We sure have covered a lot of amazing topics already, haven’t we? Holy smokes! 

I hope you are doing well, and making small changes as you can. I know you’re probably crazy busy, so that’s why even the smallest changes can really make a big difference, over time.

Let’s talk about catching some Z’s, shall we? Believe it or not, adequate sleep has a lot to do with your overall health and your waistline.

I know how it goes…  You’re on a roll with getting things done, and you want to just keep pushing through. The temptation to stay up just a little bit later to get more done is very real. However, while cutting back on sleep may seem like it will boost your productivity, the opposite is true. It can not only reduce mental clarity but also undermine your healthy lifestyle.

Lack of sleep can lower our willpower, making us more likely to make unhealthy choices. When you’re tired, you’re more susceptible to cravings for unhealthy foods. You are also more likely to try to use sugary, caffeine-laden drinks to try to keep your energy levels up. This can lead to weight gain from consuming empty calories.

Lack of sleep also boosts your body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol. When cortisol levels are raised it causes your body to store fat, particularly around your midsection.

Sleep deprivation can also make you less likely to be active. Think about it – when you are already tired, the last thing you want to do is head to the gym. The lack of exercise combined with increased cortisol levels can deliver a serious blow to your efforts to live a healthy lifestyle.

While everyone’s sleep needs are slightly different, most people need between 7-9 hours of sleep every night to function at their best. You will know that you are getting the right amount of sleep when you wake up feeling refreshed, as opposed to having to drag yourself out of bed.

Don’t allow a lack of sleep to undermine the healthy lifestyle you have worked so hard to attain. Find a sleep routine that works for you and stick to it. Your body will thank you!

How many hours of sleep can you commit to getting each night this week?

Join us over at the Facebook Group for more encouragement, tips, and healthy living made easy ideas.

See you there,



That is the power of Authentic Living!

Our services are offered via:

  • in-person – Office in Downers Grove, IL
  • on the phone
  • video chat

Specialties include:

  • depression, anxiety
  • self-esteem, motivation, self-confidence
  • disordered eating behaviors
  • codependency
  • PTSD
  • relationship issues
  • career coaching

We offer a variety of formats to fit your needs:

  • individual counseling
  • group counseling
  • wellness classes
  • nutrition education
  • workshops
  • health consultations

Jennifer counsels people who want something different in life, but have been unable to reach their goals on their own.

Here are what some people are saying about Authentic Living & Wellness Programs: 

Christine Taught her Family to Eat Real Food

“When we started to meet together, I expected to hear calories in and calories out. Don’t eat this and stay away from that! What you taught me turned out to me of great worth!  Yes, you don’t want too many calories in, but it is more about the ingredients.  I have always been obsessed with counting calories.  You showed me the importance of reading not only the label but the ingredients list.  I was reminded that it is so much less about a diet and counting calories and so much more about helping my body be the best it can be!          

Thank you for helping me find my trigger/ comfort food (SALT!).  Showing me the right numbers  not only helped me, but it helped my whole family!  Another thing that was extremely helpful was your help in my kitchen.  One thing you said has stuck with me about how my attitude to the cooking carries over to the dinner table.  We are an extremely busy family and our dinner time is sometimes the only time we have as a family.  I feel proud to serve them food that is nourishing their body  more than hurting it.  Yes, we still have our “bad meals”  but I am striving to  serve healthy meals with a happy attitude.    I also have been having my kids read the ingredients.  If we can’t pronounce the words, they most likely are not good for us!  Thank you for coming into my kitchen and teaching me how to cook a full meal that I can be proud of!   Our few meetings also sparked an interested to learn as much as I can about the food we eat!  Thank you for your time to help my family!”  


Kathy Stopped Binge Eating

“Jenny helped me most by listening, having compassion & encouragement that I could get through it & change for the better. By introducing new cooking ideas, recipes & by reassuring me it was okay when I had set backs.    Instead of me beating up on myself & then binging. I think most of all she helped me look at things from a different perspective & not from a negative side, but a positive one. Ultimately changing my attitude about things helped me to try and be more positive.”

Kate Found the Simple Path to Clean Living

…As for the clean living, it’s the only way to go and was so easy for me. The recipes were very simple to prepare and SO delicious! I have found my 1:1 time with Jenny to be very beneficial and helpful! I look forward to learning more as we work through my digestive issues.

Danielle can Reduce Stress and Focus on Life

Since working with Jennifer, I have learned so much in a very short time. I went into thinking we would only focus on making dietary changes, but I soon found out that was only one piece of the puzzle. She has helped me incorporate simple exercises into my daily routine and given me valuable techniques to reduce stress and bring organization and focus back into my life. Jennifer is an amazing coach with so much knowledge to share. She truly listens and cares about helping others make positive lifestyle changes!

Her clients learn to incorporate healthy daily habits, develop inner confidence, and enjoy their journey toward wellness.

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