This is Personal blog post by Jen Martinsen with Nutrition Bliss
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this is personal

this is personal

An image of Jen Martinsen at Nutrition Bliss

I had no idea how significantly my life was about to change. Or that this massive shift was even needed or possible. If you have seen prior blog posts or read my About Me page, you know that my life shifted in a major way after my youngest son was born. That is an important piece to my story. However, there is more to my personal journey. It is fundamental to the core values of Nutrition Bliss and inspires the work I do each day.

first, a little background.

I have always been driven, but lacked a vision for myself. I have always worked hard. But never really knew “what I wanted to be when I grew up.” I established a great career, nonetheless.

I was unhappy. Bored. It very much felt like work – everyday. Staying updated on the latest trends in my field felt tedious. However, I was good at my job which led me to believe that it was what I should be doing – right?! To say this was frustrating would be an understatement. I decided my restless and unsatisfied nature was a result of being spoiled and unappreciative.

Meanwhile, every bit of my life was intense and in a hurry. My workouts, my commute to work, errands, even the way I scheduled my days. Every minute counted and I would freak out if everything didn’t go as planned – which it never did. In yoga I would sometimes skip savasana because it was “wasting time.” Wow, how times have changed. Thank God.

then, it got worse.

Picture this. A stressed out, intense, unsatisfied woman that has a tiny 2-month-old baby whose health is inexplicably compromised. Kind of a nightmare. Following research about the benefits of a food-based elimination diet, my passionate nature jumped right in without a plan or professional guidance. I struggled. Cried. Flailed. The only thing that kept me going was that I saw my son’s health improving drastically.

then, a lot better.

I started to learn new meals that worked for me and began to cook more foods at home. I focused on eating real food. As a result, things began to shift for me too. One of the biggest surprises for me was the drastic improvement in my immunity from changing my diet. Consequently, I had more energy and felt more myself. I became more in-tune with my body and how I was feeling.

food was just the beginning

This new-found energy and awareness led me to explore new topics I hadn’t ever considered before.  It’s like once my body got out from under feeling sluggish and was finally given what it needed. I woke up.

It wasn’t instantaneous, it was a gradual progression. And this isn’t just my experience. I have witnessed this progression for clients, too. The better I felt, the more lifestyle shifts I began to practice. Meditation, gratitude, changing and eliminating what I was watching on T.V., reading more, spending more time outdoors. The more I did, the more connected I became. It began to flow and didn’t feel like “work.” These new behaviors were what I wanted to do.

Along this path I continued to become more inspired. This led me to quit my unfulfilling career and take a leap to pursue my passions. There were moments of fear and doubt. However, with my newly discovered intuition I knew it was what I needed to do. I knew I wouldn’t be happy “not” doing it. So, I went along with the ride.

the lesson

There have been several twists and turns and I am now in a place I never could have anticipated. As a result, my life has shifted completely. I have found inspiration and purpose. I no longer recognize the dissatisfied, complacent person from just 5 years ago.

It’s not just about food. However, using the healing properties of food to support your body’s natural ability to heal can serve as a gateway. This gateway leads to becoming more “you.” It can create a pathway to find what lights you up, to get involved, and to make a difference – not just to look better or fit into your old jeans, although that may be a side benefit (lol)!

core values

This core value and belief is why this work means so much to me. We all have unique gifts to share. It would be a shame if they were buried under feeling sick, lethargic, or uninspired.

Although it hasn’t always been easy, and the path, like life, ebbs and flows. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Feeling good is a benefit, feeling inspired & connected is priceless. I am beyond thankful for these lessons and it is my passion to share them with whomever will listen.

an image that says "with love, Jen" for nutritionbliss.com