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Meet Rachel Jacobson of Health and Heal Me in Carlsbad

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Jacobson.

Rachel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I always knew I had a purpose to help people be the best versions of themselves. I received my masters from Lesley University in Art Therapy where I built a strong foundation in psychological care for my clients. During my master’s program, I completed my personal trainer certification (NASM CPT). Only in retrospect, I am able to understand that this is the perfect marriage, mental and physical health come hand in hand. I knew that this was how I wanted to work with people. Becoming a Holistic Health Coach through Integrative Institute for Nutrition was an organic next step. I fell in love. I loved how I could help change people’s lives, influence entire families and communities health and future health.

As a mom, my primary audience is working with young families incorporating healthy shopping, meal planning, family-friendly recipes, family workouts, and a balance between mental and physical health. My clients’ results speak for themselves. They find that their children are hardly ever sick (healthy eating leads to fewer illnesses and a stronger immune system), the parents are losing unwanted weight and they feel more energized and present in their lives.

We want the best for our kids. We want them to be healthy and happy.
My program is not a quick weight loss solution. It is a lifestyle.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There are always bumps in the road. A massive struggle that I have is with schools providing children with unhealthy lunches and snacks. By educating parents and children on how to eat healthily they quickly learn that their kids do better (have longer attention spans, more responsive to peers, and able to learn and sleep more soundly) when eating clean and “brainy” food. However, when schools give kids graham crackers high in sugar, cupcakes for birthdays and candy for holidays they cannot say no (their bodies will always crave fat and sugar). In addition, many schools use candy as a reward system (example, for potty training) which puts the wrong emphasis on food and causes many issues around using food as a reward in adult life.

It is up to the parents to get involved in what snacks and meals their schools are providing. I see that much work needs to be done in the schools (educating the administration and staff) and I see much of my future work being focused there.

Please tell us about Health and Heal Me.
I work as a Holistic Health Coach specializing in family health. As a busy mom myself I understand the struggle to find time to feed the kids, workout, clean the house and work a full-time job. Not easy. I teach moms how to meal plan (cook once, eat all week), grocery shop, workout, and talk to their kids about foods that make them grow taller, run faster and jump higher. I provide support and knowledge on how to make your family’s health a priority. Yes your baby weight will come off, your kids are capable of eating broccoli (and liking it) and you will save time and money in the long run.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I grew up in NYC on the Lower East Side. One of my favorite memories is walking home from school with my dad. We would hold hands, avoid the cracks on the sidewalk and talk about our days. A lot of bonding happens over a walk home (which I encourage my clients and friends to do with their kids as well)

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Spiral Iris, Eat Green Wear Black

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