Hi, I’m Jenny. Welcome to Happy Whole Living! I grew up in Southern California but have called Scottsdale, Arizona my home for the past 20 years. I LOVE experimenting in my kitchen and creating healthy, delicious, whole food recipes.
I’m also incredibly fortunate to have found the love of my life, Scott.
And this is Mochi, our amazing Boxer.
Sadly, he’s now in doggie heaven and we miss him so much. 🙁
However, we have a new addition to our family, our precious little baby boy, Kai. I’ll share more of my new mama stories soon.
Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you find the information here useful in your journey to make your life the absolute BEST it can be!
Below are some Q&As if you’d like to learn more..
What’s your story?
I first started my clean lifestyle journey in 2005 when I received Kevin Trudeau’s book, Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want you to Know About, for Christmas. Bizarre, right? I know there’s a lot of controversy around that guy but regardless, he opened my eyes to our food supply and our toxic environment. Since then, I’ve devoured countless books, articles and films related to our health and environment and have completely changed my life for the better.
I used to get sick frequently, especially as a teen and college student, thinking it was a normal part of life. But that’s the biggest noticeable difference since I made the switch to clean eating…I rarely ever get sick! And even if I start to feel a “bug,” it passes quickly. I never realized the deep profound impact of food on our every day health until I experienced it for myself. Now, I’ll never go back to the standard american diet again.
I’m also a big believer in taking responsibility for your own health. While I have great respect for our medical professionals, the human body is so complex; they can’t possibly know everything. So it’s up to us to do our homework. Why do I say this? Here’s a story for you:
I, too, used to think doctors knew everything and when I was in college, I went to my family doc because I started developing hives around my knees and elbows at random times. I told my doctor that the only NEW thing I was doing was consuming sugar-free products (this is a time in my life when all I cared about was losing weight for vanity reasons). And by sugar-free, I mean aspartame and splenda..not the natural options like stevia or xylitol. So I asked him if that could be related to my hives and he said, with no hesitation I might add, that there’s no connection to hives and all the sugar-free food I was consuming so he put me through a slew of tests. The result? Nothing. Everything came back negative. No resolution. S0 based on just common sense, I wondered what would happen if I just quit all sugar-free products and yep, you guessed it! Never got hives again. That was the moment when I knew that I could no longer trust a doctor’s word as law. And I’m not saying that doctors SHOULD know everything. I think the body is just too complex. But I would only trust a doctor who is humble enough to state that he/she doesn’t know everything.
That was also the moment when I started to truly appreciate my body because it’s smarter than I gave it credit for. When you ingest poison, your body will let you know, one way or another.
Who is happywholeliving.com created for?
This website is for anyone who seeks a healthier lifestyle. This includes whole food recipes and random tidbits about staying motivated, using affirmations (in a non-woo woo kind of way) and mini workouts I use to stay fit.
I’m so happy you found me on the web!
You can make many of my recipes with a traditional blender but I personally LOVE my Vitamix and use it every single day, unless I’m on vacation and I just couldn’t fit it into my suitcase 😀 Seriously though, I can’t imagine my day without one now. I know it’s a big investment, which is one of the reasons why I’ve put it off for so long but trust me, I’ve had mine for over a year now and it’s a life changer. And I know it’s difficult to imagine this now, but you’ll realize that you end up saving money in the long run. It’s rare that I ever throw away any produce because if something is starting to get a little old, I’ll just throw it into a smoothie or soup, or another alternative is to put it in the freezer to use at a later time. So if you ask me which appliance I cannot live without, it’s hands down, my Vitamix.
Do you promote any specific diet?
I don’t like being restricted to any specific diet. I used to be a vegan for about 5 years and when I didn’t feel as good as I used to when I first became vegan, I started adding animal products back into my diet and found myself feeling better. So now, I just focus on eating clean and as close to nature as possible with a majority of my diet still coming from plants but also adding meat in smaller portions. In regards to meat, I only buy wild caught fish and organic beef, chicken, eggs, etc. I also purchase produce that is organic whenever possible. For sweeteners, I typically use stevia, but I also use (sparingly) xylitol, coconut nectar, honey, dates, coconut sugar or bananas. My favorite oil is coconut but I also use olive, grape seed, sesame and ghee.
Personally, I respect all the various popular diets and find a lot of pros to most of them. So whatever your preference, I NEVER judge because everyone’s journey is different and I don’t think there’s a “perfect” diet that works for everyone.