Today we’d like to introduce you to Jack Grabon.
Jack, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Sure. As a child, I was a picky eater and didn’t like most things. Eating wasn’t much fun and felt like it only slowed me down. In order to get me to eat, my mom offered me a Twinkie one day. THAT I willingly ate. I quickly learned that food can taste good. What followed was a strong preference for eating sweets and lifelong health issues. In particular, this led to a lot of pain and thousands of dollars spent on dentists. I’ve had just about every dental service imaginable and often more than once. I didn’t yet put together that the way I ate affected my very bone structure, especially my teeth.
After taking a hiatus from college, I decided to go back to school and study social work. I had always wanted to help people and that seemed the most efficient route, so I went for it. While I was juicing at the time and trying to make healthier food choices, I had a bit of a wake-up call one day in my master’s program. Long story short, I ended up in the emergency room and thought I had burst my appendix like my father had long before. It turned out that I passed my first kidney stone. Exactly 2 weeks later, I passed another from my other kidney. Talk about pain! I describe it as a running a full marathon on a whim without any training.
The urologist I met with afterwards illustrated connections between diet and kidney stones. Reflecting on my diet, I cut out a staple that had always been there – meat. Animal proteins seemed to be the main offender since I wasn’t overdoing it with iced tea or leafy greens. So for about a year, I became a vegetarian to prevent another stone from recurring. I never did have another stone, but my dental issues persisted nonetheless.
Fast forward a few years. I’m at the dental office and the dentist tells me that my cavities are “increasing at a frightening rate.” These were new cavities, not recurring ones from the damage I had inflicted during childhood. After years of being told to brush more, to not brush so hard, to floss better, I was finally fed up. Enough was enough! I decided to take my health back and to investigate WHY I was getting cavities to begin with. I soon stumbled upon a book by a dentist who lived in the 1930’s who extensively studied the dental health of peoples all around the world. The smoking gun was diet. A more traditional diet didn’t only mean better teeth, but better facial features, less crowded teeth, and numerous other health benefits, including better breathing.
I changed my diet again and decided that I wanted to dive deep into nutrition and to really understand it from the inside out. I began taking back my health and no longer being a helpless victim in a dentist’s chair. A few years later, I graduated with a masters in applied clinical nutrition and a deeper understanding of food and the body. My passion is to help others who have struggled with food-related issues and have tried everything in the book. Having worked with people who have struggled with losing weight, this has become my primary focus as weight loss isn’t as easy as some people make it out to be! It’s not just about eating less calories, or avoiding certain things. There’s much more to it and everyone is different.
Has it been a smooth road?
Getting to where I am has been tough. For starters, my health issues have made it hard to really concentrate and to have the sustained energy that I’d like. It wasn’t uncommon for me to need a nap in the middle of the day. Other times I’d get plenty of sleep and wake up with a headache that I just couldn’t shake. My own body was getting in my way!
On better days, I could get more done. I eventually got to the point where I was working on my masters in nutrition AND working full-time at a start-up! The job was demanding and stressful, and school was online. Sitting in front of a computer all day wasn’t great for my eyes much less the rest of my body. I made sure to exercise regularly and to eat as best as I could and had little time for anything else. The program was so condensed that we had trimesters instead of semesters, meaning that there were actually three “semesters” per year with breaks of only 4-5 weeks between them at most. By the time you caught your breath, it was time to go back to school. At some points, I thought I would burn out. That taught me that I can handle a lot more than I thought I could. At the same time, I realized that it wasn’t sustainable for very long, so I decided to never take on so much again. Lesson learned!
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Stellar Nourishment story. Tell us more about the business.
I’m a nutritionist, health coach, psychotherapist and life coach all rolled up into one I help people who struggle with losing weight (and keeping it off), so they can have more energy and stamina, greater self-confidence, and live joyful, fulfilling lives!
What sets me apart from others is that I take a more holistic approach to transforming health. I also rely on the latest research yet am very individually-focused, so no one-size-fits-all approach here.
And while better health means better habits, my experience as a therapist and coach has taught me to go much deeper with clients than just having them replace food X with food Y. That’s where the work often lies. I help uncover people’s deep reasons for why they want to lose weight and improve their health so they stay the course.
Often times, there are just as many reasons why a person is getting in their own way and sabotaging their success. Since most of our problems stem from the way we think and feel, I really help my clients to make small, but sustainable changes so they internalize the work we’re doing and learn how to better help themselves when future challenges arise.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Good question. Since the population is only getting much, much sicker, I see people turning towards health and nutrition more and more. I’m really hoping there will be less of a focus on fad diets or on approaches that over-promise and under-deliver. While we are all similar in makeup, we differ in so many ways. What works for one person won’t necessarily work for another.
I also believe that we will learn much more about the microbiome and what makes us tick, so we’ll be able to get much more specific with our interventions. Additionally, I see more and more people being interested in prevention, so I’m excited to see more of that since I’m a firm believer of the adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
- Personalized 90-day program: Lose Weight for Good & Turn your Health Around!
- Personalized 30-day program: Off to a Great Start!
- Website: http://StellarNourishment.com
- Phone: 718-777-8858
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