In the end, I realized that Jackie’s REFORM is a way of life. The invitation to physical and spiritual health is a daily “yes” to live in the way that God desires us to live. I have a grateful heart to Jackie for inviting me on this journey to REFORM. She has instilled in me a true hope that we do not have to settle in life, particularly when it comes to our health. God has created us to be Happy, Healthy, and Holy. This is possible for all of us. I am grateful for Jackie for being a true witness to the REFORM way of life.
Jackie’s words immediately resonated with our students. It was obvious that her message entirely corresponded to their experience of life. They were particularly attentive to her words about prayer. Because Jackie is such a dynamic presence - attractive, articulate, humorous - her encouragement to trust God moved the students to believe that such faith is possible
I loved working with Jackie and have benefited from the lifestyle changes she has implemented tremendously. I have been following specific breathing and meditation techniques for over 10 years and with Jackie's approach to wellness and lifestyle, I almost immediately saw a shift in the quality of my meditations.
From the beginning I instinctively knew Jackie was going to be someone who was going to shepherd me in the direction to where I wanted to go, to be, or better, to return to. Jackie's approach to getting my body back in gear was more holistic in nature, based on four principles: nutrition, sleep, stress management and movement.
Late last year I went in for my annual physical and was not happy with the results. I was 20 lbs heavier, had high cholesterol, high blood pleasure and a constant feeling of anxiety. I heard plenty of friends at my local CrossFit gym talk about the amazing work Jackie Mulligan does and decided to reach out. As a father of two, my health was more important to me than ever and I couldn't continue to slough through life like that.
Perhaps you have had the experience where in the midst of your career or vocation, some drastic and dramatic changes were made due to an overturn in leadership. Your world was turned upside down—relationships, expectations, career goals—and it affects everything in your life including your health. That was what 2017 brought for me.
Working with Jackie genuinely changed my life. Admittedly, I was skeptical about working with a nutritionist, as I believed that for my age I was about as healthy as can be in terms of my diet. After discussing my goals with Jackie, she designed a program that really was tailor-made for my needs and body-type.
I signed up to work with Jackie with the goal of optimizing my health and personalizing my healthy living. (I am originally from Australia if you are wondering what’s up with the spelling.) I thought I was doing a pretty good job all round, eating predominantly paleo, moving my body most days, and getting around 6.5 hours of solid sleep a night.
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.