My name is Jean and I’m a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), and I focus on balancing the body and improving digestion and health with nourishing, nutrient-dense whole foods. My goal for my clients is to look and feel their best by helping to create a simple, healthy, and sustainable lifestyle.
“Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”
– Michael Pollan
The quote above contains the words I strive to live by. On What Great Grandma Ate, you’ll find real, whole food recipes and health tips to make your life easier and toxin-free. I love traditional cooking methods like fermenting, slow cooking (bone broth everyday!), soaking and sprouting, and growing my own herbs whenever I can. I can’t live without healthy fats like butter, lard, and tallow, and you can find me cooking with local, organic vegetables and pasture-raised, grass-fed meats. My dream is to own a small farm one day and eat farm fresh eggs everyday.
Having being born in Seoul, South Korea, and living most of my life in New Jersey and New York City, I freakin’ love food of all types of cuisines, and eating and cooking amazing quality dishes makes me truly happy and healthy.
In August 2014, I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from one of the most hipster neighborhoods of Brooklyn with my now-fiancé Charlie and 2 dogs to get away from the nasty, cold (seriously, the worst) winters and to slow down on life a bit. That makes me sound like such a grandma and I totally own it. So far, California feels like a true home, and I’m loving the easy access I have to delicious local foods and beautiful hiking trails.
MY HEALTH JOURNEY
It was around after graduating college when I started having symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which included bloating (I seriously looked pregnant sometimes), extreme fatigue, and constant irritability and anxiety.
For the next 8 years, my symptoms continuously worsened and I visited several doctors who put me through series of tests, but couldn’t figure it out and just labeled it as IBS. What the heck does that mean? What’s the cause of it? Some responses from these doctors include: Blank stare, change the subject, or “It’s genetic.” And the best one yet, “It just happens to some people.” I really do appreciate western doctors and all they do, but it truly shows the frustrating reality of what a tiny role nutrition has in the field of modern medicine. At a certain point, I started accepting that this was the way I would be for the rest of my life.
Throughout all this, I was eating in a way that I thought was “healthy” which meant following the SAD diet (Standard American Diet) of low-fat, high-carb, high-sugar, and highly processed foods. When I was about 25, I started learning about food allergies, and through self-experimentation and trial-and-error, I figured out that I have gluten and cow-dairy intolerances. It wasn’t long after that that I found out about what a huge effect the quality of our food can have on our health through the help of Google, and it completely changed the way I view food, my body, and health.
Since then, I have incorporated a real food approach to my diet with high quality ingredients, while also prioritizing sleep and stress management. Quality fat is my new best friend. Gluten sometimes creeps in, but is no longer invited in my kitchen. My symptoms are mostly gone and my energy has skyrocketed. You can say I’m now a much happier and likable person to those around me. While I still struggle with adrenal fatigue and Candida issues, I’m on a wonderful path to recovery and I’m continuously educating myself with ways to heal myself and others.
You’ve probably heard stories like mine before, which shows how common it is for people to suffer from symptoms that come from their diet and lifestyle. My own journey has inspired me to help others find their best selves, and this passion led me to find a career as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP). It can be a truly rewarding experience when you realize that you can improve your health through changes in your life that YOU have control over, instead of relying on pharmaceutical drugs. How awesomely empowering is that? I think everyone deserves to experience that, and you can!
Please contact me if you are interested in working with me for a nutrition consultation or for media inquiries.