I help parents improve the physical & mental resilience of their kids... and my primary tool is food.
That means I create dietary and lifestyle plans that help kids calm down, learn better, feel better, get better sleep, have more energy, have fewer sick days, stay off medication... and simply be happier.
And guess what? When parents have a good strategy for their kids it allows them the space to reframe and reclaim their own health, identify their needs and take control of their own energy.
It's a win-win for everybody.
First and foremost, I'm mom to three beautiful boys and partner to an amazing artist. We are both purpose-driven entrepreneurs trying to simplify our lives, enjoy the process of raising our kids, and do our little bit to make a difference in the world.
I've worn many hats in my life, but education, health and personal development are the common threads that tie all my experiences together.
I became interested in the topic of resilience when I was a high school teacher.
Recurrent illnesses and infections, aberrant behaviour, sleep conditions, learning and even mood and mental health struggles all had become so commonplace that we spent a significant amount of time strategizing about them in teacher meetings.
Many students responded well to our creative teaching strategies and started to turn around. But some did not and referrals for assessments & medication or even expulsion became our only recourse; extreme measures, in my opinion.
I felt we had failed these kids.
I felt there was something deeper we were missing.
I left school teaching to study nutrition & holistic health with a particular interest in the impact of food and stress on child development.
I graduated top of my class from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2007 as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, (Certified Holistic Nutritionist in the province of Alberta). And I thought I had my answers.
I had learned that what and how we eat could influence how we think, feel, act and function. I had learned that each of us is biochemically unique and that "one man's food can be another man's poison". I had learned how and why stress is a game changer when it comes to our health.
I had learned about the deep and profound impact of food on our kids' mental and physical health and development.
I had found that missing piece and was ready to shout what I had learned from the rooftops to parents and teachers everywhere....
I realized that it's one thing to know information about what the body needs for health, it's another thing entirely to actually feed a family and apply all that knowledge.
And more than that, it's one thing to know how to support and change our own health, it's another thing entirely to try to change the health of another person (especially one we love with the deepest kind of intensity but who has food sensitivities, picky or aggressive behaviour, or who can't sit down to get a bite in!)
Add in sleep deprivation, stress, and the pace of daily living and it's enough to throw even superheros over the edge!
So I set my mind to simplifying the job of feeding a family.
I discovered that the key to worrying less and staying focused on what's most important is to focus on the factors that support Resilient Health.
So I set my sights on developing a process to help parents do this.
The process for Raising Resilience I outline in my book is a two-step process. Step 1 is to identify and remove stressors and barriers; step 2 is to nourish and feed in a way that supports our natural processes of self regulation.
There are 4 Pillars to this process. I call them The 4 Pillars Of Resilient Health™.
Staying focused on The 4 Pillars Of Resilient Health™ helps kids and their parents learn better, feel better, sleep better, calm down, relax, focus better, reduce infection, reduce allergy, have better skin, and have more consistent energy because the pillars support the foundational systems that make the body work.
When you learn how to use food strategically and constructively to achieve the health goals you have for yourself and your family, you will feel empowered, confident, vibrant, in control and energized.
You will be giving your child a gift of health while being able to worry less and enjoy more.
You will be helping your child develop into their full potential.
The key is to stay systematic and focus on what matters most. The Raising Resilience System will guide you.
My nutrition education and research have taught me about the need for good nutrition in building physical and mental resilience, and my parenting and my work with parents has taught me how to put it all into practice in strategic, practical & simple ways.
The process of Raising Resilience and The 4 Pillars Of Resilient Health™, sometimes in conjunction with other therapies, have helped families all over the world reverse food sensitivity, stabilize mood & energy, reduce sick days, reduce dental costs, improve sleep, reduce tantrums, improve skin, reverse attention problems, improve language... and so much more.
This model also helps busy mothers get their energy back, pick their libido up from the floor, and rekindle their zest for life.
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Jess Sherman helps busy parents implement diet changes to improve the mental and physical resilience of their kids. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Board Certified by The Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals (CAHN-pro) and is the author of Raising Resilience: Take the stress out of feeding your family and love your life.
Her book and online resources have reached families all over the world, helping them improve the lives of children with learning differences, anxiety, ADHD, autism and mood disorders. Working within the framework of functional nutrition, her end goal is to guide her clients towards safe, natural and effective tools to help them raise the most physically and mentally resilient children possible and enjoy the amazing lives they deserve.
Jess has worked with children and families since 1998. She has appeared as a featured nutrition expert on the Child Obesity Summit and the Transformative Parenting on-line courses, is the nutrition panel expert for Three Little Lambs, and is a regular contributor to various blogs and print magazines including Ecoparent Magazine, The Maternity and Parenting Institute and Mindful:a better future for children's mental health. She has taught Nutrition Through The Lifespan at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and serves on the board of directors for the Canadian Association for Nutritional Professionals (CAHN-pro) where she works to advance the holistic nutrition profession.
Jess is a member in good standing of CAHN-pro and an associate member of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research.
Jess brings her extra training in weight management, herbal medicine, biomedical approaches to autism spectrum disorders, functional medicine, nutritional supplements, bioindividual nutrition, and the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS), along with her practical experience and education as a certified teacher to her on-line courses to help parents feed their babies, their kids and themselves so that they may all live full, vibrant and inspired lives.
Jess works with the team at the Ottawa Integrative Health Centre in Ottawa, and has set up a virtual office to reach clients farther afield at www.jesssherman.com