Our lives at St. Anthony Shelter can be a juggling act. Between the active apostolate of serving the homeless men and managing social and prayer times, our days as missionaries are busy. It is very easy to get bogged down with work or get stressed with all of the emotional and physical heaviness of the work.
I decided to see Jackie early in my pregnancy, thinking she could provide some guidance on healthy nutrition throughout my pregnancy. I wanted to create the healthiest womb for my baby and finally rid unhealthy habits I have fought most of my adult life. I didn't think that working with her would change my whole lifestyle from my relationship with food to how I manage my time and stress at work.
I felt extremely empowered after my first 30 days with Jackie. I have formed some amazing healthy lifestyle habits that will stick with me for the rest of my life. The most challenging part of my personal protocol was removing caffeine and dairy, two things that I love but were affecting me in more ways than I knew.
When I first started working with Jackie, I expected her to merely tell me which foods to eat and which to avoid. What I achieved was far beyond that. I gained a whole new outlook on my health...and life! With her help, continued support and educational guidance, I learned there was SO much more to living a healthy lifestyle than simply “eating well.”