until I dove into those areas of my health that things really started to shift in a big way for me.
It is now my hope that I can help bridge that gap between where you are in regards to clinical lab work and where you are in your mind, heart, and soul. That way you feel that you have a well-rounded team supporting your goals for all areas of health, not just what your bloodwork says.
If you are new to this site, I would love to have you join my free 7-Day Self-Care for Vibrant Living eCourse here. Self-care is CRITICAL to health and healing. Without it, we can do all the best things in the world (eat well, move well, sleep well), but we will not be able to fully heal our minds, bodies, and souls. I'll show you how to cultivate self-care in your own life, no matter how busy your schedule is.
If you are interested in working with me, please visit this page for more information about my services. I want to thank you again for stopping by and reading.
Here's to YOUR health, with love,
Certifications & Professional Training
- Mind Body Nutrition Coach, Certified in Eating Psychology | Institute for the Psychology of Eating (2017)
- Nutritional Therapist | Health Science Academy (2017)
- IN PRACTICE: Practitioner Success Series | Kresser Institute (2017)
- Herbal Medicine for Women | Aviva Romm, M.D. (in progress, to be completed 2018)
Legal Note & Copyright
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