My name is Jennifer and I am a self-described, Jack-of-all-trades. Seriously, I am. I’m a cook, writer, counselor, photographer, yoga teacher, speaker and women’s health advocate. My best friend in grad school used to say to me, “Jennifer, you can do it all, just not all at once!” Needless to say, she went on to be a wise psychotherapist.
I spend most of my days in the kitchen creating and photographing (mostly) Paleo (grain-free, gluten-free) recipes. I truly believe eating real, whole foods is the fastest way to feel good and sacrificing flavor needn’t be part of the deal. I adore French food (who doesn’t?) and have had the immense fortune of training with one of my culinary heroes, Anne Willan at her LaVarenne cooking school. If you want a great book on technique, I highly recommend LaVarenne Pratique.
I cannot believe it’s been 26 years since my bone marrow transplant. In 1991, my Hodgkin’s lymphoma relapsed, which necessitated a transplant. Because of my experience, and my longevity since this procedure, I think it’s important to share and talk about it. This is a milestone that is not my own but to be shared with those that are currently in the throes of treatment. I have written some pieces on the subject for MindBodyGreen and KrisCarr.com. I also teach and speak about my experiences at my women’s health workshops at the Cleveland Clinic where I had my transplant. That feels pretty full circle! (my story: Matters of Marrow).
I am a diabetic, and recently had angioplasty with a heart stent placed, most likely a residual effect of radiation therapy that I received for my Hodgkins Disease decades ago. Autoimmune diseases are an unwelcome visitor as well. Navigating these challenges has brought a shift to my mission. As I try to live my best life, one of passion and vitality, I want to encourage others to do the same. It’s never a linear path, hiking this rough terrain, but lets traverse it together!
For those that are curious, I live in Cleveland, Ohio with my husband, daughter, stepsons and a Shih Tzu puppy, Max. I hold a Master’s in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Baldwin-Wallace University. I am currently enrolled in the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program at The Nutritional Therapy Association and am working on a cookbook.
Now pour yourself a cup of tea and stay a while.