About Janelle

A few years ago, I found myself overworked, overbooked, overstressed and just plain exhausted.  I would wake up early, rush through my daily life in constant high stress mode, eat a late dinner, watch a little TV, then fall into bed exhausted (but unable to sleep) …only to wake up and do it all over again the next day.  I was like a hamster running on a wheel that never stopped!  I was so caught up in my busy-ness, I didn’t even realize I felt terrible and wasn’t truly happy.

I had also been diagnosed with an auto-immune condition called Crohn’s Disease several years prior. Self-care, such as stress management, nutrition, physical fitness, and sleep all play a huge role in managing the debilitating flare ups that are a part of the Crohn’s experience (and in general well-being for anyone).

For months, I experienced flare ups off and on.  I was unable to nourish my body properly and I began to drop weight I couldn’t afford to lose.  It was often a struggle to get through my everyday life as a Sales Director for a national retail chain and a group fitness instructor.  I suffered from severe digestive issues.  I was often exhausted, weak, and my joints ached constantly.

But- I just kept pushing through…running as fast as I could on my hamster wheel, not slowing down for anything.  This approach rewarded me with a 5-day hospital stay to treat a severe flare up. This is what it took for me to realize I needed to make some changes.  It was a turning point in my life.

Shortly after, I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  I learned not only how to nourish, heal, and fuel my body with food, but also about how other aspects of my life, such as career, home environment, sleep, and stress were impacting my health and well-being.  My experience at IIN led me to re-evaluate everything in my life, and to make some very specific changes for my health and happiness.

During this time, I also began to experiment with various eating plans to find the best way to manage my Crohn’s symptoms.  My journey took me to Dr. Russell, who helped me participate in my own Eat to Thrive program.  The results were truly life changing!!

Through my personal experiences, I have found a deep passion for helping others create happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives.  I have since left my corporate job to become a practicing Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, and Group Fitness Instructor.

I now live with more joy and freedom.  I have more energy to spend doing the activities I love…whitewater kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, camping, and spending time with friends and family.

Regardless of whether you struggle with a chronic health condition or not, I believe we are ALL in charge of our own health and happiness. You have the power to create the quality of life you want to live.  I would be honored to guide, support, and empower you to reclaim your health, and to live your best day, every day.

To learn more about Janelle, visit her website at http://www.janelleharlan.com/